Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Temporary Change to the Handling Regulations and Reporting Requirements for Yellow Fleshed and White Types of Potatoes, 24997-24999 [2014-10036]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 85 / Friday, May 2, 2014 / Rules and Regulations APHIS expects any impacts of the rule for these businesses to be minor. Under these circumstances, the Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has determined that this action will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Paperwork Reduction Act In accordance with section 3507(d) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the information collection or recordkeeping requirements included in this final rule, which were filed under 0579–0411, have been submitted for approval to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). When OMB notifies us of its decision, if approval is denied, we will publish a document in the Federal Register providing notice of what action we plan to take. E-Government Act Compliance The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is committed to compliance with the E-Government Act to promote the use of the Internet and other information technologies, to provide increased opportunities for citizen access to Government information and services, and for other purposes. For information pertinent to E-Government Act compliance related to this rule, please contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851–2908. List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 319 TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450, 7701–7772, and 7781–7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3. 2. Section 319.56–67 is added to read as follows: This final rule allows cape gooseberry to be imported into the United States from Colombia. State and local laws and regulations regarding cape gooseberry imported under this rule will be preempted while the fruit is in foreign commerce. Fresh fruits are generally imported for immediate distribution and sale to the consuming public and would remain in foreign commerce until sold to the ultimate consumer. The question of when foreign commerce ceases in other cases must be addressed on a caseby-case basis. No retroactive effect will be given to this rule, and this rule will not require administrative proceedings before parties may file suit in court challenging this rule. Coffee, Cotton, Fruits, Imports, Logs, Nursery stock, Plant diseases and pests, Quarantine, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Rice, Vegetables. Accordingly, we are amending 7 CFR part 319 as follows: 16:05 May 01, 2014 1. The authority citation for part 319 continues to read as follows: ■ ■ Executive Order 12988 VerDate Mar<15>2010 PART 319—FOREIGN QUARANTINE NOTICES Jkt 232001 § 319.56–67 Colombia. Cape gooseberry from Cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana) may be imported into the United States from Colombia in accordance with the conditions described in this section. These conditions are designed to prevent the introduction of Ceratitis capitata. (a) Workplan. The national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Colombia must provide a bilateral workplan to APHIS that details the activities that the NPPO will, subject to APHIS’ approval, carry out to meet the requirements of this section. APHIS will be directly involved with the NPPO in the monitoring and auditing implementation of the systems approach. (b) Places of production. (1) All places of production must be registered with the NPPO of Colombia. (2) All places of production must be located within the C. capitata low prevalence area of the Bogota Savannah and the neighboring municipalities above 2,200 meters in the Departments ´ of Boyaca and Cundinamarca. (c) Mitigation measures for C. capitata. (1) Trapping for C. capitata must be conducted in the places of production in accordance with the bilateral workplan to demonstrate that those places are free of C. capitata. Specific trapping requirements must be included in the bilateral workplan. The NPPO of Colombia must keep records of fruit fly detections for each trap and make the records available to APHIS upon request. (2) All fruit flies trapped must be reported to APHIS immediately. Capture of C. capitata will result in immediate cancellation of exports from farms within 5 square kilometers of the detection site. An additional 50 traps must be placed in the 5 square kilometer area surrounding the detection site. If a second detection is made within the detection areas within 30 days of a previous capture, eradication using a bait spray agreed upon by APHIS and the NPPO of Colombia must be initiated in the detection area. Treatment must continue for at least 2 months. Exports may resume from the detection area PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 24997 when APHIS and the NPPO of Colombia agree the risk has been mitigated. (d) Post-harvest procedures. The cape gooseberry must be packed in boxes marked with the identity of the originating farm. The boxes must be packed in sealed and closed containers before being shipped. (e) Phytosanitary inspection. After packing, the NPPO of Colombia must visually inspect a biometric sample of cape gooseberry at a rate jointly approved by APHIS and the NPPO of Colombia, and cut open the sampled fruit to detect C. capitata. (f) Commercial consignments. The cape gooseberry must be imported in commercial consignments only. (g) Phytosanitary certificate. Each consignment of cape gooseberry must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO of Colombia containing an additional declaration stating that the fruit originated from a place of production free of C. capitata within the low prevalence area of Bogota Savannah and the neighboring municipalities above 2,200 meters of elevation in the ´ Departments of Boyaca and Cundinamarca and was produced in accordance with the requirements of § 319.56–67. (Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 0579– 0411) Done in Washington, DC, this 28th day of April 2014. