Section 610 Review; Egg Research and Promotion Program, 77245-77246 [E6-22039]

Download as PDF 77245 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 71, No. 247 Tuesday, December 26, 2006 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. I Accordingly, 7 CFR part 1218 is corrected by making the following correcting amendments: The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. Prices of new books are listed in the first FEDERAL REGISTER issue of each week. PART 1218—BLUEBERRY PROMOTION, RESEARCH, AND INFORMATION Subpart A—Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 1. The authority citation for part 1218 continues to read as follows: I Agricultural Marketing Service Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7401–7425. 2. The undesignated center heading preceding § 1218.40 is revised to read as follows: I 7 CFR Part 1218 [Doc. No. FV–06–0215; FV–03–701] Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Amendment No. 2 to Change the Name of the U.S.A. Cultivated Blueberry Council and Increase Membership; Correction Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Correcting Amendments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service published in the Federal Register on August 7, 2006, a final rule that changed the title of the U.S.A. Cultivated Blueberry Council (USACBC) to the ‘‘U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council’’ (Council) and added a member and alternate to represent the state of Washington. However, inaccurate amendatory language was used to make the change to the Council’s name. In addition, an incorrect acronym used in § 1218.78 prevented its removal and replacement and a heading preceding § 1218.40 in the final rule was published with a repetitive word. This document corrects the error. DATES: Effective on September 6, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah S. Simmons, Research and Promotion Branch, FV, AMS, USDA, Stop 0244, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 0635–S, Washington, DC 20250–0244, telephone (202) 720–9915, fax (202) 205–2800, or e-mail deborah.simmons@usda.gov. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with RULES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 1218 Administrative practice and procedure, Advertising, Blueberries, Consumer information, Marketing agreements, Blueberry promotion VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:12 Dec 22, 2006 Jkt 211001 U.S. HIGHBUSH BLUEBERRY COUNCIL §§ 1218.42, 1218.43, 1218.44, 1218.45, 1218.46, 1218.47, 1218.48, 1218.50, 1218.51, 1218.52, 1218.53, 1218.54, 1218.55, 1218.56, 1218.60, 1218.62, 1218.70, 1218.73, 1218.75, and 1218.77 [Amended] 3. In §§ 1218.42, 1218.43, 1218.44, 1218.45, 1218.46, 1218.47, 1218.48, 1218.50, 1218.51, 1218.52, 1218.53, 1218.54, 1218.55, 1218.56, 1218.60, 1218.62, 1218.70, 1218.73, 1218.75, and 1218.77, ‘‘USACBC’’ is removed and the word ‘‘Council’’ is added in its place. I § 1218.78 [Amended] 4. In § 1218.78, ‘‘USABC’’ is removed and the word ‘‘Council’’ is added in its place. I Dated: December 20, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 06–9862 Filed 12–22–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 1250 [Docket No. PY–05–005] Section 610 Review; Egg Research and Promotion Program Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Confirmation of regulations. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This document summarizes the results of an Agricultural Marketing PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Service’s (AMS) review of the Egg Research and Promotion Program (conducted under the Egg Research and Promotion Order), under the criteria contained in Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA). Based upon its review, AMS has determined that the Order should be continued without change. ADDRESSES: Interested persons may obtain a copy of the review. Requests for copies should be sent to Angela C. Snyder, Chief, Research and Promotion, Office of the Deputy Administrator, Poultry Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.; STOP 0256, Room 3932– South; Washington, DC 20250–0256; (202) 720–0623; fax (202) 720–5631; email: angie.snyder@usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angela C. Snyder, Chief, Research and Promotion, Office of the Deputy Administrator, Poultry Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.; STOP 0256, Room 3932–South; Washington, DC 20250–0256; (202) 720–0623; fax (202) 720–5631; e-mail: angie.snyder@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Egg Research and Consumer Information Act of 1974, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.), authorized the Egg Research and Promotion Order (7 CFR part 1250), which is industry-operated and funded with oversight by USDA. The Egg Research and Promotion Order’s objective is to establish, finance, and carry out promotion, research, and education programs to improve, maintain, and develop markets for eggs, egg products, spent fowl, and products of spent fowl. The Program became effective on August 1, 1976, when the Egg Research and Promotion Order (7 CFR part 1250) was implemented. In accordance with the legislation, the American Egg Board was established, and assessments at 5 cents per 30-dozen case of commercial eggs soon began to be levied. Since that time, assessments have fluctuated from 21⁄2 cents per 30-dozen case of eggs to the current 10 cents per 30-dozen case approved by producer referendum in 1994. Assessments collected under this program are used to carry out promotion, research, and education E:\FR\FM\26DER1.SGM 26DER1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with RULES 77246 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 247 / Tuesday, December 26, 2006 / Rules and Regulations programs to improve, maintain, and develop markets for eggs, egg products, spent fowl, and products of spent fowl. The Program is administered by the American Egg Board, which is composed of egg producers and egg producer representatives. Each of the 18 members and their specific alternates are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture from nominations submitted by certified producer organizations. The Secretary annually appoints half of the Board, nine members and nine alternates, for 2-year terms. AMS published in the Federal Register (64 FR 8014) its plan to review certain regulations, including the Egg