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

Oranges and Grapefruit Grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; Changes to Container and Pack Requirements
Document Number: 05-17321
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule revises the container and pack requirements currently prescribed under the marketing order (order) covering oranges and grapefruit grown in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. The order regulates the handling of such fruit and is administered locally by the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee). This rule revises the orange and grapefruit rules and regulations and container requirements by adding eight new containers to the list of authorized containers for use by Texas citrus handlers, removing one obsolete container, and by combining all the requirements on authorized bags into one grouping for easier reference. Other changes would revise incorrect references to the U.S. grade standards for oranges and grapefruit grown in Texas. These changes are expected to help handlers compete more effectively in the marketplace, better meet the needs of buyers, and to improve producer returns.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-17272
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Onions Grown in Certain Designated Counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, OR; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 05-17269
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim final rule which decreased the assessment rate established for the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee (Committee) for the 2005-2006 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.105 to $0.10 per hundredweight of onions handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of onions grown in designated counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon. Authorization to assess onion handlers enables the Committee to incur expenses that are reasonable and necessary to administer the program. The fiscal period began July 1 and ends June 30. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Milk for Manufacturing Purposes and Its Production and Processing: Requirements Recommended for Adoption by State Regulatory Agencies
Document Number: 05-17268
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document is a final notice that modifies the recommended manufacturing milk requirements (Recommended Requirements) by establishing provisions for sheep milk, modifying follow-up procedures when plant-commingled milk in storage tanks exceeds the maximum allowable bacterial estimate, and defining heat-treated cream. The notice to modify the Recommended Requirements was requested by the Dairy Division of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). This document makes certain other changes to the Recommended Requirements for clarity and consistency. Also, a second notice published in error on August 18, 2005, in the Federal Register is withdrawn.
Tehama County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 05-17262
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-31
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) Sub-Committee Reports, (6) Chairman's Perspective, (7) General Discussion, (8) County Update, (9) Next Agenda.
Privacy Act of 1974; Systems of Records
Document Number: 05-17305
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Publication of the NRCS revision to the System of Records to reflect an Agency reorganization changing the name of the Soil Conservation Service to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, to change the system name to reflect categories of files contained in the system, to add a routine use to allow records to be accessed by technical service providers and contractors, and to update authorities, agency contact information, system accessibility, file maintenance, storage, and retrieval.
White River National Forest; and Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests; Bull Mountain Natural Gas Pipeline
Document Number: 05-17179
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
SG Interests I, LTD (SGI) of Houston, Texas, has submitted to the White River National Forest, the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Glenwood Springs Field Office, a proposal to authorize SGI to construct, operate and maintain a 20-inch pipeline system to transport natural gas from production operations in the Bull Mountain Unit, 21 miles northeast of Paonia, CO, to the existing Divide Creek pipeline system, 10 miles south of Silt, CO, for delivery into interstate natural gas pipeline systems. The proposed pipeline crosses portions of Gunnison, Delta, Mesa, and Garfield Counties, CO. In addition to the natural gas pipeline, an 8-inch water pipeline would be installed in the same trench during the construction operations. The water pipeline would transport produced water from well drilling activities to a commercially available disposal facility at the north end of the pipeline. SGI has submitted a right-of-way application and temporary use are application to the Glenwood Springs Field Office of the BLM, which is the authorizing agency for natural gas pipelines under the Mineral Leasing Act where the lands are managed by two or more Federal agencies. Total length of the proposed pipeline is approximately 252.5 miles, starting on private land located in Section 10, T11S, R90W, 21 miles northeast of Paonia, CO, and traversing north approximately 8.2 miles on the Grad Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests to the White River National Forest boundary. It then continues north for 8.1 miles in the White River National Forest-Rifle Ranger District. From the White River National Forest, it traverses approximately 3.5 miles of BLM, and then crosses onto private lands at Section 5, T8S, R91W (5.6 miles total on private land for entire length), and connects the existing Divide Creek pipeline located in Section 1, T8S, R92W. The proposed pipeline route starts in Gunnison County on the south end, and crosses north through portions of Delta, and Mesa Counties, and ending at the Divide Creek Compressor Station in Section 1, T8S, R92W, Garfield County, CO. The proposed pipeline route follows existing pipeline routes for approximately 44% of the entire length across all land ownerships. On National Forest lands, the proposed pipeline route follows existing pipeline routes for approximately 57% of the total proposed route on National Forest lands. The proposed pipeline deviates from existing pipeline routes for engineering constructability issues or to avoid private land where there have been landowner objections. In addition to the pipeline proposals, the proposal action includes proposals by the White River National Forest and the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests to change the area within and adjacent to the proposed pipeline right-of-way to a ``Utility Corridor'' management prescription. This would require a Forest Plan amendment for each Forest. These Forest Plan amendments would be considered non-significant per Forest Service Manual (FSM) 1922.51-2. ``Adjustments of management area boundaries or management prescriptions [that] do not cause significant changes in multiple use goals and objectives for long-term land and resource management.'' The Plan amendments would place the lands in the appropriate management prescription for utility corridors. This management prescription describes the desired condition, and contains standards and guidelines that are appropriate for utility corridors. The proposed utility corridor management area designation may be from 8-12 miles in length on each Forest, depending on the analysis.
