National Organic Standards Board (NOSB): Notice of Intent To Renew Charter and Call for Nominations, 13982-13983 [2014-05372]

Download as PDF tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 13982 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 48 / Wednesday, March 12, 2014 / Notices information on this program). The existence of a CN label on a product assures schools and other Child Nutrition Program operators that the product contributes to the meal pattern requirements as printed on the label. However, there is no Federal requirement that commercial products must have a CN label statement in order to be included in meals served by schools and institutions. AMS officially opened the CN Labeling Program Operations Office on January 19, 2010. To participate in the CN Labeling Program, a manufacturer submits a label application to AMS for evaluation. AMS reviews the product formulation to determine the contribution a serving of the product makes towards the foodbased meal pattern requirements. The application form submitted to AMS is the same application form that a manufacturer submits to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Labeling and Program Delivery Division for review of meat and poultry labels. Participation in the CN Labeling Program is voluntary and manufacturers who wish to place a CN label on their products must comply with CN Labeling Program requirements. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 15 minutes per response. Respondents: Manufacturers who produce food for the school foodservice. Estimated Number of Respondents: 202. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 3030. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 15. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 757.50 hours. Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Patricia TungTayman, Contract Services Section, Inspection Branch, Specialty Crops Inspection Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, U.S. Department of VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:51 Mar 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 Agriculture, STOP 0247, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., telephone: (202) 720–0367 and FAX: (202) 690– 3824; or Internet: http:// www.regulations.gov. All comments received will be available for public inspection during regular business hours at the same address. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: March 7, 2014. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2014–05373 Filed 3–11–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–NOP–13–0096; NOP–13–07] National Organic Standards Board (NOSB): Notice of Intent To Renew Charter and Call for Nominations Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice: Intent to renew charter and call for nominations. AGENCY: The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) was established to assist in developing standards for substances to be used in organic production and to advise the Secretary on the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). Through this Notice, USDA is announcing its intent to renew the Charter of the NOSB; the current charter expires on May 10, 2014. The USDA is also requesting nominations to fill four (4) upcoming vacancies on the NOSB. The positions to be filled are: environmentalist (1 position), producer (1 position), handler (1 position), and retailer (1 position). The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint one person to each of these 4 positions to serve a 5year term of office that will commence on January 24, 2015, and run until January 24, 2020. DATES: The current NOSB Charter expires on May 10, 2014. Written nominations must be postmarked on or before May 15, 2014. ADDRESSES: Nomination applications are to be sent to Rita Meade, USDA– AMS–NOP, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 2648-So., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250, or via email to Rita.Meade@ams.usda.gov. Electronic submittals by email are preferred. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Arsenault, (202) 720–0081; Email: Michelle.Arsenault@ ams.usda.gov; Fax: (202) 205–7808 or Rita Meade, (202) 260–8636; Email: Rita.Meade@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The OFPA of 1990, as amended (7 U.S.C. Section 6501 et seq.), requires the Secretary to establish an organic certification program for producers and handlers of agricultural products that have been produced using organic methods. The OFPA includes the requirement that the Secretary establish an NOSB in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. 2 et seq.). The purpose of the NOSB is to assist in the development of a proposed National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances and to advise the Secretary on the implementation of the OFPA. Pursuant to the FACA, notice is hereby given that the Secretary of Agriculture intends to renew the NOSB for two years. The NOSB is of a continuing nature due to the changes in organic production and marketing brought about through advancements in science and technology. Committee members are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and serve five-year terms. The NOSB is composed of 15 members; including 4 organic producers, 2 organic handlers, a retailer, 3 environmentalists, 3 public/consumer representatives, a scientist, and a certifying agent. Through this Notice, USDA is seeking nominations to fill the following four (4) upcoming NOSB vacancies: environmentalist (1 position), producer (1 position), handler (1 position), and retailer (1 position). As per the OFPA, individuals seeking appointment to the NOSB at this time must: have expertise in areas of environmental protection