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[FR Doc. 2014–09868 Filed 4–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XY–P For general questions about this announcement and for program Technical Assistance, please contact the appropriate State Office as indicated in the ADDRESSES section of this Notice. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE H. Non Discrimination Statement Locally or Regionally Produced Agricultural Food Products USDA prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identify, religion, VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:41 Apr 29, 2014 Jkt 232001 Rural Business-Cooperative Service Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA. AGENCY: ACTION: PO 00000 Notice. Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24393 The Locally or Regionally Produced Agricultural Food Products provision, under the Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program, is designed to help facilitate the production, processing, and distribution of locally and regionally produced agricultural food products. Although demand exists for locally and regionally produced foods, producers in many parts of the country have difficulties accessing markets and processing facilities as well as establishing distribution channels. In addition, some retail outlets are less willing to buy from smaller volume producers because the volume of food that the producers can supply at any one time is insufficient. The Locally or Regionally Produced Agricultural Food Products provision provides loan guarantees for the purpose of establishing or facilitating enterprises that process, distribute, aggregate, store, and market locally or regionally produced agricultural food products to support community development and farm and ranch income. For purposes of this provision under the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program, 7 U.S.C. 1932(g)(9) provides: ‘‘The term ‘locally or regionally produced agricultural food product’ means any agricultural food product that is raised, produced, and distributed in the locality or region in which the final product is marketed, so that the total distance that the product is transported is less than 400 miles from the origin of the product, or in the State in which the product is produced.’’ Food products could be raw, cooked, or a processed edible substance, beverages, or ingredients used or intended for use or for sale in whole or in part for human consumption. To be eligible for funding through the Locally or Regionally Produced Agricultural Food Products provision, projects must ensure that there is an agreement that the local or regional nature of the food product is conveyed to the end consumer. If the end product is sold at a grocery retail facility or institution, local products must be identified to the consumer with a sticker, sign, or other indicator of the product’s local or regional origin. The Locally or Regionally Produced Agricultural Food Products provision gives priority to the financing of projects that provide a benefit to underserved communities. An underserved community is defined as a community (including an urban or rural community and an Indian tribal community) that has limited access to affordable, healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, in grocery retail stores or SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1 24394 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 83 / Wednesday, April 30, 2014 / Notices farmer to consumer direct markets AND has a high rate of hunger or food insecurity or a high poverty rate as determined by the Secretary. Applicants that serve schools may also be eligible. Projects that have components that benefit underserved communities will receive priority. For the purpose of this provision, projects that are physically located in an urban area are eligible for priority funding if the project provides a clear benefit to an underserved community by increasing that underserved community’s access to affordable, healthy, locally, or regionally produced foods. For example, an aggregation and distribution center that is physically located in an urban area would be eligible for priority funding if a meaningful portion of the aggregated product is made available to consumers at grocery retail establishments located within the underserved community or to food banks, schools, or other institutions serving low-income populations, thus providing a benefit to the underserved community. An aggregation and distribution center in an urban area would not be eligible for priority funding under the provision if it distributes all of its food to high-end markets. When there is a tie in priority scoring, projects that serve underserved communities will be funded over those that do not serve underserved communities. Through Fiscal Year 2018, the Agency is required to reserve not less than 5 percent of the funds available to the B&I program until April 1 of each year for entities that establish and facilitate the processing, distributing, aggregating, storing, and marketing of locally or regionally produced agricultural food products. The Agency will also continue to fund local or regionally produced agricultural food products projects after the April 1 reserve expires. Requirements for submission can be found in 7 CFR, part 4279, subpart B. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda Griffin, USDA, Rural Development, Business Programs, Business and Industry Division, STOP 3224, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–3224, telephone (202) 720–6802, email brenda.griffin@ wdc.usda.gov. This action has been reviewed and determined not to be a rule or regulation as defined in Executive Order 12866, as amended by Executive Order 13258. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:41 Apr 29, 2014 Jkt 232001 Dated: April 18, 2014. Andrew Jermolowicz, Acting Administrator, Rural BusinessCooperative Service. [FR Doc. 2014–09870 Filed 4–29–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–XY–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Notice of Intent; Request for Comments on Adoption of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Bayou Meto Basin General Reevaluation Report and Final Environmental Impact Statement, Arkansas, Jefferson, Lonoke, Prairie and Pulaski Counties, Arkansas Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of Intent To Adopt Reevaluation Report and Final Environmental Impact Statement; Request for Comments. AGENCY: ACTION: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving notice of its intent to adopt the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) existing general reevaluation report and final environmental impact statement (GRR/EIS) for the Bayou Meto Basin, Arkansas project (project). RUS is considering providing funding to the applicant, the Bayou Meto Water Management District (BMWMD), to construct a portion of the project consisting of activities that have been identified, designed and reviewed under the USACE’s existing GRR/EIS. Based on RUS’ independent evaluation, adoption of the GRR/EIS would meet the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and RUS regulations and guidance for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). To fulfill our NEPA requirements and support a funding decision, we are recirculating the GRR/EIS for written public comment via this notice, in accordance with CEQ and RUS adoption guidelines. DATES: Written comments on this Notice must be received on or before May 30, 2014. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to: Mark S. Plank, Director, Engineering and Environmental Staff, USDA Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Stop 1571, Room 2242–S, Washington, DC 20250. The GRR/EIS and related documents referenced in this Notice are available at http:// www.mvm.usace.army.mil/Missions/ Projects/BayouMetoBasinProject/ Reports.aspx. To the extent practicable, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 these documents can be made available for public review in alternative formats by contacting the individual listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION to request documents in alternative formats. RUS provides this notice under regulations implementing NEPA and invite the public to review the GRR/EIS during the 30-day comment period (see DATES). Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be aware that your entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. RUS will endeavor to withhold personal identifying information from public review upon request, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. As provided for pursuant to 36 CFR 800.2(d)(3), RUS is using this notice to comply with the requirement under 36 CFR 800.2(d) that the agency seek and consider the views of the public regarding effects to historic properties prior to making a decision on the project. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Fristik, Senior Environmental Protection Specialist, USDA Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Stop 1571, Room 2240–S, Washington, DC 20250, Telephone: (202) 720–5093, Facsimile: (202) 690– 0649, or email: richard.fristik@ wdc.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: RUS’ proposed funding action is for activities already identified, designed and reviewed under the GRR/EIS. Adoption and recirculation for public written comment of the GRR/EIS fulfills RUS’ requirements under the CEQ (40 CFR 1506.3(b)) and Agency (7 CFR 1794.72(b)) NEPA implementing regulations. Recent CEQ guidance encourages agencies to ‘‘. . . coordinate and take appropriate advantage of existing documents and studies, including through adoption and incorporation by reference’’ as a means of improving NEPA efficiency (see ‘‘Improving the Process for Preparing Efficient and Timely Environmental Reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act’’ at http:// ceq.hss.doe.gov/current_developments/ docs/Improving_NEPA_Efficiencies_ 06Mar2012.pdf). The overall Bayou Meto project area is located in east central Arkansas and is bounded approximately on the west and south by the Arkansas River and the city of England, and on the north and east by the cities of Lonoke, Carlisle, Stuttgart and Reydell. The entire study area encompasses 864,000 acres. The E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 83 (Wednesday, April 30, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 24393-24394]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-09870]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Rural Business-Cooperative Service


