2015 Rates Charged for AMS Services, 19059-19064 [2015-08162]

Download as PDF 19059 Notices Federal Register Vol. 80, No. 68 Thursday, April 9, 2015 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–NOP–15–0005; NOP–15–04] National Organic Standards Board (NOSB): Call for Nominations Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice; call for nominations. AGENCY: The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) was established to assist in the development of standards for substances to be used in organic production and to advise the Secretary on the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). Through this Notice, The USDA is requesting nominations to fill five (5) upcoming vacancies on the NOSB. The positions are as follows: Farmers/growers (2), consumer/public interest advocates (2), and a USDA Accredited Certifying Agent (1). The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint one person to each of these five positions to serve a 5-year term of office that will commence on January 24, 2016, and end January 23, 2021. DATES: Written nominations must be postmarked on or before May 15, 2015. ADDRESSES: Nomination applications are to be mailed to Rita Meade, USDA– AMS–NOP, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 2648–S., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250; or electronically sent via Email to: Rita.Meade@ ams.usda.gov. Electronic submittals by email are preferred. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Arsenault, (202) 720–0081; Email: Michelle.Arsenault@ ams.usda.gov; or Rita Meade, (202) 260– 8636; Email: Rita.Meade@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The OFPA of 1990, as amended (7 U.S.C. Section 6501 et seq.), requires the Secretary to establish an organic certification program for producers and handlers of Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:13 Apr 08, 2015 Jkt 235001 agricultural products that have been produced using organic methods. The OFPA includes the requirement that the Secretary establish an NOSB in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. 2 et seq.). The purpose of the NOSB is to assist in the development of a proposed National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances and to advise the Secretary on the implementation of the OFPA. The NOSB is composed of 15 members; including 4 organic producers, 2 organic handlers, a retailer, 3 environmentalists/resource conservationists, 3 public/consumer representatives, a scientist, and a certifying agent. Through this Notice, USDA is seeking nominations to fill the following five (5) positions: Farmers/ growers (2), consumer/public interest advocates (2), and a USDA Accredited Certifying Agent (1). As per the OFPA, individuals seeking appointment to the NOSB at this time must: Own or operate an organic farming operation; represent public interest or consumer interest groups; and/or be a certifying agent as identified under section 6515 of this title. Selection criteria include such factors as: Understanding of organic principles and practical experience in the organic community; demonstrated experience in the development of public policy such as participation on public or private advisory boards, boards of directors or other comparable organizations; participation in standards development or involvement in educational outreach activities; a commitment to the integrity of the organic food and fiber industry; the ability to evaluate technical information and to fully participate in Board deliberation and recommendations; and the willingness to commit the time and energy necessary to assume Board duties; demonstrated experience and interest in organic production; organic certification; support of consumer and public interest organizations; demonstrated experience with respect to agricultural products produced and handled on certified organic farms; and such other factors as may be appropriate for specific positions. To nominate yourself or someone else, please submit: A resume, a cover letter, and a Form AD–755, which can be accessed at: www.ocio.usda.gov/ forms/doc/AD-755.pdf. Resumes must PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 be no longer than 5 pages, and include at the beginning a summary of the following information: Current and past organization affiliations; areas of expertise; education; career positions held; any other notable positions held. You may also submit a list of endorsements or letters of recommendation, if desired. Resume and completed requested background information are required for a nominee to receive consideration for appointment by the Secretary. If USDA receives a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552), for records relating to NOSB nominations, your application materials may be released to the requester. Prior to the release of the information, personally identifiable information protected by the FIOA Privacy Act will be redacted. Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure that the recommendations of the NOSB take into account the needs of the diverse groups that are served by the Department, membership on the NOSB shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. The information collection requirements concerning the nomination process have been previously cleared by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under OMB Control No. 0505–0001. Dated: April 6, 2015. