Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Tangelos Grown in Florida; Relaxing Grade Requirements on Valencia and Other Late Type Oranges; Docket Number: AMS-14-0041; FV14-905-2 IR. EFFECTIVE: May 23, 2014. Comments due by July 28, 2014 [Notice PDF
Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines and Tangelos Grown in Florida; Continuance Referendum; Docket Number: AMS-FV-14-0008; FV14-905-1 CR. Referendum will be held from April 7 through April 25, 2014. [Notice PDF
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Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines and Tangelos Grown in Florida; Increased Assessment Rate. Docket Number: AMS-FV-13-0074; FV13-905-3 FR. EFFECTIVE: January 31, 2014. [Notice PDF
Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines and Tangelos Grown in Florida; Relaxing Size and Grade Requirements on Valencia and Other Late Type Oranges. Docket Number: AMS-FV-13-0009; FV13-905-2 FIR. EFFECTIVE: August 23, 2013. [Notice PDF
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Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines and Tangelos Grown in Florida; Hearing on Proposed Amendment of Marketing Order 905. Docket Number: AO-13-0163; AMS-FV-12-0069; FV13-905-1. The public hearing was held on April 24-25, 2013, in Winter Haven, Florida.
- Commodity Regulated: Shipments of fresh oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and tangelos grown in Florida.
- Crop Shipping Season: September 1 through July 31.
- Fiscal Year: August 1 through July 31.
- Production Area: Florida, except the area west of the Suwanee River
- Order Authority and Regulations: The marketing order authorizes grade, size, maturity, quality, volume regulations, and research and promotion programs. Additionally, export regulations include size, capacity, weight, dimensions, and marking or pack of the container regulations. Grade and size requirements are in effect for citrus shipped to destinations outside of the production area. Volume regulations are authorized for specific varieties, but are not in effect. Shipping holidays are authorized during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. The order was promulgated in 1939 and last amended under formal rulemaking on October 9, 2009.
- Research and Promotion: Authorized to administer research and promotion programs, including paid advertising, for fresh Florida citrus. However, no programs are in effect. The industry currently conducts marketing research and promotion under various State programs.
- 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 Citrus Administrative Committee is comprised of 18 members and their alternates. Nine members and alternates are grower members; eight members and alternates are shipper members; and one member and alternate represent the public. All members serve one-year terms of office that run from August 1 through July 31. Members may serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. Producer members are nominated at producer nomination meetings. Handler members are nominated at handler nomination meetings.
“Duke” Chadwell, Manager; Citrus Administrative Committee; P.O. Box 24508; Lakeland, Florida 33802-4508; Phone: (863) 682-3103; Fax: (863) 682-9563; Website: www.citrusadministrativecommittee.org
AMS Contacts: Director, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, Agricultural Marketing Service; Phone: (202) 720-2491.