Agricultural Commodity Marketing Boards
The ACMA act was established in 1963; the statutory language states the Department will provide all legal and administrative support to oversee the collection and distribution of producer assessments through marketing and research projects. Producer assessments are paid annually based on either acres produced or volume of crop harvested. The Department provides administrate management & support for programs.
The ACMA Boards include:
PA Apple Program, PA Dairy Program, PA Malt and Brewed Beverage Industry Program, PA Peach & Nectarine Research Program, PA Potato Research Program., PA Vegetable Marketing and Research Program, PA Wine Marketing and Research Program
Each program is managed by a producer board appointed by the Secretary. The board provides leadership and direction for the management of funds to be invested in relevant industry research or marketing efforts.
The Craft Beverage Boards include:
The Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverage Industry Promotion Board and the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Program Board were created by state law, and up to $1 million in funding may be allocated annually by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to each program for the purposes of increasing the production of Pennsylvania-made beverages and enhancing the Pennsylvania beverage industries through promotion, marketing, and research-based programs and projects.
Board members are appointed by party leaders from both chambers of the general assembly, and the Governor. Requests for Applications (RFAs) for grants are published annually in January. The Boards review proposals and then submit their recommendations for funding to the PLCB.
The Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Program Board is unique in that it is both an ACMA Board and a Craft Beverage Board. The Board is comprised of nine appointed ACMA seats and four seats appointed by the general assembly.
The Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverage Industry Promotion Program Board is comprised of one gubernatorial appointee and four legislative appointees.