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2015–08160 Filed 4–8–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Document No. AMS–LPS–15–0001] 2015 Rates Charged for AMS Services Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the 2015 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\09APN1.SGM 09APN1 19060 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 68 / Thursday, April 9, 2015 / Notices rates it will charge voluntary grading, inspection, certification, auditing and laboratory services for a variety of agricultural commodities including meat and poultry, fruits and vegetables, eggs, dairy products, and cotton and tobacco. The 2015 regular, overtime, holiday, and laboratory services rates will be applied at the beginning of the crop year, fiscal year or as required by law (June 1 for cotton programs) depending on the commodity. This action established the rates for userfunded programs based on costs incurred by AMS. DATES: April 10, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sonia Jimenez, AMS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 3069–S, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250; telephone (202) 720–5115, fax (202) 720–8477; email sonia.jimenez@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended, (AMA)(7 U.S.C. 1621–1627), provides for the collection of fees to cover costs of various inspection, grading, certification or auditing services covering many agricultural commodities and products. The AMA also provides for the recovery of costs incurred in providing laboratory services. The Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act (7 U.S.C. 471–476) and the U.S. Cotton Standards Act (7 U.S.C. 51–65) provide for classification of cotton and development of cotton standards materials necessary for cotton classification. The Cotton Futures Act (7 U.S.C. 15b) provides for futures certification services and the Tobacco Inspection Act (7 U.S.C. 511–511s) provides for tobacco inspection and grading. These Acts also provide for the recovery of costs associated with these services. On November 13, 2014, The Department of Agriculture (Department) published in the Federal Register a final rule that established standardized formulas for calculating the fees charged by AMS user-funded programs (79 FR 67313). This notice announces the fee rates for voluntary grading, inspection, certification, auditing and laboratory services for a variety of agricultural commodities including meat and poultry, fruits and vegetables, eggs, dairy products, and cotton and tobacco on a per-hour rate and, in some instances, the equivalent per-unit cost. The per-unit cost is provided to facilitate understanding of the costs associated with the service to the industries that historically used unitcost basis for payment. The fee rates will be effective at the beginning of the fiscal year, crop year, or as required by specific laws (June 1 for cotton programs). The rates reflect direct and indirect costs of providing services. Direct costs include the cost of salaries, employee benefits, and if applicable, travel and some operating costs. Indirect or overhead costs include the cost of Program and Agency activities supporting the services provided to the industry. These services include the grading, inspection or certification of quality factors in accordance with established U.S. Grade Standards; audits or accreditation according to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards and/or Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles; and other marketing claims. The quality grades serve as a basis for market prices and reflect the value of agricultural commodities to both producers and consumers. AMS’ grading and quality verification and certification, audit and accreditation, plant process and equipment verification, and laboratory approval services are voluntary tools paid by the users on a fee-for-service basis. The agriculture industry can use these tools to promote and communicate the quality of agricultural commodities to consumers. Laboratory services are provided for analytic testing, including but not limited to chemical, microbiological, biomolecular, and physical analyses. AMS is required by statute to recover the costs associated with these services. As required by the Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act (7 U.S.C. 471–476), consultations regarding the establishment of the fee for cotton classification with U.S. cotton industry representatives were held between January 2014 and the present. Representatives of all segments of the cotton industry, including producers, ginners, bale storage facility operators, merchants, cooperatives, and textile manufacturers were informed of the fees during various industry-sponsored forums. Rates Calculations AMS calculated the rate for services, per hour per program employee using the following formulas (a per-unit base is included for programs that charge services based on a per-unit base): (1) Regular rate. The total AMS grading, inspection, certification, classification, audit, or laboratory service program personnel direct pay divided by direct hours for the previous year, which is then multiplied by the next year’s percentage of cost of living increase, plus the benefits rate, plus the operating rate, plus the allowance for bad debt rate. If applicable, travel expenses may also be added to the cost of providing the service. (2) Overtime rate. The total AMS grading, inspection, certification, classification, audit, or laboratory service program personnel direct pay divided by direct hours, which is then multiplied by the next year’s percentage of cost of living increase and then multiplied by 1.5, plus the benefits rate, plus the operating rate, plus an allowance for bad debt. If applicable, travel expenses may also be added to the cost of providing the service. (3) Holiday rate. The total AMS grading, inspection, certification, classification, audit, or laboratory service program personnel direct pay divided by direct hours, which is then multiplied by the next year’s percentage of cost of living increase and then multiplied by 2, plus benefits rate, plus the operating rate, plus an allowance for bad debt. If applicable, travel expenses may also be added to the cost of providing the service. All rates are per-hour except when a per-unit cost is noted. The specific amounts in each rate calculation are available upon request from the specific AMS program. Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2015 RATES Cotton Fees 7 CFR Part 27—Cotton Classification Under Cotton Futures Legislation Subpart A—Regulations; §§ 27.80–27.90 Costs of Classifications and Micronaire VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:13 Apr 08, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\09APN1.SGM 09APN1 19061 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 68 / Thursday, April 9, 2015 / Notices 2015 RATES—Continued Cotton Standardization Regular Overtime Holiday Includes travel costs in rate Start date Certification for Futures Contract (Grading services for samples submitted by CCC-licensed samplers). $3.50/bale X June 1, 2015. Transfer of Certification Data to New Owner or Certified Warehouse (Electronic transfer performed). $0.20/bale or $5.00 per page minimum X June 1, 2015. 7 CFR Part 28—Cotton Classing, Testing, and Standards Subpart A—Regulations Under the United States Cotton Standards Act; §§ 28.115–28.126 Fees and Costs Subpart D—Cotton Classification and Market News Service for Producers; § 28.909 Costs; § 28.910 Classification of Samples and Issuance of Classification Data; § 28.911 Review Classification. Cotton Grading Form 1: Grading Services for Producers (submitted by licensed sampler). $2.20/bale X June 1, 2015. Form 1 Review (new sample submitted by licensed sampler) ........ $2.20/bale X June 1, 2015. Form A Determinations (sample submitted by licensed warehouse) $2.00/bale X June 1, 2015. Form C Determinations (sample submitted by non-licensed entity; bale sampled under USDA supervision). $2.00/bale .................... June 1, 2015. Form D Determination (sample submitted by owner or agent; classification represents sample only). Instrument and Manual Grade: $2.00/ bale; Instrument Grade Only: $1.75/bale X June 1, 2015. Foreign Growth Classification (sample of foreign growth cotton submitted by owner or agent; classification represents sample only). Instrument and Manual Grade: $2.00/ bale; Instrument Grade Only: $1.75/bale X June 1, 2015. Arbitration (comparison of a sample to the official standards or a sample type). Instrument and Manual Grade: $4.00/ bale; Instrument Grade Only: $2.70/ bale; Manual Grade Only: $2.20/bale X June 1, 2015. Practical Cotton Classing Exam (for non-USDA employees) .......... Exam: $105/applicant; Reexamination: $85/applicant X June 1, 2015. Special Sample Handling (return of samples per request) .............. $0.50/sample X June 1, 2015. Electronic Copy of Classification Record ......................................... $0.05/bale ($5.00/month minimum with any records received) X June 1, 2015. Form A Rewrite (reissuance of Form 1, Form A, or Futures Certification data or combination). $0.15/bale or $5.00/page X June 1, 2015. Form R (reissuance of Form 1 classification only) ........................... $0.15/bale or $5.00/page minimum X June 1, 2015. International Instrument Level Assessment ...................................... $4.00/sample X June 1, 2015. Dairy Fees 7 CFR Part 58—Grading and Inspection, General Specifications for Approved Plants and Standards for Grades of Dairy Products Subpart A—Regulations Governing the Inspection and Grading Services of Manufactured or Processed Dairy Products; §§ 58.38–58.46 Fees and Charges $76.00 $114.00 $152.00 X Oct 1, 2015. Non-resident and Intermittent Grading Service ................................ Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Continuous Resident Grading Service ............................................. 82.00 123.00 164.00 X Oct 1, 2015. Non-resident Services 6 p.m.–6 a.m. (10 percent night differential) 90.20 135.30 180.40 X Oct 1, 2015. State Graders .................................................................................... 82.00 123.00 164.00 X Oct 1, 2015. Equipment Review ............................................................................ 82.00 123.00 164.00 X Oct 1, 2015. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:13 Apr 08, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\09APN1.SGM 09APN1 19062 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 68 / Thursday, April 9, 2015 / Notices 2015 RATES—Continued Fax Charge ....................................................................................... 4.00 N/A N/A .................... Oct 1, 2015. Derogation Application ...................................................................... 123.00 N/A N/A .................... Oct 1, 2015. Fruit and Vegetable Fees 7 CFR Part 51—Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Other Products (Inspection, Certification, and Standards) Subpart A—Regulations; §§ 51.37–51.44 Schedule of Fees and Charges at Destination Markets § 51.45 at Shipping Point Areas Schedule of Fees and Charges Quality and Condition Inspections for Whole Lots ........................... $151.00 per lot .................... Oct 1, 2015. Condition—Only Inspections for Whole Lots .................................... $125.00 per lot .................... Oct 1, 2015. Quality and Condition or Condition—Only Inspections for Additional Lots of the Same Product. $69.00 per lot .................... Oct 1, 2015. Dockside Inspections—Each package weighing <30 lbs ................. $0.038 per pkg. .................... Oct 1, 2015. Dockside Inspections—Each package weighing >30 lbs ................. $0.059 per pkg. .................... Oct 1, 2015. Charge per Individual Product for Dockside Inspection ................... $151.00 per lot .................... Oct 1, 2015. Charge per Each Additional Lot of the Same Product ..................... $69.00 per lot .................... Oct 1, 2015. .................... Oct 1, 2015. 1X Oct 1, 2015. Inspections for All Hourly Work ........................................................ $74.00 $112.00 Audit Services ................................................................................... $148.00 $92.00 7 CFR Part 52—Processed Fruits and Vegetables, Processed Products Thereof, and Other Processed Food Products Subpart—Regulations Governing Inspection and Certification; §§ 52.41–52.51 Fees and Charges Lot Inspections .................................................................................. $62.00 $93.00 $124.00 X Oct 1, 2015. In-plant Inspections Under Annual Contract (year-round) ................ 49.00 73.50 98.00 X Oct 1, 2015. Additional Graders (in-plant) or Less Than Year-Round .................. 65.00 97.50 130.00 X Oct 1, 2015. 1X Oct 1, 2015. Audit Services ................................................................................... 92.00 Meat and Livestock Fees 7 CFR Part 54—Meats, Prepared Meats, and Meat Products (Grading, Certification, and Standards) Subpart A—Regulations; §§ 54.27–54.28 Charges for Service Commitment Grading ........................................................................ $61.00 $78.00 $122.00 X Oct 1, 2015. Non-commitment Grading ................................................................. 71.00 78.00 122.00 .................... Oct 1, 2015. Night Differential (6 p.m.