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Marketing Orders and Agreements
Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Marketing Orders  
Federal marketing orders are locally administered by committees made up of growers and/or handlers, and often a member of the public. Marketing order regulations, initiated by industry and enforced by USDA, bind the entire industry in the geographical area regulated if approved by producers and the Secretary of Agriculture.

Marketing orders and agreements (1) maintain the high quality of produce that is on the market; (2) standardize packages and containers; (3) regulate the flow of product to market; (4) establish reserve pools for storable commodities; and (5) authorize production research, marketing research and development, and advertising.

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Exemption of Organic Products from Assessment Under a Commodity Promotion Law; AMS-FV-0032; Comments due by January 15, 2014. [Notice PDF] [News Release]

Regulations Issued Under the Export Apple Act; Exempting Bulk Shipments to Canada from Minimum Requirements and Inspection. EFFECTIVE: April 7, 2014. [Webpage] [News Release] [Notice PDF]

Webinar on Federal Marketing Orders View and hear information on these industry-requested programs that help improve marketing of their products [Webinar]

Regulations Issued Under the Export Grape and Plum Act; Revision to the Minimum Requirements. Docket Number: AMS-FV-10-0091; FV11-35-1 FR. EFFECTIVE: March 17, 2011. [Notice PDF]

  Link to Current Fruit and Vegetable Marketing Orders  
  "Blue Prints" Article on Marketing Orders (PDF)  
  Last Modified Date: 12/16/2014