Agricultural Marketing Service 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Stay of Regulations
Document Number: 2011-29713
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-17
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
On November 8, 2011, a final rule was published in the Federal Register (76 FR 69094) establishing an industry-funded promotion, research, and information program for fresh cut Christmas trees, effective November 9, 2011. Due to recent events, the regulations are stayed in order to provide all interested persons, including the Christmas tree industry and the general public, an opportunity to become more familiar with the program.
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, CA; Proposed Amendments to Marketing Order 987 and Referendum Order
Document Number: 2011-29032
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule proposes seven amendments to Marketing Agreement and Order No. 987 (order), which regulates the handling of domestic dates produced or packed in Riverside County, California, and provides growers with the opportunity to vote in a referendum to determine if they favor the changes. Five amendments were proposed by the California Date Administrative Committee (CDAC or committee), which is responsible for local administration of the order. These proposed amendments are intended to improve administration of and compliance with the order and reflect current industry practices. In addition to the committee's proposals, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes two amendments that would provide for a continuance referendum every six years, and would establish term limits of up to six consecutive years for committee members. These proposals would allow producers to indicate continued support for the order and provide all interested industry members the opportunity to serve on the committee.
Tart Cherries Grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin; Recommended Decision and Opportunity To File Written Exceptions to Proposed Amendment of Marketing Order No. 930
Document Number: 2011-29031
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This is a recommended decision regarding proposed amendments to Marketing Order No. 930 (order), which regulates the handling of tart cherries grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. These amendments were proposed by the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (CIAB), which is responsible for local administration of the order. These amendments would revise: Section 930.10, the definition of ``Handle,'' Section 930.50, ``Marketing Policy,'' and Section 930.58, ``Grower Diversion Privilege.'' The proposed amendments are intended to improve the operation and administration of the order. This recommended decision invites written exceptions on the proposed amendments.
Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Referendum Procedures
Document Number: 2011-28807
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule establishes procedures for conducting a referendum to determine whether the continuation of the Christmas Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order) is favored by domestic producers and importers of Christmas trees. This program will be implemented under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 (1996 Act). The 1996 Act allows for a referendum to be conducted up to three years after the effective date of the Order. The program will be continued if approved by a simple majority of the current eligible domestic producers and importers voting in the referendum. These procedures will also be used for any subsequent referendum under the Order. The Order is being published separately in this issue of the Federal Register.
National Organic Program; Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops, Livestock and Processing)
Document Number: 2011-28800
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to reflect recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on October 28, 2010, and April 29, 2011. The recommendations addressed in this proposed rule pertain to changing the annotation for one substance, tetracycline, currently allowed for use in organic crop production, and adding two substances, formic acid and attapulgite, along with any restrictive annotations, for use in organic livestock production and organic processing, respectively.
Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, and Information Order
Document Number: 2011-28798
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule establishes an industry-funded promotion, research, and information program for fresh cut Christmas trees. The Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order) is authorized under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 (1996 Act). The Order will establish a national Christmas Tree Promotion Board (Board) comprised of 11 producers and one importer. Under the Order, producers and importers of fresh cut Christmas trees will pay an initial assessment of fifteen cents per Christmas tree. Producers and importers that produce or import less than 500 Christmas trees annually will be exempt from the assessment. A referendum will be conducted, among producers and importers, three years after the collection of assessments begin to determine if Christmas tree producers and importers favor the continuation of this program.
Cotton Board Rules and Regulations: Adjusting Supplemental Assessment on Imports; Corrections
Document Number: 2011-28795
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document contains corrections to the final rule published on August 31, 2011, regarding the Cotton Board Rules and Regulations and the adjustment to the supplemental assessment collected for use by the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. Corrections are made to section 1205.510 of the final rule to remove expired Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes and HTS codes representing ensembles, which are strictly used for statistical reporting. Furthermore, conversion factors and assessment rates for two HTS codes, which were inadvertently excluded from the final rule, are added, and clerical errors associated with three different HTS codes are corrected.