–6 a.m.) ..................................................... 78.00 N/A 122.00 .................... Oct 1, 2015. 7 CFR Part 62—Livestock, Meat and Other Agricultural Commodities (Quality Systems Verification Programs) Subpart A—Quality Systems Verification Definitions § 62.300 Fees and Other Costs for Service Auditing Activities .............................................................................. $108.00 .................... Oct 1, 2015. 7 CFR Part 75—Regulations for Inspection and Certification of Quality of Agricultural and Vegetable Seeds § 75.41 General Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Laboratory Testing ............................................................................ $52.00 Administrative Fee ............................................................................ $78.00 $104.00 Poultry Fees 7 CFR Part 56—Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs Subpart A—Grading of Shell Eggs; §§ 56.45–56.54 Fees and Charges 7 CFR Part 70—Voluntary Grading of Poultry and Rabbit Products VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Apr 08, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\09APN1.SGM 09APN1 Oct 1, 2015. .................... $13.00 per certificate X Oct 1, 2015. 19063 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 68 / Thursday, April 9, 2015 / Notices 2015 RATES—Continued Subpart A—Grading of Poultry and Rabbit Products; §§ 70.70–70.78 Fees and Charges Resident Service (in-plant) ............................................................... 2 $42.68 2 $47.16 2 $67.28 X Oct 1, 2015. Resident, Night Differential (6 p.m.–6 a.m.) ..................................... 2 45.16 2 49.60 2 69.76 X Oct 1, 2015. Resident, Sunday Differential ........................................................... 2 48.80 2 53.28 N/A X Oct 1, 2015. Resident, Sunday and Night Differential .......................................... 2 51.28 2 55.76 N/A X Oct 1, 2015. Fee Service (non-scheduled) ............................................................ 77.28 93.24 115.89 .................... Oct 1, 2015. Audit Service ..................................................................................... 89.20 116.08 139.89 .................... Oct 1, 2015. Science and Technology Fees 7 CFR Part 91—Services and General Information (Science and Technology) Subpart I—Fees and Charges; §§ 91.37—91.45 Laboratory Testing Services ............................................................. $88.00 $103.00 $118.00 .................... Oct 1, 2015. Laboratory Approval Services 3 ........................................................ 136.00 163.00 191.00 X Jan 1, 2016. Tobacco Fees 7 CFR Part 29—Tobacco Inspection Subpart A—Policy Statement and Regulations Governing the Extension of Tobacco Inspection and Price Support Services to New Markets and to Additional Sales on Designated Markets; Subpart B—Regulations; §§ 29.123–29.129 Fees and Charges; § 29.500 Fees and charges for inspection and acceptance of imported tobacco Subpart F—Policy Statement and Regulations Governing the Identification and Certification of Non-quota Tobacco Produced and Marketed in Quota Area; § 29.9251 Fees and Charges Domestic Permissive Inspection and Certification (re-grading of domestic tobacco for processing plants, retesting of imported tobacco, and grading tobacco for research stations.). $47.40 $53.70 $64.45 .................... June 1, 2015. Export Permissive Inspection and Certification (grading of domestic tobacco for manufacturers and dealers for duty drawback consideration). $0.0025/pound X June 1, 2015. Grading for Risk Management Agency (for Tobacco Crop Insurance Quality Adjustment determinations). $0.01/pound X June 1, 2015. Pesticide Test Sampling (collection of certified tobacco sample and shipment to AMS National Science Laboratory for testing). $0.0054/kg or $0.0025/pound X June 1, 2015. Pesticide Retest Sampling (collection of certified tobacco sample from a previously sampled lot for re-testing at the AMS National Science Laboratory; fee includes shipping). $115.00/sample and $47.40/hour X June 1, 2015. Standards Course (training by USDA-certified instructor on tobacco grading procedures). $1,200.00/person .................... June 1, 2015. Import Inspection and Certification (grading of imported tobacco for manufacturers and dealers). $0.0154/kg or $0.0070/pound X June 1, 2015. 1 Travel costs outside the United States will be added to the fee, if applicable. charges are applied in addition to hourly rates for resident service as specified in Part 56, Subpart A, § 56.52(a)(4); Part 56, Subpart A, § 56.54(a)(2); Part 70, Subpart A, § 70.76(a)(2); Part 70, Subpart A, § 70.77(a)(4) and Part 70, Subpart A, § 70.77(a)(5). 3 Travel costs outside the United States will be added to the fee, if applicable. Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2 Administrative Authority: 7 U.S.C. 15b; 7 U.S.C. 473a–b; 7 U.S.C. 55 and 61; 7 U.S.C. 51–65; 7 U.S.C. 471–476; 7 U.S.C. 511, 511s; and 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: April 6, 2015. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2015–08162 Filed 4–8–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Apr 08, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\09APN1.SGM 09APN1 19064 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 68 / Thursday, April 9, 2015 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request—School Breakfast Program Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this information collection. This collection is a revision of a currently approved collection which FNS employs to determine public participation in the School Breakfast Program. SUMMARY: Written comments must be received on or before June 8, 2015. ADDRESSES: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions that were used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to: Lynn Rodgers-Kuperman, Branch Chief, Program Monitoring, Child Nutrition Programs, Food and Nutrition Service, DATES: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 636, Alexandria, VA 22302–1594. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Lynn Rodgers-Kuperman at 703–305–2879 or via email to lynn.rodgers@fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will be a matter of public record. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of this information collection should be directed to Lynn Rodgers at 703–305–2595. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: 7 CFR part 220, School Breakfast Program. OMB Number: 0584–0012. Expiration Date: August 31, 2015. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Abstract: Section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (CNA) (42 U.S.C. 1773) authorizes the School Breakfast Program (SBP) as a nutrition assistance program and authorizes payments to the States to assist them to initiate, maintain, or expand nonprofit breakfast programs in schools. The provision requires that ‘‘Breakfasts served by schools participating in the School Breakfast Program under this section shall consist of a combination of foods and shall meet minimum nutritional requirements prescribed by the Secretary on the basis of tested nutritional research.’’ This information collection is required to administer and operate this program in accordance with the NSLA (National School Lunch Act). The Program is administered at the State Est. number of respondents Affected Public Est. frequency of responses per respondent and school food authority (SFA) levels and operations include the submission of applications and agreements, submission and payment of claims, and maintenance of records. The reporting and recordkeeping burden associated with this revision is summarized in the charts below. The difference in burden is mainly due to adjustments, such as the removal of duplicate burden and an increase in schools participating. All of the reporting and recordkeeping requirements associated with the SBP are currently approved by the Office of Management and Budget and are in force. This is a revision of the currently approved information collection. Affected Public: (1) State agencies; (2) School Food Authorities; and (3) schools. Number of Respondents: 110,270 (56 SAs; 20,386 SFAs; 89,828 schools). Number of Responses per Respondent: 10.017493. Total Annual Responses: 1,104,629. Reporting time per Response: 0.226043. Estimated Annual Reporting Burden: 249,694. Number of Recordkeepers: 110,270 (56 SAs; 20,386 SFAs; 89,828 schools). Number of Records per Record Keeper: 295.1368. Estimated total Number of Records/ Response to Keep: 32,544,740. Recordkeeping time per Response: 0.109837. Total Estimated Recordkeeping Burden: 3,574,613. Annual Recordkeeping and Reporting Burden: 3,824,307. Current OMB Inventory for Part 220: 3,924,902. Difference (change in burden with this renewal): (100,595). See the table below for estimated total annual burden for each type of respondent. Total annual responses Est. total hours per response Est. total burden Reporting 56 20,386 89,828 36.3393 10.022270 10 2,035 204,314 898,280 Total Estimated Reporting Burden ... Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES State agencies ......................................... School Food Authorities ........................... Schools .................................................... 110,270 10.017493 0.2757 0.99954 0.05 1,104,629 561 204,219 44,914 0.226043 249,694 0.17976 0.083 503 16,920 Recordkeeping State agencies ......................................... School Food Authorities ........................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Apr 08, 2015 Jkt 235001 56 20,386 PO 00000 Frm 00006 50 10 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2,800 203,860 E:\FR\FM\09APN1.SGM 09APN1

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[FR Doc No: 2015-08162]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Document No. AMS-LPS-15-0001]


2015 Rates Charged for AMS Services

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the 
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rates it will charge voluntary grading, inspection, certification, 
auditing and laboratory services for a variety of agricultural 
commodities including meat and poultry, fruits and vegetables, eggs, 
dairy products, and cotton and tobacco. The 2015 regular, overtime, 
holiday, and laboratory services rates will be applied at the beginning 
of the crop year, fiscal year or as required by law (June 1 for cotton 
programs) depending on the commodity. This action established the rates 
for user-funded programs based on costs incurred by AMS.

DATES: April 10, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sonia Jimenez, AMS, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Room 3069-S, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 
20250; telephone (202) 720-5115, fax (202) 720-8477; email 
sonia.jimenez@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as 
amended, (AMA)(7 U.S.C. 1621-1627), provides for the collection of fees 
to cover costs of various inspection, grading, certification or 
auditing services covering many agricultural commodities and products. 
The AMA also provides for the recovery of costs incurred in providing 
laboratory services. The Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act (7 U.S.C. 
471-476) and the U.S. Cotton Standards Act (7 U.S.C. 51-65) provide for 
classification of cotton and development of cotton standards materials 
necessary for cotton classification. The Cotton Futures Act (7 U.S.C. 
15b) provides for futures certification services and the Tobacco 
Inspection Act (7 U.S.C. 511-511s) provides for tobacco inspection and 
grading. These Acts also provide for the recovery of costs associated 
with these services.
    On November 13, 2014, The Department of Agriculture (Department) 
published in the Federal Register a final rule that established 
standardized formulas for calculating the fees charged by AMS user-
funded programs (79 FR 67313).
    This notice announces the fee rates for voluntary grading, 
inspection, certification, auditing and laboratory services for a 
variety of agricultural commodities including meat and poultry, fruits 
and vegetables, eggs, dairy products, and cotton and tobacco on a per-
hour rate and, in some instances, the equivalent per-unit cost. The 
per-unit cost is provided to facilitate understanding of the costs 
associated with the service to the industries that historically used 
unit-cost basis for payment. The fee rates will be effective at the 
beginning of the fiscal year, crop year, or as required by specific 
laws (June 1 for cotton programs).
