Beef Promotion and Research; Reapportionment, 16236-16238 [2014-06174]

Download as PDF 16236 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 79, No. 57 Tuesday, March 25, 2014 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. rule will be included in the record and will be made available to the public on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. Also, the identity of the individuals or entities submitting the comments will be made public. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angie Snyder, Research and Promotion Division, on 202/720–5705, fax 202/ 720–1125, or by email at angie.snyder@ ams.usda.gov. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 1260 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [No. AMS–LPS–13–0079] Executive Order 12866 and Executive Order 13563 Beef Promotion and Research; Reapportionment Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: This proposed rule would adjust representation on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board), established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act), to reflect changes in cattle inventories as well as cattle and beef imports that have occurred since the most recent Board reapportionment rule became effective in July 2011. These adjustments are required by the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) and would result in a decrease in Board membership from 103 to 99, effective with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) appointments for terms beginning early in the year 2015. The proposed rule also would make technical amendments to update and correct information in the Order and regulations. DATES: Written comments must be received by April 24, 2014. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the Internet at www.regulations.gov or to Angie Snyder; Research and Promotion Division; Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program; Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, Room 2092–S, STOP 0249, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–0249; or fax to (202) 720–1125. All comments should reference the docket number, the date, and the page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be available for public inspection at the above office during regular business hours. Please be advised that all comments submitted in response to this proposed tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:23 Mar 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health, and safety effects, distributive impacts and equity). Executive Order 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, reducing costs, harmonizing rules, and promoting flexibility. This action has been designated as a ‘‘non-significant regulatory action’’ under § 3(f) of Executive Order 12866. Accordingly, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has waived the review process. Executive Order 12988 This proposed rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform. It is not intended to have retroactive effect. Section 11 of the Act provides that nothing in the Act may be construed to preempt or supersede any other program relating to beef promotion organized and operated under the laws of the United States or any State. There are no administrative proceedings that must be exhausted prior to any judicial challenge to the provisions of this rule. Executive Order 13175 This proposed 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 proposed rule would not have substantial and direct effects on Tribal Governments and would not have significant tribal implications. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Regulatory Flexibility Act and Paperwork Reduction Act Pursuant to the requirements set forth in the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601–612), the Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has considered the economic effect of this action on small entities and has determined that this proposed rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The purpose of RFA is to fit regulatory actions to the scale of businesses subject to such actions in order that small businesses will not be unduly burdened. In the February 2013 publication of ‘‘Farms, Land in Farms, and Livestock Operations,’’ USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates that the number of operations in the United States with cattle in 2012 totaled approximately 915,000, down from 950,000 in 2009. The majority of these operations that are subject to the Order may be classified as small entities. There are approximately 25 importers who import beef or edible beef products into the United States and 297 importers who import live cattle into the United States. It is estimated that the majority of these operations subject to the Order are considered small businesses under the criteria established by the Small Business Administration (SBA) [13 CFR 121.201]. SBA defines small agricultural service firms as those having annual receipts of $7.0 million or less, and small agricultural producers are defined as those having annual receipts of less than $750,000. The proposed rule imposes no new burden on the industry. It only adjusts representation on the Board to reflect changes in domestic cattle inventory, as well as cattle and beef imports. The adjustments are required by the Order and would result in a decrease in Board membership from 103 to 99. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the information collection and recordkeeping requirements imposed under part 1260 were previously approved under OMB control number 0581–0093. Background and Proposed Action The Board was initially appointed August 4, 1986, pursuant to the provisions of the Act (7 U.S.C. 2901– E:\FR\FM\25MRP1.SGM 25MRP1 16237 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 57 / Tuesday, March 25, 2014 / Proposed Rules tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 2911) and the Order issued thereunder. Domestic representation on the Board is based on cattle inventory numbers, and importer representation is based on the conversion of the volume of imported cattle, beef, or beef products into live animal equivalencies. Reapportionment Section 1260.141(b) of the Order provides that the Board shall be composed of cattle producers and importers appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture from nominations submitted by certified producer and importer organizations. A producer may only be nominated to represent the State or unit in which