In addition to the annually funded
research projects, Horticultural Research Institute often engages in
special initiatives for the benefit of the horticultural industry. These
special initiatives are funded through a number of sources and
sometimes exclusively funded by HRI.
Grow Wise, Bee Smart™
The horticultural industry has an important role to play in pollinator
stewardship. Horticultural Research Institute launched the Grow Wise,
Bee Smart™ initiative to fund research to inform best practices, educate and empower horticultural businesses with stewardship practices, and communicate with the buying public.
Our work has expanded to include significant support for the Million
Pollinator Garden Challenge, including the creation of an industry toolkit.
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) is
a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and
landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats
and other pollinators across America. MPGC will move millions of
individuals, kids and families outdoors and make a connection between
pollinators and the healthy food people eat. Horticultural Research
Institute is a proud collaborator and has developed retail point-of-purchase materials and a retail communications toolkit to assist the industry promote this initiative.
Seed Your Future
Seed Your Future is an initiative to
promote horticulture awareness across the United States. Supported by
more than 150 partner organizations, this initiative strives to grow the
horticulture field by advancing educational programs for students in
middle school through college. To date, Horticultural Research Institute
has provided nearly $50,000 in support for the Seed Your Future initiative.
SHIFT, an AmericanHort initiative,
takes a hard look at what the future of the horticultural industry
holds. What was once announced as “the future of retail” research
project isn’t just about retail anymore – it’s about the future of the
industry and how we’ve risen to the challenge of meeting modern and
future consumers’ expectations. This research demands of us a shift in
our strategies, thinking, and paradigms. It forces us to think and to
ask ourselves – What if we started doing things differently? Tax deductible donations to the SHIFT initiative can be made through Horticultural Research Institute.
Floriculture & Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI)
The Floriculture & Nursery Research Initiative (part
of the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service)
represents a strong focused collaborative effort between industry, ARS
scientists, and existing "university centers of excellence" with
experience with the industry's needs. Horticultural Research Institute ,
along with its association affiliate AmericanHort, and the Society of
American Florists work with ARS to ensure FNRI dollars are distributed
to support research on urgent emerging pest and disease problems,
invasive plant species, labor issues, and improved environmental and
resource management. Download the most recent FNRI reports here.
Intelligent Spray Technology
This remarkable research advancement
is a perfect example of progress through partnerships. The Horticultural
Research Institute believed in the potential of a project aimed to
develop technology that automatically adjusts spray output to the
structure of the crop. HRI provided some of the initial funding to get
the project going. That demonstration of industry commitment opened the
door to further funding through our Floriculture and Nursery Research
Initiative partnership with USDA-ARS. Eventually, additional funding
came through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, a program
AmericanHort has supported through the Farm Bill. University research
and extension involvement in Ohio, Oregon, and Tennessee has helped
transform a research theory into an industry reality.