Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation

Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation

The ATRF is a non-profit organization whose directors represent each sector of our turfgrass industry.  Distributing 100% of its profits through membership investment, the Foundation fuels operations of the Prairie Turfgrass Research Center at Olds College.

Our ATRF Mission, “To implement applied research, promote and disseminate industry knowledge and results through environmentally sustainable methods of turfgrass management.  To act as a liaison between the turfgrass industry and applied research, and conduct fundraising activities for the research Center.

Member Benefits:

  • Discounted Extension Services; Plant diagnostics, Disease Identification, Soil analysis
  • Strategic planning, and Business Management Consulting
  • Annual Maintenance Programs and Scheduling
  • Complimentary Conference and Event speaking engagements
  • Quarterly and Annual research research reporting

This year, the ATRF will propose 2-3 industry projects on your behalf, generated by those diverse branches of Turfgrass industry which it represents. As members of the Foundation, your input drives relevant research projects which continue to provide solutions for industry challenges.

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Our Services:

Diagnostics and Consulting

The Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre offers consulting services to Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation members and non-members. We conduct research and analytical testing in controlled environments and field plots on site at Olds College and various locations throughout western Canada. The Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre specializes in cold climate research focusing on species and varietal performance, fertility, water use efficiency, and plant stress physiology.

Disease Identification

  • Members: 1 free sample per year - $90 per additional sample
  • Alberta Golf Superintendents Association Members: $120 per sample
  • Non Members: $160 per sample
  • "Diagnostic Submission Form" to include with your sample(s).
    Mark Anderson, Research Technician
    Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre
    Olds College - Centre for Innovation
    Phone: 403-556-4664

Consulting Fees

  • Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation Members:
    • $60 per hour (min 3 hours)
    • $100 per hour for written report (min 8 hours)
    • $0.50 per KM for travel
    • $250 per night if overnight stay is required
  • Non Members:
    • $100 per hour (min 3 hours)
    • $100 per hour per written report (min 8 hours)
    • $0.50 per KM for travel
    • $250 per night if overnight stay is required