Request for Information Specialty Crops Competitiveness Initiative

Docket Number: AMS-SC-23-0073
Comments Due:  March 8, 2023


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking input from stakeholders across the specialty crops industry on how USDA may better administratively support the industry in remaining competitive in domestic and international marketplaces, as part of USDA's Specialty Crops Competitiveness Initiative. This input will strengthen USDA's partnership with the specialty crops industry, an agricultural sector that has faced significant challenges due to recent natural disasters, pandemic-related market disruptions, and other factors. USDA requests input on how to further support the industry's domestic marketing and consumption, to further support the industry's competitiveness internationally, to further support research that will serve the industry, to increase producers' awareness of and access to relevant USDA programs, to enhance USDA programs that serve the specialty crops industry, to aid the evaluation of existing programs, and to understand current and future challenges faced by the industry. USDA is asking for comments on interactions with USDA programs. All comments will be aggregated, summarized, and shared with USDA Leadership.

Submit Comments

Interested persons are invited to submit comments concerning this notice by either of the following methods:

• Federal Rulemaking Portal: Go to and search for Docket ID AMS–SC–23–0073. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments should reference the document number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register .

• Email: Please submit any email responses to in the body of an email or as a Word or PDF attachment. Include “SCCI RFI” in the subject line of the email.

All comments submitted in response to this notice will be included in the record, will be made available to the public, and can be viewed at: Please be advised that the identity of the individuals or entities submitting the comments will be made available to the public on the internet at the address provided above.


Heather M. Pichelman, Agricultural Marketing Service, Specialty Crops Program, Email: or Telephone: (202) 720–4722.

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