Agriculture Decisions Publication
About Agriculture Decisions
Agriculture Decisions is an official publication by the Secretary of Agriculture that consists of decisions and orders issued in adjudicatory proceedings conducted for the Department under various statutes and regulations. Selected court decisions concerning the Department’s regulatory programs are also included. The Department is required to publish its rules and regulations in the Federal Register; therefore, rules and regulations are not included in Agriculture Decisions.
The Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) publishes a comprehensive volume of Agriculture Decisions for each calendar year. Two books comprise the annual volume: Book One, which contains the decisions and orders issued from January through June of that year; and Book Two, which contains decisions and orders issued from July through December.
Each Agriculture Decisions book is divided into four sections, or “Parts.” Part One is organized alphabetically, by statute, and contains general decisions and orders (i.e., all decisions and orders other than those that pertain to the Packers and Stockyards Act or to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act). Part Two covers decisions and orders relating to the Packers and Stockyards Act. Part Three contains decisions and orders that involve the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, including reparations decisions. Part Four includes an alphabetical list of decisions and orders reported and a subject-matter index.
Parts One, Two, and Three of Agriculture Decisions incorporate the following: (1) Initial Decisions issued by the Administrative Law Judges, along with any corresponding appeal decisions by the Judicial Officer; (2) a list of Miscellaneous Orders entered by the Administrative Law Judges and complete texts of any Miscellaneous Orders entered by the Judicial Officer; (3) a list of Default Decisions issued by the Administrative Law Judges; and (4) a list of Consent Decisions. While Agriculture Decisions generally does not include full texts of Miscellaneous Orders, Default Decisions, or Consent Decisions, those decisions and orders are available in their entirety, in portable document format (pdf), under OALJ Decisions.
Beginning with Volume 72 (2013), Agriculture Decisions is published exclusively online. Volume 71 (2012) was the publication's final print edition (i.e., “hard copy”). Agriculture Decisions books, including those from older volumes, are available for electronic download below. Recent Agriculture Decisions, beginning with Volume 74 (2015), will also be available on the University of Arkansas's National Agricultural Law Center website.
In addition to uploading Agriculture Decisions publications, OALJ also posts “current” decisions and orders, uploading them individually as they are issued. These decisions and orders are displayed in pdf format on the OALJ website and are listed in reverse chronological order. Decisions and orders issued prior to the current year are also available in pdf archives, arranged by calendar year.
Published decisions and orders (i.e., those that appear in Agriculture Decisions) may be cited by providing the volume number, page number, and year [e.g., 1 Agric. Dec. 472 (U.S.D.A. 1942)]. Further, decisions and orders posted on the OALJ website may also be cited as primary sources. When citing to a decision or order that appears on the OALJ website but has not yet been published in Agriculture Decisions, the docket number and date of decision or order should be included [e.g., Smith, Docket No. 15-0123 (U.S.D.A. Oct. 1, 2015)].
For questions regarding publication, please contact the Editor of Agriculture Decisions.
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