WASHINGTON DC – A coalition of American flower growers recently traveled to Washington to participate in a historic moment in U.S. floriculture history.
On Feb. 27, Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24) and Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) of California announced the formation of the Congressional Cut Flower Caucus. Representing a bi-partisan effort to support and promote the domestic cut flower and greens farmers, the caucus is open to all members of Congress to join.
Diana Roy was a part of the delegation of American flower farmers who were on hand to witness the official kickoff of the caucus and to help recruit their members of Congress to join.
Roy is a flower farmer from Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers in Fallbrook.
“I was extremely proud to be a part of this important occasion,” said Roy. “Having a caucus focused on the future of flower farming in this country couldn’t be more timely.”
Roy also met with Congressman Darrell Issa from the 49th Congressional district inviting him to join the newly formed caucus too.
“Congressman Issa was completely supportive and agreed to join the caucus,” said Roy. “He not only loves flowers, but also understands how important flower farming is to our economy.”
A roundtable discussion marked the occasion of the newly formed caucus. Caucus co-chairs Hunter and Capps outlined the caucus’ focus on educating fellow members and staff on the economic and cultural importance of America’s cut flower and greens farmers, as well as the challenges U.S. farms face.
Future events will provide greater understanding of the issues and opportunities facing America’s cut flower farmers, their families and their flowers.