Initiative strives to have golf course BMPs in all 50 states by 2020.
Lawrence, Kan. (Sept. 24, 2019)– Under its brand, Koch Turf & Ornamental, Koch Agronomic Services, LLC has donated $20,000 for the second year to the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), to support GCSAA’s best management practices (BMP) program. This is Koch’s second contribution to support this important initiative for the golf industry.
With this donation, Koch Turf & Ornamental remains part of the Executive Club Level of supporters of the BMP recognition program. They are also in the Executive Club level of the EIFG's Cumulative Giving Program for donors who have contributed $25,000 - $49,000 since 1987. In addition, they are Silver Partners in GCSAA’s Partner Recognition Program.
“We are reaching more states as the BMP initiative grows, and the support from Koch Turf & Ornamental will help us achieve our vision. Their gift helps advance our member’s maintenance practices of their golf courses.” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “We also want to recognize the efforts made by Eric Miltner, Ph.D., an agronomist for Koch Turf & Ornamental who helps superintendents complete their facility BMP manuals at GCSAA workshops across the U.S. His professional and science-based approach helps the industry achieve success.”
GCSAA’s BMP program provides tools and resources to assist states and individual facilities in developing BMP plans for integrated pest management (IPM), water management and the use of inputs. GCSAA’s goal is to have state BMP guides for all 50 states, and the association created the BMP Planning Guide and Template to help states take the first steps. Once a state’s guide is approved, then the Facility BMP Tool assists individual golf operations in creating site-specific plans. GCSAA’s BMP program receives additional support from the USGA and PGA Tour.
“We are proud to support GCSAA’s BMP initiative to deliver course management solutions that promote sustainability without causing negative environmental impact,” said Marshall Bird, vice president of Koch Turf & Ornamental. “We are grateful for Dr. Miltner, whose specialization in nutrient management and 4R approach helps support superintendents’ environmental stewardship.”
For more information about GCSAA’s BMP program, visit www.gcsaa.org/bmp.