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Download as PDF 40283 Notices Federal Register Vol. 73, No. 135 Monday, July 14, 2008 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 Commodity Credit Corporation Payment Limitation and Payment Eligibility Commodity Credit Corporation, USDA. ACTION: Notice. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: As announced by this notice, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is implementing the provisions of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) regarding payment limitation and payment eligibility provisions (including the average adjusted gross income limitation) for the 2008 crop, fiscal, or program year. The 2008 Farm Bill authorizes payment limitations and payment eligibility provisions that were previously authorized for preceding commodity and conservation programs under the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (the 2002 Farm Bill). As a result of this notice, CCC will be able to commence administration of payment limitation and payment eligibility provisions applicable to commodity and conservation programs for the 2008 crop, fiscal, or program year. Through a subsequent rule, CCC will implement payment limitation and payment eligibility provisions for 2009 through 2012. DATES: Effective Date: July 11, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Salomon Ramirez, Director, Production, Emergencies and Compliance Division, Farm Service Agency, USDA, STOP 0517, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–0517; telephone: (202) 720–7641; e-mail: salomon.ramirez@wdc.usda.gov. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA Target Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Jul 11, 2008 Jkt 214001 Currently, the regulations in 7 CFR part 1400, Payment Limitation and Payment Eligibility, cover payment limitation and payment eligibility applicable to most commodity and conservation programs administered by CCC, including the following: • Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) for covered commodities and peanuts governed by 7 CFR part 1412, Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program, • Programs under which a producer realizes a gain from repaying a marketing assistance loan at a lower rate than the commodity’s original loan rate and any program that authorizes a loan deficiency payment for a commodity; specifically, programs governed by either 7 CFR part 1421, Grains and Similarly Handled Commodities— Marketing Assistance Loans and Loan Deficiency Payments for the 2002 through 2007 Crop Years, or 7 CFR part 1427, Cotton, and • The Conservation Reserve Program, as governed by 7 CFR part 1410, Conservation Reserve Program. As explained in this notice, CCC will operate the 2008 payment limitation and payment eligibility provisions as required by the 2008 Farm Bill (Pub. L. 110–246) using the standards of 7 CFR part 1400, as they applied to the 2007 crops or 2007 crop year. Sections 1603(h) and 1604(b) of the 2008 Farm Bill authorize a continuation, with respect to certain commodity programs for the 2008 crop, fiscal, or fiscal year, as appropriate, of the payment limitation and payment eligibility provisions (including the average adjusted gross income limitation), as authorized by sections 1001, 1001A, 1001B, and 1001D of the Food Security Act of 1985 (7 U.S.C. 1308, 1308–1, 1308–2, and 1308–3a), as in effect on September 30, 2007 and set forth in regulations at 7 CFR part 1400. Section 2903 of the 2008 Farm Bill authorizes the continuation of payment limitations with respect to new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts as covered by the Food Security Act (16 U.S.C. 3831–3835) through September 30, 2008, using the same provisions of law applicable to the program or activity as existed on the day before the date of enactment of the 2008 Farm Bill and set forth in regulations at 7 CFR part 1400. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 This notice announces that with respect to the DCP, marketing assistance loans, loan deficiency payments under Title I of the 2008 Farm Bill, and CRP under Title II of the 2008 Farm Bill CCC will implement payment limitation and payment eligibility provisions for the 2008 crop, fiscal, or program year based on the current regulation in 7 CFR part 1400, as it applied to the 2007 crop or 2007 crop year. However, CRP contracts will be governed by those payment limitation provisions in place when the contracts were executed. For other matters and for 2009 through 2012 crops, CCC plans to amend 7 CFR part 1400 to reflect changes required by the 2008 Farm Bill. Environmental Review FSA has determined that this change would not constitute a major Federal action that would significantly affect the quality of the human environment. Therefore, in accordance with the 7 CFR part 799, Environmental Quality and Related Environmental Concerns— Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, implementing the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), no environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will be prepared. Signed at Washington, DC, on June 25, 2008. Glen L. Keppy, Acting Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation. [FR Doc. E8–16007 Filed 7–11–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Natural Resources Conservation Service Notice of Proposed Changes to the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s National Handbook of Conservation Practices Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability of proposed changes in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Handbook of Conservation Practices for public review and comment. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\14JYN1.SGM 14JYN1

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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.

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Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 135 / Monday, July 14, 2008 / 
Notices

[[Page 40283]]



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Commodity Credit Corporation


Payment Limitation and Payment Eligibility

AGENCY: Commodity Credit Corporation, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: As announced by this notice, the Commodity Credit Corporation 
(CCC) is implementing the provisions of the Food, Conservation, and 
Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) regarding payment limitation 
and payment eligibility provisions (including the average adjusted 
gross income limitation) for the 2008 crop, fiscal, or program year. 
The 2008 Farm Bill authorizes payment limitations and payment 
eligibility provisions that were previously authorized for preceding 
commodity and conservation programs under the Farm Security and Rural 
Investment Act of 2002 (the 2002 Farm Bill). As a result of this 
notice, CCC will be able to commence administration of payment 
limitation and payment eligibility provisions applicable to commodity 
and conservation programs for the 2008 crop, fiscal, or program year. 
Through a subsequent rule, CCC will implement payment limitation and 
payment eligibility provisions for 2009 through 2012.

DATES: Effective Date: July 11, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Salomon Ramirez, Director, Production, 
Emergencies and Compliance Division, Farm Service Agency, USDA, STOP 
0517, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0517; 
telephone: (202) 720-7641; e-mail: salomon.ramirez@wdc.usda.gov. 
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact 
the USDA Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Currently, the regulations in 7 CFR part 
1400, Payment Limitation and Payment Eligibility, cover payment 
limitation and payment eligibility applicable to most commodity and 
conservation programs administered by CCC, including the following:
     Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) for covered 
commodities and peanuts governed by 7 CFR part 1412, Direct and 
Counter-Cyclical Program,
     Programs under which a producer realizes a gain from 
repaying a marketing assistance loan at a lower rate than the 
commodity's original loan rate and any program that authorizes a loan 
deficiency payment for a commodity; specifically, programs governed by 
either 7 CFR part 1421, Grains and Similarly Handled Commodities--
Marketing Assistance Loans and Loan Deficiency Payments for the 2002 
through 2007 Crop Years, or 7 CFR part 1427, Cotton, and
     The Conservation Reserve Program, as governed by 7 CFR 
part 1410, Conservation Reserve Program.
    As explained in this notice, CCC will operate the 2008 payment 
limitation and payment eligibility provisions as required by the 2008 
Farm Bill (Pub. L. 110-246) using the standards of 7 CFR part 1400, as 
they applied to the 2007 crops or 2007 crop year.
    Sections 1603(h) and 1604(b) of the 2008 Farm Bill authorize a 
continuation, with respect to certain commodity programs for the 2008 
crop, fiscal, or fiscal year, as appropriate, of the payment limitation 
and payment eligibility provisions (including the average adjusted 
gross income limitation), as authorized by sections 1001, 1001A, 1001B, 
and 1001D of the Food Security Act of 1985 (7 U.S.C. 1308, 1308-1, 
1308-2, and 1308-3a), as in effect on September 30, 2007 and set forth 
in regulations at 7 CFR part 1400.
    Section 2903 of the 2008 Farm Bill authorizes the continuation of 
payment limitations with respect to new Conservation Reserve Program 
(CRP) contracts as covered by the Food Security Act (16 U.S.C. 3831-
3835) through September 30, 2008, using the same provisions of law 
applicable to the program or activity as existed on the day before the 
date of enactment of the 2008 Farm Bill and set forth in regulations at 
7 CFR part 1400.
    This notice announces that with respect to the DCP, marketing 
assistance loans, loan deficiency payments under Title I of the 2008 
Farm Bill, and CRP under Title II of the 2008 Farm Bill CCC will 
implement payment limitation and payment eligibility provisions for the 
2008 crop, fiscal, or program year based on the current regulation in 7 
CFR part 1400, as it applied to the 2007 crop or 2007 crop year. 
However, CRP contracts will be governed by those payment limitation 
provisions in place when the contracts were executed. For other matters 
and for 2009 through 2012 crops, CCC plans to amend 7 CFR part 1400 to 
reflect changes required by the 2008 Farm Bill.

Environmental Review

    FSA has determined that this change would not constitute a major 
Federal action that would significantly affect the quality of the human 
environment. Therefore, in accordance with the 7 CFR part 799, 
Environmental Quality and Related Environmental Concerns--Compliance 
with the National Environmental Policy Act, implementing the 
regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500-
1508), no environmental assessment or environmental impact statement 
will be prepared.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on June 25, 2008.
Glen L. Keppy,
Acting Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation.
[FR Doc. E8-16007 Filed 7-11-08; 8:45 am]
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