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Nearly 300 Master Gardeners (MGs) who stopped volunteering were surveyed as to why they did not continue in the program. The fivequestion survey was mailed to people who had not turned in volunteer hours for the previous two years. Forty-seven percent or 131 useable surveys were returned and tabulated. A majority of the respondents, 73 (56%), indicated “no time” as the primary reason for not volunteering. Illness or personal reasons accounted for 30 responses (23%), and 20 people (15%) indicated they were disappointed in the program. Eighty-one percent rated the program as excellent or good; 79% indicated they would recommend the program to others.

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This paper presents a decision case concerning the application of herbicides to turfgrass at a public university housing project. Some residents opposed pesticide use, even though the grounds were infested with weeds. The chair of the grounds committee had to decide whether or not to use herbicides given the resulting social implications. The case was written for use in turfgrass management or introductory horticulture classes and possibly for turf and landscape personnel taught through extension education. Students assume the role of a decisionmaker in the complicated issue of pesticide use.

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