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

Marten Creek Timber Sales and Associated Activities Kootenai National Forest, Sanders County, MT
Document Number: 05-12892
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The USDA, Forest Service, will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to disclose the environmental effects of timber harvest, prescribed fire, and watershed rehabilitation in the Marten Creek project area on the Cabinet Ranger District of the Kootenai National Forest. The Marten Creek project area is located approximately 7 air miles northwest of Trout Creek, Montana, near the community of Trout Creek, Montana. Scoping Comment Date: Comments concerning the scope of the analysis should be postmarked or received by September 2, 2005.
United States Standards for Milled Rice; Correction
Document Number: 05-12815
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
This document contains corrections to the final regulations 7 CFR part 868, which were published in the Federal Register of September 30, 2002. The regulations related to changes to the U.S. Standards for Milled Rice which established a new level of milling degree, ``hard milled'', to the existing milling requirements and eliminated reference to ``lightly milled'' from the milling requirements of U.S. Standards for Milled Rice.
Mexican Fruit Fly; Interstate Movement of Regulated Articles
Document Number: 05-12814
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the Mexican fruit fly regulations by removing a provision that allows regulated articles to be moved interstate from a regulated area without a certificate or limited permit if they are moved into States other than commercial citrus-producing States. Additionally, we are amending the regulations to remove references to quarantined States and to refer to regulated areas as quarantined areas. We are also making other changes to the regulations, including clarifying that an entity requiring the services of an inspector is responsible for the costs of services performed outside of normal business hours. These actions are necessary to prevent the interstate spread of Mexican fruit fly and make the Mexican fruit fly regulations more consistent with our other domestic fruit fly regulations.
Sale and Disposal of National Forest System Timber; Timber Sale Contracts; Indices To Determine Market-Related Contract Term Additions
Document Number: 05-12811
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
This interim final rule amends the current regulation by requiring the use of three alternative Producer Price Indices (PPI) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in lieu of the four PPI that the Forest Service has monitored for use in timber sale contract market- related contract term additions. After December 2003, the Bureau of Labor Statistics discontinued providing three of the four PPI that the Forest Service has monitored and changed the reference number for the fourth PPI. The Forest Service is issuing an interim final rule implementing the use of the three alternative PPI, prior to publishing a final rule. By using the three alternative PPI, the Forest Service will be able to continue providing market-related contract term additions during drastic reductions in wood products market prices.
Ketchikan Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 05-12807
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Ketchkian Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Ketchikan, Alaska, October 13, 2005. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss potential projects under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 200.
Environmental Assessment for the North Light Creek Bridge Replacement, Hiawatha National Forest, Munising Ranger District, Alger County, MI
Document Number: 05-12786
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service is seeking public comment on proposed replacement of the North Light Creek Bridge, located within the Grand Island Research Natural Area and Grand Island National Recreation Area, Munising Ranger District, Alger County, Michigan. The Responsible Official for decisions on permanent structures within Research Natural Areas, such as the proposed replacement bridge, is Dale Bosworth, Chief of the Forest Service (36 CFR 251.23). Forest Service appeal regulations require that legal notice of opportunity to comment on proposed actions be published in the Federal Register and the newspaper of record (36 CFR 215.5).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-12779
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-12778
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-12777
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-12776
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Ventria Bioscience; Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Field Tests of Genetically Engineered Rice Expressing Lactoferrin
Document Number: E5-3353
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-28
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 an environmental assessment and reached a finding of no significant impact for confined field tests of rice plants genetically engineered to express the protein lactoferrin. The environmental assessment provides a basis for our conclusion that these field tests will not present a risk of introducing or disseminating a plant pest and will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment. Based on its finding of no significant impact, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has determined that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared for these field tests.
Agency Information Collection Activities; OMB Approval Received
Document Number: E5-3351
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, this notice announces the Office of Management and Budget's approval of a collection of information contained in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's final rule regarding the possession, use, and transfer of select agents and toxins.
Ventria Bioscience; Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Field Tests of Genetically Engineered Rice Expressing Lysozyme
Document Number: E5-3350
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-28
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 an environmental assessment and reached a finding of no significant impact for confined field tests of rice plants genetically engineered to express the protein lysozyme. The environmental assessment provides a basis for our conclusion that these field tests will not present a risk of introducing or disseminating a plant pest and will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment. Based on its finding of no significant impact, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has determined that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared for these field tests.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-12698
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-28
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 an extension for and revision to a currently approved information collection for Dried Prunes Produced in California-Prune Handler Compensation Survey, Marketing Order 993.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-12697
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-28
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 an extension for and revision to a currently approved information collection for Dried Prunes Produced in California-Prune Dehydrator Survey, Marketing Order 993.
