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Rossi honored as NYSTLA ‘Man of the Year’

Frank Rossi explains robotic mower research at Bluegrass Lane Turf Field Day last summer.

Rossi (right) explains robotic mower research at Bluegrass Lane Turf Field Day last summer.

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

New York State Turf and Landscape Association (NYSTLA) has named Frank Rossi the organization’s 2016 Man of the Year. Rossi is an associate professor and turf specialist in the Horticulture Section of Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science.

NYSTLA noted Rossi’s unwavering dedication to the horticulture industry, by means of continual research and education. For example, during the growing season, Rossi publishes the weekly ShortCUTT newsletter that provides sports turf, golf turf and lawn professionals with timely information on how they can manage pests and nutrients while protecting the environment. The newsletter is also available as a podcast.

Rossi recently added a Best Practices newsletter to help golf turf managers adopt practices to protect water quality, and contributed to an iBook for homeowners, Lawn Care: The Easiest Steps To An Attractive Environmental Asset.

In addition to his turfgrass activities, Rossi also teaches Horticultural Science and Systems (PLHRT 1101) and is the faculty advisor for the Horticulture Minor.

Rossi will receive his award at NYSTLA’s Spring Kickoff meeting March 8 in Pleasantville, N.Y., where he will also speak on Lawn Best Management Practices to Protect Water Quality.

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