USDA Announces Additional Requirements For The Pecan Marketing Order

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced additional reporting and information collection requirements for the marketing order regulating the handling of pecans grown in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. Pecan handlers will be required to provide the American Pecan Council with five monthly reports providing information on pecans received, shipped, held in inventory, exported for sale or shelling, and purchased from outside the United States for fiscal year 2017 and subsequent fiscal years.

The council relies on the reports to provide accurate data to the industry regarding the supply of pecans available and status of the marketplace to meet the council’s obligations under the marketing order. The reports will also provide data to help growers and handlers of pecans make more informed business decisions.

The final rule establishing these reporting requirements was published in the Federal Register on Feb. 21, 2018, and will take effect on March 23, 2018.

More information about the American Pecan Council is available on the 986 Pecans marketing order page on the AMS website. Additional information is available on the Marketing Orders and Agreements for Fruits, Vegetables, and Specialty Crops page on the AMS website or by contacting the Marketing Order and Agreement Division at (202) 720-2491.

Source: USDA