Deliver trade priorities to Washington

On March 20-21, floral execs from across the nation will educate a brand new Congress on these trade priorities through the Society of American Florists’ Congressional Motion Days — and expertise an insider’s view of Washington D.C. whereas doing it.

“Every year, Congressional Motion Days brings one thing new — assembly new [legislators], studying about completely different facets of the trade and the brand new points which can be dropped at gentle,” says Jodi McShan, AAF, of McShan Florist in Dallas. “It’s nice to see how what we’re asking for progresses every year, and the way our actions actually assist Congress and their staffs perceive the place we’re coming from. It helps them view the problems in a brand new gentle.”

The Points — and SAF’s ‘Asks’
Preserve the brand new funding degree for the Floriculture Nursery & Analysis Initiative (FNRI). Final December, Congress handed the FY-2023 spending payments and included a $1 million improve for FNRI — a funding improve SAF members requested for throughout final 12 months’s CAD. This very important Agricultural Analysis Service (ARS-USDA) program works to handle pest and illness issues, sort out the challenges of local weather change and improve the effectivity of manufacturing practices.

This 12 months, the elevated funding for FNRI will allow USDA and its college companions to pursue Unmanned Plane Techniques (UAS) applied sciences to help floriculture producers with pest and illness scouting, monitor abiotic stresses, and even apply crop manufacturing and safety merchandise.

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