American Grown Flowers Month Celebrated Throughout the Country

Retailers and farms report it is their busiest July ever!

This year was certainly different from other years but that didn’t dampen the success of American Grown Flowers Month. Actually, people more than ever were seeking out flowers to adorn their homes and lift their moods. In fact, we have heard from more than one retailer that this was their busiest July year to date and not just flowers overall but American Grown flowers!

United Supermarkets in Texas celebrated!


“We are supporting American Grown promotion. We need some positive vibes right now, and we are doing our best at bringing flowers and happiness to our guests.” – Bradley Gaines, Business Director of Floral for United Supermarkets

In the Mid-West, SpartanNash set up displays in their 155 stores with patriotic boxes, big AGFM seals on sleeves and equally large AGFM buttons.


“I know we will be repeating this promotion next year! With a few tweaks, we’ll be able to push it even more!! Thank you so much!” – Jennie Garbarek, Manager, Floral Merchandising SpartanNash Company

American Grown Flowers Month was celebrated across the country and across all distribution channels not just by retailers. Certified American Grown Wholesaler DV Flora ran a contest for free promotional materials.

John Burke, E-Commerce Project Manager for DVFlora in Sewell, NJ announces give away on Instagram.


Our farms have also been busy shipping out boxes directly to consumers or in partnerships with designers and doing farm to porch local deliveries.

A farm to porch delivery made by Lynnvale Studios in the Washington D.C. area; Boxes ready to ship out the last Alaskan peonies to The Floral Source (Kelly Shore) American Grown at Home Virtual Workshops.


As consumers were also seeking that connection for in person and on the farm events,  farms held workshops in the fields with plenty of space and fresh air in honor of American Grown Flowers Month.

The social distancing floral design workshop held by Destiny Hill Farm in Washington, PA for 45 participants on July 15th was a huge success. Owner Nancy Cameron educated the audience on American Grown flowers and incorporated Eufloria Flower’s roses.


In just a few months, we’ll begin planning for American Grown Flowers Month 2021! Retailers, Wholesalers, Florists and Farms – you don’t want to miss out on this unique way to drive sales and share the #americangrown message with customers!

Remember, promoting domestic flowers is not just for July, you can celebrate American Grown flowers and greens all year long!

The Posey Patch Flower Farm Joins Certified American Grown

The Posey Patch takes flight in rural Alabama

When Ashley Bolton decided she wanted to start a flower growing business on the chicken farm she owns with her husband in a rural corner of Alabama, she hit the books.

Her only gardening experience up until that time had been at the just-for-fun level, tending gardens on their 60-acre farm in Russellville, Alabama.

“When I knew I wanted to make this a professional thing, I just hit blogs and podcasts and books and every possible source of information that there was just to research it on my own,” she said. “I wanted to learn as much as possible to really figure out how it was different from just the home garden. Obviously, it’s a whole different scale.”

The result of Bolton’s efforts is The Posey Patch, a flower farm of about 300 rose bushes and 300 dahlia plants, along with an assortment of other blooms including daffodils, tulips, zinnias and sunflowers.

“I just wanted to give it a try and see if it was something that we could make feasible,” she said. “We live on a farm, so we’re familiar with that lifestyle. We thought it would be good to try to use the remainder of the property for something that could be productive.”

The Posey Patch is in the midst of its first season. So far, so good, Bolton says, especially considering the unexpected effects of the coronavirus.

“I didn’t have high expectations for the first year,” she said. “When Covid happened, I knew there wasn’t going to be anything crazy because all the weddings and events where a large amount our flowers would go to weren’t going to be happening. So, we’ve kind of adjusted.”

Bolton’s goal was to sell wholesale to florists and designers. But she has had to change up her game plan to offer more direct-to-consumer sales via her website. She also offers some bouquets on consignment at a shop in nearby Florence, Alabama.

She also wants to attract the home gardener by selling nursery-style plants.

“A lot of people garden around here and there’s a high demand for that. It’s very popular,” she said. “I want to bring in some unique roses for kind of a dual purpose: Show the cut flower and hope people will love it and want to buy the plant.”

Bolton has gotten The Posey Patch off the ground while holding down her full-time job as a technical expert for the Social Security Administration. She also has two young daughters, who like the flower-end of the business, but not so much the weeding, she said. Still, it’s all quality family time “whether they realize it or not,” she said.

