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Onions Grown in Certain Designated Counties in Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2024-11452
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-05-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule implements a recommendation from the Idaho- Eastern Oregon Onion Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2023-2024 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for the 2024-2025 Marketing Year
Document Number: 2024-11307
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-05-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule establishes salable quantities and allotment percentages for Class 1 (Scotch) and Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil produced in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and parts of Nevada and Utah (Far West) for the 2024-2025 marketing year. This rule also removes references to past volume regulations no longer in effect.
Almonds Grown in California; Amendments to the Marketing Order
Document Number: 2024-09553
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-05-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rulemaking amends Marketing Order No. 981, which regulates the handling of almonds grown in California. This final rule modifies the definition of almonds and shelled almonds, establishes a definition for "almond biomass," and changes dates when the Almond Board of California (Board) conducts elections to coincide with assessment collections and when the Board submits volume regulation recommendations to USDA. The amendments modify certain marketing order provisions to facilitate orderly administration of the program. Additionally, the amendments modernize, simplify, or align language with current industry practices and definitions.
2024/2025 Rates Charged for AMS Services
Document Number: 2024-09773
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the 2024/2025 rates it will charge for voluntary grading, inspection, certification, auditing, and laboratory services for a variety of agricultural commodities including meat and poultry, fruits and vegetables, eggs, dairy products, rice, and cotton and tobacco. The 2024/2025 regular, overtime, holiday, and laboratory services rates will be applied at the beginning of the crop year, fiscal year or as required by law depending on the commodity. Other starting dates are added to this notice based on cotton industry practices. This action establishes the rates for user-funded programs based on costs incurred by AMS. This year, cost-based analyses indicated the need to increase user fee rates when current rates are insufficient to cover the costs of providing the service. While cost-saving measures have and will continue to be implemented, user fee rate increases are necessary to offset rising operational costs. In cases where current rates are sufficient to cover the costs of providing the service, user fee rates remain unchanged.
Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Amendment to the Marketing Order
Document Number: 2024-09049
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-04-29
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rulemaking proposes an amendment to Marketing Order No. 927, which regulates the handling of pears grown in Oregon and Washington. The proposed amendment would revise the Fresh Pear Committee's approval requirement for recommending modifications to the marketing order's fresh pear handling regulations from 80 to 75 percent.
National Organic Standards Board: Call for Nominations
Document Number: 2024-09135
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-29
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) was established to assist in the development of standards for substances to be used in organic production and to advise the Secretary on the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). Through this Notice, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing its call for nominations to fill five vacancies on the NOSB. The positions are listed below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Appointees will serve a 5-year term likely beginning January 23, 2025, and ending January 23, 2030. Additionally, USDA seeks nominations for a pool of candidates that the Secretary of Agriculture can draw upon as replacement appointees if unexpected vacancies occur.
Notice of Availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for AMS Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program
Document Number: 2024-08971
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-26
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces the availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure (RFSI) Program.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2024-08887
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval, from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection "Laboratory Approval and Testing Division."
Onions Grown in South Texas; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2024-08679
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-04-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the South Texas Onion Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2023-2024 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.05 to $0.08 per 50-pound container or equivalent for South Texas onions. The proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.; Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2023-24 Crop Year
Document Number: 2024-08149
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-04-19
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to establish free and restricted percentages for the 2023-24 crop year under the Federal marketing order for tart cherries grown in the states of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. This action would establish the proportion of tart cherries from the 2023-24 crop which may be handled in commercial outlets. This action should stabilize marketing conditions by adjusting supply to meet market demand and help improve grower returns.
Grain Inspection Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2024-08137
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-17
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing a meeting of the Grain Inspection Advisory Committee (Committee). The Committee meets no less than once annually to advise the Secretary on the programs and services delivered by the AMS under the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Recommendations by the Committee help AMS meet the needs of its customers, who operate in a dynamic and changing marketplace.
