Emergency and Temporary Storage of Agricultural Commodities, 26772-26774 [E7-9121]

Download as PDF 26772 Notices Federal Register Vol. 72, No. 91 Friday, May 11, 2007 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 Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request ycherry on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES May 8, 2007. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. 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E7–9119 Filed 5–10–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation Emergency and Temporary Storage of Agricultural Commodities Commodity Credit Corporation, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is taking actions to ensure adequate availability of commercial warehouse storage space for the 2007 crops and for producers seeking warehouse-stored marketing assistance loans for eligible commodities. CCC is announcing authorization, under certain conditions, of emergency and temporary storage for the 2007 crops of wheat, corn, sorghum and feed grains, and temporary storage for the 2007 crops of soybeans, rice and other commodities deemed storable by CCC. The authorizations include agricultural commodities stored by E:\FR\FM\11MYN1.SGM 11MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 91 / Friday, May 11, 2007 / Notices warehouse operators licensed under the U.S. Warehouse Act (USWA) and those warehouse operators who store commodities pledged as collateral for Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) marketing assistance loans and issue warehouse receipts for such commodities in emergency or temporary storage. EFFECTIVE DATE: May 11, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roger Hinkle, Warehouse and Inventory Division, Farm Service Agency, United States Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 0553, Washington, DC 20250–0553, telephone (202) 720–7433, FAX (202) 690–3123, e-mail: Roger.Hinkle@wdc.usda.gov. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication for regulatory information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ycherry on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES Background To be eligible for a Marketing Assistance Loan under the loan provisions of 7 CFR part 1421, an eligible commodity must be stored in approved storage, which is either onfarm storage or an approved warehouse that meets the CCC standards for approval of warehouses. Further, in accordance with the CCC Charter Act (15 U.S.C. 714 et seq.), CCC enters into storage agreements with commercial warehouse operators to provide for the storage of commodities owned by CCC or pledged as security to CCC for marketing assistance loans. To ease the demands made on approved warehouse space for the 2007 crops, CCC will accept as collateral for marketing assistance loans the emergency and temporary storage of wheat, corn, sorghum and feed grains and temporary storage of soybeans, rice and other commodities deemed storable by CCC for which warehouse receipts are issued by a warehouse operator that is storing such commodity in emergency or temporary storage if the warehouse has executed a storage agreement with CCC and if the warehouse is either: 1. A federally-licensed warehouse under the USWA and is in compliance with the provisions of its USWA license; or 2. For all other warehouses, the warehouse operator is in compliance with State laws allowing emergency or temporary storage of such commodities. VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:09 May 10, 2007 Jkt 211001 USWA Emergency Storage Requirements Emergency storage is limited to wheat, corn, sorghum and feed grains unless otherwise allowed by the USWA. The warehouse operator may use such space from the time of initial licensing until March 31, 2008. Emergency storage space must be operated in conjunction with a USWA-licensed warehouse. In addition, warehouse operators requesting emergency storage space under the USWA must: 1. Receive USWA’s authorization for the use of emergency storage space; 2. Meet all USWA security, net worth, bonding, and insurance requirements as required for conventional storage space; 3. Provide written justification that a need for emergency storage exists in the local area including the exact location, kind of commodity and quantity requested; 4. Meet USWA’s requirement that emergency storage space be accessible for examination purposes; 5. Receive USWA authorization for the emergency storage space prior to using such space; 6. Maintain a separate inventory record of all commodities stored in emergency storage space, as well as accounting for such commodities in their Daily Position Record (DPR); 7. Agree that all emergency storage space will be deleted from the license no later than March 31, 2008; 8. Agree to move all commodities stored in emergency storage space into licensed space by that date; 9. Notify USWA in writing when commodities are moved into licensed space; and 10. If the warehouse chooses to continue using the emergency storage space for company-owned commodities after that date, the warehouse operator shall: • Remove that quantity of the commodity from the warehouse’s official records, • Not use the commodity to cover the storage or warehouse receipted obligations of the warehouse, and • Agree that the quantity will not be included in any warehouse examination conducted by CCC. USWA Temporary Storage Requirements The warehouse operator may use such space from the time of initial licensing until March 31, 2008, for soybeans, rice and other commodities deemed storable by CCC and until July 1, 2008, for wheat, corn, sorghum and feed grains. Temporary storage structures must be operated in conjunction with a USWAlicensed warehouse. In addition: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 26773 1. Asphalt, concrete, or other approved base material must be used; 2. Rigid self-supporting sidewalls must be used; 3. Aeration must be provided; 4. Acceptable covering, as determined by CCC, must be provided; 5. Receive USWA’s authorization for the use of temporary storage; 6. Meet all USWA security, net worth, bonding, and insurance requirements as required for conventional storage space; 7. Warehouse operators must maintain a separate record of all commodities stored in temporary storage space and must account for such commodities in their DPR; 8. Agree to move all commodities stored in temporary storage space into licensed space by its