Suspension of Handling Requirements of Apricots

Apricots Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Suspension of Handling Requirements
Docket Number: AMS-FV-13-0040
Effective: March 21, 2014
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that suspended the handling regulations and inspection requirements prescribed under the marketing order for apricots grown in designated Counties in Washington (order). The interim rule suspended the minimum grade, size, quality, maturity, and inspection requirements of the order for the remainder of the 2013-2014 fiscal period and subsequent fiscal periods. This rule is expected to reduce overall industry expenses and increase net returns to growers and handlers.
Manuel Michel, Marketing Specialist, or Gary Olson, Regional Director
Northwest Marketing Field Office, Marketing Order and Agreement Division
Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA
Telephone: (503) 326-2724
Fax: (503) 326-7440
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