H.R. 3515 (103rd): Omnibus Agricultural Research and Promotion Improvement Act

Introduced:
Nov 16, 1993 (103rd Congress, 1993–1994)
Status:
Died (Passed House)
Sponsor
Eligio “Kika” de la Garza
Representative for Texas's 15th congressional district
Party
Democrat
Text
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Last Updated
Nov 23, 1993
Length
82 pages
Related Bills
S. 1766 (Related)
Lime Research, Promotion, and Consumer Information Improvement Act

Signed by the President
Dec 14, 1993

S. 994 (Related)
Fresh Cut Flowers and Fresh Cut Greens Promotion and Information Act of 1993

Signed by the President
Dec 14, 1993

 
Status

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on November 20, 1993 but was never passed by the Senate.

Progress
Introduced Nov 16, 1993
Referred to Committee Nov 16, 1993
Reported by Committee Nov 17, 1993
Passed House Nov 20, 1993
 
Full Title

To amend the Egg Research and Consumer Information Act, the Watermelon Research and Promotion Act, and the Lime Research, Promotion, and Consumer Information Act of 1990 to revise the operation of these Acts and to authorize the establishment of a fresh cut flowers and fresh cut greens promotion and consumer information program for the benefit of the floricultural industry, and for other purposes.

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11/20/1993--Passed House amended.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Title I - Egg Research and Consumer Information Title II: Watermelon Research and Promotion Title III: Fresh Cut Flowers and Fresh Cut Greens Promotion and Information Title IV: Lime Research, Promotion, and Consumer Information Omnibus Agricultural Research and Promotion Improvement Act
Title I - Egg Research and Consumer Information
Egg Research and Consumer Information Improvement Act - Amends the Egg Research and Consumer Information Act to: (1) increase the maximum assessment rate from ten cents per case of commercial eggs to 30 cents per case; (2) authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to increase assessments subject to Egg Board recommendation and producer referendum; and (3) increase the trigger level for assessment exemptions from (producers of) 30,000 laying hens to 75,000 laying hens.
Title II - Watermelon Research and Promotion
Watermelon Research and Promotion Improvement Act - Amends the Watermelon Research and Promotion Act to require plan approval by a majority of the producers, handlers, and eligible importers voting in a referendum.
Section 203 -
Extends the provisions of the Act to each of the States and the District of Columbia.
Section 204 -
Sets forth purchase or volume conditions under which a producer shall be considered a handler for purposes of National Watermelon Promotion Board (Board) membership.
Section 205 -
Amends provisions regarding: (1) assessment collections; and (2) rulemaking requirements and assessment rate changes.
Section 207 -
Authorizes the revocation of the watermelon assessment refund. Stipulates that importers of less than 75,000 pounds of watermelons per year may apply for a refund based upon the domestic assessment rate.
Section 208 -
Includes imported watermelons in the definition of "watermelon." Subjects importers to the terms of such Act. Provides for importer membership on the Board.
Title III - Fresh Cut Flowers and Fresh Cut Greens Promotion and Information
Fresh Cut Flowers and Fresh Cut Greens Promotion and Information Act - Directs the Secretary to issue an order for a program of promotion, consumer information, and research to strengthen the cut flowers and cut greens industry.
Section 305 -
Requires the order to establish a Fresh Cut Flowers and Fresh Cut Greens Promotion Council (PromoFlor Council).
Section 306 -
Sets forth the terms of such order with regard to: (1) assessments; and (2) miscellaneous required provisions.
Section 308 -
Requires a continuation referendum within 36 months of the order's issuance.
Section 309 -
Sets forth provisions with regard to: (1) petition and review; (2) enforcement; (3) investigations and subpoena; and (4) confidentiality.
Section 316 -
Authorizes appropriations.
Title IV - Lime Research, Promotion, and Consumer Information
Lime Research, Promotion, and Consumer Information Improvement Act - Amends the Lime Research, Promotion, and Consumer Information Act of 1990 to redefine "lime" to cover seedless limes.
Section 404 -
Revises Lime Board composition and membership terms. Increases the assessment exemption level from lime producers of 35,000 pounds per year to 200,000 pounds per year.
Section 405 -
Changes the initial referendum deadline.

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