Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order; Referendum Procedures, 11855-11856 [2017-03824]

Download as PDF jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 37 / Monday, February 27, 2017 / Proposed Rules 1406–S, Stop 0244, Washington, DC 20250–0244; facsimile: (202) 205–2800; or electronic mail: Heather.Pichelman@ ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5746). This proposed action invited comments on a proposed industry-funded research, promotion, and information program for certified organic products. Organic products are products produced under the authority of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 6501–6522) and its implementing regulations at 7 CFR part 205. The organic market includes a range of agricultural commodities such as fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, poultry, breads, grains, snack foods, condiments, beverages, and packaged and prepared foods as well as non-food items such as fiber (linen and clothing), personal care products, pet food, and flowers. The program would be financed by an assessment on domestic producers, handlers and importers of organic products and would be administered by a board of industry members nominated by organic stakeholders and appointed by the Secretary. The proposed initial assessment rate would be one tenth of one percent of net organic sales for producers and handlers, and one tenth of one percent of the transaction value of organic products imported into the United States for importers. Citing domestic supply shortages, challenges with viable pest management, and market confusion, program proponents have proposed an organic research and promotion program for the purposes of: (1) Developing and financing an effective and coordinated program of research, promotion, industry information, and consumer education regarding organic commodities; and (2) maintaining and expanding existing markets for organic commodities. A referendum would be held among eligible domestic producers, handlers and importers to determine whether they favor implementation of the program prior to it going into effect. The proposal was submitted to USDA by the Organic Trade Association (OTA), a membership business association, in collaboration with the 7-member GRO Organic Core Committee. OTA is a membership-based trade organization representing growers, processors, certifiers, farmers associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers, and others involved in the organic sector. The GRO Organic Core Committee is a subset of OTA’s larger Organic Research and VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:04 Feb 24, 2017 Jkt 241001 Promotion Program Steering Committee. It included OTA subcommittee chairs and other industry leaders who built on the outreach and input from the larger committee to guide the development of a proposed Order. This proposed rule also announced AMS’s intent to request approval from OMB of new information collection requirements to implement the program. The 60-day comment period provided in the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5746) was set to end on March 20, 2017. AMS has extended the end of comment period by 30 days to April 19, 2017 to ensure that interested persons have sufficient time to review and comment on the proposed rule. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7411–7425; 7 U.S.C. 7401. Dated: February 22, 2017. Bruce Summers, Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03825 Filed 2–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 1255 [Doc. No. AMS–SC–16–0112] Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order; Referendum Procedures Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Extension of comment period. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is extending the comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5438), until April 19, 2017. The proposed rule invited comments on the proposed procedures for conducting a referendum to determine whether the issuance of a proposed Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order (proposed Order) is favored by certified organic producers, certified organic handlers, and importers of certified organic products. The procedures would also be used for any subsequent referendum under the proposed Order. This proposed rule also announced the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intent to request approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of new information collection requirements to implement the program. The proposed Order was SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 11855 published separately in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5746). DATES: Comments received by April 19, 2017, will be considered prior to issuance of a final rule. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this proposal. Comments may be submitted on the Internet at: http://www.regulations.gov or to the Promotion and Economics Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 1406–S, Stop 0244, Washington, DC 20250–0244; facsimile: (202) 205–2800. All comments should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection, including name and address, if provided, in the above office during regular business hours or it can be viewed at http:// www.regulations.gov. Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), comments regarding the accuracy of the burden estimate, ways to minimize the burden, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, or any other aspect of this collection of information, should be sent to the above address. In addition, comments concerning the information collection should also be sent to the Desk Office for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, New Executive Office Building, 725 17th Street NW., Room 725, Washington, DC 20503. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heather Pichelman, Division Director, Promotion and Economics Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 1406–S, Stop 0244, Washington, DC 20250–0244; facsimile: (202) 205–2800; or electronic mail: Heather.Pichelman@ ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5438). This proposed action invited comments on a proposed procedures for conducting a referendum to determine whether covered domestic certified organic producers, certified organic handlers and importers of organic products favor issuance of a proposed Order. Accordingly, this proposed rule would add subpart B to part 1255 that would establish procedures for conducting the referendum. The procedures would cover definitions, voting instructions, use of subagents, ballots, the referendum report, and confidentiality E:\FR\FM\27FEP1.SGM 27FEP1 11856 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 37 / Monday, February 27, 2017 / Proposed Rules of information. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would conduct the referendum. The program would be implemented if it is favored by a majority of domestic certified organic producers, certified organic handlers and importers of organic products voting in the referendum. The procedures would be applicable for the initial referendum and future referenda under the proposed Order. This proposed rule also announced AMS’s intent to request approval by the OMB of new information collection requirements to implement the program. The proposed Order was published separately in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5746). The 60-day comment period provided in the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5438) was set to end on March 20, 2017. AMS has extended the end of comment period by 30 days to April 19, 2017 to ensure that interested persons have sufficient time to review and comment on the proposed rule. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7411–7425; 7 U.S.C. 7401. Dated: February 22, 2017. Bruce Summers, Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03824 Filed 2–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Ron Laster, Federal Aviation Administration, Contract Support, Operations Support Group, Central Service Center, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222–5879. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2016–9494; Airspace Docket No. 16–ASW–19] Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; for Haskell, TX SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to modify Class E airspace extending up to 700 feet above the surface at Haskell Municipal Airport, Haskell, TX. Airspace reconfiguration is necessary due to the decommissioning of the Haskell non-directional radio beacon (NDB), and cancellation of the NDB approach. This action would also update the geographic coordinates of the airport. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 13, 2017. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:04 Feb 24, 2017 Jkt 241001 Transportation, Docket Operations, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366–9826, or 1–800–647–5527. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA– 2016–9494; Airspace Docket No. 16– ASW–19, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FAA Order 7400.11A, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/ publications/. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: 202–267–8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.11A at NARA, call 202–741– 6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/ federal_register/code_of_federalregulations/ibr_locations.html. FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. Authority for This Rulemaking The FAA’s authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency’s authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part, A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it would modify Class E airspace extending up to and including 700 feet MSL above the PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 surface area at Haskell Municipal Airport, Haskell, TX. Comments Invited Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ‘‘Comments to Docket No. FAA–2016–9494/Airspace Docket No. 16–ASW–19.’’ The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. Availability of NPRMs An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA’s Web page at http:// www.regulations.gov. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see the ADDRESSES section for the address and phone number) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Organization, Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177. All communications received before the specified closing date for comments will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this notice may be changed in light of the comments received. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket. E:\FR\FM\27FEP1.SGM 27FEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 37 (Monday, February 27, 2017)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 11855-11856]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-03824]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