that producer is a resident. Section 1260.141(c) of the Order provides that at least every 3 years and not more than every 2 years, the Board shall review the geographic distribution of cattle inventories throughout the United States and the volume of imported cattle, beef, and beef products and, if warranted, shall reapportion units and/or modify the number of Board members from units in order to reflect the geographic distribution of cattle production volume in the United States and the volume of cattle, beef, or beef products imported into the United States. Section 1260.141(d) of the Order authorizes the Board to recommend to the Department modifications to the number of cattle per unit necessary for representation on the Board. Section 1260.141(e)(1) provides that each geographic unit or State that includes a total cattle inventory equal to or greater than 500,000 head of cattle shall be entitled to one representative on the Board. Section 1260.141(e)(2) provides that States that do not have total cattle inventories equal to or greater than 500,000 head shall be grouped, to the extent practicable, into geographically-contiguous units, each of which have a combined total inventory of not less than 500,000 head. Such grouped units are entitled to at least one representative on the Board. Each unit that has an additional 1 million head of cattle within a unit qualifies for additional representation on the Board as provided in § 1260.141(e)(4). As provided in § 1260.141(e)(3), importers are represented by a single unit, with the number of Board members based on a conversion of the total volume of imported cattle, beef, or beef products into live animal equivalencies. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:23 Mar 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 The initial Board appointed in 1986 was composed of 113 members. Reapportionment, based on a 3-year average of cattle inventory numbers and import data, reduced the Board to 111 members in 1990 and 107 members in 1993 before the Board was increased to 111 members in 1996. The Board was decreased to 110 members in 1999, 108 members in 2001, and 104 members in 2005; increased to 106 members in 2009; and decreased to 103 members in 2011. This proposal would amend § 1260.141(a) by decreasing the number of Board members from 103 to 99 with appointments for terms effective early in 2015. The current Board representation by States or units was based on an average of the January 1, 2008, 2009, and 2010 inventory of cattle in the various States as reported by NASS. Current importer representation was based on a combined total average of the 2007, 2008, and 2009 live cattle imports as published by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and the average of the 2007, 2008, and 2009 live animal equivalents for imported beef products. In considering reapportionment, the Board reviewed cattle inventories for the period of January 1, 2011, 2012, and 2013 as well as cattle, beef, and beef product import data for the period of January 1, 2010, to January 1, 2012. The Board recommended that a 3-year average of cattle inventories and import numbers should be continued. The Board determined that an average of the January 1, 2011, 2012, and 2013 cattle inventory numbers would best reflect the number of cattle in each State or unit since publication of the last reapportionment rule published in 2011 (76 FR 42012). The Board reviewed data published by the USDA’s Economic Research Service to determine proper importer representation. The Board recommended the use of a combined total of the average of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 cattle import data and the average of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 live animal equivalents for imported beef products. The method used to calculate the total number of live animal equivalents was the same as that used in the previous reapportionment of the Board. The live animal equivalent weight was changed in 2006 from 509 pounds to 592 pounds (71 FR 47074). The Board’s recommended reapportionment plan would decrease PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 the number of representatives on the Board from 103 to 99. From the Board’s analysis of USDA cattle inventories and import equivalencies, New Mexico would lose one Board seat and Texas would lose two Board seats. The importers would lose one Board seat. The States and units affected by the reapportionment plan and the current and proposed member representation per unit are as follows: State/Unit Current representation Revised representation 2 14 7 1 12 6 New Mexico ...... Texas ................ Importers ........... The Board reapportionment as proposed by this rulemaking would be effective, if adopted, with appointments that will be effective early in the year 2015. Technical Amendments A number of technical amendments are being proposed to update or correct information contained in the provisions of the Order and regulations. These include: Section 1260.129 references the U.S. Customs Service of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The language would be updated to reflect the updated agency and department. Section 1260.312(4)(c) would be amended to update an outdated address. Section 1260.316 would be updated to reflect the correct OMB paperwork reduction number. A 30-day comment period is provided to allow interested persons to respond to this proposal. Thirty days is deemed appropriate to facilitate the adjustment of the representation on the Board, which is required by the Order at least every 3 years, and not more than every 2 years and to allow for the annual nomination and appointment process for the Board appointments that will be effective early in the year 2015. List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 1260 Administrative practice and procedure, Advertising, Agricultural research, Imports, Marketing agreement, Meat and meat products, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. For reasons set forth in the preamble, it is proposed that 7 CFR part 1260 be amended as follows: E:\FR\FM\25MRP1.SGM 25MRP1 16238 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 57 / Tuesday, March 25, 2014 / Proposed Rules PART 1260—BEEF PROMOTION AND RESEARCH 1. The authority citation for 7 CFR part 1260 continues to read as follows: CATTLE AND CALVES 1—Continued State/Unit ■ Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2901–2911 and 7 U.S.C. 7401. 