Walnuts Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2011-28198
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule increases the assessment rate established for the California Walnut Board (Board) for the 2011-12 and subsequent marketing years from $0.0174 to $0.0175 per kernelweight pound of assessable walnuts. The Board locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California. Assessments upon walnut handlers are used by the Board to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The marketing year began September 1 and ends August 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Onions Grown in Certain Designated Counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, OR; Modification of Handling Regulations
Document Number: 2011-28197
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule revises the handling regulation for onions handled under the Idaho-Eastern Oregon onion marketing order. The marketing order regulates the handling of onions grown in designated counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon, and is administered locally by the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee (Committee). This rule revises the marketing order's handling regulation to allow special purpose shipments of onions for experimentation. The revision will allow the Idaho-Eastern Oregon onion industry to identify and develop new market niches and is expected to benefit producers, handlers, and consumers of onions.
Request for an Extension to a Currently Approved Information Collection for the Regulations Governing the Inspection and Grading of Manufactured or Processed Dairy Products-Recordkeeping (Subpart B)
Document Number: 2011-27767
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this document announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension of a revision to the currently approved information collection for the Regulations Governing the Inspection and Grading of Manufactured or Processed Dairy Products Recordkeeping (Subpart B).
Nectarines and Fresh Peaches Grown in California; Termination of Marketing Order 916 and the Peach Provisions of Marketing Order 917
Document Number: 2011-27286
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule terminates the Federal marketing orders regulating the handling of nectarines and fresh peaches grown in California (orders) and the rules and regulations issued thereunder. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) has determined that these marketing orders are no longer an effective marketing tool for the handling of nectarines and fresh peaches grown in California and that termination best serves the current needs of the industry while also eliminating the costs associated with the operation of the marketing orders.
Specialty Crops; Import Regulations; Proposed Pistachio Import Requirements
Document Number: 2011-27285
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-10-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule invites comments on the establishment of a minimum quality regulation for lots of pistachios imported into the United States. The regulation would specify maximum aflatoxin tolerance levels as well as mandatory aflatoxin testing and certification requirements. The proposed import quality requirements would be the same as or comparable to those in effect for the domestically produced commodity. Under this proposal, aflatoxin levels in imported pistachios could not exceed 15 parts per billion (ppb), as certified by aflatoxin inspection certificates issued by an accredited laboratory. This action is intended to assure consumers that all pistachios offered for sale in the United States meet the same aflatoxin standards, thus promoting high quality product in the market place and fostering consumer satisfaction. This rule also announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of a new information collection requirement, including two new forms that would be completed by either laboratories or pistachio importers.
Tart Cherries Grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin; Suspension of Order Regulations Regarding Random Row Diversion
Document Number: 2011-27276
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule changes the grower diversion regulations prescribed under the marketing order for tart cherries (order). The order regulates the handling of tart cherries grown in the States of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin and is administered locally by the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board). This rule suspends indefinitely the regulations establishing random row as a method of grower diversion. With growers consistently choosing other diversion methods which offer more flexibility and fewer potential problems, the Board recommended this suspension to bring grower diversion requirements in line with current industry practices.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Southeastern States; Suspension of Marketing Order Provisions
Document Number: 2011-27275
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule continues in effect the interim rule that suspended the marketing order for Irish potatoes grown in Southeastern states (order), and the rules and regulations implemented thereunder, through March 1, 2014. The order regulates the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Southeastern states and is administered locally by the Southeastern Potato Committee (Committee). The Committee believes advances in farming technology and production quality have reduced the need for the order. When considering the costs associated with continuing the order, the Committee unanimously recommended that the order be suspended.
United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Okra
Document Number: 2011-26045
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-17
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has revised the United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Okra. The grade standards for frozen okra have been changed from a ``variables score point'' system to an ``individual attributes'' grading system. The ``dual grade nomenclature'' has been replaced with single letter grade designations and editorial changes were made. These changes bring the United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Okra in line with the present quality levels being marketed today and provide guidance in the effective utilization of frozen okra.
Notice of Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board
Document Number: 2011-25551
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a forthcoming meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Revision of the Salable Quantity and Allotment Percentage for Class 1 (Scotch) and Class 3 (Native) Spearmint Oil for the 2011-2012 Marketing Year
Document Number: 2011-25812
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule revises the quantity of Class 1 (Scotch) and Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during the 2011-2012 marketing year. This rule increases the Scotch spearmint oil salable quantity from 693,141 pounds to 733,913 pounds, and the allotment percentage from 34 percent to 36 percent. In addition, this rule increases the Native spearmint oil salable quantity from 1,012,949 pounds to 1,266,161 pounds, and the allotment percentage from 44 percent to 55 percent. The marketing order regulates the handling of spearmint oil produced in the Far West and is administered locally by the Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee). The Committee recommended this rule for the purpose of avoiding extreme fluctuations in supplies and prices and to help maintain stability in the Far West spearmint oil market.
Oranges and Grapefruit Grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2011-25493
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-04
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule increases the assessment rate established for the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee) for the 2011-12 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.12 to $0.14 per 7/10-bushel carton or equivalent of oranges and grapefruit handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of oranges and grapefruit grown in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Assessments upon orange and grapefruit handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period began on August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Revision of Cotton Futures Classification Procedures
Document Number: 2011-25078
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-09-29
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing to update the procedures for cotton futures quality classification services by using Smith-Doxey classification data in the cotton futures classification process. In addition, references to a separate and optional review of cotton futures certification would be eliminated to reflect current industry practices. These proposed changes in procedures for cotton futures quality classification services, as well as proposed conforming changes, reflect advances in cotton fiber quality measurement and data processing made since the regulations were last updated in 1992.
Pistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2011-25038
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-09-29
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee) for the 2011-12 and subsequent production years from $0.0007 to $0.0005 per pound of assessed weight pistachios. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of pistachios grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Assessments upon pistachio handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The production year begins September 1 and ends August 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Pistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico; Proposed Amendment of Marketing Order No. 983 and Referendum Order
Document Number: 2011-23629
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-09-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule proposes four amendments to Marketing Agreement and Order No. 983 (order), which regulates the handling of pistachios grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico, and provides growers with the opportunity to vote in a referendum to determine if they favor the changes. The amendments are based on proposals by the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee), which is responsible for local administration of the order. The amendments would provide authority to establish aflatoxin and quality regulations for pistachios shipped to export markets, including authority to establish different regulations for different markets. These amendments are intended to provide authority to ensure uniform and consistent aflatoxin and quality regulations in the domestic and various export markets.
Milk in the Mideast Marketing Area; Notice of Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Tentative Marketing Agreement and Order
Document Number: 2011-22945
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-09-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
A public hearing is being held to consider and take evidence on a proposal to modify the Pool Plant Definition in the Mideast Milk Marketing Order.
Regulations for the Inspection of Eggs (Shell Egg Surveillance), Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2011-22943
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-08
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 approval from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension of and revision to a currently approved information collection in support of the shell egg surveillance portion of the Regulation for the Inspection of Eggs7 CFR part 57.
Notice of Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share Program
Document Number: 2011-22613
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This Notice invites the following eligible States: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming, to submit an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), and to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for the allocation of organic certification cost-share funds. The AMS has allocated $1.5 million for this organic certification cost-share program in Fiscal Year 2011. Funds are available to 16 designated States to provide cost-share assistance to organic crop and livestock producers certified under the USDA Organic Standards (7 CFR 205). Eligible States interested in obtaining cost-share funds for their organic producers must submit an Application for Federal Assistance via http://www.grants.gov and enter into a cooperative agreement with AMS for the allocation of funds.
