I hereby apply for registration as a Tomato Handler for the - season. Each handler who handles
tomatoes grown in the production area must be certified as a registered handler by the Committee in order to ship
such tomatoes outside of the regulated area. A handler who is certified as a registered handler is a handler who has
adequate facilities to meet the requirements of preparing tomatoes for market, obtains inspection on tomatoes
handled, agrees to handle tomatoes in compliance with the marketing order’s grade, size and container requirements,
pays applicable assessments on a timely basis, submits reports required by the Committee, and agrees to comply
with other regulatory requirements on the handling of tomatoes grown in the production area. The Committee or its
authorized agent shall inspect a handler’s facilities to determine if the facilities are adequate for preparing tomatoes
for market. In order to be adequate for such purposes, the facilities must be permanent, non-portable buildings
located in the production area with equipment that is non-portable for proper washing, grading, sizing and packing
of tomatoes grown in the production area.
According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a
collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The valid OMB control number for this information collection is 0581-
0178. The time required to complete this information collection is estimated to average 5 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing
instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of
CRITICAL INFORMATION REQUEST
Please provide the information below for each grower who you expect will be shipping through your packing facility
for the - season. This information is needed to ensure that your growers are kept up-to-date on Florida
Tomato Committee (Committee) activities and on subjects affecting the Florida tomato industry as a whole, such as:
Medfly alerts; government regulations; labor situations; market conditions; etc.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on
race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in
any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American
Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA
through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at
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the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to
USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
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employer, and lender.