Bayer CropScience Now Accepting Applications for Plant Health Scholarships

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Two top-ranked superintendents will each receive $2,500 award to advance education in plant health

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By empowering individuals to learn more about optimizing plant health on their courses, we create a network of expertise that can work together to create a better future for the T&O industry, “ said Scott Welge.

Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, today announced that golf course superintendents can now apply for the inaugural Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Scholarship. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to each of two outstanding superintendents looking to advance their education in the area of plant health.

“Bayer is committed to improving plant health, and we are excited to support outstanding superintendents who share that commitment,” said Scott Welge, head of marketing for Bayer’s professional turf and ornamentals (T&O) business. “By empowering individuals to learn more about optimizing plant health on their courses, we create a network of expertise that can work together to create a better future for the T&O industry.”

Applications for the Plant Health Scholarships will be accepted now through October 4. Scholarship recipients may use the award to attend local, regional or national educational conferences, or to enroll in a continuing education program at an institution of higher learning. Superintendents interested in applying can visit the application page at http://www.backedbybayer.com/healthy-turf. Applicants must be employed as a golf course superintendent and must also be a registered member of the GCSAA and the Bayer Accolades® customer loyalty program.

The Plant Health Scholarship is part of Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow, a multi-faceted initiative aimed at advancing plant health research and education for superintendents to help ensure the health of their courses, and the industry, for the future. In addition to scholarships, the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program includes plant health-related webinars, demonstration courses and the Plant Health Academy. To fund Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow, Bayer will invest a percentage of StressGard™ Formulation Technology (FT) product sales each year for three years – a minimum commitment of $300,000 over three years. Funds generated through the program will also be dedicated to the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) to support research, education, advocacy and scholarship initiatives executed by GCSAA.

Bayer has been developing products with plant health attributes for nearly 20 years, starting with the origin of StressGard FT, which is now featured in four Bayer fungicides, including Tartan®, Chipco Triton® Flo, Interface®, and Chipco® Signature™. StressGard FT helps fortify natural plant defenses and promote plant growth. To learn more about StressGard FT and other Bayer solutions, please visit BackedByBayer.com.

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About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. This year the company is celebrating 150 years of Bayer – consistent with its mission “Bayer: Science For A Better Life”. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 20,800 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: press.bayercropscience.com.

About the EIFG
The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. With respect for the game and the environment, the EIFG inspires environmental, social and economic progress through golf for the benefit of communities. Collaboration between the golf industry, environmental interests and communities will lead to programs and services beneficial to all who come into contact with the game of golf. Visit the EIFG at eifg.org.

About GCSAA
GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at gcsaa.org.

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Becca Hogan
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Bayer CropScience LP
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