Notice of 2011 National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program
Document Number: 2011-22611
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This Notice invites all States of the United States of America, its territories, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, (hereinafter collectively called States) to submit an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424) and to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for the allocation of National Organic Certification Cost-Share Funds. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2008, the AMS allocated $22.0 million for the national organic certification cost-share program. These funds will be allocated annually to States through cooperative agreements until exhausted. Funds are available to States interested in providing cost-share assistance to organic producers and handlers certified under the USDA Organic Regulations (7 CFR 205). States interested in obtaining cost-share funds must submit an Application for Federal Assistance and enter into a cooperative agreement with AMS for allocation of funds.
Cotton Board Rules and Regulations: Adjusting Supplemental Assessment on Imports
Document Number: 2011-22159
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the Cotton Board Rules and Regulations by updating the value assigned to imported cotton for the purpose of calculating supplemental assessments collected for use by the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. An amendment is required to adjust the supplemental assessment and to ensure that assessments collected on imported raw cotton and the cotton content of imported cotton-containing products are the same as assessments collected on domestically produced cotton. In addition, AMS is updating the textile trade conversion factors used to determine the raw fiber equivalents of imported cotton-containing products and expanding the number of Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) statistical reporting numbers from the current 706 to 2,371 to assess all imported cotton and cotton-containing products.
Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Assessment Rate Decrease for Fresh Pears
Document Number: 2011-22113
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Fresh Pear Committee (Committee) for the 2011-2012 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.501 to $0.471 per standard box or equivalent of fresh winter pears handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of fresh pears grown in Oregon and Washington. Assessments upon Oregon-Washington fresh pear handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins July 1 and ends June 30. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
National Dairy Promotion and Research Program; Invitation To Submit Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Order
Document Number: 2011-22154
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-30
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 eight regions, merge Region 8 and Region 10, merge Region 12 and Region 13, and apportion Idaho as a separate region. The total number of domestic Dairy Board members would remain the same at 36 and the total number of regions would be reduced from 13 to 12. 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.
Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order; Correction
Document Number: 2011-22150
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document contains corrections to the final rule published on August 2, 2011 (76 FR 46185), regarding softwood lumber. Corrections are made in the amendatory instruction section and in Sec. 1217.88 of the final rule.
Dried Prunes Produced in California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2011-22119
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Prune Marketing Committee (Committee) for the 2011-12 and subsequent crop years from $0.27 to $0.22 per ton of salable dried prunes handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of dried prunes produced in California. Assessments upon dried prune handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The crop year begins August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
United States Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng
Document Number: 2011-22117
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), is soliciting comments on the proposed voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng. AMS received a request from the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin (GBW), to amend the standards to reflect current market values. To ensure the integrity of the standards, the proposed revisions would be based on quality and percentage defects. The new grades would replace the current ones and promote the orderly and efficient marketing of ginseng in an evolving global economy. Other changes would include adding tolerances, reclassifying sizes, removing table ``values,'' and amending definitions. These revisions are needed to determine and complement the new grades.
Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Assessment Rate Decrease for Processed Pears
Document Number: 2011-22115
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Processed Pear Committee (Committee) for the 2011-2012 and subsequent fiscal periods from $8.41 to $7.73 per ton of summer/fall processed pears. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of processed pears grown in Oregon and Washington. Assessments upon handlers of Oregon-Washington processed pears are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins July 1 and ends June 30. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Modification of the Handling Regulation for Area No. 3
Document Number: 2011-22111
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule invites comments on revisions to the size requirements currently prescribed under the Colorado potato marketing order (order). The order regulates the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Colorado, and is administered locally by the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee for Area No. 3 (Committee). This rule would modify the size requirements for handling small potatoes that measure under 1\7/8\ inches in diameter. This rule would allow the handling of two size ranges, \3/4\-inch minimum diameter to 1\7/8\ inches maximum diameter and Size B (1\1/2\ to 2\1/4\ inches), if such potatoes otherwise meet the requirements of the U.S. No. 1 grade. The revisions would promote orderly marketing by ensuring that only potatoes of certain similar size profiles are packed and shipped in the same container. This rule is expected to benefit the producers, handlers, and consumers of Colorado potatoes.
