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New Fund Honors the Legacy of Yoshimi and Grace Shibata

AFE announced the establishment of the Yoshimi and Grace Shibata Family Fund, honoring the late flower grower and wholesale florist Yoshimi “Shimi” Shibata and his wife Grace. Shimi passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 31 surrounded by family. The floral industry pioneer was 100 years old. Founded by a generous contribution from the Shibata […]


2015 AFE Bulletin Issue Four Available Now

The 2015 AFE Bulletin Issue Four has been published and is jam-packed with tons of industry news and updates! Our biggest issue ever includes: Hosts Needed for AFE’s New Business Internship Program 2015 AFE Fundraising Dinner Highlights Flowers as Memorial Tributes: A Tradition Worth Preserving Protecting Gerbera From Powdery Mildew Four New Named Funds Established […]

Chris Currey

Christopher Currey Joins AFE’s Vic & Margaret Ball Committee

Christopher Currey, Ph.D. has been appointed as the newest member of AFE’s Vic & Margaret Ball Committee. Currey is an assistant professor at Iowa State University and works in the school’s horticulture department. As a member of the Ball Committee, Currey will be working with several AFE Trustees and other faculty members to review student […]

Severe Powdery Mildew

New Research Aims to Protect Gerbera From Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is the most common and damaging disease for gerbera crops. Growers often have to apply fungicides to control powdery mildew, which leads to significant increases in production costs. The lack of disease-resistant gerbera plants has been a major limiting factor for crop production. Severe powdery mildew AFE’s latest research report, Powdery Mildew Resistance […]


Nearly $40,000 Awarded in 2015 Scholarships

AFE awarded seventeen students in 2015 with scholarships totaling more than $37,000. “The quality of the applicants this year was outstanding, and we only wish we could help even more young people as they begin their rewarding careers. These deserving students show great promise and will be strong assets to the industry,” AFE Chairman-Elect and […]


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