For all the work of planting and weeding and fending off plant-eating pests, The Posey Patch has been a source of satisfaction for Bolton. On her website, she says, “I enjoy the manual labor in the flower field a million times more than anything else I have ever done.”

For Bolton, one of the unexpected benefits of The Posey Patch has been becoming part of the floral community. Everyone, she said, has been welcoming and supportive.

“I’ve made a lot of contacts through networking,” she said. “I just love the whole community of flower farms and growers and designers. They’re just so supportive of each other and I just really enjoy it.”

The Posey Patch recently became a Certified American Grown farm. Bolton says she sought the certification for marketing purposes but has found the community it has opened up to be just as valuable.

“It’s a good way to break the ice and talk to folks,” she said. “It’s been way more helpful than I anticipated.”

In her first season, Bolton has learned that growing flowers “isn’t for the faint of heart.” Coping with pests is particularly vexing.

“When you have a home garden, you might not pay much attention to it and just think, ‘Oh, they ate my garden a little bit. That stinks.’ Now it’s like, ‘No, those are my roses, that’s my livelihood!’ I call them very bad names.”

Still, the payoff eclipses those challenges.

“Anytime I come in with an armload of flowers, my husband laughs at me because he says I’m like a little kid, I get so excited,” she said. “You’d think by now I’d be used to it but I am excited every time I come in with more flowers. That’s a good thing. I guess it kind of keeps us young.”


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North Pole Peonies Joins Certified American Grown

In Alaska, North Pole Peonies makes the most of short, sweet growing season!

When it comes to growing peonies in Alaska, North Pole Peonies was there at the very beginning.

Ron and Marji Illingworth started with about 100 plants in 2003 and with some uncertainty about whether peonies were a viable crop in interior Alaska’s brief growing season. Seventeen years later, they have 12,000 plants, sell their blooms worldwide and are central figures in the state’s peony industry. They have been leaders in the Alaska Peony Growers Association, mentored new growers and helped with research on growing and shipping issues.

Since the Illingworths planted their first peonies, the number of growers in Alaska has grown from a handful to more than 100.

Chris Beks, the Illingworths’ son-in-law and operations manager of North Pole Peonies, says peonies were no sure thing when the farm started. Peonies take three to five years to produce marketable blooms, so it required a leap of faith to make the investment of time and money.

“People might not say it now but I think they were pretty skeptical that this was going to work,” Beks said.

The Illingworths had experience with growing vegetables at their small farm near North Pole, Alaska, just outside Fairbanks and near Eielson Air Force Base. They sold their produce at the local farmers’ market.

They were also professors at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks; Ron in English and Marji in early childhood education. It was there they learned about the possibility of growing peonies.

A fellow professor, horticulturist Patricia Holloway, was doing research on growing peonies. Interactions with growers and buyers from outside Alaska made Holloway think that the state might be perfectly situated to grow peonies. The blooms were ready for harvest in July and August, a time when the rest of the world’s annual supply of peonies had been picked and sold. It also coincided with the summer wedding season, which the big, showy blooms seem tailor-made for. And the flowers are relatively lightweight and perfect for export via air.

Holloway suggested that the Illingworths give peonies a try. They were among about a dozen growers involved.

Beks, a native of the Netherlands, said his in-laws thought his heritage made him a natural to grow flowers.

“They said, ‘Hey Chris, you’re Dutch, you know about growing flowers,’” he said. “Almost everybody in the Netherlands has a brother, cousin, uncle or somebody that works in the flower industry. But I had never done it myself.”

Beks and his wife, Elizabeth, soon got onboard and became partners in the business. It’s their second job – Chris is an instructional design specialist at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks; Elizabeth is a science teacher in the local schools.

It took until 2009 for it to be clear that peonies were a go.

“That’s was when the (floral) designers said, ‘Wow, these peonies, they’re great. Have you got more?’” he said. “That was when we realized we had something really unique here.”

The Illingworths dropped the vegetables that they had continued to grow and focused completely on peonies. The farm grew as it added more peonies every season. With 12,000 plants now, Beks said the focus is now on quality rather than quantity.

“We’re focused on growing at the top end and have our plants grow the biggest and best possible,” he said.

Beks said the farm has been a longtime supporter of the American Grown label. North Pole Peonies had the Certified American Grown label as part of a growers’ co-op and it recently received individual certification.

“We’re proud to be growing flowers in the United States,” he said. “The U.S. flower industry is making a comeback, slowly but surely. Even though we only grow flowers a few months out of the year, we want to show that this is how we should do it and not rely on imports.”

