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Branding Requirements for Bovines Imported Into the United States From Mexico
Document Number: 2018-27150
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-12-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the regulations regarding the branding of bovines imported into the United States from Mexico. We are taking this action at the request of the Government of Mexico to address issues that have arisen with the branding requirement for these bovines. These changes will help prevent inconsistencies in branding that can result in bovines being rejected for import into the United States.
Sweet Onions Grown in the Walla Walla Valley of Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon; Proposed Amendments to Marketing Order 956 and Referendum Order
Document Number: 2018-27143
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-12-14
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document proposes amendments to Marketing Order No. 956, which regulates the handling of sweet onions grown in the Walla Walla Valley of Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon. The Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee (Committee) recommended changing the Committee's size, quorum, and voting requirements. The Committee also recommended changing the term of office and staggered term limits so that the term of office for producers and handlers would be two fiscal periods instead of three fiscal periods, and one-half instead of one- third of the producer and handler member terms would expire every year.
Designation for the Georgia Area Consisting of the Entire State of Georgia
Document Number: 2018-27142
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-14
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the designation of D.R. Schaal Agency, Inc. (Schaal) to provide official services under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), as amended. The realignment of offices within the U.S. Department of Agriculture authorized by the Secretary's Memorandum dated November 14, 2017, eliminates the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) as a standalone agency. The grain inspection activities formerly part of GIPSA are now organized under AMS.
Meeting of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2018-27141
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-14
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.
Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Change in Committee Structure for Processed Pears
Document Number: 2018-27140
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-12-14
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule invites comments on a recommendation from the Processed Pear Committee (Committee) to change the Committee's membership structure. This action would remove the second alternate member position from the Committee structure, leaving ten member positions and one alternate position for each respective member.
Solicitation of Nominations for Members of the USDA Grain Inspection Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2018-27139
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-14
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). Recommendations by the Advisory Committee help AMS better meet the needs of its customers who operate in a dynamic and changing marketplace. The realignment of offices within the U.S. Department of Agriculture authorized by the Secretary's Memorandum dated November 14, 2017, eliminates the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration (GIPSA) as a standalone agency. The grain inspection activities formerly part of GIPSA are now organized under AMS.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-27097
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Changes to the National Poultry Improvement Plan Program Standards
Document Number: 2018-27068
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are updating the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Program Standards. In a previous notice, we made available to the public for review and comment proposed changes to the NPIP Program Standards pertaining to the compartmentalization of primary poultry breeding establishments and approval of compartment components such as farms, feedmills, hatcheries, and egg depots. These changes will be added to the NPIP Program Standards.
Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Fresh Guava Fruit From Taiwan Into the Continental United States
Document Number: 2018-27053
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that we have prepared a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with importation of fresh guava fruit from Taiwan into the continental United States. Based on the analysis, we have determined that the application of one or more phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of fresh guava fruit from Taiwan. We are making the pest risk analysis available to the public for review and comment.
Broadband Pilot Program
Document Number: 2018-27038
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces its general policy and application procedures for funding under the broadband pilot program established pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 which provides loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas. In facilitating the expansion of broadband services and infrastructure, the pilot will fuel long-term rural economic development and opportunities in rural America. One of those opportunities is precision agriculture. The use of this technology requires a robust broadband connection. The awards made under this program will bring high speed broadband to the farms which will allow them to increase productivity. Please note that the application process is designed so that an applicant must demonstrate financial and technical feasibility of the project and the entire operation of the applicant. Applicants that do not demonstrate financial or technical feasibility will not be considered for an award.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-27012
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-27011
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Proposed New Fee Site; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act
Document Number: 2018-26987
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest is proposing to implement a new fee at the newly acquired AT&T cabin with a proposed fee of $45 per night. This fee is only proposed and will be determined upon further analysis and public comment.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-26970
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2018-26930
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-13
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces AMS's intention to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve a 3-year extension and revision to a currently approved information collection; a voluntary customer survey concerning the delivery of official inspection, grading, and weighing services authorized under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) and the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA). OMB approved this information collection as OMB 0580-0018 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 grain inspection activities formerly part of GIPSA are now under the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and assigned a new OMB control number of 0581-0310. This voluntary survey gives customers who are primarily in the grain, oilseed, rice, lentil, dry pea, edible bean, and related agricultural commodity markets an opportunity to provide feedback on the quality of services they receive and provides AMS with information on new services that customers wish to receive. Customer feedback assists Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) with enhancing the value of services and service delivery provided by the official inspection, grading, and weighing system.
Notice of Request for Reinstatement of Approval of an Information Collection; Cooperative State-Federal Brucellosis Eradication Program
Document Number: 2018-26862
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-12
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 approval of an information collection associated with the Cooperative State-Federal Brucellosis Eradication Program.
Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements
Document Number: 2018-26762
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-12-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This final rule will codify, with some extensions, three menu planning flexibilities temporarily established by the interim final rule of the same title published November 30, 2017. First, it will broaden the milk options in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program by allowing local operators to permanently offer flavored, low-fat milk. For consistency across nutrition programs, it will also allow flavored, low-fat milk in the Special Milk Program for Children and in the Child and Adult Care Food Program for participants ages 6 and older. Second, this final rule will require that half of the weekly grains in the school lunch and breakfast menu be whole grain-rich, thus ending the need for the exemption process. Third, it will provide schools in the lunch and breakfast programs more time for gradual sodium reduction by retaining Sodium Target 1 through the end of school year (SY) 2023- 2024, continuing to Target 2 in SY 2024-2025, and eliminating the Final Target that would have gone into effect in SY 2022-2023. By codifying these changes, USDA acknowledges the persistent menu planning challenges experienced by some schools, and affirms its commitment to give schools more control over food service decisions and greater ability to offer wholesome and appealing meals that reflect local preferences.
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, Idaho; Moose Creek Project
Document Number: 2018-26695
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is withdrawing the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Moose Creek Project.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2018-26658
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Cold Storage Survey. Revisions to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target population and the estimated average burden minutes to compete each questionnaire. The questionnaires have had some minor modifications to accommodate changes in the products stored by the industry, and to make the questionnaires easier to complete. The target population of cold storage operators (both mandatory and voluntary samples) will be contacted for this data on a monthly basis. The capacity survey is conducted once every other year of all operations with refrigerated storage capacity.
Notice of Intent To Request To Conduct a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2018-26657
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to seek approval to conduct a new information collection for surveys funded by NASS's many cooperators (Federal agencies, State governments, land grant universities, and other organizations). Results from these surveys are important for the cooperators in carrying out their missions, as well as of general interest to the agricultural community. This generic clearance will allow NASS to conduct surveys in a timely manner for the cooperating institutions providing funding for the surveys.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Fresh Peppers From Ecuador Into the United States
Document Number: 2018-26638
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-10
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 revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of fresh peppers from Ecuador into the continental United States.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-26610
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Forage Seeding Crop Insurance Provisions
Document Number: 2018-26559
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-12-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Forage Seeding Crop Insurance Provisions (Crop Provisions). The intended effect of this action is to update existing policy provisions and definitions to better reflect current agricultural practices and allow for variations in insurance provisions based on regionally-specific agronomic conditions and potential future expansions. The changes are to be effective for the 2020 and succeeding crop years.
Cardinal-Hickory Creek 345-kV Transmission Line Project
Document Number: 2018-26558
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
Notice is hereby given that the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to meet its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and environmental policies and procedures related to providing financial assistance to Dairyland Power Cooperative (DPC). Further, in accordance with section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and pursuant to the regulations participation in the section 106 process and coordination with the National Environmental Policy Act, RUS is using its procedures for public involvement under NEPA to meet its responsibilities to solicit and consider the views of the public during the section 106 review for the proposed project. RUS would be providing financial assistance to DPC for its share in the construction of a proposed 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission line and associated infrastructure connecting the Hickory Creek Substation in Dubuque County, Iowa, with the Cardinal Substation in the Town of Middleton, Wisconsin (near Madison, Wisconsin). The Project also includes a new intermediate 345/138-kV substation near the Village of Montfort in either Grant County or Iowa County, Wisconsin. The total length of the 345- kV transmission lines associated with the proposed project will be approximately 125 miles. DPC and the other project participants have identified proposed and alternate segments and locations for transmission lines and associated facilities and for the intermediate substation. Dairyland Power Cooperative is requesting RUS to provide financing for its portion of the proposed project. DPC is participating in the proposed project with two other utilities, American Transmission Company LLC, and ITC Midwest LLC (Utilities). The purpose of the proposed project is to: Address reliability issues on the regional bulk transmission system, alleviate congestion that occurs in certain parts of the transmission system and remove constraints that limit the delivery of power, expand the access of the transmission system to additional resources, increase the transfer capability of the electrical system between Iowa and Wisconsin, reduce the losses in transferring power and increase the efficiency of the transmission system, and respond to public policy objectives aimed at enhancing the nation's transmission system and to support the changing generation mix. A more detailed explanation of the purpose and need for the project can be found in the Draft EIS.
Uniform Compliance Date for Food Labeling Regulations
Document Number: 2018-26526
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-12-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is establishing January 1, 2022, as the uniform compliance date for new meat and poultry product labeling regulations that will be issued between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020. FSIS periodically announces uniform compliance dates for new meat and poultry product labeling regulations to minimize the economic impact of label changes.
Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation
Document Number: 2018-26521
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-12-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing an interim rule for the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation Compliance provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended. This rulemaking clarifies how USDA delineates, determines, and certifies wetlands located on subject land in a manner sufficient for making determinations of ineligibility for certain USDA program benefits. USDA is seeking comments from the public about these clarifications that will be considered prior to issuing a final rule.
