Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act

To suppress unfair and fraudulent practices in the marketing of perishable agricultural commodities in interstate and foreign commerce.

To prevent the destruction or dumping, without good and sufficient cause of farm produce received in interstate commerce by commission merchants and others and
to require them truly and correctly to account for all farm produce received by them.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - Regional and local offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.


Program Accomplishments

None.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance provided to assure a fair and open marketing distribution system for agricultural products.

No specific restrictions.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Business and industry or individuals may apply for a PACA license.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Business and industry or individuals may apply for a PACA license.

Credentials/Documentation

As provided for in the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, 1930 as amended, 7 U.S.C. 499a-4995; Produce Agency Act, 7 U.S.C. 491-497.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Contact appropriate area offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Award Procedures

None.

Deadlines

None.

Authorization

Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act of 1930, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 499a-4995; Produce Agency Act, 7 U.S.C. 491-497.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.

Appeals

As provided for in applicable Acts.

Renewals

As provided for in applicable Acts.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

As provided for in applicable Acts.

Audits

As provided for in applicable Acts.

Records

As provided for in applicable Acts.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-5070-0-2-352.

Obigations

(Investigation of Complaints) FY 07 $10,557,000; FY 08 est $10,052,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

None.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act of 1930, and Regulations (other than rules of practice).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Regional and local offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

None.



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