Regulations Under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA): Growers' Trust Protection Eligibility and Clarification of “Written Notification”, 10966 [2017-03252]

Download as PDF 10966 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 82, No. 32 Friday, February 17, 2017 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 46 [Doc. No. AMS–FV–15–0045] Regulations Under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA): Growers’ Trust Protection Eligibility and Clarification of ‘‘Written Notification’’ Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Extension of comment period. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2016 (81 FR 90255), is extended until March 15, 2017. The rule invited comments on proposed amendments to the regulations under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) that would clarify how growers and other principals may preserve their PACA trust rights. The proposed amendments would also provide guidance on the type of notification required to initiate U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigations of alleged PACA violations. DATES: Written or electronic comments received by March 15, 2017, will be considered prior to issuance of a final rule. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments via the Internet at: http://www.regulations.gov. Comments may also be submitted to ‘‘PACA Regulatory Enhancements,’’ AMS, Specialty Crops Program, PACA Division, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 1510–S, Stop 0242, Washington, DC 20250–0242; or fax: (202) 690–4413. All comments should reference the document number and the dates and page numbers of the December 14, 2016, issue and this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be posted online without change, including any personal mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:56 Feb 16, 2017 Jkt 241001 information provided, and will be made available for public inspection at the above physical address during regular business hours. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josephine E. Jenkins, Chief, Investigative Enforcement Branch, (202) 720–6873; or PACAinvestigations@ ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The PACA trust provisions protect participants trading in fruits and vegetables by improving their chances of recovering money owed them when buyers default. A proposed rule regarding amendments to the PACA regulations was published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2016 (81 FR 90255). The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposed the amendments to clarify how growers and other produce sellers in the marketing chain can preserve their PACA trust rights and how they can notify USDA of the need for investigations into alleged violations of PACA regulations. The 60-day comment period provided in the proposed rule would have closed February 13, 2017. The comment period for the proposed rule is extended until March 15, 2017. AMS is extending the public comment period for an additional 30 days to ensure that interested persons have sufficient time to review and comment on the proposed rule. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 499a–499t. Dated: February 14, 2017. Bruce Summers, Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03252 Filed 2–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P rule published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017 (82 FR 4198), is extended until April 13, 2017. The proposed rule invited comments on proposed amendments to the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation to add muscle cuts of venison and ground venison to mandatory COOL requirements. Comments received by April 13, 2017, will be considered prior to issuance of a final rule. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments via the Internet at: http://www.regulations.gov. Comments may also be submitted to: Doug McKalip, Acting Director, COOL Division; Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA; Room 2619–S, STOP 0216; 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–0216; or email COOL@ams.usda.gov. All comments should reference the document number and the dates and page numbers of the January 13, 2017, issue and this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be posted online without change, including any personal information provided, and will be made available for public inspection at the above physical address during regular business hours. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doug McKalip, Acting Director, COOL Division; Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA; Room 2619–S, STOP 0216; 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–0216; telephone (202) 720–4486; or email COOL@ ams.usda.gov. DATES: A proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017 (82 FR 4198), requested comments on revisions to the COOL regulations that would add venison to the list of regulated products. Under the proposed rule, suppliers and retailers of venison products would be required to keep records and provide their customers notification of the country of origin of muscle cuts and ground venison that they sell. The 60-day comment period provided in the proposed rule would have closed March 14, 2017. The comment period for the proposed rule is extended until April 13, 2017. The Agricultural Marketing Service is extending the public comment period SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 65 [Doc. No. AMS–LPS–16–0014] Addition of Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling Requirements for Venison Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the comment period for the proposed SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\17FEP1.SGM 17FEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 32 (Friday, February 17, 2017)]
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[FR Doc No: 2017-03252]


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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 32 / Friday, February 17, 2017 / 
Proposed Rules

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

7 CFR Part 46

[Doc. No. AMS-FV-15-0045]


Regulations Under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act 
(PACA): Growers' Trust Protection Eligibility and Clarification of 
``Written Notification''

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the comment period for the 
proposed rule published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2016 
(81 FR 90255), is extended until March 15, 2017. The rule invited 
comments on proposed amendments to the regulations under the Perishable 
Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) that would clarify how growers and 
other principals may preserve their PACA trust rights. The proposed 
amendments would also provide guidance on the type of notification 
required to initiate U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 
investigations of alleged PACA violations.

DATES: Written or electronic comments received by March 15, 2017, will 
be considered prior to issuance of a final rule.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments via the 
Internet at: http://www.regulations.gov. Comments may also be submitted 
to ``PACA Regulatory Enhancements,'' AMS, Specialty Crops Program, PACA 
Division, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 1510-S, Stop 0242, 
Washington, DC 20250-0242; or fax: (202) 690-4413. All comments should 
reference the document number and the dates and page numbers of the 
December 14, 2016, issue and this issue of the Federal Register. All 
comments received will be posted online without change, including any 
personal information provided, and will be made available for public 
inspection at the above physical address during regular business hours.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josephine E. Jenkins, Chief, 
Investigative Enforcement Branch, (202) 720-6873; or 
PACAinvestigations@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The PACA trust provisions protect 
participants trading in fruits and vegetables by improving their 
chances of recovering money owed them when buyers default. A proposed 
rule regarding amendments to the PACA regulations was published in the 
Federal Register on December 14, 2016 (81 FR 90255). The Agricultural 
Marketing Service (AMS) proposed the amendments to clarify how growers 
and other produce sellers in the marketing chain can preserve their 
PACA trust rights and how they can notify USDA of the need for 
investigations into alleged violations of PACA regulations.
    The 60-day comment period provided in the proposed rule would have 
closed February 13, 2017. The comment period for the proposed rule is 
extended until March 15, 2017. AMS is extending the public comment 
period for an additional 30 days to ensure that interested persons have 
sufficient time to review and comment on the proposed rule.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 499a-499t.

    Dated: February 14, 2017.
Bruce Summers,
Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-03252 Filed 2-16-17; 8:45 am]
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