Research and Promotion Order, under the criteria contained in section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612). An updated plan was published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2003 (68 FR 48573). A notice of review and request for written comments on the Order was published in the February 6, 2006, issue of the Federal Register (71 FR 6021). No comments were received. The review was undertaken to determine whether the Order should be continued without change, amended, or rescinded (consistent with the objectives of the Egg Research and Consumer Information Act of 1974) to minimize the impacts on small entities. In conducting this review, AMD considered the following factors: (1) The continued need for the Order; (2) the nature of complaints or comments received from the public concerning the Order; (3) the complexity of the Order; (4) the extent to which the Order overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with other Federal rules, and, to the extent feasible, with State and local governmental rules; and (5) 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. Currently, there are approximately 260 producers covered under the Order. AMS provides Federal oversight of the egg research and promotion program. The Order is not unduly complex, and AMS has not identified regulations that duplicate, overlap, or conflict with the Order. Over the years, regulation changes have been made to address industry operation changes and to improve program administration. The goal of these evaluations is to assure that the Order and the regulations implemented under it fit the needs of the industry and are consistent with the Act. Based upon the review, AMS has determined that the Order should be continued without change. AMS plans VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:12 Dec 22, 2006 Jkt 211001 to continue working with the egg industry in maintaining an effective program. Dated: December 19, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E6–22039 Filed 12–22–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM 12 CFR Part 203 [Regulation C; Docket No. R–1275] Home Mortgage Disclosure Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. ACTION: Final rule; staff commentary. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Board is publishing a final rule amending the staff commentary that interprets the requirements of Regulation C (Home Mortgage Disclosure). The staff commentary is amended to increase the asset-size exemption threshold for depository institutions based on the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. The adjustment from $35 million to $36 million reflects the increase of that index by 3.32 percent during the twelvemonth period ending in November 2006. Thus, depository institutions with assets of $36 million or less as of December 31, 2006, are exempt from collecting data in 2007. DATES: Effective January 1, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John C. Wood, Kathleen C. Ryan, or Dan S. Sokolov, Counsels, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, at (202) 452–3667; for users of Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) only, contact (202) 263–4869. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA; 12 U.S.C. 2801 et seq.) requires most mortgage lenders located in metropolitan areas to collect data about their housing-related lending activity. Annually, lenders must report that data to their federal supervisory agencies and make the data available to the public. The Board’s Regulation C (12 CFR part 203) implements HMDA. Prior to 1997, HMDA exempted depository institutions with assets totaling $10 million or less, as of the preceding year-end. Provisions of the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 (codified at 12 U.S.C. 2808(b)) amended HMDA to expand the exemption for PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 small depository institutions. The statutory amendment increased the asset-size exemption threshold by requiring a one-time adjustment of the $10 million figure based on the percentage by which the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPIW) for 1996 exceeded the CPIW for 1975, and provided for annual adjustments thereafter based on the annual percentage increase in the CPIW. The one-time adjustment increased the exemption threshold to $28 million for 1997 data collection. Section 203.2(e)(1)(i) of Regulation C provides that the Board will adjust the threshold based on the year-to-year change in the average of the CPIW, not seasonally adjusted, for each twelvemonth period ending in November, rounded to the nearest million. Pursuant to this section, the Board has adjusted the threshold annually, as appropriate. For 2006, the threshold was $35 million. During the twelve-month period ending in November 2006, the CPIW increased by 3.32 percent. As a result, the exemption threshold is raised to $36 million. Thus, depository institutions with assets of $36 million or less as of December 31, 2006, are exempt from collecting data in 2007. An institution’s exemption from collecting data in 2007 does not affect its responsibility to report data it was required to collect in 2006. Final Rule Under the Administrative Procedure Act, notice and opportunity for public comment are not required if the Board finds that notice and public comment are unnecessary. 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B). The amendment in this notice is technical. Comment 2(e)–2 to section 203.2 of the regulation is amended to implement the increase in the exemption threshold. This amendment merely applies the formula established by Regulation C for determining adjustments to the exemption threshold. For these reasons, the Board has determined that publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking and providing opportunity for public comment are unnecessary. Therefore, the amendment is adopted in final form. List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 203 Banks, Banking, Federal Reserve System, Mortgages, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Board amends 12 CFR part 203 as follows: I E:\FR\FM\26DER1.SGM 26DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

7 CFR Part 1250

[Docket No. PY-05-005]


Section 610 Review; Egg Research and Promotion Program

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Confirmation of regulations.

