Agricultural Marketing Service 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Dairy Promotion Program
Document Number: 2015-33018
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Walnuts Grown in California
Document Number: 2015-33016
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Exemption of Organic Products From Assessment Under a Commodity Promotion Law
Document Number: 2015-32517
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements the provisions of section 10004 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 and modifies the organic assessment exemption regulations under 23 Federal marketing orders and 22 research and promotion programs (commodity promotion programs). This rule amends the current regulations to allow persons that produce, handle, market, process, manufacture, feed, or import ``organic'' and ``100 percent organic'' products to be exempt from paying assessments associated with commodity promotion activities, including paid advertising, conducted under a commodity promotion program administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), regardless of whether the person requesting the exemption also produces, handles, markets, processes, manufactures, feeds, or imports conventional or nonorganic products. Currently, only persons that exclusively produce and market products certified as 100 percent organic are eligible for an exemption from assessments under commodity promotion programs. This rule expands the exemption to cover all ``organic'' and ``100 percent organic'' products certified under the National Organic Program regardless of whether the person requesting the exemption also produces, handles, markets, processes, manufactures, feeds, or imports conventional or nonorganic products.
Paper and Paper-Based Packaging Promotion, Research and Information Order; Late Payment and Interest Charges on Past Due Assessments
Document Number: 2015-32448
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule prescribes late payment and interest charges on past due assessments under the Paper and Paper-Based Packaging Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order). The Order is administered by the Paper and Packaging Board (Board) with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Under the Order, assessments are collected from manufacturers and importers and used for projects to promote paper and paper-based packaging. This rule implements the authority contained in the Order that allows the Board to collect late payment and interest charges on past due assessments. Two additional changes are being made to reflect current practices and update the Order and regulations. This action contributes to effective administration of the program and was unanimously recommended by the Board.
Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.; Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2015-16 Crop Year for Tart Cherries
Document Number: 2015-31777
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-17
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to establish free and restricted percentages for the 2015-16 crop year under the marketing order for tart cherries grown in the states of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin (order). The Board locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of producers and handlers of tart cherries operating within the production area. This action would establish the proportion of tart cherries from the 2015 crop which may be handled in commercial outlets at 80 percent free and 20 percent restricted. In addition, this proposal would increase the carry-out volume of fruit to 55 million pounds for this season. These percentages should stabilize marketing conditions by adjusting supply to meet market demand and help improve grower returns.
National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset 2016 Amendments to the National List
Document Number: 2015-31380
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would address recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following their April 2015 meeting. These recommendations pertain to the 2016 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would remove five non-organic nonagricultural substances from the National List for use in organic handling: Egg white lysozyme, cyclohexylamine, diethylaminoethanol, octadecylamine, and tetrasodium pyrophosphate.
National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset 2015 Amendments to the National List
Document Number: 2015-31413
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-14
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) following their October 2014 meeting. These recommendations pertain to the 2015 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this final rule removes two nonorganic agricultural substances from the National List for use in organic handling, fortified cooking winesmarsala wine and sherry wine. This final rule also removes two listings for synthetic substances allowed for use in organic crop production on the National List, streptomycin and tetracycline, as their use exemptions expired on October 21, 2014.
Pistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2015-31371
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-14
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 the 2015-16 and subsequent production years from $0.0005 to $0.0035 per pound of assessed weight pistachios handled under the marketing order for pistachios grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of pistachios operating within the area of production. Assessments upon pistachio handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The production year begins on September 1 and ends August 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-31298
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Cotton Board Rules and Regulations: Amending Importer Line-Item De Minimis
Document Number: 2015-31116
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to amend the Cotton Board Rules and Regulations to remove the cotton import de minimis provision. The Cotton Research and Promotion (R&P) Program assesses U.S. cotton producers and importers of cotton and cotton- containing products. Importers are exempt from paying the cotton import assessment (known commonly among importers as the ``cotton fee'') if a line item on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) documentation is $2.00 or less. The exemption was initially established to lessen the administrative burden of collecting an import assessment, which was originally estimated to be $2.00 per line item, in instances in which the transactions costs of the collection would exceed the actual value of the assessment. However, technological advances in the CBP documentation process significantly reduced the transactions costs associated with collecting import assessments, and CBP has since stopped charging USDA for the processing and collecting of assessments. Given that transactions costs no longer exceed assessment rates of $2.00 or less, AMS proposes to remove this de minimis provision from the regulations. In addition, the definition of cotton with respect to procedures for conducting the sign-up period would also be modified.
