993 Dried Prunes

Crop Shipping Season: August 1 through July 31
Fiscal Year: August 1 through July 31
Production Area(s): California

Order Authority and Regulations

The marketing order authorizes quality regulations, research and promotion programs, container and pack regulations, as well as volume control for dried prunes grown in California.  The order took effect in 1949 and was last amended under formal rulemaking on December 18, 1981.  All regulations authorized by the marketing order are suspended.  View the full regulation.  

  • Quality Regulations:  The marketing order authorizes minimum grade and size regulations in the form of incoming and outgoing quality requirements on prunes received and disposed of by handlers.  Regulations currently suspended
  • Research and Promotion: The marketing order authorizes market research and development programs, but none of these programs are currently in effect.
  • Container and pack regulations:  The marketing order authorizes regulations on the containers and pack used to ship dried prunes to market.  Regulations currently suspended.
  • Volume control:  The marketing order authorizes volume regulations through the use of reserve pools and a voluntary producer diversion program.  Regulations currently suspended.

Committee Structure: The Prune Marketing Committee consists of 22 members and alternates. Membership includes 14 producers, 7 handlers, and 1 public member. Two-year terms of office begin June 1. Independent handler nominees are submitted by the following groups: (1) two largest independent handlers; (2) next three largest independent handlers; (3) all other independent handlers. The cooperative submits its list of nominees. The public member is selected by all other members. View a list of members & alternates


Donn Zea, Executive Director, Prune Marketing Committee
3017 Douglas Blvd, Suite 280, Roseville, CA 95661
Phone: (916) 749-3442
Fax: (916) 565-6237

USDA/AMS Contact

Director, Market Development Division
Specialty Crops Program, Agricultural Marketing Service
Phone: (202) 720-8085