Because some crops, such as fresh fruit, are highly perishable, laws such as the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, or PACA, are in place to protect producers from unfair business practices, according to a news release from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

The National Agricultural Law Center is hosting a free webinar Aug. 21 on PACA.

“PACA was enacted in 1930 and sets rules for the marketing and selling of perishable agricultural commodities, which are policed by a licensing system,” according to the release. “Because of the vulnerability of these products, it’s important for both producers and buyers to understand PACA and the rules and penalties associated with it.”

During the webinar, attorney Steve McCarron will discuss PACA and its major parts: licensing, prohibited conduct, the PACA trust, dispute resolution, and contract issues.

“Anyone in the produce business must be familiar with the rules and regulations of PACA,” McCarron said. “I look forward to this webinar to help attendees avoid PACA problems for produce businesses.”

Harrison Pittman is director of the National Agricultural Law Center.

“Steve has a long history of working in the PACA area, and his presentation will be very helpful to producers and buyers of perishable commodities, as well as others who want to learn more about how PACA works in the fruit and vegetable industries,” Pittman said.

According to the news release, the National Agricultural Law Center serves is the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information. The center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and works in partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library.

McCarron is a lawyer at the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of McCarron & Diess.

Those interested in the webinar may register online at For details on PACA, visit