July and August were exciting months for TPI staff as they traveled to sod producer events in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Canada to visit with turfgrass producers, promote the industry, and discuss future TPI plans and initiatives. Karen Cooper, traveled to Franksville, Wisconsin for the Wisconsin Sod Producers Association (WSPA) Field day, on Thursday, July 19, at Jasperson Sod Farm where there were approximately 135 individuals from farms in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio, as well as vendors/representatives from about 20 different companies. Mr. Randy Jasperson, of the TPI Board of Trustees, was instrumental in organizing this event, which included many equipment demonstrations as well as open networking time and a pig-roast lunch. The event also served as a fundraiser for The Lawn Institute (TLI) as vendors and growers combined together to donate $4,400 to TLI.
TPI Executive Director Dr. Casey Reynolds was in Galloway, Ohio on August 15th for the Ohio Sod Producers Association (OSPA) Field Day and in Edmonton, Alberta from August 21st to 24th to speak at the Alberta Sportsturf Management Field Day. Turfgrass producers from Ohio and surrounding states gathered for lunch, demos, and static exhibits at Wilson’s Turf Farm. This was a great opportunity to interact with TPI producer and supplier members as well as time to discuss new ways to collaborate. A special thanks to Mike Ward of EastGate Sod and Nancy Giles of Ward+Thornton Landscapes for organizing this event.
TPI in Canada
Eric Heuver, TPI Vice-President, hosted Dr. Reynolds with a tour of his sod farm, Olds College Turfgrass Research Program, and other facilities as well as introduced him to several local producers and TPI members. Mr. Heuver also organized a meeting of Canadian turfgrass producers in Edmonton where they enjoyed dinner, social time, and a presentation session to discuss the direction of TPI as it works to serves its members.
TPI plans to attend events in Maryland, North Carolina, and Tennessee in the coming months and we hope to see you there! If your state or regional association planning an upcoming field day, please contact TPI Associate Executive Director Karen Cooper at kcooper@TurfGrassSod.org to find out how TPI can help.