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Revisions to the Federal Seed Act Regulations
Document Number: 2020-00400
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites comments on proposed revisions to regulations that implement the Federal Seed Act (FSA). The proposals include revisions to seed labeling, testing, and certification requirements. The proposed revisions would add certain seed species to the lists of covered kinds of seed and update the lists to reflect current scientific nomenclature; update regulations related to seed quality, germination and purity standards, and acceptable seed testing methods; and update seed certification and recertification requirements, including new eligibility standards and the recognition of current breeding techniques. AMS intends to align FSA regulations with current industry practices, harmonize FSA testing methods with industry standards, and clarify confusing or contradictory language in the existing regulations. AMS expects the proposed revisions to reduce trade burden associated with interstate seed commerce and encourage compliance with State and Federal laws.
Beef Promotion and Research Rules and Regulations
Document Number: C1-2019-28058
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2020-01159
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-24
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 Agricultural Surveys Program. Revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-01146
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Proposed New Fee Sites
Document Number: 2020-01117
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Bridger-Teton National Forest is proposing to add two campgrounds and one guard station as fee sites. The campgrounds are currently in use by the public but had improvements made in the past years that justify a standard amenity fee. The proposed rental cabin is not open to the public currently, but would provide a recreation opportunity that is not currently offered in the area. A review of visitor use data and fee collection information for existing fee campgrounds and rental cabins on the Forest demonstrate public need and demand for the variety of recreation opportunities these facilities provide.
Approval of Laboratories To Conduct Official Testing; Consolidation of Regulations
Document Number: 2020-01114
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are consolidating the regulations governing diagnostic laboratory approval authorities for select animal diseases into a single regulation and establishing a set of standard procedures that we will use to conduct future diagnostic laboratory approvals. These consolidated regulations will provide for consistent inspection protocols, proficiency testing methods, quality system guidelines, and definitions and will facilitate the approval of additional laboratories in emergency situations. The consolidated regulations will serve to simplify regulatory oversight and compliance.
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
Document Number: 2020-01066
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
On January 6, 2020, CCC and NRCS published an interim rule in the Federal Register that made changes to the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) regulations. This correction is being published to address minor errors in the preamble portion of the ACEP interim rule published on January 6, 2020. There are no changes to the ACEP regulations as published on January 6, 2020. CCC and NRCS are also extending the comment period and asking for public input on additional specific questions.
Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders on the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program-FRTEP
Document Number: 2020-01021
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
On December 23, 2019, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) published a notice to request written stakeholder input on the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP). The document contained an incorrect email address for the agency point of contact. This document provides a correct email address. Comments on the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program must still be received by the agency on or before February 15, 2020 to be assured of consideration.
National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard; Validation of Refining Processes
Document Number: 2020-01019
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given that the comment period for a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on December 17, 2019, is reopened. The document invited comments on draft instructions for validation of refining processes as it pertains to the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (Standard).
Simplifying Meal Service and Monitoring Requirements in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
Document Number: 2020-00926
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This rulemaking proposes changes to simplify meal pattern and monitoring requirements in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The proposed changes, including optional flexibilities, are customer-focused and intended to help State and local Program operators overcome operational challenges that limit their ability to manage these Programs efficiently. In the National School Lunch Program, the proposed rule would add flexibility to the existing vegetable subgroups requirement. In the School Breakfast Program, the proposed rule would make it easier for menu planners to offer meats/meat alternates and grains interchangeably (without offering a minimum grains requirement daily), and would allow schools to offer \1/2\ cup of fruit in breakfasts served outside the cafeteria to reduce food waste. Other proposed changes would make it easier for local Program operators to plan menus for different age/grade groups, and expand the entr[eacute]e exemption service timeframe for competitive foods. To improve efficiency in Program monitoring, the proposed rule also would ease several administrative review requirements, including the review cycle. The monitoring changes aim to decrease the burden associated with administrative reviews while rewarding program integrity initiatives at the State and local levels. This rule also proposes to make updates, clarifications, and technical corrections throughout other parts of its regulations. Implementation of the wide range of proposed changes and flexibilities is expected to simplify operational requirements, increase efficiency, and make it easier for State and local Program operators to feed children.
Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
Document Number: 2020-00919
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This rulemaking proposes to amend the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) regulations to strengthen program integrity by codifying in regulations changes that have been tested through policy guidance and by streamlining requirements among Child Nutrition Programs. These changes update important definitions, simplify the application process, enhance monitoring requirements, and provide more discretion at the State agency level to manage program operations. The intended effect of this rulemaking is to clarify, simplify, and streamline program administration in order to facilitate compliance with program requirements.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-00943
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2020-00769
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Office of Safety, Security and Protection's (OSSP) intention to request an extension for and revision to a currently approved information collection for US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Request for Credential, the USDA Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) program. HSPD-12 establishes a mandatory, Government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification (credentials) issued by the Federal Government to its Federal Employees, Non-Federal employees and contractors. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandated that these credentials be issued to all Federal Government employees, contractors, and other applicable individuals who require long-term access to federally controlled facilities and/or information systems. The HSPD-12 compliant program is jointly owned and administered by the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and OSSP.
Walnuts Grown in California; Stays of Reserve Obligation and Its Requirements
Document Number: 2020-00399
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the California Walnut Board (Board) to stay the reserve obligation and its requirements currently prescribed under the Federal marketing order for walnuts grown in California. The proposed rule would also make conforming changes to remove references to the reserve obligation and its requirements.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals and Free Milk
Document Number: 2020-00908
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-21
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 information collection. This collection is a revision of a currently approved collection for determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals and free milk as stated in FNS regulations. These Federal requirements affect eligibility under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and the Special Milk Program and are also applicable to the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program when individual eligibility must be established. The eligibility burden of the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program is reported in information collections under OMB Control Numbers 0584-0055 and 0584-0280, respectfully. The proposed collection reports the eligibility burden of National School Lunch Program; the School Breakfast Program; and the Special Milk Program. Previous information collection reviews unintentionally omitted the burden hours associated with the Special Milk Program's eligibility criteria, and some revisions being requested are due to the addition of the Special Milk Program. The current approval for the information collection burden associated with the eligibility requirements expires on March 31, 2020.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2020-00722
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-17
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 which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested. The intention is to request a revision for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for Community Facility Loans.
Equal Opportunity for Religious Organizations in U.S. Department of Agriculture Programs: Implementation of Executive Order 13831
Document Number: 2019-28541
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
The rule proposes to amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA or Department) regulation that covers equal opportunity for participation of faith-based organizations in USDA programs and to implement Executive Order 13831 (Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative). Among other changes, this rule proposes changes to provide clarity about the rights and obligations of faith- based organizations participating in Department programs, clarify the Department's guidance documents for financial assistance in regard to faith-based organizations, and eliminate certain requirements for faith-based organizations that no longer reflect executive branch guidance. This proposed rulemaking is intended to ensure that the Department's social service programs are implemented in a manner consistent with the requirements of federal law, including the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) 42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq.
Forest Service Handbook 1109.12; Directive System Handbook; Providing Notice and Opportunity To Comment on Forest Service Directives
Document Number: 2020-00668
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Forest Service (Forest Service), is issuing proposed directives on providing notice and opportunity to comment on Forest Service directives. The proposed directives would implement recently revised Forest Service regulations governing public notice and comment on Forest Service directives.
Public Notice and Comment for Forest Service Directives
Document Number: 2020-00666
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is affirming the final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on March 30, 2018, with technical corrections. One of the technical corrections responds to comments received during the comment period for the final rule, and the other removes a phrase that does not apply.
User Fees for Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Services
Document Number: 2020-00659
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
On May 13, 2016, the Air Transport Association of America, Inc., and the International Air Transport Association filed suit against the United States Department of Agriculture, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP), the Secretary of Agriculture, the Administrator of APHIS, the Commissioner of CBP, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, claiming APHIS' 2015 final rule setting fee structures for its Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection (AQI) program (Docket No. APHIS-2013-0021, effective December 28, 2015) (2015 Final Rule) violated the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990 (FACT Act) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). In its March 28, 2018, Order, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia affirmed APHIS' cost methodology and the sufficiency of its data. Air Transport Ass'n of Am., Inc. v. U.S. Dep't of Agric., 303 F. Supp. 3d 28 (D.D.C. 2018). However, the Court held that in the rulemaking for the 2015 Final Rule, the ground upon which APHIS relied to justify setting fees at a level that enabled APHIS to maintain a reasonable balance in the AQI user fee account was an expired provision in the FACT Act. The Court remanded to APHIS the reserve portion of the 2015 Final Rule updating user fees for the AQI program. Accordingly, on April 26, 2019, APHIS published in the Federal Register a interpretative rule and request for comments, titled ``User Fees for Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Services'' (Docket No. APHIS-2013-0021) (the Interpretive Rule). The Interpretive Rule clarified the agency's statutory authority to collect a reserve fund in support of AQI inspection activities, including by citing unexpired provisions of the FACT Act as the basis for collecting and maintaining a reserve. The Interpretive Rule requested public comment related to the legal authority for the reserve component of the AQI User Fee Program. This document responds to comments received on the Interpretive Rule and finalizes that rule.
