FEDERAL MARKETING ORDER FOR PECANS
The American Pecan Council, which oversees the new Federal Marketing Order 986, consists of 17 growers and shellers (handlers) nominated by the industry and appointed by USDA.
After a three-year grassroots effort by pecan growers and shellers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved a Federal Marketing Order for pecans, enabling the pecan industry to collect mandatory funds that will go toward the marketing and research of American Pecans. A final rule implementing the marketing order was published in the Federal Register on August 4, 2016. In a referendum conducted March 9 through March 30, 2016, a majority of pecan growers favored the implementation of the marketing order, which authorized marketing and research, along with data collection and the regulation of grade, size, quality, pack and containers for pecans grown in 15 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. The American Pecan Council, which oversees the new Federal Marketing Order, consists of 17 growers and shellers (handlers) nominated by the industry and appointed by USDA. Through the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), USDA provides oversight to Federal Marketing Orders, which are industry-driven programs that help industries leverage their own funds to establish industry standards, address consumer needs and develop markets.