From left, Betsy McGill, executive director, FSGC; Tobey Wagner, president, Sod Solutions; Dr. Kevin Kenworthy, associate professor, turf breeding and genetics, University of Florida/IFAS; and Norma Flor, graduate research assistant.

Researchers Partner with Sod Producers

University of Florida turfgrass researchers have partnered with 21 Florida sod producers from the Florida Sod Growers Cooperative to form Turf Research Florida, a grower-funded research initiative. The research group will seek out new and improved zoysiagrass varieties, particularly those that are disease-resistant. Sod Solutions is coordinating this cooperative effort and will be the licensing and marketing agent for new grasses resulting from the program.

Save Green, Mow Clean with Propane Mower Incentive

The Propane Education & Research Council is offering $1,000 to qualified buyers of a new propane-fueled mower who agree to share information about the mower’s performance. Customers who are accepted into the PERC Propane Mower Incentive Program can get the incentive for up to 10 eligible mowers bought from any dealer in the nation. The new mower must be equipped with a 60- to 72-inch cutting deck. For more information about the program, visit

Netafim Names New District Sales Managers

Netafim USA expanded its sales and marketing activities in California and the south central region with three new district sales managers. Omar Alcantara will oversee sales and marketing efforts in Southern California/south counties; Bill Millward will represent Netafim in Southern California/north counties; and Kevin Wood will cover Louisiana, New Mexico and south central Texas.

IA Program Receives NCCA Accreditation

The Irrigation Association’s Certified Irrigation Contractor program has officially earned national accreditation, making it the only accredited certification program in the irrigation industry. Certification programs that receive National Commission of Certifying Agencies accreditation demonstrate compliance with the NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs.