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Surpassing $20 Million in Funding in Support of Floriculture

We are proud to announce a significant milestone in our journey to support the future of floriculture: Providing over $20 million in cumulative funding for industry research and education. For over 63 years, AFE has given unwavering dedication and support to floriculture.

Since AFE’s establishment in 1961, we have been at the forefront of funding innovative research, providing educational grants for industry events and programs, and offering internships and scholarships to cultivate the next generation of professionals in the floral sector. These endeavors have not only enriched the industry but also propelled its growth and advancement.

Debi Chedester, Executive Director of AFE, expressed gratitude for this achievement, stating, “We are proud to have reached this significant milestone. It is truly a testament to the continuous support and generosity of our dedicated donors over the last six decades. Their contributions have enabled us to reinvest and uplift the floral community through impactful programs, invaluable resources, and crucial funding.”

Recently, we released a brand new Thrips and Botrytis research library, equipping growers with essential guides and resources to combat persistent flower pests and diseases. Additionally, we’re preparing to launch Sustainabloom, a new project aimed at bolstering sustainable practices within floriculture, addressing the industry’s evolving needs and challenges.

Looking ahead, we will debut a fully redesigned website in the coming months, catering to the evolving demands of the industry. This revamped online platform will offer a wealth of resources and opportunities tailored to every segment of floriculture, ensuring enhanced accessibility and user experience.

Contributions to AFE play a pivotal role in addressing emerging challenges and sustaining the Endowment’s vital programs. By supporting AFE, donor contributions join together to support industry advancements, fostering resilience, empowerment, and sustainability.

Ken Young, Chairman of AFE, expressed gratitude to donors in a recent video, affirming, “We thank you for your commitment to the Endowment. Your support enables us to fund research and initiatives that drive industry advancement and nurture our future leaders.”

This milestone reaffirms our steadfast commitment to floriculture. As we embark on another promising year of funding groundbreaking research, offering internships and scholarships, and facilitating educational opportunities, we remain dedicated to fostering collaboration and innovation within the industry.

If you’d like to support continued advancement and programs, consider making a tax-deductible contribution to AFE by clicking here.