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August 8, 2011

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Victor, New York (August 8, 2011) - BioWorks® is pleased to announce that Amy Hinkle of Belle Center, Ohio has been selected for the second year in a row as the winner of the American Floral Endowment: "BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship". Students were evaluated on the basis of sound academic performance and a grade point average of 3.0 or better.                               



Amy Hinkle, Recipient of the 2010 and 2011 AFE Scholarship

Miss Hinkle attends Penn State University majoring in Horticulture Science with a minor in Agribusiness Management. Her special interests are in Floriculture, Greenhouse Management and Retail Horticulture. Hinkle is working this summer at Tschetter's Flowers in Oskaloosa, IA, a small, family run, floral farm that grows specialty cut flowers. As the head employee, Hinkle manages the field crew three days a week and delivers flowers to florists two days a week. 

In addition to winning the 2011 AFE BioWorks scholarship, Hinkle was also recently named Greenhouse Product News (GPN)/Nexus Intern of the Year. This honor was granted to Hinkle after her recent marked successes in the American Floral Endowment paid internship/scholarship were recognized by GPN. "Being named GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year is an honor that has opened the door for me to make numerous networking connections with many influential people in the horticulture industry that will last a lifetime," says Hinkle. 


Hinkle will graduate with a Bachelor's degree in the spring of 2012. After college she hopes to work full time in the greenhouse or cut flower segments of the US horticulture industry. She also plans to embark on the adventure of opening her own specialty cut flower farm once she has gained more growing experience.

Hinkle is a member of FFA (Future Farmers of America 2004-present) and a past member of Adopt-A-School (2008-2009), Earth House (2008-2009), and Penn State NAMA: National Agri-marketing Association (2008). In addition, Hinkle received academic honors including: Dean's List (fall 2008, spring 2008, and fall 2009, spring 2010, spring 2011) and high school valedictorian (2008). 
About AFE
AFE, founded in 1961, is the leading non-for-profit 501(c) (3) funding source for floricultural/environmental horticulture research and educational programs in the United States.  The Endowment is supported by more than 1,000 companies and individuals throughout the industry. For more information, please visit   
About BioWorks
BioWorks, Inc., an employee owned company, provides environmentally responsible, safe and cost-effective solutions to the horticulture industry. BioWorks is a founding member of the BioPesticide Industry Alliance.  For more information, please visit
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