Under its brand Koch Turf & Ornamental, Koch Agronomic Services LLC has donated $20,000 to the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization of GCSAA, to support GCSAA’s best management practices (BMPs) program.
With the donation, Koch Turf & Ornamental is part of the Executive Level of supporters of the BMP recognition program. The company is also at the Statesman’s Club level of the EIFG’s Cumulative Giving Program, for donors that have contributed $10,000 to $24,999 since 1987. In addition, Koch Turf & Ornamental is a Silver Partner in GCSAA’s Partner Recognition Program.
“We have very ambitious goals for our BMP initiative, and Koch Turf & Ornamental’s support will help those come to fruition,” says GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. “Their gift aids in the development and adoption of BMPs at the state and facility levels, which in turn promotes members’ professional management of their golf courses.”
GCSAA’s BMP program provides tools and resources to assist states and individual golf facilities in developing BMP plans for integrated pest management (IPM), water management and the use of inputs. GCSAA’s goal is to have state BMP guides for all 50 states by 2020, and the association created the BMP Planning Guide and Template Tool to help states take the first steps. Once a state’s guide is approved, the Facility BMP Tool assists individual golf operations in creating site-specific plans. In addition, the recently launched IPM Planning Guide Tool can be used to easily develop a pest management plan. The BMP program receives additional support from the USGA and the PGA Tour.
“GCSAA is providing the golf industry with broad-based information and tools that promote sustainability and encourage continuous improvement,” says Marshall Bird, vice president of Koch Turf & Ornamental. “We’re proud to support the BMP program, which aligns with our vision of providing solutions that maximize plant performance and minimize environmental impact.”
Get more information about GCSAA’s BMP program.