Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Extra Long Staple Cotton Crop Provisions, 70485-70487 [2013-28319]

Download as PDF 70485 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 228 Tuesday, November 26, 2013 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. Prices of new books are listed in the first FEDERAL REGISTER issue of each week. E-Government Act Compliance FCIC is committed to complying with the E-Government Act of 2002, to promote the use of the Internet and other information technologies to provide increased opportunities for citizen access to Government information and services, and for other purposes. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Federal Crop Insurance Corporation 7 CFR Part 457 [Docket No. FCIC–13–0002] RIN 0563–AC41 Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Extra Long Staple Cotton Crop Provisions Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, USDA. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes amendments made to the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Extra Long Staple Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions to make the Extra Long Staple (ELS) Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions consistent with the Upland Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions and to allow a late planting period. The intended effect of this action is to provide policy changes to better meet the needs of the producers. The changes will be effective for the 2014 and succeeding crop years. DATES: This rule is effective November 26, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Hoffmann, Director, Product Administration and Standards Division, Risk Management Agency, United States Department of Agriculture, Beacon Facility, Stop 0812, Room 421, P.O. Box 419205, Kansas City, MO 64141–6205, telephone (816) 926–7730. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: Executive Order 12866 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has determined that this rule is not-significant for the purpose of Executive Order 12866 and, therefore, it has not been reviewed by OMB. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:32 Nov 25, 2013 Jkt 232001 Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 Pursuant to the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the collections of information in this rule have been approved by OMB under control number 0563–0053. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) establishes requirements for Federal agencies to assess the effects of their regulatory actions on State, local, and tribal governments and the private sector. This rule contains no Federal mandates (under the regulatory provisions of title II of the UMRA) for State, local, and tribal governments or the private sector. Therefore, this rule is not subject to the requirements of sections 202 and 205 of UMRA. Executive Order 13132 It has been determined under section 1(a) of Executive Order 13132, Federalism, that this rule does not have sufficient implications to warrant consultation with the States. The provisions contained in this rule will not have a substantial direct effect on States, or on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Executive Order 13175 This rule has been reviewed in accordance with the requirements of Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments. The review reveals that this regulation will not have substantial and direct effects on Tribal governments and will not have significant Tribal implications. Regulatory Flexibility Act FCIC certifies that this regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 entities. Program requirements for the Federal crop insurance program are the same for all producers regardless of the size of their farming operation. For instance, all producers are required to submit an application and acreage report to establish their insurance guarantees and compute premium amounts, and all producers are required to submit a notice of loss and production information to determine the amount of an indemnity payment in the event of an insured cause of crop loss. Whether a producer has 10 acres or 1000 acres, there is no difference in the kind of information collected. To ensure crop insurance is available to small entities, the Federal Crop Insurance Act authorizes FCIC to waive collection of administrative fees from limited resource farmers. FCIC believes this waiver helps to ensure that small entities are given the same opportunities as large entities to manage their risks through the use of crop insurance. A Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has not been prepared since this regulation does not have an impact on small entities, and therefore, this regulation is exempt from the provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605). Federal Assistance Program This program is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under No. 10.450. Executive Order 12372 This program is not subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372, which require intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials. See the Notice related to 7 CFR part 3015, subpart V, published at 48 FR 29115, June 24, 1983. Executive Order 12988 This rule has been reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 12988 on civil justice reform. The provisions of this rule will not have a retroactive effect. The provisions of this rule will preempt State and local laws to the extent such State and local laws are inconsistent herewith. With respect to any direct action taken by FCIC or action by FCIC to require the insurance provider to take specific action under the terms of the crop insurance policy, the administrative appeal provisions published at 7 CFR part 11 must be exhausted before any action against FCIC for judicial review may be brought. E:\FR\FM\26NOR1.SGM 26NOR1 70486 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 228 / Tuesday, November 26, 2013 / Rules and Regulations Environmental Evaluation This action is not expected to have a significant economic impact on the quality of the human environment, health, or safety. Therefore, neither an Environmental Assessment