Monday, March 26, 2012

Field Day News: Special Session, Water Mgmt District Directors


Florida Sod Growers Cooperative

2012 Field Day News

March 16, 2012

41 days to Field Day!

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2012 Florida Sod Growers Cooperative Field Day

Thursday, April 26 | Seminars, Reception / Dinner, Holiday Inn, Lake Buena Vista

Friday, April 27 | On-Farm Field Day, H & H Sod Company, Kenansville


Registration for the 2012 Florida Sod Growers Cooperative Field Day is underway! Over the coming weeks, I'll be sending updates, reminders, and some special notices about this year's event. Make plans now to attend some or all of the events for excellent learning opportunities, networking, and to support the association through our major fundraiser. Better yet - bring a friend or recommend us to one of your vendors!


Special Session with Water Management District Directors Set for April 26


The state's water management districts have undergone significant changes over the past year, including weathering daunting budget cuts and welcoming new leadership. Because the activity of the water management districts have a tremendous impact on agricultural operations and businesses, the FSGC has coordinated a special session, Changes and Challenges - Perspectives on the State's Water Management Districts from 4:00 - 5:00 PM on Thursday, April 26 at the Holiday Inn in Lake Buena Vista to provide an opportunity to meet these new leaders.


Hans G. Tanzler III, executive director of the St. Johns River Water Management District, Melissa Meeker, executive director of the South Florida Water Management District, and Blake Guillory, executive director of the Southwest Florida Water Management District will each share their perspective on the challenges their District is facing, the changes they envision going forward, and what issues and changes are most likely to impact agricultural operations.


The schedules of these directors are always jam-packed, and I'm very grateful that they've all arranged and re-arranged to be with us. It's both a tremendous recognition of our industry and a tremendous opportunity for us to "put a face" on our industry and our businesses. I truly urge you to attend this session to learn more about what may be on the horizon in your area.


Because this is such a critical area, the FSGC is offering admission to this session only at no cost to our members (a $5 self-parking fee will apply for all meeting guests). Registration in advance is required for this meeting. The full seminar session is only $25 - a great value - so I hope you'll consider attending for the entire afternoon!


Book Your Reservations by April 4 at the

Holiday Inn, Lake Buena Vista 

This year's host hotel is the Holiday Inn in Walt Disney World, located on Hotel Plaza Boulevard in Lake Buena Vista near Downtown Disney (just off I-4). The Thursday morning meetings, seminars and evening reception and dinner will all be held in this location.


This property was completely rebuilt after sustaining significant hurricane damage several years ago and now boasts spacious, attractive rooms with great amenities. Parking is convenient (just $5 per day for self parking) and the group rate of just $99 per night plus

tax (no resort fee) can't be beat! Our room block is very limited for Wednesday and Thursday nights (April 25 and 26), so be sure to

 book by Wednesday, April 4.


Use the group code FSG when booking online at or call 1-877-934-5765; the group rate cannot be guaranteed after the April 4 deadline.


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(use group code FSG)




Addtional Meetings at This Year's Field Day


Florida Farm Bureau

 Sod Advisory Committee

  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Thursday, April 26




Sod Solutions Empire Marketing Group

 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon

Thursday, April 26

(includes lunch - please RSVP to Christian Broucqsault

at Sod Solutions)


Both meetings will be held at the Holiday Inn in Lake Buena Vista






Online Registration

and Credit Card Payment Options Coming Soon!


















Betsy McGill, Executive Director
Florida Sod Growers Cooperative
Tel:  863-675-2144 |



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