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PUBLIC LAW 98-000—MMMM. DD, 1984

PUBLIC LAW 98-590—OCT. 30, 1984

98 STAT. 3115

Public Law 98- 590 98th Congress An Act To enable honey producers and handlers to finance a nationally coordinated research, promotion, and consumer information program designed to expand their markets for honey.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SHORT TITLE SECTION 1. This Act may be cited as the 'Honey Research, Promotion, and Consumer Information Act".

Oct. 30, 1984 [H.R. 5358]

Honey Research, Promotion, and Consumer Information Act. 7 USC 4601 note.

FINDINGS AND DECLARATION OF POLICY

SEC. 2. The Congress finds that: (1) Honey is produced by many individual producers in every State in the United States. (2) Honey and honey products move in large part in the channels of interstate and foreign commerce, and honey which does not move in such channels directly burdens or affects interstate commerce. (3) In recent years, large quantities of low-cost, imported honey have been brought into the United States, replacing domestic honey in the normal trade channels. (4) The maintenance and expansion of existing honey markets and the development of new or improved markets or uses are vital to the welfare of honey producers and those concerned with marketing, using, and processing honey, along with those engaged in general agricultural endeavors requiring bees for pollinating purposes. (5) The honey production industry within the United States is comprised mainly of small- and medium-sized businesses. (6) The development and implementation of coordinated programs of research, promotion, and consumer education necessary for the maintenance of markets and the development of new markets have been inadequate. (7) Without cooperative action in providing for and financing such programs, honey producers, honey handlers, wholesalers, and retailers are unable to implement programs of research, promotion, and consumer education necessary to maintain and improve markets for these products. (b)(1) It is, therefore, the purpose of this Act to authorize the establishment of an orderly procedure for the development and financing, through an adequate assessment, of an effective and coordinated program of research, promotion, and consumer education designed to strengthen the position of the honey industry in the marketplace and maintain, develop, and expand markets for honey and honey products.

7 USC 4601.

Research and development. Marketing.