nor an Environmental Impact Statement is needed. Background This rule finalizes changes to the Common Crop Insurance Regulations (7 CFR part 457), Extra Long Staple Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions (7 CFR 457.105) that were published by FCIC on July 05, 2013, as a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register 78 FR 47214. The public was afforded 30 days to submit comments after the regulation was published in the Federal Register. A total of 18 comments were received from 4 commenters. The commenters were two insurance providers, an insurance service organization, and a producer organization. The public comments received regarding the proposed rule and FCIC’s responses to the comments are as follows: rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES General Comment: A commenter stated they support the proposed regulation. Response: FCIC thanks the commenter for their review of the proposed rule and their support. Section 9—Duties in the Event of Loss or Damage Comment: Several commenters asked if it was intentional to reverse the heading from ‘‘. . . Damage or Loss’’, to ‘‘. . . Loss or Damage’’, and if so, why, since section 9(a) retains the phrase ‘‘damage or loss’’. Response: The change was unintentional. FCIC agrees and has changed the heading to ‘‘Duties in the Event of Damage or Loss’’. Comment: Several commenters questioned the need for the provision which requires stalks to be left to allow for a visual inspection. Commenters realized that the proposed language in this section is identical to the language in the Cotton Crop Provisions with regard to leaving the stalks so a stalk inspection can be made. However, commenters requested whether consideration should be given that with modern harvesting equipment, the requirement to visually inspect the crop to make sure the stalk was cleanly harvested is not much of an issue anymore. Commenters stated that various university extension agencies recommend cotton stalks be destroyed as soon as possible after the crop has VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:32 Nov 25, 2013 Jkt 232001 been harvested. Commenters believe the provision is unnecessary and difficult to administer. If the ELS Cotton Crop Provisions does change, they request the Cotton Crop Provisions make the same change. Response: FCIC believes the ability to do a stalk inspection is important for purposes of program integrity. During large claim reviews, FCIC found multiple units with no discernible break between the irrigated and non-irrigated units, and sometimes found planting and harvesting continuing across unit lines, which results the acreage not qualifying for optional units. Without a stalk inspection, it may not have been possible to identify these discrepancies. Also, if a stalk inspection shows the insured did not completely harvest the field, then the production left in the field is considered production from an uninsurable cause of loss. FCIC has reviewed the stock inspection procedure and found stalk inspections are still an important part of the cotton crop insurance program to reduce possible abuse in the program. Loss adjusters are given flexibility to give written consent to the insured to destroy stalks without a stalk inspection on a case-by-case basis. No change has been made in the final rule. Comment: Several commenters suggested deleting the phrase ‘‘. . . and required samples must not be harvested, . . .’’ in section 9(a)(2) because that is covered in the Basic Provisions. One commenter agreed with the phrase. Response: FCIC disagrees with removing the phrase. The provision applies to both stalk inspections and samples, which are two separate issues because the stalk inspection is postharvest and the samples left for quality adjustment are pre-harvest. Removing the language pertaining to samples will likely increase confusion because it will be unclear if the policy provisions pertain to stalk inspections or samples. This cotton provision applies to stalks and samples, where the section in the Basic Provisions only applies to samples. Leaving the language for both stalk inspections and samples in the same provision as proposed makes loss procedures easier to understand. No change has been made in the final rule. Section 11—Late Planting Comment: Several commenters are concerned with placing the late planting period in the Special Provisions. Commenters are unsure where this provision will apply, what the reduction will be and how long the late planting period will be. They requested FCIC publish this type of information in the proposed and final rule. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Response: The determination of where and how late planting will be applied is meant to be tailored regionally, as it may not be appropriate to include a late planting period in all areas where ELS cotton crop insurance is available. Placing the late planting period availability in the Special Provisions provides FCIC the flexibility to add a late planting period in areas where it may be deemed appropriate. FCIC will use the Cooperative Extension System or other industry experts to determine if a late planting period may be deemed appropriate and actuarially sound. No change has been made in the final rule. Comment: Several commenters asked how they will know if the late planting period is different than shown in the table for crops in the Crop Insurance Handbook (CIH). Response: The option for providing a late planting period will be specified in the Special Provisions, which are a part of the insurance contract and provided to insureds annually. The CIH also includes a footnote saying ‘‘Crop Provisions may indicate a different percentage coverage reduction and/or the Crop Provisions or Special Provisions may modify the number of days contained in the late planting period.’’ Other crops already alter late planting periods and coverage through the Special Provisions. No change has been made in the final rule. Section 12—Prevented Planting Comment: Several commenters requested changes to the prevented planting language, but understood it could not be changed until another proposed rule. Response: FCIC agrees this was not proposed and a change cannot be made at this time. Good cause is shown to make this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. Good cause to make a rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register exists when the 30-day delay in the effective date is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. With respect to the provisions of this final rule, it would be contrary to the public interest to delay its implementation because public interest is served by implementing the ELS Cotton Provisions because it enhances coverage and increases program integrity because it: (1) Adds a late planting period, for areas determined to be applicable, for ELS cotton by Special Provision; and (2) clarifies stalk inspection and claims to make it the same as Cotton Crop Provisions. E:\FR\FM\26NOR1.SGM 26NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 228 / Tuesday, November 26, 2013 / Rules and Regulations Delaying the implementation of these provisions, which make a sounder, more stable program, would be contrary to the public interest. If FCIC is required to delay the implementation of this rule until 30 days after the date of publication, the provisions of this rule could not be implemented until the 2015 crop year for those crops having a contract change date prior to the effective date of this publication. For the reasons stated above, good cause exists to make these policy changes effective upon publication in the Federal Register. List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 457 Crop insurance, Extra long staple cotton, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. BILLING CODE 3410–08–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0750; Directorate Identifier 2013–NE–25–AD; Amendment 39– 17672; AD 2013–23–17] PART 457—COMMON CROP INSURANCE REGULATIONS RIN 2120–AA64 1. The authority citation for 7 CFR part 457 continues to read as follows: ■ Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1506(1), 1506(o). § 457.105 Extra long staple cotton crop insurance provisions. rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES * * * * 9. Duties in the Event of Damage or Loss. (a) In addition to your duties under section 14 of the Basic Provisions, in the event of damage or loss: (1) You must give us notice if you intend to replant any acreage originally planted to ELS cotton to AUP cotton. (2) The cotton stalks must remain intact for our inspection. The stalks must not be destroyed, and required samples must not be harvested, until the earlier of our inspection or 15 days after harvest of the balance of the unit is completed and written notice of probable loss is given to us. (b) Representative samples are required in accordance with section 14 of the Basic Provisions. * * * * * 11. Late Planting. (a) A late planting period is applicable to ELS cotton, if allowed by the Special Provisions. 14:32 Nov 25, 2013 Jkt 232001 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: 2. Amend § 457.105 as follows: a. Amend the introductory text by removing ‘‘2012’’ and adding ‘‘2014’’ in its place; ■ b. Revise section 9; and ■ c. Revise section 11. The revisions read as follows: ■ ■ VerDate Mar<15>2010 Signed in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2013. Brandon Willis, Manager, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. [FR Doc. 2013–28319 Filed 11–25–13; 8:45 am] Final Rule Accordingly, as set forth in the preamble, the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation amends 7 CFR part 457 effective for the 2014 and succeeding crop years as follows: * (b) If the Special Provisions do not provide for a late planting period, any ELS cotton that is planted after the final planting date will not be insured unless you were prevented from planting it by the final planting date. Such acreage will be insurable, and the production guarantee and premium for the acreage will be determined in accordance with section 16 of the Basic Provisions. * * * * * We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for RollsRoyce plc (RR) RB211–535E4–37, –535E4–B–37, –535E4–C–37, RB211Trent 768–60, 772–60, and 772B– 60 turbofan engines. This AD requires removal of certain high-pressure (HP) and intermediate-pressure (IP) turbine discs before their accumulated cyclic lives have reached the revised limits. This AD was prompted by a report of an HP disc contaminated with a steel inclusion. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the HP or IP turbine disc, uncontained engine failure, and damage to the airplane. DATES: This AD becomes effective December 11, 2013. We must receive comments on this AD by January 10, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 70487 Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: 202–493–2251. For service information identified in this AD, contact Rolls-Royce plc, Corporate Communications, P.O. Box 31, Derby, DE24 8BJ, UK; phone: 44–0– 1332–242424; fax: 44–0–1332–249936; email: https://www.rolls-royce.com/ contact/civil_team.jsp. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7125. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https:// www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI), the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (phone: 800– 647–5527) is the same as the Mail address provided in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frederick Zink, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238–7779; fax: 781–238– 7199; email: frederick.zink@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA AD 2013– 0155, dated July 18, 2013 (referred to herein after as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: During a recent inspection of a high pressure (HP) turbine disc forged by a specific supplier, the disc was found to be contaminated with a steel inclusion, due to an inadequate cleaning procedure in the operation of the melt furnace, following a steel melt. Analysis of melt and inspection data concluded that all discs manufactured from the batch of material in which this steel inclusion was found, had a significant risk of containing steel inclusions. Rolls-Royce has carried out an analysis of the effect of the E:\FR\FM\26NOR1.SGM 26NOR1

