Collapse to view only § 3003. Survey

§ 3001.
Congressional statement of purpose

It is the purpose of this chapter to promote, through appropriate means and on an economically sustainable basis, the development and expansion of direct marketing of agricultural commodities from farmers to consumers. To accomplish this objective, the Secretary of Agriculture (hereinafter referred to as the “Secretary”) shall initiate and coordinate a program designed to facilitate direct marketing from farmers to consumers for the mutual benefit of consumers and farmers.

(Pub. L. 94–463, § 2, Oct. 8, 1976, 90 Stat. 1982.)
§ 3002.
Definitions

For purposes of this chapter, the term “direct marketing from farmers to consumers” shall mean the marketing of agricultural commodities at any marketplace (including, but not limited to, roadside stands, city markets, and vehicles used for house-to-house marketing of agricultural commodities) established and maintained for the purpose of enabling farmers to sell (either individually or through a farmers’ organization directly representing the farmers who produced the commodities being sold) their agricultural commodities directly to individual consumers, or organizations representing consumers, in a manner calculated to lower the cost and increase the quality of food to such consumers while providing increased financial returns to the farmers.

(Pub. L. 94–463, § 3, Oct. 8, 1976, 90 Stat. 1982.)
§ 3003.
Survey
(a)
In general

The Secretary shall provide, through the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, or whatever agency or agencies the Secretary considers appropriate, an annual survey of existing methods of direct marketing from farmers to consumers in each State.

(b)
Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this section.

(Pub. L. 94–463, § 4, Oct. 8, 1976, 90 Stat. 1982; Pub. L. 107–171, title X, § 10605(b)(1), May 13, 2002, 116 Stat. 513; Pub. L. 115–334, title X, § 10102(c)(5)(A), Dec. 20, 2018, 132 Stat. 4898.)
§ 3004.
Direct marketing assistance within the States
(a)
In general
In order to promote the establishment and operation of direct marketing from farmers to consumers, the Secretary shall provide that funds appropriated to carry out this section be utilized by State departments of agriculture and the Secretary for the purpose of conducting or facilitating activities which will initiate, encourage, develop, or coordinate methods of direct marketing from farmers to consumers within or among the States. Such funds shall be allocated to a State on the basis of the feasibility of direct marketing from farmers to consumers within that State as compared to other States and shall be allocated within a State to the State department of agriculture and to the Secretary on the basis of the types of activities which are needed in the State, as determined by the Secretary. The activities shall include, but shall not be limited to—
(1) sponsoring conferences which are designed to facilitate the sharing of information (among farm producers, consumers, and other interested persons or groups) concerning the establishment and operation of direct marketing from farmers to consumers;
(2) compiling laws and regulations relevant to the conduct of the various methods of such direct marketing within the State, formulating drafts of enabling legislation needed to facilitate such direct marketing, determining feasible locations for additional facilities for such direct marketing, and preparing and disseminating practical information on the establishment and operation of such direct marketing; and
(3) providing technical assistance for the purpose of aiding interested individuals or groups in the establishment of arrangements for direct marketing from farmers to consumers.
(b)
Development of farmers’ markets
The Secretary shall—
(1) work with the Governor of a State, and a State agency designated by the Governor, to develop programs to train managers of farmers’ markets;
(2) develop opportunities to share information among managers of farmers’ markets;
(3) establish a program to train cooperative extension service employees in the development of direct marketing techniques; and
(4) work with producers to develop farmers’ markets.
(c)
Consideration of consumer preferences

In the implementation of this section, the Secretary shall take into account consumer preferences and needs which may bear upon the establishment and operation of arrangements for direct marketing from farmers to consumers.

(Pub. L. 94–463, § 5, Oct. 8, 1976, 90 Stat. 1982; Pub. L. 107–171, title X, § 10605(b)(2), May 13, 2002, 116 Stat. 513.)
§§ 3005, 3006.
Repealed. Pub. L. 115–334, title X, § 10102(c)(5)(B), Dec. 20, 2018, 132 Stat. 4898
§ 3007.
Seniors farmers’ market nutrition program
(a)
Funding

Of the funds of the Commodity Credit Corporation, the Secretary of Agriculture shall use to carry out and expand the seniors farmers’ market nutrition program $20,600,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2023.

(b)
Program purposes
The purposes of the seniors farmers’ market nutrition program are—
(1) to provide resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey, and herbs from farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs to low-income seniors;
(2) to increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs; and
(3) to develop or aid in the development of new and additional farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs.
(c)
Exclusion of benefits in determining eligibility for other programs

The value of any benefit provided to any eligible seniors farmers’ market nutrition program recipient under this section shall not be considered to be income or resources for any purposes under any Federal, State, or local law.

(d)
Prohibition on collection of sales tax

Each State shall ensure that no State or local tax is collected within the State on a purchase of food with a benefit distributed under the seniors farmers’ market nutrition program.

(e)
Regulations

The Secretary may promulgate such regulations as the Secretary considers to be necessary to carry out the seniors farmers’ market nutrition program.

(f)
Federal law not applicable

Section 1693o–2 of title 15 shall not apply to electronic benefit transfer systems established under this section.

(Pub. L. 107–171, title IV, § 4402, May 13, 2002, 116 Stat. 334; Pub. L. 110–234, title IV, §§ 4231, 4406(c)(1), May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1124, 1142; Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title IV, §§ 4231, 4406(c)(1), June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 1886, 1903; Pub. L. 111–203, title X, § 1075(c), July 21, 2010, 124 Stat. 2074; Pub. L. 113–79, title IV, § 4203(a), Feb. 7, 2014, 128 Stat. 822; Pub. L. 115–334, title IV, § 4201,