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2014–10039 Filed 5–1–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 946 [Doc. No. AMS–FV–13–0067; FV13–946–2 FIR] Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Temporary Change to the Handling Regulations and Reporting Requirements for Yellow Fleshed and White Types of Potatoes Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Affirmation of interim rule as a final rule. AGENCY: The Department of Agriculture is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that temporarily exempted yellow fleshed SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02MYR1.SGM 02MYR1 TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES 24998 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 85 / Friday, May 2, 2014 / Rules and Regulations and white types of potatoes from minimum quality, maturity, pack, marking, and inspection requirements under the Washington potato marketing order through June 30, 2014. The interim rule also modified an existing report to require handlers of yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes to report information necessary to administer the order during the period that such potatoes are exempt from handling requirements. This change is expected to reduce overall industry expenses and increase net returns to producers and handlers while giving the industry the opportunity to explore alternative marketing strategies. DATES: Effective May 5, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Teresa Hutchinson, Marketing Specialist, or Gary Olson, Regional Director, Northwest Marketing Field Office, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA; Telephone: (503) 326– 2724, Fax: (503) 326–7440, or Email: Teresa.Hutchinson@ams.usda.gov or GaryD.Olson@ams.usda.gov. Small businesses may request information on complying with this and other marketing order regulations by viewing a guide at the following Web site: http://www.ams.usda.gov/ MarketingOrdersSmallBusinessGuide; or by contacting Jeffrey Smutny, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Telephone: (202) 720– 2491, Fax: (202) 720–8938, or Email: Jeffrey.Smutny@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This rule is issued under Marketing Order No. 946, as amended (7 CFR part 946), regulating the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington, hereinafter referred to as the ‘‘order.’’ The order is effective under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended (7 U.S.C. 601–674), hereinafter referred to as the ‘‘Act.’’ The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing this rule in conformance with Executive Order 12866, 13563, and 13175. The handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington is regulated by 7 CFR part 946. Prior to this change, yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes were subject to the requirements contained in the order’s handling regulations (§ 946.336). The Washington potato industry was concerned that the cost of mandatory inspections for those types of potatoes, which has increased, may outweigh the benefits of having the quality regulations in place. By VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:05 May 01, 2014 Jkt 232001 exempting yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes from handling regulations, the industry expects to reduce overall expenses and provide the handlers the opportunity to explore alternative marketing strategies. Therefore, this rule continues in effect the interim rule that temporarily exempted yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes from the order’s handling regulations through June 30, 2014. The interim rule also modified the order’s reporting requirements to require reports from handlers of yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes through June 30, 2014. Assessments on all fresh yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes handled under the order will remain in effect during the temporary exemption. In an interim rule published in the Federal Register on October 23, 2013 (78 FR 62967, Doc. No. FV–13–0067, FV13–946–2 IR), § 946.336 was changed to exempt yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes from handling requirements through June 30, 2014, and § 946.143 was modified to require that each person handling yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes submit a monthly report to the Committee during the exemption period. Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Pursuant to requirements set forth in the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601–612), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has considered the economic impact of this action on small entities. Accordingly, AMS has prepared this final regulatory flexibility analysis. The purpose of the RFA is to fit regulatory actions to the scale of businesses subject to such actions in order that small businesses will not be unduly or disproportionately burdened. Marketing orders issued pursuant to the Act, and rules issued thereunder, are unique in that they are brought about through group action of essentially small entities acting on their own behalf. There are 43 handlers of Washington potatoes subject to regulation under the order and approximately 267 producers in the regulated production area. Small agricultural service firms are defined by the Small Business Administration as those having annual receipts of less than $7,000,000, and small agricultural producers are defined as those having annual receipts of less than $750,000. (13 CFR 121.201) For the 2011–2012 marketing year, the Committee reports that 11,018,670 hundredweight of Washington potatoes were shipped into the fresh market. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Based on average f.o.b. prices estimated by the USDA’s Economic Research Service and Committee data on individual handler shipments, the Committee estimates that 42, or approximately 98 percent of the handlers, had annual receipts of less than $7,000,000. In addition, based on information provided by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the average producer price for Washington potatoes for 2011– 2012 was $7.90 per hundredweight. The average gross annual revenue for the 267 Washington potato producers is therefore calculated to be approximately $326,021. In view of the foregoing, the majority of Washington potato handlers and producers may be classified as small entities. This rule continues in effect the action that exempted yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes from the minimum quality, maturity, pack, marking, and inspection requirements under the order’s handling regulations through June 30, 2014. This rule also continues in effect the interim rule that modified the order’s reporting requirements to require reports from handlers of yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes during the exemption period. This change is expected to reduce overall industry expenses and provide the industry with the opportunity to explore alternative marketing strategies. This rule modifies §§ 946.143 and 946.336. Authority for the change in the order’s rules and regulations is provided in § 946.52 of the order, while authority for reports and records is provided in § 946.70. It is not anticipated that this rule will negatively impact small businesses. This rule temporarily exempts yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes from the minimum quality, maturity, pack, marking, and inspection requirements contained in the order’s handling regulations. While inspections are not mandatory for such potatoes during the exemption period, handlers may choose to voluntarily have their potatoes inspected. Handlers are thus able to control costs based on the demands of their customers. The opportunities and benefits of this rule are equally available to all Washington potato handlers and producers, regardless of their size. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the order’s information collection requirements have been previously approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and assigned OMB No. 0581–0178, Generic Vegetable and Specialty Crops. This rule requires the submission of a monthly handler report for fresh yellow E:\FR\FM\02MYR1.SGM 02MYR1 TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 85 / Friday, May 2, 2014 / Rules and Regulations fleshed and white types potatoes handled during the exemption period. This rule modified the Russet Fresh Potato Report established for russet type potatoes to include yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes during the period those types of potatoes are exempted from regulation. The modified Self-Reporting Potato Form will provide the Committee with information necessary to track shipments and collect assessments. AMS has submitted the modified form and a Justification of Change to OMB for approval. While this rule requires a reporting requirement for yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes, their exemption from handling regulations also eliminates, for the exemption period, the more frequent reporting requirements imposed under the order’s special purpose shipment exemptions (§ 946.336(d) and (e)). Under these paragraphs, handlers are required to provide detailed reports whenever they divert regulated potatoes for livestock feed, charity, seed, prepeeling, processing, grading and storing in specified counties in Oregon, and experimentation. Therefore, any additional reporting or recordkeeping requirements on either small or large handlers of yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes are expected to be offset by the elimination of the other reporting requirements currently in effect. In addition, the temporary exemption from handling regulations and inspection requirements for yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes is expected to reduce industry expenses. USDA has