989 Raisins Public Hearing

Proposed Changes to the Marketing Order for Raisins Produced from Grapes Grown in California

Notice is hereby given of a public hearing to receive evidence on proposed amendments to Marketing Order No. 989 (order) that regulates the handling of raisins grown in California. Five amendments are proposed by the Raisin Administrative Committee (Committee), which is responsible for local administration of the order. These proposed amendments would: Authorize production research; establish new nomination procedures for independent grower member and alternate member seats; add authority to regulate quality; add authority to establish different regulations for different markets; and add a continuance referenda requirement.

In addition, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes two amendments. These amendments would remove order language pertaining to volume regulation and reserve pool authority and would establish term limits for Committee members. In addition, AMS proposes to make any such changes as may be necessary to the order to conform to any amendment that may result from the hearing. These proposed amendments are intended to update the order to reflect past changes in the industry and potential future changes, and to improve the operation and administration of the order.

Hearing Information

Hearings are open to the public and began at each location at 8:00 a.m. and concluded by 5:00 p.m. (local time), or other times as determined by the presiding administrative law judge.

May 3-4, 2016 - Clovis, California

Hilton Garden Inn Clovis
520 W Shaw Avenue
Clovis CA 93612