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Download as PDF 51352 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 171 / Wednesday, September 3, 2008 / Rules and Regulations § 613.3 NRCS responsibilities in plant materials. NRCS operates or enters into agreements with State universities or other State organizations to operate PMCs. NRCS also cooperates, both formally and informally, with other Federal, State, county, and nonprofit agencies or organizations on the selection of plants and evaluation of plant technology to increase the capabilities of PMCs. NRCS employs specialists for testing and selecting plant materials for conservation uses and the development of plant materials technology. NRCS’ responsibilities are to: (a) Identify the resource conservation needs and cultural management methods for environmental protection and enhancement. (b) Assemble and comparatively evaluate plant materials at PMCs and on sites where soil, climate, or other conditions differ significantly from those at the Centers. (c) Make comparative field plantings for final testing of promising plants and techniques in cooperation with conservation districts and other interested cooperators. (d) Release cooperatively improved conservation plants and maintain the breeder or foundation stocks in ways appropriate for particular State and plant species by working with experiment stations, crop improvement associations, and other State and Federal agencies. (e) Produce limited amounts of foundation or foundation-quality seed and plants available for allocation to conservation districts, experiment stations, other Federal and State research agencies, State seed certifying organizations and directly to commercial growers (if other options do not exist) that will use the material to establish seed fields, seed orchards, or vegetative plantings for large-scale increase. (f) Encourage and assist conservation districts, commercial seed producers, and commercial and State nurseries to produce needed plant materials for conservation uses. (g) Encourage the use of improved plant materials and plant materials technology in resource conservation and environmental improvement programs. yshivers on PROD1PC62 with RULES § 613.4 Special production of plant materials. 15:06 Sep 02, 2008 Jkt 214001 § 613.5 PMCs. (a) The Norman A. Berg National PMC. The Norman A. Berg National PMC at Beltsville, Maryland, focuses on national initiatives and provides coordination for plant materials work across all 50 States. In addition, the center provides plants and plant technology to address resource concerns in the mid-Atlantic region. (b) Other PMCs. There are 26 other PMCs. Each serves several major land resource areas. NRCS operates 24 of these Centers, and 2 by cooperating agencies, as follows: (1) Operated by NRCS: Tucson, AZ, Booneville, AR, Lockeford, CA, Brooksville, FL, Americus, GA, Molokai, HI, Aberdeen, ID, Manhattan, KS, Galliano, LA, East Lansing, MI, Coffeeville, MS, Elsberry, MO, Bridger, MT, Fallon, NV, Cape May Courthouse, NJ, Los Lunas, NM, Big Flats, NY, Bismarck, ND, Corvallis, OR, Kingsville, TX, Knox City, TX, Nacogdoches, TX, Pullman, WA, and Alderson, WV. (2) Operated by cooperating agencies with financial and technical assistance from NRCS: Meeker, CO—White River and Douglas Creek Soil Conservation Districts with partial funding from NRCS. (3) Operated by cooperating agencies with technical assistance from NRCS: Palmer, AK—State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources. Signed in Washington, DC, on August 20, 2008. Arlen L. Lancaster, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service. [FR Doc. E8–20401 Filed 9–2–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–16–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 1000 [Docket No. AMS–DA–07–0026; AO–14–A77] Milk in the Northeast and Other Marketing Areas; Delay of Effective Date Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Interim final rule; delay of effective date. AGENCY: NRCS can produce plant materials in the quantity required to do a specific conservation job if this production will serve the public welfare and only if the plant materials are not available commercially. This function will be performed only until the plant materials VerDate Aug<31>2005 are available commercially. Specific production of plant materials by NRCS requires the approval of the Chief. SUMMARY: An interim final rule published July 31, 2008 amending the manufacturing cost allowances and the butterfat yield factor used in Class III PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 and Class IV product-price formulas applicable in all Federal milk marketing orders had an effective date of September 1, 2008. The effective date of the Interim Rule will now be October 1, 2008. The rule’s effective date is delayed because a complaint to enjoin the implementation of the revised manufacturing allowances and butterfat yield factor was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Delaying implementation allows sufficient time for a preliminary injunction hearing. DATES: The effective date for the interim final rule published July 31, 2008 (73 FR 44617), is delayed from September 1, 2008, until October 1, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jack Rower, Marketing Specialist, USDA/ AMS/Dairy Programs, Order Formulation and Enforcement, Stop 0231—Room 2971–S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–0231, (202) 720– 7183. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The regulations in 7 CFR part 1000 provide for, among other things, formulas that establish minimum Class III and Class IV milk prices in all Federal milk marketing orders. The Class III and Class IV formulas also set minimum Federal order prices for Class I and Class II nonfat solids and skim milk prices and pricing factors that are announced in advance of the month for which such prices will be effective. Minimum Class III and Class IV prices for any given month are announced for all Federal orders on or before the 5th day of the following month. The Class III and Class IV productprice formulas use finished product prices for cheese, butter, nonfat dry milk and dry whey together with manufacturing allowances (commonly referred to as ‘‘make allowances’’) and yield factors to determine the minimum value of milk used to make the finished dairy products. Currently, the make allowances being used to compute all Federal order minimum class prices are those published in the Federal Register on December 29, 2006 (71 FR 78333). The current butterfat yield factor used in the Class III and Class IV productpricing formulas is that published in the Federal Register on February 12, 