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Dr. Phil Busey Awarded FTGA Wreath of Grass Award

Monday, October 15, 2018  
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LAKELAND, Fla., Oct. 15, 2018 – The Florida Turfgrass Association awarded Dr. Phil Busey the 2018 FTGA Wreath of Grass Award. The 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 award was presented by Past President John Mascaro at the association’s 66th Annual Conference & Show Sept. 18, at World Golf Village Renaissance in St. Augustine, Florida.

Mascaro said, “I have known Dr. Busey for 30 years, and he is always willing to help people seeking knowledge, not only in turfgrass areas but in many other facets as well. He is also the go-to person for difficult turfgrass problems, turf identification or weed issues and is always ready to lend a helping hand or refer you to someone better suited to answer your specific issue.”

Currently, Dr. Busey is a University of Florida professor emeritus, independent consultant with Brookside Laboratories Inc. and president of Phil Busey Agronomy Consulting Inc. With more than 35 years of service at the University of Florida in Davie, Fla., he taught many classes including Turfgrass Culture, Golf and Sports Turf Management, Genetics and Grass Biology and invented three patented turfgrasses. He is a prolific author and a frequent lecturer and speaker.

In addition, Dr. Busey is a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA), a Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg), and he has attained the benchmarks of professionalism recognized by the American Society of Agronomy for practicing agronomists.

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.