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Research & Promotion

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.

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 Sessions

On March 21st and March 30th, AMS hosted informational sessions with industry stakeholders regarding the President’s recent announcement of the normalization of  relations with Cuba and what it means for Research and Promotion and Specialty Crop Marketing Order Programs.  The calls addressed allowable consumer-oriented market research and information activities, approval processes, travel requirements, and more.  Additional questions should be emailed to

To listen to the calls, dial: 877-471-6587.

(Please Note: There are several minutes of silence and extra conversation before the March 21st call begins.  You can fast forward to the conference by pressing “9” after dialing in)

For the March 21st call enter program ID 734907372006# 
For the March 30th call enter program ID 734907372007#

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.

Organic Question and Answer Session

On February 10, 17, and 24, AMS hosted question and answer sessions with the 22 Research and Promotion boards regarding implementation of the Research and Promotion organic exemption rule becoming effective February 29, 2016.

To listen to the calls, dial:  877-471-6587. 

For the February 10th Call -- Enter Program ID 173536917002#
For the February 17th Call – Enter Program ID 173536917003#
For the February 24th Call – Enter Program ID 173536917004#