NYSTA Southeast Regional Conference to Be Held in Tarrytown, NY

The New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA), in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Professional Landscape Association of Rockland County, will hold its Southeast Regional Conference on February 23, 2004, at the Hilton Tarrytown in Tarrytown, New York. According to conference Co-Chair, Michael Maffei, CGCS, this is the first time the conference will be held in Tarrytown. “After twelve years in Suffern, we decided to try a new venue and hold the conference at the Hilton Tarrytown in Westchester County.”

Conference Co-Chair, Jim Diermeier, CGM, said this year’s show will feature Certified Landscape Technician Training. Sarah Bruce from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County will present “Plant Sensitivity & Identification” and Edwin Sporin, a New York State Turf and Landscape Association representative from Anglebrook Country Club will present “Landscape Plan/Reading & Estimating”.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has made available 9.5 pesticide recertification credits for this conference. New Jersey pesticide recertification credits are also available. The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is offering .60 education points for this conference.

Show registration begins at 6 a.m. followed by morning sessions, which will focus on an Insect and Disease Update. The general session will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. and will feature Regulatory and Legislative updates including reports from the Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Alliance for Environmental Concerns (NYAFEC). From 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., educational sessions featuring Golf and Sports Turf, Lawn and Landscape, and Certified Landscape Technician Training will be offered. During breaks and lunch, attendees will have an opportunity to visit the trade show.

To obtain a conference brochure with exhibitor and attendee registration forms, please call NYSTA at (800) 873-8873, (518) 783-1229, fax (518) 783-1258, or e-mail nysta@nysta.org. Information is also available on NYSTA’s web site at www.nysta.org.

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