USDA Proposes Salable Quantity and Allotment Percentage of Class 3 Native Spearmint Oil for 2018-2019 Marketing Year

October 9, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting comments on a proposed rule to increase the salable quantity of Class 3 Native spearmint oil produced in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and portions of Nevada and Utah from 1,307,947 pounds to 1,357,315 pounds and the allotment percentage from 53 percent to 55 percent. The revisions apply to the quantity of oil that handlers may purchase from producers, or handle on their behalf, during the 2018-2019 marketing year under the marketing order regulating the handling of spearmint oil produced in the far west.

The revised salable quantity and allotment percentage proposed would adequately satisfy the needs of the spearmint oil market while limiting the possibility of oversupplying it.

The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register Oct. 9, 2018. Written comments must be received by Dec. 10, 2018.

Interested persons should post comments on www.regulations.gov. Comments may also be mailed to Docket Clerk, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250-0237; or faxed to (202) 720-8938. All comments to this proposed rule submitted by the deadline will be made available for public review and considered before the action is finalized.

Copies of the proposed rule may be requested from the address above or viewed at www.regulations.gov.

Additional information about the marketing order regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West is available on the 985 Spearmint Oil page on the 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 crop marketing orders and agreements, which helps 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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