Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops, 25661-25662 [2014-10375]

Download as PDF 25661 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 79, No. 87 Tuesday, May 6, 2014 The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. Prices of new books are listed in the first FEDERAL REGISTER issue of each week. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation 7 CFR Part 1487 RIN 0551–AA71 Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), USDA. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This final rule amends an existing provision in the regulations for the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program (TASC). Section 3205 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 enacted on February 7, 2014, amended the existing TASC statute by striking ‘‘related barriers to trade’’ and inserting ‘‘technical barriers to trade’’. This rule makes the corresponding change to the TASC regulations. DATE: Effective June 5, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Slupek at (202) 720–4327, fax at (202) 720–9361, or by email at: podadmin@fas.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with RULES Executive Order 12866 This rule is issued in conformance with Executive Order 12866. It has been determined to be not significant for the purposes of Executive Order 12866 and has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). A costbenefit assessment of this rule was not completed. Executive Order 12988 This rule has been reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 12988. This rule does not preempt State or local laws, regulations, or policies unless they present an irreconcilable conflict with this rule. This rule would not be retroactive. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:08 May 05, 2014 Jkt 232001 Executive Order 12372 This program is not subject to Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials. See 7 CFR part 3015, subpart V, and the related notice published at 48 FR 29115 (June 24, 1983). previously received approval from OMB with respect to the information collection required to support this program. The information collection is described below: Title: Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops. OMB Control Number: 0551–0038. Executive Order 13175 This rule does not have tribal implications as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000) that will preempt Tribal law. This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. E-Government Act Compliance CCC is committed to complying 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. The forms, regulations, and other information collection activities required to be utilized by a person subject to this rule are available at http://www.fas.usda.gov. Executive Order 13132 This rule does not have any substantial direct effect on States, on the relationship between the Federal government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government, nor does this rule impose substantial direct compliance costs on State and local governments. Therefore, consultation with the States was not required. Regulatory Flexibility Act The Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule because CCC is not required by 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking with respect to the subject matter of this rule. Environmental Assessment CCC has determined that this rule does not constitute a major State or Federal action that would significantly affect the human or natural environment, consistent with the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 40 CFR parts 1500–1508. Therefore, no environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will be prepared. Unfunded Mandates Although CCC is publishing this as a final rule, Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) does not apply to this rule because this rule contains no unfunded mandates as defined in section 202 of UMRA. Nor does this rule potentially affect small governments or contain significant Federal intergovernmental mandates. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, CCC has PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Background This final rule amends the regulations at 7 CFR part 1487 applicable to the TASC program. The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, which was reauthorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, directed CCC to establish a program to provide mandatory funding to assist U.S. organizations to undertake projects that address sanitary, phytosanitary, and related barriers that prohibit or threaten the export of U.S. specialty crops. The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), which administers the TASC program on behalf of CCC, provides grant funds as direct assistance to U.S. organizations. In addressing sanitary and phytosanitary trade barriers, FAS has provided TASC funding for projects such as pre-clearance programs, export protocol and work support plans, pest and disease research, the development of pest lists, field surveys, seminars and other plant health related projects. Until the passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113–79), certain export barriers such as quality or packaging issues and environmental sustainability labeling requirements could not be addressed under the TASC program because, although legitimate export barriers, they did not appear to meet the requirement of being related to a sanitary or phytosanitary barrier to trade. Industry groups requested Congress amend the law to broaden the types of trade barriers eligible under TASC. Section 3205 of the Agriculture E:\FR\FM\06MYR1.SGM 06MYR1 25662 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 87 / Tuesday, May 6, 2014 / Rules and Regulations Act of 2014 amended the TASC statute by striking ‘‘related barriers to trade’’ and inserting ‘‘technical barriers to trade’’ in 7 U.S.C. 5680(b). Notice and Comment In general, the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 551 et.al) requires that a notice of proposed rulemaking be published in the Federal Register and interested persons be given an opportunity to participate in the rulemaking through submission of written data, views, or arguments with or without opportunity for oral presentation, except when the rule involves a matter relating to public property, loans, grants, benefits, or contracts. Because this rule involves grants and is a minor administrative change with