About the PFIA
Welcome to the Pennsylvania Floral Industry Association. This organization was formed in 1999 by the merger of Pennsylvania flower growers and the Pennsylvania Florists Association. Members in our organization are retail florists, flower and plant growers, floral wholesalers, and associated businesses, educators and students.The purpose of our organization is to assist in the continuous improvement of the floriculture industry in Pennsylvania by means of six main objectives:
1. Promoting the floriculture industry in Pennsylvania.
Our goal is to raise awareness among the general public about how flowers and plants can enhance their lives. Currently, a new marketing and plant promotion program is being developed with Penn State, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and other industry groups. This promotion will promote and market outdoor plants specifically chosen for their optimal performance in our state. We also sponsor an informative floral exhibit at the Pennsylvania Farm Show that attracts a lot of interest.
2. Encouraging research and extension services that benefit the floriculture industry through member cooperation, and/or financial support. We actively support research at Penn State through the Department of Floriculture and the Department of Plant Pathology. Recently, through a series of grants, our association has supported the construction of a new greenhouse at the Penn State Trial Gardens in Landisville, PA.
3. Promoting legislation that is beneficial to the floriculture industry. We retain the services of a professional lobbyist in Harrisburg to monitor and participate in legislative activity that will directly affect us. Members may be asked to assist by writing letters to their local legislators on behalf of PFIA. Suggestions can be made to the PFIA office on issues that the lobbyist should be working on for the industry.
4. Fostering flower production, care and arranging as part of school instruction and to assist events that promote the floral industry in Pennsylvania. Throughout the year, and across the state, we hold seminars, tours, and workshops designed to help our members stay up with techniques. Our meetings are designed to help our members be more effective and successful in the operation of their businesses. And, for our growers that hold PA Private Pesticide Applicators licenses, we provide ample opportunities for recertification credits. Our scholarship programs assist students studying floriculture at the college level who will become the future leaders of our industry.
5. Collecting, publishing, and making available to members, information and/or services which may be beneficial to the function and operations of the floral industry. Through a close association with Penn State University and many other sources, our newsletter is always a valuable source of technical information with lots of useful and timely information on all facets of our industry. Our growing manuals on Bedding Plants and Geraniums are well known as the best reference books available.
6. And, by Cooperating with other associations with similar purposes such s the Society of American Florists, we actively promote, advance, and better the floral industry across the nation.
We are very proud of our programs and welcome your participation as a member or your input as a consumer.
the PFIA has a knowledgeable staff to assist members with inquiries and will provide sources to contact for specific questions. PFIA members should contact the PFIA office at anytime at 1-800-234-3779 with your questions.
Pennsylvania Floral Industry Association
1924 North Second Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
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