Blühen Acres Flower Farm Joins Certified American Grown

In rural New York, a flower grower discovers her joy!

When it comes to flowers, Kate Lindhorst has come a long way in a very short amount of time.

Lindhorst is the owner of Blühen Acres, a flower farm in Nichols, New York, that specializes in bouquets that Lindhorst makes herself.

But a few short years ago, flowers were not even part of her life.

“I was really part of that crowd that thinks, ‘Why would you even buy flowers when they don’t last?’” she said. “I just really underestimated the joy that you can get from them, from receiving them and giving them. It’s not something I fully understood until I started doing this.”

That joy has spurred the hard work that Lindhorst has invested in starting her business from scratch. She grows more than 50 varieties of flowers on a half-acre of a 30-acre former dairy farm where she lives with her husband and three children.

Since she opened Blühen Acres in 2019 with an announcement on Facebook, her bouquets by subscription have been in steady demand. She also offers a la carte flowers for weddings and special events. She takes another step on July 11 by opening a flower shop on the farm where she will sell her bouquets as well as floral accessories, such as vases, planters, flower-related books and floral-scented candles.

The shop was both a dream and practical move.

“It’s sort of a dream to do it but I didn’t expect to come to fruition so quickly,” she said.

The practical aspect is that it will give customers a place to pick up their bouquets.

“We had a drop-off location last year, and it just proved to be a lot of work,” she said. “It was a lot of logistics, trying to get everything lined up and making sure people had picked up their bouquets. I just want to make sure everyone is well-served.”

Both Lindhorst and her husband, Rand, grew up locally, a rural area on New York’s southern border near the Susquehanna River. Lindhorst was never involved in agriculture – “I had never grown anything, not even a garden growing up,” she said. Rand, however, was raised on a dairy farm, and farming goes back generations through his German roots. The name of the farm is a nod to his heritage – “blühen” is German for “bloom.”

The couple bought the 30-acre farm in 2018 with an eye on raising beef cattle. Eventually, Rand wants to open up his own butcher shop on the farm. They also wanted to raise their children – ages 3, 6 and 7 – in a rural environment.

The idea for a flower business came to Lindhorst as the couple was closing on the farm, and she realized they had all this open land.

“It’s kind of a running joke that I don’t know if the flowers found me or if I found the flowers,” she said. “I just like woke up one morning and I just keep thinking, we have so much space now. And I was a stay-at-home mom, so I didn’t really have anything that was just my own.”


Lindhorst embarked on learning all she could about growing flowers.

“It was a lot of research and reading,” she said. “I don’t like baby steps. I want to do things all in one fell swoop and get them done.”

Her formal training came through a five-week online course for small-scale flower growers offered by Floret Flower Farms in Skagit Valley, Washington.

“We really applied everything we learned and just went for it,” she said. “We reference it often, even still.”

As she laid the groundwork for the flower farm, she kept her plans pretty much to herself. As part of the preparations she built a Facebook page for the farm. When she was finally ready to open, she mentioned the farm and its Facebook page on her personal Facebook page.

People who knew her were surprised. The response was almost overwhelmingly.

“It really did blow up very quickly,” she said. The farm soon reached its limit on bouquet subscriptions.

What she grows is based on the area’s climate and the local population’s taste in flowers. “People around here like really classic flowers, things that are nostalgic, like sweet peas, because their grandma grew them,” she said.

Blühen Farms has always been an organic operation. Lindhorst sought American Grown Certification to give her customers assurance about how and where their flowers are grown.

“It’s important, especially now, that we know where things come from that you bring into your home,” she said. “That’s true with food, and with flowers, too. It’s a conversation that’s important – how was it grown, where did it from, what chemicals were used – and we want to be a part of it. It gives our customers a sense of security because they know how we grow and what our practices are.”

Since opening the farm, Lindhorst has learned that there’s lot more to selling flowers than just growing them. The amount of administrative work has been eye-opening as well as just how much work it is for one person and how much she has to put herself out there as the face of the business. Still, there’s that joy.

“I never expected how much joy it would bring me to share things with people,” she said. “Everybody has a story when they come and pick up their bouquets. Everybody has memories attached to flowers, and that was unexpected.”


Join Blühen Farms this Saturday, July 11th for their flower shop’s Grand Opening!

Photography credit: Emma Brown

It’s American Grown Flowers Month!

