USDA Reviewing Information Collections on Marketing Orders for Vegetables and Specialty Crops
The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is accepting comments through Oct. 11 on the proposed extension and revision of the approved forms and information collection for marketing orders covering various vegetable and specialty crops.
Marketing orders may authorize production and marketing research, including paid advertising; volume regulations; reserves, including pools and producer allotments; container regulations; and quality control. Assessments are levied on importers and handlers regulated under the marketing orders.
USDA requires several forms to be filed to enable the administration of each marketing order, including forms covering the selection process for industry members to serve on a marketing order’s committee or board and ballots used in referenda to amend or continue marketing orders. In addition, the committees and boards have developed forms as a means for persons to file required information relating to supplies, shipments and dispositions of their respective commodities.