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3 December 2012, TGA members reflect on a challenging year

Members of the Turfgrass Growers Association met last week to reflect on a year when water dominated both the headlines and its activities.

“We’ve had a busy and challenging year, particularly during the water restrictions,” said TGA Chief Executive Tim Mudge, “and there’s plenty on our agenda in 2013, including the revision of British Standard 3969 for General Purpose Turf and of course our Turf Show which will be held on 9th July at Fineturf.”

“Our November members’ meeting has become a ‘must-attend’ event for the turf industry and we were delighted to see a full-house to hear a great line up of speakers.”

Fifty growers and trade representatives gathered to hear key note speaker Gail Soutar, Senior CAP and International Affairs Adviser for the National Farmers Union, explain the current round of CAP reforms and the implications for the turfgrass industry.

The group also heard presentations from Andersons on the benefits of benchmarking, and from Clive Carter, Director of Groundcare at IPU Group, on fuel treatments. The TGA also welcomed Arnaud Dugast from French turf grower Sitoflor who gave an overview of turf production across the Channel.