respective final date; 9. Notify USWA in writing when commodities are moved into licensed space; and 10. If the warehouse chooses to continue using the temporary storage space for company-owned commodities after that date, the warehouse operator shall: • Remove that quantity of the commodity from the warehouse’s official records, • Not use the commodity to cover the storage or warehouse receipted obligations of the warehouse, and • Agree that the quantity will not be included in any warehouse examination conducted by CCC. Application for Emergency and Temporary Storage USWA licensees should direct questions regarding the use of emergency or temporary storage to Terry Chapman, Chief, Licensing Branch, Warehouse License and Examination Division, at: Kansas City Commodity Office, Mail Stop 9148, P.O. Box 419205 Kansas City, MO 64141–6205, telephone: 816–926–6474; facsimile: 816–926–1774. E-mail: terry.chapman@kcc.usda.gov. All other warehouse operators should direct questions regarding the use of emergency or temporary storage to the Chief of the Storage Contract Branch, Bulk Commodities Division, Kansas City Commodity Office—MAIL STOP 8748, PO Box 419205, Kansas City, Missouri 64141–6205, Telephone: (816) 926– 6446—Facsimile: (816) 926–1426 or (816) 823–1804; E-mail: bcdscd@kcc.usda.gov. Warehouse Operator’s Liability The authorization and licensing of emergency and temporary storage space does not relieve warehouse operators of their obligations under the USWA. E:\FR\FM\11MYN1.SGM 11MYN1 26774 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 91 / Friday, May 11, 2007 / Notices Warehouse operators are responsible for the quantity and quality of commodities stored in emergency and temporary storage space to the same extent as their liability for licensed storage space. All commodities stored in emergency and temporary storage space are considered a part of the warehouse operator’s commingled inventory. Warehouse Security CCC strongly recommends that warehouse operators review their warehouse security plans and conduct a prudent risk assessment in connection with their application for emergency and temporary storage space. Warehouse operators may want to pay particular attention to threats that may not have been considered significant in the past and consider restricting access to facilities to authorized personnel only. Signed in Washington, DC, on April 26, 2007. Teresa C. Lasseter, Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation. [FR Doc. E7–9121 Filed 5–10–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Farm Service Agency Information Collection: Measurement Service Requests Farm Service Agency, USDA. Notice; Request for comments. AGENCY: ycherry on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES ACTION: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on a new information collection associated with the Measurement Service Requests. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received on or before July 10, 2007 to be assured consideration. ADDRESSES: The comments should be addressed to Sandy Bryant, Common Provisions Branch Chief, USDA, FSA, Farm Programs, Production Emergencies and Compliance Division, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 0517, Washington, DC 20250–0523. The comments also may be submitted by email to: Joe.Lewis@wdc.usda.gov. The comments should be also sent to the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joe Lewis, USDA, Farm Service Agency, Production Emergencies and VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:09 May 10, 2007 Jkt 211001 Compliance Division, (202) 720–0795 and Eloise.Taylor@wdc.usda.gov. Comments should include the OMB number and title of the information collection. Signed in Washington, DC on May 2, 2007. Teresa C. Lasseter, Administrator, Farm Service Agency. [FR Doc. E7–9077 Filed 5–10–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Description of Information Collection DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Title: Management Service Requests (FSA–409). OMB Control Number: 0560–NEW. Type of Request: New Information Collection. Abstract: The producers may request measurement services from the FSA using form FSA–409, Measurement Service Records. The measurement service requests, though not required for program participation, are customarily provided by the County Office. The request may include staking, and referencing and measurement after planting, and bin or quantity measurements in accordance with 7 CFR part 718. Information determined by the FSA during a farm visit for measurement services is reported on the FSA–409. Mandatory fees are assessed by the County Office to recover costs associated with a farm visit to perform these services. Estimate of Annual Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average .50 hours per response. Respondents: Producers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 135,000. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.0. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 20,250 hours. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. All comments received in response to this notice, including names and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. Comments will be summarized and included in the submission for Office of Management and Budget approval. 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Abstract: Section 602 of the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978, as amended, requires the reporting of information pertaining to contracts for export sale of certain specified agricultural commodities and other commodities that may be designated by the Secretary. In accordance with Sec. 602, individual weekly reports submitted shall remain confidential and shall be compiled and published in compilation form each week following the week of reporting. Any person who knowingly fails to report shall be fined not more than $25,000 or imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both. Regulations at 7 CFR part 20 implement the reporting requirements, and prescribe a system for reporting information pertaining to contracts for export sales. USDA’s export sales reporting system was created after the large unexpected purchase of U.S. wheat and corn by the E:\FR\FM\11MYN1.SGM 11MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 91 (Friday, May 11, 2007)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Commodity Credit Corporation