Locally or Regionally Produced Agricultural Food Products

AGENCY: Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Locally or Regionally Produced Agricultural Food Products 
provision, under the Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan 
Program, is designed to help facilitate the production, processing, and 
distribution of locally and regionally produced agricultural food 
products. Although demand exists for locally and regionally produced 
foods, producers in many parts of the country have difficulties 
accessing markets and processing facilities as well as establishing 
distribution channels. In addition, some retail outlets are less 
willing to buy from smaller volume producers because the volume of food 
that the producers can supply at any one time is insufficient.
    The Locally or Regionally Produced Agricultural Food Products 
provision provides loan guarantees for the purpose of establishing or 
facilitating enterprises that process, distribute, aggregate, store, 
and market locally or regionally produced agricultural food products to 
support community development and farm and ranch income. For purposes 
of this provision under the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program, 7 U.S.C. 
1932(g)(9) provides: ``The term `locally or regionally produced 
agricultural food product' means any agricultural food product that is 
raised, produced, and distributed in the locality or region in which 
the final product is marketed, so that the total distance that the 
product is transported is less than 400 miles from the origin of the 
product, or in the State in which the product is produced.'' Food 
products could be raw, cooked, or a processed edible substance, 
beverages, or ingredients used or intended for use or for sale in whole 
or in part for human consumption.
    To be eligible for funding through the Locally or Regionally 
Produced Agricultural Food Products provision, projects must ensure 
that there is an agreement that the local or regional nature of the 
food product is conveyed to the end consumer. If the end product is 
sold at a grocery retail facility or institution, local products must 
be identified to the consumer with a sticker, sign, or other indicator 
of the product's local or regional origin.
    The Locally or Regionally Produced Agricultural Food Products 
provision gives priority to the financing of projects that provide a 
benefit to underserved communities. An underserved community is defined 
as a community (including an urban or rural community and an Indian 
tribal community) that has limited access to affordable, healthy foods, 
including fresh fruits and vegetables, in grocery retail stores or

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farmer to consumer direct markets AND has a high rate of hunger or food 
insecurity or a high poverty rate as determined by the Secretary. 
Applicants that serve schools may also be eligible. Projects that have 
components that benefit underserved communities will receive priority.
    For the purpose of this provision, projects that are physically 
located in an urban area are eligible for priority funding if the 
project provides a clear benefit to an underserved community by 
increasing that underserved community's access to affordable, healthy, 
locally, or regionally produced foods. For example, an aggregation and 
distribution center that is physically located in an urban area would 
be eligible for priority funding if a meaningful portion of the 
aggregated product is made available to consumers at grocery retail 
establishments located within the underserved community or to food 
banks, schools, or other institutions serving low-income populations, 
thus providing a benefit to the underserved community. An aggregation 
and distribution center in an urban area would not be eligible for 
priority funding under the provision if it distributes all of its food 
to high-end markets. When there is a tie in priority scoring, projects 
that serve underserved communities will be funded over those that do 
not serve underserved communities.
    Through Fiscal Year 2018, the Agency is required to reserve not 
less than 5 percent of the funds available to the B&I program until 
April 1 of each year for entities that establish and facilitate the 
processing, distributing, aggregating, storing, and marketing of 
locally or regionally produced agricultural food products. The Agency 
will also continue to fund local or regionally produced agricultural 
food products projects after the April 1 reserve expires. Requirements 
for submission can be found in 7 CFR, part 4279, subpart B.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda Griffin, USDA, Rural 
Development, Business Programs, Business and Industry Division, STOP 
3224, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-3224, 
telephone (202) 720-6802, email brenda.griffin@wdc.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This action has been reviewed and determined 
not to be a rule or regulation as defined in Executive Order 12866, as 
amended by Executive Order 13258.

    Dated: April 18, 2014.
Andrew Jermolowicz,
Acting Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-09870 Filed 4-29-14; 8:45 am]
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