The egg R&P program operates as the American Egg Board. The program's goal is to maintain and expand domestic and foreign markets and uses for eggs and egg products. The program is funded by a mandatory assessment of 10 cents per 30-dozen case of eggs sold. Producers owning 75,000 or fewer laying hens may request an exemption from paying assessments.
These assessments, totaling about $20 million annually, fund the American Egg Board, which runs the industry’s research and promotion program under AMS oversight. The program’s latest economic evaluation shows an estimated rate of return of about $8.11 for every assessment dollar invested in egg promotion.
The program was created and is administered under the authority of the Egg Research and Consumer Information Act of 1974 (pdf). It became effective August 1, 1976, when the Egg Research and Promotion Order (pdf) was implemented.
The American Egg Board is composed of 18 producer members and their alternates. Each year, the Secretary of Agriculture appoints half the Board—for 2-year terms—from nominees provided by eligible producer organizations.
Nominations & Membership
NEXT TERM OF OFFICE: All Board members and alternates serve 2-year terms. No Board member shall serve more than 3 consecutive 2-year terms in the same position. Approximately half of the Board is appointed each year.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: A nominee to the American Egg Board must be an egg producer or representative
NOMINATION PROCESS: Nominations to the Board are accepted from certified eligible operations representing producer organizations. USDA determines the eligibility of organizations or associations based on provisions defined in the Egg Research and Consumer Information Act and Egg Research and Promotion Order. Certified industry organizations caucus, usually by conference call, to nominate eligible candidates. The caucuses then submit to USDA first and second choice nominees for every position to be filled. All nominees are subject to USDA background review.
Below is a list of the six areas and the certified eligible operations within each:
- Area 1- North Atlantic States: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia
- Area 2 - South Atlantic States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina
- Area 3 - East North Central States: Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee
- Area 4 - West North Central States: Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
- Area 5 - South Central States: Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska
- Area 6 - Western States: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington
Organic Assessment Exemption
R&P programs allow persons that produce, handle, market, process, manufacture, feed or import “organic” and “100 percent organic” products to be exempt from paying assessments regardless of whether they are a “split” operation.
Mailing Address & Fax Number
USDA, AMS, LP, RPD
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
STOP 0251 Room 2610-S
Washington, DC 20250-0251