not identified any relevant Federal rules that duplicate, overlap or conflict with this rule. The Committee’s meetings were widely publicized throughout the Washington potato industry and all interested persons were invited to participate in Committee deliberations. All Committee meetings where this action was discussed were public meetings. All entities, both large and small, were able to express views on this issue. Comments on the interim rule were required to be received on or before December 23, 2013. Three comments were received in response to the interim rule. One comment supported exemption of yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes and urged similar action for red types of potatoes. An interim rule was published in the Federal Register on February 12, 2014, (79 FR 8253) exempting red types of potatoes from the order’s handling regulations. A second comment raised concerns regarding the exemption of yellow VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:05 May 01, 2014 Jkt 232001 fleshed and white types of potatoes with respect to Idaho State code and the sale of such potatoes in Idaho. Idaho State officials should be consulted regarding the application of state requirements, as applicable and as is appropriate. The third comment was received from the Committee staff. The comment stated that on December 10, 2013, the Committee met to discuss the temporary exemption of yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes from the handling regulations. The comment further stated that, since October 24, 2013, the Committee has evaluated industry cost savings and the impact on the market resulting from the temporary exemption. No negative market impacts were experienced as a result of the temporary exemption of these potatoes from the handling regulations. Handlers have continued to meet their customers’ specifications, either with voluntary inspection or with no inspection, during the temporary exemption. As a result, the Committee unanimously recommended extending the exemption period indefinitely. Such a recommendation would result in additional rulemaking. Accordingly, for the reasons given in the interim rule, USDA is adopting the interim rule as a final rule, without change. To view the interim rule, go to: http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=AMS-FV-13-00670001. This action also affirms information contained in the interim rule concerning Executive Orders 12866, 12988, and 13563; the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35); and the E-Gov Act (44 U.S.C. 101). After consideration of all relevant material presented, it is found that finalizing the interim rule, without change, as published in the Federal Register (78 FR 62967, October 23, 2013) will tend to effectuate the declared policy of the Act. List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 946 Marketing agreements, Potatoes, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 7 CFR part 946 is amended as follows: PART 946—IRISH POTATOES GROWN IN WASHINGTON Accordingly, the interim rule that amended 7 CFR part 946 and that was published at 78 FR 62967 on October 23, 2013, is adopted as a final rule without change. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 24999 Dated: April 28, 2014. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2014–10036 Filed 5–1–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Parts 1005, 1006 and 1007 [Doc. no. AMS–DA–07–0059; AO–388–A22, AO–356–A43 and AO–366–A51; DA–07–03] Milk in the Appalachian, Florida, and Southeast Marketing Areas; Order Amending the Orders Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This final rule amends the Class I pricing provisions and the maximum administrative assessment for the Appalachian, Florida and Southeast marketing orders. This final rule also amends certain features of the diversion limit, touch-base and transportation credit provisions of the Appalachian and Southeast milk marketing orders. More than the required number of producers approved the issuance of the orders as amended. DATES: Effective Date: May 5, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William G. Francis, USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs, Order Formulation and Enforcement Branch, STOP 0231-Room 2971, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–0231, (202) 720– 7183, email address: William.francis@ ams.usda.gov. SUMMARY: The provisions adopted in this final rule: (1) Adjust the Class I pricing surface in each county within the geographical boundaries of the Appalachian, Florida and Southeast marketing orders; (2) Make diversion limit standards identical for the Appalachian and Southeast orders: 25 percent of deliveries to pool plants during the months of January, February, July, August, September, October, and November, and 35 percent in the months of March, April, May, June, and December; (3) Reduce touchbase standards to one day each month for the Appalachian and Southeast orders; (4) Add January and February as months when transportation credits are paid for the Appalachian and Southeast orders; (5) Provide for the payment of transportation credits in the Appalachian and Southeast orders for full loads of supplemental milk; (6) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\02MYR1.SGM 02MYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

