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Dr. Troutman to Receive FTGA Wreath of Grass Award

Wednesday, October 26, 2016  
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Heather Russo, Executive Director
(863) 688-9413

Dr. Troutman to Receive FTGA Wreath of Grass Award

LAKELAND, Fla., (Oct. 31, 2016)--The Florida Turfgrass Association (FTGA) awarded Dr. Barry Troutman with the 2016 FTGA Wreath of Grass Award. This award is the FTGA’s highest honor and pays tribute to individuals who have shown outstanding service to the FTGA and to the turfgrass industry. The awards were presented during the 64th Annual Conference and Show Annual Meeting Lunch in Palm Harbor, Florida. Dr. Troutman’s award was presented by colleague Mac Briley. Briley stated, “Dr. Troutman has been a leader and a mentor to many turfgrass professionals with integrity and his external presence. When Barry speaks, people listen.”

In December 2015, Dr. Troutman retired from BrightView Landscape Company (formerly ValleyCrest Companies). In January, he has started his own company Turf and Ornamental Technology that will provide horticulture and agronomic solutions and training to lawn and landscape professionals. Troutman is a certified trainer in Florida Friendly Best Management Practices and a certified pest control operator. He served on the FTGA’s board and was a past president with the Georgia Turfgrass Association.

The FTGA was founded in 1952 and is dedicated to education, research and the promotion of environmentally responsible and scientifically based management practices for the turfgrass industry. Florida ranks No. 1 in the nation for turfgrass related economic activity with total revenues estimated at $7.82-billion and a total employment of more than 173,000 jobs. The FTGA continues to advocate for and promote the turfgrass industry with extensive research, continuing education and opportunities for turfgrass professionals to network with their colleagues.

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