McCarron & Diess recently launched what they are calling a PACA Web Guide.
“This WebGuide is written in non-legal language, and is searchable to obtain general information about PACA, or about a particular PACA issue.”
The WebGuide’s author warns its readers that “problems under the PACA often need further clarification from PACA officials or an attorney. The WebGuide is not legal advice.”
The USDA also maintains lots of free online information about PACA and it provides a free online training course that may be accessed here: USDA’s Online PACA Training. This 10 part course is written in a non-legal language and those who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate from the USDA. The purpose of the USDA’s online PACA training course is to provide you with valuable information on your rights and responsibilities under PACA.
Some of the topics covered in the USDA’s online training course include:
- The difference between a Price After Sale transaction and a Consignment
- How to make a claim for damages in the event of a breach of contract
- How to preserve and enforce PACA trust rights
- How to interpret an inspection certificate
- When to expect payment
- What constitutes a proper rejection of produce, and the consequences of acceptance
- And more…
As a Produce Industry advocate, I am a big fan of free access to information that is important to the day-to-day operations of the industry.