Agricultural Marketing Service - U.S. Department of Agriculture https://www.ams.usda.gov/ en Designation: Cedar Rapids, Iowa Area https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/designation-cedar-rapids-iowa-area <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Designation: Cedar Rapids, Iowa Area</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mbrown" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mbrown</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/14/2020 - 09:56</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Docket Number:&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;AMS-FGIS-20-0051<br /> <strong>Effective Date:</strong> July 1, 2020</p> <p><strong>Summary</strong></p> <p>The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the designation of Mid-Iowa Grain Inspection, Inc. (Mid-Iowa), to provide official services under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), as amended.</p> <p><strong>Contact</strong></p> <p>Austyn Hughes, (816) 891-0456 or&nbsp;<a href="mailto:FGISQACD@usda.gov">FGISQACD@usda.gov</a></p> <p><strong>Supporting Document</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=AMS_FRDOC_0001-2101">Notice</a></li> </ul> </div> Fri, 14 Aug 2020 13:56:39 +0000 mbrown 38653 at https://www.ams.usda.gov Estimated Fluid Milk Products Sales Reports Archive 2019 https://www.ams.usda.gov/resources/marketing-order-statistics/estimated-fluid-milk-sales-archive-2019 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Estimated Fluid Milk Products Sales Reports Archive 2019</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mbrown" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mbrown</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/13/2020 - 16:27</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h2>2019</h2> <ul> <li><a href="/sites/default/files/media/Dec2019EstimatedFluidProductsMilkSales.pdf">December 2019 (pdf)</a></li> <li><a href="/sites/default/files/media/Nov2019EstimatedFluidProductsMilkSales.pdf">November 2019 (pdf)</a></li> <li><a href="/sites/default/files/media/Oct2019EstimatedFluidProductsMilkSales.pdf">October 2019 (pdf)</a></li> <li><a href="/sites/default/files/media/Sep2019EstimatedFluidProductsMilkSales.pdf">September 2019 (pdf)</a></li> <li><a href="/sites/default/files/media/Aug2019EstimatedFluidProductsMilkSales.pdf">August 2019 (pdf)</a></li> <li><a href="/sites/default/files/media/Jul2019EstimatedFluidProductsMilkSales.pdf">July 2019 (pdf)</a></li> <li><a href="/sites/default/files/media/Jun2019EstimatedFluidProductsMilkSales.pdf">June 2019 (pdf)</a></li> <li><a href="/sites/default/files/media/May2019EstimatedFluidProductsMilkSales.pdf">May 2019 (pdf)</a></li> <li><a href="/sites/default/files/media/Apr2019EstimatedFluidProductsMilkSales.pdf">April 2019 (pdf)</a></li> <li><a href="/sites/default/files/media/Mar2019EstimatedFluidProductsMilkSales.pdf">March 2019 (pdf)</a></li> <li><a href="/sites/default/files/media/Feb2019EstimatedFluidProductsMilkSales.pdf">February 2019 (pdf)</a></li> <li><a href="/sites/default/files/media/Jan2019EstimatedFluidProductsMilkSales.pdf">January 2019 (pdf)</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 20:27:04 +0000 mbrown 38651 at https://www.ams.usda.gov Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order: Assessment Rate Increase https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/softwood-lumber-research-promotion-consumer-education-and-industry-information-3 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order: Assessment Rate Increase</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mbrown" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mbrown</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/13/2020 - 09:26</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Docket Number:</strong>&nbsp;AMS-SC-20-0014<br /> <strong>Comments Due:</strong> October 13, 2020</p> <p><strong>Summary</strong></p> <p>This proposal invites comments on amending the Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order (Order) to increase the assessment rate from $0.35 to $0.41 per thousand board feet (mbf). The Order is administered by the Softwood Lumber Board (Board) with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Under the program, assessments are collected from domestic manufacturers and importers and used for research and promotion projects designed to strengthen the position of softwood lumber in the marketplace. This proposal would also add the conversion factor for square meters to board feet and make one conforming change.</p> <p><strong>Submit Comments</strong></p> <p>Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this proposed rule. All comments must be submitted through the Federal e-rulemaking portal at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=AMS_FRDOC_0001-2100">http://www.regulations.gov&nbsp;</a>and should reference the document number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments submitted in response to this proposed rule will be included in the rulemaking record and will be made available to the public. Please be advised that the identity of the individuals or entities submitting comments will be made public on the internet at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=AMS_FRDOC_0001-2100">http://www.regulations.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>Contact</strong></p> <p>Andrea Ricci, Marketing Specialist, Promotion and Economics Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 1406-S, Stop 0244, Washington, DC 20250-0244; telephone: (202) 572-1442; facsimile: (202) 205-2800; or electronic mail:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Andrea.Ricci@usda.gov">Andrea.Ricci@usda.