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Nufarm renews commitment to military families
Nufarm Americas Inc. announced its recommitment of $150,000 to Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops program. The nationwide program assists thousands of military families by providing basic lawn care and yard maintenance while a family member is deployed defending our country. The investment will help expand the impact of the initiative and enable more lawn and landscape professionals with the opportunity to give back to their community in a meaningful way.
briefs.jpgThe GreenCare for Troops initiative, which celebrated its 13th year this year, has helped more than 6,000 green industry professionals assist provide much-needed services to more than 11,000 military families since the program was launched in 2006. GreenCare for Troops and its sister program SnowCare for Troops provided lawn care, snow removal and landscape services exceeding $1 million to hundreds of military families across the United States in the past year.
The contribution will be used to enhance and expand the national program that is managed by non-profit Project EverGreen. This will include increased outreach for volunteer recruitment and communications to families, volunteers and the media, as well as adding promotional and logistical resources required to grow the GreenCare for Troops database and serve more military families.
Based on Nufarm's support in 2019, the GreenCare for Troops program realized a double-digit increase in active volunteers, a 70 percent match rate among military families and an immediate volunteer match for three-fourths of all newly registered families. 


Bayer is offering savings on a few timely products throughout September.

Bayer announces personnel changes, offers new savings program
Bayer Environmental Science recently announced several personnel changes the company says will enhance focus on finding innovative solutions for the evolving needs of customers.

Axel Elling, Ph.D., T&O product development team lead, ES Field Solutions Organization, North America, will lead the Turf and Ornamental product development team responsible for disease, nematode, insect, weed and turf stress management. Axel will remain responsible for disease and nematode management solutions, and will lead a team including: Bruce Spesard, focused on weed management; Xulin Chen, focused on insect management; and Chenxi Zhang, focused on stress management.

Jake Doskocil, Ph.D., has been named Global Project Leader of Pest Management and Rodent Control for Environmental Science. He most recently served as product development manager for insecticides and led the Clayton Development and Education Center for Environmental Science.;
Nonggang Bao, Ph.D., has been named as Head of the ES Field Solutions Development and Experience Center in Clayton, N.C., Biology Team Manager and will also be responsible for leading projects within the ES Global Specialty Actives Team..

Xulin Chen, Ph.D., joins the T&O Field Solutions team as Product Development Manager for Environmental Science. She brings more than eight years of broad entomology expertise to the team. Xulin obtained her Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Florida.

In other news, Bayer Environmental Science recently launched its 2019 NOW Solutions program that includes instant savings on the agronomic solutions turf professionals need to successfully manage turf conditions through critical summer months.
The program offers customers tailored, volume-based discounts on Specticle FLO, Indemnify, Interface Stressgard and Mirage Stressgard throughout September.

Specticle FLO is a preemergent herbicide with the active ingredient indaziflam that provides broad-spectrum control of more than 50 grassy and broadleaf weeds in warm-season turf.

Indemnify controls nematodes on contact in as little as one application and continues to work throughout the root zone to offer visible, long-lasting improvement in turfgrass quality for up to six months. It offers control of plant parasitic nematodes, such as sting, root-knot, stunt, ring, Anguina pacificae and others.
Interface Stressgard is a combination of iprodione, trifloxystrobin and Stressgard technology that provides a solution for diseases and plant stresses under hot, cool, wet or dry conditions. As a non-DMI fungicide, Interface Stressgard can be applied throughout the year without plant growth regulator effects and helps control DMI-resistant plant pathogens. 

Mirage Stressgard is a DMI fungicide (tebuconazole) that provides control of major diseases affecting cool- and warm-season turfgrass including annual bluegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, creeping bentgrass, perennial ryegrass, bermudagrass, seashore paspalum and zoysiagrass.
Tanto Irrigation taps Clarke
Tanto Irrigation recently named Tim Clarke to its management team. 

A native of upstate New York, Clarke is a graduate of SUNY Delhi, Clarke has more than a decade of experience in the golf industry. 

He was an assistant at Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle, New York, and spent 11 years at Augusta National where he specialized in irrigation.

PBI-Gordon adds to regional sales team
PBI-Gordon recently named Peter Lange as a sales representative servicing golf course customers in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

Based in Georgia, he most recently Lange was the assistant golf course superintendent at the Atlanta Athletic Club where he managed a crew of nearly 20 and helped oversee many budgeting, administrative, and agronomic functions at the club.

Lange received a two-year turf degree from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He also has earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State and an MBA from LSU.

Edited by John Reitman

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