The pecan R&P program operates as the American Pecan Promotion Board. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the position of pecans in the marketplace, maintain and expand markets for pecans, and develop new uses for pecans. The program is financed by an assessment on domestic producers and importers of pecans. The initial assessment rate is $0.02 per pound on inshell pecans and $0.04 per pound on shelled pecans. Handlers will collect assessments from producers based on pounds of pecans received and importers will pay assessments on pecans when they enter the United States.
Entities that produce or import less than 50,000 pounds of inshell pecans, 25,000 pounds of shelled pecans, or a combination of the two, on average for four fiscal periods will be exempt from paying assessments. If combining shelled and inshell, pounds must be converted to either inshell or shelled and cannot exceed the threshold.
The board’s assessments are used for promotion, research and industry information projects to help increase the demand for pecans. The board reimburses the Federal government for the cost of implementing and administering the program.
In 2021, AMS issued the Pecan Promotion, Research, and Information Order, which created the program under the authority of the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 (pdf).
The Board is composed on 17 members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Of the 17, 10 are producers and 7 are importers. The 10 domestic seats are allocated between three regions within the United States: Western Region (4 seats), Central Region (3 seats), and Eastern Region (3 seats).
AMS Policy on Board Diversity: AMS policy is that the diversity of the board should reflect the diversity of their industries in experience of members, methods of production and distribution, marketing strategies, and other distinguishing factors that will bring different perspectives and ideas to the table. When submitting nominations, the industry must consider the diversity of the population served and the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the members to serve a diverse population.
Organic Assessment Exemption
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.