Agricultural Marketing Service November 2021 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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.