United States Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng, 75932 [E6-21568]

Download as PDF 75932 Notices Federal Register Vol. 71, No. 243 Tuesday, December 19, 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–06–311] United States Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is establishing voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng. AMS received a request from an industry group representing cultivated ginseng growers to develop a standard that will provide the industry with a common language and uniform basis for trading, thus promoting the orderly and efficient marketing of cultivated ginseng. DATES: Effective Date: January 18, 2007. 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 United States Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng are 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. 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 hsrobinson on PROD1PC76 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:07 Dec 18, 2006 Jkt 211001 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 established voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng using the procedures that appear in Part 36, Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36). Background AMS received a request from an industry group representing cultivated ginseng growers to develop a standard that will provide a common language for trade and a means of measuring value in the marketing of cultivated ginseng. Based on information gathered and comments rendered by the industry, AMS developed a proposed U.S. Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng. The proposed standards contained the following grades, as well as a range of numerical values for each grade: U.S. Premium, U.S. Select, U.S. Medium and U.S. Standard. In addition, proposed basic requirements for all grades, size, sample size, color, wrinkle and a definitions section would be established. On June 28, 2006, AMS published a notice in the Federal Register (71 FR 36753), soliciting comments on the proposed United States Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng. In response to the notice, comments were received from two industry groups. One comment from an industry group was in favor of the standards as proposed. Another comment was also in favor of the proposed standards. However, they suggested that the section concerning Sample and Sample Size should be changed, and the words ‘‘at least’’ be added to the sample size to allow for any needed adjustments by the inspector while performing inspections. AMS agrees with this comment, because adjustments in the sample size may be necessary when performing the inspection. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Consequently, AMS has added the wording ‘‘minimum’’ to the section. The comments are available by accessing the AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site at: http:// www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ fpbdocketlist.htm. The adoption of the U.S. grade standards will provide the cultivated ginseng industry with U.S. grade standards similar to those extensively in use by the fresh produce industry to assist in orderly marketing of other commodities. The official grade of a lot of cultivated ginseng covered by these standards will be 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). The United States Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng will be effective 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: December 13, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E6–21568 Filed 12–18–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket No. FV–06–378] Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice is to notify all interested parties that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will hold a Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (Committee) meeting that is open to the public. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the Committee to examine the full spectrum of issues faced by the fruit and vegetable industry and to provide suggestions and ideas to the Secretary of Agriculture on how USDA can tailor its programs to meet the fruit and vegetable industry’s needs. This notice sets forth the schedule and location for the meeting. E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1

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Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 243 / Tuesday, December 19, 2006 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket No. FV-06-311]


United States Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) is establishing voluntary United States Standards 
for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng. AMS received a request from an 
industry group representing cultivated ginseng growers to develop a 
standard that will provide the industry with a common language and 
uniform basis for trading, thus promoting the orderly and efficient 
marketing of cultivated ginseng.

DATES: Effective Date: January 18, 2007.

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 United States Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng are 
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 established voluntary United States Standards for Grades of 
Cultivated Ginseng using the procedures that appear in Part 36, Title 7 
of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36).

Background

    AMS received a request from an industry group representing 
cultivated ginseng growers to develop a standard that will provide a 
common language for trade and a means of measuring value in the 
marketing of cultivated ginseng. Based on information gathered and 
comments rendered by the industry, AMS developed a proposed U.S. 
Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng. The proposed standards 
contained the following grades, as well as a range of numerical values 
for each grade: U.S. Premium, U.S. Select, U.S. Medium and U.S. 
Standard. In addition, proposed basic requirements for all grades, 
size, sample size, color, wrinkle and a definitions section would be 
established.
    On June 28, 2006, AMS published a notice in the Federal Register 
(71 FR 36753), soliciting comments on the proposed United States 
Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng.
    In response to the notice, comments were received from two industry 
groups. One comment from an industry group was in favor of the 
standards as proposed. Another comment was also in favor of the 
proposed standards. However, they suggested that the section concerning 
Sample and Sample Size should be changed, and the words ``at least'' be 
added to the sample size to allow for any needed adjustments by the 
inspector while performing inspections. AMS agrees with this comment, 
because adjustments in the sample size may be necessary when performing 
the inspection. Consequently, AMS has added the wording ``minimum'' to 
the section.
    The comments are available by accessing the AMS, Fresh Products 
Branch Web site at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/fpbdocketlist.htm.
    The adoption of the U.S. grade standards will provide the 
cultivated ginseng industry with U.S. grade standards similar to those 
extensively in use by the fresh produce industry to assist in orderly 
marketing of other commodities.
    The official grade of a lot of cultivated ginseng covered by these 
standards will be 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).
    The United States Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng will 
be effective 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register.

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

    Dated: December 13, 2006.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
 [FR Doc. E6-21568 Filed 12-18-06; 8:45 am]
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