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Fruit & Vegetable Marketing Orders

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Marketing orders and marketing agreements help stabilize market conditions for fruit and vegetable products. Marketing orders and agreements may do the following:

  • Maintain the high quality of produce that is on the market;
  • Standardize packages and containers;
  • Regulate the flow of product to market;
  • Establish reserve pools for storable commodities; and
  • Authorize production research, marketing research and development, and advertising.

Presently, there are 32 active marketing orders and agreements. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) maintains a summary of active marketing orders and agreements for fruits, vegetables, and nuts. AMS also maintains an overview of fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop marketing orders.


Last updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

For more information contact: Agnes Perez and Gary Lucier