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Senators champion reinstatement of USDA’s Annual Floriculture Report

Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, and Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, have both been longtime supporters of American flower and foliage farmers. Working together in 2017, Senators Feinstein and Murkowski co-sponsored and passed a senate resolution declaring July American Grown Flowers Month.

FLORICULTURE-REPORTSen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, meets with American flower and foliage farmers to hear their concerns in February in Washington, D.C. Photo credit: Nony Park of Ken Pak Photography.Recently, the Senate Ag Appropriations Sub-Committee’s mark-up was published and it included language requested by Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Murkowski directing $500,000 to USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service budget to reinstate the Annual Floriculture Report, according to a news release.

In February, a delegation of American flower and foliage farmers traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate for the reinstatement of the report on domestic production of cut flowers and greens.

“This is a great example of how the collective efforts of our farmers can really make a difference,” said Kasey Cronquist, administrator at Certified American Grown, in the release. “This kind of continued investment in accounting for our domestic industry must remain a priority in Washington, D.C.”

The Annual Floriculture Report serves America’s flower farmers and the floral industry in numerous ways by highlighting the value and varieties of flowers U.S. farmers grow, along with the number of farmers growing them.

Certified American Grown, AmericanHort and a coalition of floral industry organizations, including the Society of American Florists, have been working to raise the profile on this issue in both the Senate and the House. The inclusion of the request for continued funding in the Senate Ag Appropriations process is hopeful news for the U.S. floral industry.