    The rates reflect direct and indirect costs of providing services. 
Direct costs include the cost of salaries, employee benefits, and if 
applicable, travel and some operating costs. Indirect or overhead costs 
include the cost of Program and Agency activities supporting the 
services provided to the industry.
    These services include the grading, inspection or certification of 
quality factors in accordance with established U.S. Grade Standards; 
audits or accreditation according to International Organization for 
Standardization (ISO) standards and/or Hazard Analysis and Critical 
Control Point (HACCP) principles; and other marketing claims. The 
quality grades serve as a basis for market prices and reflect the value 
of agricultural commodities to both producers and consumers. AMS' 
grading and quality verification and certification, audit and 
accreditation, plant process and equipment verification, and laboratory 
approval services are voluntary tools paid by the users on a fee-for-
service basis. The agriculture industry can use these tools to promote 
and communicate the quality of agricultural commodities to consumers. 
Laboratory services are provided for analytic testing, including but 
not limited to chemical, microbiological, biomolecular, and physical 
analyses. AMS is required by statute to recover the costs associated 
with these services.
    As required by the Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act (7 U.S.C. 
471-476), consultations regarding the establishment of the fee for 
cotton classification with U.S. cotton industry representatives were 
held between January 2014 and the present. Representatives of all 
segments of the cotton industry, including producers, ginners, bale 
storage facility operators, merchants, cooperatives, and textile 
manufacturers were informed of the fees during various industry-
sponsored forums.

Rates Calculations

    AMS calculated the rate for services, per hour per program employee 
using the following formulas (a per-unit base is included for programs 
that charge services based on a per-unit base):
    (1) Regular rate. The total AMS grading, inspection, certification, 
classification, audit, or laboratory service program personnel direct 
pay divided by direct hours for the previous year, which is then 
multiplied by the next year's percentage of cost of living increase, 
plus the benefits rate, plus the operating rate, plus the allowance for 
bad debt rate. If applicable, travel expenses may also be added to the 
cost of providing the service.
    (2) Overtime rate. The total AMS grading, inspection, 
certification, classification, audit, or laboratory service program 
personnel direct pay divided by direct hours, which is then multiplied 
by the next year's percentage of cost of living increase and then 
multiplied by 1.5, plus the benefits rate, plus the operating rate, 
plus an allowance for bad debt. If applicable, travel expenses may also 
be added to the cost of providing the service.
    (3) Holiday rate. The total AMS grading, inspection, certification, 
classification, audit, or laboratory service program personnel direct 
pay divided by direct hours, which is then multiplied by the next 
year's percentage of cost of living increase and then multiplied by 2, 
plus benefits rate, plus the operating rate, plus an allowance for bad 
debt. If applicable, travel expenses may also be added to the cost of 
providing the service.
    All rates are per-hour except when a per-unit cost is noted. The 
specific amounts in each rate calculation are available upon request 
from the specific AMS program.

                                                   2015 Rates
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                                                   Cotton Fees
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7 CFR Part 27--Cotton Classification Under Cotton Futures Legislation
    Subpart A--Regulations; Sec.  Sec.   27.80-27.90 Costs of Classifications and Micronaire
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                                             Cotton Standardization
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                                     Regular      Overtime     Holiday      Includes           Start date
                                                                          travel costs
                                                                             in rate
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Certification for Futures                        $3.50/bale                         X   June 1, 2015.
 Contract (Grading services for
 samples submitted by CCC-
 licensed samplers).
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Transfer of Certification Data to   $0.20/bale or $5.00 per page minimum            X   June 1, 2015.
 New Owner or Certified Warehouse
 (Electronic transfer performed).
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7 CFR Part 28--Cotton Classing, Testing, and Standards
    Subpart A--Regulations Under the United States Cotton Standards Act; Sec.  Sec.   28.115-28.126 Fees and
     Costs
    Subpart D--Cotton Classification and Market News Service for Producers; Sec.   28.909 Costs; Sec.   28.910
     Classification of Samples and Issuance of Classification Data; Sec.   28.911 Review Classification.
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                                                 Cotton Grading
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Form 1: Grading Services for                     $2.20/bale                         X   June 1, 2015.
 Producers (submitted by licensed
 sampler).
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Form 1 Review (new sample                        $2.20/bale                         X   June 1, 2015.
 submitted by licensed sampler).
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Form A Determinations (sample                    $2.00/bale                         X   June 1, 2015.
 submitted by licensed warehouse).
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Form C Determinations (sample                    $2.00/bale               ............  June 1, 2015.
 submitted by non-licensed
 entity; bale sampled under USDA
 supervision).
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Form D Determination (sample        Instrument and Manual Grade: $2.00/             X   June 1, 2015.
 submitted by owner or agent;       bale; Instrument Grade Only: $1.75/
 classification represents sample                   bale
 only).
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Foreign Growth Classification       Instrument and Manual Grade: $2.00/             X   June 1, 2015.
 (sample of foreign growth cotton   bale; Instrument Grade Only: $1.75/
 submitted by owner or agent;                       bale
 classification represents sample
 only).
