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AFE-Funded Programs Featured at Cultivate

Join AFE at Cultivate! Held from July 15-18 in Columbus, Ohio, Cultivate is one of the industry’s leading horticulture events. AFE-funded research will be featured in two exciting educational sessions that will equip you with valuable insights and strategies for effective pest management and sustainable practices in the floral industry. If you haven’t already, register for Cultivate here.

We will also be hosting a meet-up for our Young Professionals Council (YPC). Our YPC offers leadership and networking opportunities for young industry professionals 18-25 years old, while also offering them a wide range of volunteer opportunities within the industry. This is a great chance to get involved in the YPC and connect with other members! Learn more and join the YPC today here ahead of Cultivate. 


Effective Management of Thrips and Botrytis
Date: Monday, July 17th at 10:30 AM
Speakers: Dr. Jim Faust, Clemson University and Dr. Rose Buitenhaus, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

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These pests pose significant challenges, but through AFE’s dedicated research campaign and collaboration with top university researchers, new discoveries have been made to minimize losses. Expert speakers, Dr. Jim Faust from Clemson University and Rose Buitenhaus from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, will share their tips for controlling thrips and Botrytis. You’ll learn about new techniques, best practices, and have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A session.


The Driving Forces of Floriculture: Sustainability Roundtable
Date: Tuesday, July 18th, from 8:00 to 9:00 AM
Speakers: Dr. Melinda Knuth and Amanda Solliday

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Presented by Dr. Melinda Knuth from NC State University, this session is part of a special project led and funded by AFE to compile comprehensive resources and best practices for sustainable practices in the industry. Discover what’s currently being done and explore ways to promote sustainability!

Learn more and join the growing list of sponsors and industry members participating in this industry-wide program here. You can also get involved today, ahead of Cultivate, by sharing your feedback and perspective on sustainability in our short 5-minute survey today.


Both of these sessions offer unique opportunities to learn from industry experts, connect with fellow professionals, and gain valuable insights.Mark your calendars and be ready to take your business to new heights with these upcoming educational sessions!