United States Standards for Grades of Fresh Asparagus, 3815-3816 [E6-782]

Download as PDF 3815 Notices Federal Register Vol. 71, No. 15 Tuesday, January 24, 2006 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. ADVISORY COUNCIL ON HISTORIC PRESERVATION Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. ACTION: Extension of Public Comment Period. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES1 AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has extended the public comment period regarding its upcoming issuance formal comments, under the National Historic Presevation Act, to the United States Forest Service regarding its intent to issue a special use permit for the replacement of a microwave communications system in Mount Graham, Arizona. DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 6, 2006. ADDRESSES: Address all comments to John L. Nau, III, Chairman, c/o Stephen Del Sordo, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Suite 809, Washington, DC 20004. Fax (202) 606–8672. Comments may also be submitted by electronic mail to: sdelsordo@achp.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephen Del Sordo, (202) 606–8580. Email: sdelsordo@achp.gov. Further information may be found in the ACHP Web site: http://www.achp.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has extended until February 6, 2006, the public comment period on the replacement of a microwave communications system in Mount Graham (undertaking). Information on the undertaking was published in the Federal Register on January 9, 2006 (71 FR 1406–1407). That notice is available on the ACHP Web site at http://www.achp.gov. 14:44 Jan 23, 2006 Jkt 208001 AGENCY: Secretary of Agriculture ‘‘To develop and improve standards of quality, condition, quantity, grade and packaging and recommend and demonstrate such standards in order to encourage uniformity and consistency in commercial practices.’’ AMS is committed to carrying out this authority in a manner that facilitates the marketing of agricultural commodities and makes copies of official standards available upon request. The United States Standards for Grades of Fruits and Vegetables not connected with Federal Marketing Orders or U.S. Import Requirements, no longer appear in the Code of Federal Regulations, but are maintained by USDA/AMS/Fruit and Vegetable Programs. AMS is revising the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Fresh Asparagus using the procedures that appear in Part 36, Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36). SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is revising the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Fresh Asparagus. Specifically, AMS is revising the standards to allow purple and white asparagus to be graded using the standards. This change will bring the standards for asparagus in line with current marketing practices, thereby, improving the usefulness of the standards in serving the industry. DATES: Effective Date: February 23, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheri L. Emery, Standardization Section, Fresh Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 1661, South Building, Stop 0240, Washington, DC 20250–0240, (202) 720–2185, fax (202) 720–8871, or e-mail Cheri.Emery@usda.gov. The revised United States Standards for Grades of Fresh Asparagus is available either from the above address or by accessing the AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site at: http:// www.ams.usda.gov/standards/ stanfrfv.htm. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 203(c) of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621–1627), as amended, directs and authorizes the Background Prior to undertaking detailed work to develop a proposed revision to the standards, AMS published a notice on March 29, 2005 in the Federal Register (70 FR 15817) soliciting comments on a possible revision of the United States Standards for Grades of Fresh Asparagus. Based on comments received and information gathered, a second notice was published on October 6, 2005 in the Federal Register (70 FR 58370) proposing to revise the standards to allow purple and white asparagus to be graded using the standards. In response to this notice AMS received two comments from Peruvian asparagus organizations supporting the proposed revision. The comments are available by accessing the AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site at: http:// www.ams.usda.gov/standards/ stanfrfv.htm The two comments from Peruvian asparagus organizations supporting the proposed revision stated that the revision would facilitate the marketing of fresh asparagus. Based on comments received and information gathered, AMS is revising the fresh asparagus standards to allow purple and white asparagus to be graded using the U.S. standards. The official grade of a lot of fresh asparagus covered by these standards will be determined by the procedures set forth in the Regulations Governing Inspection, Certification, and Standards Dated: January 18, 2006. John M. Fowler, Executive Director. [FR Doc. 06–602 Filed 1–23–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–K6–M Extension of Public Comment Period on ACHP Formal Comments Regarding the Replacement of a Microwave Communications System in Mount Graham, AZ VerDate Aug<31>2005 The ACHP’s membership will use the public input it receives to draft its formal comments to the Forest Service on the undertaking. The ACHP plans to finalize and transmit those comments to the Forest Service on or before February 21, 2006. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket Number FV–05–304] United States Standards for Grades of Fresh Asparagus Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\24JAN1.SGM 24JAN1 3816 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 15 / Tuesday, January 24, 2006 / Notices Products Branch Web site at: http:// www.ams.usda.gov/standards/ stanfrfv.htm. of Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Other Products (Sec. 51.1 to 51.61). The United States Standards for Grades of Fresh Asparagus will be effective 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: January 18, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E6–782 Filed 1–23–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket Number FV–05–305] United States Standards for Grades of Globe Artichokes Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES1 AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is revising the United States Standards for Grades of Globe Artichokes. Specifically, AMS is revising the standards to add a U.S. No. 1 Long Stem grade along with an undersize tolerance of 5 percent in the standards. The new grade will have the same requirements as the U.S. No. 1 except that the stems must be smoothly cut to a minimum length of at least 8 inches, unless specified to a longer length in connection with the grade. AMS is further defining ‘‘fairly compact’’ by including a definition for ‘‘slightly spread’’ to mean, ‘‘the outer scales may be slightly open, but the inner scales at the tip of the artichoke must be closely folded into the bud.’’ The revisions would bring the standards for globe artichokes in line with current marketing practices, thereby improving their usefulness in serving the industry. DATES: Effective Date: February 23, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheri L. Emery, Standardization Section, Fresh Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 1661 South Building, STOP 0240, Washington, DC 20250–0240, Fax (202) 720–8871 or call (202) 720–2185; E-mail Cheri.Emery@usda.gov. The revised United States Standards for Grades of Globe Artichokes will be available either through the address cited above or by accessing the AMS, Fresh VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:44 Jan 23, 2006 Jkt 208001 Section 203(c) of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621–1627), as amended, directs and authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture ‘‘To develop and improve standards of quality, condition, quantity, grade and packaging and recommend and demonstrate such standards in order to encourage uniformity and consistency in commercial practices.’’ AMS is committed to carrying out this authority in a manner that facilitates the marketing of agricultural commodities and makes copies of official standards available upon request. The United States Standards for Grades of Fruits and Vegetables not connected with Federal Marketing Orders or U.S. Import Requirements, no longer appear in the Code of Federal Regulations, but are maintained by USDA/AMS/Fruit and Vegetable Programs. AMS is revising the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Globe Artichokes using procedures that appear in Part 36, Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Prior to undertaking work to develop a proposed revision to the standard, AMS published a notice on April 26, 2005, in the Federal Register (70 FR 21391) soliciting comments on a possible revision to the United States Standards for Grades of Globe Artichokes. After receiving comments, a second notice was published in the September 12, 2005, Federal Register (70 FR 53774) proposing to revise the standards by adding a new grade ‘‘U.S. No. 1 Long Stem’’ and further defining ‘‘fairly compact’’ by including a definition for ‘‘slightly spread.’’ In response to this notice AMS received one comment from an industry group supporting the proposed revision. The comment is available by accessing the AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ fpbdocketlist.htm. Based on comments received and information gathered, AMS believes the revision to the standards will bring the standards for globe artichokes in line with current marketing practices and thereby improve their usefulness. The official grade of a lot of globe artichokes covered by these standards is determined by the procedures set forth in the Regulations Governing Inspection, Certification, and Standards of Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Other Products (Sec. 51.1 to 51.61). PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The United States Standards for Grades of Globe Artichokes will become effective 30 days after the publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: January 18, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E6–785 Filed 1–23–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket Number FV–06–301] United States Standards for Grades of Mixed Commodities Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments on the proposed voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Mixed Commodities. This action is being taken at the request of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, which asked AMS to identify products that may be better served if grade standards are developed. The proposed standards would provide industry with a common language and uniform basis for trading, thus promoting orderly and efficient marketing of fresh produce shipments containing different commodities packaged in the same container. DATES: Comments must be received by March 27, 2006. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to the Standardization Section, Fresh Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 1661, South Building, Stop 0240, Washington, DC 20250–0240, fax (202) 720–8871, e-mail FPB.DocketClerk@usda.gov. Comments should make reference to the dates and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection in the above office during regular business hours and on the Internet. The draft of the proposed United States Standards for Grades of Mixed Commodities is available by accessing AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ fpbdocketlist.htm. E:\FR\FM\24JAN1.SGM 24JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 15 (Tuesday, January 24, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 3815-3816]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-782]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket Number FV-05-304]


United States Standards for Grades of Fresh Asparagus

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) is revising the voluntary United States Standards 
for Grades of Fresh Asparagus. Specifically, AMS is revising the 
standards to allow purple and white asparagus to be graded using the 
standards. This change will bring the standards for asparagus in line 
with current marketing practices, thereby, improving the usefulness of 
the standards in serving the industry.

DATES: Effective Date: February 23, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheri L. Emery, Standardization 
Section, Fresh Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 
Independence Ave., SW., Room 1661, South Building, Stop 0240, 
Washington, DC 20250-0240, (202) 720-2185, fax (202) 720-8871, or e-
mail Cheri.Emery@usda.gov. The revised United States Standards for 
Grades of Fresh Asparagus is available either from the above address or 
by accessing the AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site at: http://
www.ams.usda.gov/standards/stanfrfv.htm.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 203(c) of the Agricultural Marketing 
Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621-1627), as amended, directs and authorizes 
the Secretary of Agriculture ``To develop and improve standards of 
quality, condition, quantity, grade and packaging and recommend and 
demonstrate such standards in order to encourage uniformity and 
consistency in commercial practices.'' AMS is committed to carrying out 
this authority in a manner that facilitates the marketing of 
agricultural commodities and makes copies of official standards 
available upon request. The United States Standards for Grades of 
Fruits and Vegetables not connected with Federal Marketing Orders or 
U.S. Import Requirements, no longer appear in the Code of Federal 
Regulations, but are maintained by USDA/AMS/Fruit and Vegetable 
Programs.
    AMS is revising the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of 
Fresh Asparagus using the procedures that appear in Part 36, Title 7 of 
the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36).

Background

    Prior to undertaking detailed work to develop a proposed revision 
to the standards, AMS published a notice on March 29, 2005 in the 
Federal Register (70 FR 15817) soliciting comments on a possible 
revision of the United States Standards for Grades of Fresh Asparagus. 
Based on comments received and information gathered, a second notice 
was published on October 6, 2005 in the Federal Register (70 FR 58370) 
proposing to revise the standards to allow purple and white asparagus 
to be graded using the standards. In response to this notice AMS 
received two comments from Peruvian asparagus organizations supporting 
the proposed revision. The comments are available by accessing the AMS, 
Fresh Products Branch Web site at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/standards/
stanfrfv.htm
    The two comments from Peruvian asparagus organizations supporting 
the proposed revision stated that the revision would facilitate the 
marketing of fresh asparagus. Based on comments received and 
information gathered, AMS is revising the fresh asparagus standards to 
allow purple and white asparagus to be graded using the U.S. standards.
    The official grade of a lot of fresh asparagus covered by these 
standards will be determined by the procedures set forth in the 
Regulations Governing Inspection, Certification, and Standards

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of Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Other Products (Sec. 51.1 to 51.61).
    The United States Standards for Grades of Fresh Asparagus will be 
effective 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621-1627.

    Dated: January 18, 2006.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. E6-782 Filed 1-23-06; 8:45 am]
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