Recommendations of Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards, 72287-72288 [E5-6781]

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VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:11 Dec 01, 2005 Jkt 205001 —Develop and improve standards of quality, condition, quantity, grade, and packaging in order to encourage uniformity and consistency in commercial practices. —Eliminate artificial barriers to the free movement of agricultural products in commercial channels. —Foster new/expanded domestic/ foreign markets and new/expanded uses of agricultural products. —Collect and disseminate marketing information to anticipate and meet consumer requirements, maintain farm income, and balance production and utilization. Applicants have the option of submitting FSMIP applications electronically through the central Federal grants web site, http:// www.grants.gov instead of mailing hard copy documents. Applicants considering the electronic application option are strongly urged to familiarize themselves with the Federal grants web site well before the application deadline and to begin the application process before the deadline. Additional details about the FSMIP application process for all applicants are available at the FSMIP Web site: http://www.ams.usda.gov/ tmd/fsmip.htm. FSMIP is listed in the ‘‘Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance’’ under number 10.156 and subject agencies must adhere to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars discrimination in all Federally assisted programs. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: November 28, 2005. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E5–6787 Filed 12–1–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. CN–06–002] Recommendations of Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) held a meeting of the Universal Cotton Standards Advisory Committee in Memphis, Tennessee on June 9 and 10, 2005. This notice announces the Advisory Committee’s recommendation to expand the PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72287 Universal Cotton Standards Agreement to include Universal HVI Cotton Color Standards and to recognize the color tolerance for Rd and +b as defined by USDA Guidelines for HVI Testing. These guidelines can be obtained on the Internet from the USDA, AMS, Cotton Program’s Web site at http:// www.ams.usda.gov/cotton/cnpubs.htm. DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 31, 2006. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning the Advisory Committee’s recommendation to Darryl W. Earnest, Deputy Administrator, Cotton Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., STOP 0224, Washington, DC 20250–0224. Comments should be submitted in triplicate. Comments may also be submitted electronically to: cottoncomments@usda.gov or http:// www.regulations.gov. All comments should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be made available for public inspection at the Cotton Program, AMS, USDA, Room 2641–S, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250 during regular business hours. A copy of this notice may be found at: www.ams.usda.gov/cotton/ rulemaking.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Darryl W. Earnest, Deputy Administrator, Cotton Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., STOP 0224, Washington, DC 20250– 0224, telephone 202–720–3193, facsimile 202–690–1718, or e-mail at darryl.earnest@usda.gov. The Universal Cotton Standards Advisory Committee meets triennially to consider any necessary changes to the Universal Cotton Standards and to review freshly prepared sets of Universal Cotton Standards for conformity with the existing standards. At its June 9–10, 2005, meeting the committee recommended to expand the Universal Cotton Standards Agreement to include Universal HVI Cotton Color Standards and to recognize the color tolerance for RD and +b as defined by USDA Guidelines for HVI Testing. These guidelines can be obtained on the Internet at http://www.ams.usda.gov/ cotton/cnpubs.htm. High Volume Instrument (HVI) Classing of cotton has been available on an optional basis since 1980. Since 1991, HVI classification has been provided on all cotton classed by USDA along with the classer color grade and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\02DEN1.SGM 02DEN1 72288 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 231 / Friday, December 2, 2005 / Notices leaf grade, which conform to the Universal Grade Standards. HVI systems provide the most scientific and reliable sources of cotton quality information available. The advisory committee includes representatives of all segments of the U.S. cotton industry and the 23 overseas cotton associations that are signatories to the Universal Cotton Standards Agreement. Adoption of this recommendation will continue to facilitate establishing a universal language for the marketing of U.S. cotton under the HVI classification system. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 51–65. Dated: November 28, 2005. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E5–6781 Filed 12–1–05; 8:45 am] Foreign Agricultural Service Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers; Correction Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA. Notice; correction. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jean-Louis Pajot, 202–720–2916. Correction In the Federal Register issue of November 8, 2005, in FR Doc. 05– 22228, on page 67658, in the first column, correct the notice to read: The Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), today terminated the certification of petitions for trade adjustment assistance (TAA) that was filed by shrimp producers in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. Shrimp producers in these states are no longer eligible for TAA benefits in fiscal year 2006. 15:11 Dec 01, 2005 Procurement List; Proposed Additions and Deletions Committee for Purchase From People Who are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Proposed additions to and deletions from Procurement List. AGENCY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO SUBMIT COMMENTS CONTACT: Sheryl D. Kennerly, SUMMARY: The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) published a document in the Federal Register of November 8, 2005, concerning the termination of petitions for trade adjustment assistance (TAA) that were filed by shrimp producers in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. The document did not contain information regarding all the states that were also terminated. VerDate Aug<31>2005 COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED The Committee is proposing to add to the Procurement List products and services to be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities, and to delete products previously furnished by such agencies. Comments Must be Received on or Before: January 1, 2006. ADDRESSES: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, Jefferson Plaza 2, Suite 10800, 1421 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia, 22202–3259. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ACTION: BILLING CODE 3410–10–P SUMMARY: BILLING CODE 3410–02–P AGENCY: Dated: November 21, 2005. W. Kirk Miller, Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service. [FR Doc. E5–6747 Filed 12–1–05; 8:45 am] Jkt 205001 Telephone: (703) 603–7740, Fax: (703) 603–0655, or e-mail SKennerly@jwod.gov. This notice is published pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 47(a) (2) and 41 CFR 51–2.3. Its purpose is to provide interested persons an opportunity to submit comments on the proposed actions. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Additions If the Committee approves the proposed additions, the entities of the Federal government identified in this notice for each product or service will be required to procure the products and services listed below from nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification I certify that the following action will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. The major factors considered for this certification were: 1. If approved, the action will not result in any additional reporting, recordkeeping or other compliance requirements for small entities other than the small organizations that will PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 furnish the products and services to the government. 2. If approved, the action will result in authorizing small entities to furnish the products and services to the government. 3. There are no known regulatory alternatives which would accomplish the objectives of the Javits-WagnerO’Day Act (41 U.S.C. 46–48c) in connection with the products and services proposed for addition to the Procurement List. Comments on this certification are invited. Commenters should identify the statement(s) underlying the certification on which they are providing additional information. End of Certification The following products and services are proposed for addition to Procurement List for production by the nonprofit agencies listed: Products Paper or Stationer’s Shears (GSA Global Supply Only). NSN: 5110–00–161–6912—9″ Shears have 45⁄8″ length of cut. Straight Trimmer’s Shears (GSA Global Supply Only). NSN: 5110–00–293–9199—7″ Shears have 3″ length of cut. NPA: Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Contracting Activity: GSA, Hardware & Appliance Center, Kansas City, Missouri. Services Service Type/Location: Custodial Services, Cliffside Gas Field Facility, 15 Miles NW. of Amarillo, Amarillo, Texas. NPA: World Technical Services, Inc., San Antonio, Texas. Contracting Activity: Bureau of Land Management, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Service Type/Location: Grounds Maintenance, USDA, Agriculture Research Service, Weslaco Center, 2413 E. Highway 83, Weslaco, Texas. NPA: World Technical Services, Inc., San Antonio, Texas. Contracting Activity: USDA, Agriculture Research Service, College Station, Texas. Deletions Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification I certify that the following action will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. The major factors considered for this certification were: 1. If approved, the action may result in additional reporting, recordkeeping or other compliance requirements for small entities. 2. If approved, the action may result in authorizing small entities to furnish the products to the Government. E:\FR\FM\02DEN1.SGM 02DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 231 (Friday, December 2, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 72287-72288]
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[FR Doc No: E5-6781]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. CN-06-002]


