Research & Promotion (R&P) programs, authorized by Congress, are requested, funded, and driven by industry. The programs establish a framework to pool resources to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight, ensuring fiscal responsibility, program efficiency, and fair treatment of participating stakeholders. AMS oversees more than 20 research and promotion boards that empower farmers, ranchers, and agricultural businesses.
How to Propose a National R&P Program
AMS will consider a proposal for creating a new R&P program if the proposal has substantial industry support. The proposal package should include: (1) industry analysis; (2) justification; (3) objectives; (4) impact on small business; (5) evidence of industry support for the program; and (6) the text of the proposed order.
Organic Exemption from Assessment
Seventeen (17) R&P programs exempt producers and marketers of products eligible to be labeled as 100-percent organic. Programs currently exist for blueberries, beef, cotton, dairy, eggs, fluid milk, Hass avocados, honey, lamb, mangos, mushrooms, peanuts, popcorn, pork, potatoes, soybeans, and watermelons.
- Final Rule - Organic Producers and Marketers Exempted From Organic Commodity Promotion Assessments
- Organic Exemption Form (PDF)