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SUMMARY: This document summarizes the results of an Agricultural 
Marketing Service's (AMS) review of the Egg Research and Promotion 
Program (conducted under the Egg Research and Promotion Order), under 
the criteria contained in Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act 
(RFA). Based upon its review, AMS has determined that the Order should 
be continued without change.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons may obtain a copy of the review. Requests 
for copies should be sent to Angela C. Snyder, Chief, Research and 
Promotion, Office of the Deputy Administrator, Poultry Programs, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 
Independence Avenue, SW.; STOP 0256, Room 3932-South; Washington, DC 
20250-0256; (202) 720-0623; fax (202) 720-5631; e-mail: 
angie.snyder@usda.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angela C. Snyder, Chief, Research and 
Promotion, Office of the Deputy Administrator, Poultry Programs, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 
Independence Avenue, SW.; STOP 0256, Room 3932-South; Washington, DC 
20250-0256; (202) 720-0623; fax (202) 720-5631; e-mail: 
angie.snyder@usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Egg Research and Consumer Information 
Act of 1974, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.), authorized the Egg 
Research and Promotion Order (7 CFR part 1250), which is industry-
operated and funded with oversight by USDA. The Egg Research and 
Promotion Order's objective is to establish, finance, and carry out 
promotion, research, and education programs to improve, maintain, and 
develop markets for eggs, egg products, spent fowl, and products of 
spent fowl.
    The Program became effective on August 1, 1976, when the Egg 
Research and Promotion Order (7 CFR part 1250) was implemented. In 
accordance with the legislation, the American Egg Board was 
established, and assessments at 5 cents per 30-dozen case of commercial 
eggs soon began to be levied. Since that time, assessments have 
fluctuated from 2\1/2\ cents per 30-dozen case of eggs to the current 
10 cents per 30-dozen case approved by producer referendum in 1994.
    Assessments collected under this program are used to carry out 
promotion, research, and education

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programs to improve, maintain, and develop markets for eggs, egg 
products, spent fowl, and products of spent fowl.
    The Program is administered by the American Egg Board, which is 
composed of egg producers and egg producer representatives. Each of the 
18 members and their specific alternates are appointed by the Secretary 
of Agriculture from nominations submitted by certified producer 
organizations. The Secretary annually appoints half of the Board, nine 
members and nine alternates, for 2-year terms.
    AMS published in the Federal Register (64 FR 8014) its plan to 
review certain regulations, including the Egg Research and Promotion 
Order, under the criteria contained in section 610 of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612). An updated plan was published in 
the Federal Register on August 14, 2003 (68 FR 48573).
    A notice of review and request for written comments on the Order 
was published in the February 6, 2006, issue of the Federal Register 
(71 FR 6021). No comments were received.
    The review was undertaken to determine whether the Order should be 
continued without change, amended, or rescinded (consistent with the 
objectives of the Egg Research and Consumer Information Act of 1974) to 
minimize the impacts on small entities. In conducting this review, AMD 
considered the following factors: (1) The continued need for the Order; 
(2) the nature of complaints or comments received from the public 
concerning the Order; (3) the complexity of the Order; (4) the extent 
to which the Order overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with other 
Federal rules, and, to the extent feasible, with State and local 
governmental rules; and (5) 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.
    Currently, there are approximately 260 producers covered under the 
Order. AMS provides Federal oversight of the egg research and promotion 
program. The Order is not unduly complex, and AMS has not identified 
regulations that duplicate, overlap, or conflict with the Order. Over 
the years, regulation changes have been made to address industry 
operation changes and to improve program administration. The goal of 
these evaluations is to assure that the Order and the regulations 
implemented under it fit the needs of the industry and are consistent 
with the Act. Based upon the review, AMS has determined that the Order 
should be continued without change. AMS plans to continue working with 
the egg industry in maintaining an effective program.

    Dated: December 19, 2006.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
 [FR Doc. E6-22039 Filed 12-22-06; 8:45 am]
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