7 CFR Part 946

[Doc. No. AMS-FV-13-0067; FV13-946-2 FIR]


Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Temporary Change to the 
Handling Regulations and Reporting Requirements for Yellow Fleshed and 
White Types of Potatoes

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Affirmation of interim rule as a final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture is adopting, as a final rule, 
without change, an interim rule that temporarily exempted yellow 
fleshed

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and white types of potatoes from minimum quality, maturity, pack, 
marking, and inspection requirements under the Washington potato 
marketing order through June 30, 2014. The interim rule also modified 
an existing report to require handlers of yellow fleshed and white 
types of potatoes to report information necessary to administer the 
order during the period that such potatoes are exempt from handling 
requirements. This change is expected to reduce overall industry 
expenses and increase net returns to producers and handlers while 
giving the industry the opportunity to explore alternative marketing 
strategies.

DATES: Effective May 5, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Teresa Hutchinson, Marketing 
Specialist, or Gary Olson, Regional Director, Northwest Marketing Field 
Office, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable 
Program, AMS, USDA; Telephone: (503) 326-2724, Fax: (503) 326-7440, or 
Email: Teresa.Hutchinson@ams.usda.gov or GaryD.Olson@ams.usda.gov.
    Small businesses may request information on complying with this and 
other marketing order regulations by viewing a guide at the following 
Web site: http://www.ams.usda.gov/MarketingOrdersSmallBusinessGuide; or 
by contacting Jeffrey Smutny, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, 
Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., 
STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Telephone: (202) 720-2491, Fax: 
(202) 720-8938, or Email: Jeffrey.Smutny@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This rule is issued under Marketing Order 
No. 946, as amended (7 CFR part 946), regulating the handling of Irish 
potatoes grown in Washington, hereinafter referred to as the ``order.'' 
The order is effective under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act 
of 1937, as amended (7 U.S.C. 601-674), hereinafter referred to as the 
``Act.''
    The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing this rule in 
conformance with Executive Order 12866, 13563, and 13175.
    The handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington is regulated by 
7 CFR part 946. Prior to this change, yellow fleshed and white types of 
potatoes were subject to the requirements contained in the order's 
handling regulations (Sec.  946.336). The Washington potato industry 
was concerned that the cost of mandatory inspections for those types of 
potatoes, which has increased, may outweigh the benefits of having the 
quality regulations in place. By exempting yellow fleshed and white 
types of potatoes from handling regulations, the industry expects to 
reduce overall expenses and provide the handlers the opportunity to 
explore alternative marketing strategies.
    Therefore, this rule continues in effect the interim rule that 
temporarily exempted yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes from 
the order's handling regulations through June 30, 2014. The interim 
rule also modified the order's reporting requirements to require 
reports from handlers of yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes 
through June 30, 2014. Assessments on all fresh yellow fleshed and 
white types of potatoes handled under the order will remain in effect 
during the temporary exemption.
    In an interim rule published in the Federal Register on October 23, 
2013 (78 FR 62967, Doc. No. FV-13-0067, FV13-946-2 IR), Sec.  946.336 
was changed to exempt yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes from 
handling requirements through June 30, 2014, and Sec.  946.143 was 
modified to require that each person handling yellow fleshed and white 
types of potatoes submit a monthly report to the Committee during the 
exemption period.

Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis

    Pursuant to requirements set forth in the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601-612), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) 
has considered the economic impact of this action on small entities. 
Accordingly, AMS has prepared this final regulatory flexibility 
analysis.
    The purpose of the RFA is to fit regulatory actions to the scale of 
businesses subject to such actions in order that small businesses will 
not be unduly or disproportionately burdened. Marketing orders issued 
pursuant to the Act, and rules issued thereunder, are unique in that 
they are brought about through group action of essentially small 
entities acting on their own behalf.
    There are 43 handlers of Washington potatoes subject to regulation 
under the order and approximately 267 producers in the regulated 
production area. Small agricultural service firms are defined by the 
Small Business Administration as those having annual receipts of less 
than $7,000,000, and small agricultural producers are defined as those 
having annual receipts of less than $750,000. (13 CFR 121.201)
    For the 2011-2012 marketing year, the Committee reports that 
11,018,670 hundredweight of Washington potatoes were shipped into the 
fresh market. Based on average f.o.b. prices estimated by the USDA's 
Economic Research Service and Committee data on individual handler 
shipments, the Committee estimates that 42, or approximately 98 percent 
of the handlers, had annual receipts of less than $7,000,000.
    In addition, based on information provided by the National 
Agricultural Statistics Service, the average producer price for 
Washington potatoes for 2011-2012 was $7.90 per hundredweight. The 
average gross annual revenue for the 267 Washington potato producers is 
therefore calculated to be approximately $326,021. In view of the 
foregoing, the majority of Washington potato handlers and producers may 
be classified as small entities.
    This rule continues in effect the action that exempted yellow 
fleshed and white types of potatoes from the minimum quality, maturity, 
pack, marking, and inspection requirements under the order's handling 
regulations through June 30, 2014. This rule also continues in effect 
the interim rule that modified the order's reporting requirements to 
require reports from handlers of yellow fleshed and white types of 
potatoes during the exemption period. This change is expected to reduce 
overall industry expenses and provide the industry with the opportunity 
to explore alternative marketing strategies. This rule modifies 
Sec. Sec.  946.143 and 946.336. Authority for the change in the order's 
rules and regulations is provided in Sec.  946.52 of the order, while 
authority for reports and records is provided in Sec.  946.70.
    It is not anticipated that this rule will negatively impact small 
businesses. This rule temporarily exempts yellow fleshed and white 
types of potatoes from the minimum quality, maturity, pack, marking, 
and inspection requirements contained in the order's handling 
regulations. While inspections are not mandatory for such potatoes 
during the exemption period, handlers may choose to voluntarily have 
their potatoes inspected. Handlers are thus able to control costs based 
on the demands of their customers. The opportunities and benefits of 
this rule are equally available to all Washington potato handlers and 
producers, regardless of their size.
    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35), the order's information collection requirements have been 
previously approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and 
assigned OMB No. 0581-0178, Generic Vegetable and Specialty Crops.
    This rule requires the submission of a monthly handler report for 
fresh yellow

