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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 with Clemson University researchers will document the translocation of systemic insecticides to various plant parts.

In addition to the new research project, a new educational video has also been released that provides information on the horticultural industry’s essential role in bee and pollinator stewardship.


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AFE Welcomes New Recruit Lori Ostrow

Lori Ostrow has been named AFE's new communications specialist.

She will be responsible for media relations, the quarterly bulletin and website and social media management.

"It's wonderful to be joining such a lovely, vibrant team and helping 'grow' the floriculture and environmental horticulture industries," she said.


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2014 Annual Report Highlights Latest Achievements

AFE released its 2014 annual report detailing its project allocations for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

In all, 11 new research projects were funded and more than 50 students were selected to receive scholarships and/or internships.

See how AFE is making a difference through industry contributions! 


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UC Davis Student Awarded 2015 Ecke Scholarship

Daniel Klittich, a doctoral candidate at the University of California (UC Davis), has been awarded the 2015 Paul Ecke Jr. Scholarship.

"I am very excited. Support from the industry is a very meaningful and appreciated honor," said Klittich, an aspiring floriculture scientist and educator who grew up in the nursery business.

Klittich's research is focused on improving plant health by increasing plant resistance to pests and disease.


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More Than $310,000 in Research Funding for 2015-2016

AFE has approved more than $310,000 in floriculture/horticulture research project funding for the 2015-2016 fiscal year to support six continuing projects and five new projects.

AFE offers additional online research reports on a variety of topics that focus on important industry issues.

More than 150 FREE research reports are available at Endowment.org.


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Floral Design Programs Receive $34,700 Through Grants

AFE provides block grants annually to institutions with a floral design program through James & Helen Phillip Grants.

Each school administers and awards the scholarships funded through this grant. Six colleges have been awarded grants for the 2015-2016 cycle.

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Funeral Study Results Reveal Importance of Floral Tributes

Nearly 200 members of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) participated in a survey to provide their thoughts on floral tributes in funeral services. 

Overall, funeral directors agreed that flowers are critical to a positive funeral experience, but they also offer improvements that can be made by florists.

Get the FREE report, complete with detailed recommendations, checklists and other downloadable resources at FMRF.org.


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Spring Internships Awarded!

Congratulations to the students who were selected to receive Vic and Margaret Ball Internships and Mosmiller Internships!

Students will receive a scholarship after successfully completing their internship.

Vic and Margaret Ball Internships are three to six months at a commercial production location, and Mosmiller Internships are 10 to 16 weeks at a retail, wholesale or allied trade location.


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If You Don't Support Floriculture, Who Will?

 

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2015
ISSUE TWO
In This Issue
   AFE Research Project to Create Buzz for Honey Bee Health
   AFE Welcomes New Recruit Lori Ostrow
   2014 Annual Report Highlights Latest Achievements
   UC Davis Student Awarded 2015 Ecke Scholarship
   More Than $310,000 in Research Funding for 2015-2016
   Floral Design Programs Receive $34,700 Through Grants
   Funeral Study Results Reveal Importance of Floral Tributes
   Spring Internships Awarded!
   If You Don't Support Floriculture, Who Will?
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The AFE Bulletin is proudly sponsored by The Todd Bachman Memorial Fund.

Todd Bachman served as Chairman and CEO of Bachman’s before his untimely death in 2008. Todd was a past chairman of AFE and was very active in many state and national industry organizations.

Those who knew him will always remember what a great communicator he was and his outstanding leadership and devotion to work and family. His wife and daughters are honored to carry on his legacy.

 

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Important  Deadlines:

June 1:
  • Scientific Research Pre-Proposals for 2016-2017
  • Educational Grant Applications
  • Gus Poesch Pre-Proposals
  • AFE Continued Funding and Progress Reports
Oct. 1:
  • Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Applications (for commercial production)
  • Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Applications (for retail, wholesale or allied trades)

 

 

 

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