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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.
Avocados Grown in South Florida and Imported Avocados; Change in Maturity Requirements
Document Number: 2021-17235
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-08-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would change the maturity requirements currently prescribed under the Florida avocado marketing order. The order regulates the handling of avocados grown in South Florida and is administered locally by the Avocado Administrative Committee (Committee). The proposed change would establish beginning and end dates for the annual maturity shipping schedule. A corresponding change would be made to the avocado import regulation as required under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937.
Onions Grown in South Texas and Imported Onions; Termination of Marketing Order 959 and Change in Import Requirements
Document Number: 2021-16495
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-08-05
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule invites comments on the proposed termination of 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.
National Organic Program: 2021 and 2022 Sunset Review and Substance Renewals
Document Number: 2021-16518
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-03
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document announces the renewal of substances listed on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) organic regulations. This document reflects the outcome of the 2021 and 2022 sunset review processes and addresses recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary), through the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
Administering the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Document Number: 2021-15780
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-26
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule removes the regulations pertaining to the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). The regulations, which were established in 2006 as a matter of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, are duplicative of and in conflict with the recent revisions to the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Office of Federal Financial Management's Guidance for Grants and Agreements. Consequently, the SCBGP-specific regulations are no longer needed. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is removing the obsolete regulations in order to align its grant programs with OMB requirements and implement the programs efficiently. AMS will continue to administer SCBGP according to the OMB regulations.
Blueberry Promotion, Research and Information Order; Change in Membership, Nomination Procedures and Term of Office
Document Number: 2021-15161
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposal invites comments on changes in 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 would be made to the nomination procedures. In addition, the proposal would 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).
Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Continuance Referendum
Document Number: 2021-15160
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible producers and importers of highbush blueberries to determine whether they favor continuance of the Agricultural Marketing Service's regulations regarding a national highbush blueberry research and promotion program.
Grapes Grown in a Designated Area of Southeastern California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2021-14731
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-07-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule implements a recommendation from the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2021 and subsequent fiscal periods. The 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; Continuance Referendum; Reopening of Voting Period
Document Number: 2021-14280
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-07-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document reopens the voting period for the referendum being conducted among eligible growers of 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 to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of pecans produced in the production area. The voting period has been reopened for an additional 25 days from June 29, 2021, to July 23, 2021.
Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Reapportionment of Membership
Document Number: 2021-13705
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-06-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would adjust 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 based on an amendatory change to the marketing order for tomatoes grown in Florida, which reduced the size of the Committee from 12 members to 10. This action would reduce the member seats in each of the two districts from six members and their alternates to five members and their alternates.
Opportunity for Designation in the West Lafayette, Indiana Area; Request for Comments on the Official Agency Servicing This Area
Document Number: 2021-13703
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The designation of the official agency listed in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below will end on the prescribed date. We are asking persons or governmental agencies interested in providing official services in the area presently served by this agency to submit an application for designation. 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. In addition, we are asking for comments on the quality of services provided by the following designated agency: Titus Grain Inspection, Inc. (Titus).
United States Standards for Beans
Document Number: 2021-13631
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-28
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 revising the method of interpretation for the determination of ``sample grade criteria'' in the Bean Inspection Handbook, pertaining to the class ``Blackeye beans'' in the U.S. Standards for Beans. Stakeholders in the dry bean processing/handling industry requested that AMS amend the definition of sample grade in the Blackeye bean inspection instructions by revising the unit of measurement for the factor ``Insect Webbing or Filth'' (IWOF) and removing ``Clean-Cut Weevil-Bore'' (CCWB) as a sample grade factor. As a result of this action Clean-Cut Weevil-Bore is considered a damage factor only.
Request for Peanut Standards Board Nominations
Document Number: 2021-13584
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill) requires the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) to establish a Peanut Standards Board (Board) for the purpose of advising the Secretary on quality and handling standards for domestically produced and imported peanuts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for individuals to be considered for selection as Board members for a term of office ending June 30, 2024. Meetings are held virtually or in a hybrid style with participants having a choice whether to attend in person or virtually.
Solicitation of Nominations for Members of the USDA Grain Inspection Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2021-13504
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the USDA Grain Inspection Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee). The Advisory Committee meets no less than once annually to advise AMS on the programs and services it delivers under the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA). Meetings are held virtually or in a hybrid style with participants having a choice whether to attend in person or virtually. Recommendations by the Advisory Committee help AMS better meet the needs of its customers who operate in a dynamic and changing marketplace.
National Organic Program: Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances per April 2019 NOSB Recommendations (Livestock and Handling)
Document Number: 2021-13323
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-06-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule amends the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) section of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). This rule adds the following allowed substances to the National List: Oxalic acid dihydrate as a pesticide for organic apiculture (beekeeping); pullulan for use in organic handling in products labeled, ``Made with organic (specified ingredients or food group(s));'' and collagen gel as a nonorganic nonagricultural substance for use as a casing in organic handling when organic forms of collagen gel are not commercially available.
Mango Promotion, Research and Information Order; Removal of Frozen Mangos
Document Number: 2021-13317
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-06-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (Department) is adopting, as a final rule with minor changes, an interim final rule that amends the Mango Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order) by removing the provisions of frozen mangos as a covered commodity. The Order is administered by the National Mango Board (Board) with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In a referendum, first handlers and importers voted to remove frozen mangos as a covered commodity under the Order. This rule will remove frozen mangos as a covered commodity, discontinue the collection of assessments on frozen mangos, remove frozen mango entity representation on the Board, and make necessary conforming changes.
