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Koch Turf donates $20,000 to GCSAA

Koch Turf & Ornamental donates $20,000 to support GCSAA’s best management practices program for second year

Initiative strives to have golf course BMPs in all 50 states by 2020.

Lawrence, Kan. (Sept. 24, 2019) – Under its brand, Koch Turf & Ornamental, Koch Agronomic Services, LLC has donated $20,000 for the second year to the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), to support GCSAA’s best management practices (BMP) program. This is Koch’s second contribution to support this important initiative for the golf industry.

With this donation, Koch Turf & Ornamental remains part of the Executive Club Level of supporters of the BMP recognition program. They are also in the Executive Club level of the EIFG's Cumulative Giving Program for donors who have contributed $25,000 - $49,000 since 1987. In addition, they are Silver Partners in GCSAA’s Partner Recognition Program.

“We are reaching more states as the BMP initiative grows, and the support from Koch Turf & Ornamental will help us achieve our vision. Their gift helps advance our member’s maintenance practices of their golf courses.” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “We also want to recognize the efforts made by Eric Miltner, Ph.D., an agronomist for Koch Turf & Ornamental who helps superintendents complete their facility BMP manuals at GCSAA workshops across the U.S. His professional and science-based approach helps the industry achieve success.”

GCSAA’s BMP program provides tools and resources to assist states and individual facilities in developing BMP plans for integrated pest management (IPM), water management and the use of inputs. GCSAA’s goal is to have state BMP guides for all 50 states, and the association created the BMP Planning Guide and Template to help states take the first steps. Once a state’s guide is approved, then the Facility BMP Tool assists individual golf operations in creating site-specific plans. GCSAA’s BMP program receives additional support from the USGA and PGA Tour.

“We are proud to support GCSAA’s BMP initiative to deliver course management solutions that promote sustainability without causing negative environmental impact,” said Marshall Bird, vice president of Koch Turf & Ornamental. “We are grateful for Dr. Miltner, whose specialization in nutrient management and 4R approach helps support superintendents’ environmental stewardship.”

For more information about GCSAA’s BMP program, visit www.gcsaa.org/bmp.

About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas, the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org, or find us on Facebook or Twitter. Visit our industry-leading magazine at GCMonline.com.

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at www.eifg.org, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

About Koch Turf & Ornamental, Koch Agronomic Services, LLC
Under its brand, Koch Turf & Ornamental, Koch Agronomic Services, LLC markets several lines of Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers (EEFs) formulated with turf & ornamental professionals in mind, including POLYON®, DURATION CR®, and SPREAD IT & FORGET IT® controlled-release fertilizers. The Koch Turf & Ornamental portfolio also includes XCU®, NITROFORM®, NUTRALENE®, and NITAMIN® brands of slow-release fertilizer as well as UMAXX® and UFLEXX® stabilized nitrogen fertilizers and HYDREXX® nitrogen stabilizer. Visit www.KochTurf.com.

Koch Turf & Ornamental supports 4R Nutrient Stewardship, a science-based approach to best management practices. Adopting these practices helps to make sure fertilizers are used responsibly. For more information, visit https://kochturf.com/WhyEEFs/EnvironmentalAdvantages/.

Contact:
Angela Hartmann
Director, Marketing and Communications
Phone: 800-472-7878, ext. 3647 or 785-393-1361 (cell)
ahartmann@gcsaa.org

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