February 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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Page 30 of 51 February 2017 | SportsTurf 31 As always, Cockerham is forward thinking. "Water will be key everywhere, as it long has been in the Southwest," he says. "During the severe drought about 15 years ago, I helped as Vic led a group of sod producers and other sod industry representatives to present scientifi c evidence to the governor and legislature to counteract those bashing turfgrass. This time, no one took a leadership role. It would be a great if TPI would step up to leadership in water politics—local, regional, national and international—but it must be coordinated so the message is consistent. Whatever the association can do, through research and/or education, to spread the positive message must be a top priority. Manufacturers are coming alongside that need, but they could use some help and recognition for their contribution. Sod growers have never been reluctant to state their thoughts. We just need to channel our efforts in the right direction to make a difference in public and legislative opinion and action." Suz Trusty is co-editor of Turf News. ABOVE: Steve Cockerham checks the field at the Los Angeles Coliseum. AT RIGHT: Cockerham stands with pallets of sod for the home of TV's Johnny Carson. PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE PHOTO COURTESY OF TPI ARCHIVES

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