Department of Agriculture May 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Viruses, Serums, Toxins, and Analogous Products; Records and Reports
Document Number: 05-55507
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Revision of User Fees for 2005 Crop Cotton Classification Services to Growers
Document Number: 05-10834
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will raise user fees for cotton producers for 2005 crop cotton classification services under the Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act. The 2004 user fee for this classification service was $1.65 per bale. This rule will raise the fee for the 2005 crop to $1.85 per bale with the program. This fee and the existing reserve are sufficient to cover the costs of providing classification services, including costs for administration and supervision.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-10741
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-10737
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture
National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection
Document Number: 05-10735
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) will hold a public meeting on June 16-17, 2005, to review and discuss the following issues: (1) How can FSIS best share information on new technology with small and very small plants? (2) What guidance can be provided to industry to ensure that plants hold product when FSIS tests product for an adulterant? (3) How can risk based sampling most effectively be conducted in small and very small plants? Three subcommittees will also meet on June 16-17, 2005, to work on the issues discussed during the full committee session.
Myrtle Creek HFRA, Healthy Forest Restoration Act Project, Bonners Ferry Ranger District, Idaho Panhandle National Forests; Boundary County, ID
Document Number: 05-10717
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Bonners Ferry Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest is proposing fuels reduction treatments in the Myrtle Creek and Snow Creek watersheds, identified as the Myrtle Creek HFRA project area. These watersheds are located nine miles west of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. The USDA Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to disclose the potential environmental effects of implementing fuels reduction treatments on National Forest System lands within these drainages, which include portions of the Selkirk and Kootenai Peak Inventoried Roadless Areas.
Hood/Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)
Document Number: 05-10714
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Hood/Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet on Wednesday, June 22, 2005. The meeting is schedule to begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Oregon Department of Forestry State Office, Building D; 2600 State Street; Salem, Oregon; (503) 945-7207. The tentative agenda includes: (1) Recommendations on 2006 Projects; and (2) Public Forum. The Public Forum is tentatively scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Time allotted for individual presentations will be limited to 3-4 minutes. Written comments are encouraged, particularly if the material cannot be presented within the time limits for the Public Forum. Written comments may be submitted prior to the June 22nd meeting by sending them to Designated Federal Official Donna Short at the address given below.
Notice of Lincoln County Resource Advisory Meeting
Document Number: 05-10646
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463) and under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-393) the Kootenai National Forest's Lincoln County Resource Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 6 p.m. at the Supervisor's Office in Libby, Montana for a business meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
Black Hills National Forest, Bearlodge Ranger District, Wyoming, Dean Project Area Proposal and Analysis
Document Number: 05-10640
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service will prepare an environmental impact statement on a proposal to implement multiple resource management actions within the Dean Area as directed by the Black Hills National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. The Dean Project Area covers about 12,468 acres of National Forest System land and about 2,256 acres of interspersed private land within the Redwater Creek watershed directly north of Sundance, Wyoming. Proposed actions would modify the structure of forest stands across the planning area to reduce fuel loads, potential for uncharacteristically intense wildfire behavior, and risk of insect outbreaks; provide for diverse wildlife habitat and restore hardwood; and provide a mix of motorized and non-motorized use opportunities. This revised Notice of Intent is being issued because of a change in the designated responsible official.
International Standard-Setting Activities
Document Number: 05-10636
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
This notice informs the public of the sanitary and phytosanitary standard-setting activities of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), in accordance with section 491 of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, as amended, and the Uruguay Round Agreements Act, Public Law 103-465, 108 Stat. 4809. This notice also provides a list of other standard-setting activities of Codex, including commodity standards, guidelines, codes of practice, and revised texts. This notice, which covers the time periods from June 1, 2004, to May 31, 2005, and June 1, 2005, to May 31, 2006, seeks comments on standards currently under consideration and recommendations for new standards.
Revision of Delegations of Authority
Document Number: 05-10612
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-27
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Agriculture
This document amends the delegations of authority from the Secretary of Agriculture in order to reflect the Secretary's designation of the General Counsel as the Department official responsible for delegating the authority to other Department heads for considering, ascertaining, adjusting, determining, compromising, and settling, pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) and regulations of the Attorney General, claims less than $2500 that allege the negligence or wrongful act of an employee of a certain agency.
