Sep 25, 2019
Processed Raspberry Research and Promotion Order terminated

The USDA announced Sept. 24 that the Processed Raspberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order has been terminated.

The termination of the order ends the research and promotion program that was established in 2012 to expand the market and uses of processed raspberries, according to a press release from USDA. The National Processed Raspberry Council administered the program with oversight from USDA and was one of 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards.

The termination is a result of a referendum held Sept. 10 – Oct. 5, 2018, in which 57% of the eligible voters favored ending the program, according to the press release. The referendum was conducted after USDA received a petition supported by more than the required 10% of eligible producers and importers.

After announcing the results of the referendum, USDA said it took the following actions to wind down the council’s activities and terminate the program:

  • Appointed three council members, nominated by their peers, to serve as trustees to liquidate the organization’s affairs.
  • Issued a final rule in the Federal Register on Feb. 20, 2019, terminating the requirement to pay assessments.
  • Conducted an audit to determine the council’s final financial standing.
  • Issued a final rule in the Federal Register on Sept. 24, 2019, terminating the order with an effective date of Sept. 25, 2019.

Residual funds not needed to cover the costs of liquidating the program were turned over to USDA for distribution to one or more domestic raspberry industry organizations to continue a similar program, according to the press release.

Since 1966, Congress has authorized these boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities, according to the press release. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.

Above, raspberries on sale by vendors at the USDA Farmers Market in Washington, D.C., on May 26, 2017. Photo:Lance Cheung/USDA 

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