7 U.S. Code § 2702 - Definitions
As used in this chapter—
(a) The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Agriculture or any other officer or employee of the Department of Agriculture to whom there has heretofore been delegated, or to whom there may hereafter be delegated, the authority to act in his stead.
(b) The term “person” means any individual, group of individuals, partnership, corporation, association, cooperative, or any other entity.
(c) The term “commercial eggs” or “eggs” means eggs from domesticated chickens which are sold for human consumption either in shell egg form or for further processing into egg products.
(d) The term “hen” or “laying hen” means a domesticated female chicken twenty weeks of age or over, raised primarily for the production of commercial eggs.
(e) The term “egg producer” means the person owning laying hens engaged in the production of commercial eggs.
(g) The term “hatching eggs” means eggs intended for use by hatcheries for the production of baby chicks.
(h) The term “United States” means the forty-eight contiguous States of the United States of America and the District of Columbia.
(i) The term “promotion” means any action, including paid advertising, to advance the image or desirability of eggs, egg products, spent fowl, or products of spent fowl.
(j) The term “research” means any type of research to advance the image, desirability, marketability, production, or quality of eggs, egg products, spent fowl, or products of spent fowl.
(k) The term “consumer education” means any action to advance the image or desirability of eggs, egg products, spent fowl, or products of spent fowl.
(l) The term “marketing” means the sale or other disposition of commercial eggs, egg products, spent fowl, or products of spent fowl, in any channel of commerce.
(o) The term “spent fowl” means hens which have been in production of commercial eggs and have been removed from such production for slaughter.
(q) The term “hatchery operator” means any person engaged in the production of egg-type baby chicks.