Dried Prunes Produced in California; Suspension of Handling and Reporting Requirements, Extension of the Suspension of Outgoing Inspection and Volume Control Regulations, and Extension of the Suspension of the Prune Import Regulation
Document Number: 05-10469
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule suspends indefinitely all remaining handling and most reporting requirements under Marketing Order No. 993, beginning August 1, 2005. The marketing order regulates the handling of dried prunes produced in California and is administered locally by the Prune Marketing Committee (committee). This rule also indefinitely extends the suspensions of the outgoing inspection and prune import regulations, and volume control regulations, currently temporarily suspended until August 1, 2006, and August 1, 2008, respectively.
Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Revisions in Requirements for Certificates of Privilege
Document Number: 05-10468
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule invites comments on revisions to the Certificate of Privilege (COP) requirements currently prescribed under the Florida tomato marketing order (order). The order regulates the handling of tomatoes grown in Florida and is administered locally by the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee). This rule would require those interested in receiving Florida tomatoes shipped under a COP to apply to the Committee to become an approved receiver. This rule would also clarify the definitions for processing and pickling as used in the rules and regulations under the order. These changes would assist the Committee in assuring that COP tomatoes are disposed of into COP outlets.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; National Animal Identification System
Document Number: E5-2671
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-26
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 an extension of approval of an information collection associated with a national animal identification system.
Land Management Planning-Transition to 2004 Planning Rule for Previously Initiated Plan Revision
Document Number: 05-10567
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands will transition to the 2004 Planning Rule while revising the Land and Resource Management Plan.
Pine Shoot Beetle; Additions to Quarantined Areas
Document Number: 05-10551
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the pine shoot beetle regulations by adding counties in Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. In addition, we are designating the States of New Hampshire and Vermont, in their entirety, as quarantined areas based on their decision to no longer enforce intrastrate movement restrictions. This action is necessary to prevent the spread of pine shoot beetle, a pest of pine trees, into noninfested areas of the United States.
HACCP Plan Reassessment for Mechanically Tenderized Beef Products
Document Number: 05-10471
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is publishing this notice to inform establishments that produce mechanically tenderized beef products that their next annual HACCP plan reassessment for these products must take into account the fact that there have been three relatively recent Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 outbreaks associated with consumption of mechanically tenderized beef. This requirement applies to HACCP plan reassessments for raw and cooked mechanically tenderized beef products, including such products that are injected with marinade (or ``enhanced'' products). One outbreak that was associated with consumption of mechanically tenderized beef occurred in August 2000, one in June 2003, and one in August 2004. The occurrence of these outbreaks represents a change that would affect the hazard analysis and could alter the HACCP plans of establishments that produce mechanically tenderized beef products. Therefore, establishments that produce such products should consider the significance of the outbreaks and ensure that their HACCP plans adequately address relevant biological hazards, particularly E. coli O157:H7. If an establishment that produces mechanically tenderized beef products has already considered the significance of the three outbreaks as part of a HACCP plan reassessment, it need not repeat this effort. An establishment that has already conducted its 2005 reassessment for mechanically tenderized beef products and has not yet considered the significance of the three outbreaks as part of a HACCP plan reassessment should do so as part of its 2006 annual HACCP plan reassessment. FSIS invites comments on this notice.
Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Regulations
Document Number: 05-10388
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This proposed rule implements the provision of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 that gives the Department of Agriculture the authority to promulgate regulations for the operation and administration of the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). The purposes of the SFMNP are to provide resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs to low-income seniors; to increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs; and to develop or aid in the development of new and additional farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs.
