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    Virginia Turfgrass Foundation
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    The Virginia Turfgrass Foundation (VTF) was established in 1988 to collect and distribute funds for the innovative and essential research of turfgrass. The VTF is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes the benefits of natural turfgrass by funding research to preserve, transform, and improve the environment throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. The VTF works exclusively with the Virginia Tech Turfgrass Science program at designated research facilities throughout the state to develop and evaluate new turfgrasses. This also includes a wide variety of innovative management strategies, and the researching the latest releases in chemistries, technologies, and equipment.

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    Virginia Turfgrass Council
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    The Virginia Turfgrass Council (VTC) was formed in 1960 and is a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to the enhancement of turfgrass management. It was the brain-child of Virginia Tech professors who saw the need for an association to serve Virginia’s turfgrass industry. It is dedicated to promoting the turfgrass industry through education, scholarship and research, and serves its industry members through education, promotion, and representation. The VTC supports ongoing programs in research, education, and extension in the areas of turfgrass management that will benefit all individuals who manage turfgrasses.

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    Virginia Sports Field Management Association
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    The mission of the Virginia Sports Field Management Association (VSFMA) is to be the recognized leader within the Commonwealth of Virginia in strengthening the sports-field industry and enhancing members' competence and acknowledgement of their professionalism. The VSFMA provides educational content and training for those engaged in sports field management, supports those pursuing an education in the sports turf industry; partners with turfgrass-industry associations in supporting sports-field management research, and provides a collective network of sports field professionals to enhance career development and professionalism.

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    Virginia Golf Course Superintendents Association
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    The Virginia Golf Course Superintendents Association (VGCSA) was formed in 1999 to better serve its members through unified representation on a state and national level and by advancing their professional growth. The VGCSA is dedicated to leading the golf industry by serving its members and advancing the profession and the game of golf.

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    Virginia DCR Urban Nutrient Management Program
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    The Virginia Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) serves a diverse Commonwealth, rich in nature and culture, and touches all Virginians' lives. As the state's lead conservation agency, the DCR protects what Virginians care about – open space, clean water, natural habitat, safe infrastructure and access to the outdoors. The DCR requires urban nutrient management plans for golf courses and state-owned lands, as well as publicly-owned lands fertilized within a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit area. Urban nutrient management plans must be written by certified planners and must be approved by the Virginia DCR. The DCR encourages all turfgrass and landscape professionals to consider nutrient management plans for the areas they manage.

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    Virginia Crop Improvement Association
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    The Virginia Crop Improvement Association (VCIA) is a nonprofit educational and service organization officially recognized as the seed certifying agency in Virginia for maintaining varietal identity and mechanical purity of improved crops. Certification is a system of records, inspections, and standards conducted with the cooperation and supervision of seed growers, seedsmen, the Extension and Research Division of Virginia Tech, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Virginia Certified Seed Board. VCIA is a member of the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA), an organization composed of agencies responsible for seed certification in the United States, Canada, and several other countries.