Amendment to Research & Promotion Programs to Exempt Organic Producers

Organic Exemption to Research and Promotion Programs Exemption of Organic Handlers from Assessments for Market Promotion Activities Under Marketing Order Programs  Docket Number: FV03–900–1 FREffective: February 14, 2005  SummaryThis rule implements the provisions of section 10607 of the 2002 Farm Bill and exempts handlers subject to marketing order requirements from paying assessments for market promotion activities, including paid advertising, to marketing order committees and boards. To obtain an exemption, the handler must operate under an approved organic process system plan authorized by the National Organic Program (NOP), and handle or market only products that are eligible for a 100 percent organic product label under the NOP. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), that oversees and works with the committees and boards in administering the programs, has identified 28 marketing order programs for which assessment exemptions may be established. A separate final rule to exempt any person producing and marketing solely 100 percent organic products from paying assessments to any national research and promotion program administered by AMS also is being published in today’s Federal Register. ContactGeorge Kelhart or Jay Guerber, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0237, Room 2525–SouthWashington, DC 20250–0237Telephone: (202) 720–2491Fax: (202) 720–8938E-mail:  or  Supporting Documents