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Industry Programs

AFE has a wealth of resources and industry programs available to you. Learn more about each below, and get involved!

AFE Career Center

The AFE Career Center is an industry-wide employment platform that connects floral businesses with eager job seekers. Since our launch in 2020, we have provided an intuitive space where employers can find an ideal candidate pool – offering convenient functionality to attract, screen, and manage applicants. Our opportunities range from internships to leadership positions and welcome applicants at all stages of their careers. Streamline the search process with job alerts, search features, resume management, and numerous career resources.

Free Video & Social Media Graphics

AFE provides free, ready-to-use downloadable graphics for you to use for your business. Along with graphics that can be used year-round to promote flowers, we also have graphics available for major holidays and events.

In addition, we have a library of short, flower-promoting videos available for you to use on your social media. Short-form video has become increasingly popular on social media, and can be labor intensive to produce.

Save time and resources and download AFE’s free social media graphics and videos today!

Recruitment Resources

Visit our Industry Recruitment Resource Page to use fillable templates and recruitment resources freely to accelerate your employee search on a local level! All resources are free, downloadable, and customizable.

In addition to using our content to finalize your positions, we encourage you to share your opportunities with your direct network or connect with your area’s schools  to target local talent.

National Floriculture Forum

The NFF continues an annual tradition dating back to the early 1990s. It is an educational meeting for industry leaders, university faculty, graduate students, and government scientists from academic institutions, governmental agencies, and the greenhouse industry. The meeting brings together diverse floricultural communities with the objectives to:

  • Address issues of importance to the floriculture industry
  • Form collaborative relationships,
  • Improve communication within the American floriculture industry to share and disseminate information

Seed Your Future

Seed Your Future is the movement to promote horticulture and inspire people to pursue careers working with plants. Established in 2014 with pivotal support from the American Society for Horticultural Science, Longwood Gardens, and Ball Horticultural Company, Seed Your Future is a national movement to promote horticulture and inspire people to pursue careers working with plants. By attracting, supporting, and training the next generation of horticulture professionals, Seed Your Future aims to ensure the vibrancy and sustainability of the green industry.

Fert, Dirt, and Squirt

Nutritional disorders are among the many challenges greenhouse growers encounter during crop production. These disorders often develop when substrate pH or soluble salts [referred to as electrical conductivity (EC)] drifts above or below optimal ranges for plant uptake. To assist greenhouse growers in addressing nutritional disorders, the collaborative group of greenhouse and floriculture specialists and educators, e-GRO, has launched a Nutritional Monitoring of Floriculture Crops website, Fert, Dirt & Squirt, led by Dr. W. Garrett Owen and Dr. Brian Whipker.

Bee and Pollinator Stewardship Initiative

Honey bees are valuable to commercial crops and the pollination they provide is appreciated by flower, fruit, vegetable, nut and agriculture growers. But since the early 1950’s, honey bee colonies have declined. The declines have been associated with the presence of the varroa mite that transmits a virus to bees, loss of food sources for the bees, climate change and pesticides.In recent years, more rapid declines have occurred, which has been referred to as colony collapse disorder (CCD). AFE funded a two-year project to examine the health of honey bees on ornamental plants following treatment with neonicotinoids and other systemic insecticides. Our healthy pollinator initiative has three primary components:

  1. Developing a bee and pollinator stewardship program that improves the circumstances surrounding pollinator health concerns.
  2. Funding research that will help us answer key scientific questions that support the stewardship program.
  3. Spreading the word to our horticulture industry communities and our customers how the program has a positive impact on pollinators and still allows us to mitigate the spread of invasive pests that threaten our natural environment.

Looking For Funding?

AFE is committed to supporting research that advances the industry and combats current challenges. This research benefits every segment of the industry. We welcome new research proposal applications by August 1st of each year.