Avocados Grown in South Florida and Imported Avocados; Change in Maturity Requirements. Docket Number: AMS-FV-14-0051; FV14-915-1 IR. Effective: September 19, 2014. Comments due by November 17, 2014. [Notice PDF
Avocados Grown in South Florida and Imported Avocados; Clarification of the Avocado Grade Requirements. Docket Number: AMS-FV-13-0069; FV13-915-3 PR. Comments due by July 23, 2014. [Notice PDF
Avocados Grown in South Florida; Increased Assessment Rate. Docket Number: AMS-FV-13-0054; FV13-915-2 FR. EFFECTIVE: January 17, 2014. [Notice PDF
Avocados Grown in South Florida; Increased Assessment Rate. Docket Number: AMS-FV-13-0054; FV13-915-2 PR. Comments must be received by October 2, 1013. [Notice PDF
- Commodity Regulated: Avocados grown in South Florida
- Crop Shipping Season: June through March
- Fiscal Year: April 1 through March 31
- Production Area(s): The production area is the Southern half of Florida, with the order listing the applicable counties.
- Order Authority and Regulations: Marketing order authorizes grade, size, quality, maturity, container, and pack requirements for Florida avocados. It also authorizes regulations on the size, capacity, and weight of the containers used to ship avocados to market. Minimum grade, size, and maturity requirements established under the order also are applied to imported avocados.
- Research and Promotion: Projects are also currently active in production research and marketing research and development.
- The order was promulgated in 1954 and was last amended under formal rulemaking on March 9, 1987 (see the link to e-CFR above).
- 8e Requirements: 8e requirements specify that imported commodities must meet the same or comparable minimum grade, size, quality, and maturity requirements, as those specified under this marketing order.
Committee Structure: The Avocado Administrative Committee is administered locally by 10 members: 5 growers, 4 handlers, and 1 public member. Each member has one alternate. Membership is also allocated according to district, with District 1 (Dade County) represented by 4 growers and 3 handlers, and District 2 (all the production area except Dade County) by 1 grower and 1 handler. Committee members and alternates serve 1-year terms of office from April 1 to March 31. Members may serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. District 1 and District 2 producer and handler members are currently nominated by mail-in ballots.
Contacts: Alan Flinn, Manager; Avocado Administrative Committee; P.O. Box 900188; Homestead, Florida 33090-0188; Phone: (305) 247-0848; FAX: (305) 245-1315.
AMS Contact: Director, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, Phone: (202) 720-2491.