Cranberries Grown in the States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York; Continuance Referendum, 16322-16323 [2011-6833]

Download as PDF jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with PROPOSALS 16322 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 56 / Wednesday, March 23, 2011 / Proposed Rules classification fees from participating producers or agents that voluntarily agree to collect and remit the fees on behalf of the producers; (2) classification fees collected and the proceeds from the sales of samples submitted for classification shall, to the extent practicable, be used to pay the cost of the services provided, including administrative and supervisory costs; (3) the Secretary shall announce a uniform classification fee and any applicable surcharge for classification services not later than June 1 of the year in which the fee applies; and (4) in establishing the amount of fees under this section, the Secretary shall consult with representatives of the United States cotton industry. At pages 313–314, the Joint Explanatory Statement of the committee of conference for section 14201 stated the expectation that the cotton classification fee would be established in the same manner as was applied during the 1992 through 2007 fiscal years. The classification fee should continue to be a basic, uniform, per-bale fee as determined necessary to maintain cost-effective cotton classification service. Further, in consulting with the cotton industry, the Secretary should demonstrate the level of fees necessary to maintain effective cotton classification services and provide the Department of Agriculture with an adequate operating reserve, while also working to limit adjustments in the year-to-year fee. Under the provisions of section 14201, a user fee (dollar amount per bale classed) is proposed for the 2011 cotton crop that, when combined with other sources of revenue, will result in projected revenues sufficient to reasonably cover budgeted costs— adjusted for inflation—and allow for adequate operating reserves to be maintained. Costs considered in this method include salaries, costs of equipment and supplies, and other overhead costs, such as facility costs and costs for administration and supervision. In addition to covering expected costs, the user fee is set such that projected revenues will generate an operating reserve adequate to effectively manage uncertainties related to crop size and cash-flow timing while meeting minimum reserve requirements set by the Agricultural Marketing Service, which require maintenance of a reserve fund amount of at least four months of projected operating costs. The user fee proposed to be charged cotton producers for cotton classification in 2011 is $2.20 per bale which is the same fee charged for the 2010 crop. This fee is based on the preseason projection that 16,500,000 bales VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:59 Mar 22, 2011 Jkt 223001 will be classed by the United States Department of Agriculture during the 2011 crop year. Accordingly, § 28.909, paragraph (b) would reflect the continuation of the cotton classification fee at $2.20 per bale. As provided for in the 1987 Act, a 5 cent per bale discount would continue to be applied to voluntary centralized billing and collecting agents as specified in § 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 § 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 be maintained at $2.20 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 fees, if adopted, would be made effective for the 2011 cotton crop on July 1, 2011. List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 28 Administrative practice and procedure, Cotton, Cotton samples, Grades, Market news, Reporting and record keeping 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. 471–476. 2. In § 28.909, paragraph (b) is revised to read as follows: § 28.909 * PO 00000 * Costs. * Frm 00002 * Fmt 4702 * Sfmt 4702 (b) The cost of High Volume Instrument (HVI) cotton classification service to producers is $2.20 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 $2.20 per bale. * * * * * Dated: March 16, 2011. David R. Shipman, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2011–6835 Filed 3–22–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 929 [Docket No. AMS–FV–11–0011; FV11–929– 1] Cranberries Grown in the States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York; Continuance Referendum Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Referendum order. AGENCY: This document directs that a continuance referendum be conducted among eligible growers of cranberries in the States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of cranberries grown in the production area. DATES: The referendum will be conducted from May 16 through May 31, 2011. To vote in this referendum, growers must have been engaged in producing cranberries within the production area during the period September 1, 2009, through August 31, 2010. ADDRESSES: Copies of the marketing order may be obtained from USDA, Washington DC Marketing Field Office, 4700 River Road, Unit 155, Riverdale, Maryland 20737, or the Office of the Docket Clerk, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23MRP1.SGM 23MRP1 jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 56 / Wednesday, March 23, 2011 / Proposed Rules Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dawana J. Clark or Kenneth G. Johnson, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, Unit 155, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD 20737; telephone: (301) 734–5243, Fax: (301) 734–5275; or e-mail at: Dawana.Clark@ams.usda.gov or Kenneth.Johnson@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Marketing Order No. 929 (7 CFR part 929), hereinafter referred to as the ‘‘order,’’ and the applicable provisions of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended (7 U.S.C. 601– 674), hereinafter referred to as the ‘‘Act,’’ it is hereby