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Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC): Notice of Intent To Reestablish Charter and Call for Nominations
Document Number: 2022-06679
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Through this Notice, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing the following: Its intent to reestablish the Charter of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC), which expires March 16, 2022; its call for nominations to fill up to 25 upcoming vacancies for appointments in 2022, and its call for nominations for a pool of candidates to fill future unexpected vacancies in any position categories should that occur. The FVIAC is seeking members who represent the fruit and vegetable industry including growers, shippers, wholesalers/distributors, brokers, retailers/restaurant representatives, state agencies, state departments of agriculture, foodservice suppliers, and fresh-cut and other fruit and vegetable processors. The FVIAC should also include representatives of farmers markets and food hubs, organic and non-organic fruit and vegetable representatives, farmer organizations, and produce trade associations. Please note, individuals who are federally registered lobbyists, appointed to committees to exercise their own individual best judgment on behalf of the government (e.g., as Special Government Employees) are ineligible to serve and cannot be considered for USDA advisory committee membership. Members can only serve on one USDA advisory committee at a time. All nominees will undergo a USDA background check. You must submit the following to nominate yourself or someone else to the FVIAC: a resume (required), a USDA Advisory Committee Membership Background Information Form AD-755available online at https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ad-755.pdf (required), a cover letter (required), and a list of endorsements or letters of recommendation (optional). The resume or curriculum vitae must be limited to five one-sided pages and should include a summary of the following information: Current and past organization affiliations; areas of expertise; education; career positions held; and any other notable positions held. For submissions received that are more than five one-sided pages in length, only the first five pages will be reviewed.
National Organic Program; National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances-Crops and Handling From October 2019 NOSB
Document Number: 2022-05870
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-03-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule amends the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) section of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). This rule allows the following substances for organic production: potassium hypochlorite to treat irrigation water used in organic crop production and fatty alcohols for sucker control in organic tobacco production. This rule also removes the listing for dairy cultures, as it is redundant with an existing listing.
Access to Fertilizer: Competition and Supply Chain Concerns
Document Number: 2022-05670
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-17
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
On July 9, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order titled ``Promoting Competition in the American Economy,'' which creates a White House Competition Council and directs Federal agency actions to enhance fairness and competition across America's economy. The Executive Order directs the Council and member agencies to ``identify and advance any additional administrative actions necessary'' to promote competition on an ongoing basis. The Secretary of Agriculture (the Secretary) takes note of wide-ranging concern from agricultural producers regarding access to and pricing of fertilizer. This notice requests comments and information from the public to assist the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in identifying relevant difficulties, including competition concerns, and potential policy solutions for the fertilizer market.
Competition in Food Retail and Distribution Markets and Access for Agricultural Producers and Small and Midsized Food Processors
Document Number: 2022-05669
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-17
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
On July 9, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order on ``Promoting Competition in the American Economy,'' which creates a White House Competition Council and directs Federal agency actions to enhance fairness and competition across America's economy. The Executive Order directs the Secretary of Agriculture (the Secretary), among other things, to submit a report on the effect of retail concentration and retailers' practices on the conditions of competition in the food industries. This notice requests comments and information from the public to assist the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in preparing the report required by the Executive Order and advancing policy steps to promote competition in the food and agricultural markets.
Competition and the Intellectual Property System: Seeds and Other Agricultural Inputs
Document Number: 2022-05667
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-17
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
On July 9, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order titled ``Promoting Competition in the American Economy,'' which creates a White House Competition Council and directs Federal agency actions to enhance fairness and competition across America's economy. Among other things, the Executive Order directs the Secretary of Agriculture (the Secretary) to prepare a report on concerns and strategies for ensuring that the intellectual property (IP) system, while incentivizing innovation, does not also unnecessarily reduce competition in seed and other input markets. This notice requests comments and information from the public to assist the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA or the Department) in preparing the report required by the Executive Order and advancing policy steps on seeds and other inputs identified in and developed by the report.
Regional Food Business Centers; Request for a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2022-05170
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-11
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 seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget to collect information related to the new Regional Food Business Centers created by the AMS Transportation and Marketing Program.
Nomenclature Changes; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2022-04172
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-03-03
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule removes the undesignated center headings in a part of the Code of Federal Regulations administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Further, this rule organizes the part's sections into subparts and adds designated subpart headings. This action is intended to make the part more readable and easier to amend in the future. Finally, these revisions are made to conform to Office of the Federal Register formatting requirements.
Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board
Document Number: 2022-04441
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-03
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), National Organic Program (NOP), is announcing a meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The publication of this notice opens the public comment docket so that the NOSB may receive comments from the public. The NOSB assists the USDA in the development of standards for substances to be used in organic production and advises the Secretary of Agriculture on other aspects of the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA).
National Organic Program; Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (2022 Sunset)
Document Number: 2022-03851
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-02-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule amends the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) organic regulations to implement recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The rule prohibits fourteen nonorganic ingredients, which are currently allowed in the manufacture of organic processed products. The rule also prohibits two substances (vitamin B1 and procaine), which are currently allowed in organic crop and livestock production. Finally, the rule renews an allowance for two substances (oxytocin and sucrose octanoate esters) in organic production.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2022-03713
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-22
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 National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard.
Marketing Order Regulations for Almonds Grown in California
Document Number: 2022-03460
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-02-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Almond Board of California (Board) to make changes to multiple provisions in the administrative requirements prescribed under the Federal marketing order regulating the handling of almonds grown in California. This action would revise several provisions in the Order's requirements to facilitate the efficient administration of the Order.
Imaging Technology Solutions for the Inspection of Milled Rice
Document Number: 2022-03180
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is inviting manufacturers of automated imaging instrumentation to partner in cooperative research and development efforts to determine broken kernels, whole kernels, and milling yield, in percentage by mass, in short-, medium-, and long- grain milled rice. The goal is to develop a commercially available instrument that can be used in providing official inspection results at AMS field offices and official service provider locations. Manufacturers must be willing to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement that includes mutually agreed upon roles and responsibilities, providing a suitable instrument, and providing technical expertise to facilitate the development of algorithms and/or calibrations. AMS will provide the rice samples and inspection expertise necessary to facilitate method development efforts and assess whether the instrument is fit for the intended purpose.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Termination of Marketing Order 946
Document Number: 2022-03177
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-02-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule terminates the Federal marketing order regulating the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington, and the rules and regulations issued thereunder. The marketing order is administered locally by the State of Washington Potato Committee (Committee), which unanimously recommended its termination at a meeting held on June 11, 2020. This recommendation is based on the Committee's determination that the marketing order is no longer an effective marketing tool for the Washington potato industry and that termination best serves the current needs of the industry by eliminating the costs associated with its operation.
Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for the 2022-2023 Marketing Year
Document Number: 2022-03092
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-02-14
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, Oregon, and designated parts of Nevada and Utah (the Far West) for the 2022-2023 marketing year.
Avocados Grown in South Florida and Imported Avocados; Change in Maturity Requirements
Document Number: 2022-03110
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-02-14
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule changes the maturity requirements currently prescribed under the Florida avocado marketing order. The marketing order regulates the handling of avocados grown in South Florida and is administered locally by the Avocado Administrative Committee (Committee). This change establishes beginning and end dates for the annual maturity shipping schedule. A corresponding change will be made to the avocado import regulation as required under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937.
National Organic Program; Notice of Public Listening Session With Request for Comment
Document Number: 2022-02429
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), National Organic Program (NOP), is announcing a public listening session, with request for comment, regarding upcoming standards development activities, including feedback about specific recommendations received from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). AMS intends to use the information received from public comments to prioritize future rulemaking and standards development activities. This Notice also includes a summary of NOP rulemaking currently in progress, for which the NOP is not accepting comments.
National Organic Program; Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances per October 2020 and April 2021 NOSB Recommendations (Handling, Crop)
Document Number: 2022-01915
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-02-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) section of the USDA's organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). This rule proposes to add low-acyl gellan gum, a food additive used as a thickener, gelling agent, and stabilizer; and paper- based crop planting aids to the National List, along with a definition of paper-based crop planting aids. If finalized, low-acyl gellan gum would be allowed as an ingredient in processed organic products, and paper-based crop planting aids would be allowed in organic crop production. The rule also proposes the correction of a spelling error on the National List to change ``wood resin'' to ``wood rosin''.