Cotton Research and Promotion Program: Determination of Whether To Conduct a Referendum Regarding the 1990 Amendments to the Cotton Research and Promotion Act
Document Number: 2015-31133
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-10
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 (Order) provided for in the Cotton Research and Promotion Act (Act) amendments of 1990. This determination is based on the results of a sign-up period conducted August 3 through August 14, 2015, during which eligible cotton producers and importers were provided an opportunity to request a continuance referendum.
Onions Grown in Certain Designated Counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2015-30671
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-04
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that implemented a recommendation from the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2015-2016 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.10 to $0.05 per hundredweight of onions handled under the Idaho-Eastern Oregon onion marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of onions operating within the area of production. Assessments upon onion 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.
Onions Grown in South Texas; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2015-30020
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the South Texas Onion Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2015-16 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.03 to $0.05 per 50-pound equivalent of onions handled under the marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of onions operating within the area of production. Assessments upon onion 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 will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2015-30018
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee) for a decrease in the assessment rate established for the 2015-16 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.0375 to $0.03 per 25-pound carton of tomatoes handled under the marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers of tomatoes operating within the area of production. Assessments upon tomato 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 will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2015-30013
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Raisin Administrative Committee (committee) for an increase of the assessment rate established for the 2015-16 and subsequent crop years from $14.00 to $17.00 per ton of California raisins handled under the marketing order (order). The committee locally administers the order, and is comprised of producers and handlers of raisins operating within the area of production. Assessments upon raisin 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.
Oranges and Grapefruit Grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2015-28913
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee) for a decrease in the assessment rate established for the 2015-16 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.11 to $0.08 per 7/10-bushel carton or equivalent of oranges and grapefruit handled under the marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order, and is comprised of producers and handlers of oranges and grapefruit operating within the area of production. 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 will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Kiwifruit Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2015-28142
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-11-05
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Kiwifruit Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2015-16 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.025 to $0.040 per 9-kilo volume-fill container or equivalent of kiwifruit handled under the marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of growers of kiwifruit operating within the area of production. Assessments upon kiwifruit handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins on August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.; Revision of Exemption Requirements
Document Number: 2015-28141
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-05
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to revise the exemption provisions under the marketing order for tart cherries grown in the States of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin (order). The Board locally administers the order and is comprised of growers and handlers operating within the production area. This rule changes the number of years that new market development and market expansion projects are eligible for handler diversion credit from one year to three years. This rule also revises the composition of the subcommittee which reviews exemption requests. These changes are intended to encourage handlers to participate in new market and market expansion activities to facilitate sales and help ensure impartiality during the review process.
Grapes Grown in a Designated Area of Southeastern California and Imported Table Grapes; Relaxation of Handling Requirements
Document Number: 2015-28136
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-05
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule implements a recommendation from the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee (Committee) to partially relax the handling requirements currently prescribed under the California table grape marketing order (order) and the table grape import regulation. The Committee locally administers the order and regulates the handling of table grapes grown in a designated area of southeastern California. The import regulation is authorized under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 and regulates the importation of table grapes into the United States. This final rule relaxes the one-quarter pound minimum bunch size requirement in the order's regulations and the import regulation for U.S. No. 1 Table grade grapes packed in consumer packages known as clamshells weighing five pounds or less. Up to 20 percent of the weight of such containers may consist of single grape clusters weighing less than one- quarter pound, but consisting of at least five berries each. This action provides California desert grape handlers and importers with the flexibility to respond to ongoing marketing opportunities to meet consumer needs.
Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order; Termination of Rulemaking Proceeding
Document Number: 2015-27448
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This action terminates a rulemaking proceeding that proposed to establish a Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order) under authority in the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996 (1996 Act). The Order was proposed by the proponent group, the Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC), and would have authorized a national research and promotion program for hardwood lumber and hardwood plywood. USDA issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking in response to the extensive comments received. Based on comments received, outstanding substantive questions and significant proposed modifications from stakeholders, USDA is terminating the proceeding. Termination of this proceeding will remove ex parte communication prohibitions and allow USDA to engage fully with all interested parties to discuss and consider the evolving needs of the industry going forward.
