Identifying Sources of Agricultural Innovation, 68580-68581 [2015-28289]

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[FR Doc. 2015–28283 Filed 11–4–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–B3–P OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY Identifying Sources of Agricultural Innovation Notice of Request for Information. ACTION: The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to discover new ideas that will spur innovation in agriculture and food systems and raise the profile of agricultural research. According to recent projections from The United Nations, the global population could reach 9.15 billion people by 2050. In the future, to meet the demand for food and other plantderived products from a global SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 population of this size, an increase of global agriculture production by as much as 70 percent will be required. More than four-fifths of the necessary production gains will need to occur on existing agricultural land through sustainable intensification that makes effective use of land and water resources. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) therefore seeks information about programs, public or private, that are actively working to innovate agricultural science, as well as areas of need in research, education, and training. Input is sought from biological and agricultural stakeholders, including researchers in academia and industry, non-governmental organizations, scientific and professional societies, and other interested members of the public. DATES: Responses must be received by December 4, 2015 to be considered. ADDRESSES: You may submit responses by any of the following methods (webform is preferred): • Webform: Use https:// www.whitehouse.gov/webform/requestinformation-agricultural-innovation to submit responses. • Mail: ATTN: Elizabeth Stulberg, Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20504. If submitting a response by mail, please allow sufficient time for mail processing. Instructions: Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need not reply to all questions; however, they should clearly indicate the number of each question to which they are responding. Responses must be unclassified and should not contain any information that might be considered proprietary, confidential, or personally identifying (such as home address or social security number). Responses to this RFI may be posted without change online. Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay for response preparation, or for the use of any information contained in the response. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Stulberg, estulberg@ eop.ostp.gov, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Science Division. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Information Requested The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from researchers in academia and industry, non-governmental organizations, scientific and professional societies, and other interested members of the public on the research, education, and training programs that are successfully working to push the cutting edge of agricultural E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 214 / Thursday, November 5, 2015 / Notices technology and science and to identify the tools, techniques, and training needed to advance agricultural research beyond current roadblocks to innovation. Questions Respondents may wish to address the following questions with regard to the future of agriculture and food systems: 1. Over the next ten years, what are the most important research gaps that must be addressed to advance agricultural innovation? 2. What interdisciplinary agriculture and food programs successfully impact agricultural innovation? 3. What elementary, middle, and high school outreach programs are successful examples of introducing students to agricultural careers, and what are examples of effective ways to introduce agriculture to suburban and urban students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)? 4. How can colleges and universities recruit STEM undergraduates into agricultural disciplines? What effect, if any, do introductory courses that engage students in discovery-based research have for this purpose? 5. What resources are fundamental to addressing agricultural research needs? 6. What further training is needed among agricultural professionals to take advantage of advances in agriculture research? 7. Is there any additional information, not requested above, that you believe OSTP should consider in identifying crucial areas of agricultural research? Ted Wackler, Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Director. [FR Doc. 2015–28289 Filed 11–4–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3270–F6–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–76320; File No. SR–BATS– 2015–92] jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Self-Regulatory Organizations; BATS Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change to Rules 21.2, 21.6, and 21.7, as They Relate to Order Acceptance Time October 30, 2015. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on October 28, 2015, BATS Exchange, Inc. (the ‘‘Exchange’’ or ‘‘BATS’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange has designated this proposal as a ‘‘noncontroversial’’ proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) thereunder,4 which renders it effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange filed a proposal to amend Rules 21.2, 21.6, and 21.7 to change the time orders will be accepted on the Exchange’s options platform (‘‘BATS Options’’) from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange’s Web site at www.batstrading.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange is proposing to amend Rules 21.2, 21.6, and 21.7 to change the time orders will be accepted on BATS Options from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Currently, the Exchange begins accepting orders at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Orders would then be available for execution as of 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.5 The Exchange does 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 5 Option contracts on Fund Shares, as defined in Rule 19.3(i), option contracts on exchange-traded 4 17 1 15 2 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:06 Nov 04, 2015 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68581 not propose to amend how it handles orders accepted prior to the market open other than to begin accepting orders at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time rather than 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. First, the Exchange proposes to amend Rule 21.2(a) to expressly state that the Exchange will begin accepting orders at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time, as described in Rule 21.7 and discussed below. The addition of this sentence to Rule 21.2(a) would align the text of the rule with EDGX Exchange, Inc. (‘‘EDGX’’) Rule 21.2(a).6 Second, the Exchange proposes to amend Rule 21.6(c) to state that orders can be entered into the System starting at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Currently, the Rule 21.6(c) states that orders can be entered into the System from 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time until the market close. While orders will be accepted by the System starting at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time, they will not be eligible for execution until 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The Exchange also proposes to amend Rule 21.6(c) to state that orders received prior to completion of the Exchange’s Opening Process will be handled in accordance with Rule 21.7 discussed below. As with the proposed change to Rule 21.2(a) discussed above, the addition of this sentence to Rule 21.6(c) would align the text of the rule with EDGX Rule 21.6(c).7 Lastly, as amended, Rule 21.7 would state that the Exchange will accept market and limit orders and quotes for inclusion in the opening process beginning at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time, rather than 8:00 a.m. as is currently the case and will continue to accept market and limit orders and quotes until such time as the Opening Process is initiated in that option series (the ‘‘Order Entry Period’’), other than index options.8 The Exchange will continue to not accept IOC,9 FOK 10 or WAIT 11 orders for queuing prior to the completion of the Opening Process. The Exchange will also continue to convert all Intermarket notes including Index-Linked Securities, as defined in Rule 19.3(l), and option contracts on broad-based indexes, as defined in Rule 29.1(j), close as of 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time. See Exchange Rule 21.2(a). 6 The Exchange understands that EDGX is to also file a proposed rule change with the Commission to amend its Rules 21.2, 21.6, and 21.7 to change the time orders will be accepted from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. 7 Id. 8 Rule 21.7 also discusses order acceptance when the primary listing market for the applicable underlying security declares a regulatory trading halt, suspension, or pause with respect to such security (‘‘Regulatory Halt’’). The Exchange does not propose to amend the treatment of orders during a Regulatory Halt under Rule 21.7. 9 See Exchange Rule 21.1(f)(2). 10 See Exchange Rule 21.1(f)(5). 11 See Exchange Rule 21.1(f)(4). E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 214 (Thursday, November 5, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 68580-68581]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-28289]


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OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY


Identifying Sources of Agricultural Innovation

ACTION: Notice of Request for Information.

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SUMMARY: The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to 
discover new ideas that will spur innovation in agriculture and food 
systems and raise the profile of agricultural research. According to 
recent projections from The United Nations, the global population could 
reach 9.15 billion people by 2050. In the future, to meet the demand 
for food and other plant-derived products from a global population of 
this size, an increase of global agriculture production by as much as 
70 percent will be required. More than four-fifths of the necessary 
production gains will need to occur on existing agricultural land 
through sustainable intensification that makes effective use of land 
and water resources. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) 
therefore seeks information about programs, public or private, that are 
actively working to innovate agricultural science, as well as areas of 
need in research, education, and training. Input is sought from 
biological and agricultural stakeholders, including researchers in 
academia and industry, non-governmental organizations, scientific and 
professional societies, and other interested members of the public.

DATES: Responses must be received by December 4, 2015 to be considered.

ADDRESSES: You may submit responses by any of the following methods 
(webform is preferred):
     Webform: Use https://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/request-information-agricultural-innovation to submit responses.
     Mail: ATTN: Elizabeth Stulberg, Office of Science and 
Technology Policy, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20504. 
If submitting a response by mail, please allow sufficient time for mail 
processing.
    Instructions: Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need 
not reply to all questions; however, they should clearly indicate the 
number of each question to which they are responding. Responses must be 
unclassified and should not contain any information that might be 
considered proprietary, confidential, or personally identifying (such 
as home address or social security number). Responses to this RFI may 
be posted without change online. Please note that the U.S. Government 
will not pay for response preparation, or for the use of any 
information contained in the response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Stulberg, 
estulberg@eop.ostp.gov, Office of Science and Technology Policy, 
Science Division.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Information Requested

    The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from researchers in 
academia and industry, non-governmental organizations, scientific and 
professional societies, and other interested members of the public on 
the research, education, and training programs that are successfully 
working to push the cutting edge of agricultural

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technology and science and to identify the tools, techniques, and 
training needed to advance agricultural research beyond current 
roadblocks to innovation.

Questions

    Respondents may wish to address the following questions with regard 
to the future of agriculture and food systems:
    1. Over the next ten years, what are the most important research 
gaps that must be addressed to advance agricultural innovation?
    2. What interdisciplinary agriculture and food programs 
successfully impact agricultural innovation?
    3. What elementary, middle, and high school outreach programs are 
successful examples of introducing students to agricultural careers, 
and what are examples of effective ways to introduce agriculture to 
suburban and urban students interested in careers in science, 
technology, engineering, and math (STEM)?
    4. How can colleges and universities recruit STEM undergraduates 
into agricultural disciplines? What effect, if any, do introductory 
courses that engage students in discovery-based research have for this 
purpose?
    5. What resources are fundamental to addressing agricultural 
research needs?
    6. What further training is needed among agricultural professionals 
to take advantage of advances in agriculture research?
    7. Is there any additional information, not requested above, that 
you believe OSTP should consider in identifying crucial areas of 
agricultural research?

Ted Wackler,
Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Director.
[FR Doc. 2015-28289 Filed 11-4-15; 8:45 am]
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