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The Winter issue of TOCA Talk is sponsored by EnP.

EnP has been Engineering Optimal Plant Health™ for nearly 30 years. We manufacture liquid and dry fertilizers under three brands: EnP Turf, Foliar-Pak, and Age Old Nutrients. We believe that collaboration and the exchange of ideas are essential for innovation, which is why we are proud to support the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association.

Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone

Stepping out of your comfort zone can be an unsettling experience.  As TOCA president, Scott Hollister found, it just might be where you start to grow.

TOCA + Bacon = Breakfast Reception at the Golf Industry Show

TOCA, Jacobsen, Syngenta and GCSAA team up to get your Wednesday at GIS off to a great start!  Check out the details on the breakfast reception at GIS.  Don't forget to invite your colleagues and friends.

Resorting to Revving Up Your Communications at the TOCA Annual Meeting

The 28th TOCA Annual Meeting heads to the Saddlebrook Resort outside Tampa, Florida.  Mark your calendars and check out what's in store in early May!



Q&A With Gardner Award Winners:

The Professional Development Committee continues its ongoing series featuring TOCA Gardner award winners.

Changing the game with a bold new media kit

Learn how Turf and Turf Design Build magazines changed their approach to their media kit.  Hint: it now reflects the dynamic landscape of green industry media and it's spectacular!

Turf Media Kit 1

Telling the store visually - Safer Hydro Print Ad

Dynamic, bold presentation propels EPIC Creative's "Safer Hydro Print Ad" to earn Gardner Award in design.

Safer Hydro Print Ad

“LM Social Media Strategy” gets results and Gardner Award

Landscape Management's social media strategy grew 96.1% in two years.  Earning followers of the North Coast Media brand, and multiple awards in the green industry and beyond.

TOCA Foundation News:

Plant Health Writer of the Year Program Keeps New Criteria in Fifth Year 

The Plant Health Writer of the Year program expanded the types of writing examples that qualify for entry into the award program, which proved to be successful changes in 2016.  Find out what qualifies and start thinking about who you can nominate in 2017.

Applications Open for TOCA College Scholarship

Do you know a student interested in green industry communications?  Have them apply for the $2,500 TOCA Scholarship!

Membership News

Membership Drive and Young Professional Offer

Our members know the benefits of TOCA, and a robust membership incentive campaign will help share the love and cold, hard cash!  Additionally, for every two paid memberships in TOCA, your organization can add one young profressional (YP) for free!  Read all about it!

TOCA and Ewing Host First Fireside Chat at IA Show

"Is Anyone Listening?" Plenty of folks did, in fact, listen to Cliff Woodbury.  Woodbury, the senior vice president of culture and engagement at Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, spoke about the cornerstone of building relationships - listening.


The Truth about Debbie

How does a military brat go from being a waitress at an Elks Club to an illustrious career in public relations?  Find out the truth about Debbie Clayton.

Debbie Clayton

Former TOCA Member Hal Dickey from PBI-Gordon Dies 

Long-time TOCA member, formerly from PBI-Gordon, Hal Dickey recently died at the age of 88. Hal was one of the original members of TOCA back in the early 1990s.

Hal Dickey

Hal Dickey

TOCA Running Club

Let's Be Safe Out There!

Winter running is not for the faint of heart.  Dan Gardner, special TOCA running correspondent offers trivia and incentives for reading his hearty tips!

Don't wind up on your backside, like Den, shown here.

Don't wind up on your backside, like Den, shown here.

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