Cotton Research and Promotion Program: Request for Comments To Be Used in a Review of 1990 Amendments to the Cotton Research and Promotion Act, 11892-11893 [2017-03709]

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[FR Doc. 2017–03812 Filed 2–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [AMS–CN–16–0108] Cotton Research and Promotion Program: Request for Comments To Be Used in a Review of 1990 Amendments to the Cotton Research and Promotion Act Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: As provided for by the Cotton Research and Promotion Act Amendments of 1990, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing its intention to conduct a review to ascertain whether a referendum is needed to determine whether producers and importers favor continuation of amendments to the Cotton Research and Promotion Order (Order). This notice invites all interested parties to submit written comments to the Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA will consider these comments in determining whether a referendum is warranted. SUMMARY: Comments must be received on or before April 28, 2017. 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– 16–0108, 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. Written comments should be submitted in triplicate. All comments received will DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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: The Cotton Research and Promotion Act of 1966 (7 U.S.C. 2101–2118) authorized a national Cotton Research and Promotion Program which is industry operated and funded, with oversight by USDA. The program’s objective is to enable cotton growers and importers to establish, finance, and carry out a coordinated program of research and promotion to improve the competitive position of, and to expand markets for cotton. The program became effective on December 31, 1966, when the Cotton Research and Promotion Order (7 CFR part 1205) was issued. Assessments began with the 1967 cotton crop. The Order was amended and a supplemental assessment initiated, effective January 26, 1977. The program is currently financed through assessments levied on domestic and imported cotton and cottoncontaining products. Assessments under this program are used to fund promotional campaigns and to conduct research in the areas of U.S. marketing, international marketing, cotton production and processing, and textile research and implementation. The program is administered by the Cotton Board, which has 37 members, 37 alternate members and four advisors. The Cotton Board is composed of representatives of cotton producers and cotton importers, each of whom has an alternate selected by the Secretary of Agriculture from nominations submitted by eligible producer and importer organizations. All members and their alternates serve terms of 3 years. The Cotton Board’s responsibility is to administer the provisions of the Cotton Research and Promotion Order issued pursuant to the Act. These responsibilities include collecting, holding and safeguarding funds; making refunds when refunds are a provision of the Order; contracting with an organization for the development and implementation of programs of research and promotion; reviewing and making recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on proposed programs and E:\FR\FM\27FEN1.SGM 27FEN1 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 37 / Monday, February 27, 2017 / Notices budgets; and making funds available for such programs when approved. The objective of the Cotton Research and Promotion Program is to strengthen cotton’s competitive position and to maintain and expand domestic and foreign markets and uses for cotton. The Cotton Board is prohibited from participating in any matters influencing governmental policies or action except making recommendations for amendments to the Order. Amendments to the Act were enacted under subtitle G of title XIX of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101–624, 104 Stat. 3909, November 28, 1990). These amendments provided for: (1) Importer representation on the Cotton Board; (2) the assessment of imported cotton and cotton products; (3) increasing the amount the Secretary of Agriculture can be reimbursed for conduct of a referendum from $200,000 to $300,000; (4) reimbursing government agencies who assist in administering the collection of assessments on imported cotton and cotton products; and (5) terminating the right of a producer to demand a refund of assessments. The Act Amendments of 1990 were approved by a majority (60 percent) of importers and producers of cotton voting in a referendum conducted July 17–26, 1991, as required by the Act. Results of this referendum were announced in a nationally distributed press release dated August 2, 1991. The Cotton Research and Promotion Act Amendment of 1990, Section 8(c)(1) provides that once every 5 years after the July 1991 referendum, the Secretary of Agriculture is to conduct a review to ascertain whether a referendum is needed. In such a referendum, producers and importers would determine whether they favor continuation of the amendments to the Order provided for in the Cotton Research and Promotion Act Amendments of 1990. These amendments to the Order were promulgated in final rules published in the Federal Register on December 10, 1991 (56 FR 64470), corrected at 56 FR 66670. The results of the most recent review report of the Cotton Research and Promotion Program were issued on May 29, 2013. USDA announced its view (78 FR 32228) not to conduct a referendum regarding the 1991 amendments to the Order. In accordance with Section 8(c)(2) of the Act, USDA provided an opportunity for all eligible persons to request a continuance referendum on the 1991 amendments by making such a request during a sign-up period. During the period of August 3–August VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:23 Feb 24, 2017 Jkt 241001 14, 2015, the Department conducted a sign-up period for all eligible persons to request a continuance referendum on the 1990 Act amendments. The announced results of the sign-up period (80 FR 76654) did not meet the criteria established for a continuance referendum by the Cotton Research and Promotion Act and therefore, a referendum was not conducted. In 2017, in accordance with the provisions of the Act, the Secretary of Agriculture will conduct its review of the Cotton Research and Promotion Program Act amendments to ascertain whether a referendum is needed to determine whether producers and importers support continuation of the amendments to the Order, as provided for by the 1990 Act amendments. The Secretary of Agriculture will make a public announcement of the results of the review. Pursuant to the Act, if the Secretary of Agriculture determines that a referendum is needed, the Secretary of Agriculture will conduct the referendum within 12 months after a public announcement of the determination to conduct the referendum. If the Secretary determines that a referendum is not warranted, a sign-up period to request such a referendum will be made available to cotton producers and importers. A referendum will be held if requested by 10 percent or more of those voting in the most recent referendum as long as not more than 20 percent are from any one State or importers of cotton. This sign-up period would be announced in the Federal Register. A 60-day comment period is provided for interested persons to provide comments to be used by USDA in its review. All interested persons are invited to submit written comments. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2101–2118. Dated: February 21, 2017. Bruce Summers, Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03709 Filed 2–24–17; 8:45 am] 11893 increase in the fiscal year (FY) 2017 specialty sugar tariff-rate quota (TRQ) of 40,000 metric tons raw value (MTRV). DATES: Effective Date: February 27, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Souleymane Diaby, Import Policies and Export Reporting Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., AgStop 1021, Washington, DC 20250–1021; by telephone (202) 720– 2916; by fax (202) 720–0876; or by email to Souleymane.Diaby@fas.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 6, 2016, USDA announced the establishment of the in-quota quantity of the FY 2017 refined sugar TRQ at 162,000 MTRV for which the sucrose content, by weight in the dry state, must have a polarimeter reading of 99.5 degrees or more (81 FR 27390, May 6, 2016). This amount included the minimum level to which the United States is committed under the WTO Uruguay Round Agreements (22,000 MTRV of which 1,656 MTRV is reserved for specialty sugar) and an additional 140,000 MTRV reserved for specialty sugars. Pursuant to Additional U.S. Note 5 to Chapter 17 of the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) and Section 359k of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, as amended, the Secretary today increased the overall FY 2017 refined sugar TRQ by 40,000 MTRV to 202,000 MTRV. The increased amount is reserved for specialty sugar. Entry of this sugar will be permitted beginning March 1, 2017. The sugar entered under this tariff-rate quota is reserved for organic sugar and other specialty sugars not currently produced commercially in the United States or reasonably available from domestic sources. Dated: February 7, 2017. Jason Hafemeister, Acting Deputy Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. [FR Doc. 2017–03826 Filed 2–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–P BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Office of the Secretary Increase in Fiscal Year 2017 Specialty Sugar Tariff-Rate Quota Office of the Secretary, USDA. Notice. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[AMS-CN-16-0108]


