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Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-23378
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which RUS intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Corn on the Cob
Document Number: 2020-23220
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments on its proposal to revise the U.S. Standards for Grades of Frozen Corn on the Cob (July 27, 1970). AMS is proposing to replace the two-term grading system (dual nomenclature) with a single term to describe each quality level in the grade standards. Terms using the letter grade would be retained and the descriptive term would be eliminated. Editorial changes would also be made to the grade standards that conform to recent changes made in other grade standards, returning previously omitted headers and language, and adding language to bring the standards up to date with current industry practices. These changes would bring the grade standards in line with the present quality levels being marketed today and provide guidance in the effective use of these products.
Lassen County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-23155
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Lassen County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a virtual meeting. 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://www.fs.usda.gov/main/lassen/ workingtogether/advisorycommittees.
Walnuts Grown in California; Secretary's Decision and Referendum Order on Amendments to Marketing Order No. 984
Document Number: 2020-22334
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-20
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This decision proposes amendments to Marketing Order No. 984 (Order), which regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California and provides growers with the opportunity to vote in a referendum to determine if they favor the changes. The California Walnut Board (Board), which locally administers the Order, recommended proposed amendments that would add authority for the Board to provide credit for certain market promotion expenses paid by handlers against their annual assessments due under the Order and establish requirements to effectuate the new authority. In addition, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposed to make any such changes as may be necessary to conform to any amendment that may result from the public hearing.
Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Modification of the Handling Regulation
Document Number: 2020-22169
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-19
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would modify the handling regulation prescribed under the marketing order for pears grown in Oregon and Washington (Order). This action would decrease the maximum acceptable pressure for early season Beurre D'Anjou (Anjou) variety pears shipped throughout the Continental United States and to Canada. In addition, this rule would remove the handling requirement exemption for small shipments of Anjou pears.
Domestic Hemp Production Program, Request for Approval of a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2020-22924
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites public comments about our intention to request Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for a new information collection to collect data on hemp production through a producer survey. This survey is necessary to identify data in the emerging hemp industry and for administering the domestic hemp program.
Monsanto Company; Availability of a Draft Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Draft Environmental Assessment for Determination of Nonregulated Status of Cotton Genetically Engineered for Insect Resistance
Document Number: 2020-22917
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared a draft plant pest risk assessment and draft environmental assessment regarding a request from Monsanto Company seeking a determination of nonregulated status for cotton designated as MON 88702, which has been genetically engineered for resistance to certain insects, primarily Lygus spp. We are making these documents available for public review and comment.
Forest Service Handbook 2409.15, Chapters Zero, 10, 30, 50 and 70; Forest Service Handbook 2409.18a, Chapters Zero, 10, and 20; Forest Service Manual 2400, Chapters Zero, 30, 40, 50 and 60 Timber Management; Public Notice and Comment for Changes to Forest Service Directives
Document Number: 2020-22859
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Forest Service (Forest Service), is revising directives related to timber management, timber sale administration and timber sale debarment and suspension procedures.
Revisions to the Federal Seed Act Regulations; Correction
Document Number: 2020-20397
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
On July 7, 2020, the Agricultural Marketing Service amended regulations under the Federal Seed Act. The document incorrectly revised the entries for ``Oat'' and ``Brussels Sprouts'' in the table that specifies directions for germination and hard seed testing. This document corrects those entries.
Revision of Delegations of Authority
Document Number: 2020-20092
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
This document revises the delegations of authority from the Secretary of Agriculture and general officers of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reflect changes and additions to the delegations required by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and for other purposes, as summarized below.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-22689
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-22531
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Olympic Peninsula Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-22494
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The Olympic Peninsula Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a virtual meeting. 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://www.fs.usda.gov/main/olympic/ workingtogether/advisorycommittees.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Suspension of Reporting and Assessment Requirements
Document Number: 2020-20787
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-13
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule invites comments on a recommendation from the State of Washington Potato Committee (Committee) to suspend the reporting and assessment requirements prescribed under the marketing order regulating Irish Potatoes grown in Washington (Order). In a separate action, the Committee also unanimously recommended terminating Marketing Order No. 946. This rule would indefinitely suspend the reporting and assessment requirements of the Order during the period that USDA is processing the termination request.