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>Supporting Documents</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=AMS_FRDOC_0001-2100">Proposed Rule</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:26:33 +0000 mbrown 38652 at https://www.ams.usda.gov 2000007233 https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/2000007233 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">2000007233</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/nwilkins" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">NWilkins</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/13/2020 - 08:44</span> <div class="field field--name-field-solicitation-number field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Solicitation Number</div> <div class="field__item">2000007233</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-solicitation-documents field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Solicitation Documents</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2000007233%20-%20Bid%20Invitation.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=75252">2000007233 - Bid Invitation.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issued-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Issued Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-08-12T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Wed, 08/12/2020 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-material-description field--type-string-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Material Description</div> <div class="field__item">Pork Products</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-trade-mitigation-purchase field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Trade Mitigation Purchase</div> <div class="field__item">On</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section-32-purchase field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Section 32 Purchase</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-offer-due-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Offer Due Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-08-20T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Thu, 08/20/2020 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-contains-set-asides field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Contains Set Asides</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 12:44:01 +0000 NWilkins 38650 at https://www.ams.usda.gov 2000007229 https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/2000007229 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">2000007229</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/nwilkins" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">NWilkins</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/13/2020 - 07:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-solicitation-number field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Solicitation Number</div> <div class="field__item">2000007229</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-solicitation-documents field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Solicitation Documents</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2000007229%20-%20Bid%20Invitation.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=71285">2000007229 - Bid Invitation.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issued-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Issued Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-08-12T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Wed, 08/12/2020 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-material-description field--type-string-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Material Description</div> <div class="field__item">Turkey Products</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-trade-mitigation-purchase field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Trade Mitigation Purchase</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section-32-purchase field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Section 32 Purchase</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-offer-due-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Offer Due Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-08-21T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Fri, 08/21/2020 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-contains-set-asides field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Contains Set Asides</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:21:23 +0000 NWilkins 38649 at https://www.ams.usda.gov 2020 GroupGAP Internal Producer Audit Courses https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/auditing/groupgap-auditor-training-classes <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">2020 GroupGAP Internal Producer Audit Courses </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mbrown" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mbrown</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/11/2020 - 16:46</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>We are pleased to announce the new auditor training classes for 2020 are open for registration. These courses are only available to auditors who are affiliated with groups that have applied for GroupGAP certification. If you are a new Group who wishes to apply to be a part of this certification program, please contact&nbsp;<a href="mailto:GroupGAP@usda.gov">GroupGAP@usda.gov</a>.</p> <p>We plan on holding 3 Harmonized GAP (and GAP Plus+) auditor classes this year. Each of these classes are 3.5 days of instruction. Travel to the location is on the Monday of the week, and students may schedule travel home early evening on Friday of the same week. The class size for each class will be limited to 25 students, so it is important that students sign up quickly to ensure there is space available in the class of their choice. Classes will cost $900 for all industry participants. The cost included the training only; all attendees will be responsible for their own travel arrangements including hotels, meal, and transportation.</p> <p><strong>Dates</strong></p> <ul> <li>Tuesday February 4 – Friday February 7 in Bartow, FL – hosted by Florida Department of Agriculture &amp; Consumer Services;</li> <li>Tuesday March 24 – Friday March 27 in Olathe, KS – hosted by Kansas State University Extension;</li> <li>Tuesday April 28 – Friday May 1 in Hermiston, OR – hosted by Oregon Department of Agriculture</li> </ul> <p><strong>Prerequisites</strong></p> <p>Prior to attendance at any of these classes,&nbsp;<strong>new auditors must complete 2 prerequisite classes</strong>&nbsp;- an online Fundamentals of Auditing session and the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower course.