Walnuts Grown in California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2021-13039
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-06-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule implements a recommendation from the California Walnut Board (Board) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2020-21 and subsequent marketing years. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
United States Standards for Split Peas
Document Number: 2021-12569
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-15
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 revising the method of interpretation for the determination of whole peas in the Pea and Lentil Inspection Handbook pertaining to the class ``Split Peas,'' in the U.S. Standards for Split Peas. Stakeholders in the pea processing/handling industry requested that AMS amend the interpretation of ``whole peas'' in the Split Pea inspection instructions by increasing the percent tolerance for the factor whole peas.
United States Standards for Lentils
Document Number: 2021-12564
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-15
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 revising the method of interpretation for the determination of the special grade ``Green'' in the Pea and Lentil Inspection Handbook pertaining to the class ``Lentils,'' in the U.S. Standards for Lentils. Stakeholders in the lentil processing/handling industry requested that AMS amend the interpretation of the special grade ``Green'' in the Lentil inspection instructions by redefining the definition and including criteria for the inclusion of mottled lentils.
Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board; Meeting
Document Number: 2021-11688
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-03
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 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The NOSB assists the USDA in the development of standards for substances to be used in organic production and advises the Secretary of Agriculture on any other aspects of the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA).
Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-11025
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing our intention to request a 3-year extension and revision of a currently approved information collection for ``Export Inspection and Weighing Waiver for High Quality Specialty Grain Transported in Containers''.
Meat and Poultry Interstate Shipment and Inspection Readiness Program; Request for Emergency Approval of a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-10490
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-19
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 Meat and Poultry Interstate Shipment and Inspection Readiness Program (ISIRP) under its Grants Division. Due to the passing of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), AMS Grants Division is implementing this new grant program under section 764, which directs the Secretary of Agriculture to ``make grants to meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities to assist such facilities with respect to costs incurred in making improvements to such facilities and carrying out other planning activities in the amount of $60,000,000 for fiscal years 2021 through 2023.''
Supply Chains for the Production of Agricultural Commodities and Food Products
Document Number: 2021-10351
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-17
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is providing an additional 30 days for public comments on the Notice on Supply Chains for the Production of Agricultural Commodities and Food Products published on April 21, 2021. During the first two weeks of the comment period, AMS received requests from stakeholders and organizations for additional time to provide thoughtful and thorough feedback to this request. Requests were received from representatives of critical supply chain activities whose comments would be of great value to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in preparing the report required by the Executive Order on ``America's Supply Chains.''
Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; Borrowing Authority Under Marketing Order 989
Document Number: 2021-10148
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-05-14
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule amends Marketing Order 989 (referred to as the ``Order''), which regulates the handling of raisins produced from grapes grown in California. This action reinserts Order language that authorizes the Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC) to borrow from commercial lending institutions. The publication on October 26, 2018, of a final rule to amend the marketing order unintentionally removed this borrowing authority. This document is necessary to inform the public of this amendment.
Dried Prunes Produced in California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2021-10018
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-05-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Prune Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2020-21 and subsequent crop years. The proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
National Organic Program; Origin of Livestock; Reopening of Comment Period
Document Number: 2021-09978
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-05-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is reopening the comment period on our April 28, 2015, proposed rule to amend the origin of livestock requirements for dairy animals under the USDA organic regulations. We are reopening the proposed rule's comment period for 60 days to give all interested parties an opportunity to comment on whether AMS should prohibit the movement of transitioned cows in organic dairy production as part of the final rule. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they are already incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in any future final rule.
Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Activity Changes; Comment Period Reopened
Document Number: 2021-09642
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-05-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is providing an additional 60 days for public comments on the proposed rule that would amend the Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order). During the February 22, 2021, through March 24, 2021, comment period, AMS received two comments requesting additional time to analyze a potential volume threshold that would allow low-volume market agencies to be eligible for flexibilities to the proposed assessment remittance process. Such flexibilities would allow for very small, low-volume market agencies to utilize quarterly or yearly remittances, as opposed to the proposed monthly remittance process. The proposed flexibilities would reduce the regulatory burden for affected market agencies.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Certain Designated Counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon; Modification of Handling Regulations
Document Number: 2021-08408
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-04-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule invites comments on a recommendation from the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Potato Committee (Committee) to revise the size requirements for Irish potatoes grown in certain designated counties of Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon. The Committee recommended this action to improve the handling and marketing of Idaho- Eastern Oregon potatoes and increase returns to producers.
United States Standards for Beans-Chickpeas
Document Number: 2021-08374
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing to add a new criterionCotyledon Damageto the chickpea/garbanzo bean damage factors in the Bean Inspection Handbook. The damage factors pertain to the class Chickpea/ Garbanzo Beans in the U.S. Standards for Beans under the United States Agricultural Marketing Act (AMA). Stakeholders in the bean processing/ handling industry suggested adding a criterion related to white chalky or wafer-like spots in the cotyledon, which can affect chickpea/ garbanzo bean flavor. This proposal is intended to update inspection procedures to ensure that the bean standards remain relevant to the market. AMS invites interested parties to comment on whether revising the inspection instructions to include the additional damage factor would facilitate the marketing of chickpea/garbanzo beans. This action would not revise or amend the Grade and Grade Requirements for Chickpea/Garbanzo Beans in the U.S. Standards for Beans.
Grain Inspection Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2021-08336
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this 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.