User Fees for 2008 Crop Cotton Classification Services to Growers, 20842-20843 [08-1148]

Download as PDF 20842 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 73, No. 75 Thursday, April 17, 2008 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 28 [AMS–CN–07–0092; CN–08–001] 0581–AC80 User Fees for 2008 Crop Cotton Classification Services to Growers Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Proposed rule. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with PROPOSALS AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing to raise user fees for cotton producers for 2008 crop cotton classification services under the Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act. These user fees also are authorized under the Cotton Standards Act of 1923. The 2007 user fee for this classification service was $1.85 per bale. This proposal would raise the fee for the 2008 crop to $2 per bale. The proposed fee and the existing reserve are sufficient to cover the costs of providing classification services, including costs for administration and supervision. DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 2, 2008. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this proposed rule to Darryl Earnest, Deputy Administrator, Cotton and Tobacco Programs, AMS, USDA, STOP 0224, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250– 0224. Comments should be submitted in triplicate. Comments may also be submitted electronically to: http:// www.regulations.gov. All comments should reference the docket number and the date and the page of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be available for public inspection during regular business hours at the above office in Room 2639—South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. A copy of this notice may be found at: http:// VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:22 Apr 16, 2008 Jkt 214001 www.ams.usda.gov/cotton/ rulemaking.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Darryl Earnest, Deputy Administrator, Cotton and Tobacco Programs, AMS, USDA, Room 2639–S, STOP 0224, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–0224. Telephone (202) 720–2145, facsimile (202) 690–1718, or e-mail darryl.earnest@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Order 12866 This proposed rule has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866; and, therefore, has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). services. (The 2007 user fee for classification services was $1.85 per bale; the fee for the 2008 crop would be increased to $2.00 per bale; the 2008 crop is estimated at 14,000,000 bales). (2) The fee for services will not affect competition in the marketplace; and (3) The use of classification services is voluntary. For the 2007 crop, 19,033,000 bales were produced; and, almost all of these bales were voluntarily submitted by growers for the classification service. (4) Based on the average price paid to growers for cotton from the 2006 crop of 47.3 cents per pound, 500 pound bales of cotton are worth an average of $236.50 each. The proposed user fee increase for classification services, $2.00 per bale, is less than one percent of the value of an average bale of cotton. Executive Order 12988 This proposed rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform. It is not intended to have retroactive effect. This rule would not preempt any state or local laws, regulations, or policies unless they present an irreconcilable conflict with this rule. There are no administrative procedures that must be exhausted prior to any judicial challenge to the provisions of this rule. Paperwork Reduction Act In compliance with OMB regulations (5 CFR part 1320), which implement the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), the information collection requirements contained in the provisions to be amended by this proposed rule have been previously approved by OMB and were assigned OMB control number 0581–AC43. It is anticipated that the proposed changes, if adopted, would be made effective July 1, 2008. Regulatory Flexibility Act Pursuant to requirements set forth in the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601–612) AMS has considered the economic impact of this action on small entities and has determined that its implementation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small businesses. The purpose of the RFA is to fit regulatory actions to the scale of businesses subject to such actions so that small businesses will not be disproportionately burdened. There are an estimated 25,000 cotton growers in the U.S. who voluntarily use the AMS cotton classing services annually, and the majority of these cotton growers are small businesses under the criteria established by the Small Business Administration (13 CFR 121.201). The increase above the 2007 crop level as stated will not significantly affect small businesses as defined in the RFA because: (1) The fee represents a very small portion of the cost-per-unit currently borne by those entities utilizing the Fees for Classification Under the Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act of 1927 The user fee charged to cotton producers for High Volume Instrument (HVI) classification services under the Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act (7 U.S.C. 473a) was $1.85 per bale during the 2007 harvest season as determined by using the formula provided in the Uniform Cotton Classing Fees Act of 1987, as amended by Public Law 102– 237. The fees cover salaries, costs of equipment and supplies, and other overhead costs, including costs for administration and