United States Standards for Grades of Okra, 63158 [2013-24818]

Download as PDF 63158 Notices Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 205 Wednesday, October 23, 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. maintained by the 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 Okra using the procedures in Part 36, Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR Part 36). These standards were last revised December 18, 1928. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Background and Response to Comments Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. Number AMS–FV–11–0054; FV–13– 331] United States Standards for Grades of Okra Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Final notice. AGENCY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is revising the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Okra by removing the ‘‘Unclassified’’ category from the standards. SUMMARY: DATES: Effective: November 22, 2013. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Horner, Standardization Branch, Specialty Crops Inspection Division, telephone: (540) 361–1128 or 1150. The revised United States Standards for Grades of Okra are available on 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. Because the United States Standards for Grades of Fruits and Vegetables are not connected with Federal marketing orders or U.S. import requirements, they no longer appear in the Code of Federal Regulations. They are, however, VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:13 Oct 22, 2013 Jkt 232001 Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: October 17, 2013. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2013–24818 Filed 10–22–13; 8:45 am] PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Farm Service Agency Information Collection; Guaranteed Farm Loan Program Farm Service Agency, USDA. Notice of re-opening of a public comment period. AGENCY: ACTION: The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reopening and extending the comment period for 60 days to allow interested individuals and organizations to comment on the extension and revision of a currently approved information collection associated with the Guaranteed Farm Loan Program. The amended estimate adds the merger of the information collection for the Land Contract Guarantee Program (0560– 0279) into the Guaranteed Farm Loan Program. This information collection is used to make and service loans guaranteed by FSA to eligible farmers and ranchers by commercial lenders and to provide guarantees to the seller of a farm through the use of land contracts. DATES: We will consider comments that we receive by December 23, 2013. 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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: On February 9, 2012, AMS published a notice in the Federal Register (77 FR 6772) soliciting comments about removing the ‘‘unclassified’’ section and any other possible revision to the United States Standards for Grades of Okra. The public comment period closed on April 9, 2012, with no responses. On May 1, 2013, AMS published a second notice in the Federal Register (78 FR 25416) soliciting comments about removing the ‘‘unclassified’’ section from the United States Standards for Grades of Okra. The public comment period closed on May 31, 2013, with no responses. Based on the information gathered, AMS will remove and reserve ‘‘Section 51.3946 Unclassified.’’ The revision will bring the okra standards in line with current marketing practices and other commodity standards. This section is being removed in standards for all commodities as they are revised. It is no longer considered necessary since it is not a grade and only serves to show that no grade has been applied to the lot. The official grade of a lot of okra covered by these standards will be determined by the procedures set forth in the Regulations Governing Inspection, Certification, and Standards of Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Other Products (Sec. 51.1 to 51.61). The revisions to the United States Standards for Grades of Okra will be effective 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register. BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Description of Information Collection Title: Guaranteed Farm Loans. OMB Control Number: 0560–0155. Expiration Date of Approval: 01/31/ 2014. E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1

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delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency 
statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
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Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 205 / Wednesday, October 23, 2013 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. Number AMS-FV-11-0054; FV-13-331]


United States Standards for Grades of Okra

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Final notice.

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SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) is revising the voluntary United States Standards 
for Grades of Okra by removing the ``Unclassified'' category from the 
standards.

DATES: Effective: November 22, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Horner, Standardization Branch, 
Specialty Crops Inspection Division, telephone: (540) 361-1128 or 1150. 
The revised United States Standards for Grades of Okra are available on 
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. Because the United States Standards for Grades 
of Fruits and Vegetables are not connected with Federal marketing 
orders or U.S. import requirements, they no longer appear in the Code 
of Federal Regulations. They are, however, maintained by the 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 
Okra using the procedures in Part 36, Title 7 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (7 CFR Part 36). These standards were last revised December 
18, 1928.

Background and Response to Comments

    On February 9, 2012, AMS published a notice in the Federal Register 
(77 FR 6772) soliciting comments about removing the ``unclassified'' 
section and any other possible revision to the United States Standards 
for Grades of Okra. The public comment period closed on April 9, 2012, 
with no responses.
    On May 1, 2013, AMS published a second notice in the Federal 
Register (78 FR 25416) soliciting comments about removing the 
``unclassified'' section from the United States Standards for Grades of 
Okra. The public comment period closed on May 31, 2013, with no 
responses.
    Based on the information gathered, AMS will remove and reserve 
``Section 51.3946 Unclassified.'' The revision will bring the okra 
standards in line with current marketing practices and other commodity 
standards. This section is being removed in standards for all 
commodities as they are revised. It is no longer considered necessary 
since it is not a grade and only serves to show that no grade has been 
applied to the lot.
    The official grade of a lot of okra covered by these standards will 
be determined by the procedures set forth in the Regulations Governing 
Inspection, Certification, and Standards of Fresh Fruits, Vegetables 
and Other Products (Sec. 51.1 to 51.61).
    The revisions to the United States Standards for Grades of Okra 
will be effective 30 days after publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register.

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

    Dated: October 17, 2013.
Rex A. Barnes,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-24818 Filed 10-22-13; 8:45 am]
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