2016 New England Regional Turfgrass Conference and Show Returns to the Original Early March Dates:

February 29th-March 3rd 2016


A note from the President……

August 17, 2015-The foundation is very pleased to announce that an insurance settlement for the 2015 show has been reached and received.  The result is that the settlement will allow the foundation to discount the 2016 show for all exhibitors and attendees who registered for our 2015 show.  Exhibitor details of the discount will be included in  your 2016 Exhibitor Packets and will be based on your 2015 contracted exhibit space.  2015 Attendees will be notified when they pre-register and will receive a 50% discount for conference and show registration for 2016 based on 2015 registration fees.  The settlement will continue to allow the foundation to concentrate on related turfgrass research without having to lower the level of funding due to the disastrous 2015 blizzard event from January 25-29.

July 1st, 2015-We are happy to announce that the 2016 show dates are back to the first days of March!  Show details for exhibitors will be out soon, so please watch your mail.

February 20, 2015-The NERTF Board of Directors held a conference call on February 18th to continue discussion on the 2015 Conference misfortune.  It is our goal to do the right thing and come to an amicable resolution for everyone involved.  Show insurance had been purchased knowing that the weather could turn on us for the January show date.  This year’s show financial information has been gathered and reviewed.  We will be submitting a claim to the insurance company for projected losses caused by winter storm Juno.  Council has also been retained to review our claim and assist us through the process.

Again, thank you for your patience as we work through this matter.

John Clark, Rochester Country Club, NERTF President


February 4, 2015-We are still recovering from winter storm Juno and all of the challenges it created for the 2015 New England Regional Turfgrass Conference and Show.  After nearly a year of planning it certainly is a shame to experience such a weather event during the conference.  Thanks go to executive director Gary Sykes, show manager David Rosenberg, Mary Owen and all of their support staff for making the best of an extremely difficult situation.

The NERTF board of directors will be meeting in the coming weeks to discuss issues created by this untimely storm and will inform you of the outcomes soon there after.

I want to thank all supporters of the foundation in the past, present and future for your continued support.  It is your commitment to the industry and profession that has made the NERTF such a successful venture providing nearly 2 million dollars for turf research in the past 18 years.  We will strive to keep your trust and continue to provide you with one of the best educational events in the country.

Thank You!

John Clark

Rochester Country Club

NERTF President


The New England Regional Turfgrass Conference and Show adjourned Thursday, January 29 at 1pm.  It was a tough week and we appreciate all the effort of those who could be there even if it was abbreviated.  As we all know, the weather is totally out of our control and many of our speakers and vendors were in route in preparation for a great show.  Impossible to reschedule, it was felt best that the show was to go on as planned and as best it could.  We look forward as we begin planning our 19th annual conference and show to be held on February 29th-March 3, 2016.  Stay tuned for more information!


New England Regional Turfgrass Conference & Show Announcement- January 25, 2015  5pm

Due to the pending severe snowstorm we have modified our conference and show schedule as follows:

Monday, January 26 – All seminars will go on as scheduled.

Tuesday, January 27 – USGA Session will go on as scheduled at 9am.  The Sports Turf morning session is cancelled, but the Sports Turf Seminar on Skinned Areas at 1pm will go on as scheduled.  The Keynote presentation by John Dennis, Trade Show and Reception will be cancelled for Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 28 – The Trade Show will be open from 12 noon-5pm with a lunch reception.  The education program will go on as scheduled starting at 9am.

Thursday, January 29 – The Trade Show and Education Sessions will go on as scheduled starting at 9am.

In 18 years we have been extremely lucky with the weather and are sorry if these changes have impacted your plans.  Our hope is to still make the event the best we can under these unfortunate circumstances.  Badge changes will be made upon request.  So, if you need to exchange a badge from Tuesday to a Wednesday or a Thursday, please come to the registration area.

Reminder: If you have hotel reservations you must contact your hotel for any cancellations or you will be charged.



nertf-solidIn 1996, the New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation was formed through the cooperation of the seven Golf Course Superintendent Associations within the New England Region, along with the New England Sports Turf Managers Association, and the Massachusetts Association of Lawn Care Professionals.