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fleshed and white types potatoes handled during the exemption period. 
This rule modified the Russet Fresh Potato Report established for 
russet type potatoes to include yellow fleshed and white types of 
potatoes during the period those types of potatoes are exempted from 
regulation. The modified Self-Reporting Potato Form will provide the 
Committee with information necessary to track shipments and collect 
assessments. AMS has submitted the modified form and a Justification of 
Change to OMB for approval.
    While this rule requires a reporting requirement for yellow fleshed 
and white types of potatoes, their exemption from handling regulations 
also eliminates, for the exemption period, the more frequent reporting 
requirements imposed under the order's special purpose shipment 
exemptions (Sec.  946.336(d) and (e)). Under these paragraphs, handlers 
are required to provide detailed reports whenever they divert regulated 
potatoes for livestock feed, charity, seed, prepeeling, processing, 
grading and storing in specified counties in Oregon, and 
experimentation.
    Therefore, any additional reporting or recordkeeping requirements 
on either small or large handlers of yellow fleshed and white types of 
potatoes are expected to be offset by the elimination of the other 
reporting requirements currently in effect. In addition, the temporary 
exemption from handling regulations and inspection requirements for 
yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes is expected to reduce 
industry expenses.
    USDA has not identified any relevant Federal rules that duplicate, 
overlap or conflict with this rule.
    The Committee's meetings were widely publicized throughout the 
Washington potato industry and all interested persons were invited to 
participate in Committee deliberations. All Committee meetings where 
this action was discussed were public meetings. All entities, both 
large and small, were able to express views on this issue.
    Comments on the interim rule were required to be received on or 
before December 23, 2013. Three comments were received in response to 
the interim rule.
    One comment supported exemption of yellow fleshed and white types 
of potatoes and urged similar action for red types of potatoes. An 
interim rule was published in the Federal Register on February 12, 
2014, (79 FR 8253) exempting red types of potatoes from the order's 
handling regulations.
    A second comment raised concerns regarding the exemption of yellow 
fleshed and white types of potatoes with respect to Idaho State code 
and the sale of such potatoes in Idaho. Idaho State officials should be 
consulted regarding the application of state requirements, as 
applicable and as is appropriate.
    The third comment was received from the Committee staff. The 
comment stated that on December 10, 2013, the Committee met to discuss 
the temporary exemption of yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes 
from the handling regulations. The comment further stated that, since 
October 24, 2013, the Committee has evaluated industry cost savings and 
the impact on the market resulting from the temporary exemption. No 
negative market impacts were experienced as a result of the temporary 
exemption of these potatoes from the handling regulations. Handlers 
have continued to meet their customers' specifications, either with 
voluntary inspection or with no inspection, during the temporary 
exemption. As a result, the Committee unanimously recommended extending 
the exemption period indefinitely. Such a recommendation would result 
in additional rulemaking.
    Accordingly, for the reasons given in the interim rule, USDA is 
adopting the interim rule as a final rule, without change.
    To view the interim rule, go to: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=AMS-FV-13-0067-0001.
    This action also affirms information contained in the interim rule 
concerning Executive Orders 12866, 12988, and 13563; the Paperwork 
Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35); and the E-Gov Act (44 U.S.C. 
101).
    After consideration of all relevant material presented, it is found 
that finalizing the interim rule, without change, as published in the 
Federal Register (78 FR 62967, October 23, 2013) will tend to 
effectuate the declared policy of the Act.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 946

    Marketing agreements, Potatoes, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 7 CFR part 946 is 
amended as follows:

PART 946--IRISH POTATOES GROWN IN WASHINGTON

    Accordingly, the interim rule that amended 7 CFR part 946 and that 
was published at 78 FR 62967 on October 23, 2013, is adopted as a final 
rule without change.

    Dated: April 28, 2014.
Rex A. Barnes,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
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