United States Standards for Grades of Creole Onions, 52131-52132 [2013-20480]

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In addition, AMS would correct language and remove the ‘‘Unclassified’’ category from the standards. This revision would update the standards to more accurately represent today’s marketing practices and to provide the industry with greater flexibility. DATES: Comments must be received by October 21, 2013. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to the Standardization Branch, Specialty Crops Inspection Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Training and Development Center, Riverside Business Park, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, VA 22406; Fax: (540) 361–1199, or on the web at: www.regulation.gov. Comments should make reference to the dates and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection in the above office during regular business hours. Comments can also be viewed as submitted, including any personal information you provide, on the www.regulations.gov Web site. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Horner, Standardization Branch, Specialty Crops Inspection Division, (540) 361–1128. The current United States Standards for Grades of Creole Onions are available through the Specialty Crops Inspection Division Web site at www.ams.usda.gov/scihome. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 203(c) of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621–1627), as amended, directs and authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture ‘‘to develop and improve standards of quality, condition, quantity, grade and packaging and recommend and demonstrate such standards in order to encourage uniformity and consistency in commercial practices.’’ AMS is committed to carrying out this authority in a manner that facilitates the marketing of agricultural commodities and makes copies of official standards available upon request. The United States Standards for Grades of Fruits and Vegetables not connected with Federal Marketing Orders or U.S. Import Requirements, no longer appear in the tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:07 Aug 21, 2013 Jkt 229001 Code of Federal Regulations, but are maintained by USDA, AMS, Fruit and Vegetable Program, and are available on the internet at www.ams.usda.gov/ scihome. AMS is revising the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Creole Onions using the procedures that appear in Part 36, Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36). Background and Proposed Notice AMS has observed that the industry is packing mixed colors of onions, primarily in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Texas. Currently, the Creole onion standards do not permit mixing white onions with yellow to brownish red onions in the same pack. The proposed revision will provide the flexibility for shippers and packers to do so. AMS believes that permitting mixed colors when designated as a specialty or mixed pack will facilitate the marketing of onions by aligning the standards with current marketing practices. Therefore, AMS proposes to amend the similar varietal characteristic requirement in the U.S. No. 1 and U.S. No. 2 sections of the standards by adding ‘‘except color when designated as a specialty or mixed pack.’’ The U.S. Combination grade section also would be affected by this change. In addition, AMS would eliminate the ‘‘Unclassified’’ section. AMS is removing this section in standards, for all commodities, as they are revised. This category is not a grade and only serves to show that no grade has been applied to the lot. It is no longer considered necessary. Furthermore, AMS would replace the capital ‘‘S’’ with a small ‘‘s’’ on the word ‘‘Seedstems’’ found in the U.S. No. 1 and U.S. No. 2 sections of the standards. The word ‘‘seedstems’’ was inadvertently capitalized when the Creole onion standards were reformatted. AMS believes the proposed revisions will benefit the industry by allowing onion marketing to be more competitive in an evolving U.S. economy. This notice provides for a 60 day comment period for interested parties to comment on the proposed revisions in the standards. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621—1627. Dated: August 16, 2013. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2013–20480 Filed 8–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). 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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 163 (Thursday, August 22, 2013)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. Number AMS-FV-13-0018]


United States Standards for Grades of Creole Onions

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This Notice would revise the United States Standards for 
Grades of Creole Onions, which were issued under the Agricultural 
Marketing Act of 1946. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is 
proposing to amend the similar varietal characteristic requirement to 
allow mixed colors of onions when designated as a mixed or specialty 
pack. In addition, AMS would correct language and remove the 
``Unclassified'' category from the standards. This revision would 
update the standards to more accurately represent today's marketing 
practices and to provide the industry with greater flexibility.

DATES: Comments must be received by October 21, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to 
the Standardization Branch, Specialty Crops Inspection Division, Fruit 
and Vegetable Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department 
of Agriculture, National Training and Development Center, Riverside 
Business Park, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, VA 
22406; Fax: (540) 361-1199, or on the web at: www.regulation.gov. 
Comments should make reference to the dates and page number of this 
issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public 
inspection in the above office during regular business hours. Comments 
can also be viewed as submitted, including any personal information you 
provide, on the www.regulations.gov Web site.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Horner, Standardization Branch, 
Specialty Crops Inspection Division, (540) 361-1128. The current United 
States Standards for Grades of Creole Onions are available through the 
Specialty Crops Inspection Division Web site at www.ams.usda.gov/scihome.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 203(c) of the Agricultural Marketing 
Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621-1627), as amended, directs and authorizes 
the Secretary of Agriculture ``to develop and improve standards of 
quality, condition, quantity, grade and packaging and recommend and 
demonstrate such standards in order to encourage uniformity and 
consistency in commercial practices.'' AMS is committed to carrying out 
this authority in a manner that facilitates the marketing of 
agricultural commodities and makes copies of official standards 
available upon request. The United States Standards for Grades of 
Fruits and Vegetables not connected with Federal Marketing Orders or 
U.S. Import Requirements, no longer appear in the Code of Federal 
Regulations, but are maintained by USDA, AMS, Fruit and Vegetable 
Program, and are available on the internet at www.ams.usda.gov/scihome.
    AMS is revising the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of 
Creole Onions using the procedures that appear in Part 36, Title 7 of 
the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36).

Background and Proposed Notice

    AMS has observed that the industry is packing mixed colors of 
onions, primarily in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Texas. Currently, 
the Creole onion standards do not permit mixing white onions with 
yellow to brownish red onions in the same pack. The proposed revision 
will provide the flexibility for shippers and packers to do so. AMS 
believes that permitting mixed colors when designated as a specialty or 
mixed pack will facilitate the marketing of onions by aligning the 
standards with current marketing practices. Therefore, AMS proposes to 
amend the similar varietal characteristic requirement in the U.S. No. 1 
and U.S. No. 2 sections of the standards by adding ``except color when 
designated as a specialty or mixed pack.'' The U.S. Combination grade 
section also would be affected by this change.
    In addition, AMS would eliminate the ``Unclassified'' section. AMS 
is removing this section in standards, for all commodities, as they are 
revised. This category is not a grade and only serves to show that no 
grade has been applied to the lot. It is no longer considered 
necessary.
    Furthermore, AMS would replace the capital ``S'' with a small ``s'' 
on the word ``Seedstems'' found in the U.S. No. 1 and U.S. No. 2 
sections of the standards. The word ``seedstems'' was inadvertently 
capitalized when the Creole onion standards were reformatted.
    AMS believes the proposed revisions will benefit the industry by 
allowing onion marketing to be more competitive in an evolving U.S. 
economy. This notice provides for a 60 day comment period for 
interested parties to comment on the proposed revisions in the 
standards.

    Authority:  7 U.S.C. 1621--1627.

    Dated: August 16, 2013.
Rex A. Barnes,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-20480 Filed 8-21-13; 8:45 am]
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