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit; El Dorado Co., CA, Douglas Co., NV, Alpine Co., CA, Heavenly Mountain Resort Master Plan Amendment, 2006
Document Number: 05-17154
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, will prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Heavenly Mountain Resort Master Plan Amendment, 2006. This update includes operational improvements for more efficient use of existing and proposed ski facilities, better skier dispersal, summer activities and lodge locations. Heavenly Mountain Resort is located within El Dorado and Alpine Co., California, and Douglas Co., Nevada, on the border between California and Nevada, adjacent to the community of Stateline. This Master Plan Amendment is submitted based on the existing 1996 Master Plan as part of Heavenly's special use permit.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-17117
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-17116
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, Subpart A
Document Number: 05-17080
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
On December 8, 2004, we, the Federal Subsistence Board, published a proposed rule to revise and clarify the jurisdiction of the Federal Subsistence Management Program in coastal areas in southwestern Alaska. This rulemaking is necessary in order to exclude numerous saltwater embayments within National Wildlife Refuge boundaries that were never intended to fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Subsistence Management Program. We are now reopening the comment period for this rulemaking action because of newly available maps of the specific embayments in southwestern Alaska to be excluded from the jurisdiction of the Federal Subsistence Management Program. If you have already commented on the proposed rule and have no additional comments to make as a result of viewing the newly available maps, then you do not need to resubmit your comment(s), as they will be fully considered in the final determination.
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, Subpart D; Seasonal Adjustments-Wildlife
Document Number: 05-17075
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This provides notice of the Federal Subsistence Board's in- season management actions to protect moose populations in Unit 22 and caribou populations in Unit 9. These actions will provide an exception to the Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska, published in the Federal Register on June 22, 2005. Those regulations established seasons, harvest limits, methods, and means relating to the taking of wildlife for subsistence uses during the 2005 regulatory year.
Notice of Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 05-17062
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committees Act (Pub. L. 92-463) and under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-393) the Lassen National Forest's Lassen County Resource Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, September 8, 2005 at the Lassen National Forest Supervisors Office, 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, California for a business meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-17056
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Walnuts Grown in California; Suspension of Provision Regarding Eligibility of Walnut Marketing Board Members
Document Number: 05-17055
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-26
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule suspends a provision of the walnut marketing order (order) pertaining to eligibility of members to serve on the Walnut Marketing Board (Board). The order regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California, and the Board is responsible for local administration of the order. This action is an interim measure to address a change in industry structure affecting cooperative marketing association related positions. This will allow the Board to continue to represent the industry's interests while the order is amended to reflect the change in industry structure. The Board unanimously recommended a suspension action by mail balloting in early July, 2005.
Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 1, Approval of Operations
Document Number: 05-17051
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (FS) are extending by 60 days the public comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on July 27, 2005 (70 FR 43349). The proposed rule would revise existing Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 1 (see 48 FR 48916 as amended at 48 FR 56226 (1983)). The Order provides the requirements necessary for the approval of all proposed oil and gas exploratory, development, or service wells on all Federal and Indian (except Osage Tribe) onshore oil and gas leases, including leases where the surface is managed by the FS. It also covers approvals necessary for subsequent well operations, including abandonment. In response to public requests for additional time and because the recently enacted Energy Policy Act of 2005 impacts certain provisions of the proposed rule, the BLM and the FS are extending the comment period 60 days from the original comment period closing date of August 26, 2005. The comment period is extended to October 25, 2005, to give the public additional time to comment.