Amendments to the Marketing Order of Grapes Grown in a Southeastern California
Document Number: 2022-01306
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2022-01-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rulemaking proposes amendments to Marketing Order No. 925, which regulates the handling of grapes grown in a designated area of southeastern California. The proposed amendments would change the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee's (Committee) size, and its quorum and voting requirements.
Notice of Request for Reinstatement With Revision of Previously Approved Information Collection-United States Warehouse Act
Document Number: 2022-01434
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-25
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, for a reinstatement with revision to the previously approved information collection under the United States Warehouse Act (USWA).
2022 Rates for Grain Inspection Services Under the United States Grain Standards Act
Document Number: 2022-00026
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the 2022 rate 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.
Virtual Meeting of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2021-28008
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-27
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 Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). The meeting is being convened to examine industry recommendations provided by the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and the United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh). During the two-day FVIAC public meeting held November 3-4, 2021, the industry trade groups jointly submitted recommendations for discussion and consideration by FVIAC representatives. This virtual meeting will provide FVIAC representatives the opportunity to engage with United Fresh-PMA stakeholders.
Blueberry Promotion, Research and Information Order; Change in Membership, Nomination Procedures, and Term of Office
Document Number: 2021-27572
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule changes the membership of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (Council) under the Blueberry Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order), by removing the first handler member and alternate position and adding two exporter member and alternate positions. Conforming changes will be made to the nomination procedures. In addition, this rule will allow members and alternates to remain in office until a successor is appointed. The Council administers the Order with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Activity Changes
Document Number: 2021-27467
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rulemaking revises the Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order), requiring market agencies (e.g., commission merchant, auction market, livestock market) in the business of receiving lambs to collect and remit on behalf of the producer, feeder, or seedstock producer, the ``live-weight'' assessment on ovine animals sold and the ``price-per-head'' assessment owed by the first handler when lambs are sold through these channels. Market agencies are required to remit the full assessment to the American Lamb Board (also known as the Lamb, Promotion, Research, and Information Board (Board)) when ovine animals are sold. This rulemaking includes technical amendments to the Order, correcting references to assessment rates that were inadvertently not updated during the previous amendment to the Order.
Peanut Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Increase the Threshold of the Primary Peanut-Producing States and Adjustment of Membership
Document Number: 2021-27513
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule changes the threshold for defining primary peanut- producing states as states that maintain a 3-year average production of at least 20,000 tons of peanuts, instead of 10,000 tons of peanuts as currently prescribed in the Peanut Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order). The Order is administered by the National Peanut Board (Board) with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As a result of increasing the threshold, the Board's membership will decrease from 13 to 12 members and their respective alternates. This change will contribute to effective administration of the program.
Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin; Changes to Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 2021-27579
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board to revise the reporting requirements prescribed under the Federal marketing order regulating the handling of tart cherries. This action modifies reporting requirements to include the information necessary to determine the portion of total inventory that is greater than five years old.
Determination for Conducting a Continuance Referendum Regarding Amendments to the Cotton Research and Promotion Act
Document Number: 2021-27577
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This notice announces the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) determination not to conduct a continuance referendum regarding the 1991 amendments to the Cotton Research and Promotion Order provided for in the Cotton Research and Promotion Act amendments of 1990. This determination is based on the results of a sign-up period conducted June 21, 2021, through July 2, 2021, and October 18, 2021, through October 29, 2021, during which eligible cotton producers and importers were provided an opportunity to request a continuance referendum.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-27128
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-15
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, for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection for Export Health Certificate Request Forms.