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Arbitration (comparison of a        Instrument and Manual Grade: $4.00/             X   June 1, 2015.
 sample to the official standards   bale; Instrument Grade Only: $2.70/
 or a sample type).                 bale; Manual Grade Only: $2.20/bale
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Practical Cotton Classing Exam      Exam: $105/applicant; Reexamination:            X   June 1, 2015.
 (for non-USDA employees).                     $85/applicant
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Special Sample Handling (return                 $0.50/sample                        X   June 1, 2015.
 of samples per request).
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Electronic Copy of Classification   $0.05/bale ($5.00/month minimum with            X   June 1, 2015.
 Record.                                   any records received)
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Form A Rewrite (reissuance of             $0.15/bale or $5.00/page                  X   June 1, 2015.
 Form 1, Form A, or Futures
 Certification data or
 combination).
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Form R (reissuance of Form 1          $0.15/bale or $5.00/page minimum              X   June 1, 2015.
 classification only).
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International Instrument Level                  $4.00/sample                        X   June 1, 2015.
 Assessment.
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                                                   Dairy Fees
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7 CFR Part 58--Grading and Inspection, General Specifications for Approved Plants and Standards for Grades of
 Dairy Products
    Subpart A--Regulations Governing the Inspection and Grading Services of Manufactured or Processed Dairy
     Products; Sec.  Sec.   58.38-58.46 Fees and Charges
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Continuous Resident Grading             $76.00      $114.00      $152.00            X   Oct 1, 2015.
 Service.
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Non-resident and Intermittent            82.00       123.00       164.00            X   Oct 1, 2015.
 Grading Service.
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Non-resident Services 6 p.m.-6           90.20       135.30       180.40            X   Oct 1, 2015.
 a.m. (10 percent night
 differential).
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State Graders....................        82.00       123.00       164.00            X   Oct 1, 2015.
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Equipment Review.................        82.00       123.00       164.00            X   Oct 1, 2015.
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Export Certificate Services......        82.00          N/A          N/A            X   Oct 1, 2015.
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Special Handling.................        41.00          N/A          N/A  ............  Oct 1, 2015.
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Fax Charge.......................         4.00          N/A          N/A  ............  Oct 1, 2015.
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Derogation Application...........       123.00          N/A          N/A  ............  Oct 1, 2015.
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                                            Fruit and Vegetable Fees
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7 CFR Part 51--Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Other Products (Inspection, Certification, and Standards)
    Subpart A--Regulations; Sec.  Sec.   51.37-51.44 Schedule of Fees and Charges at Destination Markets Sec.
     51.45 Schedule of Fees and Charges at Shipping Point Areas
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Quality and Condition Inspections             $151.00 per lot             ............  Oct 1, 2015.
 for Whole Lots.
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Condition--Only Inspections for               $125.00 per lot             ............  Oct 1, 2015.
 Whole Lots.
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Quality and Condition or                       $69.00 per lot             ............  Oct 1, 2015.
 Condition--Only Inspections for
 Additional Lots of the Same
 Product.
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Dockside Inspections--Each                    $0.038 per pkg.             ............  Oct 1, 2015.
 package weighing <30 lbs.
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Dockside Inspections--Each                    $0.059 per pkg.             ............  Oct 1, 2015.
 package weighing >30 lbs.
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Charge per Individual Product for             $151.00 per lot             ............  Oct 1, 2015.
 Dockside Inspection.
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Charge per Each Additional Lot of              $69.00 per lot             ............  Oct 1, 2015.
 the Same Product.
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Inspections for All Hourly Work..       $74.00      $112.00      $148.00  ............  Oct 1, 2015.
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Audit Services...................                  $92.00                       \1\ X   Oct 1, 2015.
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7 CFR Part 52--Processed Fruits and Vegetables, Processed Products Thereof, and Other Processed Food Products
    Subpart--Regulations Governing Inspection and Certification; Sec.  Sec.   52.41-52.51 Fees and Charges
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Lot Inspections..................       $62.00       $93.00      $124.00            X   Oct 1, 2015.
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In-plant Inspections Under Annual        49.00        73.50        98.00            X   Oct 1, 2015.
 Contract (year-round).
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Additional Graders (in-plant) or         65.00        97.50       130.00            X   Oct 1, 2015.
 Less Than Year-Round.
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Audit Services...................                  92.00                        \1\ X   Oct 1, 2015.
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                                             Meat and Livestock Fees
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7 CFR Part 54--Meats, Prepared Meats, and Meat Products (Grading, Certification, and Standards)
    Subpart A--Regulations; Sec.  Sec.   54.27-54.28 Charges for Service
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Commitment Grading...............       $61.00       $78.00      $122.00            X   Oct 1, 2015.
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Non-commitment Grading...........        71.00        78.00       122.00  ............  Oct 1, 2015.
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Night Differential (6 p.m.-6             78.00          N/A       122.00  ............  Oct 1, 2015.
 a.m.).
