Research & Promotion (R&P) programs, authorized by Congress, are requested, funded, and driven by industry. The programs establish a framework to pool resources to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight, ensuring fiscal responsibility, program efficiency, and fair treatment of participating stakeholders. AMS oversees more than 20 research and promotion boards that empower farmers, ranchers, and agricultural businesses.
Visit the individual board pages listed to the left to learn more about each program. Visit their official sites for information on current activities, annual reports, and evaluations.
Help Shape the Future of Agriculture
Be a voice for your industry by serving on a Research & Promotion Program board. Join a group that represents all facets of your industry - from producers to processors, manufacturers to importers - and help strengthen the future of American agriculture.
How to Propose a National R&P Program
AMS will consider a proposal for creating a new R&P program if the proposal has substantial industry support. Learn about how to propose a national research & promotion program.
Cuba Stakeholder Information
In March 2016, AMS hosted informational sessions with industry stakeholders regarding the President’s recent announcement on the normalization of relations with Cuba and what it means for AMS Research and Promotion Programs and Marketing Orders. Any questions regarding information activities, approval processes, travel requirements and more on these activities in Cuba should be emailed to CubaComments@ams.usda.gov.
Organic Exemption from Assessment
Twenty-two (22) R&P programs allow persons that produce, handle, market, process, manufacture, feed or import “organic” and “100 percent organic” products to be exempt from paying assessments regardless of whether they are a “split” operation.
- Final Rule - Exemption of Organic Products From Assessment Under a Commodity Promotion Law
- Organic Exemption Form