Surety Requirements
Document Number: 05-17026
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service is amending its regulations to change the threshold for surety requirements guaranteeing payment and performance from a $100,000 contract amount to the maximum Rural Development Single Family Housing area lending limit. This limit will vary by locality. This will liberalize the requirement for surety and take into account the increased construction cost of single family homes in Rural Development's Single Family Housing Program. This will ease the burden on small contractors for whom obtaining surety is difficult and expensive, thereby reducing costs to our single family housing borrowers.
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: 05-16996
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-26
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim final rule suspending indefinitely all remaining handling and most reporting requirements under Marketing Order No. 993. The marketing order regulates the handling of dried prunes produced in California and is administered locally by the Prune Marketing Committee (committee). The interim final rule being adopted by this action 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. The interim final rule was effective August 1, 2005.
Olympic National Forest, Jefferson County, Washington; Dosewallips Road Washout Project
Document Number: 05-16984
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
On August 12, 2005, the USDA, Forest Service, Olympic National Forest, published a Notice of Intent in Federal Register (70 FR 47171) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for Dosewallips Road Washout Project. The Notice of Intent is being revised to correct the project's location from Oregon State to Washington State, and to correct the Olympic National Park e-mail contact address. The correct address is olymea@nps.gov.
Fiscal Year 2006 Reimbursable Overtime Rates, Veterinary Diagnostic Services User Fees, and Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection User Fees
Document Number: 05-16982
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
This notice pertains to reimbursable overtime charged for Sunday, holiday, or other overtime work performed in connection with the inspection, laboratory testing, certification, or quarantine of certain articles, to user fees for certain veterinary diagnostic services, and to fees charged for agricultural quarantine and inspection services that are provided in connection with certain commercial vessels, commercial trucks, commercial railroad cars, commercial aircraft, and international airline passengers arriving at ports in the customs territory of the United States. The purpose of this notice is to remind the public of the reimbursable overtime charges and user fees for fiscal year 2006 (October 1, 2005, through September 30, 2006).
Fees Assessed by the Service
Document Number: 05-16952
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
The Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS), of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), is amending the regulation regarding fees assessed to delegated States and designated official agencies, hereafter known as official agencies, authorized by GIPSA to provide official inspection and weighing services to the U.S. grain industry. The fee adjustment is necessary to collect sufficient revenue to cover the current and future cost of supervising the performance of the official agencies. Current supervision fees are charged to official agencies on a unit basis and represent an average rate of approximately 0.8 cent per metric ton of grain inspected or weighed by the official agencies. The final supervision fee increases the rate to a 1.1 cents per metric ton charge. Official agencies include the cost of GIPSA's supervision fee as part of the fee they charge their customers for grain services. The current average cost for services provided by official agencies is 21 cents per metric ton. Increasing the supervision fee by approximately 0.3 cent per metric ton will minimally increase the total cost of inspection and weighing services to the grain industry.
Pistachios Grown in California; Establishment of Additional Inspection Requirements
Document Number: 05-16981
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule invites comments on the establishment of additional inspection requirements authorized under the California pistachio marketing order (order). The order regulates the handling of pistachios grown in California and is administered locally by the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee). This rule would modify sampling procedures for dark-stained pistachios which are intended to be dyed or color-coated. It would also establish reinspection requirements for lots of pistachios, which are materially changed after meeting initial aflatoxin, quality, and size requirements. This action is expected to assure the quality of pistachios, improve the marketability of pistachios, and provide handlers more marketing flexibility. The benefits of this action are expected to offset the increased inspection costs.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-16904
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Site-Specific Invasive Plant Treatment Project-Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Document Number: 05-16901
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to document and disclose the potential environmental effects of proposed invasive plant treatments. The Proposed Action is to apply a combination of herbicide, manual and mechanical methods to control known invasive plants within approximately 2,687 acres over 114 treatment areas on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Washington. The Proposed Action would also establish criteria for responding to infestations that cannot be predicted. This notice revises the Notice to Intent to prepare an EIS announced in the Federal Register on February 23, 2004. Four national forests were combined for analysis in the 2004 NOI; currently, the Forest Service intends to prepare the three separate site-specific statements: One for the Olympic National Forest, one for the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest and the northern portion of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Washington, and one for the Mount Hood National Forest and the southern portion of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Oregon. The project has been refined partly in response to comments received during the initial scoping period.