Tongass National Forest; Alaska; Greens Creek Mine North Extension Project
Document Number: 2020-22440
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In June 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (Forest Service), Tongass National Forest, received a proposal from Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company (HGCMC), the owner/ operator of the Greens Creek Mine (Mine), to amend the 2013 General Plan of Operations. This proposed plan amendment as described in HGCMC's proposed North Extension Project (NEP) would expand the disturbance area currently approved by the Forest Service under the 2013 Greens Creek Mine Tailings Disposal Facility Expansion FEIS. To assess HGCMC's proposed NEP, the Forest Service will prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). This notice advises the public that the Tongass National Forest is gathering information necessary to prepare an SEIS to evaluate the effects of changing the Plan of Operations via HGCMC's proposed NEP.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-22422
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Information Collection: Assessing Technology Transfer Activities of the National Center for Reforestation, Nurseries, & Genetics Resources
Document Number: 2020-22396
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the new information collection, Assessing Technology Transfer Activities of the National Center for Reforestation, Nurseries, & Genetics Resources. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Forest Service (Forest Service), National Center for Reforestation, Nursery, and Genetic Resources (RNGR) supports the production of native plant materials for reforestation and restoration activities throughout the Nation and its insular areas. RNGR transfers important, science-based information to the managers of Federal, State, Tribal, other government entities, and private nurseries and farms.
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Document Number: 2020-22345
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This final rule adopts, with minor changes, an interim rule published in the Federal Register on November 12, 2019. The interim rule implemented changes to CSP that were necessitated by enactment of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) or that were required to implement administrative improvements and clarifications. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) received input from 110 commenters who provided 615 comments in response to the interim rule. This final rule makes permanent those changes appearing in the interim rule, responds to comments, and makes further adjustments in response to some of the comments received. In addition, the rule makes some minor technical corrections.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-22348
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Import Requirements for the Importation of Fresh Blueberries From Chile Into the United States
Document Number: 2020-22337
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public of our decision to revise the import requirements for the importation of fresh blueberries from Chile into the United States by removing the methyl bromide fumigation requirement for blueberries from Regions VIII and XVI of Chile. Based on the findings of our commodity import evaluation, which we made available to the public for review and comment through a previous notice, we have determined that the application of the designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests via the importation of blueberries from Chile.
National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods; Membership Nominations
Document Number: 2020-22293
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
Pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the Department of Agriculture and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting nominations for membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). There are 9 vacancies. Advisory Committee members serve a two-year term that may be renewed for two additional consecutive terms, at the discretion of the Secretary of Agriculture.
Ketchikan Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-22138
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Ketchikan Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a virtual meeting. 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.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-22123
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Pummelos Grown in Florida; Continuance Referendum
Document Number: 2020-20745
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible producers of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and pummelos grown in Florida to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and pummelos produced in the production area.
Amendments to Quality Systems Verification Programs and Conforming Changes
Document Number: 2020-19655
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule revises regulations for Quality Systems Verification Programs (QSVP). The revisions clarify that all voluntary, user-fee services under this part are applicable to all commodities covered by the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (Act), as amended. Further, the revisions broaden the scope of services defined in part 62 to include all current and future AMS voluntary, user-fee audit verification and accreditation programs and services. Finally, the revisions harmonize administrative procedures governing these services and make conforming changes to other agency regulations.
Egg Research and Promotion; Reapportionment
Document Number: 2020-19431
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-06
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule adjusts representation on the American Egg Board (Board), and outlines changes to geographic areas based on sustained changes in egg production in several States. The Egg Research and Promotion Order (Order) establishes a Board composed of 18 members. Currently, the 48 contiguous States are divided into six areas with three members representing each area. This final rule reduces the number of geographic areas from six to three. The number of Board members representing each geographic area changes to six. The total Board membership remains at 18.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-21940
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Funds Availability for the Technical Assistance and Training for Innovative Regional Wastewater Treatment Solutions Grant Pilot Program
Document Number: 2020-21924
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
Rural Utilities Services (RUS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the availability of up to $5 million in competitive grants to eligible entities to fund a new pilot program. This pilot program, called the Technical Assistance and Training for Innovative Regional Wastewater Treatment Solutions (TAT/RWTS) Grant Pilot Program, was authorized by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, for the study and design of innovative treatment solutions of regional wastewater systems for historically impoverished communities that have had difficulty installing traditional wastewater treatment systems due to soil conditions.
Assessment of Fees for Dairy Import Licenses for the 2021 Tariff-Rate Import Quota Year
Document Number: 2020-21903
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
This notice announces a fee of $290 to be charged for the 2021 tariff-rate quota (TRQ) year for each license issued to a person or firm by the Department of Agriculture authorizing the importation of certain dairy articles, which are subject to tariff-rate quotas set forth in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) of the United States.
