The Pecan Promotion and Research Act (“Act”) is a federal legislation that provides for maintenance and expansion of existing markets and development of new markets for pecans. Pecans are a native American nut that is an important food, and is a valuable part of the human diet. Pecans are considered vital to the welfare of pecan producers and those concerned with marketing, using, and producing pecans, as well as to the general economy of the U.S. The Act provides for yielding pecans that is high quality, readily available, handled properly, and marketed efficiently to ensure that consumers have an adequate supply of pecans. Under this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture (“Agriculture”) facilitates in cooperative development, financing, and implementation of a coordinated national program of pecan promotion, research, industry information, and consumer information that are necessary to maintain and expand existing markets and develop new markets for pecans.
The Secretary has the following duties under this Act:
1.Strengthening the pecan industry's position in the marketplace;
2. Maintaining and expanding existing domestic and foreign markets and uses for pecans; and
3. Developing new markets and uses for pecans.
In addition, this Act prohibits any person who willfully violates any provision of this Act or any plan or regulation, or who fails to pay, collect, or remit any assessment may be assessed by the Secretary a civil penalty of not less than $ 1,000 nor more than $ 10,000 for each such violation.