Congressman Don Young Introduces Legislation to Strengthen American Flower Industry
Washington, July 21, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, during American Grown Flowers Month, Alaska Congressman Don Young, Co-Chair of the Congressional Cut Flowers Caucus, introduced the American Grown Act – legislation requiring the U.S. Federal Government to purchase cut flowers and greens grown in the United States. According to Certified American Grown, approximately 80 percent of cut flower and greens purchased in the United States are imported from other countries, putting American flower and greens farmers at a disadvantage. This legislation is supported by Certified American Grown, an advocacy organization representing a unified and diverse community of American cut flower and foliage farmers. This legislation is cosponsored by all Co-Chairs of the Congressional Cut Flowers Caucus: Representatives Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), and Dan Newhouse (R-WA).
“It seems like a no-brainer that the United States should be putting American farmers first by choosing not to import cut flowers,” said Congressman Don Young. “Unfortunately for the Federal government, this is not the case. American farmers are hugely disadvantaged by the foreign growers that are subject to fewer environmental regulations and labor standards, and it is time Congress does something to help our country’s farmers compete. Putting our farmers first starts at the top, and I am proud to introduce the American Grown Act. This legislation is even more important considering the tremendous damage COVID-19 caused to all sectors of our economy. I am grateful to the farmers and advocates who have helped make this legislation a reality, particularly our state’s own Rita Jo Shoultz of Alaska Perfect Peony. I encourage my friends on both sides of the aisle to do right by the flower and greens farmers in their districts and sign on to this important effort.”
“It’s not surprising to see Congressman Young supporting the cut flower and greens industry as his home state has 200 peony farms and Alaskans can always count on his support. This bill however will authenticate the entire American domestic cut flower and foliage farmers, their families, and communities. By displaying our beautiful cut flowers and foliage in our government locations, our leaders are expressing the pride and support for the hard work we as farmers provide to beautify American’s lives on a daily basis. Thank you, Congressman Young, for bringing this bill to the House for consideration. We appreciate you,” said Rita Jo Shoultz, Owner of Alaska Perfect Peony.