CCFC Recognizes Her Dedication to California’s Flower Farmers
The California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC) presented Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, with its first-ever Public Service Award during a special reception Dec. 31 in Pasadena as part of festivities leading up to the 2019 Rose Parade.
The ceremony and reception honoring Ross followed the recognition of a record-setting nine Rose Parade entries that earned California Grown Certification.
For the past seven years, Ross has graciously bestowed California Grown Certification on Rose Parade entries that feature 85 percent or more flowers from the Golden State.
In addition to her incredible efforts leading up to the parade, Ross has also helped advance the California Grown program, including working on the development of a strategic plan and assisting with funding for the program to the tune of nearly $1 million.
“Sec. Ross has generously offered her time and expertise to advancing the CA Grown program and has been a longtime friend to California’s flower farmers,” said Kasey Cronquist, CCFC CEO & Ambassador. “We are grateful for all of her efforts to bring attention to California Grown Flowers and the hard work of our state’s farmers.”