Recommendations of Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton 
Standards

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) held a meeting of the 
Universal Cotton Standards Advisory Committee in Memphis, Tennessee on 
June 9 and 10, 2005. This notice announces the Advisory Committee's 
recommendation to expand the Universal Cotton Standards Agreement to 
include Universal HVI Cotton Color Standards and to recognize the color 
tolerance for Rd and +b as defined by USDA Guidelines for HVI Testing. 
These guidelines can be obtained on the Internet from the USDA, AMS, 
Cotton Program's Web site at http://www.ams.usda.gov/cotton/cnpubs.htm.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 31, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
concerning the Advisory Committee's recommendation to Darryl W. 
Earnest, Deputy Administrator, Cotton Program, Agricultural Marketing 
Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., STOP 0224, Washington, DC 
20250-0224. Comments should be submitted in triplicate. Comments may 
also be submitted electronically to: cottoncomments@usda.gov or http://
www.regulations.gov. All comments should reference the docket number 
and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All 
comments received will be made available for public inspection at the 
Cotton Program, AMS, USDA, Room 2641-S, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., 
Washington, DC 20250 during regular business hours. A copy of this 
notice may be found at: www.ams.usda.gov/cotton/rulemaking.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Darryl W. Earnest, Deputy 
Administrator, Cotton Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., 
STOP 0224, Washington, DC 20250-0224, telephone 202-720-3193, facsimile 
202-690-1718, or e-mail at darryl.earnest@usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Universal Cotton Standards Advisory 
Committee meets triennially to consider any necessary changes to the 
Universal Cotton Standards and to review freshly prepared sets of 
Universal Cotton Standards for conformity with the existing standards.
    At its June 9-10, 2005, meeting the committee recommended to expand 
the Universal Cotton Standards Agreement to include Universal HVI 
Cotton Color Standards and to recognize the color tolerance for RD and 
+b as defined by USDA Guidelines for HVI Testing. These guidelines can 
be obtained on the Internet at http://www.ams.usda.gov/cotton/
cnpubs.htm.
    High Volume Instrument (HVI) Classing of cotton has been available 
on an optional basis since 1980. Since 1991, HVI classification has 
been provided on all cotton classed by USDA along with the classer 
color grade and

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leaf grade, which conform to the Universal Grade Standards. HVI systems 
provide the most scientific and reliable sources of cotton quality 
information available. The advisory committee includes representatives 
of all segments of the U.S. cotton industry and the 23 overseas cotton 
associations that are signatories to the Universal Cotton Standards 
Agreement. Adoption of this recommendation will continue to facilitate 
establishing a universal language for the marketing of U.S. cotton 
under the HVI classification system.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 51-65.

    Dated: November 28, 2005.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
 [FR Doc. E5-6781 Filed 12-1-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-02-P