Invest In A Horticulture Student’s Education Through A National Floriculture Forum Grant

The National Floriculture Forum (NFF) is an educational meeting of university professors, Extension specialists and educators, graduate students, government scientists, and industry leaders in floriculture that has been held annually for more than a decade. This meeting brings together the floricultural community to address issues of importance to the industry, form collaborative relationships and learn through tours and connecting with each other. This year’s theme will revolve around “Creative Thinking, Creative Funding: Research, Extension, and Teaching Consortiums.” Greenhouse tours will include three of Northern New England’s top operations: D.S. Cole Growers, Pleasant View Gardens and Cavicchio Greenhouses. This meeting is the only one of its kind and continues to bring more members of the floriculture community together each year. The importance of the NFF has increased recently as the number of horticulture departments and associated funding levels have decreased.

The impacts of the meeting are far-reaching: strengthening relationships between industry and academia through research and Extension, influencing undergraduate and graduate programs and bolstering the identity of floriculture. If you are interested in sponsoring the event and especially sponsoring a student travel grant so that young people — our industry’s future — can attend, please eMail Roberto Lopez at rglopez@purdue.edu for sponsorship details.

Floriculture Sustainability Research Coalition (FSRC) members Brian Krug, Neil Mattson, Stephanie Burnett and Roberto Lopez are organizing this year’s event. The 2013 NFF will take place in beautiful Portsmouth, N.H., from March 22 to 24, 2013, at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel. For more information about the NFF, please visit the program website: http://tulip.hort.purdue.edu/nff/

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