National Poultry Improvement Plan and Auxiliary Provisions
Document Number: 2020-21798
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the regulations governing the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP). These amendments establish a U.S. Newcastle Disease Clean program within the NPIP, create an NPIP subpart specific to game birds, revise testing requirements, and clarify existing provisions of the regulations. We are also amending the regulations concerning the payment of indemnity and compensation for low pathogenic avian influenza to reflect current policy and operational practices, and allowing NPIP voting delegates to represent multiple States during the Biennial Conferences. These changes were voted on and approved by the voting delegates at the NPIP's 2018 National Plan Conference.
Pistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2020-21687
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2020-21 and subsequent production years. The proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Activity Changes
Document Number: 2020-20523
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
AMS solicits comments on proposed amendments to the Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order). These amendments would require market agencies (e.g. commission merchant, auction market, livestock market) in the business of receiving lambs to collect and remit on behalf of the producer, feeder, or seedstock producer, the ``live-weight'' assessment on ovine animals sold and the ``price-per- head'' assessment owed by the first handler when lambs are sold through these channels. Market agencies would remit the full assessment to the American Lamb Board (Board) when ovine animals are sold. This proposed rule would also make technical amendments to the Order, correcting references to assessment rates that were inadvertently not updated during the previous amendment to the Order.
Cotton Board Rules and Regulations: Adjusting Supplemental Assessment on Imports (2020 Amendments)
Document Number: 2020-19373
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the Cotton Board Rules and Regulations, decreasing the value assigned to imported cotton for the purposes of calculating supplemental assessments collected for use by the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. This amendment is required each year to ensure that assessments collected on imported cotton and the cotton content of imported products will be the same as those paid on domestically produced cotton. In addition, AMS is updating the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) statistical reporting numbers that were amended since the last assessment adjustment in 2019.
OneRD Guaranteed Loan Regulation; Correction
Document Number: 2020-21917
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
On July 14, 2020, Rural Development's Rural Business- Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service referred to as ``the Agency'' or ``Agency'' promulgated the OneRD Guaranteed Loan regulation. Following final implementation of this final rule, the Agency found that corrections due to error, omissions, or need for clarity were necessary. This technical correction makes amendments to address these necessary changes.
Warm Springs, North River, and Glenwood-Pedlar Ranger Districts, George Washington National Forest; Highland, Bath, and Augusta Counties, Virginia; Marlinton Ranger District, Monongahela National Forest; Pocahontas County, West Virginia, Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Supply Header Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2020-21865
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service Monongahela (MNF) and George Washington National Forests (GWNF) are withdrawing the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Supply Header project. The original NOI was published in the Federal Register on June 11, 2020.
Deregulation of Pine Shoot Beetle
Document Number: 2020-21800
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are adopting as a final rule, without change, a proposal to amend our regulations to remove the domestic pine shoot beetle (PSB) quarantine and to eliminate the restrictions that apply to the importation of PSB host material from Canada. We have determined through analysis that the regulatory program is ineffective in slowing the spread of the pest and reducing damage, which has also been found to be minimal. This action will provide flexibility to the States as they manage PSB. It will also allow Federal resources spent on this program to be allocated elsewhere, and it will remove PSB-related interstate movement and importation restrictions on PSB-regulated articles.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Live Swine, Pork and Pork Products, and Swine Semen From the European Union
Document Number: 2020-21746
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-01
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 regulations for the importation of live swine, pork and pork products, and swine semen from the European Union.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2020-21686
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of the currently approved information collection used to compile and generate the Federally Inspected Estimated Daily Slaughter Report. Upon approval of this information collection, AMS will request approval from the OMB to merge this collection, ``Plan for Estimating Daily Livestock Slaughter Under Federal Inspection'' (OMB 0581-0050), with the currently approved information collection titled ``Livestock, Poultry, and Grain Market News'' (OMB 0186-0033). Both collections are directed and authorized by the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621-1627), and rely on voluntary cooperation with the livestock industry to collect and disseminate marketing information, utilizing the same information gathering tactics.
Addition of Papua New Guinea to the List of Regions Affected With African Swine Fever
Document Number: 2020-21603
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that we have added Papua New Guinea to the list of regions that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service considers to be affected with African swine fever (ASF). We have taken this action because of confirmation of ASF in Papua New Guinea.
Notice of Revision to the Agricultural Labor Survey and Farm Labor Reports by Suspending Data Collection for October 2020
Document Number: 2020-21592
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
This notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) not to collect data for the currently approved information collection, the Agricultural Labor Survey, and its associated publication originally planned for November 2020.
