United States Code

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§ 2401.
In this part:
Agricultural commodity

The term “agricultural commodity” means any agricultural commodity (including livestock) in its raw or natural state.

Agricultural commodity producer

The term “agricultural commodity producer” has the same meaning as the term “person” as prescribed by regulations promulgated under section 1308(e) of title 7 (before the amendment made by section 1703(a) 1

 See References in Text note below.
of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008).

Contributed importantly
In general

The term “contributed importantly” means a cause which is important but not necessarily more important than any other cause.

Determination of contributed importantly

The determination of whether imports of articles like or directly competitive with an agricultural commodity with respect to which a petition under this part was filed contributed importantly to a decline in the price of the agricultural commodity shall be made by the Secretary.

Duly authorized representative

The term “duly authorized representative” means an association of agricultural commodity producers.

National average price

The term “national average price” means the national average price paid to an agricultural commodity producer for an agricultural commodity in a marketing year as determined by the Secretary.


The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Agriculture.

(Pub. L. 93–618, title II, § 291, as added Pub. L. 107–210, div. A, title I, § 141(a), Aug. 6, 2002, 116 Stat. 946; amended Pub. L. 109–280, title XIV, § 1635(f)(4), Aug. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 1171; Pub. L. 110–234, title I, § 1603(g)(6), May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1012; Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title I, § 1603(g)(6), June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 1740; Pub. L. 111–5, div. B, title I, § 1881, Feb. 17, 2009, 123 Stat. 414; Pub. L. 112–40, title II, § 201(b), (c), Oct. 21, 2011, 125 Stat. 403; Pub. L. 113–79, title I, § 1609(b)(1), Feb. 7, 2014, 128 Stat. 709; Pub. L. 114–27, title IV, § 402(b), (c), June 29, 2015, 129 Stat. 374.)
cite as: 19 USC 2401