We’re Celebrating All Month Long and So Can You!

For the fourth year in a row, the U.S. Senate has designated July American Grown Flowers Month, recognizing the economic and cultural impact of America’s cut flower and greens farmers. It’s an amazing form of recognition right at the height of flower season!

There are so many ways you can participate in the celebration, connect with flowers and help spread the word that origin matters!

First, you can look for our iconic logo in the amazing American Grown Flowers displays from retailers participating in the annual American Grown Flowers Month. You’ll find special displays and supporting collateral in many Safeway, Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions, Spartan Nash, Charlie’s Produce, Mother’s Markets, Ralphs, Alfalfa’s Local Markets, United Supermarkets and more.

Grab some American Grown Flowers and Greens when you see them and encourage your family and friends to do the same. With so many stores participating, it’s easy!

Florists, you can also look to DVFlora for its celebration of American Grown Flowers Month that includes downloadable marketing materials and a full month of specials on flowers and greens from Certified American Grown farms throughout July.  Farms featured in July include: Ferntrust, Eufloria, Joseph & Sons, Mellano & Co., Holland America Flowers and Camflor.

And florists who are committed to spreading the #originmatters message and designing with homegrown flowers can use DVFlora’s dedicated online directory or our Where to Buy American Grown to quickly and conveniently purchase Certified American Grown Flowers and Greens.

Want something more interactive?

Kelly Shore, from The Floral Source, has curated American Grown at Home farm direct boxes and will be featuring four different Certified American Grown farms from coast to coast for the month of July. You will have the opportunity to create with these unique blooms and greens in your home with a virtual hands-on workshop.

Or celebrate American Grown Flowers Month by connecting with friends, family or even strangers with flowers! Buy flowers for yourself and some extra to share and spread joy – like the Flower Party Box from Harmony Harvest.

Finally, you can have a conversation about homegrown flowers with all of your connections. That might be in person, socially distanced, in an email or by sharing about American Grown Flowers Month on social media.

Now’s the time to share the word about the bounty and beauty of American Grown Flowers and Greens that are at their peak in July!



2020 D.C. Fly-in Recap

Certified American Grown

This past week myself and our team hosted one of the most important events CCFC / CAG has each year, the DC Fly In. As your CEO, I was beyond proud of the group that dedicated themselves to join us in Washington DC to perform this critical service on behalf of the entire US Cut Flower Industry. Our group consisted of 15 US farmers, 2 professional designers and 3 CCFC staff; all representing 10 States and including Jumana Madanat Misleh, our DC Legislative Consultant, who set up all of our appointments. During the 2.5 days, we held our annual CAG Council Meeting, then divided ourselves up to conquer the 40 + meetings with Representatives, Senators and 3 different departments.


I think I can safely say that this was the 1st ever DC Fly In where we’ve had a Senator actually sign a bill for us right there in his office (pictured below)!
Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska signed the Senate version of the American Grown Act with our group present in his office. Following the signing in Sullivan’s office, the bill was sent to Senator Dianne Feinstein to co-sign the bill.



Other highlights of the trip were us learning how the National Floriculture Report is created and discussing ways we can give input to improve the report managed by NASS, The National Agricultural Statistics Service. Annually, when you are reporting your cut flower variety production, there is an area called ‘other’. Please take a few minutes and write in the specific top five varieties you are growing, not included in the pre-printed list of varieties on the same page. That way we will get an opportunity to have detailed data on individual varieties we grow to better influence marketing decisions for our future.


Meetings last year with the Undersecretary Ted McKinney, in Charge of Foreign AG Trade, initiated conversations with USAID about financial aid given to countries to export flowers into the US market. We discussed with staff from USAID the need to rethink helping Kenya with exporting their flowers into the USA. We also met with the USDA to cover marketing, regulatory programs and fair trade policies for all flowers coming into this country. We presented our stand on ‘Country of Origin’ labeling to numerous people from Department Staff to every Congress person we met. We followed up by getting support to officially designate July as “American Grown Flower Month” and had members of Congress say they would become new members of our Cut Flower Caucus.



As you can see, our annual DC Fly In is one of the most valuable programs we run, creating real change that will help us all maintain the health of our Cut Flower Farms across the United States. This year was the biggest DC Fly In in recent history and it was all topped off by a packed house reception co- sponsored by our friends of The Wine Institute, CHEERS! We all got a second opportunity to talk with Staff, Representatives and Senators we visited during the day and have them leave the reception with Fresh Certified American Grown Flowers. Anna Kalins, our new Event Director was a big part of making this year’s FlyIn a strong success.



In closing, 2020 is the 30th birthday of the Cut Flower Commission. That longevity accomplishment is a true benchmark of the value our growers have experienced, as a result of the work our organization takes pride in.


Doing what matters,





Dave Pruitt,
CEO The California Cut Flower Commission #CAGROWN
Administrator Certified American Grown #OriginMatters

Where Should We Go In 2020?

Send Us Your Suggestions For American Grown Field To Vase Dinner Tour Stops!

In 2020, the award-winning American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour will begin its sixth season. That’s six years of hosting guests on some of America’s most beautiful flower farms where they meet the farmer, take in breathtaking designs from a renowned floral designer and dine on a multi-course artisan meal paired with local wine and craft beers.  

Guests of every Field to Vase Dinner experience an evening filled with beautiful American Grown Flowers along with a multi-course artisan meal.  Photo by Danielle Honea Photography.

The dinner tour has become a spectacular tradition that introduces guests to the homegrown flowers available 365 days a year from American flower farms. And like any tradition, each year there’s a lot to live up to! 

That’s why we’re asking flower farmers, florists, wholesalers, sponsors and flower-lovers where we should stop in 2020. 

Get the feel of an American Grown Field to Vase Dinner like this one in Nashville,  TN. Then send us your suggestions for 2020 to stops! 


We want to announce next year’s stops in January, so we’re already canvassing the country, checking out locations and looking to shine the spotlight on America’s best flower farms, floral designers and communities that exemplify the growing support and movement for American Grown Flowers.

Got a suggestion for the perfect location? Email or fill out the application below and tell us why the American Grown Dinner Tour should stop in.

Perdue Makes Stop at Michigan Flower Farm on Listening Tour

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue got a chance to stop and smell the flowers in Michigan last week as he toured the state to take the pulse of farmers and listen to their concerns.

Perdue’s tour included a stop at Summer Dreams Farms in Oxford, Michigan, where owner Michael Genovese showed him around and got a chance to offer a flower grower’s perspective on trade, the competition from imports and the importance of the American Grown Act and the Cut Flower Caucus. Summer Dreams Farms grows dahlias in Oxford, about an hour north of Detroit.

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue talks with flower farmer Michael Genovese at Summer Dreams Farm.  Photos by Heather Saunders.

Perdue was in Michigan to hear from farmers at a time when tariffs and trade agreements are major concerns. Perdue also visited a sugar beet farm, a town hall meeting with farmers in Frankenmuth and Better Made Potato Chips.

At the town hall meeting, Perdue fielded questions about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which would replace the North America Free Trade Agreement. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is still being debated in Congress. Opponents are concerned about enforcement and the prospect of losing American jobs.

“The world is watching,” Perdue told farmers. “If we cannot get an agreement with people on the north and south of us, how can we have an agreement with the world on trade?”

Perdue said he intended to take what he heard back to Washington and President Trump.

“Farmers are interesting, they like to look you in the eye,” said Perdue, according to a report on WWMT-TV. “They can send an email or write an email, but they respect when you come and respect them by looking at the ground, feel challenges they have here, feel the heartbeat of what they’re struggling with. That’s my job. That can make me a more effective advocate to the president and to the administration.

“He asks me when I get back, ‘how’s it going out there, Sonny?’ I have the opportunity to tell him. I told him a few weeks ago, ‘Mr. President, it’s tough and it’s getting tougher.’ He says well that’s negative and I say well you pay me to tell you the truth and that’s what we do.”

Amid all the serious concerns, Perdue’s visit to Summer Dreams Farms left an impression on him.

“Several of his staff came up to me and said they had not ever seen him so excited on a farm tour in a long time,” Genovese said. “I was also told he was talking about the flower farm the entire drive to and during the next stop on his tour.”


Award-Winning Cameron Mitchell Premier Events To Shine Last Dinner Tour Stop

If you’ve heard of Cameron Mitchell Premier Events before, it’s likely because this award-winning business has earned an amazing reputation in Columbus and Central Ohio.  

Think honors from ISES WOW! Awards and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, not to mention recognition for its various venues that include The Ivory Room at Miranova, a chic, modern event space located in the heart of Downtown Columbus; The Exchange, a contemporary open event space located in Dublin’s Bridge Park neighborhood; and The Terrace in the heart of The Short North Arts District.