supervision. The fee structure for the 2007 crop year was incorporated under the authority of the Cotton Standards Act of 1923, by an interim final rule effective October 1, 2007 (72 FR 56242). This proposed rule establishes the user fee charged to producers for HVI classification at $2.00 per bale during the 2008 harvest season. The classification fees are based on the prevailing method of classification requested by producers during the previous year. HVI classing was the PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\17APP1.SGM 17APP1 pwalker on PROD1PC71 with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 75 / Thursday, April 17, 2008 / Proposed Rules prevailing method of cotton classification requested by producers in 2007. Therefore, the 2008 producers’ user fee for classification service is based on the 2007 base fee for HVI classification. The fee was calculated by applying the formula specified in the Uniform Cotton Classing Fees Act of 1987, as amended by Public Law 102–237 which AMS also considers reasonable under the authority of the Cotton Standards Act of 1923. The 2007 base fee for HVI classification exclusive of adjustments, as provided by that Act, was $2.52 per bale. An increase of 3.06 percent, or 7 cents per bale, due to the implicit price deflator of the gross domestic product added to the $2.52 would result in a 2008 base fee of $2.59 per bale. The formula in the Act provides for the use of the percentage change in the implicit price deflator of the gross national product (as indexed for the most recent 12-month period for which statistics are available). However, gross national product has been replaced by gross domestic product by the Department of Commerce as a more appropriate measure for the short-term monitoring and analysis of the U.S. economy. The number of bales to be classed by the United States Department of Agriculture from the 2008 crop is estimated at 14,000,000 bales. The 2008 base fee was decreased 15 percent based on the estimated number of bales to be classed (1 percent for every 100,000 bales or portion thereof above the base of 12,500,000, limited to a maximum decreased adjustment of 15 percent). This percentage factor amounts to a 39 cents per bale reduction and was subtracted from the 2008 base fee of $2.59 per bale, resulting in a fee of $2.20 per bale. However, with a fee of $2.20 per bale, the projected operating reserve would be 31.6 percent. The 1987 Act specifies that the Secretary shall not establish a fee which, when combined with other sources of revenue, will result in a projected operating reserve of more than 25 percent. Accordingly, the fee of $2.20 is reduced by 20 cents per bale, to $2.00 per bale, to provide an ending accumulated operating reserve for the fiscal year of not more than 25 percent of the projected cost of operating the program. This would establish the 2008 season fee at $2.00 per bale. Accordingly, § 28.909, paragraph (b) would reflect the increase of the HVI classification fee to $2.00 per bale. A 5 cent per bale discount would continue to be applied to voluntary centralized billing and collecting agents as specified in § 28.909(c). VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:22 Apr 16, 2008 Jkt 214001 Growers or their designated agents receiving classification data would continue to incur no additional fees if classification data is requested only once. The fee for each additional retrieval of classification data in § 28.910 would remain at 5 cents per bale. The fee in § 28.910(b) for an owner receiving classification data from the National database would remain at 5 cents per bale, and the minimum charge of $5.00 for services provided per monthly billing period would remain the same. The provisions of § 28.910(c) concerning the fee for new classification memoranda issued from the National database for the business convenience of an owner without reclassification of the cotton will remain the same at 15 cents per bale or a minimum of $5.00 per sheet. The fee for review classification in § 28.911 would increase to $2.00 per bale. The fee for returning samples after classification in § 28.911 would remain at 50 cents per sample. A 15-day comment period is provided for public comments. This period is appropriate because it is anticipated that the proposed changes, if adopted, would be made effective for the 2008 cotton crop on July 1, 2008. List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 28 Administrative practice and procedure, Cotton, Cotton samples, Grades, Market news, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Standards, Staples, Testing, Warehouses. For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 7 CFR part 28 is proposed to be amended to read as follows: PART 28—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for 7 CFR part 28, Subpart D, continues to read as follows: Authority: 7 U.S.C. 51–65; 7 U.S.C. 471– 476. 2. In § 28.909, paragraph (b) is revised to read as follows: § 28.909 Costs. * * * * * (b) The cost of High Volume Instrument (HVI) cotton classification service to producers is $2.00 per bale. * * * * * 3. In § 28.911, the last sentence of paragraph (a) is revised to read as follows: § 28.911 Review classification. (a) * * * The fee for review classification is $2.00 per bale. * * * * * PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 20843 Dated: April 15, 2008. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. 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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 75 / Thursday, April 17, 2008 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

