Oct 9, 2023
Judy Laushman retires from ASCFG

The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, Inc. (ASCFG) has announced that Judy Laushman, executive director, will retire at the end of 2023. Along with Dr. Allan Armitage, Laushman co-founded the ASCFG in 1988. It grew out of Armitage’s research on field-grown cut flowers at the University of Georgia. Since then, it has grown to nearly 3000 members across North America, and 19 other countries.

Judy Laushman
Judy Laushman. Photo courtesy of Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, Inc.

In 35 years, the organization has hosted countless national and regional educational events, both in person and online; sponsored academic and farm based research; produced the only periodical dedicated to the cut flower industry, The Cut Flower Quarterly; and coordinated the ASCFG Cut Flower Trials under Dr. John Dole’s leadership. The ASCFG supports grower grants, scholarships, and several other programs designed to educate and unite specialty cut flower growers.

Val Schirmer, of Three Toads Farm, Winchester, Kentucky and president of the board for ASCFG, reports that the board of directors is nearing the end of its search for the next executive director. An announcement is anticipated prior to ASCFG’s national conference, which will be held Nov. 6-8.