Bayer CropScience Now Accepting Applications for the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Academy

Bayer CropScience Now Accepting Applications for the Healthy Turf, Healthy
Tomorrow Plant Health Academy

Twelve GCSAA member superintendents will be selected to experience
industry-leading plant health research and education program.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., May 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB -
Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, today announced
that it is accepting applications from GCSAA Class A and superintendent
members through June 5 for the inaugural Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant
Health Academy. The Academy is the first of four Healthy Turf, Healthy
Tomorrow educational opportunities available to superintendents since Bayer
launched the program in collaboration with the GCSAA's Environmental Institute
for Golf (EIFG) earlier this year.

The Academy's two-part immersive plant health curriculum will involve
in-the-field training at the Bayer Training and Development Center in Clayton,
N.C. (September 25-27), and classroom training at GCSAA headquarters in
Lawrence, Kan. (March 3-5, 2014). Twelve GCSAA members will be selected based
on merit to participate in the Academy, with travel, accommodations and meals
paid for by the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program.

"Bayer designed the Plant Health Academy to allow GCSAA members to study plant
health and then see it put into practice, learning valuable strategies that
they can use on their own courses," said Jose Milan, head of Bayer's Turf and
Ornamentals business. "We are committed to providing superintendents with the
knowledge and tools to integrate and promote plant health practices in a
real-world setting."

Attendees will receive instruction on a wide range of topics related to plant
health, including how to measure plant health and its benefits, available
treatments and preventive products, and issues such as nutrient, water and
pest management.

Candidates can apply through June 5 by visiting the Plant Health Academy web
page at http://www.backedbybayer.com/plant-health-academy. To be considered,
superintendents must complete the application and respond to two short-answer
essay questions, which will be evaluated by a selection committee of GCSAA and
Bayer representatives. The program is open to GCSAA (class A or SM) members
who are also enrolled in the Bayer Accolades® program and are currently
employed as a golf course superintendent within the United States.

"The Bayer Plant Health Academy is an excellent opportunity for our members to
learn some best practices in plant health management, obtaining knowledge that
will keep their courses thriving for a long time," said Rhett Evans, Chief
Executive Officer of the GCSAA and its philanthropic organization, the
Environmental Institute for Golf. "We appreciate Bayer's continued commitment
to the EIFG, GCSAA and the education of our member superintendents."

Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow is 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. In addition to
the Plant Health Academy, the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program also
includes plant health-related webinars, demonstration courses and
scholarships.

To fund Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow, Bayer will invest a percentage of its
StressGard™ Formulation Technology (FT) product sales each year for three
years, which is expected to generate a minimum of $100,000 per year for the
EIFG. This will be used to fund both the new program, and also the EIFG's
research, education, advocacy and scholarship initiatives executed by GCSAA.

"Bayer is committed to supporting the industry through all available avenues,"
said Milan. "By investing in superintendent education, we hope to help develop
plant health experts with whom we can collaborate to develop long-term
solutions for their courses and the golf industry."

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

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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. This year the company is
celebrating 150 years of Bayer – consistent with its mission "Bayer: Science
For A Better Life". Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible
for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012)
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 20,800 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 http://www.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.

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