United States Standards for Grades of Grapefruit Juice
Document Number: 2011-20787
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), prior to undertaking research and other work associated with revising official U.S. grade standards, is soliciting comments on a request to revise the United States Standards for Grades of Grapefruit Juice. AMS received a petition from the Florida Citrus Processors Association asking AMS to consider revising the current U.S. grade standards for grapefruit juice to account for advances in industry processing technology.
Walnuts Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2011-20788
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule would increase the assessment rate established for the California Walnut Board (Board) for the 2011-12 and subsequent marketing years from $0.0174 to $0.0175 per kernelweight pound of assessable walnuts. The Board locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California. Assessments upon walnut handlers are used by the Board to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The marketing year begins September 1 and ends August 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Oranges and Grapefruit Grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2011-20120
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-10
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule would increase the assessment rate established for the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee) for the 2011-12 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.12 to $0.14 per 7/10-bushel carton or equivalent of oranges and grapefruit handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of oranges and grapefruit grown in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Assessments upon orange and grapefruit handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Modifications of the Rules and Regulations
Document Number: 2011-20124
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-09
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that extended the one-year suspension of the minimum quality, maturity, pack, marking, and inspection requirements prescribed for russet potato varieties under the Washington potato marketing order for the 2011-2012 and subsequent fiscal periods. The interim rule also extended the reporting requirement for russet potato handlers for the purpose of obtaining information necessary for administering the marketing order. This change is expected to reduce overall industry expenses and increase net returns to producers and handlers while allowing the industry the opportunity to continue exploring alternative marketing strategies.
Kiwifruit Grown in California; Change in Reporting Requirements and New Information Collection
Document Number: 2011-20116
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-09
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule invites comments on proposed changes to the reporting requirements currently prescribed under the marketing order that regulates the handling of kiwifruit grown in California. The order is administered locally by the Kiwifruit Administrative Committee (Committee). This rule would require handlers to file two end-of-season reports with the Committee. One report would contain price and handler shipment information and the other report would contain grower shipment information. The Committee would use this information to determine appropriate grower representation on the Committee, to conduct grower nominations, to verify shipments for assessment collections, and to prepare the annual report and the annual marketing policy, as required under the order. This proposal also announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of a new information collection.
Plan for Estimating Daily Livestock Slaughter Under Federal Inspection; Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2011-20113
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-09
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), this document announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension of the currently approved information collection used to compile and generate the Federally Inspected Estimated Daily Slaughter Report.
National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset Review (2011)
Document Number: 2011-19659
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-03
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule addresses recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on November 5, 2009, and April 29, 2010. The recommendations addressed in this final rule pertain to the continued exemption (use) of 12 substances in organic production and handling. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this final rule continues the exemption (use) of 12 substances (along with any restrictive annotations) on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List).
Sweet Cherries Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Continuance Referendum
Document Number: 2011-19654
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-03
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.
Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order
Document Number: 2011-19491
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-02
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule establishes a Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order (Order). Softwood lumber is used in products like flooring, siding and framing. The program will be financed by an assessment on softwood lumber domestic manufacturers and importers and will be administered by a board of industry members selected by the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary). The initial assessment rate will be $0.35 per thousand board feet of softwood lumber shipped within or imported to the United States. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the position of softwood lumber in the marketplace, maintain and expand markets for softwood lumber, and develop new uses for softwood lumber within the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducted a referendum among eligible domestic softwood lumber manufacturers and importers from May 23 through June 10, 2011. Sixty-seven percent of those voting in the referendum representing 80 percent of the volume of softwood lumber represented in the referendum favored implementation of the program.
