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National Magazine Calls NC State Turfgrass Program Best in U.S.

August 07, 2007

Media Contacts: Dr. Tom Rufty, professor of Crop Science, NC State University, 919.515.3660 or tom_rufty@ncsu.edu; Dr. Fred Yelverton, professor of Crop Science and North Carolina Cooperative Extension Specialist, NC State University, 919.515.5639 or fred_yelverton@ncsu.edu; or Dr. Rick Brandenburg, professor of Entomology and North Carolina Cooperative Extension Specialist, NC State University, 919.515.8876 or rick_brandenburg@ncsu.edu


The turfgrass program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University is the nation's best, says a leading international magazine for golf course superintendents.

"TurfNet the Magazine" in its July 2007 issue praised the program's " . . . wealth of resources . . . diverse and talented faculty, research money and grants, facilities and quality of curriculum." The magazine rated 40 turfgrass programs across the nation.

The program has more than doubled its students and teachers in the past 20 years, with a faculty that includes seven full professors, two associate professors, two assistant professors and an instructor, as well as 20 graduate students working on turfgrass research projects. In spring 2007, the program included 186 undergraduate students: 108 in a two-year program, and 78 in a four-year program.

The article points out that NC State faculty and administration, along with key industry leaders, worked closely to gather public and private support for turfgrass research programs. And the North Carolina General Assembly has recognized the turfgrass industry's economic importance. In North Carolina, the industry is valued at more than $6 billion annually.

The legislature provided base funding for the College's Turfgrass Center, formally known as the Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education (CENTERE), which organizes and coordinates turfgrass research efforts. In addition, faculty members have expanded support to more than $2 million a year from public and private sources.

Dr. Tom Rufty, professor of Crop Science; Dr. Fred Yelverton, professor of Crop Science and North Carolina Cooperative Extension specialist; and Dr. Rick Brandenburg, professor of Entomology, co-direct CENTERE.

The center's research efforts are targeted on developing environmentally sustainable turfgrass management strategies. Information about NC State's top-rated turfgrass program is available at http://www.turffiles.com. The July issue of Turfnet is on line at http://www.turfnet.com/magazine.php.

Written by: Art Latham, 919.513.3117 or art_latham@ncsu.edu

Posted by Dave at August 7, 2007 01:21 PM