American Indian Livestock Feed Program; Livestock Assistance Program
Document Number: 05-10467
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This regulation sets forth the terms and conditions of the 2003/2004 American Indian Livestock Feed Program (AILFP). Assistance will be available to eligible livestock producers for livestock feed crop years 2003 or 2004 whose eligible livestock occupied tribal- governed land at the time of a natural disaster in an area where a significant loss of livestock feed has occurred, creating a livestock feed emergency, as determined by the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). Eligible producers can receive benefits for livestock feed crop year 2003, or 2004, but not both. Eligible tribal-governed land must be located in a primary county or counties that have received an emergency declaration by the President or emergency designation by the Secretary of Agriculture on or after January 1, 2003, for losses occurring in calendar year 2003, or calendar year 2004. Although the Presidential declarations and Secretarial designations were issued for natural disasters in those calendar years, tribal governments may request an initial 90-day feeding period and up to three 90-day extensions that extend from the beginning of a livestock feed crop year, to the end of that same livestock feed crop year. Further, livestock owners who sold eligible livestock as a direct result of natural disaster shall report those livestock as owned through the end of the production year (livestock feed crop year) in order to mitigate the livestock owner's losses. This rule is intended to implement legislation and assist affected producers in overcoming the effects of drought. In addition, this rule provides technical revisions for the Livestock Assistance Program regulations.
Updating of Designated Counties for Housing Application Packaging Grants
Document Number: 05-10466
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is amending its regulations to update the list of designated counties for Housing Application Packaging Grants (HAPG). Under section 509 of the Housing Act of 1949, grants are provided to package housing applications for loans under sections 502, 504, 514, 515, and 524 and grants under section 533 in colonias and designated underserved counties. The intended effect is to make eligible applicants, including public and private nonprofit organizations and State and local governments, aware of the new list of designated counties, which was based on the 2000 census data.
Funding Opportunity: Section 525 Technical and Supervisory Assistance (TSA) Grants
Document Number: 05-10465
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces it is soliciting competitive applications under its Technical and Supervisory Assistance (TSA) grant program. Grants will be awarded to eligible applicant organizations to conduct programs of technical and supervisory assistance for low-income rural residents to obtain and/or maintain occupancy of adequate housing.
2004 Dairy Disaster Assistance Payment Program
Document Number: 05-10444
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This proposed rule invites comments on a new program, the 2004 Dairy Disaster Assistance Payment Program, as authorized by the Military Construction Appropriations and Emergency Hurricane Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2005. The proposed program will provide up to $10 million in assistance for producers in counties declared a disaster by the President in 2004 due to hurricanes. Payments would be made for losses in the three month period, August- October 2004, only. This action is designed to provide financial assistance to producers who suffered dairy production and milk spoilage losses due to hurricanes in 2004.
Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Revision of the Salable Quantity and Allotment Percentage for Class 3 (Native) Spearmint Oil for the 2004-2005 Marketing Year
Document Number: 05-10441
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, the provisions of three interim final rules that increased the quantity of Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil produced in the Far West that handlers may purchase from, or handle for, producers during the 2004-2005 marketing year. This rule continues in effect the actions that increased the Native spearmint oil salable quantity by an additional 580,024 pounds from 773,474 pounds to 1,353,498 pounds, and the allotment percentage by an additional 27 percent from 36 percent to 63 percent. The Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee), the agency responsible for local administration of the marketing order for spearmint oil produced in the Far West, unanimously recommended this rule to avoid extreme fluctuations in supplies and prices and to help maintain stability in the Far West spearmint oil market.
Grapes Grown in a Designated Area of Southeastern California and Imported Table Grapes; Proposed Change in Regulatory Periods
Document Number: 05-10440
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would revise the regulatory periods when minimum grade, size, quality, and maturity requirements apply to southeastern California grapes under Marketing Order No. 925 (order), and to imported grapes under the table grape import regulation. The current regulatory periods for both domestic and imported grapes are April 20 through August 15 of each year. The California Desert Grape Administrative Committee (Committee), which locally administers the order, unanimously recommended changing the date when these requirements expire for grapes grown in California to July 10 because few grapes are normally shipped after that date. A corresponding change for imported table grapes is required under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. The Desert Grape Growers League of California (the ``League'') requested that the beginning date of the regulatory period for imported table grapes be changed from April 20 to April 1. The League requested this change to prevent the marketing of grape imports that do not meet the California grape order's grade, size, quality, and maturity requirements. The Act provides authority for such change. If implemented, the regulatory period for domestic grapes would be April 1-July 10 so both sets of requirements apply during the same time period. This proposed rule also would clarify the maturity (soluble solids) requirements for southeastern California and imported Flame Seedless variety grapes.