and resource conservation; must be an individual who owns or operates an organic farming operation; must be an individual that owns or operates an organic handling operation; or must be an individual who owns or operates a retail establishment with significant trade in organic products. Selection criteria includes such factors as: understanding of organic principles and practical experience in the organic community; demonstrated experience in the development of public policy such as participation on public or private advisory boards, boards of directors or other comparable organizations; participation in standards development or involvement in educational outreach activities; a commitment to the integrity of the organic food and fiber industry; the E:\FR\FM\12MRN1.SGM 12MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 48 / Wednesday, March 12, 2014 / Notices ability to evaluate technical information and to fully participate in Board deliberation and recommendations; and the willingness to commit the time and energy necessary to assume Board duties; demonstrated experience and interest in organic production; organic certification; support of consumer and public interest organizations; demonstrated experience with respect to agricultural products produced and handled on certified organic farms; and such other factors as may be appropriate for specific positions. To nominate yourself or someone else, please submit: a resume, a cover letter, and a Form AD–755, which can be accessed at: www.ocio.usda.gov/ forms/doc/AD-755.pdf. Resumes must be no longer than 5 pages, and include at the beginning a summary of the following information: Current and past organization affiliations; areas of expertise; education; career positions held; any other notable positions held. You may also submit a list of endorsements or letters of recommendation, if desired. Resume and completed requested background information are required for a nominee to receive consideration for appointment by the Secretary. Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure that the recommendations of the NOSB take into account the needs of the diverse groups that are served by the Department, membership on the NOSB shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. The information collection requirements concerning the nomination process have been previously cleared by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under OMB Control No. 0505–0001. Dated: March 6, 2014. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2014–05372 Filed 3–11–14; 8:45 am] tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3410–02–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:51 Mar 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2013–0109] Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; South American Cactus Moth; Quarantine and Regulations Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment request. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for the interstate movement of regulated articles to prevent the spread of South American cactus moth. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before May 12, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2013-01090001. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2013–0109, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238. Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0109 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799–7039 before coming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the regulations for the interstate movement of regulated articles to prevent the spread of South American cactus moth, contact Dr. Robyn Rose, National Policy Manager, PHP, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 137, Riverdale, MD 20737–1231; (301) 851–2283. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851–2283. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13983 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: South American Cactus Moth; Quarantine and Regulations. OMB Control Number: 0579–0337. Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: As authorized by the Plant Protection Act (PPA, 7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), the Secretary of Agriculture, either independently or in cooperation with States, may carry out operations or measures to detect, eradicate, suppress, control, prevent, or retard the spread of plant pests that are new to or not widely distributed within the United States. This authority has been delegated to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which administers regulations to implement the PPA. In accordance with the regulations in ‘‘Subpart—South American Cactus Moth’’ (7 CFR 301.55 through 301.55–9), APHIS restricts the interstate movement of cactus moth host material, including nursery stock and plant parts for consumption, from infested areas of the United States to help prevent the artificial spread of South American cactus moth into noninfested areas of the United States. The regulations contain requirements for the interstate movement of regulated articles and involve information collection activities, including a USDA–APHIS, Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Compliance Agreement (PPQ Form 519); USDA–APHIS, PPQ Limited Permit (PPQ Form 530); and USDA–APHIS, PPQ Certificate (PPQ Form 540). We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities for an additional 3 years. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public (as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. These comments will help us: (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection E:\FR\FM\12MRN1.SGM 12MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-NOP-13-0096; NOP-13-07]


