PECAN MARKETING ORDER AND AGREEMENT: Nominations and Next
PECAN MARKETING ORDER AND AGREEMENT: Nominations and Next Steps August 22, 2016 Marketing Order Basics Authority: Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (AMAA) Initiated by producers with Federal oversight Approval process 2/3 of the growers voting by number or volume Secretary of Agriculture is final approval Only handlers pay assessments
Steps Completed Proposal submitted to USDA May 2015 Proposed Rule and Hearing Notice June 2015 Promulgation Hearings July 2015 Proposed Rule
October 2015 Secretarys Decision / Referendum Order February 2016 Grower Referendum Marketing Agreement Sign Up March 2016 June 2016 What comes next?
Nominations and balloting Secretary selects American Pecan Council Council recommendations Council Nominations Process Aug 22: Call for Nominations - growers and shellers Sep 16: Ballots sent out with names of nominees Results sent to Secretary for selection Council nominates Accumulator and Public Members Nominating Growers
Three seats per Region East, Central, West Must meet definition of Grower: 30 acres or 50,000 pounds. Nomination Form with two supporting signatures Complete Background Statement All qualified nominees will be listed on ballot Ballot mailed to known qualified growers Nominating Shellers Two seats per Region East, Central, West Must meet definition of sheller: more than 1 million pounds. Volume includes only pecans produced in United States. Nomination Form with one supporting signature
Complete Background Statement All qualified nominees will be listed on ballot Ballot mailed to known qualified shellers Regions West Arizona California New Mexico Central Arkansas Kansas
Louisiana Mississip pi Missouri Oklahom a Texas East Alabama
Florida Georgia North Carolina South Carolina How Can I Participate? If you expected to receive a nomination form, but did not, please make sure we have your
current contact information Download Nomination Forms and Background Statement from website https:// www.ams.usda.gov /resources/moforms/pecans. Grower-Shellers should contact us to declare which nomination they wish to participate in Share this information with fellow industry members USDA Encourages Diversity Representing varied production area Women, minorities, those with disabilities
Variety of perspectives Small business built into order Organic Members Roles Nominated by the industry, selected by the Secretary, and serve at the will of USDA Hire staff to run day-to-day operations Responsible for the local administration of the marketing order, including fiduciary responsibility for Council funds and internal controls
Recommend regulatory and administrative actions to USDA Members Responsibilities Understand the marketing order, bylaws, parliamentary procedures, etc. Adhere to confidentiality, antitrust, and lobbying requirements Gather local opinions, but represent the industrys perspective Attend meetings or notify alternate Review all meeting materials Declare a conflict of interest prior to discussion Marketing Order Tools
Seated Council will make recommendations to use tools: Promotion and Advertising Research and Development Quality Regulation Pack and Container Requirements Marketing Information Collection What can handlers expect? The Order is effective as of August 5, 2016. Assessment and reporting requirements will apply to 20162017 crop year. Rates and forms to be recommended by Council, but can be retroactive to cover the entire season.
Be prepared to report as soon as forms are approved. The order includes a range within which initial assessment rates will be set: Two to three cents per pound improved varieties One to two cents per pound for native and seedling One to two cents for substandard pecans Not nominated? You can still be involved! All Council meetings are public meetings. All interested parties are welcome to attend and may be asked for input. Get in touch with the members representing your region. Share your concerns with them.
Let the Council know if youd be willing to serve on a committee. Comment on proposed rulemaking. Key Dates Nomination Forms Due September 6 Ballots Mailed September 16
Ballots Due October 7 Council selected Mid to late October 2016 Council meetings Reporting and Assessments Late October to Early
November 2016 following publication in Federal Register Southeast Marketing Field Office Contact between Council and USDA Headquarters Field specialists will attend all Council meetings Evaluate all Council recommendations Legal and marketing order conformity USDA policy Conduct rulemaking Facilitate enforcement of marketing order requirements Enforce Council operating requirements Internal controls
Administrative operations For More Information Southeast Marketing Field Office Regional Director Chris Nissen [email protected] Sr. Marketing Specialist Jen Varela
[email protected] Marketing Specialist Abigail Campos [email protected] 1124 1st Street South Winter Haven, Florida 33880 Phone: (863) 324-3375 Internet Resources www.ams.usda.gov/moa/fv www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/moa/986-pecans
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