Nuts (ALL)

Increased Assessment Rates Hazelnuts Grown in Oregon and Washington

Docket Number: AMS–SC–17–0036
Effective Date: January 29, 2018


This rule implements a recommendation from the Hazelnut Marketing Board (Board) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2017-2018 and subsequent marketing years from $0.005 to $0.006 per pound of hazelnuts handled under the Marketing Order (Order). The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.


USDA Announces a Change to the Minimum Quality and Handling Standards for Domestic and Imported Peanuts Marketed in the United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revised the Minimum Quality and Handling standards for domestic and imported peanuts marketed in the United States.

This action relaxes the allowance for damaged kernels in farmers’ stock peanuts when determining segregation and grade. The change aligns the incoming standards with recent changes relaxing the outgoing quality standards.

Referendum on Proposed Amendments to the Marketing Order for Hazelnuts Grown in Oregon and Washington Voting to Begin Oct 16, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a referendum from October 16 to November 3, 2017, on proposed amendments to the federal marketing order regulating the handling of hazelnuts produced in Oregon and Washington. The proposed amendments would give the Hazelnut Marketing Board authority to regulate quality for the purpose of pathogen reduction and authority to develop quality regulations tailored to meet the needs of each type of hazelnut market.

USDA Announces the Establishment of Assessment Rates for Pecans Handled in 15 States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) this week announced the establishment of assessment rates for pecans grown in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas under marketing order 986.

Fruit, Vegetables & Specialty Crop Marketing Orders and Agreements

What are Marketing Orders?

Marketing orders are industry-driven programs that help fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop (FVSC) producers and handlers achieve marketing success. By working together, industry members leverage their own funds to design and execute programs that they would not be able to do as individuals. These programs operate on the local to national scale to:

USDA Revises Walnut Grade Standards to Include Red Walnuts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is revising the U.S. Standards for Walnuts in the Shell and for Shelled Walnuts to allow grade certification of the Livermore (red) colored variety of walnuts and to remove the obsolete references to an unclassified walnut category. The current U.S. walnut standards only permit the grade certification of four colors of walnuts: extra light, light, light amber, and amber.