The U.S. Department of Agriculture has increased assessments on California peaches and nectarines.
The assessment on peaches in-creased from 0.25 cents to 2.6 cents per 25-pound container, and the assessment on nectarines from 1.75 cents to 2.8 cents per 25-pound container, according to the June 3 Federal Register.
Both assessments apply to the 2010-11 season and all subsequent seasons. The assessments fund the activities of the USDA’s Peach Commodity Committee and Nectarine Administrative Committee.
The big jump in the peach assessment is due to an abnormally low assessment for the 2009-10 season, said Gary Van Sickle, president of the Reedley-based California Tree Fruit Agreement.
The assessment was low in 2009-10 because the committee had a large reserve fund after settling a lawsuit, Van Sickle said.
The 2010-11 assessment is actually slightly lower than a typical assessment from recent years, he said.