What is AGIA?
The Arkansas Green Industry Association, AGIA , (formerly the Arkansas Nurserymen) is a professional trade organization dedicated to serving the Green Industry in the State of Arkansas and to the advancement of horticulture.
Through member benefits such as educational activities, a certification program, yearly trade show and seminars, newsletters, member directories, buyers' guides, member decals, etc., the organization strives to meet the needs of the members.
AGIA News Updates
Lesley Smith of Alpena, AR awarded AGIA Scholarship
Lesley Smith of Alpena, Arkansas, was recently awarded the Arkansas Green Industry Scholarship for $500.00 for the 2012/2013 school year. Lesley graduated from Alpena High School in May 2012 and will be attending the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas. - posted July 12, 2012
2012 ACGIA Recipients
Over 140 students around the state completed the requirements for the Arkansas Certified Green Industry Associate (ACGIA) and were recognized at the 2012 FFA State Convention in June. In 2011, 14 Students received this recognition.
Click HERE for the full list of recipients-- posted July 10, 2012
AGIA/FFA/KAB Planting at the Governor's Mansion 2012
The day dawned cloudy, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the FFA kids who came to the Governor’s Mansion ready to plant! A group of almost 25 students from Lake Hamilton, Centerpoint, and Decatur had a meet and greet and photo op with Governor Mike Beebe and First Lady Ginger Beebe before getting their hands dirty beautifying the Mansion grounds.
On hand to assist were members of the AGIA Board of Directors, Jason Parks, Doug Schneider, Kathy Childs, and Richard Cleaver, and Rhonda Jansen with Schneider Lawn & Landscape, and Jennifer Gibson with The Good Earth Garden Center. Our AGIA members mentored the FFA students as they planted and mulched throughout the grounds. Keep Arkansas Beautiful representatives, Sarah Wruck and Richard Phelps also attended the event and donated tools and materials.
It was an exciting day for all. Karie Smith, FFA advisor, had a tough time keeping up with all the interviews as 3 television networks stopped by to cover the event! Even the first dog, Viper, gave the kids a hand with the digging. Maybe he wanted to make sure they didn’t find any of his bones.
We were all happy to have come together to make a difference, and to hopefully start a tradition…..and we were all happy the rain held off. Another successful event to further the partnership formed by FFA/AGIA/KAB. Be on the lookout for how you can help us next! -- posted May 9, 2012
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