2. Revise § 1260.129 to read as follows: ■ § 1260.129 Customs Service. Customs Service means the United States Customs and Border Protection of the United States Department of Homeland Security. ■ 3. In § 1260.141, paragraph (a) is revised to read as follows: § 1260.141 Membership of Board. (a) Beginning with the 2014 Board nominations and the associated appointments effective early in the year 2015, the United States shall be divided into 37 geographical units and, 1 unit representing importers, for a total of 38 units. The number of Board members from each unit shall be as follows: CATTLE AND CALVES 1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS State/Unit (1,000 Head) Directors 1. Arizona ................. 2. Arkansas ............... 3. Colorado ............... 4. Florida ................... 5. Idaho ..................... 6. Illinois .................... 7. Indiana .................. 8. Iowa ...................... 9. Kansas .................. 10. Kentucky ............. 11. Louisiana ............ 12. Michigan ............. 13. Minnesota ........... 14. Mississippi .......... 15. Missouri .............. 16. Montana .............. 17. Nebraska ............ 18. New Mexico ........ 19. New York ............ 20. North Carolina .... 21. North Dakota ...... 22. Ohio .................... 23. Oklahoma ........... 24. Oregon ................ 25. Pennsylvania ...... 26. South Dakota ...... 27. Tennessee .......... 28. Texas .................. 29. Utah .................... 30. Virginia ................ 31. Wisconsin ........... 32. Wyoming ............. 33. Northwest: Alaska ................... Hawaii ................... Washington ........... 897 1,663 2,667 1,667 2,270 1,097 840 3,883 6,083 2,193 787 1,107 2,377 920 3,833 2,533 6,317 1,423 1,403 810 1,727 1,247 4,600 1,303 1,610 3,733 1,930 12,167 790 1,547 3,433 1,317 ................ 13 138 1,117 1 2 3 2 2 1 1 4 6 2 1 1 2 1 4 3 6 1 1 1 2 1 5 1 2 4 2 12 1 2 3 1 1 ................ ................ ................ Total ................... 34. Northeast Connecticut ........... 1,267 ................ 49 ................ 1 ................ VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:31 Mar 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 (1,000 Head) Directors Delaware ............... Maine .................... Massachusetts ...... New Hampshire .... New Jersey ........... Rhode Island ......... Vermont ................. 18 87 40 34 31 5 267 ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ ................ Total ................... 35. Mid-Atlantic: Maryland ............... West Virginia ......... 531 ................ 196 390 ................ 1 ................ ................ Total ................... 36. Southeast: Alabama ................ Georgia ................. South Carolina ...... 586 ................ 1,220 1,023 370 ................ 3 ................ ................ ................ Dated: March 6, 2014. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2014–06174 Filed 3–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY 10 CFR Part 810 RIN 1994–AA02 Assistance to Foreign Atomic Energy Activities National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Notice of re-opening of the comment period. AGENCY: On August 2, 2013, DOE published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) concerning its regulations governing Assistance to Foreign Atomic Energy Total ................... 5,747 ................ 38. Importer 2 ............ 5,927 6 Activities. The comment period on the SNOPR was originally to close on 1 2011, 2012, and 2013 average of January October 31, 2013, but was extended 1 cattle inventory data. until November 30, 2013. By this notice, 2 2010, 2011, and 2012 average of annual DOE is re-opening the comment period import data. on the SNOPR. The comment period * * * * * will close on April 2, 2014. The re■ 4. In § 1260.312, paragraph (c) is opening of the comment period will revised to read as follows: provide for additional time for the public to review and comment on the § 1260.312 Remittance to the Cattlemen’s proposed regulation and other Board or Qualified State Beef Council. comments received. The Department * * * * * (c) Remittances. The remitting person looks forward to hearing feedback from the public on the proposed regulations. shall remit all assessments to the DATES: The supplemental notice of qualified State beef council or its proposed rulemaking published August designee, or, if there is no qualified 2, 2013 (78 FR 46829), is reopened. DOE State beef council, to the Cattlemen’s will accept written comments submitted Board at P.O. Box 803834, Kansas City, electronically or postmarked on or MO 64180–3834, with the report before April 2, 2014. required in paragraph (a) of this section ADDRESSES: Interested persons may not later than the 15th day of the following month. All remittances sent to submit comments on the SNOPR, identified by RIN 1994–AA02, by any of a qualified State beef council or the the following methods: Cattlemen’s Board by the remitting 1. Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// persons shall be by check or money www.regulations.gov/ order payable to the order of the #!docketDetail;D=DOE-HQ-2011-0035 . qualified State beef council or the Cattlemen’s Board. All remittances shall Follow the instructions for submitting comments. be received subject to collection and 2. Email: Part810.SNOPR@hq.doe.gov. payment at par. Include RIN 1994–AA02 in the subject ■ 5. Section 1260.316 is revised to read line of the message. as follows: 3. Mail: Richard Goorevich, Senior § 1260.316 Paperwork Reduction Act Policy Advisor, Office of assigned number. Nonproliferation and International The information collection and Security, NA–24, National Nuclear recordkeeping requirements contained Security Administration, Department of in this part have been approved by the Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue Office of Management and Budget SW., Washington, DC 20585. (OMB) under the provisions of 44 U.S.C. Due to potential delays in DOE’s Chapter 35 and have been assigned receipt and processing of mail sent OMB control number 0581–0093. through the U.S. Postal Service, DOE Total ................... 37. Southwest: California ............... Nevada .................. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 2,613 ................ 5,283 463 Sfmt 4702 ................ 6 ................ ................ SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\25MRP1.SGM 25MRP1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

