Realities of Organic Golf

John Stier, Ph.D.

An increasing proportion of the American public and industries are promoting organic food, plant and animal production and management. This webcast will review the legal aspects of organic regulations, including regulation development and fines for noncompliance. The complexity of turf fertilizers and pest control products, with regard to what is truly considered organic, and their efficacy, costs and future outlook, will be covered using specific products and examples. John Stier, Ph.D., will conclude the webcast with some suggested action steps to ensure golf turf management remains logistically viable as new regulations are enacted.

Original presentation date: Nov. 8, 2012

About the instructor

John StierJohn Stier, Ph.D., is the assistant dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Tennessee. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Ohio State University and his doctorate at Michigan State University. Stier’s research revolves around various environmental issues and management of turfgrass (e.g., nutrient and pesticide fate, invasive grasses, carbon sequestration), shade and cold stress, herbicides, and weed management. Stier has lectured in Argentina on shaded turf and joined the GCSAA faculty in 2012.


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