Rulemaking and Hearing Background:
Tart Cherries Grown in Michigan, et al; Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2014-15 Crop Year for Tart Cherries. Docket Number: AMS-FV-14-0077; FV14-930-2 PR. Comments received by March 23, 2015 will be considered prior to issuance of a final rule. [Notice PDF
Tart Cherries Grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin; Continuance Referendum. Docket Number: AMS-FV-13-0097; FV14-930-1. Dates: March 10 through March 28, 2014. [Notice PDF
] [Press Release
Tart Cherries Grown in Michigan, et al; Revising Handler Reporting and Grower Diversion Requirements. Docket Number: AMS-FV-13-0030; FV13-930-2 FIR. EFECTIVE: January 17, 2014. [Notice PDF
Federal Marketing Order 930 for Tart Cherries Grown in Michigan, et al. Docket Number: AO-370-A9; 11-93; AMS-FV-10-0087; FV10-930-5:
- Secretary’s Decision and Referendum Order on Proposed Amendments of Marketing Order. The referendum will be conducted from March 19-30, 2012. [Notice PDF] [Press Release]
The proposed amendments are based on the record of public hearings held in April 2011. Written exceptions to the proposed amendments were due by November 25, 2011. Transcripts from the hearings are listed below.
- Commodity Regulated: Tart cherries grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin
- Crop Shipping Season: July 1 through June 30
- Fiscal Year: July 1 through June 30
- Production Area(s): Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin
- Order Authority and Regulations: Marketing order authorizes volume controls that provide for a reserve pool in times of heavy cherry supplies. Under the order, reserve cherries may be released to handlers for free use; used in diversion programs; exported; or carried over as a hedge against a short crop the next year. Other major marketing order provisions, not currently in use, include minimum grade and size regulations and authorization for market research and development projects, including paid advertising.
- Research and Promotion: The order authorizes the production and processing of research, market research and development, and promotional activities that include paid advertising.
- The order became effective on September, 24 1996. The marketing order was last amended under formal rulemaking on June 15, 2010.
Board Structure: The Cherry Industry Administrative Board consists of 18 members, including 6 producer members, 8 handler members, 3 members who can be either producers or handlers, and 1 public member. There are 16 alternates. Members serve 3-year terms of office that begin July 1. Approximately one-third of the Board is selected each year to provide continuity. Producer and handler members are nominated at meetings and by mail ballots, with one-third of the Board's membership selected each year.
Perry Hedin, Executive Director, Cherry Industry Administrative Board; 12800 Escanaba Drive, Suite A; DeWitt, Michigan 48820-0388; Phone: (517) 669-1070; Fax: (517) 669-1260. Web site: www.cherryboard.org
AMS Contact: Director, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, Agricultural Marketing Service; Phone: (202) 720-2491.