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Download as PDF 73945 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 70, No. 239 Wednesday, December 14, 2005 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 1207 [Docket No. FV–05–711] Potato Research and Promotion Plan; Section 610 Review Agricultural Marketing Service. Notice of regulatory review and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: This document announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) review of the Potato Research and Promotion Plan (conducted under the Potato Research and Promotion Act), under the criteria contained in Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA). DATES: Written comments on this document must be received by February 13, 2006. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this notice of review to the Docket Clerk, Research and Promotion Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs (FV), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), USDA, Stop 0244, Room 2535– S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–0244. Comments should be submitted in triplicate and will be made available for public inspection at the above address during regular business hours. Comments may also be submitted electronically to: Daniel.manzoni@usda.gov or Internet: http://www.regulations.gov. All comments should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. A copy of this notice may be found at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ rpdocketlist.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel Rafael Manzoni, Research and Promotion Branch, FV, AMS, USDA, Stop 0244, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 2535–S, Washington, DC 20250–0244; telephone: (888) 720–9915; VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:28 Dec 13, 2005 Jkt 208001 fax: (202) 205–2800; or e-mail: daniel.manzoni@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Potato Research and Promotion Act of 1971, as amended, (7 U.S.C. 2611 et seq.) authorized the Potato Research and Promotion Plan which is industry operated and funded, with oversight by USDA. The Potato Research and Promotion Plan objective is to carry out an effective and continuous coordinated program of research, development, advertising, and promotion designed to strengthen potatoes’ competitive position, and to maintain and expand domestic and foreign markets for potatoes and potato products. The Potato Research and Promotion Plan (7 CFR part 1207) became effective on March 9, 1972 and was implemented on September 15, 1972 when assessments began. The plan was amended in May 1984, to increase the maximum assessment rate from 1 cent per hundredweight to 0.5 percent of the previous 10-year average price received by growers. Assessments under this program are used to fund promotional campaigns and to conduct research in the areas of U.S. marketing, and international marketing and to enable it to exercise its duties in accordance with the Plan. The Potato Research and Promotion Plan is administered by the National Potato Promotion Board (Board), which is composed of producer members, importer members, and one public member appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture from nominations submitted by eligible groups. Producer membership on the Board is based upon potato production within each State. Importer members, limited to five, are based upon the amount of potatoes, potato products, and seed potatoes imported into the U.S. All members serve terms of three years. AMS published in the Federal Register (63 FR 8014; February 18, 1999) its plan to review certain regulations, including the Potato Research and Promotion Plan, (conducted under the Potato Research and Promotion Act), under criteria contained in Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA; 5 U.S.C. 601–612). The plan was updated in the Federal Register on August 14, 2003 (68 FR 48574). Because many AMS regulations impact small entities, AMS decided, as a matter of policy, to review PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 certain regulations which, although they may not meet the threshold requirement under section 610 of the RFA, warrant review. Accordingly, this notice and request for comments is made for the Potato Research and Promotion Plan. The purpose of the review is to determine whether the Potato Research and Promotion Plan should be continued without change, amended, or rescinded (consistent with the objectives of the Potato Research and Promotion Act of 1971) to minimize the impacts on small entities. AMS will consider the continued need for the Potato Research and Promotion Plan; the nature of complaints or comments received from the public concerning the Potato Research and Promotion Plan; the complexity of the Potato Research and Promotion Plan; the extent to which the Potato Research and Promotion Plan overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with other Federal rules, and, to the extent feasible, with State and local regulations; and the length of time since the Potato Research and Promotion Plan has been evaluated or the degree to which technology, economic conditions, or other factors have changed in the area affected by the Potato Research and Promotion Plan. Written comments, views, opinions, and other information regarding the Potato Research and Promotion Plan’s impact on small businesses are invited. Dated: December 8, 2005. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E5–7332 Filed 12–13–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 1209 [Docket No. FV–05–710] Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order; Section 610 Review Agricultural Marketing Service. Notice of regulatory review and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: This document announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) review of the Mushroom Promotion, E:\FR\FM\14DEP1.SGM 14DEP1 73946 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 239 / Wednesday, December 14, 2005 / Proposed Rules Research, and Consumer Information Order (conducted under the Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act), under the criteria contained in Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA). DATES: Written comments on this document must be received by February 13, 2006. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this notice of review to the Docket Clerk, Research and Promotion Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs (FV), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), USDA, Stop 0244, Room 2535– S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–0244. Comments should be submitted in triplicate and will be made available for public inspection at the above address during regular business hours. Comments may also be submitted electronically to: Deborah.simmons@usda.gov or Internet: http://www.regulations.gov. All comments should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. A copy of this notice may be found at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ rpdocketlist.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Debbie Simmons, Research and Promotion Branch, FV, AMS, USDA, Stop 0244, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 2535–S, Washington, DC 20250–0244; telephone: (888) 720–9915 fax: (202) 205–2800; or e-mail: Deborah.simmons@usda.gov. The Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1990, (7 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.) authorized the Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Program which is industry operated and funded, with oversight by USDA. The program’s objective is to carry out an effective, continuous, and coordinated program of promotion, research, consumer information, and industry information designed to strengthen the mushroom industry’s position in the marketplace, maintain and expand existing markets and uses for mushrooms, develop new markets and uses for mushrooms, and to carry out programs, plans, and projects designed to provide maximum benefits to the mushroom industry. The program became effective on January 8, 1993, when the Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order (7 CFR part 1209) was issued. Assessments began in 1993 at the rate of 0.0025 cents per pound and have fluctuated from 0.0010 to SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:28 Dec 13, 2005 Jkt 208001 0.0045 cents per pound. The current rate is 0.0024 cents per pound. Assessments under this program are used to fund retail category management, research concerning nutritional attributes of mushrooms, foodservice training, and industry information and to enable it to exercise its duties in accordance with the Order. The program is administered by the Mushroom Council (Council) which is composed of producers and may include importers, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture from nominations submitted by eligible producers or importers. Producer membership on the Board is based upon mushroom production within each of four predestinated geographic regions within the U.S. and a fifth region representing importers, when imports, on average, equal or exceed 35,000,000 pounds of mushrooms annually. All members serve terms of three years. AMS published in the Federal Register (63 FR 8014; February 18, 1999) its plan to review certain regulations, including the Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order, (conducted under the Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act), under criteria contained in Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA; 5 U.S.C. 601–612). The plan was updated in the Federal Register on August 14, 2003 (68 FR 48574). Because many AMS regulations impact small entities, AMS decided, as a matter of policy, to review certain regulations which, although they may not meet the threshold requirement under section 610 of the RFA, warrant review. Accordingly, this notice and request for comments is made for the Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order. The purpose of the review is to determine whether the Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order should be continued without change, amended, or rescinded (consistent with the objectives of the Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1990) to minimize the impacts on small entities. AMS will consider the continued need for the Order; the nature of complaints or comments received from the public concerning the Order; the complexity of the Order; the extent to which the Order overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with other Federal rules, and, to the extent feasible, with State and local regulations; and the length of time since the Order has been evaluated or the degree to which technology, economic conditions, or other factors have changed in the area affected by the Order. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Written comments, views, opinions, and other information regarding the Order’s impact on small businesses are invited. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

