Effective November 1, 2017, the definition of a “Producer” or “Grower” in California Avocado Commission (CAC) Law has been amended as follows:
“Producer” or “grower” means any person who is engaged within this state in the business of producing, or causing to be produced, avocados for market. “Producer” or “growers” does not include any person who has an average annual production of less than 10,000 pounds of avocados in three preceding marketing years.
Producers that may be acting as handlers, and who have been identified as exempt from payment of the CAC assessment for the 2017-18 fiscal year, must still submit an Assessment Report noting the total volume and grower value assigned to all fruit, including the volume and value of exempt fruit, even if no CAC assessment payment is made.
The Board of Directors of CAC voted to approve an assessment rate of 2.30% on all varieties of avocados produced in California. The effective date of this rate is November 1, 2017 continuing through October 31, 2018 on fruit received for handling during that time period.
The memorandum to California handlers regarding the 2017-18 CAC assessment rate provides instructions concerning completion of the assessment report for exempt and non-exempt growers and producers. The CAC Assessment Rate Form 2016-17 can be found in the Related Content box to the right. For further information, contact Monica Arnett, CAC Finance and Accounting Manager, at email@example.com or 800.344.4333.
Remit assessments to:
California Avocado Commission
Dept LA 23728
Pasadena, CA 91185-3728