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  • 14 Jun 2021 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    Paul Kuhna
    Head Groundskeeper - Lansing Lugnuts (Oakland Athletics High A Affiliate)
    Representing:  Sports or Institutional Turf

    Home town: Grosse Pointe, Michigan

    How did you get interested in turf?

      “My parents had season tickets to the Detroit Tigers, so I went to about 20 or 30 games a season growing up.  So I really just like being at the ballpark a lot, being around the field, running the bases after games, when I was a little kid I thought that was awesome.  


    What made you decide to attend Michigan State University?

      “Michigan State has a great turf program, but I would have gone there for anything.  My dad went there, uncles went there, I grew up a Spartan fan my whole life.  I grew up going to games there, baseball, football, basketball.  There was no other school I was looking to go to.


    How did you end up with the Lansing Lugnuts?  

      “I started an internship with the Detroit Tigers my junior year. I actually had to miss a semester of college, because the internship went from March all the way through November, so I had to take an extra semester to do that.  That helped me be able to start here with the Lugnuts the following spring as the Assistant Greenskeeper in 2017.  I really like being in Lansing, so when the Head Groundskeeper job opened up, I applied and was excited to get the job and be able to come back here!  

    What are your thoughts on being a board member with the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation?

    “I’m really excited to be a part of it.  While attending Michigan State I learned about the foundation, but to be a part of it, I’m really excited.  I’m excited to learn from some great colleagues in all parts of the industry.



  • 27 May 2021 3:47 PM | Anonymous

    Around The Industry

    Publications from the Sports Turf Managers Association, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Michigan State University Turf and Landscape Extension and the USGA Green Section have been recently released. The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation is proud to share recent news and support these exceptional turf related programs at Michigan State University and turf related organizations throughout our industry.

    Sports Turf Managers Association Releases: Best Management Practices for the Sports Field Manager: A Professional Guide for Sports Field Management

    Click the image for information and to view the guide

    As you may know STMA just completed a year-long project– Best Environmental Management Practices for the Sports Field Manager - A Professional Guide. The Guide is presented in two formats: the national document in a PDF and a customizable Word template that can be edited to fit the needs for a specific region, state or organization.

    This Guide is available to all in the green industry at no charge.


    New podcast helps Michiganders prepare for mosquito season

    "If you can prevent mosquito bites, you can prevent mosquito-borne diseases. The message seems simple enough-and it holds true for both humans and animals-but aside from spray-on repellant, what other tactics are there? And what are the dangers of not taking precautions?

    In the latest edition of the "Fresh from the Field" podcast series from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), four experts discuss several strategies Michiganders can use to prevent or reduce the threat of mosquitoes when enjoying the beautiful outdoors."

    Learn More

    Michigan State University Extension News Turf & Landscape Digest

    Featured Events

    Michigan Beekeeping Webinar 6/14

    Native Bees of Michigan: How to Identify and Support Our Native Pollinators 6/17

    Current News Stories


    Forecasted temperatures give a green light for planting


    2021 status of herbicide-resistant weeds in Michigan

    What are those dead grass tips in my lawn? 

    Stop the spread of invasive species with a few simple practices

    USGA Green Section Record


    Looking Ahead to the Next 100 Years


    Looking Ahead to the Next 100 Years

    Restoring Bethlehem Golf Club with Help from a USGA Agronomist

    Restoring Bethlehem Golf Club with Help from a USGA Agronomist

    What Are Your Ball Marks Telling You?

    What Are Your Ball Marks Telling You?

    Practice Tee Setup and Management

    Practice Tee Setup and Management



  • 24 May 2021 3:49 PM | Anonymous


    Colleagues and friends,

    It's my pleasure to personally invite you to this year’s LaFontaine Golf Outing. As the former Executive Director of the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, I’m proud of the work we've done together to support the Turf Program at Michigan State University.  This golf outing is part of the continuing efforts to fund Graduate Student work in the program, work that is so vital to the success of the department and the turfgrass industry.

    In addition to a relaxing day on the links, this event is a chance to network with some of the great colleagues in our industry and to discuss the future of the program at MSU. We’re all excited to be back amongst friends, celebrating and supporting turfgrass research. I hope you will have a chance to join us!

    Gordie LaFontaine

    Past President, Executive Director - Michigan Turfgrass Foundation

    Sign Up Here!


    DETAILS

    $125 Per Golf Registration (includes continental breakfast, box lunch and awards/cocktail hour after golf)

    $1,000 Corporate Sponsorship (includes foursome)

    $150 Tee Sponsorship

    $1,250 Lunch Sponsorship (includes foursome)

    $250 Breakfast Sponsorship

    $500 Cocktail Hour/ Prizes Sponsorship

    Format: Scramble with Skins

    SCHEDULE

    8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast

    9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start

    Box Lunches provided

    3:00 - 4:00 (approx.) Social Hour comments by Mr. Gordon LaFontaine and members of the MSU Turf Team




  • 14 May 2021 8:15 PM | Anonymous



    Recent publications from the turf industry as well as newsletters from the Michigan State University Turf and Landscape Extension have been recently released.  The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation is proud to share recent news and support these exceptional turf related programs at Michigan State University and turf related organizations throughout our industry. 