7 CFR Part 1209

[Docket No. FV-05-710]


Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order; 
Section 610 Review

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service.

ACTION: Notice of regulatory review and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: This document announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's 
(AMS) review of the Mushroom Promotion,

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Research, and Consumer Information Order (conducted under the Mushroom 
Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act), under the criteria 
contained in Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA).

DATES: Written comments on this document must be received by February 
13, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
concerning this notice of review to the Docket Clerk, Research and 
Promotion Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs (FV), Agricultural 
Marketing Service (AMS), USDA, Stop 0244, Room 2535-S, 1400 
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0244. Comments should be 
submitted in triplicate and will be made available for public 
inspection at the above address during regular business hours. Comments 
may also be submitted electronically to: Deborah.simmons@usda.gov or 
Internet: http://www.regulations.gov. All comments should reference the 
docket number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal 
Register. A copy of this notice may be found at: http://
www.ams.usda.gov/fv/rpdocketlist.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Debbie Simmons, Research and Promotion 
Branch, FV, AMS, USDA, Stop 0244, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 
2535-S, Washington, DC 20250-0244; telephone: (888) 720-9915 fax: (202) 
205-2800; or e-mail: Deborah.simmons@usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Mushroom Promotion, Research, and 
Consumer Information Act of 1990, (7 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.) authorized 
the Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Program 
which is industry operated and funded, with oversight by USDA. The 
program's objective is to carry out an effective, continuous, and 
coordinated program of promotion, research, consumer information, and 
industry information designed to strengthen the mushroom industry's 
position in the marketplace, maintain and expand existing markets and 
uses for mushrooms, develop new markets and uses for mushrooms, and to 
carry out programs, plans, and projects designed to provide maximum 
benefits to the mushroom industry.
    The program became effective on January 8, 1993, when the Mushroom 
Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order (7 CFR part 1209) 
was issued. Assessments began in 1993 at the rate of 0.0025 cents per 
pound and have fluctuated from 0.0010 to 0.0045 cents per pound. The 
current rate is 0.0024 cents per pound.
    Assessments under this program are used to fund retail category 
management, research concerning nutritional attributes of mushrooms, 
foodservice training, and industry information and to enable it to 
exercise its duties in accordance with the Order.
    The program is administered by the Mushroom Council (Council) which 
is composed of producers and may include importers, appointed by the 
Secretary of Agriculture from nominations submitted by eligible 
producers or importers. Producer membership on the Board is based upon 
mushroom production within each of four predestinated geographic 
regions within the U.S. and a fifth region representing importers, when 
imports, on average, equal or exceed 35,000,000 pounds of mushrooms 
annually. All members serve terms of three years.
    AMS published in the Federal Register (63 FR 8014; February 18, 
1999) its plan to review certain regulations, including the Mushroom 
Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order, (conducted under 
the Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act), under 
criteria contained in Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act 
(RFA; 5 U.S.C. 601-612). The plan was updated in the Federal Register 
on August 14, 2003 (68 FR 48574). Because many AMS regulations impact 
small entities, AMS decided, as a matter of policy, to review certain 
regulations which, although they may not meet the threshold requirement 
under section 610 of the RFA, warrant review. Accordingly, this notice 
and request for comments is made for the Mushroom Promotion, Research, 
and Consumer Information Order.
    The purpose of the review is to determine whether the Mushroom 
Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order should be continued 
without change, amended, or rescinded (consistent with the objectives 
of the Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 
1990) to minimize the impacts on small entities. AMS will consider the 
continued need for the Order; the nature of complaints or comments 
received from the public concerning the Order; the complexity of the 
Order; the extent to which the Order overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts 
with other Federal rules, and, to the extent feasible, with State and 
local regulations; and the length of time since the Order has been 
evaluated or the degree to which technology, economic conditions, or 
other factors have changed in the area affected by the Order.
    Written comments, views, opinions, and other information regarding 
the Order's impact on small businesses are invited.

    Dated: December 8, 2005.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. E5-7336 Filed 12-13-05; 8:45 am]
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