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USDA Announces Cranberries Volume Regulation
USAgNet - 09/13/2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a final rule establishing a marketable quantity of 7.275 million barrels and a grower allotment percentage of 75 percent for volume regulation of the 2018-19 crop year under the marketing order regulating the handling of cranberries grown in the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Long Island in the State of New York. The Cranberry Marketing Committee recommended the quantity and percentage for seasonal volume regulation.

This action also allows handlers to process up to 50 percent of the excess cranberries they receive above their growers’ allotment, provided they divert an equivalent amount of 2018-19 processed cranberry products; establishes an exemption for organically grown cranberries; specifies handlers subject to the regulation; revises the definition of outlets for excess fruit; and revises the due dates for certain actions.

The move exempts handlers that processed less than 125,000 barrels during the 2017-18 fiscal year, or handlers that did not have carryover inventory at the end of the 2017-18 fiscal year. Accordingly, growers delivering their fruit to exempt handlers would not be subject to the allotment.

The final rule was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday and will be effective on Oct. 12. A 30-day public comment period for the proposed rule ended May 29. USDA received 24 comments.

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