Avocados Grown in South Florida; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2021-26494
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Avocado Administrative Committee to increase the assessment rate established for the 2021-22 and subsequent fiscal years. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Increased Assessment Rate for Pistachios
Document Number: 2021-26256
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-12-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for 2021-22 and subsequent production years. The proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Decreased Assessment Rate for Pecans Grown in 15 States
Document Number: 2021-26236
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-12-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the American Pecan Council (Council) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2021-22 and subsequent fiscal years. The proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Opportunity To Comment on Applicants for the West Lafayette, Indiana U.S. Grain Standards Act Designation Area
Document Number: 2021-26262
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-03
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In the June 28, 2021, Federal Register, AMS asked persons interested in providing official U.S. Grain Standards Act services in the West Lafayette, Indiana designation area to submit an application. There are two applicants for the West Lafayette, Indiana area: Champaign-Danville Grain Inspection Departments, Inc. (Champaign) and North Dakota Grain Inspection Service, Inc. (North Dakota). Both applicants are currently designated official agencies and applied for designation to provide official services for the entire area formerly assigned to Titus Grain Inspection, Inc. Each applicant is also currently serving in an interim designation capacity. The geographic area is described in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below. We are asking for comments on these applicants.
Plant Variety Protection Office: Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-25470
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), 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 ``Application for Plant Variety Protection Certification and Objective Description of Variety.''
Suspension of Reporting and Collection Requirements for Washington Apricots
Document Number: 2021-25277
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-11-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule invites comments on a recommendation from the State of Washington Apricot Marketing Committee (Committee) to suspend the reporting and assessment requirements prescribed under the marketing order regulating apricots grown in designated counties in Washington (Marketing Order No. 922). In a separate meeting, the Committee also unanimously recommended terminating Marketing Order No. 922. This rule proposes to indefinitely suspend the assessment and associated reporting requirements of the marketing order during the period that the USDA is processing the termination request.
Increased Assessment Rate for Texas Oranges and Grapefruit
Document Number: 2021-25116
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-11-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2021-22 and subsequent fiscal periods. The proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2021-25115
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-11-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the California Date Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate for the 2020-21 and subsequent crop years. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Grain Inspection Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2021-24724
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this action constitutes notice of the upcoming meeting of the Grain Inspection Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee). The Advisory Committee meets no less than once annually to advise the Secretary on the programs and services delivered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) under the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Recommendations by the Advisory Committee help AMS meet the needs of its customers, who operate in a dynamic and changing marketplace.
Soybean Promotion and Research: Adjusting Representation on the United Soybean Board
Document Number: 2021-24302
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-11-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule adjusts the number of members on the United Soybean Board (Board) to reflect changes in production levels that have occurred since the Board was last reapportioned in 2018. As required by the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act), membership on the Board is reviewed every 3 years and adjustments are made accordingly. This change results in a decrease in Board membership for one State (Alabama), decreasing the total number of Board members from 78 to 77. These changes are reflected in the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order) and will be effective with the Secretary of Agriculture's (Secretary) appointments for terms in the year 2022. This final rule also corrects the number of States and units to the Order. Technical corrections to the regulations adjust the number of States and units from 30 to 31.
Onions Grown in South Texas and Imported Onions; Termination of Marketing Order 959 and Change in Import Requirements
Document Number: 2021-24301
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-11-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is providing an additional thirty (30) days for public comments on a proposed rule that would terminate the Federal marketing order regulating the handling of onions grown in South Texas and the rules and regulations issued thereunder. A corresponding change would be made to the onion import regulation as required under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. Reopening the comment period gives interested persons an additional opportunity to comment on the proposed termination.
Poultry Grower Ranking Systems; Withdrawal of Proposed Rule
Document Number: 2021-23945
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-11-04
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is withdrawing a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on December 20, 2016. The proposed rule would have identified criteria that the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) could consider when determining whether a live poultry dealer's use of a system for ranking poultry growers for settlement purposes is unfair, unjustly discriminatory, or deceptive or gives an undue or unreasonable preference, advantage, prejudice, or disadvantage. Proposed amendments would also have clarified that, absent demonstration of a legitimate business justification, failing to use a poultry grower ranking system in a fair manner after applying the identified criteria is unfair, unjustly discriminatory, or deceptive and a violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act, regardless of whether it harms or is likely to harm competition. The Secretary has determined to withdraw the 2016 proposed rule and develop revised proposals pertaining to poultry grower ranking systems.
