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Gay Smith Honored with Memorial Tribute

A memorial tribute has been established honoring Gayle (Gay) Smith, 63, who passed away on March 1st.

The tribute was established thanks to a generous contribution from Chrysal Americas President Jim Kaplan. Gay served as the technical manager for Chrysal for more than 18 years.

Contributions to the Gay Smith Memorial Tribute can be made here.

Read more about the "queen" of post-harvest care and handling, and her lifetime dedication to the industry.

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Annual Report Features New Projects, Industry Programs

 

The Endowment released its annual report, which details the successes accomplished and funding received for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

See how AFE-funded internships, scholarships, and grants are bringing top talent to the industry, while our research funding tackles  tough industry issues. 

Through industry contributions, AFE is able to provide valuable programs and resources for everyone in the industry.

Help make a difference and contribute to AFE's programs today!


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Strategies for Connecting with Millennials

Plan on growing your business in 2018 and into the future?

The key is engaging and marketing to Millennials, those "kids" who are now between 21 and 39 years old and number more than 80 million, slightly more than Baby Boomers at over 76 million.

AFE's 2016 Millennial Marketing Tactics Study provides insight into this demographic and shares several recommended strategies to get their attention!

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Honoring a Legacy at the Third Annual Tom Butler Dinner


For the third consecutive year, industry members from across the country gathered to honor and celebrate the life of the late Tom Butler, and his legacy in the floral industry.

The annual fundraising dinner was held on March 13 at Tom's favorite restaurant – The Capital Grille in Washington, D.C. – following the Society of American Florists' Congressional Action Days.

Thirty-two people attended the dinner this year, which raised more than $2,800 toward the Tom Butler Family Fund.

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Nearly $300,000 Funded in 2018-2019 Research Projects

 

Nearly $300,000 is being funded for AFE research for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, covering projects that address important floriculture/horticulture issues.

Six new projects and four continuing projects are being funded.

The goal of all AFE research is to provide knowledge that helps maintain and grow strong, vibrant floriculture and environmental horticulture industries.

Read more to learn about the research projects.

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MARCH 2018
MONTHLY BULLETIN
In This Issue
   Gay Smith Honored with Memorial Tribute
   Annual Report Features New Projects, Industry Programs
   Strategies for Connecting with Millennials
   Honoring a Legacy at the Third Annual Tom Butler Dinner
   Nearly $300,000 Funded in 2018-2019 Research Projects
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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. His wife and daughters are honored to carry on his legacy.

 

 

 

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