The draft of the Federal Marketing Order (FMO) for Pecans is nearing completion. The 18-month dialogue between USDA and pecan stakeholders to draft the FMO rules will result in the document submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture in May. The rules are the parameters within which the eventual governing body (American Pecan Council) will administer the order. The American Pecan Council will be nominated and voted upon by the pecan industry.
Public hearings in the three pecan producing regions (East, Central, and West) are scheduled for September.
Growers will have the opportunity to vote on the FMO during the Grower Referendum, tentatively scheduled for September, 2016.
Watch this website for release of the draft of the order.