Research Leads to Industry Qualification Program

The Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance has set a standard and qualified more than two dozen varieties of drought-tolerant grasses that are being sold across the nation. The nonprofit group is made up of independent researchers and seed producers who are dedicated to recognizing plants that provide a clear benefit in water conservation. There are now scientific testing and third-party verification standards in place, and turfgrass varieties that are TWCA-qualified should be considered green by industry standards. Visit for more information.

News from AEM

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers announced the latest inductees into the AEM Hall of Fame. The 2010 inductees are Jim Gorman of the Gorman-Rupp Co. and Dr. Hans Liebherr of Liebherr Co. To learn more, visit

AEM named Tony Hughes of Infotech Enterprises, Bartonville, Ill., to its board of directors. Hughes is senior account manager of strategic accounts for the company. He is also the 2011 chair of AEM’s associate member group.