7 CFR Part 28

[AMS-CN-07-0092; CN-08-001]
0581-AC80


User Fees for 2008 Crop Cotton Classification Services to Growers

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing to raise 
user fees for cotton producers for 2008 crop cotton classification 
services under the Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act. These user fees 
also are authorized under the Cotton Standards Act of 1923. The 2007 
user fee for this classification service was $1.85 per bale. This 
proposal would raise the fee for the 2008 crop to $2 per bale. The 
proposed fee and the existing reserve are sufficient to cover the costs 
of providing classification services, including costs for 
administration and supervision.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 2, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
concerning this proposed rule to Darryl Earnest, Deputy Administrator, 
Cotton and Tobacco Programs, AMS, USDA, STOP 0224, 1400 Independence 
Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0224. Comments should be submitted in 
triplicate. Comments may also be submitted electronically to: http://
www.regulations.gov. All comments should reference the docket number 
and the date and the page of this issue of the Federal Register. All 
comments received will be available for public inspection during 
regular business hours at the above office in Room 2639--South 
Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. A copy of this 
notice may be found at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/cotton/rulemaking.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Darryl Earnest, Deputy Administrator, 
Cotton and Tobacco Programs, AMS, USDA, Room 2639-S, STOP 0224, 1400 
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0224. Telephone (202) 
720-2145, facsimile (202) 690-1718, or e-mail darryl.earnest@usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Executive Order 12866

    This proposed rule has been determined to be not significant for 
purposes of Executive Order 12866; and, therefore, has not been 
reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Executive Order 12988

    This proposed rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, 
Civil Justice Reform. It is not intended to have retroactive effect. 
This rule would not preempt any state or local laws, regulations, or 
policies unless they present an irreconcilable conflict with this rule. 
There are no administrative procedures that must be exhausted prior to 
any judicial challenge to the provisions of this rule.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Pursuant to requirements set forth in the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601-612) AMS has considered the economic impact of 
this action on small entities and has determined that its 
implementation will not have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small businesses.
    The purpose of the RFA is to fit regulatory actions to the scale of 
businesses subject to such actions so that small businesses will not be 
disproportionately burdened. There are an estimated 25,000 cotton 
growers in the U.S. who voluntarily use the AMS cotton classing 
services annually, and the majority of these cotton growers are small 
businesses under the criteria established by the Small Business 
Administration (13 CFR 121.201). The increase above the 2007 crop level 
as stated will not significantly affect small businesses as defined in 
the RFA because:
    (1) The fee represents a very small portion of the cost-per-unit 
currently borne by those entities utilizing the services. (The 2007 
user fee for classification services was $1.85 per bale; the fee for 
the 2008 crop would be increased to $2.00 per bale; the 2008 crop is 
estimated at 14,000,000 bales).
    (2) The fee for services will not affect competition in the 
marketplace; and
    (3) The use of classification services is voluntary. For the 2007 
crop, 19,033,000 bales were produced; and, almost all of these bales 
were voluntarily submitted by growers for the classification service.
    (4) Based on the average price paid to growers for cotton from the 
2006 crop of 47.3 cents per pound, 500 pound bales of cotton are worth 
an average of $236.50 each. The proposed user fee increase for 
classification services, $2.00 per bale, is less than one percent of 
the value of an average bale of cotton.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    In compliance with OMB regulations (5 CFR part 1320), which 
implement the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), the 
information collection requirements contained in the provisions to be 
amended by this proposed rule have been previously approved by OMB and 
were assigned OMB control number 0581-AC43.
    It is anticipated that the proposed changes, if adopted, would be 
made effective July 1, 2008.

Fees for Classification Under the Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act 
of 1927

    The user fee charged to cotton producers for High Volume Instrument 
(HVI) classification services under the Cotton Statistics and Estimates 
Act (7 U.S.C. 473a) was $1.85 per bale during the 2007 harvest season 
as determined by using the formula provided in the Uniform Cotton 
Classing Fees Act of 1987, as amended by Public Law 102-237. The fees 
cover salaries, costs of equipment and supplies, and other overhead 
costs, including costs for administration and supervision. The fee 
structure for the 2007 crop year was incorporated under the authority 
of the Cotton Standards Act of 1923, by an interim final rule effective 
October 1, 2007 (72 FR 56242).
    This proposed rule establishes the user fee charged to producers 
for HVI classification at $2.00 per bale during the 2008 harvest 
season.
    The classification fees are based on the prevailing method of 
classification requested by producers during the previous year. HVI 
classing was the

