In a press release issued the day before Valentine’s Day, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to “continue supporting the American floral and horticulture industry.”
Citing that imports now make up the majority of cut flowers sold in the United States, Senator Murphy specifically requested that the USDA help and “feature American flowers at government events, launch public relations campaigns, and collect input from American growers to hear about the challenges they face.”
Having support like this come out of Washington, D.C., certainly helps pave the way for the conversations we are set to have with members of the new administration. We have a great delegation of flower farmers descending on Washington at the end of this month with an agenda of issues that need to be addressed to help our farms better compete with imports.
The road to leveling the playing field with imports is a long one, but with increasing support from consumers, the industry and champions like Senator Murphy, we can see a way forward.
And last but not least, I certainly want to give a big Valentine’s Day thank you to Senator Murphy for his commitment and support for the American Grown cause. It does make a difference.