``McCaslin Project'', Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, WI
Document Number: 05-10405
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In response to Federal District Judge Adelman's March 31, 2005 order regarding the ``McCaslin'' environmental impact statement and Record of Decision, I am preparing a Supplement to the September 2003 ``McCaslin Project'' Final Environmental Impact Statement. Consistent with the Court's findings, this supplement will clarify and add more detail to the cumulative effects regarding analysis area boundaries and other activities as they relate to specific Regional Forester Sensitive Species that may be affected by the actions considered in the original Environmental Impact Statement.
``Northwest Howell Project'', Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, WI
Document Number: 05-10403
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In response to Federal District Judge Adelman's April 1, 2005 order regarding the ``Northwest Howell'' environmental impact statement and Record of Decision, I am preparing a Supplement to the April 2003 ``Northwest Howell Project'' Final Environmental Impact Statement. Consistent with the Court's findings, this supplement will clarify and add more detail to the cumulative effects regarding analysis area boundaries and other activities as they relate to specific Regional Forester Sensitive Species that may be affected by the actions considered in the original Environmental Impact Statement.
Revision of Land Management Plan, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Located In West-Central Colorado
Document Number: 05-10396
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) will exercise its option to adjust its land management plan revision process from compliance with the 1982 planning regulations, to conformance with new planning regulations adopted in January 2005. This adjustment will have the following effects: 1. The new rule redefines forest plans to be more strategic and flexible to better facilitate adaptive management and public collaboration. 2. The new rule focuses more on the goals of ecological, social, and economic sustainability and less on prescriptive means of producing goods and services. 3. The Responsible Official who will approve the final plan will now be the Forest Supervisor instead of the Regional Forester. 4. The GMUG will establish an environmental management system (per ISO 14001:2004(E)) prior to completion of the revised forest plan. 5. Upon completion of final rulemaking, the planning and decision- making process may be categorically excluded from analysis and documentation in an environmental impact statement and record of decision (see draft rule at 70 FR 1062, January 5, 2005. 6. The emphasis on public involvement will shift from public comment on a range of alternative plans, to an iterative public-Forest Service collaboration process intended to yield a single broadly supported plan. 7. Administrative review has changed from a post-decision appeals process to a pre-decision objection process. Public Involvement: There has been a great deal of public participation and collaborative work on this planning process over the past few years, including more than 60 public meetings. Results of this work and a detailed proposed action are available for review and comment. Current information and details of upcoming public participation opportunities are posted on our Web site: http:// www.fs.fed.us/r2/gmug/policy/planrev/.Contact Anne Janik at (970) 874-6637, or e-mail at, ajanik@fs.fed.us to be placed on our mailing list.
Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities
Document Number: 05-10378
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces the availability of $19.5 million in competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. This grant program is authorized under section 19 of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (RE Act) (7 U.S.C. 918a) and program regulations at 7 CFR Part 1709. The grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, extend, upgrade, or otherwise improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities in which the average residential expenditure for home energy exceeds 275 percent of the national average. Eligible applicants include persons, States, political subdivisions of States, and other entities organized under State law. Federally-recognized Indian tribes and tribal entities are eligible applicants. This notice describes the eligibility and application requirements, the criteria that will be used by RUS to award funding, and information on how to obtain application materials.
Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland, Colorado Re-issuance of Long Draw Reservoir Special Use Authorization to Occupy National Forest System Land
Document Number: 05-10377
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (Forest) is proposing to reissue a special use authorization in the form of an easement to Water Supply and Storage Company of Fort Collins, Colorado for Long Draw Reservoir and Dam to occupy National Forest System (NFS) lands. The authorization would allow for use of approximately 54 acres of NFS land surrounding a United States Department of Interior Easement, the occupancy of which resulted from a 1975 expansion of the original reservoir. The facility stores and releases water as part of a network of water facilities.