Cotton Research and Promotion Program: Request for Comments To Be 
Used in a Review of 1990 Amendments to the Cotton Research and 
Promotion Act

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: As provided for by the Cotton Research and Promotion Act 
Amendments of 1990, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is 
announcing its intention to conduct a review to ascertain whether a 
referendum is needed to determine whether producers and importers favor 
continuation of amendments to the Cotton Research and Promotion Order 
(Order). This notice invites all interested parties to submit written 
comments to the Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA will consider 
these comments in determining whether a referendum is warranted.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 28, 2017.

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-16-0108, 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. Written 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: The Cotton Research and Promotion Act of 
1966 (7 U.S.C. 2101-2118) authorized a national Cotton Research and 
Promotion Program which is industry operated and funded, with oversight 
by USDA. The program's objective is to enable cotton growers and 
importers to establish, finance, and carry out a coordinated program of 
research and promotion to improve the competitive position of, and to 
expand markets for cotton.
    The program became effective on December 31, 1966, when the Cotton 
Research and Promotion Order (7 CFR part 1205) was issued. Assessments 
began with the 1967 cotton crop. The Order was amended and a 
supplemental assessment initiated, effective January 26, 1977.
    The program is currently financed through assessments levied on 
domestic and imported cotton and cotton-containing products. 
Assessments under this program are used to fund promotional campaigns 
and to conduct research in the areas of U.S. marketing, international 
marketing, cotton production and processing, and textile research and 
implementation.
    The program is administered by the Cotton Board, which has 37 
members, 37 alternate members and four advisors. The Cotton Board is 
composed of representatives of cotton producers and cotton importers, 
each of whom has an alternate selected by the Secretary of Agriculture 
from nominations submitted by eligible producer and importer 
organizations. All members and their alternates serve terms of 3 years. 
The Cotton Board's responsibility is to administer the provisions of 
the Cotton Research and Promotion Order issued pursuant to the Act. 
These responsibilities include collecting, holding and safeguarding 
funds; making refunds when refunds are a provision of the Order; 
contracting with an organization for the development and implementation 
of programs of research and promotion; reviewing and making 
recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on proposed programs 
and

