Marketing Agreements and Orders


Marketing Agreements and Orders are designed to stabilize market conditions and improve returns to producers through the establishment of minimum prices, regulating the quality and quantity of commodities sold through commercial channels, and providing market promotion.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
J - Provision of Specialized Services; K - Advisory Services and Counseling; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 601, 602, 608a-e, 612, 614, 624, 671-674; Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, Public Law 100-203, 7 U.S.C. 4501- 4513; Agriculture and Food Act of 1981, 7 U.S.C. 2242a.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Marketing orders are issued by the Secretary of Agriculture only after a public hearing where milk, fruit and vegetable producers, marketers, and consumers testify, and after farmers vote approval through a referendum. Growers of certain fruits, vegetables, and specialty crops (like nuts, raisins, olives, and hops). Dairy farmers are the primary applicants.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The beneficiaries are producers of milk, fruit and vegetable products.
Evidence (usually hearings) required indicating that agreement or order will assist in the orderly marketing of a commodity.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Made in the form of a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture fully documenting the need for an agreement or order.
Award Procedure
Decision to establish or not to establish an agreement and order is made by the Secretary of Agriculture after public hearings and referendums are conducted.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The provisions of orders and agreements are designed specifically to meet the marketing and economic problems of the commodity or area covered. For dairy products, the orders establish orderly marketing conditions in the sale of milk by dairy farmers to handlers, whereas fruit, vegetable, nut, and grass seed, are established to regulate the quantity and quality of products sold in commercial channels.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Financial and program audits pertaining to marketing agreements and order transactions are made periodically.
Financial and statistical records relating to the operation of the agreement and order are to be maintained for 3 years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Duration of agreement and order. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Erin Morris
1400 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20250 US
Phone: 202-690-4024
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 22$20,817,000.00; FY 23 est $21,501,000.00; FY 24 est $21,501,000.00; FY 21$20,705,000.00; FY 20$20,705,000.00; FY 19$20,705,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
AH-421, Compilation of Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act; PA947, Can a Marketing Order Help?; PA-1095, Marketing Agreements and Orders for Fruits and Vegetables; AMS-565, Sources of Milk for Federal Order Markets by State and County; AMS-559, Questions and Answers on Federal Milk Marketing Orders; MB-27, The Federal Milk Marketing Order Program; SB-625, Federal Milk Order Market Statistics, Annual Summary; SB-624, Dairy Market Statistics, Annual Summary; MB-63, Market News Service on Dairy Products; How to Buy Dairy Products, HG-201; How to Buy Cheese, HG-193; How to Buy Butter, HG-148; Diary Products Grading Services, MB-69; Judging and Scoring Milk and Cheese, FB-2259.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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