Solicitation of Stakeholder Input for Urban, Indoor, and Other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education, and Extension Initiative, 22124-22125 [2020-08402]

Download as PDF 22124 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 77 / Tuesday, April 21, 2020 / Notices SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2020–0008] Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Live Fish, Fertilized Eggs, and Gametes From Tilapia Lake Virus-Susceptible Species Extension of approval of an information collection; comment request. ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection associated with the importation of live fish, fertilized eggs, and gametes from tilapia lake virus-susceptible species into the United States. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before June 22, 2020. SUMMARY: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2020-0008. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2020–0008, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238. Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHI-2020-0008 or in our reading room, which is located in Room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799–7039 before coming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the regulations for the importation of live fish, fertilized eggs, and gametes from tilapia lake virussusceptible species, contact Dr. Alicia Marston, Senior Staff Veterinary Medical Officer, Live Animal Imports and Exports, APHIS Veterinary Services, 4700 River Road Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–3361. For additional information about the information collection process, contact Mr. Joseph Moxey, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851–2483. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:19 Apr 20, 2020 Jkt 250001 Title: Importation of Live Fish, Fertilized Eggs, and Gametes From Tilapia Lake Virus-Susceptible Species. OMB Control Number: 0579–0473. Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: Under the Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et seq.), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is authorized, among other things, to prohibit or restrict the importation and interstate movement of animals and animal products to prevent the introduction into and dissemination within the United States of livestock diseases and pests. To carry out this mission, APHIS regulates the importation of animals and animal products into the United States. In March 2019, the U.S. aquaculture industry experienced an outbreak of Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV). APHIS determined that the introduction and establishment of TiLV posed a serious threat to U.S. agriculture, and as a result, published a Federal Order 1 on November 12, 2019, placing certain requirements on the importation of all live fish, fertilized eggs, and gametes from TiLV-susceptible species imported from all countries. Based on the Federal Order, these imported items must be accompanied by a U.S. Department of Agriculture-issued import permit, an official veterinary health certificate, and evidence of a veterinary inspection at a designated U.S. port of entry before being allowed entry into the United States. We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities, as described, for an additional 3 years. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public (as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. These comments will help us: (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use, as 1 https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/ downloads/import/tilv-federal-order.pdf. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Estimate of burden: The public burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.84 hours per response. Respondents: State animal health officials, importers, and veterinarians. Estimated annual number of respondents: 57. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 2. Estimated annual number of responses: 114. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 96 hours. (Due to averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per response.) All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Done in Washington, DC, this 16th day of April 2020. Mark Davidson, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2020–08422 Filed 4–20–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Institute of Food and Agriculture Solicitation of Stakeholder Input for Urban, Indoor, and Other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education, and Extension Initiative National Institute of Food and Agriculture. ACTION: Request for written stakeholder input. AGENCY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is requesting written stakeholder input on the Urban, Indoor and other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension Initiative. The purpose of this Notice is to assist NIFA in developing the fiscal year 2020 Request for Applications for the Urban, Indoor and other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension Initiative. DATES: Written comments on this Notice must be received by June 22, 2020, to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by NIFA–2020–0001, through SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1 lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 77 / Tuesday, April 21, 2020 / Notices the Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All comments received will be posted to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bradley Rein, Agricultural Division Director; Phone: 202–445–5442; Email: brein@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NIFA is moving forward to implement Section 7212 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. This section ‘‘authorizes the Agency, in consultation with the Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Advisory Committee established under section 222(b) of the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994, to make competitive grants to support