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Rules and Regulations

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Federal Crop Insurance Corporation

7 CFR Part 457

[Docket No. FCIC-13-0002]
RIN 0563-AC41


Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Extra Long Staple Cotton Crop 
Provisions

AGENCY: Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, USDA.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes 
amendments made to the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Extra Long 
Staple Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions to make the Extra Long Staple 
(ELS) Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions consistent with the Upland 
Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions and to allow a late planting period. 
The intended effect of this action is to provide policy changes to 
better meet the needs of the producers. The changes will be effective 
for the 2014 and succeeding crop years.

DATES: This rule is effective November 26, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Hoffmann, Director, Product 
Administration and Standards Division, Risk Management Agency, United 
States Department of Agriculture, Beacon Facility, Stop 0812, Room 421, 
P.O. Box 419205, Kansas City, MO 64141-6205, telephone (816) 926-7730.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Executive Order 12866

    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has determined that this 
rule is not-significant for the purpose of Executive Order 12866 and, 
therefore, it has not been reviewed by OMB.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    Pursuant to the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the collections of information in this rule 
have been approved by OMB under control number 0563-0053.

E-Government Act Compliance

    FCIC is committed to complying with the E-Government Act of 2002, 
to promote the use of the Internet and other information technologies 
to provide increased opportunities for citizen access to Government 
information and services, and for other purposes.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) 
establishes requirements for Federal agencies to assess the effects of 
their regulatory actions on State, local, and tribal governments and 
the private sector. This rule contains no Federal mandates (under the 
regulatory provisions of title II of the UMRA) for State, local, and 
tribal governments or the private sector. Therefore, this rule is not 
subject to the requirements of sections 202 and 205 of UMRA.

Executive Order 13132

    It has been determined under section 1(a) of Executive Order 13132, 
Federalism, that this rule does not have sufficient implications to 
warrant consultation with the States. The provisions contained in this 
rule will not have a substantial direct effect on States, or on the 
relationship between the national government and the States, or on the 
distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of 
government.

Executive Order 13175

    This rule has been reviewed in accordance with the requirements of 
Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal 
Governments. The review reveals that this regulation will not have 
substantial and direct effects on Tribal governments and will not have 
significant Tribal implications.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    FCIC certifies that this regulation will not have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Program 
requirements for the Federal crop insurance program are the same for 
all producers regardless of the size of their farming operation. For 
instance, all producers are required to submit an application and 
acreage report to establish their insurance guarantees and compute 
premium amounts, and all producers are required to submit a notice of 
loss and production information to determine the amount of an indemnity 
payment in the event of an insured cause of crop loss. Whether a 
producer has 10 acres or 1000 acres, there is no difference in the kind 
of information collected. To ensure crop insurance is available to 
small entities, the Federal Crop Insurance Act authorizes FCIC to waive 
collection of administrative fees from limited resource farmers. FCIC 
believes this waiver helps to ensure that small entities are given the 
same opportunities as large entities to manage their risks through the 
use of crop insurance. A Regulatory Flexibility Analysis has not been 
prepared since this regulation does not have an impact on small 
entities, and therefore, this regulation is exempt from the provisions 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605).

Federal Assistance Program

    This program is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic 
Assistance under No. 10.450.

Executive Order 12372

    This program is not subject to the provisions of Executive Order 
12372, which require intergovernmental consultation with State and 
local officials. See the Notice related to 7 CFR part 3015, subpart V, 
published at 48 FR 29115, June 24, 1983.

