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Terril Nell

Laser-Focused on the Floriculture Industry’s Research Needs

The floriculture industry faces complex issues that research funded by AFE helps address. AFE’s Research Coordinator Terril Nell, Ph.D. (pictured), has written an article detailing what the current research is telling us about pest management, postharvest handling and more. The article, which was featured in the January 2015 issue of Greenhouse Grower, can be viewed […]

Daniel Klittich

UC Davis Student Awarded 2015 AFE Ecke Scholarship

Daniel Klittich, a doctoral candidate at the University of California (UC Davis), has been awarded the 2015 Paul Ecke Jr. Scholarship through AFE. The merit-based scholarship honors the late Paul Ecke Jr., who made contributions to the advancement of the floriculture industry. It is given to M.S. or Ph.D. students studying horticulture or a related […]


American Floral Endowment Welcomes New Recruit Lori Ostrow

AFE is proud to announce Lori Ostrow as its new communications specialist. Ostrow will work closely with AFE Executive Director Debi Aker on media relations, social media management, the quarterly bulletin, donor cultivation and website management. “It’s wonderful to be joining such a lovely, vibrant team and helping ‘grow’ the floriculture and environmental horticulture industries,” […]


AFE Research Project to Create Buzz for Honey Bee Health

AFE is funding a new research project to examine the health of honey bees on ornamental plants following treatment with neonicotinoids and other systemic insecticides. The two-year research project – “Impact and Residual Activity of Systemic Insecticides in Ornamental Plants,” with Clemson University researchers J.C. Chong, Steven Klaine and Jennifer Tsuruda – will document the […]


2013-2014 AFE Annual Report Highlights

AFE has just released its 2013-2014 annual report. “This annual report showcases the recent exciting ways AFE has been serving all segments of the floriculture and environmental horticulture industries,” AFE Chairman Gabriel Becerra of Golden Flowers, said. “The donors who generously support the Endowment make all of this great work possible.” 2013-2014 annual report highlights […]


AFE Bulletin — 2015 Issue One

AFE’s Latest Bulletin includes: ** New ** Funeral Directors and Flowers Report, Fourth Award for Murder, Sex and Greed Video, New Trustees Appointed, Memorial Tribute Established, Downy Mildew Report, Upcoming Deadlines and more!


Midwest Group Makes Generous Contribution to Tom Butler Family Fund

The Midwest Group, a floral industry trade association consisting of 15 leading florists nationwide, generously donated $1,500 to the Tom Butler Family Fund. The fund was established in 2014 by Tom and Becky Butler to provide general undesignated funds to the American Floral Endowment (AFE), prior to Tom’s passing in August. “Tom engendered a perception of familiarity […]


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