research, education, and extension activities for the purposes of facilitating the development of urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production, harvesting, transportation, aggregation, packaging, distribution and markets, including: (1) Assessing and developing strategies to remediate contaminated sites; (2) determining and developing the best production management and integrated pest management practices; (3) identifying and promoting the horticultural, social, and economic factors that contribute to successful urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production; (4) analyzing the means by which new agricultural sites are determined, including an evaluation of soil quality, condition of a building, or local community needs; (5) exploring new technologies that minimize energy, lighting systems, water, and other inputs for increased food production; (6) examining building material efficiencies and structural upgrades for the purpose of optimizing growth of agricultural products; (7) developing new crop varieties and agricultural products to connect to new markets; or (8) examining the impacts of crop exposure to urban elements on environmental quality and food safety. It also authorizes the Agency to give priority consideration to grant proposals that involve— (1) the cooperation of multiple entities; or (2) States or regions with a high concentration of or significant interest in urban farms, rooftop farms, and indoor production facilities. VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:19 Apr 20, 2020 Jkt 250001 The intent of this Notice is to gather stakeholder input on the most urgent and highest priorities for research, education and extension (REE) funding authorized under the Urban, Indoor and other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension Initiative. NIFA seeks written feedback in response to the following two questions: (1) Considering agricultural production through marketing; which phase has the greatest and most urgent REE needs in developing urban and indoor agriculture? (a) Agricultural Production (b) Harvesting (c) Transportation (d) Aggregation (e) Packaging (f) Distribution (g) Markets (2) Of the eight priorities listed below, which priority has the greatest and most urgent REE need in developing urban and indoor agriculture that is not being adequately addressed in other Federal REE programs: (a) Assessing and developing strategies to remediate contaminated sites; (b) determining and developing the best production management and integrated pest management practices; (c) identifying and promoting the horticultural, social, and economic factors that contribute to successful urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production; (d) analyzing the means by which new agricultural sites are determined, including an evaluation of soil quality, condition of a building, or local community needs; (e) exploring new technologies that minimize energy, lighting systems, water, and other inputs for increased food production; (f) examining building material efficiencies and structural upgrades for the purpose of optimizing growth of agricultural products; (g) developing new crop varieties and agricultural products to connect to new markets; or (h) examining the impacts of crop exposure to urban elements on environmental quality and food safety. NIFA invests in Urban Agriculture research and education through its Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program, AFRI Foundational Knowledge of Agriculture Production Systems, Specialty Crop Research Initiative, AFRI Small and Medium Sized Farms, Community Food Projects, and the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22125 Information on these programs and how they help address urban, indoor and emerging agricultural production priorities can be found in NIFA’s website through the following address: https://nifa.usda.gov/program/uie-ag. Stephen L. Censky, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture. [FR Doc. 2020–08402 Filed 4–20–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–22–P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Notice of Public Meeting of the Kentucky Advisory Committee U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the Federal Advisory Committee Act that the Kentucky Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the purpose of the meeting is to continue project planning. DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 12:00 p.m. EST. Public Call Information: Dial: 888– 220–8474; Conference ID: 9446065. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Delaviez at bdelaviez@usccr.gov or 1–202–376–8473. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Members of the public can listen to the discussion. This meeting is available to the public through the following tollfree call-in number. An open comment period will be provided to allow members of the public to make a statement as time allows. The conference operator will ask callers to identify themselves, the organizations they are affiliated with (if any), and an email address prior to placing callers into the conference call. Callers can expect to incur charges for calls they initiate over wireless lines, and the Commission will not refund any incurred charges. Callers will incur no charge for calls they initiate over landline connections to the toll-free telephone number. Persons with hearing impairments may also follow the proceedings by first calling the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–977–8339 and providing the Service with the conference call number and conference ID number. Members of the public are also entitled to submit written comments; the comments must be received in the regional office within 30 days following SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 77 (Tuesday, April 21, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 22124-22125]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-08402]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Institute of Food and Agriculture


