A week from today, a delegation of American flower farmers will descend on Washington,D.C., for an action-packed, issue-filled couple of days.
This will be the largest delegation of flower farmers we’ve ever had for our annual fly-in. Of course, it isn’t just the number of farmers that makes this year’s trip so impressive, it’s the “who” is joining us. This year’s group canvases 10 states representing 21 different farms and reflects new and next-generation farmers, as well as some of the largest flower farms in the United States.
The timing couldn’t be better for heading to Washington. The pace at which this administration is making changes makes raising our hands and unifying the voice for America’s flower farmers so important.
We can’t assume that this administration knows the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes floriculture as one of the top five most profitable crops for small-acre farms.
We need this administration to understand how “free trade” isn’t “fair trade,” and how imports continue to negatively impact American flower farmers.
And we must advocate for reliable access to labor that allows our farms to competitively harvest their flowers.
Our farms will meet with members of the new Congress, encouraging every representative to join the Congressional Cut Flower Caucus. The caucus continues to be a great resource for educating members of Congress and their staff on the issues, challenges and opportunities facing our flower farmers.
One week from today…