Privacy Act of 1974: New System of Records
Document Number: 2020-00658
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to add a system of records to its inventory of records systems. The system of records will cover information collected under the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program in AMS. This notice is necessary to meet the Privacy Act requirement that a Federal Register notice describing the existence and character of record systems to be maintained by the agency be published.
Lincoln Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-00650
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Lincoln Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Libby, Montana. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information can be found at the following website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/ specialprojects/racs.
Flathead Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2020-00649
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Flathead Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Kalispell, Montana. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. In June 2016, the National Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) charter enabled SRS RACs to provide recommendations on Forest Service recreation fee proposals; if the designated Units are not currently coordinating with another active Recreation RAC; the current charter states that upon request of the Designated Federal Officer (DFO), the SRS RAC may make recommendations regarding: a. The implementation of a new recreation fee at specific recreation fee site; b. The implementation of a fee increase at an existing recreation fee; c. The implementation or elimination of noncommercial, individual special recreation permit fees; d. The elimination of a recreation fee; and, e. The expansion or limitation of the recreation fee program. RAC information can be found at the following website: https:// www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/home.
The Nevada and Placer Counties Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-00620
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Nevada and Placer Counties Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet on February 6, 2020, in Nevada City, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (the Act) as reauthorized by Public Law 114-10 and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information can be found at the following website: https:// cloudapps-usda-gov.secure.force.com/FSSRS/ RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcwUAAS.
Mineral County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-00618
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Mineral County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Superior, MT. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information can be found at the following website: http://cloudapps-usda-gov.force.com/ FSSRS/RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcvCAAS.
Request for Information on a Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program
Document Number: 2020-00617
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The United States Department of Agriculture requests input from all interested parties on a Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). The Department Agency is exploring options to expand domestic ethanol and biodiesel availability and is seeking information on opportunities to consider infrastructure projects to facilitate increased sales of higher biofuel blends (E15/B20 or higher.) This effort will build on biofuels infrastructure investments and experience gained through the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). USDA administered BIP from 2016-2019 through state and private partners to expand the availability of E15 and E85 infrastructure to make available higher ethanol blends at retail gas stations around the country.
Codex Committee Meeting of the Codex Committee on General Principles
Document Number: 2020-00590
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The U.S Codex Office is sponsoring a public meeting on February 21, 2020. 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 32nd Session of the Codex Committee on General Principles (CCGP) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, in Bordeaux, France, March 23-27, 2020. 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 32nd Session of the CCGP and to address items on the agenda.
Boundary Establishment for Sipsey Fork of the West Fork National Wild and Scenic River, Bankhead National Forest, Lawrence and Winston Counties, Alabama
Document Number: 2020-00458
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with Section 3(b) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the USDA Forest Service, Washington Office, is transmitting the final boundary of the Sipsey Fork of the West Fork National Wild and Scenic River to Congress.
Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board
Document Number: 2020-00457
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
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 meeting agendas and meeting summary/minutes, can be found by visiting the Board's website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/blackhills/ workingtogether/advisorycommittees.
Boundary Establishment for Rio Chama National Wild and Scenic River, Santa Fe National Forest, Carson National Forest, and Bureau of Land Management Taos Field Office, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
Document Number: 2020-00456
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with Section 3(b) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the USDA Forest Service, Washington Office, is transmitting the final boundary of the Rio Chama National Wild and Scenic River to Congress.
Allegheny Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-00455
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Allegheny Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Warren, Pennsylvania. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information can be found at the following website: https:// www.fs.usda.gov/detail/allegheny/workingtogether/advisorycomm ittees/ ?cid=fseprd497392.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-00397
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-00377
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture
National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods; Renewal
Document Number: 2020-00337
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice is announcing the intention of the USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to renew the charter for the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). The purpose of NACMCF is to provide impartial, scientific advice, and peer reviews to Federal food safety agencies for use in the development of an integrated national food safety systems approach that assures the safety of domestic, imported, and exported foods.