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2024-07768
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule implements a recommendation from the California Date Administrative Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2023-2024 and subsequent crop years. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Increased Assessment Rate for Processed Pears
Document Number: 2024-07809
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Processed Pear Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2023-2024 fiscal period and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Pecan Promotion, Research, and Information Order: Referendum
Document Number: 2024-07725
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-04-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given of a referendum to be conducted among eligible producers and importers of pecans to determine whether they favor continuance of the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national pecan research and promotion program.
National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard; Request for Information on Electronic and Digital Link Disclosures
Document Number: 2024-07592
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-04-10
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service of the USDA is soliciting information about potential amendments to the electronic or digital link disclosure option as it pertains to the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (Standard).
Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2024-07330
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule implements a recommendation from the Raisin Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2023-2024 and subsequent crop years. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Onions Grown in South Texas; Redistricting and Reapportionment of Committee Membership
Document Number: 2024-07329
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-04-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule invites comments on implementing a recommendation from the South Texas Onion Committee (Committee) to reestablish the districts in the production area and reapportion representation on the Committee. This rulemaking would reduce the number of districts from two to one and reapportion membership to reflect changes in the industry, provide equitable representation on the Committee, and create the opportunity for more producers and handlers to serve on the Committee.
National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard; Annual Review of the List of Bioengineered Foods
Document Number: 2024-06535
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting information about potential additions to or subtractions from the List of Bioengineered Foods (List) as it pertains to the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (Standard).
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection for Pistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico
Document Number: 2024-06493
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intent to request an extension for and revision to a currently approved information collection for Pistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico, pursuant to Federal Marketing Order No. 983.
Olives Grown in California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2024-06482
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-03-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the California Olive Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2024 fiscal year and subsequent fiscal years. The proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee: Notice of Intent To Renew Charter
Document Number: 2024-06356
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-26
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Through this Notice, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing its intent to renew the Charter of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC), which expires May 23, 2024.
National Organic Program; Market Development for Mushrooms and Pet Food
Document Number: 2024-04973
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-03-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to amend the USDA organic regulations to clarify standards for organic mushrooms and organic pet food. Specific standards for these products do not currently exist. Instead, these products have been certified organic using the general organic standards for crops, livestock, and handling. However, this approach is not ideal as the current regulations do not address unique aspects of either product. AMS expects this rule would promote development of these markets by increasing regulatory certainty that would, in turn, encourage investment in the markets. The topics addressed by the proposed rule include sourcing of substrate and spawn in organic mushroom production, composting requirements for organic mushroom production, composition and labeling requirements for organic pet food, and the use of certain synthetic substances in organic pet food.
2024 Rates for Grain Inspection Services Under the United States Grain Standards Act
Document Number: 2024-04838
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the 2024 rates it will charge for official inspection and weighing services, supervision of official inspection and weighing services, and miscellaneous fees for other services performed under the United States Grain Standards Act, as amended. This action publishes the annual review of fees and the resulting fees.
Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2024-04788
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-03-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2023-2024 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.025 to $0.035 per 25-pound container of tomatoes or equivalent. The proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Hazelnuts Grown in Oregon and Washington; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2024-04730
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-03-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule implements a recommendation from the Hazelnut Marketing Board (Board) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2023-2024 marketing year and subsequent marketing years. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Inclusive Competition and Market Integrity Under the Packers and Stockyards Act
Document Number: 2024-04419
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-03-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA or Department) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS or the Agency) amends its Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, regulations to prohibit undue prejudice and unjust discrimination against individuals on a prohibited basis unrelated to the quality of the service or product provided. The rule also identifies retaliatory practices that interfere with lawful communications, assertion of rights, and associated participation, among other protected activities, as unjust discrimination prohibited by the law. Finally, the rule identifies deceptive practices that violate the Packers and Stockyards Act with respect to contract formation, contract performance, contract termination, and contract refusal. The purpose of this rule is to promote inclusive competition and market integrity in the livestock, meats, poultry, and live poultry markets.