Information Collection Request; Request for Special Priorities Assistance
Document Number: 2018-26505
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension of a currently approved information collection request associated with the Request for Special Priorities Assistance. The information collection established by the Agriculture Priorities and Allocations System (APAS) regulation is necessary for the program applicant (person) to request prioritizing of a contract above all other contracts. The purpose of the priority rating is to obtain item(s) in support of national defense programs that they are not able to obtain in time through normal market channels.
Information Collection Request; Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act Report
Document Number: 2018-26504
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension of a currently approved information collection request associated with the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) of 1978.
Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: 2018-26255
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture
This notice announces the members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and Senior Level (SL) and Scientific or Professional (ST) Performance Review Board. Agriculture has two PRBs that are represented by each Mission Area. The PRB is comprised of a Chairperson and a mix of career and noncareer senior executives and senior professionals that meet annually to review and evaluate performance appraisal documents and provides a written recommendation to the Secretary for final approval of each executive's performance rating, performance-based pay adjustment, and performance award.
Notice of Request for Approval of a Renewal Information Collection
Document Number: 2018-26496
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Chief Financial Officer
This notice announces the intention of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer to request the renewal of a currently approved information collection (OMB No. 0505-0025) associated with Representations Regarding Felony Conviction and Tax Delinquent Status For Corporate Applicants and Assurance Regarding Felony Conviction or Tax Delinquent Status For Corporate Applicants.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-26435
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business- Cooperative Service's (RBS) invites comments on this information collection of the Intermediary Relending Program (IRP), for which the Agency intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Notice of Request for Reinstatement of Approval of an Information Collection; National Management Information System
Document Number: 2018-26434
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-06
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 approval of an information collection associated with the national management information system for cooperative wildlife damage management programs.
Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Decreased Assessment Rate for Processed Pears
Document Number: 2018-26311
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-12-04
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule implements a recommendation from the Processed Pear Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for ``summer/fall'' varieties of pears for canning for the 2018-2019 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Notice of Request for Extension of Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2018-26184
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Business-Cooperative Service's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for the Agriculture Innovation Demonstration Center.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Federal-State Supplemental Nutrition Programs Agreement (Form FNS-339)
Document Number: 2018-26128
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. The proposed information collection is a request for a revision of a currently approved collection of information relating to the reporting burden associated with completing and submitting form FNS-339, the Federal-State Supplemental Nutrition Programs Agreement for the administration of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP); and/or the Seniors Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).
Environmental Impact Statement; Cattle Fever Tick Control Barrier in South Texas: Record of Decision
Document Number: 2018-26068
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
This notice advises the public of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's record of decision for the final environmental impact statement titled ``Cattle Fever Tick Eradication ProgramTick Control Barrier: Maverick, Starr, Webb, and Zapata Counties, Texas.''
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-26036
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-26027
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-25966
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-25957
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Revision of Delegations of Authority
Document Number: 2018-25443
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-11-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
The Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to delegate functions, powers, and duties as the Secretary deems appropriate. This document amends the existing delegations of authority by adding and modifying certain delegations, as explained in the Supplementary Information section below.
``Buy American'' Requirement
Document Number: 2018-25815
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-11-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a Rural Development Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter referred to as RUS or the Agency, is issuing a final rule to amend its regulations to address its ``Buy American'' requirement. This will codify long-standing RUS requirements which Agency borrowers have been required to follow pursuant to statute, bulletin, and contract as early as the 1950s. RUS will rescind Bulletin 43-9:344-3, `` `Buy American' Requirement,'' when this regulation becomes effective.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-25625
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-25623
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-25615
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board
Document Number: 2018-25572
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-11-26
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).
Rural Development Environmental Regulation for Rural Infrastructure Projects
Document Number: 2018-25523
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-11-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD), comprised of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS), hereafter referred to as the Agency, is issuing a direct final rule to update the Agency's Environmental Policies and Procedures regulation (7 CFR 1970) to allow the Agency Administrators limited flexibility to obligate federal funds for infrastructure projects prior to completion of the environmental review while ensuring full compliance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures prior to project construction and disbursement of any RD funding. This change will allow RD to more fully meet the Administration's goals to speed the initiation of infrastructure projects and encourage planned community economic development without additional cost to taxpayers or change to environmental review requirements.
Rural Development Environmental Regulation for Rural Infrastructure Projects
Document Number: 2018-25522
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-11-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD), comprised of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS), hereafter referred to as the Agency, proposes amending the Agency's Environmental Policies and Procedures regulation to allow the Agency Administrators limited flexibility to obligate federal funds for infrastructure projects prior to completion of the environmental review while ensuring full compliance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures prior to project construction and disbursement of funding. The proposed change will allow RD to more fully meet the Administration's goals to speed the initiation of infrastructure projects and encourage planned community economic development without additional cost to taxpayers or change to environmental review requirements.
Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Dairy Syncline Mine and Reclamation Plan, Caribou County, Idaho
Document Number: 2018-25509
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the Federal Land Policy Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service (USFS) Caribou-Targhee National Forest, have prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Dairy Syncline Phosphate Mine Project (Project), and by this Notice announce the opening of the comment period.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-25499
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture