The California Cut Flower Commission will stay in place for at least the next five years after California flower farmers voted to continue the commission.

"The commission works to do for all of us what none of us could accomplish alone," said commission Chairman Hans Brand in a press release dated March 24.

Under its bylaws, the commission is required to hold a referendum every five years to determine whether growers wish to continue supporting it.

The commission is funded by assessments on flower farms with gross sales over $500,000.

Approximately 275 growers of flowers and foliage operate in California, according to the commission. They produce and market $330 million worth of flowers and foliage annually.

--Mitch Lies

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