The Turfgrass Growers Association (TGA) recorded its best ever turn out for a members meeting recently when growers from across the UK gathered in Peterborough.
2008 has been an eventful year for the association and the meeting was an ideal opportunity for Chief Executive Tim Mudge and the TGA council to feed back their progress to the members and affiliates present. They heard a varied programme of presentations on a diverse range of subjects, with Andy Cole from the STRI the first to take the floor with a presentation on the history of turf grass development. He was followed by Marcel Hoekstra from Clean Greens who had travelled from Holland to introduce UK growers to the benefits of UV crop protection in the treatment of pathogenic fungi. TGA council members then provided an update on association and industry matters including the forthcoming pesticide vote and the 2009 Turf Show.
A presentation on reaching potential customers was delivered by Fiona Tarpey from England Marketing and the focus remained on marketing after lunch with a presentation on the TGA's 2008 PR and marketing activity by Ellie Tait of Forte Marketing kicking off the afternoon session. Jeremy Steele and Lindsey Byrne from Tack Training drew the programme to a close as they led a discussion on the key aspects of leadership in senior management.
Commenting after the meeting, Tim Mudge said: "There are some very important issues affecting growers at the moment and as an association we're working hard on our members' behalf to address them. With the current economic climate, and the prospect of changes to EU pesticide regulation, the theme of our meeting was very timely. It gave members the chance to get information on all aspects of their business. Feedback was very positive and this event is becoming an important date in their diaries."
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