Storage, Handling, and Ginning Requirements for Cotton Marketing Assistance Loan Collateral
This rule amends regulations governing the cotton Marketing Assistance Loan Program of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). The changes provide that bales of upland cotton pledged as collateral for CCC loans may be stored outside at warehouses approved by CCC subject to special storage, protection, receipting, and reporting requirements and loss of any applicable storage credits for the period stored outside. Second, the rule provides that producers or their agents may transfer cotton loan collateral to another approved location. Third, the rule provides limits on the amount of storage credits provided to producers when an upland cotton marketing assistance loan is repaid. Fourth, the rule requires ginned cotton to meet the definition of good condition and not be wet cotton in order to be eligible for a CCC loan. Fifth, this rule requires any unpaid warehouse compression charges to be billed to producers on loan cotton collateral that is delivered to CCC in satisfaction of the loan obligation. Sixth, this rule defines a minimum acceptable shipping standard for cotton warehouses. This rule also corrects and clarifies the Marketing Assistance Loan (MAL) and Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) Program regulations of CCC regarding loss of beneficial interest in commodities delivered to certain facilities engaged in storing and handling commodities under those programs.
Warehouse Rates for Peanuts Pledged as Collateral for a Marketing Assistance Loan
This notice advises warehouse operators operating under a Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Peanut Storage Agreement of the storage and handling rates applicable to the 2006 crop of peanuts.
Storage Requirements for Grain Security for Marketing Assistance Loans
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is reopening and extending the comment period for the subject proposed rule. The original comment period for the proposed rule closed August 2, 2006, and CCC is reopening and extending it for 60 days from the date of this notice. CCC also will consider any comments received from August 2, 2006, to the date of this notice. This action responds to requests from the public to provide more time to comment on the proposed rule.
Information Collection; Rate Quotation for Transportation Services
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Commodity Credit Corporation is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension with revision of a currently approved information collection associated with Rate Quotation for Transportation Services. The CCC is collecting freight rate quotes from the participating Motor Carriers and Intermodal Marketing Companies who transport agricultural products for the Department of Agriculture and using the collected freight rate quotes to establish the lowest cost of movement to meet the transportation needs of CCC.
Quality Samples Program
This proposed rule would establish regulations applicable to the Quality Samples Program (QSP). The proposed regulations set forth details concerning program administration, including participant eligibility, application requirements, review and allocation process, reimbursement rules and procedures, and program controls.