Tuberculosis; Reduction in Timeframe for Movement of Cattle and Bison From Modified Accredited and Accreditation Preparatory States or Zones Without an Individual Tuberculin Test
Document Number: 05-10308
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the regulations concerning tuberculosis in cattle and bison by reducing, from 6 months to 60 days, the period following a whole herd test during which animals may be moved interstate from a modified accredited State or zone or from an accreditation preparatory State or zone without an individual tuberculin test. We have determined that the 6-month period during which individual tuberculin tests have not been required is too long given the risks of exposure to tuberculosis that exist in modified accredited and accreditation preparatory States or zones, especially in such States or zones where there are wildlife populations affected with tuberculosis. This interim rule will lower the potential risk of movement of infected animals and decrease the likelihood of tuberculosis transmission.
Olympic Peninsula Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 05-10294
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Olympic Peninsula Resource Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, June 16, 2005. The meeting will be held at the PUD Auditorium, 307 West Cota Street, Shelton, Washington. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at approximately 3:30 p.m. Agenda topics are: Approval of prior meeting minutes; approval of by-laws; update on prior-year Title III projects; update of national RAC training meeting; update on prior year Title II projects; review project proposals; select projects for recommendation for approval; and public comments. All Olympic Peninsula Resource Advisory Committee Meetings are open to the public. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend.
Notice of Public Teleconference on the Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program
Document Number: 05-10286
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
This notice is issued to inform non-profit entities interested in applying for the 2005 Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program that two teleconferences will be held to discuss the 2005 Notice of Solicitation of Applications.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-10256
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Request for Applications (RFA): Research and Development Risk Management Research Partnerships; Correction
Document Number: 05-10252
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
Due to technical errors, the following notice supersedes the original Request for Applications, published on May 6, 2005, for Research and Development Risk Management Research Partnerships at 70 FR 23969-23975. Overview: The purpose of the Risk Management Research Partnerships is to fund the development of non-insurance risk management tools that will be utilized by agricultural producers to assist them in mitigating the risks inherent in agricultural production. The proposals must address at least one of the ten objectives listed in part I.D. In addition, all proposals must clearly demonstrate the usefulness and benefits of the tool to producers of priority commodities and provide a plan for ongoing maintenance and support as described in part III.C.2. Approximately $4 million is available to fund an undetermined number of partnerships. Projects may be funded for a period of up to three years. Applications are accepted from public and private entities; individuals are not eligible to apply. No cost sharing by the applicant is required. There are no limitations on the number of applications each applicant may submit.
Department of Agriculture Civil Monetary Penalties Adjustment
Document Number: 05-10153
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of the Secretary
In accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended, this final rule adjusts civil monetary penalties imposed by agencies within USDA to incorporate an inflation adjustment.
Forest Research Advisory Council; Solicitation for Membership
Document Number: 05-10211
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces solicitation for nominations to fill nine anticipated vacancies on the Forestry Research Advisory Council. The terms of nine members expired on December 31, 2004. Nominations for a three-year appointment for all nine positions are sought.
Notice of Solicitation for Membership to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board
Document Number: 05-10210
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-23
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the United States Department of Agriculture announces solicitation for nominations of individuals to fill 10 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board (the Board). A nomination letter should be submitted to USDA and indicate the specific membership category or categories that the nominee is qualified to represent. Each nominee must fill out an AD-755 Form, called ``Advisory Committee Membership Background Information.'' This form may be obtained from the contact person below or may be printed out from the following Web site: http://www.nareeeab.com by selecting ``Nominations'' and then clicking on ``Form AD-755.'' All nominees will be vetted before consideration for appointment by the Secretary of Agriculture.
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service; Notice of Intent To Extend a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-10209
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations (5 CFR part 1320) which implement the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), this notice announces the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service's (CSREES) intention to request approval to extend the currently approved information collection in support of authorizations to use the 4-H Club Name and/or Emblem.
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service; Notice of Intent To Extend a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-10208
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations (5 CFR part 1320) which implement the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), this notice announces the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Services (CSREES) intention to request approval to extend the currently approved information collection for Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-10207
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-10206
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Lake County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 05-10199
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Lake County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a meeting.