National Organic Standards Board (NOSB): Notice of Intent To 
Renew Charter and Call for Nominations

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice: Intent to renew charter and call for nominations.

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SUMMARY: The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) was established to 
assist in developing standards for substances to be used in organic 
production and to advise the Secretary on the implementation of the 
Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). Through this Notice, USDA 
is announcing its intent to renew the Charter of the NOSB; the current 
charter expires on May 10, 2014. The USDA is also requesting 
nominations to fill four (4) upcoming vacancies on the NOSB. The 
positions to be filled are: environmentalist (1 position), producer (1 
position), handler (1 position), and retailer (1 position). The 
Secretary of Agriculture will appoint one person to each of these 4 
positions to serve a 5-year term of office that will commence on 
January 24, 2015, and run until January 24, 2020.

DATES: The current NOSB Charter expires on May 10, 2014. Written 
nominations must be postmarked on or before May 15, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Nomination applications are to be sent to Rita Meade, USDA-
AMS-NOP, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 2648-So., Ag Stop 0268, 
Washington, DC 20250, or via email to Rita.Meade@ams.usda.gov. 
Electronic submittals by email are preferred.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Arsenault, (202) 720-0081; 
Email: Michelle.Arsenault@ams.usda.gov; Fax: (202) 205-7808 or Rita 
Meade, (202) 260-8636; Email: Rita.Meade@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The OFPA of 1990, as amended (7 U.S.C. 
Section 6501 et seq.), requires the Secretary to establish an organic 
certification program for producers and handlers of agricultural 
products that have been produced using organic methods. The OFPA 
includes the requirement that the Secretary establish an NOSB in 
accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. 
App. 2 et seq.). The purpose of the NOSB is to assist in the 
development of a proposed National List of Allowed and Prohibited 
Substances and to advise the Secretary on the implementation of the 
OFPA.
    Pursuant to the FACA, notice is hereby given that the Secretary of 
Agriculture intends to renew the NOSB for two years. The NOSB is of a 
continuing nature due to the changes in organic production and 
marketing brought about through advancements in science and technology. 
Committee members are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and 
serve five-year terms.
    The NOSB is composed of 15 members; including 4 organic producers, 
2 organic handlers, a retailer, 3 environmentalists, 3 public/consumer 
representatives, a scientist, and a certifying agent. Through this 
Notice, USDA is seeking nominations to fill the following four (4) 
upcoming NOSB vacancies: environmentalist (1 position), producer (1 
position), handler (1 position), and retailer (1 position). As per the 
OFPA, individuals seeking appointment to the NOSB at this time must: 
have expertise in areas of environmental protection and resource 
conservation; must be an individual who owns or operates an organic 
farming operation; must be an individual that owns or operates an 
organic handling operation; or must be an individual who owns or 
operates a retail establishment with significant trade in organic 
products.
    Selection criteria includes such factors as: understanding of 
organic principles and practical experience in the organic community; 
demonstrated experience in the development of public policy such as 
participation on public or private advisory boards, boards of directors 
or other comparable organizations; participation in standards 
development or involvement in educational outreach activities; a 
commitment to the integrity of the organic food and fiber industry; the

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ability to evaluate technical information and to fully participate in 
Board deliberation and recommendations; and the willingness to commit 
the time and energy necessary to assume Board duties; demonstrated 
experience and interest in organic production; organic certification; 
support of consumer and public interest organizations; demonstrated 
experience with respect to agricultural products produced and handled 
on certified organic farms; and such other factors as may be 
appropriate for specific positions.
    To nominate yourself or someone else, please submit: a resume, a 
cover letter, and a Form AD-755, which can be accessed at: 
www.ocio.usda.gov/forms/doc/AD-755.pdf. Resumes must be no longer than 
5 pages, and include at the beginning a summary of the following 
information: Current and past organization affiliations; areas of 
expertise; education; career positions held; any other notable 
positions held. You may also submit a list of endorsements or letters 
of recommendation, if desired. Resume and completed requested 
background information are required for a nominee to receive 
consideration for appointment by the Secretary.
    Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, 
color, religion, gender, national origin, age, mental or physical 
disability, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure that the 
recommendations of the NOSB take into account the needs of the diverse 
groups that are served by the Department, membership on the NOSB shall 
include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated 
ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.
    The information collection requirements concerning the nomination 
process have been previously cleared by the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) under OMB Control No. 0505-0001.

    Dated: March 6, 2014.
Rex A. Barnes,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-05372 Filed 3-11-14; 8:45 am]
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