Rep. Carbajal Sponsors Resolution Declaring July American Grown Flower Month
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) introduced bipartisan legislation to designate July as American Grown Flower Month, to celebrate the economic and cultural impact of America’s cut flower and greens farmers and demonstrate Congress’ commitment to support our local farmers and growers. Additionally, Rep. Carbajal spoke from the House Floor introducing the legislation in support of an American Grown Flower Month.
This legislation was cosponsored by Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA-50), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler (WA-03), and Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-01). Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the companion resolution in the U.S. Senate.
Hundreds of vibrant varieties of flowers are grown in every state across our country. California flower farmers, distributors and florists lead the nation in production, generating thousands of jobs and driving $1.13 billion in economic activity each year.
“I have seen firsthand the value the grown flower industry adds to our economy and communities during my visits with our Central Coast growers,” said Rep. Carbajal. “California produces three-quarters of all cut flowers grown in the United States. I am committed to recognizing their contribution by designating July as American Grown Flower Month in order to celebrate the beauty this industry brings to our homes and celebrations year-round.”
“As a co-chair of the House Cut Flower Caucus, I am proud to join my colleagues in recognizing the important contributions of our nation’s flower growers,” said Congressman Panetta. “Their efforts not only beautify our homes, their businesses generate thousands of jobs and are staples in our communities. Designating July as American Grown Flowers Month will further highlight the contributions of this industry.”
“Washington state is one of the top producing states for flowers. This legislation will help bring attention to the cut flower industry here and the local businesses and economic activity it supports,” said Rep. Herrera Beutler. “I am a proud co-chair of the Cut Flower Caucus and am very pleased to cosponsor this resolution that supports Southwest Washington businesses.”
“As consumers have taken their love of buying local to new levels, the number of Maine farms growing and selling flowers has more than doubled in the last 10 years. It’s been a fantastic way for smaller-scale farms to diversify their business while reaching new customers,” said Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. “I’m proud to support this resolution of American Grown Flower Month to help spread the word that the most beautiful flowers blossom close to home.”