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AFE On the Road

The AFE team has been busy the past few weeks! From North Carolina, to California, our staff has been busy from coast to coast attending floral industry events, networking, and planning for the future! Staying connected with the industry allows us to see first-hand the impact of our programs and research, and allows us to hear directly from industry members about the challenges they’re facing so we can adapt our programs to help.  Read on to learn more about all of the AFE staff adventures so far in 2024! AFE Board Meeting and NC State Tour Twice a year, the AFE Board meets in person to engage in strategic discussions and review past, present, and upcoming initiatives, charting the course…

Unveiling AFE’s New Website: Tailored for You

We are excited to unveil our newly redesigned website, featuring seamless navigation, enhanced program accessibility, and a modern, vibrant aesthetic! The new website reflects our unwavering commitment to providing easy-to-use, accessible resources and programs supporting research, internships, scholarships, and education for the floral industry. As the Endowment’s initiatives have grown over time, adapting to the industry's ever-changing needs, the website housing all of the resources has been reshaped as well. Industry members can find resources and programs specific to their business segment, including tailored-specific news, research findings, opportunities, and more. With a focus on accessibility, the redesigned platform ensures that visitors can easily access valuable resources and navigate the website effortlessly."We are thrilled to introduce the new website, which embodies our dedication to serving all segments of…

Spring Hiring Campaign Kicks Off to Tackle Labor Challenges

The AFE Career Center provides valuable online career tools, resources, and industry guides tailored to both individuals seeking opportunities in the floral industry and employers looking to expand their staff. The Center provides the most up-to-date job listings, real-time job alerts, networking opportunities, and free tools to help both candidates and employers during the job search. Since its launch in 2020 by AFE, engagement has more than doubled in both job views and active applications.  Calling All Job-Seekers! Explore an array of resources including resume tips, reviews, and a centralized job openings hub at afecareercenter.com. Be entered to win 1 of 3 $50 Amazon gift cards by uploading your resume by April 23rd! Uploading your resume means employers can reach out to you directly with inquiries…

Thank You for a Milestone Year!

We are excited to share the following accomplishments from 2023: Funded over $765,000 to support – research, scholarships, internships, and education. This year we reached over $20 million in funding since founded in 1961.. T & B Research Library – the release of new information and resources addressing Thrips and Botrytis. Results of five years of specialized research which will save the industry tens of thousands of dollars annually... The establishment of our Sustainabloom program– a new initiative providing guides and best practices to help you in your sustainability efforts. The official site will launch in the next few months and will have resources for all segments and sizes of businesses.. Industry collaboration and partnerships with other floral organizations and media partners increasing awareness and…

Help is On the Way! Making an Impossible Supply Chain Possible

Have you heard of the NEW state-of-the-art Airglades International Airport – paired with a full-service logistics center where perishables are THE PRIORITY? Isn’t it time? Airglades International Airport is a new perishable logistics center and airport being developed in South/Central Florida-100 miles north of Miami. The initial investors are well-known leaders in the agriculture business: Florida Cargo Fresh, Inc., Hilliard Brothers of Florida, Ltd., and the United States Sugar Corporation-a collective group of perishable producers who understand the needs of perishables: efficiency, immediacy, affordability, temperature control, and fresh product to the consumer. AIRGLADES’ UNIQUE ADVANTAGES The immense advantages of Airglades will benefit all facets of the floriculture industry and provide strategic positioning to solve many of the supply chain issues that…

Buddy Jacobson Memorial Tribute Established

He transformed the business with his desire for a walk-in facility for superior customer experience. Buddy always strived to meet customer needs and exceed their expectations. Proof of this was only furthered in 1991, when he established Jacobson’s import arm, Holiday Designs Ltd., to provide unique, trend-forward products to the marketplace. Buddy’s impact on the floral industry didn’t stop at the family business. He was a driver of Jacobson’s national and local floral industry involvement including the American Institute of Floral Designers, the Society of American Florists, Teleflora, Boston’s Annual “Say it with Flowers” event to raise money for ALS research, the Connecticut Floral Association, the New England Floral Expo, and the Wholesale Florist and Florist Supplier Association where he…

AFE Develops Employer Resource Guide for Business Internship Program

AFE developed a new Employer Resource Guide to accompany its Business Internship Program, now in its second year.The guide was created to help companies build a successful internship program, with easy-to-use guidelines and steps to create meaningful learning experiences for the next generation of business leaders.The internship program draws emerging young business professionals to the world of flowers and promotes the floral industry as a viable career path.Click the image above to download the Employer Resource Guide!Now’s your chance to host an intern and help eager students contribute to your organization and the industry!With support from participating industry organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada, students will gain practical business experience and develop essential skills to help the floral industry prosper.Open…

Grow with AFE Resources!

AFE has a wealth of resources available to help students and established industry professionals alike. Did you know that AFE offers more than 150 online research reports for free to the industry? These research reports focus on important industry issues, like:Detecting and managing pests and diseases.Refining watering and nutrition practices.Notably improving plant and flower quality.Providing total management systems for air and soil borne floriculture crop diseases.You can use this website to find other tools too, like an extensive and continuously updated Impatiens downy mildew resource list.Additionally, AFE’s intern scholarship programs give the industry the opportunity to host pre-screened, competent students with a passion for production. While receiving knowledgeable students, you’ll be giving back by providing the hands-on experience necessary to…