Emergency and Temporary Storage of Agricultural Commodities

AGENCY: Commodity Credit Corporation, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is taking actions to 
ensure adequate availability of commercial warehouse storage space for 
the 2007 crops and for producers seeking warehouse-stored marketing 
assistance loans for eligible commodities. CCC is announcing 
authorization, under certain conditions, of emergency and temporary 
storage for the 2007 crops of wheat, corn, sorghum and feed grains, and 
temporary storage for the 2007 crops of soybeans, rice and other 
commodities deemed storable by CCC. The authorizations include 
agricultural commodities stored by

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warehouse operators licensed under the U.S. Warehouse Act (USWA) and 
those warehouse operators who store commodities pledged as collateral 
for Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) marketing assistance loans and 
issue warehouse receipts for such commodities in emergency or temporary 
storage.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 11, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roger Hinkle, Warehouse and Inventory 
Division, Farm Service Agency, United States Department of Agriculture, 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 0553, Washington, DC 20250-0553, 
telephone (202) 720-7433, FAX (202) 690-3123, e-mail: 
Roger.Hinkle@wdc.usda.gov. Persons with disabilities who require 
alternative means for communication for regulatory information 
(Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET 
Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    To be eligible for a Marketing Assistance Loan under the loan 
provisions of 7 CFR part 1421, an eligible commodity must be stored in 
approved storage, which is either on-farm storage or an approved 
warehouse that meets the CCC standards for approval of warehouses. 
Further, in accordance with the CCC Charter Act (15 U.S.C. 714 et 
seq.), CCC enters into storage agreements with commercial warehouse 
operators to provide for the storage of commodities owned by CCC or 
pledged as security to CCC for marketing assistance loans. To ease the 
demands made on approved warehouse space for the 2007 crops, CCC will 
accept as collateral for marketing assistance loans the emergency and 
temporary storage of wheat, corn, sorghum and feed grains and temporary 
storage of soybeans, rice and other commodities deemed storable by CCC 
for which warehouse receipts are issued by a warehouse operator that is 
storing such commodity in emergency or temporary storage if the 
warehouse has executed a storage agreement with CCC and if the 
warehouse is either:
    1. A federally-licensed warehouse under the USWA and is in 
compliance with the provisions of its USWA license; or
    2. For all other warehouses, the warehouse operator is in 
compliance with State laws allowing emergency or temporary storage of 
such commodities.