7 CFR Part 1260

[No. AMS-LPS-13-0079]


Beef Promotion and Research; Reapportionment

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: This proposed rule would adjust representation on the 
Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board), established 
under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act), to reflect 
changes in cattle inventories as well as cattle and beef imports that 
have occurred since the most recent Board reapportionment rule became 
effective in July 2011. These adjustments are required by the Beef 
Promotion and Research Order (Order) and would result in a decrease in 
Board membership from 103 to 99, effective with the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture's (USDA) appointments for terms beginning early in the year 
2015. The proposed rule also would make technical amendments to update 
and correct information in the Order and regulations.

DATES: Written comments must be received by April 24, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on 
the Internet at www.regulations.gov or to Angie Snyder; Research and 
Promotion Division; Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program; Agricultural 
Marketing Service, USDA, Room 2092-S, STOP 0249, 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0249; or fax to (202) 720-1125. All 
comments should reference the docket number, the date, and the page 
number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be available for 
public inspection at the above office during regular business hours.
    Please be advised that all comments submitted in response to this 
proposed rule will be included in the record and will be made available 
to the public on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. Also, the 
identity of the individuals or entities submitting the comments will be 
made public.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angie Snyder, Research and Promotion 
Division, on 202/720-5705, fax 202/720-1125, or by email at 
angie.snyder@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Executive Order 12866 and Executive Order 13563

    Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all 
costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize 
net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public 
health, and safety effects, distributive impacts and equity). Executive 
Order 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and 
benefits, reducing costs, harmonizing rules, and promoting flexibility. 
This action has been designated as a ``non-significant regulatory 
action'' under Sec.  3(f) of Executive Order 12866. Accordingly, the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has waived the review process.

