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PUBLIC LAW 103-190—DEC. 14, 1993 107 STAT. 2267 (B) prepare the cut flowers and cut greens for retail consumption; (C) serve as an intermediary between the source of the product and the retailer; (D) otherwise facilitate the entry of cut flowers and cut greens into the current of domestic commerce; and (E) add efliciencies to the market process that ensure the availability' of a much greater variety of the product to retailers and consumers; (4) it is widely recognized that it is in the public interest and important to the agricultural economy of the United States to provide an adequate, steady supply of cut flowers and cut greens at reasonable prices to the consumers of the United States; (5)(A) cut flowers and cut greens move in interstate and foreign commerce; and (B) cut flowers and cut greens that do not move in interstate or foreign channels of commerce but only in intrastate commerce directly afTect interstate commerce in cut flowers and cut greens; (6) the maintenance and expansion of markets in existence on the date of enactment of this Act, and the development of new or improved markets or uses for cut flowers and cut greens, are needed to preserve and strengthen the economic viability of the domestic cut flowers and cut greens industry for the benefit of producers, handlers, retailers, and the entire floral industry; (7) generic programs of promotion and consumer information can be effective in maintaining and developing markets for cut flowers and cut greens, and have the advantage of equally enhancing the market position for all cut flowers and cut greens; (8) because cut flowers and cut greens producers are primarily agriculture-oriented rather than promotion-oriented, and because the floral msu-keting industry within the United States is comprised mainly of small-sized and medium-sized businesses, the development and implementation of an adequate and coordinated national program of generic promotion and consumer information necessary for the maintenance of markets in existence on the date of enactment of this Act and the developmeiat of new markets for cut flowers and cut greens have been prevented; (9) there exist established State and commodity-specific producer-funded pn^grams of promotion and research that are valuable efforts to expand markets for domestic producers of cut flowers and cut greens and that will benefit from the promotion and consumer information program authorized by this Act in that the program will enhance the market development efforts of the programs for domestic producers; (10) an effective and coordinated method for ensuring cooperative and collective action in providing for and financing a nationwide program of generic promotion and consumer information is needed to ensure that the cut flowers and cut greens industry will be able to provide, obtain, and implement programs of promotion and consumer information necessary to maintain, expand, and develop markets for cut flowers and cut greens; and