H2A Seasonal Labor Program Survey

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee is seeking comments from farmers about seasonal labor/workforce issues. A bipartisan working group of House members from the committee created earlier this year is now asking producers to provide input on ag labor issues including the H2A program. One of the most serious complaints about this ag visa program are [...]

TPI Member Farm Hosts Research Group

The State Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) was in West Tennessee from June 5-7 to tour farms and discuss pesticide issues relevant to U.S. Farmers. As part of their conference, they spent the morning of June 6th on TPI President Bob McCurdy's sod farm in Dyer, TN [...]

National Turfgrass Federation Proposals for Farm Bill

The National Turfgrass Federation is seeking help with two proposals for current and upcoming Farm Bill discussions. Those proposals include seeking new potential research avenues under the current farm bill's High Priority Research & Extension section.  NTF got turf language in the 2018 bill (Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018) which defines its research priorities under [...]

2023 International Turfgrass Congress Recap from Toledo Spain

2023 International Turfgrass Congress Recap from Toledo, Spain The 2023 International Turfgrass Congress in Toledo, Spain brought together the turfgrass production, golf, and sports field industries across Europe for three days of education and field demonstrations. TPI and the European Turfgrass Producers Association, among many others, were sponsors of this event and met to discuss how [...]

TPI OP-ED Response to the NY Times

TPI Members have asked if we were responding directly to the NY Times regarding their recent article “Kill your Lawn before it Kills You” and the answer is absolutely. They only allow 150-175 word responses, so TPI had to be brief when hitting many key points. We ended it by encouraging them to visit The […]

USDA Disaster Relief Programs for Specialty Crop Producers

he U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021 will soon begin receiving emergency relief payments totaling approximately $6 billion through the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) new Emergency Relief Program (ERP) to offset crop yield and value losses. “For over two [...]

EPA Releases Interim Review Decision on Oxadiazon

On April 28th, 2022 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Interim Review Decision on several pesticides as part of its periodic review of pesticide registrations. One active ingredient that is of key interest to sod producers is oxadiazon, a pre-emergence herbicide labeled for use on many weed species of annual grasses, primarily crabgrass [...]

Be More Involved with Turfgrass Producers International in 2022!

If you’ve been looking for a way to get more involved in TPI or TLI now is the time! Complete a Committee Interest Application and join us as we shape the future of TPI and TLI. What are the Turfgrass Producers International and The Lawn Institute Committees? Conference & Education Committee The primary responsibility of this committee [...]

TPI 2022 International Education Conference & Field Day Recap

We think we speak for our entire community when we say ­– it felt wonderful to be together! Turfgrass Producers International held its annual Education Conference and Field Day at the beautiful Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa in sunny California the week of February 14-17, 2022. The TPI event was the first time our [...]

Just Announced- TPI Future Leaders Fellowship

Building Industry Leaders Turfgrass Producers International is excited to announce our newest members-only program the TPI Future Leaders Fellowship. We are honored to bring new and current leaders in the natural grass industry together for the learning opportunity of a lifetime. Throughout our immersive 24-month program, our fellows will become more robust and better leaders [...]