The Sports Turf Managers Association’s SAFE Foundation is cooperatively funding a National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) research trial on drought and traffic tolerances of cool season turfgrass. This is the first time that SAFE has funded a research initiative, and its goal is to increase research funding in the future. SAFE currently funds scholarships and educational programs.
A grant-writer was hired in 2008 to pursue funding from organizations and foundations that align with SAFE’s mission: To support sports field specific research, educational programs and environmental concerns to promote user safety.
The trials will be established at six to eight locations across the U.S., and the study will span 2010, 2011 and 2012.

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