Agricultural Marketing Service 2021 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Virtual Meeting of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2021-28008
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing a meeting of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). The meeting is being convened to examine industry recommendations provided by the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and the United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh). During the two-day FVIAC public meeting held November 3-4, 2021, the industry trade groups jointly submitted recommendations for discussion and consideration by FVIAC representatives. This virtual meeting will provide FVIAC representatives the opportunity to engage with United Fresh-PMA stakeholders.
Blueberry Promotion, Research and Information Order; Change in Membership, Nomination Procedures, and Term of Office
Document Number: 2021-27572
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule changes the membership of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (Council) under the Blueberry Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order), by removing the first handler member and alternate position and adding two exporter member and alternate positions. Conforming changes will be made to the nomination procedures. In addition, this rule will allow members and alternates to remain in office until a successor is appointed. The Council administers the Order with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Activity Changes
Document Number: 2021-27467
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rulemaking revises the Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order), requiring market agencies (e.g., commission merchant, auction market, livestock market) in the business of receiving lambs to collect and remit on behalf of the producer, feeder, or seedstock producer, the ``live-weight'' assessment on ovine animals sold and the ``price-per-head'' assessment owed by the first handler when lambs are sold through these channels. Market agencies are required to remit the full assessment to the American Lamb Board (also known as the Lamb, Promotion, Research, and Information Board (Board)) when ovine animals are sold. This rulemaking includes technical amendments to the Order, correcting references to assessment rates that were inadvertently not updated during the previous amendment to the Order.
Peanut Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Increase the Threshold of the Primary Peanut-Producing States and Adjustment of Membership
Document Number: 2021-27513
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule changes the threshold for defining primary peanut- producing states as states that maintain a 3-year average production of at least 20,000 tons of peanuts, instead of 10,000 tons of peanuts as currently prescribed in the Peanut Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order). The Order is administered by the National Peanut Board (Board) with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As a result of increasing the threshold, the Board's membership will decrease from 13 to 12 members and their respective alternates. This change will contribute to effective administration of the program.
Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin; Changes to Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 2021-27579
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board to revise the reporting requirements prescribed under the Federal marketing order regulating the handling of tart cherries. This action modifies reporting requirements to include the information necessary to determine the portion of total inventory that is greater than five years old.
Determination for Conducting a Continuance Referendum Regarding Amendments to the Cotton Research and Promotion Act
Document Number: 2021-27577
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This notice announces the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) determination not to conduct a continuance referendum regarding the 1991 amendments to the Cotton Research and Promotion Order provided for in the Cotton Research and Promotion Act amendments of 1990. This determination is based on the results of a sign-up period conducted June 21, 2021, through July 2, 2021, and October 18, 2021, through October 29, 2021, during which eligible cotton producers and importers were provided an opportunity to request a continuance referendum.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-27128
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval, from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection for Export Health Certificate Request Forms.
Avocados Grown in South Florida; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2021-26494
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Avocado Administrative Committee to increase the assessment rate established for the 2021-22 and subsequent fiscal years. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Increased Assessment Rate for Pistachios
Document Number: 2021-26256
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-12-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for 2021-22 and subsequent production years. The proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Decreased Assessment Rate for Pecans Grown in 15 States
Document Number: 2021-26236
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-12-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the American Pecan Council (Council) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2021-22 and subsequent fiscal years. The proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Opportunity To Comment on Applicants for the West Lafayette, Indiana U.S. Grain Standards Act Designation Area
Document Number: 2021-26262
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-03
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In the June 28, 2021, Federal Register, AMS asked persons interested in providing official U.S. Grain Standards Act services in the West Lafayette, Indiana designation area to submit an application. There are two applicants for the West Lafayette, Indiana area: Champaign-Danville Grain Inspection Departments, Inc. (Champaign) and North Dakota Grain Inspection Service, Inc. (North Dakota). Both applicants are currently designated official agencies and applied for designation to provide official services for the entire area formerly assigned to Titus Grain Inspection, Inc. Each applicant is also currently serving in an interim designation capacity. The geographic area is described in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below. We are asking for comments on these applicants.
Plant Variety Protection Office: Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-25470
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval, from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection ``Application for Plant Variety Protection Certification and Objective Description of Variety.''
Suspension of Reporting and Collection Requirements for Washington Apricots
Document Number: 2021-25277
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-11-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule invites comments on a recommendation from the State of Washington Apricot Marketing Committee (Committee) to suspend the reporting and assessment requirements prescribed under the marketing order regulating apricots grown in designated counties in Washington (Marketing Order No. 922). In a separate meeting, the Committee also unanimously recommended terminating Marketing Order No. 922. This rule proposes to indefinitely suspend the assessment and associated reporting requirements of the marketing order during the period that the USDA is processing the termination request.
Increased Assessment Rate for Texas Oranges and Grapefruit
Document Number: 2021-25116
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-11-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2021-22 and subsequent fiscal periods. The proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2021-25115
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-11-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the California Date Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate for the 2020-21 and subsequent crop years. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Grain Inspection Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2021-24724
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this action constitutes notice of the upcoming meeting of the Grain Inspection Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee). The Advisory Committee meets no less than once annually to advise the Secretary on the programs and services delivered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) under the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Recommendations by the Advisory Committee help AMS meet the needs of its customers, who operate in a dynamic and changing marketplace.
Soybean Promotion and Research: Adjusting Representation on the United Soybean Board
Document Number: 2021-24302
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-11-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule adjusts the number of members on the United Soybean Board (Board) to reflect changes in production levels that have occurred since the Board was last reapportioned in 2018. As required by the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act), membership on the Board is reviewed every 3 years and adjustments are made accordingly. This change results in a decrease in Board membership for one State (Alabama), decreasing the total number of Board members from 78 to 77. These changes are reflected in the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order) and will be effective with the Secretary of Agriculture's (Secretary) appointments for terms in the year 2022. This final rule also corrects the number of States and units to the Order. Technical corrections to the regulations adjust the number of States and units from 30 to 31.
Onions Grown in South Texas and Imported Onions; Termination of Marketing Order 959 and Change in Import Requirements
Document Number: 2021-24301
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-11-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is providing an additional thirty (30) days for public comments on a proposed rule that would terminate the Federal marketing order regulating the handling of onions grown in South Texas and the rules and regulations issued thereunder. A corresponding change would be made to the onion import regulation as required under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. Reopening the comment period gives interested persons an additional opportunity to comment on the proposed termination.
Poultry Grower Ranking Systems; Withdrawal of Proposed Rule
Document Number: 2021-23945
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-11-04
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is withdrawing a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on December 20, 2016. The proposed rule would have identified criteria that the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) could consider when determining whether a live poultry dealer's use of a system for ranking poultry growers for settlement purposes is unfair, unjustly discriminatory, or deceptive or gives an undue or unreasonable preference, advantage, prejudice, or disadvantage. Proposed amendments would also have clarified that, absent demonstration of a legitimate business justification, failing to use a poultry grower ranking system in a fair manner after applying the identified criteria is unfair, unjustly discriminatory, or deceptive and a violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act, regardless of whether it harms or is likely to harm competition. The Secretary has determined to withdraw the 2016 proposed rule and develop revised proposals pertaining to poultry grower ranking systems.
Plant Variety Protection Board Meeting on December 14, 2021
Document Number: 2021-23462
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a meeting of the Plant Variety Protection Board (Board). The meeting is being held to discuss a variety of topics including, but not limited to, regulation updates, subcommittee activities, and program activities. The meeting is open to the public. This notice sets forth the schedule and location for the meeting.
United States Grain Standards Act Designation Opportunities and Request for Comments on Official Agencies Providing Services
Document Number: 2021-22995
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) designations of official agencies listed in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below will end on prescribed dates. We are seeking persons or governmental agencies interested in providing official services in areas presently served by these agencies to submit an application for designation. In addition, we request comments on the quality of services provided by the following designated agencies: Northeast Indiana Grain Inspection, Inc. (Northeast Indiana); State Grain Inspection, Inc. (State Grain); J.W. Barton Grain Inspection Service, Inc. (Barton); Farwell Commodity and Grain Services, Inc. (Farwell Southwest); Northern Plains Grain Inspection Service, Inc. (Northern Plains); Plainview Grain Inspection and Weighing Service, Inc. (Plainview); Sioux City Inspection and Weighing Service Company (Sioux City); and the Montana Department of Agriculture (Montana). The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) encourages submissions from traditionally underrepresented individuals, organizations, and businesses to reflect the diversity of this industry. AMS encourages submissions from qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Farm and Food Workers Relief Grant Program; Request for Emergency Approval of a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-22620
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has requested emergency approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a new information collection described in this notice to administer the Farm and Food Workers Relief Grant Program, a new competitive grant program authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.
Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Reapportionment of Membership
Document Number: 2021-22487
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-10-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule adjusts the number of member seats apportioned to each district represented on the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee). The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking this action due to a 2020 amendment to the marketing order for tomatoes grown in Florida, which reduced the size of the Committee from 12 members to 10, but did not also reduce the number of member seats per district. This action changes the number of members in each of the two districts from six members and their alternates to five members and their alternates, to resolve the regulatory conflict.
