The American Society for Horticultural Sciences Outstanding Extension Educator Award, established in 1985, recognizes an educator who has made an outstanding and valuable contribution to horticultural science extension education for a period of 10 or more years. This year's recipient was our very own NICH Chair, Ellen Bauske. Bauske serves as a program coordinator for the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She has helped develop innovative programming in a variety of … [Read more...] about Ellen Bauske Awarded Outstanding Extension Educator
National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture A Summary of Strategic Objectives & Tactics from the NICH 2018 National Meeting Build Unified Engagement across Consumer Horticulture Priority Tactics: • Identify call to action o Change ‘Join Us’ portion of the webpage - Change company to organization name/affiliation - Add Position, State - Menu of choices about where to get involved. Much of this is about effective recruitment strategies. o Create an automatic reply for new stakeholder once they have joined that includes an initial survey about how to get involved o Create the opportunity … [Read more...] about Strategic Objectives & Tactics
Want to influence how federal research dollars are spent on Consumer Horticulture? It’s simple. Volunteer to be a reviewer of Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) proposals. Anyone who works in any aspect of horticulture, from production to end-use, from retail to tree care professionals, industry association representatives, or anyone engaged in the production, handling, processing, distributing or sale of specialty crops is eligible. “The National Institute for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) is asking everyone in the industry to spend just a few hours of their time to review SCRI … [Read more...] about Consumer Horticulture Proposal Reviewers Needed to Impact How Federal Research Dollars Are Spent
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Thank you for your interest in NICH, the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture. We are a grassroots movement for everyone in the field of horticulture –university researchers and government extension agents, nonprofits, and all aspects of the industry from retail garden centers through landscape, tree care, and beyond. NICH has a big vision - to grow the practice of gardening, both indoors and out, by 20% by 2025. “So what’s in it for me?” you ask. The Answer: There is a tremendous amount we all can gain by focusing one unified voice on growing our industry. First of all, the more that … [Read more...] about How Can I Help?
Thursday, August 24, 2017 Media contact: Mary Kay Woodworth firstname.lastname@example.org WASHINGTON, D.C. August 24, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 12 new grants totaling $35 million for science-based solutions and new technology for the specialty crop industry. Funding is made through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Of those 12 new grants, the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) received a planning grant for $47,470 to help develop strategies, tactics … [Read more...] about NICH Receives USDA Grant