Dried Prunes Produced in California; Suspension of the Marketing Order
Document Number: 2024-03630
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-02-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule suspends the Federal marketing order regulating dried prunes produced in California (Order) effective August 1, 2023, through July 31, 2030. After operating for 18 years without handling regulations, the Prune Administrative Committee (Committee) recommended the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) indefinitely suspend the Order. After reviewing the Committee's recommendation, AMS determined that regulatory suspension with a sunset provision of seven years is appropriate. This suspension period extends through the end of the 2029-2030 crop year and provides industry sufficient time to assess whether the Order's reinstatement is beneficial. If no recommendation is made by the Committee to reinstate the Order by the end of the 2029- 2030 crop year, AMS will proceed to terminate the Order.
Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education, and Information Order; Adjustment to Membership
Document Number: 2024-03372
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-02-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposal invites comments on the modification of the membership of the Softwood Lumber Board (Board) established under the Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order (Order). This action would modify the membership of the Board by adding the alternate position for certain seats and a public member. In addition, Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) numbers for softwood lumber would be updated with the latest numbers from the U.S. International Trade Commission. The Board administers the Order with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Reauthorization of Dairy Forward Pricing Program
Document Number: 2024-03407
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-02-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule reauthorizes the Dairy Forward Pricing Program (DFPP) in accordance with the Further Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act, 2024 (Extension Act), and makes two administrative changes to the provisions to include the California Federal milk marketing order in the list of eligible orders where use of a forward contract is applicable. Establishing new contracts under the DFPP was prohibited between the expiration of the program on September 30, 2023, and passage of the Extension Act on November 16, 2023. The Extension Act reauthorizes the DFPP program to allow handlers to enter into new contracts until September 30, 2024. Any forward contract entered prior to the September 30, 2024, deadline must expire by September 30, 2027.
Peanut Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Continuance Referendum
Document Number: 2024-03371
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-02-20
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible producers of peanuts to determine whether they favor continuance of the Agriculture Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national peanut research and promotion program.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for AMS Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program
Document Number: 2024-02801
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces that the Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure (RFSI) Program is available for public review and comments.
Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board
Document Number: 2024-02469
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing a meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The NOSB assists USDA in the development of standards for substances to be used in organic production and advises the Secretary of Agriculture on any other aspects of the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA).
Soybean Promotion, Research, and Information Program: Opportunity To Request a Referendum
Document Number: 2024-02136
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-02
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces that soybean producers may request a referendum to determine if producers want the Secretary to conduct a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order), as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act). Participation in the Request for Referendum is voluntary. Producers should participate only if they wish to request a referendum on the program. If at least 10 percent (not in excess of one-fifth of which may be producers in any one State) of the 413,358 eligible producers, as determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), participate in the Request for Referendum, a referendum would be held within 1 year from that determination. If results of the Request for Referendum indicate that a referendum is not supported, a referendum would not be conducted. The results of the Request for Referendum will be published in a notice in the Federal Register.
Notice of Availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the AMS Organic Market Development Grant Program
Document Number: 2024-02120
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-02
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces the availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the AMS Organic Market Development Grant Program.
Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Pummelos Grown in Florida; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2024-02024
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-02-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2023-2024 fiscal year and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.015 to $0.02 per 4/5-bushel carton or equivalent for Florida citrus handled under the marketing order. The proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Milk in the Appalachian, Florida, and Southeast Marketing Areas; Amendments to Marketing Agreements and to Orders
Document Number: 2024-01829
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-02-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule amends the transportation credit balancing fund provisions for the Appalachian and Southeast Federal milk marketing orders and establishes distributing plant delivery credits in the Appalachian, Florida, and Southeast Federal milk marketing orders. More than the required number of producers in the three impacted marketing areas have approved the issuance of the final order.
Walnuts Grown in Califfornia; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2024-01609
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-01-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the California Walnut Board (Board) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2023-2024 and subsequent marketing years. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for the 2024-2025 Marketing Year
Document Number: 2024-01247
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-01-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to establish salable quantities and allotment percentages for Class 1 (Scotch) and Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil produced in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon and parts of Nevada and Utah (Far West) for the 2024- 2025 marketing year. This proposed rule would also remove references to past volume regulation no longer in effect.