no discretionary interpretation of law possible, CCC is publishing this rule without opportunity for public comment. The change will allow TASC funding of projects that address technical barriers to trade that are not related to any sanitary or phytosanitary barrier. In the past, the TASC program has been undersubscribed, while significant, but ineligible, trade barriers for specialty crops were unable to be addressed through the program. The specialty crops industry will now be able to use the program to fund a broader range of projects that all have the same underlying goal of increasing U.S. specialty crop exports. This change will increase the number of proposals that qualify for the program. List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 1487 Agricultural commodities, Exports, Specialty crops. For the reasons set out in the preamble, 7 CFR part 1487 is amended as follows: PART 1487—TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR SPECIALTY CROPS 1. The authority citation for part 1487 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: Sec. 3205 of Pub. L. 107–171. ■ 2. Revise § 1487.2 to read as follows: emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with RULES § 1487.2 What is the TASC program? Under the TASC program, CCC, an agency and instrumentality of the United States within the Department of Agriculture, provides funds to eligible organizations, on a grant basis, to implement activities that are intended to address a sanitary, phytosanitary, or technical barrier that prohibits or threatens the export of U.S. specialty crops that are currently available on a commercial basis. The TASC program is intended to benefit the represented VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:08 May 05, 2014 Jkt 232001 industry rather than a specific company or brand. This program is administered by FAS. Signed at Washington, DC, on the 22nd of April, 2014. Bryce Quick, Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service, and Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation. [FR Doc. 2014–10375 Filed 5–5–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–10–P FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 16 CFR Part 803 Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements Federal Trade Commission. Final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Commission is amending the Hart-Scott-Rodino (‘‘HSR’’) Premerger Notification Rules (the ‘‘Rules’’), and the Premerger Notification and Report Form and associated Instructions (‘‘Form and Instructions’’) to reflect the new address of the Commission’s Premerger Notification Office (the ‘‘PNO’’). DATES: Effective May 6, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert L. Jones, Assistant Director, Premerger Notification Office, Bureau of Competition, Room 5301, Federal Trade Commission, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 326–3100, Email: rjones@ftc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Introduction Section 7A of the Clayton Act (the ‘‘Act’’) requires the parties to certain mergers or acquisitions to file with the Federal Trade Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’ or ‘‘FTC’’) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (the ‘‘Assistant Attorney General’’ or the ‘‘Antitrust Division’’) (together the ‘‘Antitrust Agencies’’ or ‘‘Agencies’’) to allow the agencies to conduct their initial review of a proposed transaction’s competitive impact and requires the parties to wait a specified period of time before consummating such transactions. The reporting requirement and the waiting period that it triggers are intended to enable the Antitrust Agencies to determine whether a proposed merger or acquisition may violate the antitrust laws if consummated and, when appropriate, to seek a preliminary injunction in federal court to prevent consummation, pursuant to Section 7 of the Act. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Section 7A(d)(1) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 18a(d)(1), directs the Commission, with the concurrence of the Assistant Attorney General, in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 553, to require that premerger notification be in such form and contain such information and documentary material as may be necessary and appropriate to determine whether the proposed transaction may, if consummated, violate the antitrust laws. Section 7A(d)(2) of the Act, 15 U.S.C. 18a(d)(2), grants the Commission, with the concurrence of the Assistant Attorney General, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553, the authority to define the terms used in the Act and prescribe such other rules as may be necessary and appropriate to carry out the purposes of § 7A. Pursuant to that authority, the Commission, with the concurrence of the Assistant Attorney General, developed the Rules, codified in 16 CFR Parts 801, 802 and 803, and the Form and its associated Instructions, codified at Part 803—Appendix, to govern the form of premerger notifications to be provided by merging parties. The Form is designed to provide the Commission and the Assistant Attorney General with the information and documentary material necessary for an initial evaluation of the potential anticompetitive impact of significant mergers, acquisitions and certain similar transactions. Changes to the Form, Instructions and Rules The Commission is amending Section 803.10 of the Rules, as well as the accompanying Form and Instructions, to incorporate the new address of the PNO. Accordingly, the Commission is updating the address of the PNO in the General Instructions (Information and Filing Sections), in the Disclosure Notice section of the Form, and in Section 803.10(c)(1)(i) of the Commission’s Rules, to read as follows: Premerger Notification Office, Federal Trade Commission, Room 5301, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20024. Administrative Procedure Act The Commission finds good cause to adopt these changes without prior public comment. Under the APA, notice and comment are not required ‘‘when the agency for good cause finds (and incorporates the finding and a brief statement of reasons therefore in the rules issued) that notice and public procedure thereon are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.’’ 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B). E:\FR\FM\06MYR1.SGM 06MYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Commodity Credit Corporation

