Conservation Security Program, 41608 [05-14297]

Download as PDF 41608 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 138 / Wednesday, July 20, 2005 / Rules and Regulations submitted by the Committee and other available information, it is hereby found that this rule, as hereinafter set forth, will tend to effectuate the declared policy of the Act. List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 955 Onions, Marketing agreements, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. PART 955—VIDALIA ONIONS GROWN IN GEORGIA Accordingly, the interim final rule amending 7 CFR part 955 which was published at 70 FR 11114 on March 8, 2005, is adopted as a final rule without change. I Dated: July 14, 2005. Kenneth C. Clayton, Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 05–14261 Filed 7–19–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation Conservation Service, P.O. Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013–2890, or by email to FarmBillRules@usda.gov; Attn: Conservation Security Program. The amended interim final rule may also be accessed via the Internet through the NRCS homepage, at http:// www.nrcs.usda.gov, and by selecting Programs. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Craig Derickson, Conservation Security Program Manager, Financial Assistance Programs Division, NRCS, P.O. Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013–2890, telephone: (202) 720–1845; fax: (202) 720–4265. Submit e-mail to: craig.derickson@wdc.usda.gov, Attention: Conservation Security Program. Signed in Washington, DC, on July 14, 2005. Bruce I. Knight, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation. [FR Doc. 05–14297 Filed 7–19–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–16–P Natural Resources Conservation Service DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 7 CFR Part 1469 Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Conservation Security Program Commodity Credit Corporation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA. ACTION: Interim final rule; extension of public comment period. 9 CFR Parts 93, 94, and 95 SUMMARY: The Conservation Security Program (CSP) is authorized by Title XII, Chapter 2, Subchapter A, of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) published an amendment to the interim final rule for CSP on March 25, 2005, (70 FR 15201), with a comment period expiring July 25, 2005. By this notice, NRCS is extending the period during which it will accept public comment on the amended interim final rule for CSP to September 9, 2005. This extension is to give the public additional time to comment on key issues that have been raised regarding the implementation of the program under the amended interim final rule. DATES: Comments must be postmarked by midnight, September 9, 2005. ADDRESSES: Send comments in writing, by mail, to Financial Assistance Programs Division, Natural Resources AGENCY: AGENCY: VerDate jul<14>2003 14:19 Jul 19, 2005 Jkt 205001 [Docket No. 04–011–3] Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza; Additional Restrictions Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Affirmation of interim rule as final rule. SUMMARY: We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the regulations concerning the importation of animals and animal products to prohibit or restrict the importation of birds, poultry, and unprocessed birds and poultry products from regions that have reported the presence of the H5N1 subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza and to establish additional permit and quarantine requirements for U.S. origin pet birds and performing or theatrical birds and poultry returning to the United States. The interim rule was necessary to prevent the introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N1 into the United States. EFFECTIVE DATE: The interim rule became effective on February 4, 2004. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Dr. Karen A. James-Preston, Director, National Center for Import and Export, Technical Trade Services, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 38, Riverdale, MD 20737–1231; (301) 734–8172. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Background Avian influenza (AI) is a disease that can cause varying degrees of clinical illness in poultry. AI viruses can infect chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl, as well as a wide variety of other birds. Migratory waterfowl have proved to be the natural reservoir for this disease. AI viruses can be classified into low pathogenic (LPAI) and highly pathogenic (HPAI) forms based on the severity of the illness they cause. Most AI virus strains are LPAI and typically cause little or no clinical signs in infected birds. However, some LPAI virus strains are capable of mutating under field conditions into HPAI viruses, which are extremely infectious and fatal for chickens. HPAI can strike poultry quickly without any infection warning signs and, once established, the disease can spread rapidly from flock to flock. HPAI viruses can also be spread by manure, equipment, vehicles, egg flats, crates, and people whose clothing or shoes have come in contact with the virus. HPAI viruses can remain viable at moderate temperatures for long periods in the environment and can survive indefinitely in frozen material. In some instances, HPAI may even be transmitted to humans, with human infections of AI viruses on the rise in recent years. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA or the Department) regulates the importation of animals and animal products into the United States to guard against the introduction of animal diseases such as AI. The regulations in 9 CFR parts 93, 94, and 95 (referred to below as the regulations) govern the importation of certain animals, birds, poultry, meat, other animal products and byproducts, hay, and straw into the United States in order to prevent the introduction of various animal diseases, including AI. In an interim rule effective February 4, 2004, and published in the Federal Register on May 10, 2004 (69 FR 25820– 25826, Docket No. 04–011–1), we amended the regulations to require that all pet birds and performing and theatrical birds and poultry of United States origin be subject to a 30-day quarantine at a USDA facility when they have spent any length of time in a E:\FR\FM\20JYR1.SGM 20JYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 138 (Wednesday, July 20, 2005)]
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[FR Doc No: 05-14297]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Commodity Credit Corporation

Natural Resources Conservation Service

7 CFR Part 1469


Conservation Security Program

AGENCY: Commodity Credit Corporation and the Natural Resources 
Conservation Service, USDA.

ACTION: Interim final rule; extension of public comment period.

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SUMMARY: The Conservation Security Program (CSP) is authorized by Title 
XII, Chapter 2, Subchapter A, of the Food Security Act of 1985, as 
amended by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. The 
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) published an amendment to 
the interim final rule for CSP on March 25, 2005, (70 FR 15201), with a 
comment period expiring July 25, 2005. By this notice, NRCS is 
extending the period during which it will accept public comment on the 
amended interim final rule for CSP to September 9, 2005. This extension 
is to give the public additional time to comment on key issues that 
have been raised regarding the implementation of the program under the 
amended interim final rule.

DATES: Comments must be postmarked by midnight, September 9, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Send comments in writing, by mail, to Financial Assistance 
Programs Division, Natural Resources Conservation Service, P.O. Box 
2890, Washington, DC 20013-2890, or by e-mail to 
FarmBillRules@usda.gov; Attn: Conservation Security Program.
    The amended interim final rule may also be accessed via the 
Internet through the NRCS homepage, at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov, and by 
selecting Programs. All comments, including names and addresses when 
provided, are placed in the record and are available for public 
inspection.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Craig Derickson, Conservation Security 
Program Manager, Financial Assistance Programs Division, NRCS, P.O. Box 
2890, Washington, DC 20013-2890, telephone: (202) 720-1845; fax: (202) 
720-4265. Submit e-mail to: craig.derickson@wdc.usda.gov, Attention: 
Conservation Security Program.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on July 14, 2005.
Bruce I. Knight,
Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Vice President, 
Commodity Credit Corporation.
[FR Doc. 05-14297 Filed 7-19-05; 8:45 am]
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