Walnuts Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2015-27359
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the California Walnut Board (Board) for an increase of the assessment rate established for the 2015-16 and subsequent marketing years from $0.0189 to $0.0379 per kernelweight pound of walnuts handled under the marketing order. The Board locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of growers and handlers of walnuts operating within the area of production. 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 will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2015-27340
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the California Date Administrative Committee (committee) for a decrease in the assessment rate established for the 2015-16 and subsequent crop years from $0.20 to $0.10 per hundredweight of dates handled. The committee locally administers the marketing order, which regulates the handling of dates grown or packed in Riverside County, California. Assessments upon date handlers are used by the committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The crop year begins October 1 and ends September 30. The new assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Pecans Grown in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas; Recommended Decision and Opportunity To File Written Exceptions To Proposed Marketing Agreement and Order No. 986
Document Number: 2015-27098
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This Recommended Decision proposes the issuance of a marketing agreement and order (order) under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 to cover pecans grown in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. The proposed order would provide authority to collect industry data and to conduct research and promotion activities. In addition, the order would provide authority for the industry to recommend grade, quality and size regulation, as well as pack and container regulation, subject to approval by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program would be financed by assessments on pecan handlers and would be locally administered, under USDA oversight, by a Council of seventeen growers and shellers (handlers) nominated by the industry and appointed by USDA. This rule also announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's intention to request approval by the Office of Management and Budget of new information collection requirements to implement this program.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-26891
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Defining Bona Fide Cotton Spot Markets for the World Cotton Futures Contract
Document Number: 2015-26953
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the regulatory language to designate which bona fide cotton spot markets will be used to determine actual commercial differences in value for various grades above or below the basis grade in the settlement of World cotton futures contracts on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). Designating bona fide cotton spot markets for the World cotton futures contract in the regulatory language will allow for AMS to collect spot market price data and publish spot quotes for the settlement of these specific contracts.
Soybean Promotion and Research: Amend the Order To Adjust Representation on the United Soybean Board
Document Number: 2015-26952
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-22
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 2012. 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 will result in an increase in Board membership for three States, resulting in an increase in the total number of Board members from 70 to 73. These changes will be reflected in the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order) and will be effective for the 2016 appointment process.
Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; Proposed Amendments to Marketing Order
Document Number: 2015-26378
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule invites public comments on proposed amendments to Marketing Order No. 989, which regulates the handling of raisins produced from grapes grown in California. The Raisin Administrative Committee (Committee), which is responsible for the local administration of the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of raisins operating within the production area, recommended the amendments that would authorize the Committee to borrow from a commercial lending institution and authorize the establishment of a monetary reserve equal to up to one year's budgeted expenses. Allowing the Committee to utilize these customary business practices would help to improve administration of the order.
Plant Variety Protection Board; Open Meeting
Document Number: 2015-26377
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-16
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, work and outreach plans, subcommittee activities, and proposals for procedure changes. The meeting is open to the public. This notice sets forth the schedule and location for the meeting.
Grapes Grown in a Designated Area of Southeastern California; Proposed Amendments to Marketing Order and Referendum Order
Document Number: 2015-25447
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rulemaking proposes three amendments to Marketing Order No. 925 (order), which regulates the handling of table grapes grown in a designated area of southeastern California. Two amendments are based on proposals made by the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee (Committee), which is responsible for the local administration of the order. These two amendments would increase term lengths for Committee members and alternates from one to four fiscal periods and would allow new members and alternates to agree to accept their nominations prior to selection. The amendments are intended to increase the Committee's effectiveness and bolster industry participation in Committee activities. In addition to the Committee's two amendments, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) would amend the order to add authority for periodic continuance referenda which would allow producers to indicate whether or not there is continuing support for the order.
Grapes Grown in a Designated Area of Southeastern California and Imported Table Grapes; Revision to the Administrative Rules and Regulations for Shipments to Charitable Organizations
Document Number: 2015-24801
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule invites comments on a recommendation from the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee (Committee) to revise the administrative rules and regulations of the Federal marketing order for grapes grown in a designated area of southeastern California (order) and the table grape import regulation. The Committee is responsible for the local administration of the order. This proposal would allow handlers and importers to ship grapes that do not meet the minimum grade and size quality requirements to be donated to charitable organizations. Any such grapes would not be used for resale. This proposal also announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to seek the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval on a new form that would revise the currently approved information collection issued under the order. The import regulation is authorized under section 608e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 and regulates the importation of table grapes into the United States. The proposal would provide an additional outlet for grapes regulated under the order and would assist USDA's efforts to reduce food waste in support of the U.S. Food Waste Challenge.
National Organic Standards Board (NOSB): Call for Nominations
Document Number: 2015-24800
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) was established to assist in the development of standards for substances to be used in organic production and to advise the Secretary on the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). Through this Notice, the USDA is requesting nominations to fill one (1) unexpected vacancy on the NOSB for an environmentalist/resource conservationist position. The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint one person to this position to serve on the NOSB for the remainder of the term for this position, which began in January 24, 2015, and goes through January 23, 2020.
Milk in California; Reconvened Hearing on a Proposal To Establish a Federal Milk Marketing Order
Document Number: 2015-24799
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In the event of a lapse of appropriations necessitating an adjournment of the public hearing on September 30, 2015, this Notice serves to establish a date to reconvene a public hearing that began on September 22, 2015, in Clovis, CA, to consider and take evidence on a proposal to establish a Federal milk marketing order to regulate the handling of milk in California.
Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Program
Document Number: 2015-24223
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing that sorghum producers voting in a national referendum from March 23, 2015, through April 21, 2015, have approved the continuation of the Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order).
Onions Grown in South Texas; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2015-23436
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the South Texas Onion Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2015-16 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.03 to $0.05 per 50-pound equivalent of onions handled under the marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of onions operating within the area of production. Assessments upon onion 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.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-23404
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Safety Zones; Fireworks Events in Captain of the Port New York Zone
Document Number: 2015-22867
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-11
Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Coast Guard will enforce various safety zones within the Captain of the Port New York Zone on the specified dates and times. This action is necessary to ensure the safety of vessels and spectators from hazards associated with fireworks displays. During the enforcement period, no person or vessel may enter the safety zones without permission of the Captain of the Port (COTP).
Safety Zone; Mad Dog Truss Spar, Green Canyon 782, Outer Continental Shelf on the Gulf of Mexico
Document Number: 2015-22579
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-11
Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Coast Guard published in the Federal Register on July 29, 2005, a final rule establishing a safety zone around the Mad Dog Truss Spar. The coordinates for the location of the Mad Dog Truss Spar were published incorrectly as 27[deg]11'18'' N., 91[deg]05'12'' W. This interim rule corrects the coordinates to reflect the actual location of the Mad Dog Truss Spar as 27[deg]11'18.124'' N., 90[deg]16'7.363'' W., therefore correctly publishing the area covered by the safety zone around the Mad Dog Truss Spar system, located in Green Canyon Block 782 on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Gulf of Mexico.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Lafourche Bayou, Larose, LA
Document Number: 2015-22513
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-09
Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the operation of the T-Bois bridge, a vertical lift-span bridge across Lafourche Bayou, mile 40.4, at Larose, Louisiana. The deviation is necessary in order to allow for the smooth flow of increased vehicular traffic caused by the temporary closure of the LA 1 bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. This deviation allows the bridge to open on signal for the passage of traffic if at least one-hour advanced notification is given during the morning and evening rush hours.
Safety Zone; Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular, Atlantic Ocean; Jacksonville Beach, FL
Document Number: 2015-22581
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-08
Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone for certain waters of the Atlantic Ocean off Jacksonville Beach, Florida during the Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular air show. The event is scheduled to take place from October 22 through October 25, 2015. This proposed rulemaking would prohibit persons and vessels from being in the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Jacksonville or a designated representative. The Coast Guard invites your comments on this proposed rulemaking.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Sacramento River, Sacramento, CA
Document Number: 2015-22026
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Tower Drawbridge across the Sacramento River, mile 59.0 at Sacramento, CA. The deviation is necessary to allow the community to participate in the Farm to Fork dinner event. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed- to-navigation position during the deviation period.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Petaluma River, Petaluma, CA
Document Number: 2015-22025
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Haystack Landing Drawbridge across the Petaluma River, mile 12.4, at Petaluma, CA. The deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner to replace the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position during the deviation period.
