Bayer CropScience to Launch Plant Health Research and Education Program

Bayer CropScience to Launch Plant Health Research and Education Program

Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program to benefit GCSAA members and the
Environmental Institute for Golf

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Feb. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB -
Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, will launch Healthy
Turf, Healthy Tomorrow, a multi-faceted program aimed at advancing plant
health research and education for superintendents to help ensure the health of
their courses – and the industry – for the future.

The program will include in-person training for selected superintendent
applicants, as well as plant health-focused demonstration courses, webinars
and scholarships – all of which are intended to help superintendents
understand and apply the principles of plant health and increase the long-term
sustainability of their courses.

Just as human health care has evolved from simply treating disease to
comprehensive efforts to prevent its occurrence, so too has plant health care
evolved to focus on not only treating symptoms, but also protecting and
fortifying plants as a strategy to promote plant health. Through the Healthy
Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program, Bayer will bring industry-leading plant health
and plant science expertise directly to further educate superintendents so
that they may provide a viable long term, sustainable solution for the
industry.

"Bayer takes a holistic approach to plant care – maximizing natural plant
defenses while better managing resources," said Jose Milan, head of the turf
and ornamentals business at Bayer. "This creates a system resulting in
healthier, more functional plants with better managed inputs."

To fund the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program, Bayer will invest a
percentage of sales of its StressGard™ Formulation Technology product sales
each year for three years, which is expected to generate a minimum of $100,000
per year for the Environmental Institute for Golf. The funds will be dedicated
to not only fund the new program, but to support EIFG funding for research,
education, advocacy and communication. "We are appreciative of Bayer
Environmental Science's backing of the Environmental Institute for Golf. It
demonstrates a commitment to the future of the game," said Rhett Evans, Chief
Executive Officer of the GCSAA and the EIFG. "The funds will be invested in
research-based programs that will support golf course superintendents and
enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of their operations."

The initiative will create the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health
Academy, which will consist of a two-part immersive plant health curriculum
that will involve classroom training at GCSAA in Lawrence, Kan., and
in-the-field training at the Bayer Training and Development Center in Clayton,
N.C. A select number of superintendents – 12 annually – will be invited to
participate in the academy, with all expenses covered by the Healthy Turf,
Healthy Tomorrow program. Superintendents who are interested to learn more can
sign up to receive updates about Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow at
http://www.backedbybayer.com/healthy-turf.

"Bayer is uniquely positioned to provide technologies and the depth of
knowledge to optimize plant and community health," said Milan. "Our support of
the EIFG is a natural result of our shared commitment to education and
sustainable practices and will help ensure the health of superintendents'
courses – and that of the industry – now and in the future."

To further generate new data and case studies on plant health and its
benefits, two golf courses per year will be designated as Plant Health
Demonstration Courses. These courses will serve as 'living labs,' where
researchers and superintendents can work together to implement and test plant
health technologies in a real-world setting.

Golf course superintendents can take advantage of the latest advances in plant
care by attending the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Webinar
series, which will feature industry experts discussing a number of topics
pertaining to plant health. The program also will involve the creation and
designation of Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Scholarships
dedicated to plant health research and education.

Bayer has been developing products with plant health attributes for nearly 20
years, starting with the origin of its StressGard Formulation Technology,
which is now featured in four Bayer fungicides, including Tartan®, Chipco®
Triton® Flo, Interface®, and Chipco® Signature™. This technology helps fortify
natural plant defenses and promote plant growth. To learn more about
StressGard FT and other Bayer solutions, please visit backedbybayer.com.

Bayer, the Bayer Cross, StressGard, Tartan, Chipco, Triton, Interface, and
Signature are registered trademarks of BAYER.

Bayer CropScience is committed to bringing new technology and solutions for
agriculture and non-agricultural uses. For questions concerning the
availability and use of products, contact a local Bayer CropScience
representative, or visit Bayer CropScience online at
http://www.bayercropscience.us.

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About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health
care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of
Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR
7.255 billion (2011) and is one of the world's leading innovative crop science
companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest
control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high
value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and
biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern,
sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer
CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests
from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global
workforce of 21,000 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and
further news is available at: press.bayercropscience.com.

About the EIFG
The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents
Association of America, and has as its mission to foster sustainability
through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the
benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game.
With respect for the game and the environment, the EIFG inspires
environmental, social and economic progress through golf for the benefit of
communities. Collaboration between the golf industry, environmental interests
and communities will lead to programs and services beneficial to all who come
into contact with the game of golf. Visit the EIFG at eifg.org.

About GCSAA
GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course
management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for
the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide.
From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education,
information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 72
countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession
and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA
on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at gcsaa.org.

Contact:
Bayer CropScience Media Hotline, 1-877-879-6162, or

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