2003 (65 FR 76832). Delay in Effective Date On July 31, 2008, an Interim Final Rule was published in the Federal Register (73 FR 44617) amending the make allowances and butterfat yield E:\FR\FM\03SER1.SGM 03SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 171 / Wednesday, September 3, 2008 / Rules and Regulations factor used in the Class III and Class IV product-pricing formulas. On Friday, August 15, 2008, a lawsuit was filed in the District Court for the District of Columbia requesting that a temporary restraining order be issued by the court until a preliminary injunction hearing could be held as part of the prehearing process. USDA determined that it was in the best interest of the dairy industry to delay implementation of the Final Rule one month until October 1, 2008. Delaying implementation allows sufficient time for a preliminary injunction hearing to be held. The revised manufacturing allowances and butterfat yield factor will be used in computing the October 2008 Federal order minimum advance Class I and Class II prices and pricing factors to be announced on September 19, 2008 unless a court order directs otherwise. The revised manufacturing allowances and butterfat yield factor of the Interim Final Rule will be used to compute minimum Federal order Class III and Class IV prices for October 2008 and in the announcement of advanced prices and pricing factors thereafter. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/ component/ main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS2008-0086 to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2008–0086, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS– 2008–0086. Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690–2817 before coming. Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Debbi A. Donch, National Brucellosis Epidemiologist, Ruminant Health Programs Staff, National Center for Animal Health Programs, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 43, Riverdale, MD 20737–1231; (301) 734–5952. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 9 CFR Part 78 Background Authority: 7 U.S.C. 601–674, and 7253. Dated: August 28, 2008. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E8–20391 Filed 8–28–08; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE [Docket No. APHIS–2008–0086] Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Montana Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments. yshivers on PROD1PC62 with RULES AGENCY: SUMMARY: We are amending the brucellosis regulations concerning interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Montana from Class Free to Class A. We have determined that Montana no longer meets the standards for Class Free status. This action is necessary to prevent the interstate spread of brucellosis. DATES: This interim rule is effective September 3, 2008. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before November 3, 2008. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:06 Sep 02, 2008 Jkt 214001 ADDRESSES: Brucellosis is a contagious disease, caused by bacteria of the genus Brucella, that affects both animals and humans. The disease mainly affects cattle, bison, and swine; however, goats, sheep, horses, and humans are susceptible as well. In its principal animal hosts, it causes loss of young through spontaneous abortion or birth of weak offspring, reduced milk production, and infertility. There is no economically feasible treatment for brucellosis in livestock. In humans, brucellosis initially causes flu-like symptoms, but the disease may develop into a variety of chronic conditions, including arthritis. Humans can be treated for brucellosis with antibiotics. The brucellosis regulations, contained in 9 CFR part 78 (referred to below as the regulations), provide a system for classifying States or portions of States according to the rate of Brucella infection present and the general PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 51353 effectiveness of a brucellosis control and eradication program. The classifications are Class Free, Class A, Class B, and Class C. States or areas that do not meet the minimum standards for Class C are required to be placed under Federal quarantine. The brucellosis Class Free classification is based on a finding of no known brucellosis in cattle for the 12 months preceding classification as Class Free. The Class C classification is for States or areas with the highest rate of brucellosis. Class B and Class A fall between these two extremes. Restrictions on moving cattle interstate become less stringent as a State approaches or achieves Class Free status. The standards for the different classifications of States or areas entail (1) maintaining a cattle herd infection rate not to exceed a stated level during 12 consecutive months; (2) tracing back to the farm of origin and successfully closing a stated percent of all brucellosis reactors found in the course of Market Cattle Identification (MCI) testing; (3) maintaining a surveillance system that includes testing of dairy herds, participation of all recognized slaughtering establishments in the MCI program, identification and monitoring of herds at high risk of infection (including herds adjacent to infected herds and herds from which infected animals have been sold or received), and having an individual herd plan in effect within a stated number of days after the herd owner is notified of the finding of brucellosis in a herd he or she owns; and (4) maintaining minimum procedural standards for administering the program. If a single herd in a Class Free State is found to be affected with brucellosis, the State may retain its Class Free status if it meets the conditions described in paragraph (b)(4) of the definition of Class Free State or area in § 78.1. A State may retain its status in this manner only once during any 2-year period. The following conditions must be satisfied within 60 days of the identification of the infected animal: 1. The affected herd must be immediately quarantined, tested for brucellosis, and depopulated; and 2. An epidemiological investigation must be performed and the investigation must confirm that brucellosis has not spread from the affected herd. All herds on premises adjacent to the affected herd (adjacent herds), all herds from which animals may have been brought into the affected herd (source herds), and all herds that may have had contact with or accepted animals from the affected herd (contact herds) must be E:\FR\FM\03SER1.SGM 03SER1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 171 (Wednesday, September 3, 2008)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-20391]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