USWA Emergency Storage Requirements

    Emergency storage is limited to wheat, corn, sorghum and feed 
grains unless otherwise allowed by the USWA. The warehouse operator may 
use such space from the time of initial licensing until March 31, 2008. 
Emergency storage space must be operated in conjunction with a USWA-
licensed warehouse. In addition, warehouse operators requesting 
emergency storage space under the USWA must:
    1. Receive USWA's authorization for the use of emergency storage 
space;
    2. Meet all USWA security, net worth, bonding, and insurance 
requirements as required for conventional storage space;
    3. Provide written justification that a need for emergency storage 
exists in the local area including the exact location, kind of 
commodity and quantity requested;
    4. Meet USWA's requirement that emergency storage space be 
accessible for examination purposes;
    5. Receive USWA authorization for the emergency storage space prior 
to using such space;
    6. Maintain a separate inventory record of all commodities stored 
in emergency storage space, as well as accounting for such commodities 
in their Daily Position Record (DPR);
    7. Agree that all emergency storage space will be deleted from the 
license no later than March 31, 2008;
    8. Agree to move all commodities stored in emergency storage space 
into licensed space by that date;
    9. Notify USWA in writing when commodities are moved into licensed 
space; and
    10. If the warehouse chooses to continue using the emergency 
storage space for company-owned commodities after that date, the 
warehouse operator shall:
     Remove that quantity of the commodity from the warehouse's 
official records,
     Not use the commodity to cover the storage or warehouse 
receipted obligations of the warehouse, and
     Agree that the quantity will not be included in any 
warehouse examination conducted by CCC.

USWA Temporary Storage Requirements

    The warehouse operator may use such space from the time of initial 
licensing until March 31, 2008, for soybeans, rice and other 
commodities deemed storable by CCC and until July 1, 2008, for wheat, 
corn, sorghum and feed grains. Temporary storage structures must be 
operated in conjunction with a USWA-licensed warehouse. In addition:
    1. Asphalt, concrete, or other approved base material must be used;
    2. Rigid self-supporting sidewalls must be used;
    3. Aeration must be provided;
    4. Acceptable covering, as determined by CCC, must be provided;
    5. Receive USWA's authorization for the use of temporary storage;
    6. Meet all USWA security, net worth, bonding, and insurance 
requirements as required for conventional storage space;
    7. Warehouse operators must maintain a separate record of all 
commodities stored in temporary storage space and must account for such 
commodities in their DPR;
    8. Agree to move all commodities stored in temporary storage space 
into licensed space by its respective final date;
    9. Notify USWA in writing when commodities are moved into licensed 
space; and
    10. If the warehouse chooses to continue using the temporary 
storage space for company-owned commodities after that date, the 
warehouse operator shall:
     Remove that quantity of the commodity from the warehouse's 
official records,
     Not use the commodity to cover the storage or warehouse 
receipted obligations of the warehouse, and
     Agree that the quantity will not be included in any 
warehouse examination conducted by CCC.

Application for Emergency and Temporary Storage

    USWA licensees should direct questions regarding the use of 
emergency or temporary storage to Terry Chapman, Chief, Licensing 
Branch, Warehouse License and Examination Division, at: Kansas City 
Commodity Office, Mail Stop 9148, P.O. Box 419205 Kansas City, MO 
64141-6205, telephone: 816-926-6474; facsimile: 816-926-1774. E-mail: 
terry.chapman@kcc.usda.gov.
    All other warehouse operators should direct questions regarding the 
use of emergency or temporary storage to the Chief of the Storage 
Contract Branch, Bulk Commodities Division, Kansas City Commodity 
Office--MAIL STOP 8748, PO Box 419205, Kansas City, Missouri 64141-
6205, Telephone: (816) 926-6446--Facsimile: (816) 926-1426 or (816) 
823-1804; E-mail: bcdscd@kcc.usda.gov.

Warehouse Operator's Liability

    The authorization and licensing of emergency and temporary storage 
space does not relieve warehouse operators of their obligations under 
the USWA.

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Warehouse operators are responsible for the quantity and quality of 
commodities stored in emergency and temporary storage space to the same 
extent as their liability for licensed storage space. All commodities 
stored in emergency and temporary storage space are considered a part 
of the warehouse operator's commingled inventory.

Warehouse Security

    CCC strongly recommends that warehouse operators review their 
warehouse security plans and conduct a prudent risk assessment in 
connection with their application for emergency and temporary storage 
space. Warehouse operators may want to pay particular attention to 
threats that may not have been considered significant in the past and 
consider restricting access to facilities to authorized personnel only.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on April 26, 2007.
Teresa C. Lasseter,
Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation.
[FR Doc. E7-9121 Filed 5-10-07; 8:45 am]
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