Angeles National Forest, California, Antelope-Pardee 500-kV Transmission Project
Document Number: 05-12691
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Notice is hereby given that the USDA Forest Service, together with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), will prepare a joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in response to applications received from Southern California Edison for construction of a new 25.6-mile 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line between the proponent's existing 220-kV Antelope and Pardee substations that are located in Los Angeles County, California. The Forest Service is the lead Federal agency for the preparation of this EIS/EIR in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and all other applicable laws, executive orders, regulations, and direction. The CPUC is the lead State of California agency for the preparation of the EIS/EIR in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Public Resource Code Division 13, and all other applicable laws and regulations. Both agencies have determined an EIS/ EIR is needed to effectively analyze the proposal and evaluate impacts. The new 500-kV transmission line would replace the existing 100-foot right-of-way 66 kV-line along 17.5 miles of the proposed route. Approximately 13 miles of the Antelope-Pardee 500-kV Transmission Project would be located in a 160-foot right-of-way on National Forest System land (managed by the Angeles National Forest). Approximately three miles of the proposed project would be constructed in a new right-of-way outside of the Angeles National Forest. The proposed project also includes an expansion and upgrade of the Antelope Substation from 220 kV to 500 kV, and the relocation of several existing 66-kV subtransmission lines near the Antelope Substation. The USDA Forest Service and the CPUC invite written comments on the scope of this proposed project. In addition, the agencies give notice of this analysis so that interested and affected individuals are aware of how they may participate and contribute to the final decision.
Motor Vehicles; FY 2004 Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Report
Document Number: 05-12675
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct) (42 U.S.C. 13211-13219) as amended by the Energy Conservation Reauthorization Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-388), and Executive Order (EO) 13149, ``Greening the Government Through Federal Fleet and Transportation Efficiency,'' the Department of Agriculture's FY 2004 AFV report is available on the following Department of Agriculture Web site: http://www.usda.gov/energyandenvironment/altFuel/altFuel.htm.
Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Nursery Crop Insurance Provisions
Document Number: 05-12644
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes the Nursery Crop Insurance Provisions to make container and field grown practices separate crops; provide coverage for plants in containers that are equal to or greater than 1 inch in diameter; provide separate basic units by share for all coverage levels and basic units by plant type when additional coverage is purchased; permit insureds to select one coverage level for each plant type basic unit when additional coverage is purchased; allow increases to the Plant Inventory Value Report (PIVR) up to 30 days before the end of the crop year; allow acceptance of an application for insurance for any current crop year up to 30 days before the end of the crop year; change the starting and ending dates for the crop year to June 1st and May 31st, respectively; and make other policy changes to improve coverage of nursery plants. FCIC also finalizes the Nursery Peak Inventory Endorsement to reflect changes made in the Nursery Crop Provisions and adds a new Rehabilitation Endorsement to provide a rehabilitation payment for field grown plants to compensate them for rehabilitation costs for plants that will recover from an insured cause of loss.
Monsanto Co. and Forage Genetics International; Availability Determination of Nonregulated Status for Alfalfa Genetically Engineered for Tolerance to the Herbicide Glyphosate
Document Number: E5-3323
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public of our determination that the Monsanto Company and Forage Genetics International alfalfa lines designated as events J101 and J163, which have been genetically engineered for tolerance to the herbicide glyphosate, are no longer considered regulated articles under our regulations governing the introduction of certain genetically engineered organisms. Our determination is based on our evaluation of data submitted by Monsanto Company and Forage Genetics International in their petition for a determination of nonregulated status, our analysis of other scientific data, and comments received from the public in response to a previous notice announcing the availability of the petition for nonregulated status and an environmental assessment. This notice also announces the availability of our written determination document and our finding of no significant impact.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Animal Welfare; Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, and Rabbits
Document Number: E5-3322
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-27
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 in support of regulations issued under the Animal Welfare Act for the humane treatment and handling of guinea pigs, hamsters, and rabbits.