Olympia Harbor Days Tug Boat Races, Budd Inlet, WA
Document Number: 2015-22024
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Coast Guard will enforce the Special Local Regulation, Olympia Harbor Days Tug Boat Races, Budd Inlet, WA from 11:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. on September 6, 2015. This action is necessary to restrict vessel movement within the specified race area immediately prior to, during, and immediately after racing activity in order to ensure the safety of participants, spectators and the maritime public. Entry into, transit through, mooring or anchoring within the specified race area is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Puget Sound or Designated Representatives.
Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee; Vacancies
Document Number: 2015-21965
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee. This Committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters related to personnel in the U.S. merchant marine, including but not limited to training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness standards.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Illinois Waterway, Beardstown, IL
Document Number: 2015-21964
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Bridge across the Illinois Waterway, mile 88.8, at Beardstown, Illinois. The deviation is necessary to allow signal upgrades to be installed which can only be done when the bridge is in the closed-to- navigation position. The deviation allows the bridge to be in the closed-to-navigation position for 4 hours.
Safety Zone, Labor Day Long Neck Style Fireworks, Indian River Bay; Long Neck, DE
Document Number: 2015-21953
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the waters of Indian River Bay in Long Neck, DE. The safety zone will restrict vessel traffic on a portion of Indian River Bay from operating while a fireworks event is taking place. This temporary safety zone is necessary to protect the surrounding public and vessels from the hazards associated with a fireworks display.
Safety Zone; Portland Dragon Boat Races, Portland, Oregon
Document Number: 2015-21947
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-03
Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Coast Guard will enforce the Portland Dragon Boat Races Safety Zone from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on September 12, 2015 and 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on September 13, 2015. This action is necessary to ensure the safety of maritime traffic, including the public vessels present, on the Willamette River during the Portland Dragon Boat Races. During the enforcement period, no person or vessel may enter or remain in the safety zone without permission from the Sector Columbia River Captain of the Port.
Special Local Regulations for Marine Events, Wrightsville Channel; Wrightsville Beach, NC
Document Number: 2015-21792
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-02
Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Coast Guard is establishing a Special Local Regulation for the ``Swim the Loop'' and ``Motts Channel Sprint'' swim event, to be held on the waters adjacent to and surrounding Harbor Island in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. This Special Local Regulation is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway within 550 yards north and south of the U.S. 74/76 Bascule Bridge crossing the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, during the swim event.
Special Local Regulation; Southern California Annual Marine Events for the San Diego Captain of the Port Zone; San Diego Bay, San Diego, CA
Document Number: 2015-21791
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-02
Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Coast Guard is temporarily changing the enforcement date of the special local regulation on the navigable waters of San Diego Bay, San Diego, California in support of the annual TriRock San Diego Triathlon. This temporary interim rule adjusts the date for the established special local regulations listed in 33 CFR 100.1101 (table 1, item 11). This temporary interim rule provides public notice and is necessary to ensure the safety of participants, crew, spectators, participating vessels, and other vessels and users of the waterway. Unauthorized persons and vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within the regulated area unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP), or his designated representative. The Coast Guard requests public comments on the temporary interim rule.
Annual Marine Events in the Eighth Coast Guard District, Sabine River; Orange, TX
Document Number: 2015-21772
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-02
Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Coast Guard will enforce Special Local Regulations for the Southern Professional Outboard Racing Tour (S.P.O.R.T.) boat races to be held on the Sabine River in Orange, TX from 3 p.m. on September 18, 2015, through 6 p.m. on September 20, 2015. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of the participants, crew, spectators, participating vessels, non-participating vessels and other users of the waterway. During the enforcement period, the Coast Guard Patrol Commander will enforce restrictions upon, and control the movement of, vessels in the zone established by the Special Local Regulation.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Upper Mississippi River, Rock Island, IL
Document Number: 2015-21707
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-02
Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Rock Island Railroad and Highway Drawbridge across the Upper Mississippi River, mile 482.9, at Rock Island, Illinois. The deviation is necessary to allow the Quad City Marathon to cross the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position for four and a half hours.