USDA Increases the Salable Quantity and Allotment Percentage for Class 3 (Native) Spearmint Oil for the 2018-2019 Marketing Year

April 24, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it has increased the quantity of Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during the 2018-2019 marketing year for spearmint oil produced in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and parts of Nevada and Utah under Marketing Order 985.

This revision increases the Native spearmint oil salable quantity from 1,307,947 pounds to 1,431,350 pounds, and the allotment percentage from 53 percent to 58 percent. The original saleable quantity and allotment percentage for Native spearmint oil was established July 24, 2018.

The Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee recommended this change to provide sufficient supply to maintain the orderly marketing of Native spearmint oil throughout the remainder of the 2018-2019 marketing year, which ends May 31, 2019.

The final rule for this increase was published in the Federal Register on April 24, 2019, and will go into effect on April 25, 2019.

Information about the marketing order is available on the 985 Spearmint Oil page of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) website.

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 29 fruit vegetable and specialty crops marketing orders and agreements to help ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.

More information about federal marketing orders is available on the Marketing Orders and Agreements page of the AMS website or by contacting the Marketing Order and Agreement Division at (202) 720-2491.

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