USDA Announces Producers of Pistachios in California, Arizona, and New Mexico Vote to Continue the Federal Marketing Order

January 24, 2023

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that producers of pistachios in California, Arizona, and New Mexico voted to continue their marketing order program.

In a referendum held between Oct. 31 and Nov. 18, 2022, continuance of the marketing order was favored by 95% of producers voting in the referendum, and by 95% of the volume voted in the referendum. For the marketing order to continue, two-thirds or more of producers voting, or producers representing two-thirds or more of the volume voted needed to vote in favor of continuance.

The pistachio marketing order provides authority for the Administrative Committee for Pistachios to regulate quality, including aflatoxin sampling, analysis, and inspection, and research projects.

More information about this marketing order is available on AMS’s 983 Pistachios webpage. Information about Federal marketing orders is available on the AMS Marketing Orders and Agreements webpage or by contacting the Market Development Division at (202) 720-2491.

Authorized by the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, marketing orders are industry-driven programs that help producers and handlers achieve marketing success by leveraging their own funds to design and execute programs that they would not be able to do individually. AMS provides oversight to fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop marketing orders to ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.

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