TurfBreed’s 2022 National Grower Conference

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It’s back on, TurfBreed’s 2022 National Grower Conference will be held at the Sunshine Coast’s Surfair/Ramada Marcoola this June 26 – 28. After a two year wait, the two-day Conference and Field Day will focus on Growing Stronger Together as an Australian turf network.

Highlights include:
• The hottest topic on the agricultural scene – Getting more for Less Dr Gregg Munshaw, Chief Scientist & Director of Agronomy from Pinnacle Ag Research in the US will talk about how to produce turfgrass more efficiently.
• Will Schnell, renowned sports turf manager whose past experiences include managing the iconic Rose Bowl Sports Ground at Pasadena in the US.
• TurfBreed’s R&D developments.
• A panel of the turf industry’s leading chemical authorities discussing – The Future Challenges and opportunities of chemicals in turf.
• A Q&A with TurfBreed’s Work, Health and Safety Ambassador – Gavin Howie from Turf NT, who’ll explain how a serious accident changed his overall attitude to onfarm safety.
• After the floods – a panel of growers from both NSW and QLD offering their advice following the worst floods in history to hit the industry.
• A line-up of turf supply chain partners both at the Conference and Field Day.
• A range of turf machinery and demonstrations at the Field Day.

The Conference will most importantly provide an opportunity for delegates and sponsors to build networks and share their expertise and services all in the one central location.
See below for a full outline of the 2022 TurfBreed Conference Program.
To register or for more information visit: https://www.ivvy.com.au/event/TGC22/home.html

2022 TurfBreed Conference Program

Day 1 – Sunday 26 June 2022

Pre-Conference Welcome Drinks & Registration

3.00pm –REGISTRATION OPENS
Sunshine Coast’s Surfair/Ramada Marcoola Hotel Reception

5.00pm –PRE-CONFERENCE DRINKS & CANAPES
Surfair/Ramada Marcoola Hotel – On the Green

5.30pm WELCOME ADDRESS
▪ TurfBreed’s Chairman, Sandy Bauman

*Meet with delegates and mingle at our pre-conference welcome drinks and activities.

Day 2 – Monday 27 June 2022

Conference Day

Sunshine Coast’s Surfair/Ramada Marcoola Hotel

8.00am WELCOME ADDRESS Megan Woodward – MC, Steve Burt -TurfBreed’s Managing Director

8.15am KEYNOTE SPEAKER – “Getting more for Less”
▪ Pinnacle Ag Research Chief Scientist & Director of Agronomy (USA), Dr Gregg Munshaw

9.15am WELCOME VIDEO MESSAGE FROM TURF PRODUCERS INTERNATIONAL
▪ Executive Director, Dr Casey Reynolds (USA)

9.20am AGRICULTURAL FINANCE “Ag. Finance Trends & Importing Machinery” Grower Case Study
▪ Trident Financial Group, Peter Nichols

9.45am MORNING TEA

10.20am MARKETING SPECIALIST “Knowing how you create value and insuring you get paid for it”
▪ Foundmpr Team – Partner, Damien Rossi

11.00am TURFBREED “Past, Now & Future”
▪ TurfBreed’s Managing Director, Steve Burt

12.00pm LUNCH

1.20pm Q&A WITH TURFBREED’S WH&S AMBASSADOR
“How a serious accident changed his overall attitude to onfarm Safety”
Moderator – Megan Woodward
▪ Turf Grower Gavin Howie, Turf NT
▪ TurfPlus, David Raison -“The state of the Australian turf industry’s WH&S”

1.55pm INTRODUCING “TurfBreed’s new TurfRnD facility & IronCutter™ – Australia’s latest elite
hybrid bermudagrass”
▪ TurfBreed’s Senior Research Scientist, Dr Andrew Fletcher
▪ Mountain View Seeds Sports Turf Consultant (USA), Will Schnell

2.30pm SHOW AND TELL -“A grower case study”
▪ Advance Turf Instant Lawns (VIC), Joanna & Chris Hulland

3.00pm AFTERNOON TEA

3.25pm Q&A FLOOD RECOVERY IN THE TURF INDUSTRY
“How do you manage your turf following floods? Do you try and revive it or start again?”
Moderator – Hugo Struss
1. Abulk Turf (NSW)
2. Rivers Edge Turf (NSW)
3. Robert’s Turf Supplies (QLD)

4.05pm Q&A with TURF’S LEADING CHEMICAL AUTHORITIES
“The future challenges and opportunities of chemicals in turf regarding resistance and new product
development”
Moderator – John Keleher
▪ Dr Brett Morris, Syngenta (Brett will outline the huge investment that goes into
agrichemicals (incl. turf) each year for Syngenta – up to $1 billion in RnD/yr)
▪ Dr Sam Kleenan, Plant Science Consulting (Sam to explain how chemical resistance for vital
turf chemicals is growing)
▪ Ashley Neuendorf, Living Turf

5.00pm CONFERENCE CLOSES

6.30pm. PRE-DINNER CONFERENCE DRINKS
Sunshine Coast’s Surfair/Ramada Marcoola Hotel – On the Green/Bistro Terrace

7.00pm – 9.30pm CONFERENCE DINNER Surfair/Ramada Marcoola
MC – Megan Woodward
GUEST SPEAKER – Mick Angus – Director/Producer at DMA Creative – “Every journey has a story”
CHARITY AUCTION – All proceeds to go to the Turf Growers’ Benevolent Fund

Day 3 – Tuesday 27 June 2022

FIELD DAY – ROBERT’S TURF SUPPPLIES WELCOMES TURFBREED GROWERS
9.30am – 2.15pm

WELCOME TO THE FIELD DAY

TurfBreed

Robert’s Turf Supplies

PRESENTATION 1.
“Issues and Solutions” – Ask the experts your key turf issues
▪ Dr Brett Morris and the Syngenta Team

PRESENTATION 2.
“IronCutter™ – speak to the experts from both the US and Australia and find out all you need know
as to why it is the newest elite hybrid bermudagrass to hit Australia”
▪ Mountain View Seeds Sports Turf Consultant (USA), Will Schnell
▪ Mountain View Seeds Vice-President (USA), Adam Russell
▪ TurfBreed’s Senior Research Scientist, Dr Andrew Fletcher
▪ Turf Grower (ALC), John Keleher

PRESENTATION 3.
“Efficient use of fertiliser and reducing costs”
▪ GTS Director & Head Agronomist, Paul Spencer

MACHINERY & CHEMICAL DEMOS.
* Morning Tea & Lunch Provided.

Find Out More or Register Here : https://www.ivvy.com.au/event/TGC22/home.html

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