2014 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session-Value-Added Producer Grant Program, 22096-22097 [2014-09059]

Download as PDF 22096 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 76 / Monday, April 21, 2014 / Notices will begin at 1:00 p.m. and is scheduled to end by 4:00 p.m. Registration: You must register by 5pm ET on April 23, 2014, to attend the listening session and to provide oral comments during the listening session. Comments: Written comments are due by 5pm ET on April 24, 2014. ADDRESSES: We invite you to participate in the listening session. The listening session is open to the public. The meeting will be held in the Room 107– A of the Whitten Building at 14th Street and Independence Ave. SW., Signed this 9th day of April, 2014, in Washington, DC 20250. Washington, DC. We also invite you to submit Jason A. Weller, comments by any of the following Chief, Natural Resources Conservation methods: Service. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to [FR Doc. 2014–08936 Filed 4–18–14; 8:45 am] http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the BILLING CODE 3410–16–P online instructions for submitting comments; or • Orally at the listening session; DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE please also provide a written copy of your comments online as specified Rural Business-Cooperative Service above or in hard copy at the listening session. 2014 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session—Value-Added FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Producer Grant Program Andrew Jermolowicz; phone: (202) 720– 8460. Persons with disabilities who AGENCY: Rural Business-Cooperative require alternative means for Service, USDA. communication (Braille, large print, ACTION: Notice. audio tape, etc.) should contact the SUMMARY: As part of our implementation USDA Target Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the 2014 Farm SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On Bill), the Rural Business-Cooperative February 7, 2014, the 2014 Farm Bill Service (RBS) is hosting a listening (Pub. L. 113–79) was signed into law. session for initial public input about The Secretary of Agriculture and the changes to Value-Added Producer Grant respective USDA agencies, including (VAPG) program for which RBS has RBS, are working to implement the been delegated the authority to provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill as implement. The 2014 Farm Bill expeditiously as possible to meet the specifically identifies two new needs of producers and other provisions to be implemented for stakeholders. In order to implement the VAPG—(1) an additional priority provisions expeditiously and to ensure preference for veteran farmers or transparency, it is important to hear ranchers and (2) a priority for projects from stakeholders to be aware of their that best contribute to creating or priorities, concerns, or requests. increasing marketing opportunities for RBS will hold the listening session on beginning farmers or ranchers, socially April 25, 2014, to receive oral comments disadvantaged farmers or ranchers, from stakeholders and the public. A operators of small-and medium-sized written copy of the oral comments is family farms and ranches that are requested. (See the ADDRESSES section structured as family farms, and/or above for information about submitting veteran farmers or ranchers. written comments.) In addition, RBS is holding this listening session stakeholders and the public who do not specifically to provide an opportunity wish to attend or speak at the listening for stakeholders to voice their priorities, session are invited to submit written concerns, and requests on the ‘‘best comments, which must be received by contributing’’ priority. Instructions 5pm ET April 24, 2014. regarding registering for and attending As a listening session, the focus is for the listening session are in the RBS to hear from the public; this is not SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of a discussion with RBS officials or a this notice. question and answer session. As noted above, the purpose is to receive public DATES: input that RBS can factor into decisions Listening session: The listening it needs to make in order to implement session will be on April 25, 2014, and ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Water Well (Code 642)—The agency changed the criteria to clarify that domestic use and irrigation wells must follow consensus standards, grouting, and sealing with a water tight seal required in annulus of the casing, clarified suitable filter pack materials, removed numerical limit on intake velocity through screens, added statement to emphasize all wells must be developed, and added that well performance testing must be conducted after completion. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:19 Apr 18, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the ‘‘best contributing’’ priority of the 2014 Farm Bill for the VAPG program (as outlined as priority #2 of this announcement summary above) . Date: April 25, 2014 Time: 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Location information: USDA headquarters, in the Whitten Building, Room 107–A, 14th Street and Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250. The listening session will begin with brief opening remarks from the USDA leadership in Rural Development. Individual speakers providing oral comments are requested to be succinct as we do not know at this time how many participants there will be. As noted above, we request that speakers providing oral comments also provide a written copy of their comments. (See the ADDRESSES section above for information about submitting written comments.) All stakeholders and interested members of the public are welcome to register to provide oral comments; however, due to the time constraints a limited number will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. The purpose of the listening session is for RBS to hear from stakeholders and other interested members of the public about the ‘‘best contributing’’ priority as required by the 2014 Farm Bill. Please refer to the VAPG program in your comment. In your comments, provide your input about how this provision could be implemented, including your rationale, for us to consider. Instructions for Attending the Meeting Space for attendance at the meeting is limited. Due to USDA headquarters security and space requirements, all persons wishing to attend the public meeting or provide oral comments to RBS during the listening session must send an email to Andrew.jermolowicz@ wdc.usda.gov by 5 p.m. on April 23, 2014, to register the names of those planning