7 CFR Part 1000

[Docket No. AMS-DA-07-0026; AO-14-A77]


Milk in the Northeast and Other Marketing Areas; Delay of 
Effective Date

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Interim final rule; delay of effective date.

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SUMMARY: An interim final rule published July 31, 2008 amending the 
manufacturing cost allowances and the butterfat yield factor used in 
Class III and Class IV product-price formulas applicable in all Federal 
milk marketing orders had an effective date of September 1, 2008. The 
effective date of the Interim Rule will now be October 1, 2008. The 
rule's effective date is delayed because a complaint to enjoin the 
implementation of the revised manufacturing allowances and butterfat 
yield factor was filed in the United States District Court for the 
District of Columbia. Delaying implementation allows sufficient time 
for a preliminary injunction hearing.

DATES: The effective date for the interim final rule published July 31, 
2008 (73 FR 44617), is delayed from September 1, 2008, until October 1, 
2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jack Rower, Marketing Specialist, 
USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs, Order Formulation and Enforcement, Stop 0231--
Room 2971-S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0231, 
(202) 720-7183.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The regulations in 7 CFR part 1000 provide for, among other things, 
formulas that establish minimum Class III and Class IV milk prices in 
all Federal milk marketing orders. The Class III and Class IV formulas 
also set minimum Federal order prices for Class I and Class II nonfat 
solids and skim milk prices and pricing factors that are announced in 
advance of the month for which such prices will be effective. Minimum 
Class III and Class IV prices for any given month are announced for all 
Federal orders on or before the 5th day of the following month.
    The Class III and Class IV product-price formulas use finished 
product prices for cheese, butter, nonfat dry milk and dry whey 
together with manufacturing allowances (commonly referred to as ``make 
allowances'') and yield factors to determine the minimum value of milk 
used to make the finished dairy products. Currently, the make 
allowances being used to compute all Federal order minimum class prices 
are those published in the Federal Register on December 29, 2006 (71 FR 
78333). The current butterfat yield factor used in the Class III and 
Class IV product-pricing formulas is that published in the Federal 
Register on February 12, 2003 (65 FR 76832).

Delay in Effective Date

    On July 31, 2008, an Interim Final Rule was published in the 
Federal Register (73 FR 44617) amending the make allowances and 
butterfat yield

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factor used in the Class III and Class IV product-pricing formulas.
    On Friday, August 15, 2008, a lawsuit was filed in the District 
Court for the District of Columbia requesting that a temporary 
restraining order be issued by the court until a preliminary injunction 
hearing could be held as part of the pre-hearing process. USDA 
determined that it was in the best interest of the dairy industry to 
delay implementation of the Final Rule one month until October 1, 2008. 
Delaying implementation allows sufficient time for a preliminary 
injunction hearing to be held.
    The revised manufacturing allowances and butterfat yield factor 
will be used in computing the October 2008 Federal order minimum 
advance Class I and Class II prices and pricing factors to be announced 
on September 19, 2008 unless a court order directs otherwise. The 
revised manufacturing allowances and butterfat yield factor of the 
Interim Final Rule will be used to compute minimum Federal order Class 
III and Class IV prices for October 2008 and in the announcement of 
advanced prices and pricing factors thereafter.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 601-674, and 7253.

    Dated: August 28, 2008.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. E8-20391 Filed 8-28-08; 4:15 pm]
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