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U.S. Standards for Grades of Apples
Document Number: 2019-09013
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-05-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposes to revise the U.S. Standards for Grades of Apples by removing smooth net-like russeting as a grade-determining factor in the U.S. Extra Fancy, U.S. Fancy, and U.S. No. 1 grades for Fuji apples. In addition, AMS proposes to remove obsolete references to the location where color standards may be examined and purchased. The changes will modernize the standards and meet growing consumer demand by providing greater marketing flexibility.
2019 Rates Charged for AMS Services
Document Number: 2019-08701
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the 2019 rates it will charge for voluntary grading, inspection, certification, auditing, and laboratory services for a variety of agricultural commodities including meat and poultry, fruits and vegetables, eggs, dairy products, and cotton and tobacco. The 2019 regular, overtime, holiday, and laboratory services rates will be applied at the beginning of the crop year, fiscal year or as required by law depending on the commodity. Other starting dates are added to this notice based on cotton industry practices. This action establishes the rates for user-funded programs based on costs incurred by AMS. This year more than half of AMS user fee rates will remain unchanged or will decrease, but increases are necessary to many fees to cover costs. For consistency, audit fees will now be the same for all commodities at $115.00 per hour.
National Organic Program: Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances for 2017 NOSB Recommendations (Livestock and Handling)
Document Number: 2019-08700
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule amends the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) section of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). This rule adds elemental sulfur to the National List for use in organic livestock production and reclassifies potassium acid tartrate from a non- agricultural substance to an agricultural substance and requires the organic form of the ingredient when commercially available. This rule also corrects the amendatory instructions to ensure proper placement of the regulatory text.
Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling of Covered Commodities: Notice of Request for Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-08579
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-29
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 a renewal and revision to the currently approved information collection of the Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) of Covered Commodities.
Feasibility Study on Livestock Dealer Statutory Trust
Document Number: 2019-08350
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), is soliciting comments on the feasibility of establishing a livestock dealer statutory trust.
Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Revision of the Salable Quantity and Allotment Percentage for Class 3 (Native) Spearmint Oil for the 2018-2019 Marketing Year
Document Number: 2019-08180
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the quantity of Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during the 2018-2019 marketing year. The Committee recommended this action to ensure that the Native spearmint oil market is adequately supplied through the end of the current marketing year.
Olives Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2019-08179
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-04-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the California Olive Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2019 fiscal year and subsequent fiscal years. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order; Reallocation of Council Membership
Document Number: 2019-08177
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule reallocates the membership of the Mushroom Council (Council) under the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national research and promotion program for mushrooms. The Council administers the regulations with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This rule was recommended by the Council after a review of the geographic distribution of the volume of mushroom production throughout the United States and the volume of imports. This rule revises the number of Council members in two of the four geographic regions under the program. This action is necessary to provide for equitable representation of producers and importers on the Council.
Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Redistricting and Reapportionment of Producer Districts
Document Number: 2019-08173
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-04-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee) to redistrict and reapportion producer representation on the Committee currently prescribed under the marketing order for tomatoes grown in Florida. This action would reduce the number of districts from four to two and reapportion producer membership on the Committee to provide equitable representation from both districts.
United States Standards for Grades of Processed Vegetables
Document Number: 2019-07899
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-19
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 Canned Lima Beans, U.S. Standards for Grades of Canned Mushrooms, U.S. Standards for Grades of Pickles, and U.S. Standards for Grades of Green Olives. AMS is replacing the term ``midget'' with ``petite'' in the canned lima bean, canned mushroom, and pickle standards, and removing ``midget'' completely from the green olive standards as there is an alternative term. AMS is also replacing the two-term grading system (dual nomenclature) with a single term to describe each quality level in the canned lima bean, canned mushroom, and green olive standards. Editorial changes are also being made to the grade standards that conform to recent changes made in other grade standards.
Cranberries Grown in the States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York; Continuance Referendum
Document Number: 2019-07810
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-04-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible cranberry producers to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of cranberries grown in the States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York.
Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Pummelos Grown in Florida and Imported Grapefruit; Change in Grade and Size Requirements
Document Number: 2019-07801
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee) to revise the grade and size requirements currently prescribed under the marketing order for oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and pummelos grown in Florida. This rule removes the grade and size requirements for Ambersweet and Temple oranges, and simplifies the tables outlining the grade and size requirements for interstate and export shipments. A corresponding change will be made to the grapefruit import regulation as required under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937.
Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Modification of Handling Regulations
Document Number: 2019-07530
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-04-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee) to change the handling regulations under the Marketing Order regulating the handling of tomatoes grown in Florida. This action would remove the standard weight requirements for tomato containers under the handling regulations.
Paper and Paper-Based Packaging Promotion, Research and Information Order; Change in Membership and Nominations
Document Number: 2019-07317
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-04-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposal invites comments on changing the membership and nomination procedures of the Paper and Packaging Board (Board). The Paper and Paper-Based Packaging Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order) is administered by the Board with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This proposal would also make administrative changes to other provisions of the Order.
Mango Promotion, Research and Information Order; Referendum on Inclusion of Frozen Mangos
Document Number: 2019-06963
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-04-09
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is modifying a notification of referendum order published in the February 21, 2019 issue of the Federal Register. This document amends the dates of the voting period for the referendum. This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible first handlers and importers of mangos to determine whether they favor the inclusion of frozen mangos as a covered commodity under the Mango Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order).
Sweet Onions Grown in the Walla Walla Valley of Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon; Amendments to Marketing Order 956
Document Number: 2019-06701
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-05
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule amends Marketing Order No. 956, which regulates the handling of sweet onions grown in the Walla Walla Valley of Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon. The three amendments, which were proposed by the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee (Committee), were approved by producers in a referendum. This action also updates the term of office and staggered term limits for producers and handlers.
Federal Milk Marketing Orders-Amending the Class I Skim Milk Price Formula; Correction
Document Number: 2019-06335
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-02
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
On March 11, 2019, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a revision to the Class I skim milk price formula for milk pooled under the Federal milk marketing order (FMMO) as required by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. This document explains the May 1, 2019, effective date and makes two clarifying corrections to the final regulations.
Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-05847
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-27
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 revision of a currently approved collection titled ``Local Food Directories and Survey''. Under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended, AMS is responsible for conducting research to enhance market access for small and medium sized farmers. The role of the Marketing Services Division (MSD) of AMS is to facilitate distribution of U.S. agricultural products. This information is used to populate USDA's National Farmers Market Directory and periodically market managers are invited to participate in a comprehensive survey assessing the farmers market sector. Beginning in 2020, the survey of the farmers market sector will be administered by the National Agricultural Statistical Service. Information will also be collected by AMS to populate the National Farmers Market Directory, as well as three additional local food directories: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Directory, Food Hub Directory, and On-Farm Market Directory. All four directories are national in scope and provide free advertising for producers of local agricultural products. The directories also assist customers to locate local food enterprises.
Notice of Request for Extension Without Change of a Currently Approved Information Collection for the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center
Document Number: 2019-05846
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-27
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 (OMB) for an extension of a currently approved information collection, ``National Sheep Industry Improvement Center'' (OMB 0581-0263).
Plant Variety Protection Board; Open Meeting
Document Number: 2019-05782
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-27
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 program activities. The meeting is open to the public. This notice sets forth the schedule and location for the meeting.
Proposed Amendments to Regulations Governing Voluntary Grading of Meats, Prepared Meats, Meat Products, Shell Eggs, Poultry Products, and Rabbit Products
Document Number: 2019-04600
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-03-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to amend its regulations governing the voluntary grading and certification relating to meats, prepared meats, meat products, shell eggs, poultry products, and rabbit products. Proposed amendments include: Changing terminology to scheduled and non- scheduled, billing of holidays, billing excessive hours over and above agreement hours, and removing the administrative volume charge. The proposed amendments would standardize and align billing practices for services provided by the Livestock and Poultry Program.
Onions Grown in South Texas; Order Amending Marketing Order 959
Document Number: 2019-05435
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule amends Marketing Order No. 959, which regulates the handling of onions grown in South Texas. The amendments will reduce the size of the South Texas Onion Committee (Committee) and make necessary conforming changes.
Meeting of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2019-05431
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-22
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 (Committee). 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.
Kiwifruit Grown California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2019-04908
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-20
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture published a final rule on December 26, 2018, to implement a recommendation from the Kiwifruit Administrative Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2018-2019 and subsequent fiscal periods. This correction addresses a typographical error in that final rule.