to attend. Registrations will be accepted until maximum room capacity is reached. To register, provide the following information: • First Name • Last Name • Organization • Title • Email • City • State Upon arrival at the USDA Whitten Building, registered persons must provide valid photo identification in order to enter the building; visitors need to enter the Whitten Building on the mall side. Please allow extra time to get through security. Additional E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 76 / Monday, April 21, 2014 / Notices information about the listening session, agenda, directions to get to the listening session, and how to provide comments is available at the USDA Farm Bill Web site http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/ usda/usdahome?navid=farmbill. All written comments received will be publicly available on www.regulations.gov. If you require special accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter, use the contact information above. The listening session location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Dated: April 16, 2014. Ashli Palmer, Acting Administrator, Rural Business Cooperative Service. updates. No comments were received in response to the request for comments. By this notice, the Department is adopting the proposed amended system as final without changes effective April 21, 2014 Dated: April 15, 2014. Brenda Dolan, U.S. Department of Commerce, Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–08993 Filed 4–18–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2014–2016 Company Organization Survey [FR Doc. 2014–09059 Filed 4–18–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P [Docket No. 131202999–4294–02] U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. Privacy Act System of Records SUMMARY: AGENCY: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice; COMMERCE/CENSUS– 5, Decennial Census Program. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) publishes this notice to announce the effective date of a Privacy Act System of Records notice entitled COMMERCE/CENSUS–5, Decennial Census Program. DATES: The system of records becomes effective on April 21, 2014. ADDRESSES: For a copy of the system of records please mail requests to Byron Crenshaw, Policy Coordination Office, Room HQ–8H021, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC 20233–3700. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Byron Crenshaw, Policy Coordination Office, Room HQ–8H021, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC 20233–3700, 301–763–6440. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 24, 2014, Commerce published and requested comments on a proposed amended Privacy Act System of Records notice entitled COMMERCE/CENSUS–5, Decennial Census Program (79 FR 10090). In that notice the Department announced its intent to amend the system of records to update the categories of individuals and records; the authorities for maintenance of the system of records; the system manager and address; the policies and practices for storage, retention, disposal, and safeguarding the system of records; and records source categories. This amendment also made other minor ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:19 Apr 18, 2014 Jkt 232001 The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before June 20, 2014. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at jjessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Joy P. Pierson, Economic Planning and Coordination Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 8K319, Washington, DC 20233–6100 (or by email at Joy.P.Pierson@census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Census Bureau conducts the annual Company Organization Survey (COS) to update and maintain a central, multipurpose Business Register (BR) database. In particular, the COS supplies critical information on the composition, organizational structure, and operating characteristics of multilocation companies. The BR serves two fundamental purposes: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22097 —First and most important, it provides sampling populations and enumeration lists for the Census Bureau’s economic surveys and censuses, and it serves as an integral part of the statistical foundation underlying those programs. Essential for this purpose is the BR’s ability to identify all known United States business establishments and their parent companies. Further, the BR must accurately record basic business attributes needed to control sampling and enumeration. These attributes include industrial and geographic classifications, and name and address information. —Second, it provides establishment data that serve as the basis for the annual County Business Patterns (CBP) statistical series. The CBP publications present data on a number of establishments, first quarter payroll, annual payroll, and midMarch employment summarized by industry and employment size class for the United States, the District of Columbia, island areas, counties, and country-equivalents. No other annual or more frequent series of industry statistics provides comparable detail, particularly for small geographic areas. II. Method of Collection The 2014–2016 COS collection strategy will focus on launching electronic reporting as the primary collection option. As the Census Bureau moves to increase electronic response and process less paper, we plan to replace some form mailings with letters encouraging electronic response. The 2014–2016 COS will request companylevel information from a selection of multi-establishment enterprises, which comprise roughly 42,000 parent companies and more than 1.4 million establishments. Additionally, the panel will include approximately 5,000 large single-location companies that may have added locations during the year. Electronic reporting will be available to all 2014–2016 COS respondents. Companies will receive and return responses by secure Internet transmission. Companies that cannot use the Internet may request a CD–ROM containing their electronic data or may request a paper questionnaire. COS content is identical for all of the reporting modes. The instrument will include inquiries on ownership or control by domestic or foreign parent, ownership of foreign affiliates, and leased employment. Further, the instrument will list an inventory of establishments belonging to the company and its subsidiaries, and E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 76 (Monday, April 21, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 22096-22097]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-09059]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Business-Cooperative Service


