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69th Annual Kansas Turfgrass Conference 2019

Save the Date! The 69th Annual Kansas Turfgrass Conference in conjunction with KNLA will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, Kansas on December 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2019.

This is a 2.5-day conference with an average attendance of over 600, including about 50 exhibitors. Faculty from Kansas State University, invited speakers from other universities and companies, and leaders in the turf industry present informative workshops and seminars.

The 2019 Turfgrass Conference featured speakers:

  • Dr. Matthew Elmore, Rutgers University, is the extension turfgrass
    specialist at Rutgers University. His program at Rutgers focuses on novel strategies to control weeds with fewer pesticide inputs. The program also focuses on significant efforts in developing alternatives to synthetic pesticides and understanding the influence of management.
  • Dr. Josh Friell, Toro Co, joined The Toro Company in 2014 and serves as Senior Principal Research Scientist in the Center for Technology, Research
    & Innovation. As a member of the CTRI team, he is working to address Green Industry challenges through the development and application of innovative technology and solutions.
  • Dr. Roch Gaussoin, University of Nebraska, is a professor in the Agronomy & Horticulture Dept. His research focuses on two areas – investigations in the turfgrass phyto-biome and nutraceutical assessment of amenity grass and specialty crop extracts.
  • Dr. Frank Wong, Cornell University, is a Senior Regulatory Affairs Consultant with Bayer. He works closely with a wide range of industry,
    government, and non-government organizations to help provide solutions to regulatory and legislative challenges for effective disease, insect and weed management.

Download the conference brochure to learn more about the sessions, workshops, and speakers. There are a variety of classes and workshops to help you and your business whether you are new or have been in the turfgrass industry for many years. We can’t wait to see you there.

There are 2 ways to register by November 22nd:

1. Download, print, fill out, and mail the ​​conference brochure with your payment.

2. Go to https://2019turfconference.eventbrite.com to pay with your credit card or scan the barcode in the program on your mobile device.

Kansas Turf Conference!

Kansas Turf Conference in conjunction with KNLA

December 4, 5 & 6, 2018

Kansas Expocentre, Topeka

Mark the date to attend the Kansas Turfgrass Conference in conjunction with KNLA on December 4, 5 & 6 in Topeka.

The conference is an excellent way to learn about turf, nursery and landscape management, visit with old friends, network with new ones, and see all the latest equipment and supplies from local and national vendors.

The conference has been approved for Commercial pesticide recertification hours:

  • 1 Core hour
  • 3A – 7 hrs
  • 3B – 7 hrs
  • International Society of Arboriculture CEUs and GCSAA education points will also be available by attending the conference.

Download a copy of the program, get exhibitor information, or register online


Western Nursery and Landscape Association Conference – Jan 20-22, Kansas City

The Western Nursery and Landscape Association annual conference will be Jan 20-22 at Crown Center Exhibit Hall in Kansas City.

Here is a link to WNLA: http://www.wnla.org/wnla

And here is a direct link to the program: http://www.wnla.org/files/2016%20Western%20Schedule%20122115.pdf

As you will see in the program, some KSU faculty will be featured speakers. Cheryl Boyer is presenting on social media, Chad Miller is talking about bulbs, and Jason Griffin is discussing the national elm trial.

Be an Exhibitor at the Annual Turfgrass Conference


We have a lot of opportunities for you to increase your companies visibility at the Annual Turfgrass Conference!

Here is a list of ways to support the Annual Conference and promote your company

  1. Become a birdie, eagle, or albatross Sponser.
  2. Purchase and exhibitor booth.
  3. Raffle Donations.
  4. Exhibitor Bingo Card.

For more all the registration information, see the link below.



Kansas Turfgrass Conference In Conjunction with KNLA in 2015

IMG_2802This year the Kansas Turfgrass Conference will be held in conjunction with the Kansas Nursery & Landscape Association at the Kansas Expo Centre in Topeka on December 1, 2 & 3. By partnering with KNLA, we hope to have a larger audience and trade show, as well as offering more sessions for attendees.

The conference is an excellent way to learn about turf and landscape management, visit with old friends, network with new ones, and see all the latest and greatest equipment and supplies from local and national vendors.

Sessions include Basic Turfgrass; Disease, Insect & Weed Management; Golf Turf Management; Sports Turf; Lawn Care; Basic Nursery & Landscape and Advanced Nursery & Landscape (sponsored by NurseryWorks).

On December 2, Ewing Irrigation is sponsoring the Sports Turf session which is part of anIMG_2811 initiative to educate coaches, sports turf managers and volunteers on how to maintain the safest, most playable baseball fields possible. At this event, you will have the opportunity to network and learn tips from two former top NFL/MLB groundskeepers., Troy Smith and Luke Yoder.   The focus will be on the proper construction of a pitching mound from the ground up by actually building a pitcher’s mound in the trade show area.

You can register online for the conference HERE! 

The conference has been approved for the following :

State Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credit Hours:

1 Core Hour             3A—9.5 hours                           3B—9.5 hours

GCSAA Education Points

December 1 workshops—.55                   December 2 & 3 conference—.75

International Society of Arboriculture

CEUs available for Certified Arborists

You will receive a conference program in the mail with a ballot for board of directors of KTF. Please take the time to vote for 3 board of directors and mail or fax it in. See you in December!

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