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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).
National Organic Program (NOP); Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards; Delay of Effective Date and Update of Compliance Date
Document Number: 2023-27255
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-12-13
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is delaying the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) final rule, published on November 2, 2023, to meet the requirements of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Congressional Review Act (CRA)). The CRA requires that agencies provide Congress with at least 60 days to review a major rule before it takes effect. For the OLPS final rule, AMS provided the required notice to Congress on November 13, 2023, after publication of the rule. Therefore, the published effective date did not provide 60 days for congressional review. This final rule delays the effective date of the OLPS final rule by 10 days to meet the 60-day requirement. AMS is making a technical correction to the compliance date of January 5, 2029, for indoor and outdoor stocking density requirements and soil and vegetation requirements for broiler operations to January 2, 2029. All other compliance dates of the OLPS final rule remain unchanged. Additionally, in acknowledgement of the U.S. Government Accountability Office assessment of the final rule, AMS confirms that the Administrative Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2023 does not apply to the OLPS final rule because it does not increase direct spending.
Notice of Request for an Extension and Revision to a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2023-27193
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-12-12
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 and revision to the currently approved information collection entitled Cotton Classing, Testing, and Standards.
Onions Grown in Certain Designated Counties in Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2023-27213
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-12-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement 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 proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2023-27240
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-12-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this document announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request an extension to currently approved forms used by importers of commodities that are exempt from section 8e import regulations.
Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; Temporary Relaxation of Substandard and Maturity Dockage Requirements
Document Number: 2023-27095
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-12-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule temporarily changes the substandard and maturity dockage requirements for raisins covered under the Federal marketing order for raisins produced from grapes grown in California (Order). For the 2023-2024 crop year, the minimum requirements for substandard and maturity dockage in the marketing order's handling regulations will be relaxed to accommodate raisins adversely impacted by severe weather conditions.
Sweet Cherries Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Continuance Referendum
Document Number: 2023-26964
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-12-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible Washington sweet cherry growers to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of sweet cherries grown in designated counties in Washington.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2023-26978
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-12-08
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 an extension for the form currently used by marketers to apply for exemption from market promotion assessments under Federal marketing order programs.
Cranberries Grown in Massachusetts, et al.; Termination of Marketing Order and Data Collection Requirements for Cranberries Not Subject to the Marketing Order
Document Number: 2023-26887
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-12-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed action invites comments on the proposed termination of the Federal marketing order regulating the handling of cranberries grown in the States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York and the rules and regulations issued thereunder (Marketing Order No. 929). The data collection, reporting and recordkeeping requirements applicable to cranberries not subject to the cranberry marketing order would also be terminated.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2023-26507
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-12-04
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 an extension for and revision to a currently approved information collection for Tart Cherries Grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin, pursuant to Marketing Order No. 930.
Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin; Amendments to the Marketing Order
Document Number: 2023-26396
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-12-04
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule invites comments on proposed amendments to Marketing Order No. 930, which regulates the handling of tart cherries grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. The proposed amendments would modify the basis for calculating district representation on the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (``Board''), change the starting date for the term of office for Board members, simplify the way a Board member's sales constituency is determined, clarify how the sales constituency applies to alternate Board members, change the timeframe for submitting nominations, and clarify when districts are subject to volume regulation.
Milk in the Appalachian, Florida, and Southeast Marketing Areas; Final Decision on Proposed Amendments to Marketing Agreements and to Orders
Document Number: 2023-25879
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-12-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule is the Secretary's final decision in this proceeding and recommends amendments to the transportation credit balancing fund provisions for the Appalachian and Southeast Federal milk marketing orders, and establishment of distributing plant delivery credits in the Appalachian, Florida, and Southeast Federal milk marketing orders. AMS will determine whether producers approve of the proposed amended orders, as required by regulation.
Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Increased Assessment Rate for Processed Pears
Document Number: 2023-26380
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-12-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement 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 proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard; List of Bioengineered Foods
Document Number: 2023-26059
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-11-29
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule updates the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard's (the Standard) List of Bioengineered (BE) Foods (the List) by adding ``sugarcane (Bt insect-resistant varieties)'' to the List and amending ``squash (summer)'' to ``squash (summer, coat protein-mediated virus-resistant varieties).'' In updating the List, this final rule provides consumers with information regarding foods that may be BE and aids regulated entities in determining whether they need to make a BE disclosure.
Transparency in Poultry Grower Contracting and Tournaments
Document Number: 2023-24922
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-11-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule amends the regulations under the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921 (Act), to add disclosures and information that live poultry dealers engaged in the production of broilers must furnish to poultry growers with whom dealers make poultry growing arrangements. The rule also establishes additional disclosure requirements for live poultry dealers engaged in the production of broilers who use poultry grower ranking systems to determine settlement payments for broiler growers. These requirements add targeted transparency to the market for grower services that will inhibit deceptive practices related to broiler contracting and performance. The Act protects fair trade, financial integrity, and competitive markets for livestock, meat, and poultry.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2023-26087
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-27
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 an extension and revision to the approved forms and information collection for marketing orders covering various vegetables and specialty crops.
