NEWS RELEASE   June 13, 2022

Green Start Academy 2022 Application Period Begins June 15th

Application period for the 17th annual class will be open through August 1

Cary, NC (June 13, 2022) — Green Start Academy (GSA) is ready to welcome a new class of assistant superintendents to its annual leadership and development program. The 17th annual class will be only the second to be held at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. GSA, hosted in partnership by John Deere, Bayer, and Rain Bird, is premiere event for assistant superintendents to learn key career development tools that will help propel their careers further, including balancing a budget, how to manage DEI in the workplace, resume building, networking tips, and more.

"The success that the graduates of Green Start Academy have seen throughout their careers is astounding," said Robert Schmidt, Global Manager of Market Development & Strategy, John Deere Golf. "We are thrilled to continue this storied legacy for the Class of 2022 and look to see where the learning and networking opportunities, both with their peers and with industry experts, during the event will take them in their future career aspirations."

Green Start Academy will invite 50 of the brightest assistant superintendents from across North America to Pinehurst for a unique educational and networking experience. From the lectures and round table discussions with the top leaders in the golf industry to best practice exchanges, Green Start provides assistants with knowledge and tips essential to their professional growth.

"The Green Start Academy provides Assistant Superintendents with the ability to build strong foundations for their careers and forge connections and skills that last a lifetime. Rain Bird is proud to continue to grow the industry through this program and partnership with John Deere and Bayer." said Tony Whelan, National Sales Manager for Rain Bird's GOLF division.

This exclusive training program provides a platform that propels attendees towards personal success while also connecting the next generation of turf industry leaders and supporting the golf industry. "We're proud to continue our partnership with John Deere and Rain Bird for another year at Pinehurst through a program whose unique combination of mentorship and development training has left a lasting and positive impact on the industry." said Will MacMurdo, head of the U.S. Turf & Ornamentals business for Bayer.

The program is currently accepting applications through August 1, 2022. Those interested can apply for a spot in this year's class on the Green Start Academy website.

About Bayer
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of healthcare and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2017, the Group employed around 99,800 people and had sales of EUR 35.0 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.4 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.5 billion. For more information, go to

About Rain Bird
Rain Bird Corporation – Golf Division provides complete irrigation solutions to golf courses across the globe. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leading-edge products including pump stations, rotors, field controllers, map-based and mobile central control systems, decoders, swing joints, filtration systems, valves and irrigation accessories. Central controls and pump stations are serviced and supported by a comprehensive Global Service Plan (GSP). Rain Bird products and services are sold worldwide through an extensive distribution network. For more information, please contact 1-800-RAINBIRD or visit

Deere & Company ( is a global leader in the delivery of agricultural, construction, and forestry equipment. We help our customers push the boundaries of what's possible in ways that are more productive and sustainable to help life leap forward. Our technology-enabled products including John Deere Autonomous 8R Tractor, See & Spray™, and E-Power Backhoe are just some of the ways we help meet the world's increasing need for food, shelter, and infrastructure. Deere & Company also provides financial services through John Deere Financial.

For more information on Deere & Company, visit us at


Shannon Stern, imre