Executive Order 12988

    This rule has been reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 
12988 on civil justice reform. The provisions of this rule will not 
have a retroactive effect. The provisions of this rule will preempt 
State and local laws to the extent such State and local laws are 
inconsistent herewith. With respect to any direct action taken by FCIC 
or action by FCIC to require the insurance provider to take specific 
action under the terms of the crop insurance policy, the administrative 
appeal provisions published at 7 CFR part 11 must be exhausted before 
any action against FCIC for judicial review may be brought.

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Environmental Evaluation

    This action is not expected to have a significant economic impact 
on the quality of the human environment, health, or safety. Therefore, 
neither an Environmental Assessment nor an Environmental Impact 
Statement is needed.

Background

    This rule finalizes changes to the Common Crop Insurance 
Regulations (7 CFR part 457), Extra Long Staple Cotton Crop Insurance 
Provisions (7 CFR 457.105) that were published by FCIC on July 05, 
2013, as a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register 78 FR 
47214. The public was afforded 30 days to submit comments after the 
regulation was published in the Federal Register.
    A total of 18 comments were received from 4 commenters. The 
commenters were two insurance providers, an insurance service 
organization, and a producer organization.
    The public comments received regarding the proposed rule and FCIC's 
responses to the comments are as follows:

General

    Comment: A commenter stated they support the proposed regulation.
    Response: FCIC thanks the commenter for their review of the 
proposed rule and their support.

Section 9--Duties in the Event of Loss or Damage

    Comment: Several commenters asked if it was intentional to reverse 
the heading from ``. . . Damage or Loss'', to ``. . . Loss or Damage'', 
and if so, why, since section 9(a) retains the phrase ``damage or 
loss''.
    Response: The change was unintentional. FCIC agrees and has changed 
the heading to ``Duties in the Event of Damage or Loss''.
    Comment: Several commenters questioned the need for the provision 
which requires stalks to be left to allow for a visual inspection. 
Commenters realized that the proposed language in this section is 
identical to the language in the Cotton Crop Provisions with regard to 
leaving the stalks so a stalk inspection can be made. However, 
commenters requested whether consideration should be given that with 
modern harvesting equipment, the requirement to visually inspect the 
crop to make sure the stalk was cleanly harvested is not much of an 
issue anymore. Commenters stated that various university extension 
agencies recommend cotton stalks be destroyed as soon as possible after 
the crop has been harvested. Commenters believe the provision is 
unnecessary and difficult to administer. If the ELS Cotton Crop 
Provisions does change, they request the Cotton Crop Provisions make 
the same change.
    Response: FCIC believes the ability to do a stalk inspection is 
important for purposes of program integrity. During large claim 
reviews, FCIC found multiple units with no discernible break between 
the irrigated and non-irrigated units, and sometimes found planting and 
harvesting continuing across unit lines, which results the acreage not 
qualifying for optional units. Without a stalk inspection, it may not 
have been possible to identify these discrepancies. Also, if a stalk 
inspection shows the insured did not completely harvest the field, then 
the production left in the field is considered production from an 
uninsurable cause of loss. FCIC has reviewed the stock inspection 
procedure and found stalk inspections are still an important part of 
the cotton crop insurance program to reduce possible abuse in the 
program. Loss adjusters are given flexibility to give written consent 
to the insured to destroy stalks without a stalk inspection on a case-
by-case basis. No change has been made in the final rule.
    Comment: Several commenters suggested deleting the phrase ``. . . 
and required samples must not be harvested, . . .'' in section 9(a)(2) 
because that is covered in the Basic Provisions. One commenter agreed 
with the phrase.
    Response: FCIC disagrees with removing the phrase. The provision 
applies to both stalk inspections and samples, which are two separate 
issues because the stalk inspection is post-harvest and the samples 
left for quality adjustment are pre-harvest. Removing the language 
pertaining to samples will likely increase confusion because it will be 
unclear if the policy provisions pertain to stalk inspections or 
samples. This cotton provision applies to stalks and samples, where the 
section in the Basic Provisions only applies to samples. Leaving the 
language for both stalk inspections and samples in the same provision 
as proposed makes loss procedures easier to understand. No change has 
been made in the final rule.