Executive Order 12988

    This proposed rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, 
Civil Justice Reform. It is not intended to have retroactive effect.
    Section 11 of the Act provides that nothing in the Act may be 
construed to preempt or supersede any other program relating to beef 
promotion organized and operated under the laws of the United States or 
any State. There are no administrative proceedings that must be 
exhausted prior to any judicial challenge to the provisions of this 
rule.

Executive Order 13175

    This proposed 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 proposed 
rule would not have substantial and direct effects on Tribal 
Governments and would not have significant tribal implications.

Regulatory Flexibility Act and Paperwork Reduction Act

    Pursuant to the requirements set forth in the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601-612), the Administrator of the 
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has considered the economic effect 
of this action on small entities and has determined that this proposed 
rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities. The purpose of RFA is to fit regulatory 
actions to the scale of businesses subject to such actions in order 
that small businesses will not be unduly burdened.
    In the February 2013 publication of ``Farms, Land in Farms, and 
Livestock Operations,'' USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service 
(NASS) estimates that the number of operations in the United States 
with cattle in 2012 totaled approximately 915,000, down from 950,000 in 
2009. The majority of these operations that are subject to the Order 
may be classified as small entities. There are approximately 25 
importers who import beef or edible beef products into the United 
States and 297 importers who import live cattle into the United States. 
It is estimated that the majority of these operations subject to the 
Order are considered small businesses under the criteria established by 
the Small Business Administration (SBA) [13 CFR 121.201]. SBA defines 
small agricultural service firms as those having annual receipts of 
$7.0 million or less, and small agricultural producers are defined as 
those having annual receipts of less than $750,000.
    The proposed rule imposes no new burden on the industry. It only 
adjusts representation on the Board to reflect changes in domestic 
cattle inventory, as well as cattle and beef imports. The adjustments 
are required by the Order and would result in a decrease in Board 
membership from 103 to 99.
    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35), the information collection and recordkeeping requirements 
imposed under part 1260 were previously approved under OMB control 
number 0581-0093.

Background and Proposed Action

    The Board was initially appointed August 4, 1986, pursuant to the 
provisions of the Act (7 U.S.C. 2901-

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2911) and the Order issued thereunder. Domestic representation on the 
Board is based on cattle inventory numbers, and importer representation 
is based on the conversion of the volume of imported cattle, beef, or 
beef products into live animal equivalencies.

Reapportionment

    Section 1260.141(b) of the Order provides that the Board shall be 
composed of cattle producers and importers appointed by the Secretary 
of Agriculture from nominations submitted by certified producer and 
importer organizations. A producer may only be nominated to represent 
the State or unit in which that producer is a resident.
    Section 1260.141(c) of the Order provides that at least every 3 
years and not more than every 2 years, the Board shall review the 
geographic distribution of cattle inventories throughout the United 
States and the volume of imported cattle, beef, and beef products and, 
if warranted, shall reapportion units and/or modify the number of Board 
members from units in order to reflect the geographic distribution of 
cattle production volume in the United States and the volume of cattle, 
beef, or beef products imported into the United States.
    Section 1260.141(d) of the Order authorizes the Board to recommend 
to the Department modifications to the number of cattle per unit 
necessary for representation on the Board.
    Section 1260.141(e)(1) provides that each geographic unit or State 
that includes a total cattle inventory equal to or greater than 500,000 
head of cattle shall be entitled to one representative on the Board. 
Section 1260.141(e)(2) provides that States that do not have total 
cattle inventories equal to or greater than 500,000 head shall be 
grouped, to the extent practicable, into geographically-contiguous 
units, each of which have a combined total inventory of not less than 
500,000 head. Such grouped units are entitled to at least one 
representative on the Board. Each unit that has an additional 1 million 
head of cattle within a unit qualifies for additional representation on 
the Board as provided in Sec.  1260.141(e)(4). As provided in Sec.  
1260.141(e)(3), importers are represented by a single unit, with the 
number of Board members based on a conversion of the total volume of 
imported cattle, beef, or beef products into live animal equivalencies.
    The initial Board appointed in 1986 was composed of 113 members. 
Reapportionment, based on a 3-year average of cattle inventory numbers 
and import data, reduced the Board to 111 members in 1990 and 107 
members in 1993 before the Board was increased to 111 members in 1996. 
The Board was decreased to 110 members in 1999, 108 members in 2001, 
and 104 members in 2005; increased to 106 members in 2009; and 
decreased to 103 members in 2011. This proposal would amend Sec.  
1260.141(a) by decreasing the number of Board members from 103 to 99 
with appointments for terms effective early in 2015.
    The current Board representation by States or units was based on an 
average of the January 1, 2008, 2009, and 2010 inventory of cattle in 
the various States as reported by NASS. Current importer representation 
was based on a combined total average of the 2007, 2008, and 2009 live 
cattle imports as published by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service and 
the average of the 2007, 2008, and 2009 live animal equivalents for 
imported beef products.
    In considering reapportionment, the Board reviewed cattle 
inventories for the period of January 1, 2011, 2012, and 2013 as well 
as cattle, beef, and beef product import data for the period of January 
1, 2010, to January 1, 2012. The Board recommended that a 3-year 
average of cattle inventories and import numbers should be continued. 
The Board determined that an average of the January 1, 2011, 2012, and 
2013 cattle inventory numbers would best reflect the number of cattle 
in each State or unit since publication of the last reapportionment 
rule published in 2011 (76 FR 42012). The Board reviewed data published 
by the USDA's Economic Research Service to determine proper importer 
representation. The Board recommended the use of a combined total of 
the average of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 cattle import data and the 
average of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 live animal equivalents for 
imported beef products. The method used to calculate the total number 
of live animal equivalents was the same as that used in the previous 
reapportionment of the Board. The live animal equivalent weight was 
changed in 2006 from 509 pounds to 592 pounds (71 FR 47074).
    The Board's recommended reapportionment plan would decrease the 
number of representatives on the Board from 103 to 99. From the Board's 
analysis of USDA cattle inventories and import equivalencies, New 
Mexico would lose one Board seat and Texas would lose two Board seats. 
The importers would lose one Board seat.
    The States and units affected by the reapportionment plan and the 
current and proposed member representation per unit are as follows:

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                                              Current         Revised
               State/Unit                 representation  representation
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New Mexico..............................              2               1
Texas...................................             14              12
Importers...............................              7               6
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    The Board reapportionment as proposed by this rulemaking would be 
effective, if adopted, with appointments that will be effective early 
in the year 2015.

Technical Amendments

    A number of technical amendments are being proposed to update or 
correct information contained in the provisions of the Order and 
regulations. These include:
    Section 1260.129 references the U.S. Customs Service of the U.S. 
Department of the Treasury. The language would be updated to reflect 
the updated agency and department.
    Section 1260.312(4)(c) would be amended to update an outdated 
address.
    Section 1260.316 would be updated to reflect the correct OMB 
paperwork reduction number.
    A 30-day comment period is provided to allow interested persons to 
respond to this proposal. Thirty days is deemed appropriate to 
facilitate the adjustment of the representation on the Board, which is 
required by the Order at least every 3 years, and not more than every 2 
years and to allow for the annual nomination and appointment process 
for the Board appointments that will be effective early in the year 
2015.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 1260

    Administrative practice and procedure, Advertising, Agricultural 
research, Imports, Marketing agreement, Meat and meat products, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    For reasons set forth in the preamble, it is proposed that 7 CFR 
part 1260 be amended as follows:

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PART 1260--BEEF PROMOTION AND RESEARCH

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1. The authority citation for 7 CFR part 1260 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority:  7 U.S.C. 2901-2911 and 7 U.S.C. 7401.

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2. Revise Sec.  1260.129 to read as follows:


Sec.  1260.129  Customs Service.

    Customs Service means the United States Customs and Border 
Protection of the United States Department of Homeland Security.
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3. In Sec.  1260.141, paragraph (a) is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  1260.141  Membership of Board.

    (a) Beginning with the 2014 Board nominations and the associated 
appointments effective early in the year 2015, the United States shall 
be divided into 37 geographical units and, 1 unit representing 
importers, for a total of 38 units. The number of Board members from 
each unit shall be as follows:

                          Cattle and Calves \1\
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                    State/Unit                        Head)    Directors
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1. Arizona........................................        897          1
2. Arkansas.......................................      1,663          2
3. Colorado.......................................      2,667          3
4. Florida........................................      1,667          2
5. Idaho..........................................      2,270          2
6. Illinois.......................................      1,097          1
7. Indiana........................................        840          1
8. Iowa...........................................      3,883          4
9. Kansas.........................................      6,083          6
10. Kentucky......................................      2,193          2
11. Louisiana.....................................        787          1
12. Michigan......................................      1,107          1
13. Minnesota.....................................      2,377          2
14. Mississippi...................................        920          1
15. Missouri......................................      3,833          4
16. Montana.......................................      2,533          3
17. Nebraska......................................      6,317          6
18. New Mexico....................................      1,423          1
19. New York......................................      1,403          1
20. North Carolina................................        810          1
21. North Dakota..................................      1,727          2
22. Ohio..........................................      1,247          1
23. Oklahoma......................................      4,600          5
24. Oregon........................................      1,303          1
25. Pennsylvania..................................      1,610          2
26. South Dakota..................................      3,733          4
27. Tennessee.....................................      1,930          2
28. Texas.........................................     12,167         12
29. Utah..........................................        790          1
30. Virginia......................................      1,547          2
31. Wisconsin.....................................      3,433          3
32. Wyoming.......................................      1,317          1
33. Northwest:                                      .........          1
  Alaska..........................................         13  .........
  Hawaii..........................................        138  .........
  Washington......................................      1,117  .........
                                                   ---------------------
    Total.........................................      1,267  .........
34. Northeast                                       .........          1
  Connecticut.....................................         49  .........
  Delaware........................................         18  .........
  Maine...........................................         87  .........
  Massachusetts...................................         40  .........
  New Hampshire...................................         34  .........
  New Jersey......................................         31  .........
  Rhode Island....................................          5  .........
  Vermont.........................................        267  .........
                                                   ---------------------
    Total.........................................        531  .........
35. Mid-Atlantic:                                   .........          1
  Maryland........................................        196  .........
  West Virginia...................................        390  .........
                                                   ---------------------
    Total.........................................        586  .........
36. Southeast:                                      .........          3
  Alabama.........................................      1,220  .........
  Georgia.........................................      1,023  .........
  South Carolina..................................        370  .........
                                                   ---------------------
    Total.........................................      2,613  .........
37. Southwest:                                      .........          6
  California......................................      5,283  .........
  Nevada..........................................        463  .........
                                                   ---------------------
    Total.........................................      5,747  .........
38. Importer \2\..................................      5,927          6
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\1\ 2011, 2012, and 2013 average of January 1 cattle inventory data.
\2\ 2010, 2011, and 2012 average of annual import data.

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4. In Sec.  1260.312, paragraph (c) is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  1260.312  Remittance to the Cattlemen's Board or Qualified State 
Beef Council.

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    (c) Remittances. The remitting person shall remit all assessments 
to the qualified State beef council or its designee, or, if there is no 
qualified State beef council, to the Cattlemen's Board at P.O. Box 
803834, Kansas City, MO 64180-3834, with the report required in 
paragraph (a) of this section not later than the 15th day of the 
following month. All remittances sent to a qualified State beef council 
or the Cattlemen's Board by the remitting persons shall be by check or 
money order payable to the order of the qualified State beef council or 
the Cattlemen's Board. All remittances shall be received subject to 
collection and payment at par.
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5. Section 1260.316 is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  1260.316  Paperwork Reduction Act assigned number.

    The information collection and recordkeeping requirements contained 
in this part have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) under the provisions of 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35 and have been 
assigned OMB control number 0581-0093.

    Dated: March 6, 2014.
Rex A. Barnes,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-06174 Filed 3-24-14; 8:45 am]
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