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Committee NameFruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number10732
Original Establishment Date8/6/2001Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*25
Current Charter Date3/26/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter3/26/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Darrell
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameA.
Specific Termination AuthorityAgency Charter Departmental Regulation 1042-139Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Hughes
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency Departmental Regulation 1042-139Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 378-2576
Effective Date Of Authority*8/6/2001Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 720-0016
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The scope and objective of the committee is to examine the full spectrum of fruit and vegetable issues and provide suggestions and ideas to USDA on how it can tailor its programs to meet the industry's needs. The duties of the Committee are solely advisory. Agenda items and issues of importance are gathered by the Agricultural Marketing Service from Committee members in advance of each meeting. Following identified officials, experts and specialists speaking to the Committee during meetings, the Committee devises recommendations, and votes as a full Committee on recommendations to be forwarded to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Committee conducts votes on issues by voice vote. During two previous charters, Committee members have divided into 5-to 6-person working groups to do research on specified issues between meetings. A working group spokesperson then presents findings to the full Committee for its consideration during meetings.
How is membership balanced?*Membership consists of up to 25 members who represent the fruit and vegetable industry: growers/shippers, wholesalers/receivers, retailers, state departments of agriculture, trade associations, processors, fresh-cut processors, importers, foodservice suppliers and brokers, each representing a balanced diversity of views regarding fruit and vegetable industry interests.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated number of meetings average 1-2 per fiscal year, with committee members split into working groups based upon subject matter determined by the full committee. These working groups meet approximately 2-4 times per year each via teleconference call.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This committee is essential in the view of the fruit and vegetable industry's importance to the nation's economy. The exchange of views and information between industry representatives and USDA should result in improved understanding of the impact of USDA programs on the fruit and vegetable industry and contribute to those programs effective and efficient administration. Advice of the committee is not available from other sources because no other source would provide a focal point and unified voice for an industry otherwise represented by numerous and small firms that are often overshadowed by larger interests.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A.
Recommendation RemarksThe Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee held two meetings in FY19 and plans to submit a series of recommendations to the Agriculture Secretary in October 2019.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction Commentn/a
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentDuring a number of meetings throughout the tenure of the Committee, Committee members expressed a satisfaction that USDA is working for the benefit of their industry, something that they were not assured of prior to the Committee participation. Simply knowing government is open to change and their ideas has foster positive exchange of ideas and a strong, personable relationship between USDA and the produce industry.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*90Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations Comment90 total recommendations for the life of the committee. The Committee plans to submit a series of FY19 recommendations to the Agriculture Secretary in October 2019. No recommendations were submitted in 2018. At the May 2017 meeting, the committee made 9 recommendations but due to the charter expiring the recommendations were simply posted to the website.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*80.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Committee plans to submit a series of FY19 recommendations to the Agriculture Secretary in October 2019. No recommendations were submitted in 2018. In 2017, the Committee voted to pass more recommendations to send to the Secretary inMay 2017. Due to the charter expiration, the recommendations were posted but not forwarded to the Secretary.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*15.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentRecommendations outside of the Agricultural Marketing Services jurisdiction are conveyed to the appropriate agency and office, with dialogue as to the source of the recommendation. Some of these are delivered in the format as either a supporting or change option statement as opposed to a recommendation.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentThe Agency consistently provides feedback on the Recommendations from this committee in general, with new pest and disease detection, and plant breeding funding announced by the Department. Additionally, there was more research funding made available for the citrus greening issue, all of which were recommended in March and September 2015. The April meeting continued to note that the committee would like to assist in promoting healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables to both schools and the general public. As noted previously, the plant breeding and funding recommendation was embraced also from another Advisory Committee (NGRAC/NAREEE).Narrative Description*A goal of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is to continually evolve to meet the changing needs of the U.S. produce industry. AMS services to the industry are related to price and market information (Market News), fresh and processed product grading and certification, food procurement for domestic schools and assistance organizations, marketing orders, generic promotion, and the administration of a fair-trade law (the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act). Hearing from the industry in a unified voice, that this Committee provides, enables AMS to adjust its user-fee services, which are mostly voluntary (in most cases not required to be used by industry members) for the best value by customers.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$33,276.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$33,276.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$47,273.47Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$47,500.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$18,556.76Est. Other Costs Next FY*$19,000.00
Total Costs$99,106.23Est. Total Next FY*$99,776.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.35Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.40
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033826Food Safety Workgroup2019
 COM-033827Labor Workgroup2019
 COM-033829Production Workgroup2019
 COM-033828Trade Workgroup2019


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001171Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002438Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003382Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005198Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2014
 COM-006019Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007378Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007529Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2011
 COM-008891Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009659Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011390Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2008
 COM-012108Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2007
 COM-012450Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013944Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015157Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2004
 COM-016184Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016349Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2002
 COM-018010Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2001
 COM-033373Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee2018