Plumas National Forest; Beckwourth Ranger District, California; Freeman Project
Document Number: 05-16898
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service, Plumas National Forest will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to reduce hazardous fuels, improve forest health, improve bald eagle habitat, cost effectively support the local communities, improve aspen stands, provide access needed to meet other project objectives and reduce transportation system impacts on the west side of Lake Davis near Portola, CA.
Site-Specific Invasive Plant Treatment Project-Olympic National Forest, Washington
Document Number: 05-16897
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to document and disclose the potential environmental effects of proposed invasive plant treatments. The Proposed Action is to apply a combination of herbicide, mechanical and manual treatments to control known invasive plants within approximately 3,830 acres in 99 treatment areas on the Olympic National Forest in Washington. The Proposed Action would also establish criteria for responding to infestations that cannot be predicted. This notice revises the Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS announced in the Federal Register on February 23, 2004. Four national forests were combined for analysis in the 2004 NOI. Currently, the Forest Service intends to prepare three separate site-specific statements: one for the Olympic National Forest, one for the Gifford- Pinchot National Forest and the northern portion of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Washington, and one for the Mount Hood National Forest and the southern portion of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Oregon. The project has been refined partly in response to comments received during the initial scoping period.
Revision of Fees for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Terminal Market Inspection Services
Document Number: 05-16863
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule revises regulations governing the inspection and certification for fresh fruits, vegetables and other products by increasing by approximately 15 percent certain fees charged for the inspection of these products at destination markets. These revisions are necessary in order to recover, as nearly as practicable, the costs of performing inspection services at destination markets.
Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area (SRA) Advisory Council
Document Number: 05-16819
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Willamette National Forest is seeking nominees for five positions on the Opal Creek Advisory Council. The Council was originally established in June 2000 with 13 members. About half of the current members will remain on the Council to provide continuity for new members. The Advisory Council makes recommendations to the Detroit District Ranger on matters relating to the management of the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area (SRA). The Advisory Council is composed of a diverse group of citizens, which allows for sharing of technical knowledge and personal experience. Members represent interests including, but not limited to: timber industry; environmental organizations; mining industry; land inholders within the Opal Creek Wilderness and SRA; economic development interests; and Indian tribes. Other members serving on the Council as required by the Act represent Marion County, communities within a 25 mile radius of the SRA, State of Oregon, and City of Salem. Positions to be filled are from timber industry, in-holders, environmental organizations, mining industry and one at-large member. Examples of ``at-large'' members who may be interested in serving on this Council include recreation interests, adjacent landowner, educators and researchers. Nominees must be United States citizens, at least 18 years old. Willamette officials will recommend nominees' appointments to the Secretary of Agriculture based on criteria which includes long-time familiarity with the Opal Creek SRA, knowledge and understanding of other cultures, ability to actively participate in diverse team settings, and respect and credibility in local communities. Nominations are due September 19, 2005. People interested in more information or a nomination packet should contact the Detroit Ranger District at 503-854-3366. The nomination packet can also be downloaded from the Opal Creek Advisory Council section of the Willamette National Forest Web site: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/willamette/manage/opalcreek/ index.html.
Measures for Allocating Uses for Outfitting and Guiding Activities on National Forest System Lands
Document Number: 05-16767
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service is issuing an interim directive (ID) to Forest Service Handbook 2709.11, Chapter 40, to enumerate measures, other than service days, that may be used to allocate use for outfitting and guiding activities on National Forest System lands. This ID is issued as number FSH 2709.11-2005-1.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-16766
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection. This information collection is required in petitions filed with the Foreign Agricultural Service for emergency relief from duty-free imports of perishable products under section 204(d) of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act.
Add Argentina to the List of Regions Considered Free of Exotic Newcastle Disease
Document Number: 05-16689
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the regulations by adding Argentina to the list of regions considered free of exotic Newcastle disease. We have conducted a risk evaluation and have determined that Argentina has met our requirements for being recognized as free of this disease. This proposed action would eliminate certain restrictions on the importation into the United States of poultry and poultry products from Argentina. We would also add Argentina to the list of regions that, although declared free of exotic Newcastle disease, must provide an additional certification to confirm that any poultry or poultry products offered for importation into the United States originate in a region free of exotic Newcastle disease and that, prior to importation into the United States, such poultry or poultry products were not commingled with poultry or poultry products from regions where exotic Newcastle disease exists.
Notice of Cancellation of Meeting of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force
Document Number: 05-16654
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, September 22-23, 2005, in Ithaca, New York, has been cancelled. The original meeting notice can be found in the Federal Register, Volume 70, Number 151, pages 45649-45650, published on Monday, August 8, 2005.