Virtual Meeting of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2024-01312
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-01-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing a two-day virtual meeting of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). This meeting is being convened to examine the full spectrum of fruit and vegetable industry issues and provide recommendations and ideas on how the USDA can tailor programs and services to better meet the needs of the U.S. produce industry. Agenda items may include, but are not limited to, administrative matters and consideration of recommendations pertaining to labor and production, food safety, infrastructure and sustainability, consumption and nutrition, and data reporting and analysis.
Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; Temporary Suspension of Continuance Referendum
Document Number: 2024-01252
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-01-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule adopts, without change, an interim final rule implementing a recommendation from the Raisin Administrative Committee (Committee) to temporarily suspend the continuance referendum requirement under the Federal marketing order for California raisins. This final rule continues in effect the temporary suspension to give precedence to the formal rulemaking process and to provide the California raisin industry time to operate under the marketing order, if amended, before the next scheduled continuance referendum.
Marketing Order for Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California (M.O. No. 989); Hearing
Document Number: 2024-00492
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-01-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given of a public hearing to receive evidence on proposals recommended by the Raisin Administrative Committee (Committee) to amend Federal Marketing Order No. 989 (Order). The proposed amendments would reduce Committee membership, eliminate the designated cooperative bargaining association member seat, lower quorum requirements, remove producer district representation, remove the requirement for separate member and alternate nominations, remove factors for establishing marketing policy, add language to clarify the quality of reconditioned raisins, add authority to accept voluntary contributions, and add language regarding ownership of intellectual property. The Committee recommended the proposed amendments after determining a significant reduction in the size of the industry has made it increasingly difficult to fill Committee positions and conduct business. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) also proposes to make additional changes to the Order as may be necessary to conform to any amendatory changes that result from the hearing.
Notice of Availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for AMS Local Meat Capacity Grant Program
Document Number: 2024-00520
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-01-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces the availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the AMS Local Meat Capacity Grant Program.
Potato Research and Promotion Plan; Changes to Board Membership and Administrative Committee
Document Number: 2024-00089
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-01-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements recommendations from the National Potato Promotion Board (Board) to change its membership and organization by revising the formula used to determine the number of producer and importer seats on the Board, reducing the maximum number of importer seats on the Board, and indefinitely suspending the Administrative Committee. In addition to these Board-recommended changes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) makes several non-substantive changes to clarify the start of the term of office for Board members and modernize the Board's procedures. The Board administers the Potato Research and Promotion Plan (Plan) with oversight by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).
Milk in the Northeast and Other Marketing Areas; Notice of Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Marketing Agreements and Orders
Document Number: 2023-28762
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-12-29
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This notice announces the reconvening of the national public hearing which began on August 23, 2023, in Carmel, Indiana, to consider and take evidence on proposals to amend the pricing formulas in the 11 Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMOs).
National Organic Program (NOP); Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards; Correction
Document Number: 2023-28499
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-12-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is correcting non- substantive errors in the regulatory text of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) final rule published on November 2, 2023. The corrections are intended to improve readability and clarity.
Marketing Order for Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Pummelos Grown in Florida
Document Number: 2023-28315
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-12-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rulemaking amends Marketing Order 905, which regulates the handling of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and pummelos grown in Florida. The amendments reduce the size of the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee), lower the quorum requirements, revise the nomination and selection processes, and remove the requirement to allocate committee seats based on volume from each district. A new section will provide the Committee authority to receive voluntary contributions for promotion and research projects. Also, conforming changes were made to help align the marketing order with the amendments.
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2023-28279
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-12-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the California Date Administrative Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2023-2024 and subsequent crop years. The proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Notice of Request for an Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2023-28074
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-12-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection Cotton Classification and Market News Service.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2023-27534
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-12-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection 0581-0268 for the Christmas Tree Promotion, Research and Information Program.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2023-27305
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-12-13
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to extend its current approval from the Office of Management and Budget to collect information for eight competitive and two non-competitive AMS Grant Programs under its Grants Division. AMS TM Grant Programs is merging collection OMB 0581-0320Non-competitive Micro-Grants for Food Security Program (MGFSP). MGFSP was acquired through the enactment of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill).
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