Plant Variety Protection Board; Open Meeting, 63448 [2013-24820]

Download as PDF 63448 Notices Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 206 Thursday, October 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. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Document No. AMS–ST–13–0059] Plant Variety Protection Board; Open Meeting AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of meeting. This notice is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend an open meeting of the Plant Variety Protection Board. DATES: December 9, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and December 10, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., open to the public. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Water Tower Room of the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Maria Pratt, Plant Variety Protection Office, Science and Technology Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, United States Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250. Telephone number (202) 260–8983, fax (202) 260– 8976, or email: maria.pratt@ ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the provisions of section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C., Appendix 2), this notice is given regarding an upcoming Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Board meeting. The Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) (7 U.S.C. 2321 et seq.) provides legal protection in the form of intellectual property rights to developers of new varieties of plants, which are reproduced sexually by seed or are tuber-propagated. A Certificate of Plant Variety Protection is awarded to an owner of a crop variety after an examination shows that it is new, distinct from other varieties, genetically uniform and stable through successive mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Oct 23, 2013 Jkt 232001 generations. The term of protection is 20 years for most crops and 25 years for trees, shrubs, and vines. The PVPA also provides for a statutory Board (7 U.S.C. 2327). The duties of the Board are to: (1) Advise the Secretary concerning the adoption of rules and regulations to facilitate the proper administration of the Act; (2) provide advisory counsel to the Secretary on appeals concerning decisions on applications by the PVP Office and on requests for emergency public-interest compulsory licenses; and (3) advise the Secretary on any other matters under the Regulations and Rules of Practice and on all questions under Section 44 of the Act, ‘‘Public Interest in Wide Usage’’ (7 U.S.C. 2404). The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the PVP Office’s 2013 achievements, 2014 work plan and outreach plan, ongoing process improvements, updates on electronic applications/database conversion, plans for PVP recognition by other countries, the activity of the subcommittee to evaluate molecular techniques for PVP distinctness characterization and proposals for procedure changes. The proposed agenda for the PVP Board meeting will include a welcome by Department officials followed by a discussion focusing on program activities that encourage the development of new plant varieties and address appeals to the Secretary. The agenda will also include presentations on PVP plans for the future, electronic PVP application/computer database development, and the use of molecular markers for PVP applications. The meeting will be open to the public. Those wishing to attend or phone into the meeting are encouraged to pre-register by December 2, 2013 with the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Meeting Accommodations: The meeting hotel is ADA Compliant, and the USDA provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. If you require accommodations, such as sign language interpreter, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Determinations for reasonable accommodation will be made on a caseby-case basis. Minutes of the meeting will be available for public review 30 days following the meeting at the Internet Web site https:// www.ams.usda.gov/PVPO. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: October 17, 2013. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2013–24820 Filed 10–23–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE M DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2013–0017] Notice of Decision To Allow Interstate Movement of Sapote Fruit From Puerto Rico Into the Continental United States Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We are advising the public of our decision to begin allowing the interstate movement into the continental United States of fresh sapote fruit from Puerto Rico. Based on the findings of a pest risk analysis, which we made available to the public for review and comment through a previous notice, we believe that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the interstate movement of sapote fruit from Puerto Rico. DATES: Effective Date: October 24, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David Lamb, Regulatory Policy Specialist, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737– 1231; (301) 851–2103. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background Under the regulations in ‘‘Subpart— Regulated Articles From Hawaii and the Territories’’ (7 CFR 318.13–1 through 318.13–26, referred to below as the regulations), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits or restricts the interstate movement of fruits and vegetables into the continental United States from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to prevent plant pests and noxious weeds from being introduced into and spread within the continental United States. E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1

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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.

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Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 206 / Thursday, October 24, 2013 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Document No. AMS-ST-13-0059]


Plant Variety Protection Board; Open Meeting

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

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SUMMARY: This notice is intended to notify the public of their 
opportunity to attend an open meeting of the Plant Variety Protection 
Board.

DATES: December 9, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and December 10, 2013, 
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., open to the public.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Water Tower Room of the 
Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Maria Pratt, Plant Variety 
Protection Office, Science and Technology Programs, Agricultural 
Marketing Service, United States Department of Agriculture, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250. Telephone number (202) 
260-8983, fax (202) 260-8976, or email: maria.pratt@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the provisions of section 10(a) 
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C., Appendix 2), this 
notice is given regarding an upcoming Plant Variety Protection (PVP) 
Board meeting. The Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) (7 U.S.C. 2321 
et seq.) provides legal protection in the form of intellectual property 
rights to developers of new varieties of plants, which are reproduced 
sexually by seed or are tuber-propagated. A Certificate of Plant 
Variety Protection is awarded to an owner of a crop variety after an 
examination shows that it is new, distinct from other varieties, 
genetically uniform and stable through successive generations. The term 
of protection is 20 years for most crops and 25 years for trees, 
shrubs, and vines. The PVPA also provides for a statutory Board (7 
U.S.C. 2327). The duties of the Board are to: (1) Advise the Secretary 
concerning the adoption of rules and regulations to facilitate the 
proper administration of the Act; (2) provide advisory counsel to the 
Secretary on appeals concerning decisions on applications by the PVP 
Office and on requests for emergency public-interest compulsory 
licenses; and (3) advise the Secretary on any other matters under the 
Regulations and Rules of Practice and on all questions under Section 44 
of the Act, ``Public Interest in Wide Usage'' (7 U.S.C. 2404).
    The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the PVP Office's 2013 
achievements, 2014 work plan and outreach plan, ongoing process 
improvements, updates on electronic applications/database conversion, 
plans for PVP recognition by other countries, the activity of the 
subcommittee to evaluate molecular techniques for PVP distinctness 
characterization and proposals for procedure changes. The proposed 
agenda for the PVP Board meeting will include a welcome by Department 
officials followed by a discussion focusing on program activities that 
encourage the development of new plant varieties and address appeals to 
the Secretary. The agenda will also include presentations on PVP plans 
for the future, electronic PVP application/computer database 
development, and the use of molecular markers for PVP applications.
    The meeting will be open to the public. Those wishing to attend or 
phone into the meeting are encouraged to pre-register by December 2, 
2013 with the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. 
Meeting Accommodations: The meeting hotel is ADA Compliant, and the 
USDA provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities 
where appropriate. If you require accommodations, such as sign language 
interpreter, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT. Determinations for reasonable accommodation will 
be made on a case-by-case basis. Minutes of the meeting will be 
available for public review 30 days following the meeting at the 
Internet Web site https://www.ams.usda.gov/PVPO.

    Dated: October 17, 2013.
Rex A. Barnes,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-24820 Filed 10-23-13; 8:45 am]
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