Sep 16, 2010
CIAB makes final recommendations

The Cherry Industry Administrative Board (CIAB), the national marketing order for red tart cherries, convened in Benton Harbor, Mich., Sept. 10 to calculate and recommend the final “free” and “restricted” percentages for the current crop year, 2010-11. Preliminary percentages were set in June.

Free tonnage is that portion of the crop that can be marketed without reservation. CIAB recommended that the final free percentage be set at 58 percent.

Restricted production is that portion of the crop that must be either retained in inventory or marketed only in designated markets. CIAB recommended the final restricted percentage be set at 42 percent.

Each September, CIAB recommends to the USDA secretary the final percentage of the crop that should be considered free and the final percentage that should be considered restricted under the marketing order’s Optimum Supply Formula. The percentages are calculated using the industry’s actual production for the year, rather than the estimate used in determining the preliminary percentages.

The 2010-11 cherry crop was rather small, with total national production of 189 million pounds – the fourth smallest crop since 1970. Notwithstanding the small crop, however, there will be adequate cherries to supply the marketplace, according to CIAB.

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