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budgets; and making funds available for such programs when approved. 
The objective of the Cotton Research and Promotion Program is to 
strengthen cotton's competitive position and to maintain and expand 
domestic and foreign markets and uses for cotton. The Cotton Board is 
prohibited from participating in any matters influencing governmental 
policies or action except making recommendations for amendments to the 
Order.
    Amendments to the Act were enacted under subtitle G of title XIX of 
the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 
101-624, 104 Stat. 3909, November 28, 1990). These amendments provided 
for: (1) Importer representation on the Cotton Board; (2) the 
assessment of imported cotton and cotton products; (3) increasing the 
amount the Secretary of Agriculture can be reimbursed for conduct of a 
referendum from $200,000 to $300,000; (4) reimbursing government 
agencies who assist in administering the collection of assessments on 
imported cotton and cotton products; and (5) terminating the right of a 
producer to demand a refund of assessments. The Act Amendments of 1990 
were approved by a majority (60 percent) of importers and producers of 
cotton voting in a referendum conducted July 17-26, 1991, as required 
by the Act. Results of this referendum were announced in a nationally 
distributed press release dated August 2, 1991.
    The Cotton Research and Promotion Act Amendment of 1990, Section 
8(c)(1) provides that once every 5 years after the July 1991 
referendum, the Secretary of Agriculture is to conduct a review to 
ascertain whether a referendum is needed. In such a referendum, 
producers and importers would determine whether they favor continuation 
of the amendments to the Order provided for in the Cotton Research and 
Promotion Act Amendments of 1990. These amendments to the Order were 
promulgated in final rules published in the Federal Register on 
December 10, 1991 (56 FR 64470), corrected at 56 FR 66670.
    The results of the most recent review report of the Cotton Research 
and Promotion Program were issued on May 29, 2013. USDA announced its 
view (78 FR 32228) not to conduct a referendum regarding the 1991 
amendments to the Order. In accordance with Section 8(c)(2) of the Act, 
USDA provided an opportunity for all eligible persons to request a 
continuance referendum on the 1991 amendments by making such a request 
during a sign-up period. During the period of August 3-August 14, 2015, 
the Department conducted a sign-up period for all eligible persons to 
request a continuance referendum on the 1990 Act amendments. The 
announced results of the sign-up period (80 FR 76654) did not meet the 
criteria established for a continuance referendum by the Cotton 
Research and Promotion Act and therefore, a referendum was not 
conducted.
    In 2017, in accordance with the provisions of the Act, the 
Secretary of Agriculture will conduct its review of the Cotton Research 
and Promotion Program Act amendments to ascertain whether a referendum 
is needed to determine whether producers and importers support 
continuation of the amendments to the Order, as provided for by the 
1990 Act amendments. The Secretary of Agriculture will make a public 
announcement of the results of the review. Pursuant to the Act, if the 
Secretary of Agriculture determines that a referendum is needed, the 
Secretary of Agriculture will conduct the referendum within 12 months 
after a public announcement of the determination to conduct the 
referendum.
    If the Secretary determines that a referendum is not warranted, a 
sign-up period to request such a referendum will be made available to 
cotton producers and importers. A referendum will be held if requested 
by 10 percent or more of those voting in the most recent referendum as 
long as not more than 20 percent are from any one State or importers of 
cotton. This sign-up period would be announced in the Federal Register. 
A 60-day comment period is provided for interested persons to provide 
comments to be used by USDA in its review. All interested persons are 
invited to submit written comments.

    Authority:  7 U.S.C. 2101-2118.

    Dated: February 21, 2017.
Bruce Summers,
Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-03709 Filed 2-24-17; 8:45 am]
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