Bayer CropScience Announces the 2014 Plant Health Academy Class

Bayer CropScience Announces the 2014 Plant Health Academy Class

Twelve Superintendents to Attend the Second Annual Plant Health Research and
Education Program

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Feb. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - To
provide golf course superintendents with innovative plant health research and
knowledge they can use to benefit their facilities, careers and the golf
industry, Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, today
announced the class of golf course superintendents selected to participate in
the second annual Plant Health Academy. The Academy is one of four educational
opportunities available to superintendents as part of Healthy Turf, Healthy
Tomorrow – an initiative Bayer developed in collaboration with the Golf Course
Superintendents Association of America's (GCSAA's) Environmental Institute for
Golf (EIFG) to advance plant health research and education for
superintendents.

Twelve members of GCSAA were chosen to attend the 2014 Plant Health Academy:

  *Kelly Barker, superintendent member, Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club, Santa
    Rosa, Fla.
  *Todd Bohn, Class A member, Wolf Creek Golf Club, Olathe, Kan.
  *Brett A. Chapin, Class A member, The Redding Country Club, Redding, Conn.
  *Michael J. Dunk, CGCS, Class A member, The Trophy Club, Lebanon, Ind.
  *Brian C. Green, Class A member, Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State,
    Raleigh, N.C.
  *Timothy J. Hahn, Class A member, Greystone and Shadows Golf Courses,
    Walworth, N.Y.
  *Andrew Jorgensen, CGCS, Class A member, On Top of the World Communities,
    Inc., Ocala, Fla.
  *Vincent A. Pavonetti, CGCS, Class A member, Fairview Country Club,
    Greenwich, Conn.
  *Heath Puckett, CGCS, Class A member, Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club,
    Muscle Shoals, Ala.
  *Chris Steigelman, CGCS, Class A member, The Landings Club, Savannah, Ga.
  *Melvin H. Waldron III, CGCS, Class A member, Horton Smith Golf Course,
    Springfield, Mo.
  *Robert J. Williams, superintendent member, Stockton Golf & Country Club,
    Stockton, Calif.

"We are proud to support these superintendents who are dedicated to expanding
their knowledge of our ever-evolving industry," said David Wells, golf
business manager for Bayer's turf and ornamentals (T&O) business. "The Academy
provides an excellent forum to discuss future plant health trends, work
together to solve current issues, and support the next generation of
innovative solutions."

The Plant Health Academy's two-part immersive plant health curriculum will
involve classroom training at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., March 3-5,
and in-the-field training at the Bayer Development and Training Center in
Clayton, N.C., Sept. 24-26. The Academy is part of Healthy Turf, Healthy
Tomorrow, a multi-faceted program that also includes plant health-related
webinars, demonstration courses and scholarships.

To fund Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow, Bayer invests a percentage of
StressGard™ Formulation Technology (FT) product sales each year from 2013-2015
– a minimum commitment of $300,000 over three years. These funds are also
directed towards GCSAA-executed initiatives that support the mission of the
EIFG.

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

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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 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
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 (Dec 31, 2012) 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.

Note: The title "CGCS" after a superintendent's name stands for Certified Golf
Course Superintendent, which recognizes the achievement of high standards of
professionalism through education, testing and experience.

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

Beth Roden
Head of Communications & Bayer CropScience NA Coordinator
Bayer CropScience
Tel: (919) 549-2030
Email: beth(dot)roden(at)bayer(dot)com

Ciara Ahern
Global Prairie
Tel: (216) 374-1274
Email: ciara(dot)ahern(at)global-prairie(dot)com

Press release number: USA-BCS-2014-0030

Find more information at bayercropscience.us.

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or developments.

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CONTACT: Bayer CropScience, LP
         Beth Roden
         beth.roden@bayer.com
         +1 (919) 549-2030
 
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