2014 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session--Value-Added 
Producer Grant Program

AGENCY: Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: As part of our implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2014 
(commonly referred to as the 2014 Farm Bill), the Rural Business-
Cooperative Service (RBS) is hosting a listening session for initial 
public input about changes to Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program 
for which RBS has been delegated the authority to implement. The 2014 
Farm Bill specifically identifies two new provisions to be implemented 
for VAPG--(1) an additional priority preference for veteran farmers or 
ranchers and (2) a priority for projects that best contribute to 
creating or increasing marketing opportunities for beginning farmers or 
ranchers, socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers, operators of 
small-and medium-sized family farms and ranches that are structured as 
family farms, and/or veteran farmers or ranchers.
    RBS is holding this listening session specifically to provide an 
opportunity for stakeholders to voice their priorities, concerns, and 
requests on the ``best contributing'' priority. Instructions regarding 
registering for and attending the listening session are in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.

DATES: 
    Listening session: The listening session will be on April 25, 2014, 
and will begin at 1:00 p.m. and is scheduled to end by 4:00 p.m.
    Registration: You must register by 5pm ET on April 23, 2014, to 
attend the listening session and to provide oral comments during the 
listening session.
    Comments: Written comments are due by 5pm ET on April 24, 2014.

ADDRESSES: We invite you to participate in the listening session. The 
listening session is open to the public. The meeting will be held in 
the Room 107-A of the Whitten Building at 14th Street and Independence 
Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250.
    We also invite you to submit comments by any of the following 
methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments; or
     Orally at the listening session; please also provide a 
written copy of your comments online as specified above or in hard copy 
at the listening session.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Jermolowicz; phone: (202) 720-
8460. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact 
the USDA Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 7, 2014, the 2014 Farm Bill 
(Pub. L. 113-79) was signed into law. The Secretary of Agriculture and 
the respective USDA agencies, including RBS, are working to implement 
the provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill as expeditiously as possible to 
meet the needs of producers and other stakeholders. In order to 
implement the provisions expeditiously and to ensure transparency, it 
is important to hear from stakeholders to be aware of their priorities, 
concerns, or requests.
    RBS will hold the listening session on April 25, 2014, to receive 
oral comments from stakeholders and the public. A written copy of the 
oral comments is requested. (See the ADDRESSES section above for 
information about submitting written comments.) In addition, 
stakeholders and the public who do not wish to attend or speak at the 
listening session are invited to submit written comments, which must be 
received by 5pm ET April 24, 2014.
    As a listening session, the focus is for RBS to hear from the 
public; this is not a discussion with RBS officials or a question and 
answer session. As noted above, the purpose is to receive public input 
that RBS can factor into decisions it needs to make in order to 
implement the ``best contributing'' priority of the 2014 Farm Bill for 
the VAPG program (as outlined as priority 2 of this 
announcement summary above) .
Date: April 25, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
    Location information: USDA headquarters, in the Whitten Building, 
Room 107-A, 14th Street and Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 
20250.

    The listening session will begin with brief opening remarks from 
the USDA leadership in Rural Development. Individual speakers providing 
oral comments are requested to be succinct as we do not know at this 
time how many participants there will be. As noted above, we request 
that speakers providing oral comments also provide a written copy of 
their comments. (See the ADDRESSES section above for information about 
submitting written comments.) All stakeholders and interested members 
of the public are welcome to register to provide oral comments; 
however, due to the time constraints a limited number will be selected 
on a first come, first serve basis.
    The purpose of the listening session is for RBS to hear from 
stakeholders and other interested members of the public about the 
``best contributing'' priority as required by the 2014 Farm Bill. 
Please refer to the VAPG program in your comment. In your comments, 
provide your input about how this provision could be implemented, 
including your rationale, for us to consider.

Instructions for Attending the Meeting

    Space for attendance at the meeting is limited. Due to USDA 
headquarters security and space requirements, all persons wishing to 
attend the public meeting or provide oral comments to RBS during the 
listening session must send an email to Andrew.jermolowicz@wdc.usda.gov 
by 5 p.m. on April 23, 2014, to register the names of those planning to 
attend. Registrations will be accepted until maximum room capacity is 
reached. To register, provide the following information:
 First Name
 Last Name
 Organization
 Title
 Email
 City
 State

    Upon arrival at the USDA Whitten Building, registered persons must 
provide valid photo identification in order to enter the building; 
visitors need to enter the Whitten Building on the mall side. Please 
allow extra time to get through security. Additional

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information about the listening session, agenda, directions to get to 
the listening session, and how to provide comments is available at the 
USDA Farm Bill Web site http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=farmbill.
    All written comments received will be publicly available on 
www.regulations.gov. If you require special accommodations, such as a 
sign language interpreter, use the contact information above. The 
listening session location is accessible to persons with disabilities.

    Dated: April 16, 2014.
 Ashli Palmer,
Acting Administrator, Rural Business Cooperative Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-09059 Filed 4-18-14; 8:45 am]
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