New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA) and allied industry members are invited to attend 2010 Turfgrass Advocacy Day at the Empire State Plaza Concourse in Albany, N.Y., March 10 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the latest legislative updates and meet with their legislators to address issues of concern.
The day will begin with a 7 a.m. breakfast while industry experts review issues and advocacy strategy. Attendees will then meet with legislators from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., giving them the opportunity to communicate their views on important green industry issues.
Following the appointments, a luncheon has been scheduled where New York State Senator Darrel Aubertine, chair of the New York State Senate Agriculture Committee, will address participants on issues facing the horticultural and agricultural industries in New York State. Joe Steranka, CEO of the Professional Golf Association, will present results of the New York Golf Economic Impact Study.
Other issues highlighted at 2010 Turfgrass Advocacy Day include:
Pesticides – Using Less Than Label Rates
Support legislation that would allow commercial applicators to use pesticides in a dosage, concentration or frequency less than specified on the label
Regulation of Pesticides for Schools and Day Care Facilities
Oppose pesticide legislation that would prohibit the use of pesticides and limit an effective integrated pest management program (IPM).
Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Fund
Continuation of an appropriation in the New York State Budget for the Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Fund. This fund is distributed in the form of grants with a preference toward research that will have a positive impact on the environment.
The New York Golf Economic Impact Survey
Release survey results of the New York golf economic impact study.
Adoption of a State Definition of IPM
Codify a state definition of IPM as “A sustainable approach to managing pests by combining biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic health and environmental risks.”
New York Farm Viability Institute
Continued funding for the New York Farm Viability Institute, an independent, non-profit organization that is dedicated to strengthening agricultural and horticultural industries by eliminating barriers to success