USDA Proposes Scotch, Native Spearmint Oil Salable Quantities, Allotment Percentages

April 16, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites comments on a proposed rule to establish the salable quantities of Scotch and Native spearmint oil produced in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and parts of Nevada and Utah that handlers may purchase from producers, or handle on their behalf, during the 2021-2022 marketing year.

The proposed rule would establish the salable quantity of Scotch (Class 1) spearmint oil at 846,684 pounds with an allotment percentage of 38 percent, and the salable quantity of Native (Class 3) spearmint oil at 938,397 pounds with an allotment percentage of 37 percent. These quantities were recommended by the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee to satisfy the needs of the spearmint oil market while limiting the possibility of oversupply.

The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on April 16, 2021. Written comments are due by June 15, 2021, and should be submitted on or mailed to Docket Clerk, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250-0237.

All comments in response to this proposed rule submitted before the deadline will be made available for public review and considered before publication of the final rule.

More Information about the marketing order is available on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) 985 Spearmint Oil webpage or by contacting the Marketing Order and Agreement Division at (202) 720-2491. More information about marketing orders is available on the AMS Marketing Orders and Agreements webpage.

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.

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