Plant Variety Protection Board Meeting on December 14, 2021
Document Number: 2021-23462
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a meeting of the Plant Variety Protection Board (Board). The meeting is being held to discuss a variety of topics including, but not limited to, regulation updates, subcommittee activities, and program activities. The meeting is open to the public. This notice sets forth the schedule and location for the meeting.
United States Grain Standards Act Designation Opportunities and Request for Comments on Official Agencies Providing Services
Document Number: 2021-22995
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) designations of official agencies listed in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below will end on prescribed dates. We are seeking persons or governmental agencies interested in providing official services in areas presently served by these agencies to submit an application for designation. In addition, we request comments on the quality of services provided by the following designated agencies: Northeast Indiana Grain Inspection, Inc. (Northeast Indiana); State Grain Inspection, Inc. (State Grain); J.W. Barton Grain Inspection Service, Inc. (Barton); Farwell Commodity and Grain Services, Inc. (Farwell Southwest); Northern Plains Grain Inspection Service, Inc. (Northern Plains); Plainview Grain Inspection and Weighing Service, Inc. (Plainview); Sioux City Inspection and Weighing Service Company (Sioux City); and the Montana Department of Agriculture (Montana). The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) encourages submissions from traditionally underrepresented individuals, organizations, and businesses to reflect the diversity of this industry. AMS encourages submissions from qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Farm and Food Workers Relief Grant Program; Request for Emergency Approval of a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-22620
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has requested emergency approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a new information collection described in this notice to administer the Farm and Food Workers Relief Grant Program, a new competitive grant program authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.
Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Reapportionment of Membership
Document Number: 2021-22487
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-10-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule adjusts the number of member seats apportioned to each district represented on the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee). The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking this action due to a 2020 amendment to the marketing order for tomatoes grown in Florida, which reduced the size of the Committee from 12 members to 10, but did not also reduce the number of member seats per district. This action changes the number of members in each of the two districts from six members and their alternates to five members and their alternates, to resolve the regulatory conflict.
Walnuts Grown in California; Continuance Referendum
Document Number: 2021-22312
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-10-13
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible California walnut growers to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of walnuts grown in California.
Meeting of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2021-21526
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-04
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 Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). The meeting is being convened to examine the full spectrum of fruit and vegetable industry issues and provide recommendations and ideas to the Secretary of Agriculture on how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) can tailor programs and services to better meet the needs of the U.S. produce industry.
Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program
Document Number: 2021-21356
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a new information collection to administer the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA). AMS is implementing this new cooperative agreement program under the American Rescue Plan Act, which directs the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into cooperative agreements with State, local, and tribal governments to purchase food from local and regional farmers/producers (within the state or within 400 miles) and from socially disadvantaged farmers/producers.
Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program; Request for Emergency Approval of a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-21347
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a new information collection to administer the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety (SPRS) Block Grant Program under its Grants Division. Due to the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), AMS Grants Division is implementing this new grant program under Title VII, subtitle, B, section 751, which directs the Secretary of Agriculture to provide ``grants and loans to small or midsized food processors or distributors, seafood processing facilities and processing vessels, farmers markets, producers, or other organizations to respond to coronavirus, including for measures to protect workers against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).''
Reorganization and Transfer of Regulations
Document Number: 2021-20380
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-10-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule transfers regulations pertaining to the Economic Adjustment Assistance for Textile Manufacturers program from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to reflect changes in the organizational structure and delegated authorities within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This action is necessary to enable the AMS Administrator to issue, maintain, and revise as necessary regulations related to programs under the AMS Administrator's delegated authority.
Walnuts Grown in California; Notification of Moratorium
Document Number: 2021-21105
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-29
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing a six- month moratorium on the enforcement of mandatory inspection requirements under the Federal marketing order for California walnuts.
National Dairy Promotion and Research Board Reapportionment
Document Number: 2021-20379
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document invites comments on a proposed amendment to the Dairy Promotion and Research Order (Dairy Order). The proposal would modify the number of National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (Dairy Board) members in two of the 12 regions. The total number of domestic Dairy Board members would remain the same at 36. This modification was requested by the Dairy Board, which administers the Dairy Order, to better reflect the geographic distribution of milk production in the United States.