</p> <ul> <li>PSA classes will not be offered onsite this year. View more information about the&nbsp;<a href="https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/training/grower-training-courses">Produce Safety Alliance courses</a></li> <li>Information about the online Fundamentals of Auditing course will be provided when students register for their class. Prospective students who have not taken&nbsp;the PSA Grower course are encouraged to make arrangements to do so as early as possible to avoid interruption in their chosen course.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Current Harmonized Auditors</strong></p> <p>This year we will be offering two classes for current Harmonized auditors (or Harmonized auditor students) who wish to become USDA GAP&amp;GHP auditors. These classes will take place via webinar (using Blackboard) on April 1/2 and May 11/12.</p> <p>In addition to the GAP&amp;GHP Transition classes, we will be offering a Harmonized Plus+ add-on course, which is intended for current Harmonized auditors who need the additional training on the Harmonized Plus+ criteria. This course is only required for those auditors who have not yet attended an online Harmonized GAP Plus+ class or attended an in-person Harmonized auditor class in the past 2 years. This is a one-day course done via webinar (Blackboard). This class will be held on March 17.</p> <p><strong>Registration</strong></p> <p>To register for the class please submit the following information to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:GroupGAP@usda.gov">GroupGAP@usda.gov</a></p> <p>Name<br /> Email Address<br /> Group Name<br /> Choice of classes/dates<br /> Current auditor status/prerequisites already completed</p> <p><strong>Logistics</strong></p> <p>All attendees are responsible for their own travel arrangements including hotel and transportation to and from the class location. No shuttles are provided.</p> <p><strong>Bartow, Florida Class:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Dates: Tuesday February 4 through Friday February 7, 8am to 5pm</li> <li>Location: Florida Department of Agriculture &amp; Consumer Services Office– 170 Century Blvd., Bartow, FL</li> <li>Nearest Airports: Orlando (MCO) – 60 miles; Tampa International (TPA) – 47 miles</li> </ul> <p><strong>Olathe, Kansas Class:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Dates: Tuesday March 24 through Friday March 27, 8am to 5pm</li> <li>Location: Kansas State University, Olathe Campus – 22201 W. Innovation Dr, Olathe, KS</li> <li>Nearest Airport: Kansas City International Airport – 40 miles</li> </ul> <p><strong>Hermiston, Oregon Class:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Dates: Tuesday April 28 through Friday May 1, 8am to 5pm</li> <li>Location: Oregon Department of Agriculture Office – 30588 Feedville Road, Hermiston, OR 97838;</li> <li>Nearest Airports: Walla Walla Regional Airport – 58 miles; Portland International Airport – 181 miles</li> </ul> </div> Tue, 11 Aug 2020 20:46:34 +0000 mbrown 38646 at https://www.ams.usda.gov 2000007227 https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/2000007227 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">2000007227</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mbrown" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mbrown</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/11/2020 - 16:16</span> <div class="field field--name-field-solicitation-number field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Solicitation Number</div> <div class="field__item">2000007227</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-solicitation-documents field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Solicitation Documents</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2000007227%20-%20Bid%20Invitation.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=63324">2000007227 - Bid Invitation.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issued-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Issued Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-08-11T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Tue, 08/11/2020 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-material-description field--type-string-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Material Description</div> <div class="field__item">Beef Products</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-trade-mitigation-purchase field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Trade Mitigation Purchase</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section-32-purchase field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Section 32 Purchase</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-offer-due-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Offer Due Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-08-17T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Mon, 08/17/2020 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-contains-set-asides field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Contains Set Asides</div> <div class="field__item">On</div> </div> Tue, 11 Aug 2020 20:16:02 +0000 mbrown 38645 at https://www.ams.usda.gov 2000007225 https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/2000007225 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">2000007225</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/nwilkins" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">NWilkins</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/11/2020 - 14:56</span> <div class="field field--name-field-solicitation-number field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Solicitation Number</div> <div class="field__item">2000007225</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-solicitation-documents field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Solicitation Documents</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2000007225%20-%20Bid%20Invitation.