Plant Variety Protection Board; Open Meeting, 72771-72772 [2016-25501]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 204 / Friday, October 21, 2016 / Notices Shethir.Riva@ams.usda.gov. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: October 18, 2016. Elanor Starmer, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2016–25499 Filed 10–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [AMS–CN–16–0098] Tobacco Inspection and Grading Services: Notice of Request for an Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension to the currently approved information collection in support of the Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004 (U.S.C. Chapter 518), the Rural Development, Food and Drug Administrative, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for 2002 (Appropriations Act), and the Tobacco Inspection Act and Regulations Governing the Tobacco Standards. DATES: Comments received by December 20, 2016 will be considered. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted to the addresses specified below. All comments will be made available to the public. Please do not include personally identifiable information (such as name, address, or other contact information) or confidential business information that you do not want publically disclosed. All comments may be posted on the Internet and can be retrieved by most Internet search engines. Comments may be submitted anonymously. Comments, identified by AMS–CN– 16–0098, may be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov. Please follow the instructions for submitting comments. In addition, comments may be submitted by mail or hand delivery to Cotton Research and Promotion, Cotton asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:06 Oct 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 and Tobacco Program, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406. Comments should be submitted in triplicate. All comments received will be made available for public inspection at Cotton and Tobacco Program, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406. A copy of this document may be found at: www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shethir M. Riva, Director, Research and Promotion, Cotton and Tobacco Program, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406, telephone (540) 361– 2726, facsimile (540) 361–1199, or email at Shethir.Riva@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Reporting and Recording Requirements for 7 CFR part 29. OMB Number: 0581–0056. Expiration Date of Approval: February 28, 2017. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The Tobacco Inspection Act (7 U.S.C. 511–511s) requires that all tobacco sold at designated auction markets in the U.S. be inspected and graded. The Appropriations Act (7 U.S.C. 511s note) requires that all tobacco eligible for price support in the U.S. be inspected and graded. The Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004 (7 U.S.C. 518–519a) eliminated price supports and marketing quotas for all tobacco beginning with the 2005 crop year. Mandatory inspection and grading of domestic and imported tobacco was eliminated as well as the mandatory pesticide testing of imported tobacco and the tobacco market news program. The Tobacco Inspection Act also provides for interested parties to request inspection, pesticide testing, and grading services on a permissive basis. The information collection requirements authorized for the programs under the Tobacco Inspection Act and the Appropriations Act include: Application for inspection of tobacco, application and other information used in the approval of new auction markets or the extension of services to designated tobacco markets, and the information required to be provided in connection with auction and nonauction sales. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1.60 hours per response. Respondents: Primarily tobacco companies, tobacco manufacturers, import inspectors, and small businesses or organizations. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72771 Estimated Number of Respondents: 50. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 48. Estimated Number of Responses: 2,415. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 3,851. Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Shethir M. Riva, Director, Research and Promotion, Cotton and Tobacco Program, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406, telephone (540) 361–2726, facsimile (540) 361–1199, or email at Shethir.Riva@ams.usda.gov. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: October 18, 2016. Elanor Starmer, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2016–25502 Filed 10–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Document No. AMS–ST–16–0099] Plant Variety Protection Board; Open Meeting Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a meeting of the Plant Variety Protection Board (Board). The meeting is being held to discuss a SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1 72772 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 204 / Friday, October 21, 2016 / Notices variety of topics including, but not limited to, work and outreach plans, subcommittee activities, and proposals for procedure changes. The meeting is open to the public. This notice sets forth the schedule and location for the meeting. Monday, December 5, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, December 6, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: The Board meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel at the Randolph 1A and 1B Rooms, at 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria Pratt, Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), AMS, Science and Technology Programs, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250. Telephone number (202) 720–1104, fax (202) 260– 8976, or Email: maria.pratt@ ams.usda.gov. Pursuant to the provisions of section 10(a) of the FACA (5 U.S.C., Appendix 2), this notice informs the public that the Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO) is having a Board meeting earlier than the 15 day requirement of the FACA. The Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) (7 U.S.C. 2321 et seq.) provides legal protection in the form of intellectual property rights to developers of new varieties of plants, which are reproduced sexually by seed or are tuber-propagated. A certificate of Plant Variety Protection (PVP) is awarded to an owner of a crop variety after an examination shows that it is new, distinct from other varieties, genetically uniform and stable through successive generations. The term of protection is 20 years for most crops and 25 years for trees, shrubs, and vines. The PVPA also provides for a statutory Board (7 U.S.C. 2327). The PVPA Board is composed of 14 individuals who are experts in various areas of development and represent the private or seed industry sector, academia and government. The duties of the Board are to: (1) Advise the Secretary concerning the adoption of rules and regulations to facilitate the proper administration of the FACA; (2) provide advisory counsel to the Secretary on appeals concerning decisions on applications by the PVP Office and on requests for emergency public-interest compulsory licenses; and (3) advise the Secretary on any other matters under the Regulations and Rules of Practice and on all questions under Section 44 of the FACA, ‘‘Public Interest in Wide Usage’’ (7 U.S.C. 2404). asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:06 Oct 20, 2016 Jkt 241001 The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the PVPO 2016 achievements, the electronic application system, report of the molecular techniques subcommittee, PVP cooperation with other countries, and PVP’s 2017 business plan. Agenda Items: The agenda will include, welcome and introductions, discussions on program activities that encourage the development of new plant varieties and also address appeals to the Secretary. There will be presentations on 2016 accomplishments, the electronic PVP application system, PVP outreach activities, the use of molecular markers for PVP applications, PVP cooperation with other countries, and the 2017 business plan. The meeting will be open to the public. Those wishing to participate are encouraged to preregister by November 28, 2016 by contacting Maria Pratt, Program Analyst; Telephone: (202) 720–1104; Email: maria.prat@ams.usda.gov. Meeting Accommodation: The meeting hotel is ADA compliant, and the USDA provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this public meeting, please notify Maria Pratt at: Email: maria.pratt@ams.usda.gov or (202) 720– 1104. Determinations for reasonable accommodation will be made on a caseby-case basis. Minutes of the meeting will be available for public review 30 days following the meeting at the internet Web site http:// www.ams.usda.gov/PVPO. Dated: October 18, 2016. Elanor Starmer, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2016–25501 Filed 10–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [AMS–CN–16–0095] Cotton Classing, Testing and Standards: Notice of Request for an Extension and Revision to a Currently Approved Information Collection Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Service’s (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension and revision to the currently approved information collection entitled Cotton Classing, Testing, and Standards. DATES: Comments received by December 20, 2016 will be considered. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted to the addresses specified below. All comments will be made available to the public. Please do not include personally identifiable information (such as name, address, or other contact information) or confidential business information that you do not want publically disclosed. All comments may be posted on the Internet and can be retrieved by most Internet search engines. Comments may be submitted anonymously. Comments, identified by AMS–CN– 16–0095, may be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov. Please follow the instructions for submitting comments. In addition, comments may be submitted by mail or hand delivery to Cotton Research and Promotion, Cotton and Tobacco Program, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406. Comments should be submitted in triplicate. All comments received will be made available for public inspection at Cotton and Tobacco Program, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406. A copy of this document may be found at: www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shethir M. Riva, Director, Research and Promotion, Cotton and Tobacco Program, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406, telephone (540) 361– 2726, facsimile (540) 361–1199, or email at Shethir.Riva@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Cotton Classing, Testing, and Standards. OMB Number: 0581–0008. Expiration Date of Approval: February 28, 2017. Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection. Abstract: Information solicited is used by the USDA to administer and supervise activities associated with the classification or grading of cotton, cotton linters, and cottonseed based on official USDA Standards. The information requires personal data, such as name, type of business, address, and description of classification services requested. These programs are E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Document No. AMS-ST-16-0099]


Plant Variety Protection Board; Open Meeting

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the 
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a meeting of the 
Plant Variety Protection Board (Board). The meeting is being held to 
discuss a

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variety of topics including, but not limited to, work and outreach 
plans, subcommittee activities, and proposals for procedure changes. 
The meeting is open to the public. This notice sets forth the schedule 
and location for the meeting.

DATES: Monday, December 5, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The Board meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago 
Hotel at the Randolph 1A and 1B Rooms, at 151 East Wacker Drive, 
Chicago, IL, 60601.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria Pratt, Program Analyst, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture (USDA), AMS, Science and Technology Programs, 
1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250. Telephone number 
(202) 720-1104, fax (202) 260-8976, or Email: maria.pratt@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the provisions of section 10(a) 
of the FACA (5 U.S.C., Appendix 2), this notice informs the public that 
the Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO) is having a Board meeting 
earlier than the 15 day requirement of the FACA. The Plant Variety 
Protection Act (PVPA) (7 U.S.C. 2321 et seq.) provides legal protection 
in the form of intellectual property rights to developers of new 
varieties of plants, which are reproduced sexually by seed or are 
tuber-propagated. A certificate of Plant Variety Protection (PVP) is 
awarded to an owner of a crop variety after an examination shows that 
it is new, distinct from other varieties, genetically uniform and 
stable through successive generations. The term of protection is 20 
years for most crops and 25 years for trees, shrubs, and vines. The 
PVPA also provides for a statutory Board (7 U.S.C. 2327). The PVPA 
Board is composed of 14 individuals who are experts in various areas of 
development and represent the private or seed industry sector, academia 
and government. The duties of the Board are to: (1) Advise the 
Secretary concerning the adoption of rules and regulations to 
facilitate the proper administration of the FACA; (2) provide advisory 
counsel to the Secretary on appeals concerning decisions on 
applications by the PVP Office and on requests for emergency public-
interest compulsory licenses; and (3) advise the Secretary on any other 
matters under the Regulations and Rules of Practice and on all 
questions under Section 44 of the FACA, ``Public Interest in Wide 
Usage'' (7 U.S.C. 2404).
    The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the PVPO 2016 
achievements, the electronic application system, report of the 
molecular techniques subcommittee, PVP cooperation with other 
countries, and PVP's 2017 business plan.
    Agenda Items: The agenda will include, welcome and introductions, 
discussions on program activities that encourage the development of new 
plant varieties and also address appeals to the Secretary. There will 
be presentations on 2016 accomplishments, the electronic PVP 
application system, PVP outreach activities, the use of molecular 
markers for PVP applications, PVP cooperation with other countries, and 
the 2017 business plan. The meeting will be open to the public. Those 
wishing to participate are encouraged to pre-register by November 28, 
2016 by contacting Maria Pratt, Program Analyst; Telephone: (202) 720-
1104; Email: maria.prat@ams.usda.gov.
    Meeting Accommodation: The meeting hotel is ADA compliant, and the 
USDA provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with 
disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation 
to participate in this public meeting, please notify Maria Pratt at: 
Email: maria.pratt@ams.usda.gov or (202) 720-1104. Determinations for 
reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Minutes 
of the meeting will be available for public review 30 days following 
the meeting at the internet Web site http://www.ams.usda.gov/PVPO.

    Dated: October 18, 2016.
Elanor Starmer,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-25501 Filed 10-20-16; 8:45 am]
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