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Specialty Crop Provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill (P.L. 113-79) [July 10, 2014]   [open pdf - 809KB]

From the Summary: "U.S. farmers grow more than 350 types of fruit, vegetable, tree nut, flower, nursery, and other horticultural crops in addition to the major bulk commodity crops. Specialty crops, defined in statute as 'fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture)' (P.L. [Public Law] 108-465; 7 U.S.C. [United States Code] §1621 note) comprise a major part of U.S. agriculture. In 2012, the value of farm-level specialty crop production totaled nearly $60 billion, representing about one-fourth of the value of U.S. crop production. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that retail sales of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables for athome consumption total nearly $100 billion annually. Exports of U.S. specialty crops totaled about $14 billion in 2013, or about 10% of total U.S. agricultural exports."

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CRS Report for Congress, R43632
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2014-07-10
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National Agricultural Law Center: http://nationalaglawcenter.org/
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