Walnuts Grown in California; Continuance Referendum
Document Number: 2021-22312
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-10-13
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible California walnut growers to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of walnuts grown in California.
Meeting of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2021-21526
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-04
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing a meeting of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). The meeting is being convened to examine the full spectrum of fruit and vegetable industry issues and provide recommendations and ideas to the Secretary of Agriculture on how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) can tailor programs and services to better meet the needs of the U.S. produce industry.
Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program
Document Number: 2021-21356
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a new information collection to administer the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA). AMS is implementing this new cooperative agreement program under the American Rescue Plan Act, which directs the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into cooperative agreements with State, local, and tribal governments to purchase food from local and regional farmers/producers (within the state or within 400 miles) and from socially disadvantaged farmers/producers.
Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program; Request for Emergency Approval of a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-21347
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a new information collection to administer the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety (SPRS) Block Grant Program under its Grants Division. Due to the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), AMS Grants Division is implementing this new grant program under Title VII, subtitle, B, section 751, which directs the Secretary of Agriculture to provide ``grants and loans to small or midsized food processors or distributors, seafood processing facilities and processing vessels, farmers markets, producers, or other organizations to respond to coronavirus, including for measures to protect workers against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).''
Reorganization and Transfer of Regulations
Document Number: 2021-20380
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-10-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule transfers regulations pertaining to the Economic Adjustment Assistance for Textile Manufacturers program from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to reflect changes in the organizational structure and delegated authorities within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This action is necessary to enable the AMS Administrator to issue, maintain, and revise as necessary regulations related to programs under the AMS Administrator's delegated authority.
Walnuts Grown in California; Notification of Moratorium
Document Number: 2021-21105
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-29
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing a six- month moratorium on the enforcement of mandatory inspection requirements under the Federal marketing order for California walnuts.
National Dairy Promotion and Research Board Reapportionment
Document Number: 2021-20379
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document invites comments on a proposed amendment to the Dairy Promotion and Research Order (Dairy Order). The proposal would modify the number of National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (Dairy Board) members in two of the 12 regions. The total number of domestic Dairy Board members would remain the same at 36. This modification was requested by the Dairy Board, which administers the Dairy Order, to better reflect the geographic distribution of milk production in the United States.
Cotton Research and Promotion Program: Procedures for Conduct of Sign-Up Period
Document Number: 2021-20061
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This direct final rule reopens the voting period and amends rules and regulations regarding dates for a sign-up period for eligible cotton producers and importers to request a continuance referendum on the 1991 amendments to the Cotton Research and Promotion Order (Order) provided for in the Cotton Research and Promotion Act (Act) amendments of 1990.
Amendments to the United States Potato Board Membership and Assessment Methods
Document Number: 2021-19676
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposal invites comments on amendments to the Potato Research and Promotion Plan (Plan) as recommended by the National Potato Promotion Board (Board) and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Board administers the Plan with oversight provided by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The Board recommends changing approved sources of potato production data used to determine the number of Board seats, expanding payment methods used to remit assessments to include electronic submission, and updating the table of Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) codes and assessment rates for imported potatoes and potato products. Finally, proposed amendments would insert new language eliminating the need to amend the Plan just to update the list of relevant HTS codes.
Modification of Handling Regulations for Irish Potatoes Grown in Designated Idaho and Eastern Oregon Counties
Document Number: 2021-19678
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-13
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule revises size requirements for Irish potatoes grown in certain designated counties of Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon. The Idaho-Eastern Oregon Potato Committee (Committee) recommended this action to improve the handling and marketing of Idaho- Eastern Oregon potatoes and increase returns to producers.
Termination of the Marketing Order for Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington State
Document Number: 2021-19238
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-09-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule invites comments on the proposed termination of the Federal marketing order regulating the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington, and the rules and regulations issued thereunder. The marketing order is administered locally by the State of Washington Potato Committee (Committee), which unanimously recommended its termination at a meeting held on June 11, 2020. This recommendation is based on the Committee's determination that the marketing order is no longer an effective marketing tool for the Washington potato industry and that termination would best serve the current needs of the industry by eliminating the cost associated with its operation.
Fees for Supervision of Official Inspection and Weighing Services Performed by Delegated States and Designated Agencies, Miscellaneous Fees for Other Services, and Removal of Specific Fee References
Document Number: 2021-19034
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-03
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule revises regulations under authority of the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) by implementing a standardized formula model for calculating Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) supervision fees. The revision enables FGIS to adjust supervision fees annually in order to maintain an appropriate operating reserve as required by the USGSA. As with other Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) fee-based programs, AMS will publish annual FGIS fee updates in the Federal Register and post updated fee schedules on its website. The revision also eliminates or revises certain registration and duplication fees charged by FGIS.
