Notice of Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board, 14493-14494 [06-2788]

Download as PDF 14493 Notices Federal Register Vol. 71, No. 55 Wednesday, March 22, 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. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket No. FV–06–337] United States Standards for Grades of Canned Fruits for Salad, and United States Standards for Grades of Canned Fruit Cocktail Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice; correction. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The United States Standards for Grades of Canned Fruits for Salad, and United States Standards for Grades of Canned Fruit Cocktail are revised to reflect the change in the character classification for Grade ‘‘B’’ canned pears made previously in the United States Standards for Grades of Canned Pears. DATES: United States Standards for Grades of Canned Fruits for Salad and United States Standards for Grades of Canned Fruit Cocktail is changed by adding the statement ‘‘the units are reasonably tender or tenderness may be variable within the unit.’’ This change will affect section 52.3843 Character(c)(3) of the Canned Fruits for Salads and section 52.1063 Character (c)(2) of the Canned Fruit Cocktail. Revised copies of the U.S. grade standards are located on the Web site at https://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ppb.html and are available from Inspection and Standardization Section, Processed Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 0709, South Building; STOP 0247, Washington, DC 20250; telephone: (202) 720–5021 or fax (202) 690–1527. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen L. Kaufman, (202) 720–5021, or email karen.kaufman@usda.gov. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: March 17, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E6–4157 Filed 3–21–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P Effective April 21, 2006. cprice-sewell on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Amendment for Character Classification DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE A Notice was published in the Federal Register, (69 FR 63612) dated October 29, 2004, revising the United States Standards for Grades of Canned Pears, issued under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621– 1627) effective November 29, 2004. This change affected the character classification for Grade ‘‘B’’ slices and diced for canned pears to read ‘‘the units are reasonably tender or tenderness may be variable within the unit.’’ A conforming change to the United States Standard for Grades of Canned Fruits for Salad and the United States Standards for Grades of Canned Fruit Cocktail should have been changed in this regard. Accordingly, the Notice published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2004, at 69 FR 63612 is corrected by adding a conforming change to provide that the Grade ‘‘B’’ character classification of canned pears for the Agricultural Marketing Service VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:47 Mar 21, 2006 Jkt 208001 [Doc. No. TM–06–07] Notice of Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a forthcoming meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). DATES: The meeting dates are Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, April 20, 2006, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Requests from individuals and organizations wishing to make an oral presentation at the meeting are due by the close of business on April 7, 2006. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The meeting will take place at the Ramada Conference Center, 1450 South Atherton Street, State College, PA. Requests for copies of the NOSB meeting agenda, requests to make an oral presentation at the meeting, or written comments may be sent to Ms. Katherine Benham at USDA–AMS– TMD–NOP, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 4008-So., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250–0200. Requests to make an oral presentation at the meeting may also be sent via facsimile to Ms. Katherine Benham at (202) 205–7808 or electronically to Ms. Katherine Benham at Katherine.benham@usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katherine E. Benham, Advisory Board Specialist, National Organic Program, (202) 205–7806. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 2119 (7 U.S.C. 6518) of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA), as amended (7 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.) requires the establishment of the NOSB. The purpose of the NOSB is to make recommendations about whether a substance should be allowed or prohibited in organic production or handling, to assist in the development of standards for substances to be used in organic production, and to advise the Secretary on other aspects of the implementation of the OFPA. The NOSB met for the first time in Washington, DC, in March 1992, and currently has six committees working on various aspects of the organic program. The committees are: Compliance, Accreditation, and Certification; Crops; Livestock; Materials; Handling; and Policy Development. In August of 1994, the NOSB provided its initial recommendations for the National Organic Program (NOP) to the Secretary of Agriculture. Since that time, the NOSB has submitted 99 addenda to its recommendations and reviewed more than 269 substances for inclusion on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The last meeting of the NOSB was held on November 16–17, 2005, in Washington, DC. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its final National Organic Program regulation in the Federal Register on December 21, 2000, (65 FR 80548). The rule became effective April 21, 2001. ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1 cprice-sewell on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 14494 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 55 / Wednesday, March 22, 2006 / Notices The principal purposes of the meeting are to provide an opportunity for the NOSB to receive an update from the USDA/NOP and hear progress reports from NOSB committees regarding work plan items and proposed action items. The NOSB will receive presentations from the Aquaculture Working Group and Pet Food Task Force. The NOSB subcommittees (Crops, Livestock, and Handling Committees) will also present for, full NOSB consideration, recommendations concerning the continued use or prohibition of 29 substances being reviewed under the OFPA’s sunset provisions for the National List. The NOSB will vote on these recommendations. The OFPA authorized a National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The Act also provides that no allowed or prohibited substance would remain on the National List for a period exceeding 5 years unless the exemption or prohibition is reviewed and recommended for renewal by the NOSB and adopted by the Secretary of Agriculture. This expiration is commonly referred to as sunset of the National List. The National List was implemented on October 21, 2002, and contained over 170 substances. This first sunset of the National List triggers a review process that must be concluded no later than October 21, 2007. If renewal is not concluded by that date, the use or prohibition of hundreds of materials will no longer be valid for the organic industry, causing most if not all of the organic industry to be in noncompliance with the National Organic Standards. Because this first sunset process involves Federal rulemaking, the NOSB and the NOP has issued guidance and begun work on the National List Sunset process in order to avoid expiration of the National List on October 21, 2007. At its November 16– 17, 2005, meeting in Washington, DC, the NOSB recommended that the Secretary continue the use of 143 substances in organic crop and livestock production and handling. The NOSB recommended not renewing the listing of one substance, potassium tartrate made from tartaric acid. The substance appears twice on the Nation List, with two different names. The NOSB recommended removing it because of redundancy. The Handling Committee will discuss its continued work on determining when a product is agricultural versus nonagricultural. The Materials and Handling Committees will discuss NOP feedback regarding guidance for making determinations on whether a substance is synthetic or non-synthetic. Finally, the Policy Development and Handling VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:47 Mar 21, 2006 Jkt 208001 Committees will present, for full NOSB consideration, a recommendation for facilitating determinations regarding the commercial availability of organic agricultural ingredients. For further information, see https:// www.ams.usda.gov/nop. Copies of the NOSB meeting agenda can be requested from Ms. Katherine Benham by telephone at (202) 205–7806; or by accessing the NOP Web site at https:// www.ams.usda.gov/nop. The Meeting is Open to the Public. The NOSB has scheduled time for public input for Wednesday, April 19, 2006, from 2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., and Thursday, April 20, 2006, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individuals and organizations wishing to make an oral presentation at the meeting may forward their request by mail, facsimile, or e-mail to Katherine Benham at addresses listed in ADDRESSES above. Individuals or organizations will be given approximately 5 minutes to present their views. All persons making an oral presentation are requested to provide their comments in writing. Written submissions may contain information other than that presented at the oral presentation. Written comments may also be submitted at the meeting. Persons submitting written comments at the meeting are asked to provide 30 copies. Interested persons may visit the NOSB portion of the NOP Web site https://www.ams.usda.gov/nop to view available documents prior to the meeting. Approximately 6 weeks following the meeting interested persons will be able to visit the NOSB portion of the NOP Web site to view documents from the meeting. Dated: March 17, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 06–2788 Filed 3–21–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Fishel Vegetation and Transportation Management Project; ChequamegonNicolet National Forest, Vilas and Forest Counties, WI Forest Service, USDA. Notice of intent to prepare Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: ACTION: Authority: The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321–4346); Council on Environmental quality Regulations, title 40, PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Code of Federal Regulations, parts 1500–1508 (40 CFR parts 1500–1508); and U.S. Department of Agriculture NEPA Regulations, part 1b (7 CFR part 1b). SUMMARY: The Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to document the analysis and disclose the environmental impacts of proposed actions to harvest trees and associated transportation management activities. The purpose and need identified for the Fishel project area is to: Improve structural diversity (age/size class) and species diversity in the northern hardwood interior block habitats and maintain forest composition while improving riparian habitat, contributing toward satisfying demand for timber products, and to provide an efficient road system that will meet long-term transportation needs to move the Fishel project area towards the desired conditions as described in the 2004 Forest Plan. Actions are proposed to meet or move towards meeting Forest Plan goals 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 2.5, 3.1, as well as meet Forest Plan objectives through design features and treatment mitigation. The project area is located on public lands administered by the Eagle RiverFlorence Ranger District approximately 30 miles northeast of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. It is located approximately 10 miles northeast of Eagle River, bordered on the west and north by Big Sand Lake and the Michigan border, on the east by State highway 55 and on the south by State Highway 70. No Action is one alternative that will be considered. Additional alternatives will be formulated based on public issues, and response analysis. The proposed action involves harvesting approximately 16.9 MMBF (million board feet) of green trees from approximately 5,517 acres within an analysis area of about 35,200 acres. Harvest of trees would be by ground based (tractor) methods during the winter months. Most harvested areas would be open to natural regeneration with some areas planted to longer lived white pine near trout streams, and jack pine for age class diversity. Road work would include construction of 2.1 miles of new road and 23.7 miles of road reconstruction to access harvest activity stands. The transportation management proposal includes construction of 2.1 miles of new road, 23.7 miles of road reconstruction and 44.6 miles of road decommissioning to move towards the road densities identified in the Forest Plan. After the project is completed, approximately 107 miles of existing E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 55 (Wednesday, March 22, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14493-14494]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-2788]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. TM-06-07]