Milk in the Appalachian and Southeast Marketing Areas; Partial Recommended Decision and Opportunity To File Written Exceptions on Proposed Amendments to Tentative Marketing Agreements and to Orders
Document Number: 05-9962
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-20
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document recommends adoption of provisions that would expand the Appalachian milk marketing area, eliminate the ability to simultaneously pool the same milk on the Appalachian or Southeast order and a State-operated milk order that has marketwide pooling, and amend the transportation credit provisions of the Southeast and Appalachian orders. This decision does not recommend adopting a proposal that would merge the Appalachian and Southeast milk marketing areas and a proposal that would create a ``Mississippi Valley'' marketing order. Proposals regarding the producer-handler provisions of the Appalachian and Southeast orders will be addressed in a separate decision.
Winter Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Order Amending Marketing Order No. 927
Document Number: 05-9961
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-20
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule amends the marketing order (order) for winter pears grown in Oregon and Washington. The amendments are based on recommendations jointly proposed by the Winter Pear Control Committee and the Northwest Fresh Bartlett Marketing Committee, which are responsible for local administration of orders 927 and 931, respectively. Marketing Agreement and Order No. 931 regulates the handling of fresh Bartlett pears grown in Oregon and Washington. The amendments would combine the winter pear and fresh Bartlett orders into a single program under marketing order 927, and would add authority to assess pears for processing. All of the proposals were favored by pear growers in a mail referendum, held March 22 through April 8, 2005. These amendments are intended to streamline industry organization and improve the administration, operation, and functioning of the program.
Food Standards; General Principles and Food Standards Modernization
Document Number: 05-9958
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (we, our, the agencies) are proposing to establish a set of general principles for food standards. The adherence to these principles will result in standards that will better promote honesty and fair dealing in the interest of consumers and protect the public, allow for technological advances in food production, be consistent with international food standards to the extent feasible, and be clear, simple, and easy to use for both manufacturers and the agencies that enforce compliance with the standards. The proposed general principles will establish the criteria that the agencies will use in considering whether a petition to establish, revise, or eliminate a food standard will be the basis for a proposed rule. In addition, each agency may propose to establish, revise, or eliminate a food standard on its own initiative or may propose revisions to a food standard in addition to those a petitioner has requested. These proposed general principles are the agencies' first step in instituting a process to modernize their standards of identity (and any accompanying standards of quality and fill of container) and standards of composition.
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest; California and Nevada; Great Basin South Rangeland Project Analysis
Document Number: 05-9878
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Bridgeport Ranger District, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on a proposal to authorize continued livestock grazing on National Forest System lands east of Bridgeport, California. The project area is located in portions of Mineral and Lyon counties, Nevada, and portions of Mono County, California. The analysis will determine if a change in management direction for livestock grazing is needed to move existing resource conditions towards desired conditions. The Conway, East Walker, Huntoon, Larkin Lake, Masonic, Aurora, Nine Mile, Powell Mountain, Rough Creek, Whiskey Flat, and Wild Horse Allotments would continue to have authorized grazing. Squaw Creek Allotment would continue to be vacant.
National Animal Identification System; Draft Strategic Plan and Draft Program Standards
Document Number: 05-10102
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are extending the comment period for our notice of availability of a Draft Strategic Plan and a Draft Program Standards document for the National Animal Identification System. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
Interstate Movement of Garbage From Hawaii; Availability of an Environmental Assessment
Document Number: 05-10101
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-20
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 an environmental assessment relative to a request to allow the interstate movement of garbage from Hawaii. The document contains a general assessment of the potential environmental effects associated with moving garbage interstate from Hawaii to the mainland United States subject to certain pest risk mitigation measures. The environmental assessment documents our review and analysis of environmental impacts associated with, and alternatives to, the proposed action. We are making this environmental assessment available to the public for review and comment.
Flag Smut; Importation of Wheat and Related Products
Document Number: 05-10094
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the regulations regarding the importation of wheat and related articles by removing the prohibitions related to flag smut. Based on a number of considerations, we have concluded that U.S. wheat would not be at risk if those prohibitions were removed. We would, however, continue to prohibit the importation of wheat and related articles from flag smut-affected countries until a risk evaluation can be completed to ensure that those articles do not introduce other plant pests. This action would remove flag smut-related prohibitions that no longer appear to be necessary while continuing to provide protection against other potential pests or diseases of wheat.
National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
Document Number: 05-10084
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council will meet in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 27-29, 2005. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss emerging issues in urban and community forestry.