Oranges and Grapefruit Grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; Decreased Assessment Rate. Docket Number: AMS-FV-14-0054; FV-14-906-3 IR. Effective: August 15, 2014. Comments received by October 14, 2014 will be considered prior to issuance of a final rule. [Notice PDF
Oranges and Grapefruit Grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas and Imported Oranges; Change in Size Requirements for Oranges. Docket Number: AMS-FV-14-0009; FV14-906-1 FIR. EFFECTIVE: July 17, 2014. [Notice PDF
Oranges and Grapefruit Grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; Change in Size Requirements for Grapefruit. Docket Number: AMS-FV-0015; FV14-906-2 FIR. EFFECTIVE: July 7, 2014. [Notice PDF
- Commodity Regulated: Shipments of oranges and grapefruit grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas
- Crop Shipping Season: October - May
- Fiscal Year: August 1 - July 31
- Production Area(s): Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas
- Order Authority and Regulations: Marketing order authorizes grade, size, container, and pack regulations for oranges and grapefruit shipped to fresh markets in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Currently, minimum grade and size requirements established under the order for oranges also are applied to oranges imported from September through June.
- Research and Promotion: Currently in effect, including paid advertising.
- The order was promulgated in 1960 and was last amended under formal rulemaking on August 4, 1966.
- 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 Texas Valley Citrus Committee is comprised of 15 members (9 producers and 6 handlers) and their alternates. Seven producers and five handlers are independent representatives, and two producers and one handler are cooperative representatives. Members and alternates serve a 3-year staggered term of office that begins August 1. The staggered selection permits one-third of committee members and alternates to be selected each year. Members and alternates may not succeed themselves in office. All members are nominated by their respective peers at handler and producer meetings.
Ray Prewett, Manager; Texas Valley Citrus Committee; 901 Business Park Drive, Suite 400; Mission, Texas 78572; Phone: (956) 584-1772. Web site: www.texasproduceassociation.com/who/structure.asp
AMS Contact: Director, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, Phone: (202) 720-2491.