Solicitation of Stakeholder Input for Urban, Indoor, and Other 
Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education, and Extension 
Initiative

AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

ACTION: Request for written stakeholder input.

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SUMMARY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is 
requesting written stakeholder input on the Urban, Indoor and other 
Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension 
Initiative. The purpose of this Notice is to assist NIFA in developing 
the fiscal year 2020 Request for Applications for the Urban, Indoor and 
other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and 
Extension Initiative.

DATES: Written comments on this Notice must be received by June 22, 
2020, to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date 
will be considered to the extent practicable.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by NIFA-2020-0001, 
through

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the Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments.
    Instructions: All comments received will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bradley Rein, Agricultural Division 
Director; Phone: 202-445-5442; Email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NIFA is moving forward to implement Section 
7212 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. This section 
``authorizes the Agency, in consultation with the Urban Agriculture and 
Innovative Production Advisory Committee established under section 
222(b) of the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994, to 
make competitive grants to support research, education, and extension 
activities for the purposes of facilitating the development of urban, 
indoor, and other emerging agricultural production, harvesting, 
transportation, aggregation, packaging, distribution and markets, 
including:
    (1) Assessing and developing strategies to remediate contaminated 
sites;
    (2) determining and developing the best production management and 
integrated pest management practices;
    (3) identifying and promoting the horticultural, social, and 
economic factors that contribute to successful urban, indoor, and other 
emerging agricultural production;
    (4) analyzing the means by which new agricultural sites are 
determined, including an evaluation of soil quality, condition of a 
building, or local community needs;
    (5) exploring new technologies that minimize energy, lighting 
systems, water, and other inputs for increased food production;
    (6) examining building material efficiencies and structural 
upgrades for the purpose of optimizing growth of agricultural products;
    (7) developing new crop varieties and agricultural products to 
connect to new markets; or
    (8) examining the impacts of crop exposure to urban elements on 
environmental quality and food safety.
    It also authorizes the Agency to give priority consideration to 
grant proposals that involve--
    (1) the cooperation of multiple entities; or
    (2) States or regions with a high concentration of or significant 
interest in urban farms, rooftop farms, and indoor production 
facilities.
    The intent of this Notice is to gather stakeholder input on the 
most urgent and highest priorities for research, education and 
extension (REE) funding authorized under the Urban, Indoor and other 
Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension 
Initiative. NIFA seeks written feedback in response to the following 
two questions:
    (1) Considering agricultural production through marketing; which 
phase has the greatest and most urgent REE needs in developing urban 
and indoor agriculture?

(a) Agricultural Production
(b) Harvesting
(c) Transportation
(d) Aggregation
(e) Packaging
(f) Distribution
(g) Markets

    (2) Of the eight priorities listed below, which priority has the 
greatest and most urgent REE need in developing urban and indoor 
agriculture that is not being adequately addressed in other Federal REE 
programs:
    (a) Assessing and developing strategies to remediate contaminated 
sites;
    (b) determining and developing the best production management and 
integrated pest management practices;
    (c) identifying and promoting the horticultural, social, and 
economic factors that contribute to successful urban, indoor, and other 
emerging agricultural production;
    (d) analyzing the means by which new agricultural sites are 
determined, including an evaluation of soil quality, condition of a 
building, or local community needs;
    (e) exploring new technologies that minimize energy, lighting 
systems, water, and other inputs for increased food production;
    (f) examining building material efficiencies and structural 
upgrades for the purpose of optimizing growth of agricultural products;
    (g) developing new crop varieties and agricultural products to 
connect to new markets; or
    (h) examining the impacts of crop exposure to urban elements on 
environmental quality and food safety.
    NIFA invests in Urban Agriculture research and education through 
its Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program, AFRI 
Foundational Knowledge of Agriculture Production Systems, Specialty 
Crop Research Initiative, AFRI Small and Medium Sized Farms, Community 
Food Projects, and the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension 
Initiative. Information on these programs and how they help address 
urban, indoor and emerging agricultural production priorities can be 
found in NIFA's website through the following address: https://nifa.usda.gov/program/uie-ag.

Stephen L. Censky,
Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
[FR Doc. 2020-08402 Filed 4-20-20; 8:45 am]
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