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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.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on General Principles
Document Number: 2019-02747
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The U.S Codex Office is sponsoring a public meeting on February 25, 2019. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) positions to be discussed at the 31st Session of the Codex Committee on General Principles (CCGP) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, in Bordeaux, France, March 11-15, 2019. The U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius and the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 31st Session of the CCGP and to address items on the agenda.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling
Document Number: 2019-02746
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The U.S Codex Office is sponsoring a public meeting on May 6, 2019. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) positions to be discussed at the 40th Session of the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis (CCMAS) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, in Budapest, Hungary, May 27-31 2019. The U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius and the Under Secretary, Office of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 40th Session of the CCMAS and to address items on the agenda.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods
Document Number: 2019-02743
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The U.S Codex Office is sponsoring a public meeting on April 1, 2019. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) positions to be discussed at the 13th Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, April 29-May 3, 2019. The U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius and the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 13th Session of the CCCF and to address items on the agenda.
Lick Creek Watershed, Russell, Dickenson and Wise Counties, Virginia
Document Number: 2019-02701
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS gives notice of the deauthorization of Federal funding for the Lick Creek Watershed project, Russell, Dickenson and Wise Counties, Virginia.
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.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-02594
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture
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.
Notice of Request for Reinstatement of an Information Collection; National Animal Health Reporting System
Document Number: 2019-02580
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request the reinstatement of an information collection associated with the National Animal Health Reporting System.
Notice of Request for Reinstatement of an Information Collection; Permanent, Privately Owned Horse Quarantine Facilities
Document Number: 2019-02579
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request the reinstatement of an information collection associated with regulations for permanent, privately owned horse quarantine facilities.
Notice of Request for Reinstatement of an Information Collection; APHIS Student Outreach Program
Document Number: 2019-02578
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request the reinstatement of an information collection associated with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Student Outreach Program.
Taking Administrative Actions Pending Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Processing
Document Number: 2019-02577
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-02-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) seeks to prevent firms authorized to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or the Program) from delaying administrative actions, such as disqualification or civil money penalties, through submission of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests or appeals. As such, FNS is proposing that FOIA requests and FOIA appeals be processed separately from administrative actions FNS takes against retail food stores. This proposed rule would ensure that retail food stores can no longer use the FOIA process to delay FNS' administrative actions to sanction a retail food store for SNAP violations.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Eligibility, Certification, and Employment and Training Provisions of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008
Document Number: 2019-02551
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This final rule amends the SNAP regulations to update procedures for accessing SNAP benefits in drug addiction or alcoholic treatment centers (DAA treatment centers) and group living arrangements (GLAs) through electronic benefit transfer (EBT). The final rule implements the changes indicated in the proposed rule, but never finalized, regarding accessing SNAP benefits in these centers, but does not incorporate any of the substantive changes in the interim final rule regarding how benefits are returned to clients departing these centers due to adverse comments received on the interim final rule. This final rule also implements provisions of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 regarding nomenclature changes to reflect the electronic issuance of benefits through EBT at these centers. RIN 0584- AE54 is a continuation of the prior rulemakings published under RIN 0584-AD87.
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.
Olives Grown in California; Establish Procedures To Meet Via Electronic Communications
Document Number: 2019-02517
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the California Olive Committee (Committee) to establish procedures to conduct meetings and voting using electronic means of communication.
Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for the 2019-2020 Marketing Year
Document Number: 2019-02514
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-02-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule invites comments on a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to establish salable quantities and producer allotments of Class 1 (Scotch) and Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil produced in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and designated parts of Nevada and Utah (the Far West) for the 2019-2020 marketing year. This proposed rule would also remove references to past volume regulation no longer in effect.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-02457
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Availability of the Bog Creek Road Project Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Records of Decision
Document Number: 2019-02282
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) Idaho Panhandle National Forests (IPNF) announce the availability of the Bog Creek Road Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the agencies' respective Draft Records of Decision (ROD). The Final EIS identifies and assesses potential impacts upon the environment of: Repairing and maintaining an approximately 5.6-mile section of the existing Bog Creek Road, which is located in the Selkirk Mountains in Boundary County, Idaho, within approximately two miles of the Canadian border, on land within the Blue-Grass Bear Management Unit (BMU) that is managed by the Forest Service; and closing for motorized use additional roads within the Blue-Grass BMU to comply with the Forest Plan Amendments for Motorized Access Management within the Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones (Access Amendment) and to reduce road density in the Blue-Grass BMU. The CBP Draft ROD addresses the decision to approve the funding for and implement the repair and maintenance of the Bog Creek Road. The Forest Service Draft ROD addresses the decisions to: Approve CBP's repair and maintenance of Bog Creek Road for administrative use by CBP, the Forest Service, and others; implement the motorized closure of seasonally restricted Forest Service roads to establish grizzly bear core area habitat and meet Access Amendment standards for the Blue- Grass BMU; and implement changes in the seasonally restricted designation of roads in the Blue- Grass BMU. This document provides instructions for filing objections to the Forest Service's Draft ROD.
2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session
Document Number: 2019-02360
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Risk Management Agency
In preparing to implement the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill), we are hosting a listening session for initial public input about new programs and changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Risk Management Agency (RMA). The 2018 Farm Bill is intended to provide support, certainty, and stability to our Nation's farmers, ranchers, and land stewards by enhancing farm support programs, improving crop insurance, maintaining disaster programs, and promoting and supporting voluntary conservation. We invite you to participate in the listening session. The listening session is open to the public.
Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households Program (SEARCH)
Document Number: 2019-02106
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
On June 24, 2010, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) issued a final rule to establish the regulation for the Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households Program (SEARCH) as authorized by Section 306(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (CONACT). Following final implementation of this final rule, RUS found that the wording for the definition of a rural area is inconsistent with the statute. This document corrects the final regulation.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-02104
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Extension of Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-02047
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Rural Housing Service (RHS) invites comments on this information collection for the Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) Program, which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested.
Extension of Public Comment Period for Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Cardinal-Hickory Creek 345-kv Transmission Line Project
Document Number: 2019-01930
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
A notice of availability, public meetings, and Section 106 notification was published in the Federal Register by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) on December 7, 2018 (83 FR 63149) for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek 345-kV Transmission Line Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Meetings were scheduled for January 2019 and the public review period was to conclude on February 5, 2019. Due to the lapse in federal funding, this notice announces an extension of the public comment period to April 1, 2019. Additionally, previously scheduled Draft EIS public comment meetings in January 2019 were also cancelled and will be rescheduled, once RUS receives full funding for FY 2019.
Notice of Request for Extension of Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-01829
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Development's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program, Environmental Policies and Procedures.
Information Collection Request for Volunteer Program-Earth Team
Document Number: 2019-01811
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension and a revision of a currently approved information collection associated with Volunteer ProgramEarth Team. The Volunteer Interest and Placement Summary and the Timesheet forms are used by the respondents. The information NRCS collects on the forms is used to match the skills of individuals, who are 14 years of age or older and interested in volunteering for opportunities that will further NRCS's mission.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-01801
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order; Reallocation of Council Membership
Document Number: 2019-01727
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-02-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposal invites comments on reallocating the membership of the Mushroom Council (Council) under the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national research and promotion program for mushrooms. This action 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. The number of Council members would be revised 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Annual State Report on Verification of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation
Document Number: 2019-01726
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This is an extension, without change, of a currently approved information collection request (ICR). In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on the proposed information collection for the Annual State Report of Verification of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation. The purpose of the Annual State Report of Verification of SNAP Participants is to ensure that no person who is deceased, or has been permanently disqualified from SNAP, improperly received SNAP benefits for the fiscal year preceding the report submission. Section 4032 of the Agriculture Act of 2014 is the basis for this collection. Section 4032 mandates that States will ``submit to the Secretary a report containing sufficient information for the Secretary to determine whether the State agency has, for the most recently concluded fiscal year preceding that annual date, verified that the State agency in that fiscal year(1) did not issue benefits to a deceased individual; and (2) did not issue benefits to an individual who had been permanently disqualified from receiving benefits.'' An email from each State agency to the corresponding Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Regional SNAP Program Director containing the answers to the above questions will be used as the mechanism for State agencies to report their compliance with Sec. 4032 of the Agriculture Act of 2014.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-01709
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-01615
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board
Document Number: 2019-01439
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board (Board) will meet in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Board is established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974, the National Forest Management Act of 1976, and the Federal Public Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Additional information concerning the Board, including the meeting summary/minutes, can be found by visiting the Board's website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/blackhills/workingtogether/ advisorycommittees.
Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Low Loan-to-Cost Ratio
Document Number: 2019-01350
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service announces the low loan-to-cost ratio required for loans guaranteed under Option Three (Continuous Guarantee) of the Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP). The low loan- to-cost ratio is defined as a maximum of 70 percent in order for a loan to be eligible for a single continuous guarantee for construction and permanent loans. The Rural Housing Service is not modifying the lease- up reserves or percent of guarantee previously established for this program.
Eliminating Unnecessary Requirements for Hog Carcass Cleaning
Document Number: 2019-01345
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is amending the Federal meat inspection regulations by removing the provision requiring the cleaning of hog carcasses before any incision is made preceding evisceration. Other regulations require carcass cleaning, the maintenance of sanitary conditions, and the prevention of hazards reasonably likely to occur in the slaughter process. Removal of this unnecessary provision will enable official establishments to adopt more efficient, effective procedures under other regulations to ensure that carcasses and parts are free of contamination.
Subpart Nomenclature Change
Document Number: 2019-01142
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
This rule contains formatting changes to subpart references to bring the headings into conformance with the Office of Federal Register requirements. In addition, we are updating authority citations and making minor editorial changes to the regulations.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-01305
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 2019-01226
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-06
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, intends to grant to Golden Valley Organics, Inc. dba BioWest Ag Solutions of Nampa, Idaho, an exclusive license to U.S. Patent No. 9,578,884, ``PSEUDOMONAS SPECIES HAVING WEED-SUPPRESSIVE ACTIVITY AND BENIGN SOIL SURVIVAL TRAITS FOR ANNUAL GRASS WEED MANAGEMENT'', issued on February 28, 2017.
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 2019-01220
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-06
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, intends to grant to Oregon State University of Corvallis, Oregon, an exclusive license to the variety of blackberry described in U.S. Plant Patent Application Serial No. 15/998,301, ``BLACKBERRY PLANT NAMED `TWILIGHT''', filed on August 2, 2018.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-01197
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Special Need Requests Under the Plant Protection Act
Document Number: 2019-01153
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to request an extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations to allow States to impose prohibitions or restrictions on specific articles in addition to those required by APHIS to help protect against the introduction and establishment of plant pests.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-01148
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Reinstatement of an Information Collection; Standards for Privately Owned Quarantine Facilities for Ruminants
Document Number: 2019-01145
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request a reinstatement of an information collection associated with the regulations for privately owned quarantine facilities for ruminants.
Notice of Request for Reinstatement of an Information Collection; Federal Plant Pest and Noxious Weeds Regulations
Document Number: 2019-01144
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request the reinstatement of an information collection associated with the Federal plant pest and noxious weeds regulations.
Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Pummelos Grown in Florida; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2019-01141
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2018-19 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2019-01139
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Raisin Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2018-19 and subsequent crop years. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Information Collection Request; Direct Loan Making
Document Number: 2019-01071
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on a revision and an extension of a currently approved information collection associated with Direct Loan Making Program. The collected information is used in eligibility and feasibility determinations on farm loan applications.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-01066
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-01058
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-01054
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-01040
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Amendments to the Regulations Governing Meats, Prepared Meats, and Meat Products (Grading, Certification, and Standards)
Document Number: 2019-00869
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-02-05
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to amend its regulations to update a number of outdated administrative and organizational references, clarify agency action as it relates to the withdrawal or denial of service, update the official shields and grademarks associated with the grading service, and make reference to the use of instrument grading equipment as a means of determining official grades on beef and lamb carcasses.