7 CFR Part 1255

[Doc. No. AMS-SC-16-0112]


Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order; Referendum 
Procedures

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Agricultural Marketing Service 
(AMS) is extending the comment period for the proposed rule published 
in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5438), until April 
19, 2017. The proposed rule invited comments on the proposed procedures 
for conducting a referendum to determine whether the issuance of a 
proposed Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order (proposed 
Order) is favored by certified organic producers, certified organic 
handlers, and importers of certified organic products. The procedures 
would also be used for any subsequent referendum under the proposed 
Order. This proposed rule also announced the Agricultural Marketing 
Service's (AMS) intent to request approval by the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) of new information collection requirements to 
implement the program. The proposed Order was published separately in 
the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5746).

DATES: Comments received by April 19, 2017, will be considered prior to 
issuance of a final rule.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
concerning this proposal. Comments may be submitted on the Internet at: 
http://www.regulations.gov or to the Promotion and Economics Division, 
Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 
1406-S, Stop 0244, Washington, DC 20250-0244; facsimile: (202) 205-
2800. All comments should reference the docket number and the date and 
page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made 
available for public inspection, including name and address, if 
provided, in the above office during regular business hours or it can 
be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov.
    Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), comments regarding 
the accuracy of the burden estimate, ways to minimize the burden, 
including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology, or any other aspect of this collection of 
information, should be sent to the above address. In addition, comments 
concerning the information collection should also be sent to the Desk 
Office for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
OMB, New Executive Office Building, 725 17th Street NW., Room 725, 
Washington, DC 20503.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heather Pichelman, Division Director, 
Promotion and Economics Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 
1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 1406-S, Stop 0244, Washington, DC 
20250-0244; facsimile: (202) 205-2800; or electronic mail: 
Heather.Pichelman@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A proposed rule was published in the Federal 
Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5438). This proposed action invited 
comments on a proposed procedures for conducting a referendum to 
determine whether covered domestic certified organic producers, 
certified organic handlers and importers of organic products favor 
issuance of a proposed Order. Accordingly, this proposed rule would add 
subpart B to part 1255 that would establish procedures for conducting 
the referendum. The procedures would cover definitions, voting 
instructions, use of subagents, ballots, the referendum report, and 
confidentiality

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of information. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would conduct 
the referendum. The program would be implemented if it is favored by a 
majority of domestic certified organic producers, certified organic 
handlers and importers of organic products voting in the referendum. 
The procedures would be applicable for the initial referendum and 
future referenda under the proposed Order.
    This proposed rule also announced AMS's intent to request approval 
by the OMB of new information collection requirements to implement the 
program. The proposed Order was published separately in the Federal 
Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5746).
    The 60-day comment period provided in the proposed rule published 
in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5438) was set to end 
on March 20, 2017. AMS has extended the end of comment period by 30 
days to April 19, 2017 to ensure that interested persons have 
sufficient time to review and comment on the proposed rule.

    Authority:  7 U.S.C. 7411-7425; 7 U.S.C. 7401.

    Dated: February 22, 2017.
Bruce Summers,
Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-03824 Filed 2-24-17; 8:45 am]
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