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7 CFR Part 62--Livestock, Meat and Other Agricultural Commodities (Quality Systems Verification Programs)
    Subpart A--Quality Systems Verification Definitions Sec.   62.300 Fees and Other Costs for Service
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Auditing Activities..............                 $108.00                 ............  Oct 1, 2015.
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7 CFR Part 75--Regulations for Inspection and Certification of Quality of Agricultural and Vegetable Seeds
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    Sec.   75.41 General
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Laboratory Testing...............       $52.00       $78.00      $104.00            X   Oct 1, 2015.
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Administrative Fee...............          $13.00 per certificate         ............  Oct 1, 2015.
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                                                  Poultry Fees
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7 CFR Part 56--Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs
    Subpart A--Grading of Shell Eggs; Sec.  Sec.   56.45-56.54 Fees and Charges
7 CFR Part 70--Voluntary Grading of Poultry and Rabbit Products

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    Subpart A--Grading of Poultry and Rabbit Products; Sec.  Sec.   70.70-70.78 Fees and Charges
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Resident Service (in-plant)......   \2\ $42.68   \2\ $47.16   \2\ $67.28            X   Oct 1, 2015.
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Resident, Night Differential (6      \2\ 45.16    \2\ 49.60    \2\ 69.76            X   Oct 1, 2015.
 p.m.-6 a.m.).
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Resident, Sunday Differential....    \2\ 48.80    \2\ 53.28          N/A            X   Oct 1, 2015.
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Resident, Sunday and Night           \2\ 51.28    \2\ 55.76          N/A            X   Oct 1, 2015.
 Differential.
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Fee Service (non-scheduled)......        77.28        93.24       115.89  ............  Oct 1, 2015.
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Audit Service....................        89.20       116.08       139.89  ............  Oct 1, 2015.
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                                           Science and Technology Fees
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7 CFR Part 91--Services and General Information (Science and Technology)
    Subpart I--Fees and Charges; Sec.  Sec.   91.37--91.45
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Laboratory Testing Services......       $88.00      $103.00      $118.00  ............  Oct 1, 2015.
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Laboratory Approval Services \3\.       136.00       163.00       191.00            X   Jan 1, 2016.
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                                                  Tobacco Fees
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7 CFR Part 29--Tobacco Inspection
    Subpart A--Policy Statement and Regulations Governing the Extension of Tobacco Inspection and Price Support
     Services to New Markets and to Additional Sales on Designated Markets;
    Subpart B--Regulations; Sec.  Sec.   29.123-29.129 Fees and Charges; Sec.   29.500 Fees and charges for
     inspection and acceptance of imported tobacco
    Subpart F--Policy Statement and Regulations Governing the Identification and Certification of Non-quota
     Tobacco Produced and Marketed in Quota Area; Sec.   29.9251 Fees and Charges
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Domestic Permissive Inspection          $47.40       $53.70       $64.45  ............  June 1, 2015.
 and Certification (re-grading of
 domestic tobacco for processing
 plants, retesting of imported
 tobacco, and grading tobacco for
 research stations.).
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Export Permissive Inspection and               $0.0025/pound                        X   June 1, 2015.
 Certification (grading of
 domestic tobacco for
 manufacturers and dealers for
 duty drawback consideration).
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Grading for Risk Management                     $0.01/pound                         X   June 1, 2015.
 Agency (for Tobacco Crop
 Insurance Quality Adjustment
 determinations).
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Pesticide Test Sampling                 $0.0054/kg or $0.0025/pound                 X   June 1, 2015.
 (collection of certified tobacco
 sample and shipment to AMS
 National Science Laboratory for
 testing).
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Pesticide Retest Sampling              $115.00/sample and $47.40/hour               X   June 1, 2015.
 (collection of certified tobacco
 sample from a previously sampled
 lot for re-testing at the AMS
 National Science Laboratory; fee
 includes shipping).
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Standards Course (training by                 $1,200.00/person            ............  June 1, 2015.
 USDA-certified instructor on
 tobacco grading procedures).
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Import Inspection and                   $0.0154/kg or $0.0070/pound                 X   June 1, 2015.
 Certification (grading of
 imported tobacco for
 manufacturers and dealers).
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\1\ Travel costs outside the United States will be added to the fee, if applicable.
\2\ Administrative charges are applied in addition to hourly rates for resident service as specified in Part 56,
  Subpart A, Sec.   56.52(a)(4); Part 56, Subpart A, Sec.   56.54(a)(2); Part 70, Subpart A, Sec.   70.76(a)(2);
  Part 70, Subpart A, Sec.   70.77(a)(4) and Part 70, Subpart A, Sec.   70.77(a)(5).
\3\ Travel costs outside the United States will be added to the fee, if applicable.


    Authority:  7 U.S.C. 15b; 7 U.S.C. 473a-b; 7 U.S.C. 55 and 61; 7 
U.S.C. 51-65; 7 U.S.C. 471-476; 7 U.S.C. 511, 511s; and 7 U.S.C. 
1621-1627.

    Dated: April 6, 2015.
Rex A. Barnes,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2015-08162 Filed 4-8-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3410-02-P