On the beautiful sun-filled morning of September 2, 2020, Plantpeddler hosted US Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) for a greenhouse facility tour and gathering with the staff. With their Trial Gardens as a backdrop, the Senator spent time getting to know the business of Plantpeddler, and more importantly, the greenhouse industry. Joni was joined by three Iowa House members: Senator Waylon Brown, Representative Jane Bloomingdale and Representative Michael Bergen.
The venue provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the industry and topics important to the health of horticulture. During her visit, Mike Gooder of Plantpeddler, discussed with her the parallels of the greenhouse industry to the confinement livestock industry, which she knows intimately with her background rooted in Iowa agriculture. She left Plantpeddler with a deeper understanding of the important role horticulture plays in the greater community of agriculture.
Senator Joni Ernst, native of Red Oak, Iowa, has dedicated her life to her state and country, having served in the military for over 23 years and now in the United States Senate.
In November 2014, Joni was elected as the first woman to serve in federal elected office from the State of Iowa and also became the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the United States Senate. In Washington, Joni serves on five Senate committees of major importance to Iowans: Armed Services; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Environment and Public Works; Judiciary; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Plantpeddler is a major producer of Young Plants and “Retail Ready” Finished products founded in 1980 by Mike and Rachel Gooder. With their dedicated team, the company partners with the global community of leading breeders to deliver premium products to growers, retailers, and consumers throughout North America.