Postproduction losses are an important financial constraint in the floriculture industry. Loss estimates of 5% to 30% per year have been made ( Armitage, 1993 ; Healy, 2009 ; Jones, 2002 ; Staby et al., 1978 ). Losses can occur at many levels
Polyxeni M. Filios and William B. Miller
Gonzalo H. Villarino and Neil S. Mattson
). As supply of high-quality water decreases growers are being forced to irrigate their crops with poor-quality water and/or saline water ( Lieth and Burger, 1989 ). Use of recycled water to irrigate floriculture bedding plants may be warranted in the
Sabine Green* and Geno Picchioni
Floriculture, among the fastest-growing agricultural segments in New Mexico, is creating job opportunities for graduates. Limited faculty resources restrict growth in floriculture academic programs, particularly for curricular modernization, extracurricular activities, and capacity building of the student:industry relationship. Federal funding has provided a Program Coordinator to lead our floriculture academic programs, responsible for raising technical quality of floriculture courses, recruitment and retention of undergraduates, and establishment of regional alliances with industry to exploit job opportunities. During the first year of the program (2003), deliverable products included course modules, fund raising protocols, and public school workshops. Results demonstrate an affinity for students of Hispanic origin to the program (over 40% of enrollments). Industry support included over a 2-fold increase in 2003 horticultural internship placements, financial aid, and donations of expendable materials. Floriculture student participation in intra-campus governance and off-campus community service projects also defrayed program costs and resulted in institutional gain. Over 80% of the 25 students enrolled in the beginning floral design and floral crops judging class agreed or agreed strongly that they had an obligation to engage in fund raising efforts to strengthen the floriculture academic program. Our intent is to build the floriculture teaching program into a template that can be replicated into the future through sustained institutional commitment. The program can serve as a model for other academic departments seeking diversification of horticulture academic programs and recruitment of a diverse student body, but struggling with limited human resources.
Nicole L. Waterland, John J. Finer and Michelle L. Jones
Floriculture crops may encounter harsh environmental conditions during shipping and while on display in retail stores. These poor postproduction environments can result in losses of 5% to 20% ( Armitage, 1993 ; Healy, 2009 ). A major cause of
Kimberly A. Williams, Chad T. Miller and Ward Upham
greenhouse production, floriculture, and landscape management coursework, prepare selected students from their programs to compete in regional, state, and national horticulture FFA CDEs ( National FFA Organization, 2016b ; Petrovic, 2015 ; Zurko, 2016 ). In
Mary Lewnes Albrecht
Pi Alpha Xi, founded in 1923, is the national honor society for floriculture, landscape horticulture and ornamental horticulture. Since its founding, it has grown to 36 chapters at baccalaureate-granting institutions. Its mission is to promote scholarship, fellowship, professional leadership, and the enrichment of human life through plants.
Jonathan M. Frantz, Sushant Khandekar and Scott Leisner
(OH) 2 ] and copper sulfate (CuSO 4 ) with an average total rate of Cu use of just under 1.9 kg·ha −1 in floriculture and nursery alone ( USDA, 2007 ). Typical concentrations (label rates) for different Cu-containing fungicides range from 1,050 to over
Catherine M. Grieve, James A. Poss, Peter J. Shouse and Christy T. Carter
As water quality and quantity become more limited in many parts of the world, creative management approaches are sought to make more efficient use of degraded, generally saline, waters. The reuse of runoff from floricultural production represents
Diane M. Camberato, James J. Camberato and Roberto G. Lopez
Chemical PGRs are commonplace in the horticulture industry, having been used commercially since the 1940s ( Nickell, 1994 ). In high-value floriculture crops, PGRs are used in combination with cultural and environmental control methods to produce
Robert D. Berghage, Alan Michael and Mike Orzolek
Current and future plans for reductions in federal and state funding suggest that government supported programs must find ways to reduce costs while maintaining or expanding programs. The current model of extension, with an agent for each commodity in every county is not likely to survive. Furthermore, the days when university-based specialists could afford to make house calls also are probably limited. Yet, the need for extension support in the floriculture industry is as great as ever. Increased chemical costs and regulatory pressure are restricting grower options and making it increasingly important that information dissemination and technology transfer occur in timely and appropriate ways. To try to meet the needs of the floriculture industry in Pennsylvania, we have begun a program to help develop independent greenhouse crop management associations to work with milti-county and university-based extension specialists to improve program delivery to the member greenhouses. The first of these associations has been established in the Capital Region in central Pennsylvania and is providing IPM scouting and crop management services to member greenhouses. Development of associations and linkages with and the role of extension are discussed.