Some of you might be interested to know what is occuring in Georgia as a result of a recent incident with pesticides. Things like this are alarming, because you know that public outcries always seem to be trying to hurt our industry. This was somewhat of a damage control effort by some of our agribusiness leaders in the state. I was unable to attend this meeting, but it would have been interesting to say the least.
We wanted to alert GTA membership of a public meeting the Peachtree City Recreation Department is sponsoring entitled Pesticide Use on Sports Fields, on Tuesday, November 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers. The public is invited to this free informational session. Representatives from the Georgia Agribusiness Council will be in attendance and we encourage other interested parties to attend as well. The meeting announcement is attached for your review and directions to the City Hall are posted below.
As you are probably aware, this issue surfaced over the summer when children playing soccer on a sports field that had been treated earlier in the day by a professional turfgrass management company became ill. The workshop is being organized as a result of concerns expressed by a small group of soccer parents who object to the citys use of pesticides on sports fields to control weeds. The Recreation Department intends to establish an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that will control and minimize the use of pesticides. We are thankful that several of the panelists are those that the industry has worked with over the years and are knowledgeable of the stewardship efforts utilized in the industry.
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Each panelist will have five minutes to give remarks then the floor will be opened for audience Q&A.