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Commodity Assessment Exemption for Organic Products Expanded

Thursday, December 31, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a final rule that, effective Feb. 29, 2016, expands the assessment exemption for organic products under 23 federal marketing orders and 22 research and promotion programs. Currently, only persons that exclusively produce and market products certified as 100 percent organic are eligible for an exemption from paying assessments associated with commodity promotion activities, including paid advertising, conducted under one of these commodity promotion programs. Under this rule the exemption will be extended to all products certified as organic or 100 percent organic under the National Organic Program regardless of whether the person requesting the exemption also produces, handles, markets, processes, manufactures, feeds or imports conventional or non-organic products.

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