    Michigan State University Extension News Turf & Landscape Digest

    Featured Events

    Plant Quest 2021 - “Nearly Natives—Plants of Merit with Deep Roots” 5/17
    Plant Quest 2021 - “Smart Landscape Trees and Shrubs for Midwest Gardens5/24

    Current News Stories

    Oak Wilt Awareness Month in Michigan


    The best sampling procedures for accurate oak wilt testing


    Smart waterfront plants to enhance your shoreline


    MSU turf students expand skills through spring internships


    Smart lake gardening; Planning your nearshore garden





    On behalf of the Michigan Golf Alliance, we invite you to join us on the Capitol Lawn Thursday, June 3 for the “Economic, Environmental and Human Impact of Golf in Michigan”.

    The Michigan Golf Alliance is happy to resume our long standing legislative day event. This socially distanced presentation will be held under two tents on the Capitol Lawn.

    As we all know, golf is much more than a game. The business of golf benefits our state both economically and environmentally. In addition, the Michigan Golf Alliance wants to show how the golf industry is a leader in charitable giving and outreach programs for all generations.

    We are inviting you to RSVP for one of the program presentation time slots below as well as an additional time to meet that day with members of the Michigan Golf Alliance.

    Learn More


    Turfgrass Disease Update with Dr. Joe Vargas for May 7, 2021

    Dr. Joe Vargas joins Dr. Kevin Frank to discuss current turfgrass disease activity.


    Weather Update with Dr. Jeff Andresen for May 11, 2021

    Cool, frosty conditions persist but a gradual warming is on the way.

  • 14 May 2021 12:05 PM | Anonymous


    Join Us For One Of The Best Events Of The Year!

    The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation is excited to announce the date for one of our favorite events of the year, the LaFontaine Golf Outing.  Join us on Wednesday, June 23rd at Coyote Preserve Golf Club in Fenton, Michigan for a great day of golf while helping us raise funds for the Graduate Student Assistantship Fund.

    • Scramble Format with Skins
    • 8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
    • 9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
    • Box Lunches provided
    • 3:00 - 4:00 (approx.) Social Hour comments by Mr. Gordon LaFontaine and members of the MSU Turf Team
    • Corporate, Tee, Breakfast, Lunch, cocktail hour and prize sponsorships available.
    • $125 per golfer (includes continental breakfast, box lunch and awards/cocktail hour after golf)

    Learn More & Sign Up



               


  • 23 Apr 2021 10:03 AM | Anonymous


    Join the MTF Board

    The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation is currently seeking candidates for the Board of Directors to represent Sports or Institutional Turf. Interested candidates should contact Dan Lucas, head of the Nominating Committee.

    We would also like to thank Kelly Rensel (Great Lakes Loons) for the tireless work, dedication and the knowledge he shared during his time as a Board Member with the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation.

    The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation is a non-profit organization which arose from the need for better turfgrasses and better methods of turfgrass maintenance. Since its incorporation in 1957, the MTF has achieved success in fulfilling these needs through research and education. Located at the Robert W. Hancock Turfgrass Research Center on the Michigan State University campus, the MTF continues its success in these areas by working closely with the University.

    MTF members are representative of homeowners, golf courses, seed, sod and stolon growers, municipalities, parks and recreational areas, school boards, landscape contractors, lawn maintenance contractors, custom lawn applicators, athletic associations, cemetery associations and other facets of the industry.

    The business affairs and the activities of the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation are governed by a Board of Directors composed of twelve (12) members plus the Executive Director. The Board of Directors is composed of representatives from each of the following organizations or groups:

    Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association (4)

    A Commercial Turfgrass Supplier's Representative

    A Cemetery, Park, Sod or Sports Turf Representative

    A Lawn Care Representative

    A Lawn Maintenance Representative

    A Lawn Applicator Representative

    At Large Representatives (3)

    Register today for our online golf auction benefiting turfgrass research. Some of the best Midwest and Michigan golf courses are up for grabs starting April 25th!

  • 22 Apr 2021 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    The MTF would like to thank our newly registered TeeTimes4Turf golf courses, superintendents and others for their support of the MSU Turf Program.  Course donations can be accepted all the way through the end of the auction on May 9th.

    The Foundation appreciates all courses participating in this years event and thank those who are part of the process.  Registering your course can be done quickly online or with a printable form mailed back to the Foundation.  Click a link below and join the list of supporters!  


    ONLINE FORM

    PRINTABLE FORM

    Register today for our online golf auction benefiting turfgrass research. Some of the best  Midwest and Michigan golf courses are up for grabs starting April 25th!




  • 18 Jan 2021 3:55 PM | Anonymous


    The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation extends congratulations to our recent 

    2021 MSU Student Scholarship Awardees:


    Ms. Payton Perkinson – The Norman Kramer Scholar Award

    Mr. Colin King – The Kenyon T. Payne Outstanding Student Award

    Mr. Keith Koch – Sports and Commercial Turf Award


    The MTF is also pleased to congratulate the following students for their exemplary efforts during the interview process and recipients of scholarship funding.

    Mr. Spencer Cole

    Mr. Clayton Hoekwater


    On behalf of the MTF the Scholarship Committee Congratulates all awardees.

    Mr. Dan Lucas

    MTF Scholarship Chairperson


  • 13 Oct 2020 2:09 PM | Anonymous

    MSU Turf Team Update, Weather Update with Dr. Jeff Andresen, October 13th, 2020

    Dr. Jeff Andresen joins Dr. Kevin Frank to update current weather conditions across the state of Michigan. (Click the image for video)


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Michigan Turfgrass Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 27156, Lansing, MI 48909

The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation exists to promote safe, healthy turf surfaces for all Michigan residents.

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Office: +1 517 392 5003

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LANSING, MI 48909

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