Nomenclature Changes; Technical Amendments
Document Number: 2023-25238
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-11-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule revises the general regulations for Federal marketing orders covering fruits, vegetables, and specialty crops by updating the section regarding information collections. Further, this rule updates nomenclature in the general regulations, numerous Federal marketing orders, the import regulations, the domestic hemp program regulations, and the peanut handling regulations administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Finally, this rule corrects typographical errors found in the AMS marketing order and import regulations and removes regulations no longer in effect. These changes are necessary to provide more accurate information in the regulations moving forward.
Notice of Availability of the Programmatic Environmental Assessment for AMS Organic Market Development Grant Program; Correction
Document Number: 2023-26061
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a notice in the Federal Register of November 20, 2023, concerning the availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the Organic Market Development Grant Program (OMDG) for public review and comments. The notice contained an incorrect link to the Draft PEA.
Notice of Availability of the Programmatic Environmental Assessment for AMS Organic Market Development Grant Program
Document Number: 2023-25564
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-20
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces that the Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the Organic Market Development Grant Program (OMDG) is available for public review and comments.
Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2023-25562
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-20
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) intent to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection used in support of Audit Verification Programs.
Opportunity To Comment on Applicants for the Texas Central U.S. Grain Standards Act Designation Area
Document Number: 2023-25144
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Plainview Grain Inspection and Weighing Service, Inc. (Plainview) and Grain Inspection Services of Texas, LLC (Texas Grain) have applied for designation to provide official U.S. Grain Standards Act services in the Texas Central designation area. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is asking for comments on these applicants.
Opportunity for United States Grain Standards Act Designation in Decatur, IN and Marshall, MI
Document Number: 2023-25145
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking persons or governmental agencies interested in providing official services in the areas noted below to submit an application for designation. Designation provides for private entities or State governmental agencies to be an integral part of the official grain inspection system (https:// www.ams.usda.gov/services/fgis/official-grain-inspection-weig hing- system). Designated agencies work under the supervision of the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) and are authorized to provide official inspection and weighing services in a defined geographic area, as appropriate. In addition, we request comments on the quality of services provided by designated agency Michigan Grain Inspection Services, Inc. (Michigan Grain Inspection). 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.
Request for Information Specialty Crops Competitiveness Initiative
Document Number: 2023-24715
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-09
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking input from stakeholders across the specialty crops industry on how USDA may better administratively support the industry in remaining competitive in domestic and international marketplaces, as part of USDA's Specialty Crops Competitiveness Initiative. This input will strengthen USDA's partnership with the specialty crops industry, an agricultural sector that has faced significant challenges due to recent natural disasters, pandemic-related market disruptions, and other factors. USDA requests input on how to further support the industry's domestic marketing and consumption, to further support the industry's competitiveness internationally, to further support research that will serve the industry, to increase producers' awareness of and access to relevant USDA programs, to enhance USDA programs that serve the specialty crops industry, to aid the evaluation of existing programs, and to understand current and future challenges faced by the industry. USDA is asking for comments on interactions with USDA programs. All comments will be aggregated, summarized, and shared with USDA Leadership.
Hazelnuts Grown in Oregon and Washington; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2023-24793
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-11-09
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement 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 proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Beef Promotion and Research Order; Reapportionment and Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2023-24395
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-11-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule adjusts representation on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board), established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act), to reflect changes in domestic cattle inventories as well as changes in levels of imported cattle, beef, and beef products that have occurred since the Board was last reapportioned in July 2020. These adjustments are required by the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) and will result in a decrease in Board membership from 101 to 99, effective with the Secretary of Agriculture's (Secretary) appointments from nominees requested in Spring of 2023. This final rule also updates the list of Qualified State Beef Councils (QSBCs) in the Order by removing the Maryland Beef Industry Council which voted to dissolve their State beef council.
Milk in the Northeast and Other Marketing Areas; Notice of Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Marketing Agreements and Orders
Document Number: 2023-24389
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2023-11-06
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
Document Number: 2023-23726
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-11-02
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) amends the organic livestock and poultry production requirements by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport, slaughter, and avian (poultry) living conditions; and expanding and clarifying existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices and non-avian living conditions. These changes will ensure organically produced foods meet a transparent and consistent standard to allow the industry to maintain consumer confidence in USDA organic products, to align with consumer expectations regarding outdoor access, and to further facilitate interstate commerce in organic products.
Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2023-24220
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-02
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's intent to request approval for a new information collection from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under OMB control No. 0581-NEW. This notice is based on a recommendation from the California Walnut Board (Board) to establish voluntary reporting for walnuts exempt from assessments under Federal marketing order no. 984, walnuts grown in California. This action would create a new form supplied by the Board to California walnut handlers to voluntarily report deliveries of walnuts exempt from assessments. The new form will be merged with the forms currently approved under OMB No. 0581-0178 Vegetable and Specialty Crops.
Economic Adjustment Assistance for Textile Mills
Document Number: 2023-23727
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-10-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) revises the regulation providing guidance for domestic manufacturers that consume Upland Cotton and voluntarily participate in the Economic Adjustment Assistance for Textile Mills Program. The revisions add definitions and codify certain participant responsibilities currently outlined in the existing user Agreement. The changes made by this rule are intended to strengthen management controls that have been added into the Agreement to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse. This action provides the necessary legal support for program administration.
Notice of Availability of the Programmatic Environmental Assessment for AMS Local Meat Capacity Grant Program
Document Number: 2023-23936
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-10-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces that the Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the Local Meat Capacity Grant Program (Local MCap) is available for public review and comments.
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