Hood-Willamette Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-00302
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Hood-Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Keizer Oregon. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to review and make recommendations on Title II project proposals and on proposals for new recreation fees. Additional RAC information, including the meeting agenda and the meeting summary/minutes will be available at the following website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/willamette/ workingtogether/advisorycommittees.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-00282
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Undue and Unreasonable Preferences and Advantages Under the Packers and Stockyards Act
Document Number: 2020-00152
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-13
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Comments are invited on the proposed establishment of a new regulation under the Packers and Stockyards Act, which protects fair trade, financial integrity, and competitive marketing for livestock, meat, and poultry. The proposed regulation would specify criteria the Secretary of Agriculture would consider when determining whether an undue or unreasonable preference or advantage has occurred in violation of that Act. Establishment of these criteria is required by a provision of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill).
Market Access Program
Document Number: 2019-27965
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is revising the Market Access Program (MAP) regulations to eliminate the 5-year limit on participation by branded products in the program, as required in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, and to incorporate changes that conform the operation of the program to the requirements in the Uniform Guidance and Federal grant-making best practices.
Codex Committee Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Additives
Document Number: 2020-00162
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The U.S Codex Office is sponsoring a public meeting on January 21, 2020. 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 52nd Session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, in Lanzhou, China, March 2-6, 2020. 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 52nd Session of the CCFA and to address items on the agenda.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-00158
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Foreign Market Development Program
Document Number: 2019-27964
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule revises the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program regulations to incorporate changes that conform the operation of the program to the requirements in the ``Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards'' (Uniform Guidance) and Federal grant-making best practices.
Beef Promotion and Research Rules and Regulations
Document Number: 2019-28058
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) by updating the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes for imported cattle, beef, veal, and beef product to conform with recent updates by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) and used by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assist in the collection of beef checkoff assessments.
Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Apricots Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2019-28056
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule implements a recommendation from the Washington Apricot Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2019-2020 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
West Virginia Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2019-28533
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The West Virginia Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Elkins, West Virginia. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Act. RAC information can be found at the following website: https://cloudapps-usda- gov.secure.force.com/FSSRS/RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcuqAAC.
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
Document Number: 2019-27883
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) made changes to ACEP. This interim rule makes conforming changes to the ACEP policies and procedures in the regulations.
Regulations and Procedures Under the Plant Variety Protection Act
Document Number: 2019-27636
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule revises the regulations, fees for services, and procedures established under the Plant Variety Protection Act. The revisions are necessary to conform with recent amendments to the Plant Variety Protection Act, which added authority for the Plant Variety Protection Office to issue certificates of protection for varieties of plants that are reproduced asexually. This rule adds references to the term ``asexual reproduction'' to the regulations established under the Plant Variety Protection Act and establishes procedures for obtaining variety protection for asexually reproduced plant varieties. This rule also modernizes the regulations by simplifying the fee schedule for PVPO services and updating the regulations relating to administrative procedures to reflect current business practices.
Lynn Canal Icy Strait Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2019-28351
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Lynn Canal Icy Strait Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet by telephone conference. The RAC is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the RAC is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act.
Hood-Willamette Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2019-28350
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Hood-Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Keizer Oregon. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to review and make recommendations on Title II project proposals and on proposals for new recreation fees.
Beef Promotion and Research; Reapportionment
Document Number: 2019-28057
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would adjust representation on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board), established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act), to reflect changes in domestic cattle inventories as well as changes in levels of imported cattle, beef, and beef products that have occurred since the Board was last reapportioned in July 2017. These adjustments are required by the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) and, if adopted, would result in an increase in Board membership from 99 to 101, effective with the Secretary of Agriculture's (Secretary) appointments for terms beginning early in the year 2021.
Updated Labeling Guideline on Statements That Bioengineered or Genetically Modified Ingredients or Animal Feed Were Not Used in the Production of Meat, Poultry, or Egg Products
Document Number: 2019-27993
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of an updated version of its guideline on how establishments can make label claims concerning the fact that bioengineered or genetically-modified (GM) ingredients or animal feed were not used in the production of meat, poultry, or egg products. For purposes of this guidance document, these claims are referred to as ``negative claims.'' The updated document reflects changes made in response to comments received after announcement of the guideline in an August 2016 Federal Register notice.