Notice of Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share Program, 5164-5165 [2013-01409]

Download as PDF 5164 Notices Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 16 Thursday, January 24, 2013 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. AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION Board of Directors Executive Session Meeting Meeting: African Development Foundation, Board of Directors Executive Session Meeting Time: Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Place: 1400 Eye Street NW., Suite 1000, Washington, D.C. 20005 Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Status: 1. Open session, Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. 2. Closed session, Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Shari Berenbach, President/CEO, USADF. [FR Doc. 2013–01396 Filed 1–23–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–NOP–12–0057; NOP–12–15] Notice of Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification CostShare Program AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications From State Departments of Agriculture for the Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:12 Jan 23, 2013 Jkt 229001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Atkins, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, NOP, USDA/AMS/NOP, Room 2648-South, Ag Stop 0268, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–0268; Telephone: (202) 720–3252. Email: Patricia.Atkins@ams.usda.gov. This Organic Certification Cost-Share Program is part of the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program authorized under the Federal Crop Insurance Act (FCIA), as amended, (7 U.S.C. 1524). Under the applicable FCIA provisions, USDA is authorized to provide cost-share assistance to organic SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice invites the following eligible States: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming, to submit an Application for Federal SUMMARY: Assistance (Standard Form 424), and to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for the allocation of organic certification cost-share funds. The AMS has allocated $1.425 million for this organic certification cost-share program. Funds are available to 16 designated States to provide cost-share assistance to organic crop and livestock producers certified under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Organic Standards (7 CFR 205) that either receive organic certification or incur expenses for continued certification during the period of October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013. Eligible States interested in obtaining cost-share funds for their organic producers must submit an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424) via https:// www.grants.gov and enter into a Cooperative Agreement with AMS for the allocation of funds. DATES: Completed Applications for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424) and signed Cooperative Agreements must be received by February 7, 2013. ADDRESSES: Applications for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424) must be submitted via Grants.Gov. Paper applications will not be accepted. Instructions and additional information are available on the NOP Web site at https://www.ams.usda.gov/ NOPCostSharing. Signed cooperative agreements should be sent via express mail to Patricia Atkins, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA/AMS/NOP, Room 2648-South, Ag Stop 0268, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250– 0268. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 producers in the States of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The AMS has allocated $1.425 million for this year’s organic certification costshare program. This program provides financial assistance to organic producers certified under the USDA Organic Regulations (7 CFR 205), which were authorized under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, as amended (7 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.). To participate in the program, eligible States, through their State Departments of Agriculture, must complete an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424) and enter into a written Cooperative Agreement with AMS. State Departments of Agriculture refers to agencies, commissions, or departments of State government responsible for implementing regulation, policy or programs on agriculture within their State. The program will provide cost-share assistance, through participating States, to organic crop and livestock producers receiving certification or incurring expenses for the continuation of certification by a USDA accredited certifying agent during the period of October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013. USDA has determined that payments will be limited to 75% (seventy-five percent) of an individual producer’s certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 (seven-hundred and fifty dollars). To receive cost-share assistance, organic crop and livestock producers should contact their State agencies. Procedures for applying are outlined in the cost share policies and procedures at https://1.usa.gov/OrganicCostShare. The total amount of cost-share payments provided to any eligible producer under all AMA programs cannot exceed $50,000. How To Submit Applications: To receive fund allocations to provide costshare assistance, a State Department of Agriculture must complete an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), and enter into a written Cooperative Agreement with AMS. Interested States must submit the Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424) electronically via Grants.gov, the Federal grants Web site, E:\FR\FM\24JAN1.SGM 24JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 16 / Thursday, January 24, 2013 / Notices at https://www.grants.gov. For information on how to use Grants.Gov, please consult https://www.grants.gov/ GetRegistered. Applications must be received by February 7, 2013. Cooperative Agreements will be sent by the AMS to participating State Departments of Agriculture via express mail. The Cooperative Agreement must have the original signature of an official who has authority to apply for Federal assistance. The signed cooperative agreement must be sent by express mail or courier service and received by the NOP at the address under the ADDRESSES section of this Notice by February 7, 2013. The AMA Organic Certification CostShare Program is listed in the ‘‘Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance’’ under number 10.171. Subject agencies must adhere to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars discrimination in all Federally-assisted programs. Additional information on the AMA Organic Certification Cost-Share Program can be found on the NOP’s Web site at https://www.ams.usda.gov/ NOPCostSharing. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1524. Dated: January 18, 2013. David R. Shipman, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2013–01409 Filed 1–23–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service First Phase of the Forest Planning Process for the Bio-Region U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, California. ACTION: Notice of Intent to initiating the first phase of the forest planning process for the Bio-Region. AGENCY: Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone If your time to you is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone For the times, they are a-changin’. Bob Dylan, The Times They Are Achangin’ © 1963, 1964, 1991, 1992. The Pacific Southwest Region is initiating the first phase of the forest planning process pursuant to the 2012 Forest Planning Rule which will describe the strategic direction for management of forest resources for the erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:12 Jan 23, 2013 Jkt 229001 next ten to fifteen years. This notice communicates that the informal phase of the Bio-Regional Assessment has begun. The Bio-Regional Assessment Report will be completed in July 2013. The Forest-level Assessment Reports for the three early adopter Forests which will tier from the Bio-Regional Assessment Report and will be completed in December, 2013. The formal revision process will begin in 2014. DATES: U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region 5, Attn.: Ecosystem Planning, 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, California, 94592. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ronald L. Pugh, Deputy Director, Ecosystem Planning, 707–562–8951. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Purpose and Need for Action The Pacific Southwest Region of the United States, United States Department of Agriculture, along with the Sierra, Inyo, and Sequoia National Forests, are initiating the first phase of the forest planning process pursuant to the 2012 Forest Planning Rule. Forest plans describe the strategic direction for management of forest resources for the next ten to fifteen years, and are adaptive and amendable as conditions change over time. This initial phase includes the assessment of resource condition and trend at the bioregional and forest scales. Although not required by the new Planning Rule, the Region will complete a Bio-Regional Assessment to help provide a landscape scale perspective to the required forest assessments. An assessment is the first step in revising forest plans. Under the 2012 Planning Rule, the planning process is continuous and includes three stages extending over the life of the Revised Forest Plan. The first stage is the assessment of resources, and occurs in the first year. The second stage is the formal process required by the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) and includes the preparation of Draft Environmental Impact Statements and Revised Forest Plan for public review and comment, and the preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Revised Forest Plan. We expect the second stage to take two years. The third stage of the process is monitoring and feedback, which is PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5165 ongoing over the life of the revised forest plans. We are committed to collaboration and to strengthening public engagement throughout the process. Collaboration and communication plans are being developed with the help of stakeholders at the regional and forest levels. Each plan is unique to the needs of the people and communities being served. The goal is not complete agreement; we seek common context and understanding. Regional and forest specialists have begun collecting information to describe existing resource conditions and trends. The Bio-Regional Assessment Report will be completed in July 2013. Responsible Official Regional Forester Randy Moore, Pacific Southwest Region, U.S.D.A. Forest Service. Nature of Decision To Be Made Region-wide conditions and trends will be addressed in the Bio-Regional Assessment to help provide a landscape scale context for the Sierra Nevada, southern Cascades, and the Modoc Plateau. The bio-regional Assessment Report will be completed in July 2013. Scoping Process At this phase of forest plan revision there is no formal Scoping Process; however, we are committed to collaboration and to strengthening public engagement throughout the process. A collaboration and communication plan that was developed with the help of stakeholders is in place. For information on current events, meetings, workshops, important dates and how to participate in forest plan revision, visit the Pacific Southwest Region 5 Web site: https:// www.fs.usda.gov/r5/; and Our Forest Place: https://ourforestplace.ning.com/. Dated: January 9, 2013. Randy Moore, Regional Forester. [FR Doc. 2013–01254 Filed 1–23–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–M DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Ashley Resource Advisory Committee Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: The Ashley Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Vernal, Utah. The committee is meeting SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24JAN1.SGM 24JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 16 (Thursday, January 24, 2013)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-NOP-12-0057; NOP-12-15]


Notice of Agricultural Management Assistance Organic 
Certification Cost-Share Program

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications From State 
Departments of Agriculture for the Agricultural Management Assistance 
Organic Certification Cost-Share Program.

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SUMMARY: This notice invites the following eligible States: 
Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, 
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, 
Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming, to submit an Application for 
Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), and to enter into a Cooperative 
Agreement with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for the 
allocation of organic certification cost-share funds. The AMS has 
allocated $1.425 million for this organic certification cost-share 
program. Funds are available to 16 designated States to provide cost-
share assistance to organic crop and livestock producers certified 
under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Organic Standards (7 
CFR 205) that either receive organic certification or incur expenses 
for continued certification during the period of October 1, 2012 
through September 30, 2013. Eligible States interested in obtaining 
cost-share funds for their organic producers must submit an Application 
for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424) via https://www.grants.gov 
and enter into a Cooperative Agreement with AMS for the allocation of 
funds.

DATES: Completed Applications for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 
424) and signed Cooperative Agreements must be received by February 7, 
2013.

ADDRESSES: Applications for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424) must 
be submitted via Grants.Gov. Paper applications will not be accepted. 
Instructions and additional information are available on the NOP Web 
site at https://www.ams.usda.gov/NOPCostSharing.
    Signed cooperative agreements should be sent via express mail to 
Patricia Atkins, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, National Organic 
Program, USDA/AMS/NOP, Room 2648-South, Ag Stop 0268, 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0268.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Atkins, Agricultural 
Marketing Specialist, NOP, USDA/AMS/NOP, Room 2648-South, Ag Stop 0268, 
1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0268; Telephone: 
(202) 720-3252. Email: Patricia.Atkins@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This Organic Certification Cost-Share 
Program is part of the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program 
authorized under the Federal Crop Insurance Act (FCIA), as amended, (7 
U.S.C. 1524). Under the applicable FCIA provisions, USDA is authorized 
to provide cost-share assistance to organic producers in the States of 
Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, 
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, 
Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The AMS has allocated $1.425 
million for this year's organic certification cost-share program. This 
program provides financial assistance to organic producers certified 
under the USDA Organic Regulations (7 CFR 205), which were authorized 
under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, as amended (7 U.S.C. 
6501 et seq.).
    To participate in the program, eligible States, through their State 
Departments of Agriculture, must complete an Application for Federal 
Assistance (Standard Form 424) and enter into a written Cooperative 
Agreement with AMS. State Departments of Agriculture refers to 
agencies, commissions, or departments of State government responsible 
for implementing regulation, policy or programs on agriculture within 
their State. The program will provide cost-share assistance, through 
participating States, to organic crop and livestock producers receiving 
certification or incurring expenses for the continuation of 
certification by a USDA accredited certifying agent during the period 
of October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013. USDA has determined that 
payments will be limited to 75% (seventy-five percent) of an individual 
producer's certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 (seven-hundred 
and fifty dollars).
    To receive cost-share assistance, organic crop and livestock 
producers should contact their State agencies. Procedures for applying 
are outlined in the cost share policies and procedures at https://1.usa.gov/OrganicCostShare. The total amount of cost-share payments 
provided to any eligible producer under all AMA programs cannot exceed 
$50,000.
    How To Submit Applications: To receive fund allocations to provide 
cost-share assistance, a State Department of Agriculture must complete 
an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), and enter 
into a written Cooperative Agreement with AMS. Interested States must 
submit the Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424) 
electronically via Grants.gov, the Federal grants Web site,

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at https://www.grants.gov. For information on how to use Grants.Gov, 
please consult https://www.grants.gov/GetRegistered. Applications must 
be received by February 7, 2013. Cooperative Agreements will be sent by 
the AMS to participating State Departments of Agriculture via express 
mail. The Cooperative Agreement must have the original signature of an 
official who has authority to apply for Federal assistance. The signed 
cooperative agreement must be sent by express mail or courier service 
and received by the NOP at the address under the Addresses section of 
this Notice by February 7, 2013.
    The AMA Organic Certification Cost-Share Program is listed in the 
``Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance'' under number 10.171. Subject 
agencies must adhere to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which 
bars discrimination in all Federally-assisted programs. Additional 
information on the AMA Organic Certification Cost-Share Program can be 
found on the NOP's Web site at https://www.ams.usda.gov/NOPCostSharing.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1524.

    Dated: January 18, 2013.
David R. Shipman,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2013-01409 Filed 1-23-13; 8:45 am]
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