7 USC 2116: Definitions
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7 USC 2116: Definitions Text contains those laws in effect on June 22, 2024

§2116. Definitions

As used in this chapter:

(a) The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of Agriculture.

(b) The term "person" means any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or any other entity.

(c) The term "cotton" means (1) all upland cotton harvested in the United States, and, except as used in section 2106(e) of this title, includes cottonseed of such cotton and the products derived from such cotton and its seed and (2) imports of upland cotton including the upland cotton content of the products derived from upland cotton (other than industrial products as defined by the Secretary). The term "cotton" shall not, however, include any entry of imported cotton by an importer that has a value or weight less than any de minimis figure as established in accordance with regulations issued by the Secretary. Any de minimis figure as established under this paragraph shall be such as to minimize the burden in administering the assessment provision but still provide for the maximum participation of imports of cotton in the assessment provisions of this chapter.

(d) The term "handler" means any person who handles cotton or cottonseed or, for the purposes of sections 2102, 2105(c), and 2112 of this title, any person who imports cotton, including de minimis amounts of cotton described in subsection (c), in the manner specified in the order or in the rules and regulations issued thereunder.

(e) The term "United States" means the 50 States of the United States of America.

(f) Cotton-producing State.-

(1) In general.-The term "cotton-producing State" means any State in which the average annual production of cotton during the five years 1960–1964 was twenty thousand bales or more, except that any State producing cotton whose production during such period was less than such amount shall under regulations prescribed by the Secretary be combined with another State or States producing cotton in such manner that such average annual production of such combination of States totaled twenty thousand bales or more.

(2) Inclusions.-The term "cotton-producing State" includes-

(A) any combination of States described in paragraph (1); and

(B) effective beginning with the 2008 crop of cotton, the States of Kansas, Virginia, and Florida.

(g) The term "marketing" includes the sale of cotton or the pledging of cotton to the Commodity Credit Corporation as collateral for a price support loan.

(h)(1) The term "importer" means any person who enters, or withdraws from warehouse, cotton for consumption in the customs territory of the United States.

(2) The term "import" means any such entry.

( Pub. L. 89–502, §17, July 13, 1966, 80 Stat. 286 ; Pub. L. 101–624, title XIX, §1997, Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 3913 ; Pub. L. 110–234, title XIV, §14202, May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1458 ; Pub. L. 110–246, §4(a), title XIV, §14202, June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664 , 2220.)

Editorial Notes


Pub. L. 110–234 and Pub. L. 110–246 made identical amendments to this section. The amendments by Pub. L. 110–234 were repealed by section 4(a) of Pub. L. 110–246.


2008-Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 110–246, §14202, inserted subsec. heading, designated existing provisions as par. (1), inserted par. heading, substituted period at end for ", and the term 'cotton-producing State' shall include any such combination of States.", and added par. (2).

1990-Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 101–624, §1997(1), designated existing provisions as cl. (1) and added cl. (2).

Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 101–624, §1997(2), inserted "or, for the purposes of sections 2102, 2105(c), and 2112 of this title, any person who imports cotton, including de minimis amounts of cotton described in subsection (c)," after "cottonseed".

Subsec. (h). Pub. L. 101–624, §1997(3), added subsec. (h).

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries

Effective Date of 2008 Amendment

Amendment of this section and repeal of Pub. L. 110–234 by Pub. L. 110–246 effective May 22, 2008, the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–234, see section 4 of Pub. L. 110–246, set out as an Effective Date note under section 8701 of this title.