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Assessment Rate Increase Approved by USDA for the National Mango Board
On April 12, 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved an assessment rate increase of ¼ cent per pound on fresh mangos, increasing the rate to ¾ cent per pound for whole fresh mangos sold in the United States. The National Mango Board (NMB) first proposed an increase in the assessment rate after an approved motion from board members in September 2009. First handlers and importers of 500,000 pounds or more annually are required to pay an assessment. First handlers and importers of less than 500,000 pounds of mangos annually are exempt from the assessment through an exemption process. According to the Agriculture Marketing Service, the new assessment rate on fresh mangos will take effect on Sept. 1, 2012.