Cranberries Grown in the States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York; Amendment to Marketing Order 929 and Referendum Order
Document Number: 2019-05079
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-19
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule amends Marketing Order No. 929, which regulates the handling of cranberries grown in the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York. The amendment, which was proposed by the Cranberry Marketing Committee (Committee), was approved by growers and processors in the referendum. This action authorizes the Committee to accept contributions from domestic sources for research and development activities authorized under the marketing order that would be free from any encumbrances as to their use by the donor.
National Organic Standards Board (NOSB): Call for Nominations
Document Number: 2019-05075
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-19
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 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing its call for nominations to fill five vacancies. Descriptions of the five positions are listed below under supplementary information. Appointees will serve a five-year term beginning January 24, 2020 and ending January 23, 2025. Additionally, the USDA seeks nominations for a pool of candidates that the Secretary of Agriculture can draw upon as replacement appointees if unexpected vacancies occur.
Peanut Standards Board; Request for Nominations
Document Number: 2019-05074
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-19
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, 2022.
Soybean Promotion, Research, and Information Program: Opportunity To Request a Referendum
Document Number: 2019-04925
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces that soybean producers may request a referendum to determine if producers want the Secretary to conduct a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order), as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act). Participation in the Request for Referendum is voluntary. Producers should participate only if they wish to request a referendum on the program. If at least 10 percent (not in excess of one-fifth of which may be producers in any one State) of the 515,008 eligible producers, as determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), participate in the Request for Referendum, a referendum will be held within 1 year from that determination. If results of the Request for Referendum indicate that a referendum is not supported, a referendum would not be conducted. The results of the Request for Referendum will be published in a Notice in the Federal Register.
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2019-04909
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-18
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 2018-19 and subsequent crop years for California dates handled under Marketing Order 987. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-04862
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-15
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 Swine Contract Library. OMB approved this information collection as OMB 0580-0021 under Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards (GIPSA). Due to the realignment of offices authorized by the Secretary's memorandum dated November 14, 2017, which eliminated the GIPSA as a standalone agency, the Swine Contract Library activities formerly part of GIPSA are now assigned a new OMB control number of 0581-0311.
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; Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-04861
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-15
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 an extension for and revision to a currently approved information collection for 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, Marketing Order No. 986.
Request for Renewal of OMB 0581-0125 Regulations Governing Inspection Certification of Fresh & Processed Fruits, Vegetables, & Other Products
Document Number: 2019-04859
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-15
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 (OMB) for the renewal of currently approved information collection of 0581-0125 Regulations Governing Inspection Certification of Fresh & Processed Fruits, Vegetables, & Other Products.
Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Change in Committee Structure for Processed Pears
Document Number: 2019-04782
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-14
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule implements a recommendation from the Processed Pear Committee (Committee) to change the Committee's membership structure. This action removes the second alternate member position from the Committee structure, leaving ten member positions and one alternate position for each respective member.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-04780
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-14
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 of the Seed Service Testing Program.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-04778
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-14
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 of the Federal Seed Act Labeling and Enforcement.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-04775
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-14
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 (OMB) for an extension of the currently approved information collection, ``Livestock, Poultry, and Grain Market News'' (OMB 0581-0033). This information collection is used to compile and generate market reports covering livestock, poultry, meat, eggs, grain, and their related products, as well as locally produced and marketed products.
Federal Milk Marketing Orders-Amending the Class I Skim Milk Price Formula
Document Number: 2019-04347
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule amends the Class I skim milk price formula for milk pooled under Federal milk marketing orders (FMMO) as required by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). Under the amended price formula, the Class I skim milk price will be the simple average of the monthly advanced pricing factors for Class III and Class IV skim milk, plus $0.74 per cwt, plus the applicable adjusted Class I differential. Prior to this amendment, the Class I skim milk price was the higher of the two advanced pricing factors, plus the applicable adjusted Class I differential.
Christmas Tree Promotion Research, and Information Order; Referendum
Document Number: 2019-04344
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible producers and importers of Christmas trees to determine whether they favor continuance of the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national Christmas tree research and promotion program.
Peanut Promotion, Research and Information Order; Continuance Referendum
Document Number: 2019-04277
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible producers of peanuts to determine whether they favor continuance of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) regulations regarding a national peanut research and promotion program.
Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Other Products Inspection, Certification and Standards and Processed Fruits and Vegetables, Processed Products Thereof, and Certain Other Processed Food Products; Removal of Power of Attorney and Other Administrative Changes
Document Number: 2019-01546
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule modifies regulations and standards issued pursuant to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 by removing references to power of attorney. Further, this rule modifies language to ensure consistency between the regulations and standards for fresh and processed fruits and vegetables. Power of Attorney is an outdated, cumbersome tool that increases the cost and record retention requirements for stakeholders when conducting business. We are making these changes to eliminate these requirements. This will allow us to provide services to our customers faster and without the financial and record retention burden. The functions of the Power of Attorney are currently done by a Supervisor or ``inspector in charge''.
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; Revision of Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 2019-04232
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule revises the reporting requirements under the Federal marketing order for pecans. The revised reporting requirements will enable the American Pecan Council (Council) to collect information from handlers on the average handler price paid and the average shelled pecan yield. The Council will use this information to provide important statistical reports to the industry and meet requirements under the marketing order.
2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session on Hemp
Document Number: 2019-03912
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-05
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In preparing to implement the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will host a listening session for initial public input about a new program to regulate hemp production. The listening session will provide interested parties with an opportunity to assist the Agency's future rulemaking efforts by sharing their views on how the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) can partner with agriculture agencies representing states, territories, and Indian tribes to implement a nationwide program for overseeing the production of industrial hemp.
Reauthorization of Dairy Forward Pricing Program
Document Number: 2019-03600
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule reauthorizes the Dairy Forward Pricing Program (DFPP) in accordance with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). Establishing new contracts under the DFPP has been prohibited since the expiration of the program on September 30, 2018. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized the program to allow handlers to enter into new contracts until September 30, 2023. Any forward contract entered prior to the September 30, 2023, deadline is subject to a September 30, 2026, expiration date.
Almonds Grown in California; Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-03075
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-22
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 an extension for and revision to a currently approved information collection for Almonds Grown in California, Marketing Order No. 981.
Mango Promotion, Research and Information Order; Amendment To Include Frozen Mangos
Document Number: 2019-02859
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule amends the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a fresh mango national research and promotion program to include frozen mangos as a covered commodity under the Mango Promotion, Research and Information Order. The importers of frozen mangos will be assessed one cent ($0.01) per pound on frozen mangos. Also, the National Mango Board's (Board) membership will be expanded from 18 to 21 with the addition of two importers of frozen mangos and one foreign processor.
Mango Promotion, Research and Information Order; Referendum on Inclusion of Frozen Mangos
Document Number: 2019-02851
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-02-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible first handlers and importers of mangos to determine whether they favor the inclusion of frozen mangos as a covered commodity under the Mango Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order).
Processed Raspberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Termination of Assessments
Document Number: 2019-02775
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-20
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule removes the requirement in the Processed Raspberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order) that each eligible producer of raspberries for processing and eligible importer of processed raspberries pay to the National Processed Raspberry Council (Council) an assessment in the amount of one cent per pound as specified in the Order. The remaining provisions of the Order and regulations issued thereunder will terminated at a later date. This action is necessary because termination of the Order was favored by a majority of the eligible producers and eligible importers voting in a referendum conducted from September 10 through October 5, 2018.
Notice of Request for Renewal of a Recordkeeping Burden
Document Number: 2019-02700
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-20
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 for renewal a recordkeeping burden for the information collection for the Export Fruit Acts covering exports of apples and grapes.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Southeastern States; Termination of Marketing Order 953
Document Number: 2019-02581
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-19
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule terminates the Federal marketing order regulating the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Southeastern states (Order). The Order has been suspended, at the industry's recommendation, since 2011. Because the industry has not petitioned to have the Order reactivated in accordance with the terms of the suspension, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is terminating the Order.
National Organic Program; Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances for April 2018 NOSB Recommendations (Crops and Handling)
Document Number: 2019-02518
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-02-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) section of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). This rule proposes to add elemental sulfur for use as a molluscicide in organic crop production, add polyoxin D zinc salt to control fungal diseases in organic crop production, and reclassify magnesium chloride from an allowed synthetic to an allowed nonsynthetic ingredient in organic handling.