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=206715">2000007225 - Bid Invitation.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issued-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Issued Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-08-11T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Tue, 08/11/2020 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-material-description field--type-string-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Material Description</div> <div class="field__item">Fresh Fluid Milk</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-trade-mitigation-purchase field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Trade Mitigation Purchase</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section-32-purchase field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Section 32 Purchase</div> <div class="field__item">On</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-offer-due-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Offer Due Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-08-24T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Mon, 08/24/2020 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-contains-set-asides field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Contains Set Asides</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Tue, 11 Aug 2020 18:56:10 +0000 NWilkins 38641 at https://www.ams.usda.gov 2000007226 https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/2000007226 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">2000007226</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/nwilkins" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">NWilkins</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/11/2020 - 14:51</span> <div class="field field--name-field-solicitation-number field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Solicitation Number</div> <div class="field__item">2000007226</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-solicitation-documents field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Solicitation Documents</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2000007226%20-%20Bid%20Invitation.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=2129755">2000007226 - Bid Invitation.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issued-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Issued Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-08-11T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Tue, 08/11/2020 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-material-description field--type-string-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Material Description</div> <div class="field__item">Fresh Fluid Milk</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-trade-mitigation-purchase field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Trade Mitigation Purchase</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section-32-purchase field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Section 32 Purchase</div> <div class="field__item">On</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-offer-due-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Offer Due Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-08-24T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Mon, 08/24/2020 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-contains-set-asides field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Contains Set Asides</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Tue, 11 Aug 2020 18:51:28 +0000 NWilkins 38640 at https://www.ams.usda.gov USDA Launches Enhanced Online PACA Training Course https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/usda-launches-enhanced-online-paca-training-course <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">USDA Launches Enhanced Online PACA Training Course</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/nwilkins" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">NWilkins</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/11/2020 - 11:59</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Date</div> <div class="field__item">August 11, 2020</div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently launched an enhanced PACA online training course for individuals and companies that buy and sell fruits and vegetables. The training is a useful tool for those who rely on AMS enforcement of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) to guarantee fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>The free “PACA Basics Online Training” is available through the <a href="/rules-regulations/paca">PACA website</a> at the <a href="/rules-regulations/paca/education-training">Education &amp; Training</a> link.&nbsp; The course provides the information that produce businesses need to operate in accordance with the PACA. Training consists of 12 units that include understanding a firm’s rights and responsibilities in produce transactions, trade terms, payment requirements, interpretation of Federal inspection certificates and more. &nbsp;Participants receive a certificate following course completion.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>This new training is part of a continuing effort to ensure customers receive efficient, effective service and access to information when they need it.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>The PACA Division regulates fair trading practices of produce businesses, including buyers, sellers, commission merchants, dealers and brokers within the fruit and vegetable industry.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>For more information, call PACA at 800-495-7222. PACA’s online services also are available 24/7 through the <a href="/rules-regulations/paca/epacaportal">ePACA portal</a>.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="text-align-center"><span style="font-size:12px;"><em>USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender</em></span><o:p></o:p></p> </div> Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:59:50 +0000 NWilkins 38638 at https://www.ams.usda.gov