Agricultural Marketing Service December 16, 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Lamb Promotion and Research Program: Procedures To Request Conduct of a Referendum
Document Number: E8-29694
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule amends the regulations issued under the Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order) pursuant to administrative changes to Web addresses and office locations within the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.
Notice of Opportunity To Participate in the Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Program Referendum
Document Number: E8-29693
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing that a referendum will be conducted under the Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order) to determine whether those persons voting favor the continuance of the Order.
Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Partial Exemption to the Minimum Grade Requirements
Document Number: E8-29658
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule provides a partial exemption to the minimum grade requirements under the marketing order for tomatoes grown in Florida (order). The order regulates the handling of tomatoes grown in Florida and is administered locally by the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee). Absent an exemption, Florida tomatoes covered by the order must meet at least a U.S. No. 2 grade before they can be shipped and sold outside the regulated area. This rule exempts Vintage Ripes\TM\ tomatoes (Vintage Ripes\TM\) from the shape requirements associated with the U.S. No. 2 grade. This change increases the volume of Vintage Ripes\TM\ that will meet the order requirements, and will help increase shipments and availability of these tomatoes.
Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee
Document Number: E8-29657
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The purpose of this notice is to notify all interested parties that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will hold a Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (Committee) meeting that is open to the public. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the Committee to examine the full spectrum of issues faced by the fruit and vegetable industry and to provide suggestions and ideas to the Secretary of Agriculture on how USDA can tailor its programs to meet the fruit and vegetable industry's needs. This notice sets forth the schedule and location for the meeting.