The growers of turfgrass seed in Washington voted to establish the Washington Turfgrass Seed Commission for the purposes of funding research in the production, processing or distribution of turfgrass seed- collecting and disseminating information on turfgrass seed and turfgrass seed by-products, and establishing and conducting programs to promote the use of turfgrass seed and byproducts, including straw utilization projects. In accordance with the marketing order, the Washington Turfgrass Seed Commission collects assessments from growers to pursue its purposes.
Uses and Purposes
The holder of this professorship will be a lead and distinguished faculty member in the grass seed production and turfgrass management program in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at WSU. The incumbent will teach core courses in seed production and turfgrass management, providing students with a superior learning experience and preparing them to add value to the seed production and utilization industries and Washington communities; conduct research and publish articles on original research benefitting academic and industry knowledge; and recruit and retain additional outstanding faculty with industry and research expertise. Funds from the Washington Turfgrass Seed Commission Professorship will be to support and engage in research programs or activities that benefit the planting, production, and harvesting of turfgrass seed production in Washington State. Research may include production, processing, irrigation, transportation, handling, or distribution of turfgrass seed through projects recommended by the Washington Turfgrass Seed Commission. When the professorship is vacant, and with approval from the Washington Turfgrass Seed Commission, the distributions from this fund shall be used for turfgrass seed research by faculty appointed by the Chair of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and projects recommended by the Washington Turfgrass Seed Commission.