Snohomish-South Mount Baker Snoqualmie Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-21561
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Snohomish-South Mount Baker Snoqualmie Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a virtual meeting. 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:/ /www.fs.usda.gov/main/mbs/workingtogether/advisorycommittees.
General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan
Document Number: 2020-21516
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are giving notice that the Secretary of Agriculture has renewed the charter of the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (Committee) for a 2-year period. The Secretary of Agriculture has determined that the Committee is necessary and in the public interest.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Child Nutrition Database
Document Number: 2020-21491
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-29
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. This is a revision of a currently approved collection. This collection is the voluntary submission of data including nutrient data from the food industry to update and expand the Child Nutrition (CN) Database in support of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. The CN Database is required in nutrient analysis software approved by USDA for use in the school meal programs. The software allows schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) to analyze meals and measure the compliance of their menus with established nutrition goals and standards specified under these programs.
United States Standards for Beans
Document Number: 2020-21436
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-29
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing a revision to the method of interpretation for determining ``sample grade criteria,'' in the Bean Inspection Handbook, as it pertains to the class ``Blackeye beans,'' in the U.S. Standards for Beans under the United States Agricultural Marketing Act (AMA). Stakeholders in the dry bean processing/handling industry requested that AMS amend the definition of sample grade in the Blackeye bean inspection instructions by revising the unit of measurement for the factor Insect Webbing or Filth and removing clean-cut weevil-bore as a sample grade factor. Clean-cut weevil-bore will be considered a damage factor only. To ensure that the Blackeye bean class standard remains relevant, AMS invites interested parties to comment on whether revising the inspection instructions facilitate the marketing of Blackeye beans. This action does not revise or amend the Grade and Grade Requirements for the class Blackeye Beans in the U.S. Standard for Beans.
United States Standards for Lentils
Document Number: 2020-21435
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-29
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing a revision to the method of interpretation for the determining the special grade ``Green,'' in the Pea and Lentil Inspection Handbook, as it pertains to the class ``Lentils,'' in the U.S. Standards for Lentils under the United States Agricultural Marketing Act (AMA). Stakeholders in the lentil processing/handling industry requested AMS to amend the definition of the special grade ``Green'' to allow for the inclusion of mottled lentils. To ensure that the Lentil standards remain relevant, AMS invites interested parties to comment on whether revising the inspection instructions facilitate the marketing of Lentils. This action will revise or amend the Grade and Grade Requirements for Lentils in the U.S. Standard for Lentils.
United States Standards for Split Peas
Document Number: 2020-21434
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-29
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing a revision to the method of interpretation for determining ``whole peas,'' in the Pea and Lentil Inspection Handbook, as it pertains to the class ``Split Peas,'' in the U.S. Standards for Split Peas under the United States Agricultural Marketing Act (AMA). Stakeholders in the pea processing/ handling industry requested AMS to amend the interpretation of whole peas in the Split Pea inspection instructions by increasing the percent requirement for the factor whole peas. To ensure that the Split Pea class standard remains relevant, AMS invites interested parties to comment on whether revising the inspection instruction facilitates the marketing of Split Peas. This action does not revise or amend the Grade and Grade Requirements for the class Split Peas in the U.S. Standard for Split Peas.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-21425
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS), invites comments on this information collection for which the Agency intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Conveyance of Small Tracts
Document Number: 2020-21258
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-09-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service is issuing this final rule to implement certain changes to the Small Tracts Act, which was enacted in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill. These statutory changes create two new categories of lands eligible for conveyance outside of the National Forest System under the Small Tracts Act: parcels 40 acres or less that are physically isolated, inaccessible, or have lost National Forest System character; and parcels of ten acres or less that are not eligible for conveyance under previous eligibility conditions and are encroached on by a permanent habitable improvement for which there is no evidence that the encroachment was intentional or negligent.
Westhoff Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH; Availability of Preliminary Plant Pest Risk Assessment, Draft Environmental Assessment, and Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact for Determination of Nonregulated Status of Petunias Genetically Engineered for Flower Color
Document Number: 2020-21357
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared a preliminary plant pest risk assessment, draft environmental assessment, and preliminary finding of no significant impact regarding a request from Westhoff Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH seeking a determination of nonregulated status of petunias containing the A1 gene from maize (A1-DFR Petunias), which have been genetically engineered to add a new color (orange) and brilliance to the flowers. We are making these documents available for public review and comment.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-21354
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture