In an industry filled with businesses, associations, and people who look out for each other, it’s no surprise everyone has rallied together during this pandemic.
In particular, national industry associations have taken the lead in supplying information, resources, and guidance surrounding COVID-19 to horticultural businesses and retail florists. We’d like to highlight two of those associations here.
AmericanHort is a leading association for the green industry, providing a network for all types of businesses to connect and improve their operations.
Currently, AmericanHort has a dedicated COVID-19 page that supplies the latest industry news, resources, and tips to help businesses. You can also learn about current legislative measures and how they affect the industry, and how AmericanHort is working to help businesses like yours.
As the national trade organization for the U.S. floral industry, Society of American Florists (SAF) provides marketing, government advocacy, industry intelligence, and best practices for business owners.
SAF currently offers a wealth of information related to COVID-19, including links to federal aid options, customer messaging advice, human resources best practices, and social media tools.
You’re not alone in dealing with the current challenges impacting your business. Take advantage of the information and resources available to you through industry associations.
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) has published numerous COVID-19 resources geared toward the agriculture and horticultural industries.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a site dedicated to the H-2A Visa program for businesses concerned they won’t have enough domestic help for planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops due to COVID-19 restrictions.
This site includes resources and information related to H-2A programs in response to the pandemic, including updated details, associated costs, and how you can participate.
Stay informed and stay healthy. If you have questions, please reach out to your assigned safety consultant or contact us.