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2024 Conference Recap

MTF | Published on 2/2/2024

Save the Dates: January 7-9, 2025

The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation would like to thank everyone, including the attendees, presenters, vendors and sponsors, that helped make the 2024 Michigan Turfgrass Conference such a great success. The Conference had over 500 attendees this year making it one of our highest attended to date. The Conference will be back at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort again in 2025, save the dates January 7-9, 2025!

Conference Photos

2024 Pocket Guide

Annual Meeting

During this year’s Annual Meeting, the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation welcomed new board members, Chris Wilczynski and Brian Schweihofer. Dan Mausolf was appointed to the position of MTF President, with Curt Boak becoming President Emeritus. The Board also thanked outgoing board member Dan Lucas for his dedication and service to the organization.

Scholarship Awards

Dr. Trey Rogers, on his “favorite day of the year”, presented awards to Michigan State Turf students from the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, Michigan State University, MiGCSA, MiSFMA and National Awards.

View the award winners


Vendor Show

42 vendors helped make this year’s vendor show one to remember. Thank you also, to the industry members who donated to the silent auction, which raised almost $7,000 for turfgrass research.

Dr. Vargas Retirement Reception

Over 200 colleagues attended the retirement celebration for Dr. Joe Vargas in recognition of his 50 years of service to MSU and the Turfgrass Industry. The night was highlighted by the stories and words of recognition from his friends, colleagues and industry leaders and Dr. Vargas’s final words being met with a lengthy and enthusiastic standing ovation.

Photo gallery


Thank you to the 2024 Conference sponsors for their continued support of turfgrass research.

Michigan Golf Course Association- Vargas Reception Food/Drink

Spartan Distributors- Vargas Reception Food/Drink

Syngenta- Coffee, Sports Turf Track

US Golf Cars / Ladd's- Vargas Reception Food/Drink

Target Specialty Products- Vargas Reception Food/Drink

Advanced Turf Solutions- Lunch, Coffee

C.W. Golf Architecture- Vargas Reception Food/Drink

DeBuck's Sod Farm, Inc.- Speakers Dinner

Rhino Seed- Vargas Reception Food/Drink

Harrell's, LLC- Coffee, Lawn Care Speaker Track

Helena- Coffee Cup

MiGCSA- Golf Track Speaker

MTESP- Coffee

Stine Turf & Snow, Inc. MSU Student Scholarship Banner

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