Milk in the Mideast Marketing Area; Order To Terminate Proceeding on Proposed Amendments to Marketing Agreement and Order
Document Number: 2011-18393
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-07-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This action terminates a rulemaking proceeding that proposed to amend Class I prices for certain counties of the Mideast milk marketing area. Marketing conditions since the close of the hearing on the proposal have changed substantially, no longer warranting a change.
Nectarines and Peaches Grown in California; Suspension of Handling Requirements
Document Number: 2011-18396
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that suspended the quality, inspection, reporting, and assessment requirements specified under the California nectarine and peach marketing orders (orders). The interim rule suspended the handling regulations for the 2011 and subsequent marketing seasons relieving handlers of all regulatory burdens under the orders while USDA processes the terminations of the orders.
Beef Promotion and Research; Reapportionment
Document Number: 2011-17885
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final 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 cattle inventories and cattle and beef imports that have occurred since the most recent Board reapportionment rule became effective in October 2008. These adjustments are required by the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) and will result in a decrease in Board membership from 106 to 103, effective with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) appointments for terms beginning early in the year 2012.
Tart Cherries Grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin; Suspension of Order Regulations Regarding Random Row Diversion
Document Number: 2011-17883
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-07-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule invites comments on changes to the grower diversion regulations prescribed under the marketing order for tart cherries (order). The order regulates the handling of tart cherries grown in the States of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin and is administered locally by the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board). This rule would suspend indefinitely the regulations establishing random row as a method of grower diversion. With growers consistently choosing other diversion methods which offer more flexibility and fewer potential problems, the Board recommended this suspension to bring grower diversion requirements in line with current industry practices.
Watermelon Research and Promotion Plan; Redistricting and Importer Representation
Document Number: 2011-17882
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule changes the boundaries of all seven districts under the Watermelon Research and Promotion Plan (Plan) to reapportion the producer, handler, and importer memberships on the National Watermelon Promotion Board (Board). In addition, the Board is adding two importer seats based on the quantity of watermelon imports in the past three years. These changes are based on a review of the production and assessments paid in each district and the amount of watermelon import assessments, which the Plan requires at least every five years. As a result of these changes, the importer seats will increase from six to eight. Therefore, the total Board membership will increase from 35 to 37 members. In addition, a new Code of Federal Regulation section is added to reflect the importer representation on the Board.
Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown In California; Increase in Desirable Carryout Used To Compute Trade Demand
Document Number: 2011-17788
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule increases the desirable carryout used to compute the yearly trade demand for Natural (sun-dried) Seedless (NS) raisins covered under the Federal marketing order for California raisins (order). The order regulates the handling of raisins produced from grapes grown in California and is administered locally by the Raisin Administrative Committee (committee). This rule increases the amount of tonnage available early in the season when volume regulation is implemented, and is expected to help the industry meet its market needs.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2011-17881
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that decreased the assessment rate established for the State of Washington Potato Committee (Committee) for the 2011-2012 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.0035 to $0.003 per hundredweight of potatoes handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order for Irish potatoes grown in Washington. The interim rule was necessary to allow the Committee to reduce its financial reserve while still providing adequate funding to meet program expenses.
Vidalia Onions Grown in Georgia; Change in Late Payment and Interest Requirements on Past Due Assessments
Document Number: 2011-16139
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule changes the delinquent assessment requirements in effect under the marketing order for Vidalia onions grown in Georgia (order). The order regulates the handling of Vidalia onions grown in Georgia and is administered locally by the Vidalia Onion Committee (Committee). This rule establishes a late payment charge of 10 percent on unpaid assessments that are 10 days past due and increases the interest rate applied to delinquent assessments from 1 percent to 1.5 percent per month. This action should improve handler compliance with the assessment and reporting provisions of the order and help reduce the Committee's collection expenditures.