Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Continuance Referendum, 85167 [2016-28256]

Download as PDF 85167 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 227 / Friday, November 25, 2016 / Proposed Rules TOLERANCES FOR GRADE DEFECTS—Continued Grade External (shell) defects Internal (kernel) defects Kernel color based on USDA Walnut Color Chart Kernel color based on red U.S. No. 2 ........... 10%, by count, for splits. 10%, by count, for other shell defects, including not more than 5%t serious damage by adhering hulls. No tolerance to reduce the required 60% or any specified larger percentage of ‘‘light amber’’ kernels, or any specified percentage of ‘‘light’’ kernels. ........................ U.S. No. 3 ........... Same as above tolerance for U.S. No. 2. 15% total, by count, including not more than 8% which are damaged by mold or insects or seriously damaged by other means, of which not more than 5⁄8 or 5% may be damaged by insects, but no part of any tolerance shall be allowed for walnuts containing live insects. Same as above tolerance for U.S. No. 2. No tolerance to reduce any percentage of ‘‘light amber’’ or ‘‘light’’ kernel specified. ........................ Dated: November 18, 2016. Elanor Starmer, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2016–28253 Filed 11–23–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 927 [Doc. No. AMS–SC–16–0090; SC16–927–1 CR] Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Continuance Referendum Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Referendum order. AGENCY: This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible Oregon and Washington pear growers to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of pears grown in Oregon and Washington. DATES: The referendum will be conducted from February 15 through March 1, 2017. Only current growers of pears within the designated production area in Oregon and Washington that have grown pears during the period July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, are eligible to vote in this referendum. ADDRESSES: Copies of the marketing order may be obtained from the Northwest Marketing Field Office, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA; Telephone: (503) 326– 2724; the Office of the Docket Clerk, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237; or Internet: http:// www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID= ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:01 Nov 23, 2016 Jkt 241001 1aaabcfe0d44b8af50dc165366358d74& mc=true&node=pt7.8.927&rgn=div5. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Teresa Hutchinson or Gary D. Olson, Northwest Marketing Field Office, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA; Telephone: (503) 326– 2724, Fax: (503) 326–7440, or Email: Teresa.Hutchinson@ams.usda.gov or GaryD.Olson@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Marketing Order No. 927 (7 CFR part 927), hereinafter referred to as the ‘‘order,’’ and the applicable provisions of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended (7 U.S.C. 601–674), hereinafter referred to as the ‘‘Act,’’ it is hereby directed that a referendum be conducted to ascertain whether continuance of the order is favored by growers. The referendum shall be conducted from February 15 through March 1, 2017, among eligible Oregon and Washington pear growers. Only current growers that were also engaged in the production of pears in Oregon or Washington during the period of July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, may participate in the continuance referendum. USDA has determined that continuance referenda are an effective means for determining whether growers favor the continuation of marketing order programs. USDA would consider termination of the order if less than twothirds of the growers voting in the referendum and growers of less than two-thirds of the volume of Oregon and Washington pears represented in the referendum favor continuance of their program. In evaluating the merits of continuance versus termination, USDA will not exclusively consider the results of the continuance referendum. USDA will also consider all other relevant information regarding operation of the order and relative benefits and disadvantages to growers, handlers, and PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 9990 consumers to determine whether continuing the order would tend to effectuate the declared policy of the Act. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the ballot materials used in the referendum herein ordered have been submitted to and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and have been assigned OMB No. 0581–0189, Generic Fruit Crops. It has been estimated that it will take an average of 20 minutes for each of the approximately 1600 Oregon-Washington pear growers to cast a ballot. Participation is voluntary. Ballots postmarked after March 1, 2017, will not be included in the vote tabulation. Teresa Hutchinson and Gary D. Olson of the Northwest Marketing Field Office, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, are hereby designated as the referendum agents of the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct this referendum. The procedure applicable to the referendum shall be the ‘‘Procedure for the Conduct of Referenda in Connection With Marketing Orders for Fruits, Vegetables, and Nuts Pursuant to the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as Amended’’ (7 CFR 900.400–900.407). Ballots will be mailed to all growers of record and may also be obtained from the referendum agents or from their appointees. List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 927 Marketing agreements, Pears, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 601–674. Dated: November 18, 2016. Bruce Summers, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2016–28256 Filed 11–23–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P E:\FR\FM\25NOP1.SGM 25NOP1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 227 (Friday, November 25, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-28256]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

7 CFR Part 927

[Doc. No. AMS-SC-16-0090; SC16-927-1 CR]


Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Continuance Referendum

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Referendum order.

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SUMMARY: This document directs that a referendum be conducted among 
eligible Oregon and Washington pear growers to determine whether they 
favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of 
pears grown in Oregon and Washington.

DATES: The referendum will be conducted from February 15 through March 
1, 2017. Only current growers of pears within the designated production 
area in Oregon and Washington that have grown pears during the period 
July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, are eligible to vote in this 
referendum.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the marketing order may be obtained from the 
Northwest Marketing Field Office, Marketing Order and Agreement 
Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA; Telephone: (503) 326-
2724; the Office of the Docket Clerk, Marketing Order and Agreement 
Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue 
SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250-0237; or Internet: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=1aaabcfe0d44b8af50dc165366358d74&mc=true&node=pt7.8.927&rgn=div5
.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Teresa Hutchinson or Gary D. Olson, 
Northwest Marketing Field Office, Marketing Order and Agreement 
Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA; Telephone: (503) 326-
2724, Fax: (503) 326-7440, or Email: Teresa.Hutchinson@ams.usda.gov or 
GaryD.Olson@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Marketing Order No. 927 (7 CFR 
part 927), hereinafter referred to as the ``order,'' and the applicable 
provisions of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as 
amended (7 U.S.C. 601-674), hereinafter referred to as the ``Act,'' it 
is hereby directed that a referendum be conducted to ascertain whether 
continuance of the order is favored by growers. The referendum shall be 
conducted from February 15 through March 1, 2017, among eligible Oregon 
and Washington pear growers. Only current growers that were also 
engaged in the production of pears in Oregon or Washington during the 
period of July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, may participate in the 
continuance referendum.
    USDA has determined that continuance referenda are an effective 
means for determining whether growers favor the continuation of 
marketing order programs. USDA would consider termination of the order 
if less than two-thirds of the growers voting in the referendum and 
growers of less than two-thirds of the volume of Oregon and Washington 
pears represented in the referendum favor continuance of their program. 
In evaluating the merits of continuance versus termination, USDA will 
not exclusively consider the results of the continuance referendum. 
USDA will also consider all other relevant information regarding 
operation of the order and relative benefits and disadvantages to 
growers, handlers, and consumers to determine whether continuing the 
order would tend to effectuate the declared policy of the Act.
    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35), the ballot materials used in the referendum herein ordered 
have been submitted to and approved by the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) and have been assigned OMB No. 0581-0189, Generic Fruit 
Crops. It has been estimated that it will take an average of 20 minutes 
for each of the approximately 1600 Oregon-Washington pear growers to 
cast a ballot. Participation is voluntary. Ballots postmarked after 
March 1, 2017, will not be included in the vote tabulation.
    Teresa Hutchinson and Gary D. Olson of the Northwest Marketing 
Field Office, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, are hereby designated 
as the referendum agents of the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct 
this referendum. The procedure applicable to the referendum shall be 
the ``Procedure for the Conduct of Referenda in Connection With 
Marketing Orders for Fruits, Vegetables, and Nuts Pursuant to the 
Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as Amended'' (7 CFR 
900.400-900.407).
    Ballots will be mailed to all growers of record and may also be 
obtained from the referendum agents or from their appointees.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 927

    Marketing agreements, Pears, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

    Authority:  7 U.S.C. 601-674.

    Dated: November 18, 2016.
Bruce Summers,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-28256 Filed 11-23-16; 8:45 am]
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