The National Turfgrass Federation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, was formed in 1991 as the parent organization of the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP). Now it is time for a new organization; an entity to coordinate the activities of the National Turfgrass Research Initiative (NTRI). This new organization is being formed, while applying for 501 (c) 6 non-profit status, which allows for significant lobbying activities. The new organization will be named National Turfgrass Federation. The current organization will be renamed National Turfgrass Evaluation Program, Inc., and will coordinate only the activities of NTEP while retaining its 501 (c) 3 status.
The new National Turfgrass Federation is currently working on its structure and governance. A de facto Board of Directors has met twice in Washington, DC and meets regularly via conference call to discuss the organization’s future direction, goals, by-laws, etc. This Board of Directors has also provided guidance on and support of NTRI research activities, lobbying, fund raising, etc., while participating in discussions of NTRI with Congressional staff, USDA officials and White House administration.
At its last meeting, the Board of Directors approved the following:
Mission Statement: Promote the need for turfgrass research and its associated value to society
Strategy to accomplish its mission:
Cooperate and partner with the appropriate divisions of federal, state and local governments to promote the turfgrass industry and its interests and to engage appropriate divisions of federal, state and local governments in (1) meaningful dialog regarding the goals and needs of the turfgrass industry, (2) legislative and regulatory initiatives that benefit the turfgrass industry, and (3) the importance of funding for and implementation of the National Turfgrass Research Initiative.
CURRENT NTF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The NTF Board is currently represented by the following organizations and individuals:
United States Golf Association (USGA)
Dr. Michael Kenna, Director, USGA Green Section Research
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)
Dr. Clark Throssell, Director of Research
Turfgrass Producers International
Mr. Kirk Hunter, Executive Director
Professional Landcare Network (PLANET)
Mr. Tom Delaney, Director of Government Affairs
The Irrigation Association
Mr. Tom Kimmell, Special Projects Coordinator
Ms. Deborah Hamlin, Executive Director
State Land-Grant Universities
Dr. Brian Horgan, University of Minnesota
National Turfgrass Evaluation Program
Mr. Kevin Morris, Executive Director
The Board is also considering representation from other turfgrass industry groups such as the American Seed Trade Association, Sports Turf Managers Association and commercial industry interests.