Specialty Crops Program

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

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites comments on a proposed rule to establish the 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 2020-2021 marketing year.

USDA Announces Dates for the Tart Cherry Marketing Order Continuance Referendum

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a referendum March 9-30, 2020, for tart cherry growers and processors to vote on whether to continue their federal marketing order.  Growers and processors who produced or processed tart cherries in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington or Wisconsin from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, are eligible to vote.

USDA Sets Hearing Dates for Amendments to Marketing Order for California Walnuts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the federal marketing order for walnuts grown in California on March 16, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT at the Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova, 11211 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, Calif. If necessary, the hearing will continue at 9 a.m. on March 17, 2020.

USDA Seeks Nominees for the Mushroom Council

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominees for the Mushroom Council to succeed two U.S. regional producer members and one importer member whose terms expire on Dec. 31, 2020. The deadline to submit nominations is May 1, 2020.

The council will hold an election to select the nominees to forward to USDA for consideration. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will select individuals from the nominations submitted.

Vidalia Onion Growers Vote to Continue Federal Marketing Order

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that Vidalia onion producers voted to continue their marketing order program for sweet onions grown in Georgia. The marketing order requires that a referendum be held every six years to allow producers to decide whether the marketing order should be continued. A referendum was held Oct. 7-28, 2019.