Oriental Fruit Fly
Document Number: 05-12643
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are adopting as a final rule, without change, two interim rules regarding Oriental fruit fly. The first interim rule designated a portion of Orange County, CA, as a quarantined area and provided for the use of spinosad bait spray as an alternative treatment for premises. The second interim rule removed the quarantine on that portion of Orange County, CA, and thus removed the restrictions on the interstate movement of regulated articles from that area. The first interim rule was necessary to prevent the spread of Oriental fruit fly to noninfested areas of the United States, and to provide an alternative to malathion bait spray to treat premises that produce regulated articles within the quarantined area. The second interim rule was necessary to reflect our determination that the Oriental fruit fly had been eradicated from Orange County, CA.
Tehama County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 05-12625
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Tehama County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Red Bluff, California. Agenda items to be covered include: (1) Introductions, (2) Approval of Minutes, (3) Public Comment, (4) Project Proposal/Possible Action, (5) Vegetation Opportunities on the Lassen, (6) Report on Walk in the Woods, (7) Update on Projects, (8) General Discussion, (9) County Update, (10) Next Agenda.
Almonds Grown in California; Revision to Requirements Regarding Credit for Promotion and Advertising
Document Number: 05-12623
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule revises the requirements regarding credit for promotion and advertising activities under the administrative rules and regulations of the California almond marketing order (order). The order regulates the handling of almonds grown in California and is administered locally by the Almond Board of California (Board). The order is funded through the collection of assessments from almond handlers. Under the order, handlers may receive credit towards their assessment obligation for certain expenditures for marketing promotion activities, including paid advertising. This rule revises the requirements regarding the activities for which handlers may receive such credit. The changes will expand the credit allowed for certain promotional activities, and help to clarify and simplify the current regulations.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-12621
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the shell egg surveillance portion of the Regulations for the Inspection of Eggs7 CFR part 57.
Apricots Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 05-12620
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Washington Apricot Marketing Committee (Committee) for the 2005-2006 and subsequent fiscal periods from $2.50 per ton to $1.00 per ton of fresh apricots handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of apricots grown in designated counties in Washington. Authorization to assess apricot handlers enables the Committee to incur expenses that are reasonable and necessary to administer the program. The fiscal period begins April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended or terminated.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 05-12619
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Area No. 3 Colorado Potato Administrative Committee (Committee) for the 2005-2006 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.03 to $0.02 per hundredweight of potatoes. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of potatoes grown in Colorado. Authorization to assess Colorado potato handlers enables the Committee to incur expenses that are reasonable and necessary to administer the program. The fiscal period begins July 1 and ends June 30. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Milk in the Arizona-Las Vegas Marketing Area; Partial Decision on Proposed Amendments to Marketing Agreement and to Order
Document Number: 05-12618
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document proposes to adopt as a final rule, order language contained in the interim final rule published in the Federal Register on March 1, 2005, concerning pooling provisions of the Arizona-Las Vegas Federal milk order. This document also sets forth the final decision of the Department and is subject to approval by producers. Specifically, the final decision adopts an amendment that would continue to amend the Producer milk provision which will eliminate the ability to simultaneously pool the same milk on the Arizona-Las Vegas milk order and any State-operated milk order that has marketwide pooling. Other proposals considered at the hearing regarding producer-handlers were addressed in a separate partial recommended decision issued on April 7, 2005.
Avocados Grown in South Florida; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 05-12617
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule increases the assessment rate established for the Avocado Administrative Committee (Committee) for the 2005-06 and subsequent fiscal years from $0.20 to $0.27 per 55-pound bushel container or equivalent of avocados handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of avocados grown in South Florida. Authorization to assess avocado handlers enables the Committee to incur expenses that are reasonable and necessary to administer the program. The fiscal year began April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate remains in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Tobacco Transition Payment Program-Successor-in-Interest Contracts
Document Number: 05-12615
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This notice requests public comment on the documents to be used by the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) in the administration of the Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP) with respect to successor-in-interest contracts, which allow a tobacco quota holder or a tobacco producer who is participating in this program to transfer their rights and obligations to a third-party.
Avocados Grown in South Florida; Changes in Container and Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 05-12616
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule changes the container and reporting requirements currently prescribed under the marketing order for avocados grown in South Florida. The marketing order regulates the handling of avocados grown in South Florida and is administered locally by the Avocado Administrative Committee (Committee). This rule prohibits the handling of fresh market avocados in 20 bushel plastic field bins to destinations inside the production area. This rule also requires handlers to provide, at the time of inspection, information regarding the number of avocados packed per container (count per container). These changes are expected to help reduce packing costs and facilitate the distribution of useful marketing information.
Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Document Number: 05-12591
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Guidelines (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, give notice that an environmental impact statement is being prepared for the Cape Cod Watershed, Barnstable County, Massachusetts.