Notice of Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as 
amended, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a 
forthcoming meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

DATES: The meeting dates are Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 1 p.m. to 5 
p.m.; and Thursday, April 20, 2006, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Requests from 
individuals and organizations wishing to make an oral presentation at 
the meeting are due by the close of business on April 7, 2006.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Ramada Conference Center, 
1450 South Atherton Street, State College, PA. Requests for copies of 
the NOSB meeting agenda, requests to make an oral presentation at the 
meeting, or written comments may be sent to Ms. Katherine Benham at 
USDA-AMS-TMD-NOP, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 4008-So., Ag Stop 
0268, Washington, DC 20250-0200. Requests to make an oral presentation 
at the meeting may also be sent via facsimile to Ms. Katherine Benham 
at (202) 205-7808 or electronically to Ms. Katherine Benham at 
Katherine.benham@usda.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katherine E. Benham, Advisory Board 
Specialist, National Organic Program, (202) 205-7806.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 2119 (7 U.S.C. 6518) of the Organic 
Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA), as amended (7 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.) 
requires the establishment of the NOSB. The purpose of the NOSB is to 
make recommendations about whether a substance should be allowed or 
prohibited in organic production or handling, to assist in the 
development of standards for substances to be used in organic 
production, and to advise the Secretary on other aspects of the 
implementation of the OFPA. The NOSB met for the first time in 
Washington, DC, in March 1992, and currently has six committees working 
on various aspects of the organic program. The committees are: 
Compliance, Accreditation, and Certification; Crops; Livestock; 
Materials; Handling; and Policy Development.
    In August of 1994, the NOSB provided its initial recommendations 
for the National Organic Program (NOP) to the Secretary of Agriculture. 
Since that time, the NOSB has submitted 99 addenda to its 
recommendations and reviewed more than 269 substances for inclusion on 
the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The last 
meeting of the NOSB was held on November 16-17, 2005, in Washington, 
DC.
    The Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its final National 
Organic Program regulation in the Federal Register on December 21, 
2000, (65 FR 80548). The rule became effective April 21, 2001.

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    The principal purposes of the meeting are to provide an opportunity 
for the NOSB to receive an update from the USDA/NOP and hear progress 
reports from NOSB committees regarding work plan items and proposed 
action items. The NOSB will receive presentations from the Aquaculture 
Working Group and Pet Food Task Force. The NOSB subcommittees (Crops, 
Livestock, and Handling Committees) will also present for, full NOSB 
consideration, recommendations concerning the continued use or 
prohibition of 29 substances being reviewed under the OFPA's sunset 
provisions for the National List. The NOSB will vote on these 
recommendations.
    The OFPA authorized a National List of Allowed and Prohibited 
Substances. The Act also provides that no allowed or prohibited 
substance would remain on the National List for a period exceeding 5 
years unless the exemption or prohibition is reviewed and recommended 
for renewal by the NOSB and adopted by the Secretary of Agriculture. 
This expiration is commonly referred to as sunset of the National List. 
The National List was implemented on October 21, 2002, and contained 
over 170 substances. This first sunset of the National List triggers a 
review process that must be concluded no later than October 21, 2007. 
If renewal is not concluded by that date, the use or prohibition of 
hundreds of materials will no longer be valid for the organic industry, 
causing most if not all of the organic industry to be in noncompliance 
with the National Organic Standards. Because this first sunset process 
involves Federal rulemaking, the NOSB and the NOP has issued guidance 
and begun work on the National List Sunset process in order to avoid 
expiration of the National List on October 21, 2007. At its November 
16-17, 2005, meeting in Washington, DC, the NOSB recommended that the 
Secretary continue the use of 143 substances in organic crop and 
livestock production and handling. The NOSB recommended not renewing 
the listing of one substance, potassium tartrate made from tartaric 
acid. The substance appears twice on the Nation List, with two 
different names. The NOSB recommended removing it because of 
redundancy.
    The Handling Committee will discuss its continued work on 
determining when a product is agricultural versus nonagricultural. The 
Materials and Handling Committees will discuss NOP feedback regarding 
guidance for making determinations on whether a substance is synthetic 
or non-synthetic. Finally, the Policy Development and Handling 
Committees will present, for full NOSB consideration, a recommendation 
for facilitating determinations regarding the commercial availability 
of organic agricultural ingredients.
    For further information, see https://www.ams.usda.gov/nop. Copies of 
the NOSB meeting agenda can be requested from Ms. Katherine Benham by 
telephone at (202) 205-7806; or by accessing the NOP Web site at http:/
/www.ams.usda.gov/nop.
    The Meeting is Open to the Public. The NOSB has scheduled time for 
public input for Wednesday, April 19, 2006, from 2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., 
and Thursday, April 20, 2006, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individuals and 
organizations wishing to make an oral presentation at the meeting may 
forward their request by mail, facsimile, or e-mail to Katherine Benham 
at addresses listed in ADDRESSES above. Individuals or organizations 
will be given approximately 5 minutes to present their views. All 
persons making an oral presentation are requested to provide their 
comments in writing. Written submissions may contain information other 
than that presented at the oral presentation.
    Written comments may also be submitted at the meeting. Persons 
submitting written comments at the meeting are asked to provide 30 
copies.
    Interested persons may visit the NOSB portion of the NOP Web site 
https://www.ams.usda.gov/nop to view available documents prior to the 
meeting. Approximately 6 weeks following the meeting interested persons 
will be able to visit the NOSB portion of the NOP Web site to view 
documents from the meeting.

    Dated: March 17, 2006.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 06-2788 Filed 3-21-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-02-P