7 CFR Part 1487

RIN 0551-AA71


Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops

AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and Commodity Credit 
Corporation (CCC), USDA.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This final rule amends an existing provision in the 
regulations for the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program 
(TASC). Section 3205 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 enacted on 
February 7, 2014, amended the existing TASC statute by striking 
``related barriers to trade'' and inserting ``technical barriers to 
trade''. This rule makes the corresponding change to the TASC 
regulations.

DATE: Effective June 5, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Slupek at (202) 720-4327, fax at 
(202) 720-9361, or by email at: podadmin@fas.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Executive Order 12866

    This rule is issued in conformance with Executive Order 12866. It 
has been determined to be not significant for the purposes of Executive 
Order 12866 and has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB). A cost-benefit assessment of this rule was not completed.

Executive Order 12988

    This rule has been reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 
12988. This rule does not preempt State or local laws, regulations, or 
policies unless they present an irreconcilable conflict with this rule. 
This rule would not be retroactive.

Executive Order 12372

    This program is not subject to Executive Order 12372, which 
requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials. 
See 7 CFR part 3015, subpart V, and the related notice published at 48 
FR 29115 (June 24, 1983).

Executive Order 13175

    This rule does not have tribal implications as specified by 
Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000) that will preempt 
Tribal law.

Executive Order 13132

    This rule does not have any substantial direct effect on States, on 
the relationship between the Federal government and the States, or on 
the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels 
of government, nor does this rule impose substantial direct compliance 
costs on State and local governments. Therefore, consultation with the 
States was not required.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act does not apply to this rule because 
CCC is not required by 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law to publish a 
notice of proposed rulemaking with respect to the subject matter of 
this rule.

Environmental Assessment

    CCC has determined that this rule does not constitute a major State 
or Federal action that would significantly affect the human or natural 
environment, consistent with the regulations implementing the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 40 CFR parts 1500-1508. Therefore, no 
environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will be 
prepared.

Unfunded Mandates

    Although CCC is publishing this as a final rule, Title II of the 
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) does not apply to this rule 
because this rule contains no unfunded mandates as defined in section 
202 of UMRA. Nor does this rule potentially affect small governments or 
contain significant Federal intergovernmental mandates.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, CCC has 
previously received approval from OMB with respect to the information 
collection required to support this program. The information collection 
is described below:
    Title: Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops.
    OMB Control Number: 0551-0038.

E-Government Act Compliance

    CCC is committed to complying 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. The forms, regulations, and other 
information collection activities required to be utilized by a person 
subject to this rule are available at http://www.fas.usda.gov.

Background

    This final rule amends the regulations at 7 CFR part 1487 
applicable to the TASC program. The Farm Security and Rural Investment 
Act of 2002, which was reauthorized by the Food, Conservation, and 
Energy Act of 2008, directed CCC to establish a program to provide 
mandatory funding to assist U.S. organizations to undertake projects 
that address sanitary, phytosanitary, and related barriers that 
prohibit or threaten the export of U.S. specialty crops. The Foreign 
Agricultural Service (FAS), which administers the TASC program on 
behalf of CCC, provides grant funds as direct assistance to U.S. 
organizations.
    In addressing sanitary and phytosanitary trade barriers, FAS has 
provided TASC funding for projects such as pre-clearance programs, 
export protocol and work support plans, pest and disease research, the 
development of pest lists, field surveys, seminars and other plant 
health related projects. Until the passage of the Agricultural Act of 
2014 (Pub. L. 113-79), certain export barriers such as quality or 
packaging issues and environmental sustainability labeling requirements 
could not be addressed under the TASC program because, although 
legitimate export barriers, they did not appear to meet the requirement 
of being related to a sanitary or phytosanitary barrier to trade. 
Industry groups requested Congress amend the law to broaden the types 
of trade barriers eligible under TASC. Section 3205 of the Agriculture

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Act of 2014 amended the TASC statute by striking ``related barriers to 
trade'' and inserting ``technical barriers to trade'' in 7 U.S.C. 
5680(b).

Notice and Comment

    In general, the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 551 et.al) 
requires that a notice of proposed rulemaking be published in the 
Federal Register and interested persons be given an opportunity to 
participate in the rulemaking through submission of written data, 
views, or arguments with or without opportunity for oral presentation, 
except when the rule involves a matter relating to public property, 
loans, grants, benefits, or contracts. Because this rule involves 
grants and is a minor administrative change with no discretionary 
interpretation of law possible, CCC is publishing this rule without 
opportunity for public comment. The change will allow TASC funding of 
projects that address technical barriers to trade that are not related 
to any sanitary or phytosanitary barrier. In the past, the TASC program 
has been undersubscribed, while significant, but ineligible, trade 
barriers for specialty crops were unable to be addressed through the 
program. The specialty crops industry will now be able to use the 
program to fund a broader range of projects that all have the same 
underlying goal of increasing U.S. specialty crop exports. This change 
will increase the number of proposals that qualify for the program.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 1487

    Agricultural commodities, Exports, Specialty crops.

    For the reasons set out in the preamble, 7 CFR part 1487 is amended 
as follows:

PART 1487--TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR SPECIALTY CROPS

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1. The authority citation for part 1487 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: Sec. 3205 of Pub. L. 107-171.


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2. Revise Sec.  1487.2 to read as follows:


Sec.  1487.2  What is the TASC program?

    Under the TASC program, CCC, an agency and instrumentality of the 
United States within the Department of Agriculture, provides funds to 
eligible organizations, on a grant basis, to implement activities that 
are intended to address a sanitary, phytosanitary, or technical barrier 
that prohibits or threatens the export of U.S. specialty crops that are 
currently available on a commercial basis. The TASC program is intended 
to benefit the represented industry rather than a specific company or 
brand. This program is administered by FAS.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on the 22nd of April, 2014.
Bryce Quick,
Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service, and Vice President, 
Commodity Credit Corporation.
[FR Doc. 2014-10375 Filed 5-5-14; 8:45 am]
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