Section 11--Late Planting

    Comment: Several commenters are concerned with placing the late 
planting period in the Special Provisions. Commenters are unsure where 
this provision will apply, what the reduction will be and how long the 
late planting period will be. They requested FCIC publish this type of 
information in the proposed and final rule.
    Response: The determination of where and how late planting will be 
applied is meant to be tailored regionally, as it may not be 
appropriate to include a late planting period in all areas where ELS 
cotton crop insurance is available. Placing the late planting period 
availability in the Special Provisions provides FCIC the flexibility to 
add a late planting period in areas where it may be deemed appropriate. 
FCIC will use the Cooperative Extension System or other industry 
experts to determine if a late planting period may be deemed 
appropriate and actuarially sound. No change has been made in the final 
rule.
    Comment: Several commenters asked how they will know if the late 
planting period is different than shown in the table for crops in the 
Crop Insurance Handbook (CIH).
    Response: The option for providing a late planting period will be 
specified in the Special Provisions, which are a part of the insurance 
contract and provided to insureds annually. The CIH also includes a 
footnote saying ``Crop Provisions may indicate a different percentage 
coverage reduction and/or the Crop Provisions or Special Provisions may 
modify the number of days contained in the late planting period.'' 
Other crops already alter late planting periods and coverage through 
the Special Provisions. No change has been made in the final rule.

Section 12--Prevented Planting

    Comment: Several commenters requested changes to the prevented 
planting language, but understood it could not be changed until another 
proposed rule.
    Response: FCIC agrees this was not proposed and a change cannot be 
made at this time.
    Good cause is shown to make this rule effective less than 30 days 
after publication in the Federal Register. Good cause to make a rule 
effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register 
exists when the 30-day delay in the effective date is impracticable, 
unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.
    With respect to the provisions of this final rule, it would be 
contrary to the public interest to delay its implementation because 
public interest is served by implementing the ELS Cotton Provisions 
because it enhances coverage and increases program integrity because 
it: (1) Adds a late planting period, for areas determined to be 
applicable, for ELS cotton by Special Provision; and (2) clarifies 
stalk inspection and claims to make it the same as Cotton Crop 
Provisions.

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Delaying the implementation of these provisions, which make a sounder, 
more stable program, would be contrary to the public interest.
    If FCIC is required to delay the implementation of this rule until 
30 days after the date of publication, the provisions of this rule 
could not be implemented until the 2015 crop year for those crops 
having a contract change date prior to the effective date of this 
publication.
    For the reasons stated above, good cause exists to make these 
policy changes effective upon publication in the Federal Register.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 457

    Crop insurance, Extra long staple cotton, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements.

Final Rule

    Accordingly, as set forth in the preamble, the Federal Crop 
Insurance Corporation amends 7 CFR part 457 effective for the 2014 and 
succeeding crop years as follows:

PART 457--COMMON CROP INSURANCE REGULATIONS

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1. The authority citation for 7 CFR part 457 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1506(1), 1506(o).


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2. Amend Sec.  457.105 as follows:
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a. Amend the introductory text by removing ``2012'' and adding ``2014'' 
in its place;
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b. Revise section 9; and
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c. Revise section 11.
    The revisions read as follows:


Sec.  457.105  Extra long staple cotton crop insurance provisions.

* * * * *
    9. Duties in the Event of Damage or Loss.
    (a) In addition to your duties under section 14 of the Basic 
Provisions, in the event of damage or loss:
    (1) You must give us notice if you intend to replant any acreage 
originally planted to ELS cotton to AUP cotton.
    (2) The cotton stalks must remain intact for our inspection. The 
stalks must not be destroyed, and required samples must not be 
harvested, until the earlier of our inspection or 15 days after harvest 
of the balance of the unit is completed and written notice of probable 
loss is given to us.
    (b) Representative samples are required in accordance with section 
14 of the Basic Provisions.
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    11. Late Planting.
    (a) A late planting period is applicable to ELS cotton, if allowed 
by the Special Provisions.
    (b) If the Special Provisions do not provide for a late planting 
period, any ELS cotton that is planted after the final planting date 
will not be insured unless you were prevented from planting it by the 
final planting date. Such acreage will be insurable, and the production 
guarantee and premium for the acreage will be determined in accordance 
with section 16 of the Basic Provisions.
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    Signed in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2013.
Brandon Willis,
Manager, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.
[FR Doc. 2013-28319 Filed 11-25-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-08-P