New Albany Field to Vase Dinner guests are in for a real treat!  Not only will they experience the much-loved beauty of the Red Twig Farm, but also the delightful culinary creations of chef Amanda Stuart of Cameron Mitchell Premier Events.  Photo by Daniel Kelleghan.

Guests at the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner on Oct. 5 at Red Twig Farms in New Albany, Ohio, will get to experience all Cameron Mitchell Premier Events has to offer when the firm takes on the both the culinary efforts and the event coordination. 

The menu points to an amazing evening on the flower farm, thanks to the culinary expertise of chef Amanda Stuart. For as long as she can remember, Stuart has always had a passion for the creativity and artistic aspects of cooking. At age 17, she began independently executing small catered parties and creating custom cakes for family and friends. It wasn’t until she began working at The Hills Market as the director of food services that she decided she wanted to pursue cooking professionally. 

Chef Amanda Stuart will be leading the catering team at the New Albany Field to Vase Dinner on October 5.  Photo courtesy of Cameron Mitchell Premier Events.

In 2012, Amanda joined Cameron Mitchell Premier Events as a catering supervisor and rose through the ranks, developing as a bakery supervisor and later a sous chef. 

Here’s what Stuart has planned for Field to Vase Dinner guests: an Arcadian greens salad and cracked wheat sourdough bread followed by salmon with tomato and olive relish, flat iron steak with chimichurri, roasted seasonal vegetables and herb-roasted red potatoes. Dessert will feature mini chocolate chip cookies, lemon-berry shooters and pistachio macarons. 


Steak House Pizza is just one of the delicious hors d’oeuvers served at our Ohio Field to Vase Dinner.  Photo courtesy of Cameron Mitchell Premier Events.


With a culinary experience like this, a tour of Red Twig Farms and floral designs by Mindy Staton of
Two Little Buds Florist, it’s no wonder this dinner is already sold out! 

If you missed out, stay tuned for our announcement of 2020 American Grown Field to Vase Tour locations! 


Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Ag Funding Bill

Bill Language Supports Floriculture Report

The U.S. Senate Appropriations committee has approved a bill to fund the Agriculture Department and related agencies for fiscal year 2020. The bill provides discretionary funding of $23.1 billion, $58 million over the fiscal year 2019 enacted level and $4.1 billion over the budget request. Mandatory funding in the bill totals $128.6 billion.

The bill also includes language that supports funding for the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) annual Floriculture Crops Report, the only report providing national stats on the cut flower sector.

The bill’s report language states: “The Committee recognizes the importance of the Floriculture Crops Report and recommends an increase of $500,000 for NASS to complete the report. The Committee directs NASS to include data from Alaska in compiling the report.”

Sen. Dianne Feintstein has met with flower farmers each year at Certified American Grown’s annual DC Fly-In.  Photo by Nony Park of Ken Pak Photography.


Certified American Grown and the California Cut Flower Commission worked closely with Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Lisa Murkowski to ensure that language supporting the annual Floriculture Report was included.

Senator Murkowski, shown here with flower farmers at the Homer, Alaska Field to Vase Dinner in July, has long been a friend and advocate of the American flower farmer. Photo by Rachel Tweggs Photography.


This year and in 2018, the California Cut Flower Commission submitted appropriations requests to both the House and Senate, and had numerous discussions with Members advocating about the importance of the report. The report was also a topic at the annual Washington, D.C. fly-in.

In 2018, during the Certified American Grown DC Fly-in, flower famers elevated the issue for reinstating the annual floriculture report directly to USDA NASS officials and worked with members of Congress to help secure the funding necessary for its reinstatement.  Photo by Nony Park of Ken Pak Photography.

As you may know, the report was quietly suspended in 2016, but as a result of Certified American Grown and CCFC’s advocacy for fiscal year 2019, the report was bought back and released in May 2019.  The Society of American Florists (SAF) also lobbied for the report.

The approval of the ag funding bill with language supporting the Floriculture Crops report is a huge win for America’s flower farmers!

Regarding the overall bill, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said, “This bill funds our nation’s agriculture and nutrition programs and directly influences the quality of life in rural America. It provides our farmers and ranchers the support they need. This is a good committee product, and I thank Senators Hoeven and Merkley for working together to craft this legislation. It deserves the backing of the full Senate.”

Next, the bill will be placed on the legislative calendar for a vote.