Pandemic Response and Safety Program; Request for Emergency Approval of a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-18810
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a new information collection to administer the Pandemic Response and Safety Program (PRS) under its Grants Division. AMS Grants Division is implementing this new grant program under section 751 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), which directs the Secretary of Agriculture to provide ``grants and loans to small or midsized food processors or distributors, seafood processing facilities and processing vessels, farmers markets, producers, or other organizations to respond to coronavirus, including for measures to protect workers against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).''
Establishment of a Dairy Donation Program
Document Number: 2021-18606
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-09-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule establishes the Dairy Donation Program as required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Under the program, eligible dairy organizations that account to a Federal milk marketing order and incur a qualified expense related to certain dairy product donations may apply for and receive reimbursements for those donations. The program is intended to facilitate donation of eligible dairy products and prevent and minimize food waste.
2021/2022 Rates Charged for AMS Services: Revised Tobacco Grading Rates
Document Number: 2021-18771
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing revisions to the 2021/2022 rates it will charge for voluntary grading services for tobacco. Revised rates are based on financial information obtained since the 2021/2022 rates were announced on April 21, 2021, and will be applied to all services provided since July 1, 2021, and thereafter.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-18605
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection, ``Requirements Under Regulations Governing Inspection and Grading Services of Manufactured or Processed Dairy Products.''
Peanut Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Increase the Threshold of the Primary Peanut-Producing States and Adjustment of Membership
Document Number: 2021-18536
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposal invites comments on increasing the threshold for defining primary peanut-producing states as states that maintain a 3- year average production of at least 20,000 tons of peanuts instead of 10,000 tons of peanuts as currently prescribed in the Peanut Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order). The Order is administered by the National Peanut Board (Board) with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As a result of increasing the threshold, this proposal would decrease the Board's membership from 13 to 12 members and their respective alternates. This action would contribute to effective administration of the program.
Cotton Board Rules and Regulations: Adjusting Supplemental Assessment on Imports (2020 Amendments)
Document Number: 2021-18322
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the Cotton Board Rules and Regulations, decreasing the value assigned to imported cotton for the purposes of calculating supplemental assessments collected for use by the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. This amendment is required each year to ensure that assessments collected on imported cotton and the cotton content of imported products will be the same as those paid on domestically produced cotton. In addition, AMS is updating the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) statistical reporting numbers that were amended since the last assessment adjustment in 2020.
United States Standards for Beans
Document Number: 2021-18321
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This action is being taken under the authority of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended, (AMA). The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is adding the new criterion, Cotyledon Damage, in the Bean Inspection Handbook pertaining to the class chickpea/garbanzo beans in the U.S. Standards for Beans. Stakeholders in the dry bean processing/handling industry requested AMS to revise the Bean Inspection Handbook to include the criterion for the new damage factor, Cotyledon Damage, in chickpeas/garbanzo beans.
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2021-17912
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the California Date Administrative Committee to increase the assessment rate for the 2020-21 and subsequent crop years. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
United States Standards for Sorghum
Document Number: 2021-18319
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This action is being taken under the authority of the United States Grain Standards Act, as amended, (USGSA). The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making no changes regarding the United States (U.S.) Standards for Sorghum under the USGSA.
Avocados Grown in South Florida; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2021-18067
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-08-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement an Avocado Administrative Committee recommendation to increase the assessment rate established for the 2021-22 and subsequent fiscal years. The proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
National Organic Program; National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (2022 Sunset)
Document Number: 2021-17835
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-08-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service proposes amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) section of the USDA's organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). This rule proposes the removal from the National List of several substances currently allowed for various uses in organic crop production, livestock production, and manufacture of processed products.
Revision of U.S. Standards for Grades of Watermelons
Document Number: 2021-17814
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-19
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is revising the U.S. Standards for Grades of Watermelons. Changes will provide a common language for trade of watermelons.
Exceptions to Geographic Boundaries
Document Number: 2021-17609
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-08-19
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This notice of proposed rulemaking invites public input on proposed revisions to Federal Grain Inspection regulations. The Agricultural Marketing Service is required to revise the regulations as a result of 2018 Farm Bill amendments to the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Revised regulations would allow designated official agencies to perform grain inspections outside their geographic areas under certain additional conditions. Proposed revisions are based on industry input and are intended to provide additional flexibility to the industry.
Dried Prunes Produced in California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2021-17267
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Prune Marketing Committee to increase the assessment rate established for the 2020-21 and subsequent crop years. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Olives Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2021-17237
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule implements a recommendation from the California Olive Committee to increase the assessment rate for the 2021 fiscal year. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.