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Yelverton to join Conference speakers in Brisbane

Thursday 13, Jun 2019

The AGCSA is delighted to announce the addition of a further Turf industry leader to the already outstanding line-up for the upcoming 2019 Asia Pacific Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition in Brisbane from 24-28 June.

Joining the line-up of Australia and International Guest Speakers and Panellists at the 2019 Conference, is:


Fred Yelverton 

Professor of Crop Science, North Carolina State University (USA)

Fred Yelverton, PhD., is a professor of Crop Science at North Carolina State University.  He is also Co-Director for the Centre for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education.

Yelverton conducts research and extension programs in the area of Turfgrass weed management and plant growth regulators.  He also teaches a course in Turfgrass weed management at NCSU.   

He has research interests in the biology and ecology of weeds, and the development of environmentally sound weed management systems for both warm- and cool-season turfgrasses.  

He also has an active research program in Turfgrass responses to plant growth regulators.  

He currently advises several graduate students in the area of Turfgrass weed management and plant growth regulators. He teaches an “advanced weed management seminar” and a seminar on “Event Management and golf course preparation” for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.  

Dr Yelverton has conducted 217 national and international invited presentations involving Turfgrass science since 1995.  

This includes invited presentations in 43 US states and South Africa, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Japan, England, Scotland, New Zealand, Singapore, Peoples Republic of Korea, Italy, Spain, China, France, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and the United Arab Emirates.

In 2011, Dr. Yelverton was named “one of the 10 most influential people in the green industry in the United States”.


The AGCSA is thrilled to have an industry leading professor joining some of the Speaker and Program highlights already announced: 

  • Improved Disease Control in Turf through application strategies - Dr John Kaminski, Director - Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program, Penn State University (USA)
  • Building Resilience and creating an Adaptive Mindset in your Team - Paul Warren, Captain of the Australian Invictus Games Team 
  • From Success to Significance - Cameron Schwab, Founder at DesignCEO 
  • Effective Management Practices in Sports Turf Environments - Craig Haldane, Golf Course Manager Gleneagles Golf Club (Scotland) 
  • Where's My Money? Strategies for Managing and Mastering your Financial Situation - Jason Cunningham, CEO at The Practice 

Some of the other Program highlights include: 

  • Grounds Managers at Australia’s elite Sporting Stadiums share their knowledge and experience in an interactive Panel session
  • Understanding Turfgrass plant physiology and stress management
  • Monitoring Wear on AFL Sportsfields
  • Research into Chemical Resistance in Turfgrass
  • Practical approaches to Water Management 
  • The Construction of Australia’s newest venue - BankWest Stadium
  • Effectively managing fine Turf with poor quality water
  • Turfgrass management strategies for high-use Sportsfields
  • Managing Soil Structures to control soil properties on Sportsfields
  • Cricket Wicket Management, Pitch Preparation & Curator Education

In addition to industry leading education and networking opportunities, the Asia Pacific Turfgrass Conference & Trade Exhibition also includes:

  • The largest Sports Turf Management Trade Exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Turfgrass Talkback session with a team of Sports Turf Managers, Researchers and Industry experts
  • The 2019 Sports Turf Management Awards Gala Dinner
  • VIP Trade Exhibition Opening
  • New product launches and a range of Turf machinery demonstrations

The full 2019 Conference Program is available at the AGCSA website, and Delegate Registration is now open.

We hope to see you for this industry leading event, one not to be missed for anyone involved in the Turf Management industry.