directed that a referendum be conducted to ascertain whether continuance of the order is favored by growers. The referendum shall be conducted during the period May 16 through May 31, 2011, among eligible cranberry growers in the production area. Only growers that were engaged in the production of cranberries in the States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York during the period of September 1, 2009, through August 31, 2010, may participate in the continuance referendum. Ballots postmarked after May 31, 2011, will be marked invalid and not included in the vote tabulation. USDA has determined that continuance referenda are an effective means for determining whether growers favor continuation of marketing order programs. The USDA would consider termination of the order if less than 50 percent of the growers who vote in the referendum and growers of less than 50 percent of the volume of cranberries represented in the referendum favor continuance of their program. In evaluating the merits of continuance versus termination, the USDA will not merely consider the results of the continuance referendum. The USDA will also consider all other relevant information concerning the operation of the order and the relative benefits and disadvantages to growers, processors, and consumers in order to determine whether continued operation of the order would tend to effectuate the declared policy of the Act. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the ballot materials used in the referendum herein ordered have been previously approved by the Office VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:59 Mar 22, 2011 Jkt 223001 of Management and Budget (OMB) under OMB No. 0581–0189, OMB Generic Fruit Crops. It has been estimated that it will take an average of 20 minutes for each of the approximately 1,200 producers of cranberries in the production area to cast a ballot. Participation is voluntary. Kenneth G. Johnson and Dawana Clark of the Washington, DC Marketing Field Office, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, are hereby designated as the referendum agents of USDA to conduct such referendum. The procedure applicable to the referendum shall be the ‘‘Procedure for the Conduct of Referenda in Connection With Marketing Orders for Fruits, Vegetables, and Nuts Pursuant to the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as Amended’’ (7 CFR 900.400 et seq.). Ballots will be mailed to all growers of record and may also be obtained from the referendum agents and from their appointees. List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 929 Cranberries, Marketing agreements, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 601–674. Dated: March 16, 2011. David R. Shipman, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2011–6833 Filed 3–22–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 946 [Doc. No. AMS–FV–11–0010; FV11–946–1 CR] Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Continuance Referendum Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Referendum order. AGENCY: This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible Washington potato growers to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington. DATES: The referendum will be conducted from June 11 through June 24, 2011. To vote in this referendum, growers must have grown potatoes for the fresh market in Washington during the period July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 16323 Copies of the marketing order may be obtained from the Northwest Marketing Field Office, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 805 SW. Broadway, Suite 930, Portland, Oregon 97205, or the Office of the Docket Clerk, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Teresa Hutchinson, Marketing Specialist, or Gary D. Olson, Regional Manager, Northwest Marketing Field Office, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA; Telephone: (503) 326– 2724, Fax: (503) 326–7440, or e-mail: Teresa.Hutchinson@ams.usda.gov or GaryD.Olson@ams.usda.gov, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Marketing Order No. 946 (7 CFR part 946), hereinafter referred to as the ‘‘order,’’ and the applicable provisions of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended (7 U.S.C. 601– 674), hereinafter referred to as the ‘‘Act,’’ it is hereby directed that a referendum be conducted to ascertain whether continuance of the order is favored by growers. The referendum shall be conducted from June 11 through June 24, 2011, among eligible Washington potato growers. Only growers that were engaged in the production of fresh potatoes in Washington during the period of July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010, may participate in the continuance referendum. USDA has determined that continuance referenda are an effective means for determining whether growers favor the continuation of marketing order programs. USDA would consider termination of the order if fewer than two-thirds of the growers voting in the referendum and growers of less than two-thirds of the volume of Washington potatoes represented in the referendum favor continuance of their program. In evaluating the merits of continuance versus termination, USDA will not exclusively consider the results of the continuance referendum. USDA will also consider all other relevant information regarding operation of the order as well as relative benefits and disadvantages to growers, handlers, and consumers to determine whether continuing the order would tend to effectuate the declared policy of the Act. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the ballot materials used in ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\23MRP1.SGM 23MRP1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 56 (Wednesday, March 23, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 16322-16323]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-6833]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

