Dr. Frank Wong Headlines NTA Conference

Published online: May 25, 2017 Calendar

Dr. Frank Wong, who recently was named the Environmental Communicator of the Year, will be one of the main speakers at the 71st annual conference of the Northwest Turfgrass Association, which is set for Oct. 1-3 at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash.

The Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association announced in early May that Wong, a senior regulatory affairs consultant for Bayer Crop Science, had won the award, which recognizes individuals in the green industry for outstanding communication efforts regarding environment issues.

Wong has been with Bayer since 2011, and before that was teaching and doing research work at the University of California, Riverside. He earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from California-Davis, and a doctorate degree in plant pathology and horticulture from Cornell.

Another main speaker for the conference at Suncadia will be Paul Robertson, the superintendent at Victoria Golf Club in British Columbia, who is on the leading edge in using robotics and drones in his course maintenance program.

Presentations also will come from various researchers at Northwest universities who have received research grants from the NTA. This year, the NTA also is planning a separate track of speakers for sports turf managers.

Complete registration and schedule information will be available in the coming weeks.

The conference will open with golf Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Rope Rider course at Suncadia. Golf also will be held at Tumble Creek on Monday. Dinners will be held Sunday and Monday nights and education on Monday and Tuesday mornings.

More information on the conference is available by contacting Paul Ramsdell, the Executive Director of the NTA, at mpsparks90@aol.com or 253-219-8360.