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prevailing method of cotton classification requested by producers in 
2007. Therefore, the 2008 producers' user fee for classification 
service is based on the 2007 base fee for HVI classification.
    The fee was calculated by applying the formula specified in the 
Uniform Cotton Classing Fees Act of 1987, as amended by Public Law 102-
237 which AMS also considers reasonable under the authority of the 
Cotton Standards Act of 1923. The 2007 base fee for HVI classification 
exclusive of adjustments, as provided by that Act, was $2.52 per bale. 
An increase of 3.06 percent, or 7 cents per bale, due to the implicit 
price deflator of the gross domestic product added to the $2.52 would 
result in a 2008 base fee of $2.59 per bale. The formula in the Act 
provides for the use of the percentage change in the implicit price 
deflator of the gross national product (as indexed for the most recent 
12-month period for which statistics are available). However, gross 
national product has been replaced by gross domestic product by the 
Department of Commerce as a more appropriate measure for the short-term 
monitoring and analysis of the U.S. economy.
    The number of bales to be classed by the United States Department 
of Agriculture from the 2008 crop is estimated at 14,000,000 bales. The 
2008 base fee was decreased 15 percent based on the estimated number of 
bales to be classed (1 percent for every 100,000 bales or portion 
thereof above the base of 12,500,000, limited to a maximum decreased 
adjustment of 15 percent). This percentage factor amounts to a 39 cents 
per bale reduction and was subtracted from the 2008 base fee of $2.59 
per bale, resulting in a fee of $2.20 per bale.
    However, with a fee of $2.20 per bale, the projected operating 
reserve would be 31.6 percent. The 1987 Act specifies that the 
Secretary shall not establish a fee which, when combined with other 
sources of revenue, will result in a projected operating reserve of 
more than 25 percent. Accordingly, the fee of $2.20 is reduced by 20 
cents per bale, to $2.00 per bale, to provide an ending accumulated 
operating reserve for the fiscal year of not more than 25 percent of 
the projected cost of operating the program. This would establish the 
2008 season fee at $2.00 per bale.
    Accordingly, Sec.  28.909, paragraph (b) would reflect the increase 
of the HVI classification fee to $2.00 per bale.
    A 5 cent per bale discount would continue to be applied to 
voluntary centralized billing and collecting agents as specified in 
Sec.  28.909(c).
    Growers or their designated agents receiving classification data 
would continue to incur no additional fees if classification data is 
requested only once. The fee for each additional retrieval of 
classification data in Sec.  28.910 would remain at 5 cents per bale. 
The fee in Sec.  28.910(b) for an owner receiving classification data 
from the National database would remain at 5 cents per bale, and the 
minimum charge of $5.00 for services provided per monthly billing 
period would remain the same. The provisions of Sec.  28.910(c) 
concerning the fee for new classification memoranda issued from the 
National database for the business convenience of an owner without 
reclassification of the cotton will remain the same at 15 cents per 
bale or a minimum of $5.00 per sheet.
    The fee for review classification in Sec.  28.911 would increase to 
$2.00 per bale.
    The fee for returning samples after classification in Sec.  28.911 
would remain at 50 cents per sample.
    A 15-day comment period is provided for public comments. This 
period is appropriate because it is anticipated that the proposed 
changes, if adopted, would be made effective for the 2008 cotton crop 
on July 1, 2008.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 28

    Administrative practice and procedure, Cotton, Cotton samples, 
Grades, Market news, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, 
Standards, Staples, Testing, Warehouses.

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 7 CFR part 28 is 
proposed to be amended to read as follows:

PART 28--[AMENDED]

    1. The authority citation for 7 CFR part 28, Subpart D, continues 
to read as follows:


    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 51-65; 7 U.S.C. 471-476.

    2. In Sec.  28.909, paragraph (b) is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  28.909  Costs.

* * * * *
    (b) The cost of High Volume Instrument (HVI) cotton classification 
service to producers is $2.00 per bale.
* * * * *
    3. In Sec.  28.911, the last sentence of paragraph (a) is revised 
to read as follows:


Sec.  28.911  Review classification.

    (a) * * * The fee for review classification is $2.00 per bale.
* * * * *

    Dated: April 15, 2008.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
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