7 CFR Part 929

[Docket No. AMS-FV-11-0011; FV11-929-1]


Cranberries Grown in the States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, 
Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, 
Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York; Continuance 
Referendum

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Referendum order.

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SUMMARY: This document directs that a continuance referendum be 
conducted among eligible growers of cranberries in the States of 
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, 
Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State 
of New York to determine whether they favor continuance of the 
marketing order regulating the handling of cranberries grown in the 
production area.

DATES: The referendum will be conducted from May 16 through May 31, 
2011. To vote in this referendum, growers must have been engaged in 
producing cranberries within the production area during the period 
September 1, 2009, through August 31, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the marketing order may be obtained from USDA, 
Washington DC Marketing Field Office, 4700 River Road, Unit 155, 
Riverdale, Maryland 20737, or the Office of the Docket Clerk, Marketing 
Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural

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Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence 
Avenue, SW., Stop 0237, Washington, DC 20250-0237.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dawana J. Clark or Kenneth G. Johnson, 
Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, 
AMS, USDA, Unit 155, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD 20737; telephone: 
(301) 734-5243, Fax: (301) 734-5275; or e-mail at: 
Dawana.Clark@ams.usda.gov or Kenneth.Johnson@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Marketing Order No. 929 (7 CFR 
part 929), hereinafter referred to as the ``order,'' and the applicable 
provisions of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as 
amended (7 U.S.C. 601-674), hereinafter referred to as the ``Act,'' it 
is hereby directed that a referendum be conducted to ascertain whether 
continuance of the order is favored by growers. The referendum shall be 
conducted during the period May 16 through May 31, 2011, among eligible 
cranberry growers in the production area. Only growers that were 
engaged in the production of cranberries in the States of 
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, 
Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State 
of New York during the period of September 1, 2009, through August 31, 
2010, may participate in the continuance referendum. Ballots postmarked 
after May 31, 2011, will be marked invalid and not included in the vote 
tabulation.
    USDA has determined that continuance referenda are an effective 
means for determining whether growers favor continuation of marketing 
order programs. The USDA would consider termination of the order if 
less than 50 percent of the growers who vote in the referendum and 
growers of less than 50 percent of the volume of cranberries 
represented in the referendum favor continuance of their program.
    In evaluating the merits of continuance versus termination, the 
USDA will not merely consider the results of the continuance 
referendum. The USDA will also consider all other relevant information 
concerning the operation of the order and the relative benefits and 
disadvantages to growers, processors, and consumers in order to 
determine whether continued operation of the order would tend to 
effectuate the declared policy of the Act.
    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
chapter 35), the ballot materials used in the referendum herein ordered 
have been previously approved by the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) under OMB No. 0581-0189, OMB Generic Fruit Crops. It has been 
estimated that it will take an average of 20 minutes for each of the 
approximately 1,200 producers of cranberries in the production area to 
cast a ballot. Participation is voluntary.
    Kenneth G. Johnson and Dawana Clark of the Washington, DC Marketing 
Field Office, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing 
Service, USDA, are hereby designated as the referendum agents of USDA 
to conduct such referendum. The procedure applicable to the referendum 
shall be the ``Procedure for the Conduct of Referenda in Connection 
With Marketing Orders for Fruits, Vegetables, and Nuts Pursuant to the 
Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as Amended'' (7 CFR 
900.400 et seq.).
    Ballots will be mailed to all growers of record and may also be 
obtained from the referendum agents and from their appointees.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 929

    Cranberries, Marketing agreements, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 601-674.

    Dated: March 16, 2011.
David R. Shipman,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-6833 Filed 3-22-11; 8:45 am]
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