Conservation Security Program; Primary Purpose Determination To Exclude Program Payments From Gross Income Under Section 126 of the Internal Revenue Code
Document Number: 05-12516
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The Secretary of Agriculture has determined that existing practice, new practice, and enhancement activity payments made to producers under the Conservation Security Program (CSP), authorized under the provision of Title II, Subtitle A, Section 2001 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Pub. Law 107-171), are made primarily for the purpose of conserving soil and water resources, protecting or restoring the environment, and providing a habitat for wildlife. This determination is in accordance with Section 126 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended. Subject to a finding by the Secretary of the Treasury that the program is a small watershed program administered by the Secretary of Agriculture substantially similar to the type of programs described in 26 U.S.C. 126(a)(1) through (8), this determination permits recipients to exclude from gross income, for Federal income tax purposes, all or part of the existing practice, new practice, and enhancement activity cost-share payments made under said program to the extent allowed by the Internal Revenue Service.
Cottonseed Payment Program
Document Number: 05-12485
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule proposes regulations to implement provisions of the Military Construction Appropriations and Emergency Hurricane Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005, enacted on October 13, 2004 (``2004 Act'') to provide assistance to producers and first-handlers of the 2004 crop of cottonseed in counties declared a disaster by the President of the United States due to 2004 hurricanes and tropical storms.
National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 05-12479
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice announces a meeting of the National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Proposed Collection; Comment Request Forms FNS-698, FNS-699, and FNS-700, The Integrity Profile (TIP)
Document Number: 05-12478
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) intention to request approval of revision of a currently approved collection, Forms FNS-698State Agency Profile of Integrity Practices and Procedures Report Form, FNS-699The Integrity Profile Report Form, and FNS-700 TIP Data Entry Form.
Phytophthora Ramorum; Vacuum Heat Treatment for Bay Leaves
Document Number: 05-12437
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the phytosanitary treatments regulations to allow leaves of the California bay laurel (Umbellularia californica) to be treated with vacuum heat before being moved interstate from any area quarantined because of Phytophthora ramorum. This action will provide an alternative to the hot water dip that had been the only approved treatment for the greenery of host plants, which include California bay laurel leaves, but that ruined the suitability of the leaves for use as a dried spice.
Citrus Canker; Quarantined Areas
Document Number: 05-12436
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the citrus canker regulations by updating the list of areas in the State of Florida quarantined because of citrus canker. The interim rule expanded one established quarantined area, added several new quarantine areas, and removed a portion of one quarantined area. These actions were necessary to prevent the spread of citrus canker into noninfested areas of the United States and to relieve restrictions that were no longer warranted.
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza; Additional Restrictions
Document Number: 05-12435
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In an interim rule published in the Federal Register on May 10, 2004, we amended the regulations concerning the importation of animals and animal products to prohibit or restrict the importation of birds, poultry, and bird and poultry products from regions that have reported the presence of the H5N1 subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza and to establish additional permit and quarantine requirements for U.S. origin pet birds and performing or theatrical birds and poultry returning to the United States. In the preamble of the interim rule, we specified that the additional restrictions in part 94 would apply only to unprocessed bird and poultry products, but mistakenly omitted the word ``unprocessed'' in the rule portion; in this document, we are correcting this error.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-12434
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Information Collection; Request for Comment; Evaluating Community Knowledge, Beliefs, Attitudes and Preferences Concerning Fire and Fuels Management in Southwestern Forest, Woodland and Grassland Ecosystems
Document Number: 05-12408
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-23
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 a new, one-time information collection, Evaluating Community Knowledge, Beliefs, Attitudes and Preferences Concerning Fire and Fuels Management in Southwestern Forest, Woodland and Grassland Ecosystems. This collection effort is necessary to obtain information from the citizens of Arizona and New Mexico. The information provided by this study will allow USDA Forest Service land managers to better understand the public's knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and preferences regarding fire and fuels management issues in Region 3 of the USDA Forest Service. This information will assist Forest Service land managers in their efforts to interact more effectively with the public and manage the risks associated with wildland fire.
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 05-12398
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-23
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, intends to grant iSoy Technologies Corporation of Cary, Illinois, an exclusive license to U.S. Patent No. 6,346,236, ``Sunscreens from Vegetable Oil and Plant Phenols,'' issued on February 12, 2002. Notice of Availability of this invention for licensing was published in the Federal Register on March 13, 2001.
Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects
Document Number: 05-12394
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-23
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Transportation, National Science Foundation, Agencies and Commissions, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Education, Department of Defense, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, Agency for International Development
The agencies listed in this document are amending the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, which was published in the Federal Register on June 18, 1991, to change all references to the Office for Protection from Research Risks (OPRR) to the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP); revise the footnote found at the end of Sec. .101(i) by deleting references to research involving fetuses, pregnant women, or human in vitro fertilization and subpart B of 45 CFR part 46; and update the Control Number for the approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the information collection requirements of this Federal Policy.
Revision of Interest Assistance Program
Document Number: 05-12316
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is proposing to revise the regulations that govern how an FSA Farm Loan Programs (FLP) guaranteed loan borrower may obtain a subsidized interest rate on their guaranteed farm loan. This program is known as the Interest Assistance (IA) Program. Changes include deletion of annual review requirements, limitations on loan size and period of assistance, and streamlining of claim submission. The changes are intended to reduce paperwork burden on program participants and agency employees, make IA available to more farmers, reduce the costs of the program, and enhance the fiscal integrity of the program.
Methow Valley Ranger District, Okanogan & Wenatchee National Forests, WA, Pack Stock Outfitter Guide Special Use Permits Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 05-12290
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Notice is hereby given that the USDA, Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement that will evaluate alternatives to provide pack stock outfitter and guide services on the Methow Valley, Chelan and Tonasket Ranger Districts of the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests. The proposed action is to issue ten-year, pack stock outfitter and guide special use permits to nine companies to operate on these three Districts. A maximum of 4,900 client days will be shared between these companies. Outfitting and guiding would take place both in the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth and Pasayten Wildernesses, and outside of wilderness.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-12259
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Hops Produced in WA, OR, ID and CA; Proposed Marketing Agreement and Order No. 991; Termination of Proceeding on Proposed Marketing Agreement and Order
Document Number: 05-12258
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This action terminates the proceeding to establish a marketing agreement and order for hops grown in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a public hearing in October 2003 to receive evidence on a program proposed by the Hop Marketing Order Proponent Committee (Proponent Committee), a group of industry members in support of an order. The proposed program would have authorized volume control measures in the form of producer allotments to regulate the marketing of alpha acid in hops in the production area. In addition, the proposed order would have allowed for reserve pooling of excess production of alpha acid and would have provided for production research, marketing research and development projects to promote the marketing, distribution and consumption or efficient production of hops. After the hearing sessions, USDA received numerous comments, briefs and additional arguments expressing widely divergent views on the promulgation of a marketing order for hops. After careful consideration of the entire rulemaking record, USDA is unable to conclude that the proposal currently under consideration would tend to effectuate the declared policy of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended (7 U.S.C. 601-674), hereinafter referred to as the ``Act.'' Accordingly, USDA is hereby terminating the proceeding.
Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee
Document Number: 05-12257
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The purpose of this notice is to notify all interested parties that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will hold a Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (Committee) meeting that is open to the public. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the Committee to examine the full spectrum of issues faced by the fruit and vegetable industry and to provide suggestions and ideas to the Secretary of Agriculture on how USDA can tailor its programs to meet the fruit and vegetable industry's needs. This notice sets forth the schedule and location for the meeting.
United States Standards for Grades of Snap Beans
Document Number: 05-12256
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is withdrawing the notice soliciting comments on its proposal to amend the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Snap Beans. After reviewing and considering the comments received, the Agency has decided not to proceed with this action.
United States Standards for Grades of Persian (Tahiti) Limes
Document Number: 05-12255
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given that the comment period on possible revisions to the United States Standards for Grades of Persian (Tahiti) Limes is reopened and extended.
Kiwifruit Grown in California; Relaxation of Pack Requirements for Kiwifruit Grown in California
Document Number: 05-12254
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule invites comments on revisions to the pack requirements for California kiwifruit under the California kiwifruit marketing order (order). The order regulates the handling of kiwifruit grown in California and is administered locally by the Kiwifruit Administrative Committee (Committee). This rule would require that kiwifruit marked as size 39 or 42 not vary in diameter by more than \3/ 8\ inch, regardless of pack type. In addition, the three tables currently under the pack regulation would be consolidated into one. By allowing handlers to utilize a single table for kiwifruit size designations and size variation tolerances regardless of pack or container, this rule is expected to simplify requirements for the industry, reduce handler packing costs, increase grower returns, and increase flexibility in handler packing operations.