2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session on Hemp, 7868 [2019-03912]

Download as PDF 7868 Notices Federal Register Vol. 84, No. 43 Tuesday, March 5, 2019 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [AMS–SC–19–0020; SC19–990–1] 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session on Hemp Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In preparing to implement the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will host a listening session for initial public input about a new program to regulate hemp production. The listening session will provide interested parties with an opportunity to assist the Agency’s future rulemaking efforts by sharing their views on how the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) can partner with agriculture agencies representing states, territories, and Indian tribes to implement a nationwide program for overseeing the production of industrial hemp. DATES: Listening session: The listening session will be on March 13, 2019, and will begin at 12:00 p.m. and conclude by 3:00 p.m. Registration: You must register by March 11, 2019, to speak during the listening session and to provide oral comments during the listening session. Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ L2G9K7cXTkayQ2O1_0AP0g. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Comments: For those presenting comments at the online listening session, a written copy of your comments is due by March 11, 2019. You may use farmbill.hemp@usda.gov to submit your written comments via email. AMS will make the agenda for amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Mar 04, 2019 Jkt 247001 the session available on the website by March 11, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Hatch; phone: (202) 720–6862 or email: andrew.hatch@usda.gov. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact the USDA Target Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 20, 2018, the 2018 Farm Bill (Pub. L. 115–334) was signed into law (see https://www.congress.gov/bill/ 115th-congress/house-bill/2/text). The Secretary of Agriculture and the respective USDA agencies, including AMS, are working to implement the provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill as expeditiously as possible to meet the needs of producers and other stakeholders. To allow for public input and ensure transparency, it is important to hear from stakeholders regarding their priorities, concerns, and requests. The purpose of the listening session is for AMS to hear from the public; this is not a discussion with AMS officials or a question-and-answer session. The purpose is for AMS to receive public input that the agency can factor into discretionary decisions that need to be made to implement the specific provision of the 2018 Farm Bill. The listening session will begin with brief opening remarks from AMS. Individual speakers providing oral comments will be limited to 3–5 minutes each, depending on the number of people who register to speak. As noted above, we request that speakers providing oral comments also submit a written copy of their comments prior to the session. All stakeholders and interested members of the public are welcome to register to provide oral comments. Instructions for Participating in the Listening Session: Space for participation during the online listening session is limited to the first 1,000 registrants. All persons wishing to participate must submit their comment via email to farmbill.hemp@usda.gov by March 11, 2019. In addition to your comment, please include the following in your submission: • First and last name • Organization • Title • Address (City and State) • Email address PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Phone number If you require special accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter, use the contact information above. The listening session location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Dated: February 28, 2019. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2019–03912 Filed 3–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2019–0006] Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Fresh Andean Blackberry and Raspberry Fruit From Ecuador Into the Continental United States Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection; comment request. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the importation of fresh Andean blackberry and raspberry fruit from Ecuador into the continental United States. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before May 6, 2019. 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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules 
or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings 
and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, 
delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency 
statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
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Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 43 / Tuesday, March 5, 2019 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[AMS-SC-19-0020; SC19-990-1]


2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session on Hemp

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In preparing to implement the Agriculture Improvement Act of 
2018 (commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill), the Agricultural 
Marketing Service (AMS) will host a listening session for initial 
public input about a new program to regulate hemp production. The 
listening session will provide interested parties with an opportunity 
to assist the Agency's future rulemaking efforts by sharing their views 
on how the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) can partner 
with agriculture agencies representing states, territories, and Indian 
tribes to implement a nationwide program for overseeing the production 
of industrial hemp.

DATES: Listening session: The listening session will be on March 13, 
2019, and will begin at 12:00 p.m. and conclude by 3:00 p.m.
    Registration: You must register by March 11, 2019, to speak during 
the listening session and to provide oral comments during the listening 
session. Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L2G9K7cXTkayQ2O1_0AP0g. After registering, you will receive 
a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
    Comments: For those presenting comments at the online listening 
session, a written copy of your comments is due by March 11, 2019. You 
may use farmbill.hemp@usda.gov to submit your written comments via 
email. AMS will make the agenda for the session available on the 
website by March 11, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Hatch; phone: (202) 720-6862 or 
email: andrew.hatch@usda.gov. Persons with disabilities who require 
alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audio tape, 
etc.) should contact the USDA Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice 
and TDD).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 20, 2018, the 2018 Farm Bill 
(Pub. L. 115-334) was signed into law (see https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2/text). The Secretary of Agriculture 
and the respective USDA agencies, including AMS, are working to 
implement the provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill as expeditiously as 
possible to meet the needs of producers and other stakeholders. To 
allow for public input and ensure transparency, it is important to hear 
from stakeholders regarding their priorities, concerns, and requests.
    The purpose of the listening session is for AMS to hear from the 
public; this is not a discussion with AMS officials or a question-and-
answer session. The purpose is for AMS to receive public input that the 
agency can factor into discretionary decisions that need to be made to 
implement the specific provision of the 2018 Farm Bill.
    The listening session will begin with brief opening remarks from 
AMS. Individual speakers providing oral comments will be limited to 3-5 
minutes each, depending on the number of people who register to speak. 
As noted above, we request that speakers providing oral comments also 
submit a written copy of their comments prior to the session. All 
stakeholders and interested members of the public are welcome to 
register to provide oral comments.
    Instructions for Participating in the Listening Session: Space for 
participation during the online listening session is limited to the 
first 1,000 registrants. All persons wishing to participate must submit 
their comment via email to farmbill.hemp@usda.gov by March 11, 2019. In 
addition to your comment, please include the following in your 
submission:

 First and last name
 Organization
 Title
 Address (City and State)
 Email address
 Phone number

If you require special accommodations, such as a sign language 
interpreter, use the contact information above. The listening session 
location is accessible to persons with disabilities.

    Dated: February 28, 2019.
Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-03912 Filed 3-4-19; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-02-P