33rd Annual Conference and Trade Show

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The 33rd Annual Conference and Trade Show will be held February 27, 28th, and March 1st, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo ND. For questions contact Rene A. Smith at (701) 552-1940.

                                                                                    MEMBERSHIP INCENTIVE

If you’re not a member of the NCTGA or haven't been a member of the NCTGA

for a least two years.  We have a deal for you!!!

Pay for the conference a receive a free membership for one year.

Get a chance to network with people in the turf industry

and visit with vendor’s on the new and latest equipment.

Due to scheduling conflicts there will not be a recertification before or after the conference.

Arrangements for Recertification are Scheduled With NDSU Extension Dept.



Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

7:00 AM—8:00 AM         Registration

8:00 AM— 9:00 AM        Brian Horgan    Impacts of Management Practices on Winter Injury

9:15 AM— 9:30 AM        Break

9:30 AM— 12:00 PM      Brian Horgan    Dealing with And Preventing Plant Stress

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM        Lunch

1:00 PM -  1:45 PM         Brian Horgan    Understanding Soil Testing Philosophies

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM                        Break

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM          Brian Horgan    Sustainable Turfgrass Systems

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM        Vendor Set UP


Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

6:00 AM – 7:30 AM        Registration

6:00 AM—1:00 PM         Vendor Set-up

7:30 AM—7:45 AM         President’s Opening Remarks                       

8: 15 AM—9:45 AM        Dr. Kristina Walker    Pre-Game Agronomic Field Safety Assessment for Sports Fields:

                                                                              Future Implications of Risk Assessment

8:15 AM —9:45 AM       Jeff Forsberg    Making Your Ballfields Look Like The Pros On A Budget

9:45 AM—10:00 AM      Break 

10:00 AM—11:30 AM    Dr. Kristina Walker    Interpreting Soil Test Data to Develop Annual Fertility Management Plans

10:00 AM—11:30 AM    Steve Randall      Staying Relevant in a Changing Profession.

11:30 AM—12: 00 PM   Lunch

12:00 PM                      Steve Randall   State of The Industry

12:15 PM—1:00  PM    NCTGA Annual Meeting

1 :00 PM—2:00 PM      Jenny Satter   Hiring, Training, Maintaining the Employee

6:00 PM—8:00 PM       Trade Show

6:30 PM _ 8:00 PM       Social  


Thursday March 1, 2018

7:00 AM—8:00 AM       Coffee

9:00 AM—12:00 PM     Trade Show

8:00 AM– 9:00 AM        Matt Cavanaugh, John Spaulding   Native Areas Are Becoming More Popular

                                           Q & A Session Following Their Talks. 

8:00 AM—9:00 AM        Tim Jallen / Nick Baker  Ballfields 101  Keeping it Simple For You

                                           Q & A to Follow Their Talks 

9:00 AM –12:00 PM      Trade Show                                                      

9:15 AM—10:00 AM     Tim Jallen / Nick Baker  Building and Maintaining Mounds and Home Plate

9:30 AM —10:45 AM    John Spaulding   Diseases Management

10:00 AM  10:45 PM     Jeff Forsberg   Maintaining Your Ballfield

11:00 AM — 12:00 PM  Sam DeMararis   Trees 101
12:00—1:00 PM            Lunch

1:00 PM—2:00 PM       Educational Points Distribution

2:00 PM—-5:00 PM      NCTGA Board Meeting




Event Itinerary


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Trade Show & Conference Schedule

Speaker Line Up