Notice of Sanders County Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 05-16653
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-23
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 Lolo and Kootenai National Forests' Sanders County Resource Advisory Committee will meet on August 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Thompson Falls, Montana for a business meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
Nectarines and Peaches Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rates
Document Number: 05-16572
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule would increase the assessment rates established for the Nectarine Administrative Committee and the Peach Commodity Committee (committees) for the 2005-06 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.195 and $0.19, respectively, to $0.20 per 25-pound container or container equivalent of nectarines and peaches handled. The committees locally administer the marketing orders that regulate the handling of nectarines and peaches grown in California. Authorization to assess nectarine and peach handlers enables the committees to incur expenses that are reasonable and necessary to administer the programs. The fiscal period runs from March 1 through the last day of February. The assessment rates would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Kiwifruit Grown in California; Relaxation of Pack Requirements
Document Number: 05-16571
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule revises 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 requires 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 that are currently under the pack regulation will 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.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Reopening of Comment Period on Relaxation of Handling Regulation for Area No. 2 and Certain Imported Potatoes
Document Number: 05-16570
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given that the comment period on the proposed relaxation of minimum grade requirements for Colorado Area No. 2 potatoes under Marketing Order No. 948 (order), and for imported red- skinned round type potatoes under the potato import regulation is reopened until September 12, 2005.
Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 05-16531
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee will be meeting to discuss and vote on 2005 projects and hold a short public forum (question and answer session). This meeting is being held 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 meeting is open to the public.
Notice of Public Meeting on Cooperative Research Agenda
Document Number: 05-16525
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
This is to notify cooperatives and cooperative associations, university personnel, public and private researchers with interests in agricultural and other rural cooperative policy, and other interested persons that Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is holding a public meeting for interested persons to express their views on the research needs of rural cooperatives with an emphasis on their business and organizational challenges and appropriate policies for strengthening agricultural and rural cooperatives in the United States.
Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Request for Direct Loan Assistance
Document Number: 05-16513
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intent of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to request renewal of the information collection currently approved and used in support of the FSA Farm Loan Programs (FLP). This information collection has been revised for clarification in conjunction with the request for extension of the burden package.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-16512
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for 7 CFR Part 3550, Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants and its accompanying Handbooks.
Grazing Permit Administration Handbook (FSH 2209.13), Chapters 10 (Term Grazing Permits) and 20 (Grazing Agreements)
Document Number: 05-16493
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
On July 19, 2005, the Forest Service published a notice in the Federal Register with request for comment on the issuance of two interim directives (IDs) to Forest Service Handbook (FSH) 2209.13, chapter 10Term Grazing Permits and chapter 20Grazing Agreements. These IDs established procedures and responsibilities for administering term grazing permits and grazing agreements (FR 70 41370). On that same day, several other amendments to FSH 2209.13, as well as amendments to several chapters of Forest Service Manual (FSM) 2200 on Range Management were issued. The Forest Service has decided to rescind the IDs and reissue revised IDs. In addition, the Forest Service has prepared proposed directives containing the direction removed from the above mentioned IDs. Public comment is invited and will be considered in development of the final directives. Public comments received on the earlier ID's will also be considered.
Notice of Intent To Revise and Extend a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-16463
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) and Office of Management and Budget regulations at 5 CFR part 1320 (60 FR 44978, August 29, 1995), this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Stocks Reports.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-16421
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Importation of Whole Cuts of Boneless Beef from Japan
Document Number: 05-16422
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the regulations governing the importation of meat and other edible animal products by allowing, under certain conditions, the importation of whole cuts of boneless beef from Japan. We are proposing this action in response to a request from the Government of Japan and after conducting an analysis of the risk that indicates that such beef can be safely imported from Japan under the conditions described in this proposal.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Animal Welfare
Document Number: 05-16377
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-18
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 the regulations issued under the Animal Welfare Act governing the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of certain animals by dealers, research institutions, exhibitors, carriers, and intermediate handlers
Milk for Manufacturing Purposes and Its Production and Processing; Requirements Recommended for Adoption by State Regulatory Agencies
Document Number: 05-16376
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document proposes to adopt as a final notice add to the recommended manufacturing milk requirements (Recommended Requirements) by providing provisions for sheep milk, adding follow-up procedures used when plant-commingled milk in storage tanks exceeds the maximum allowable bacterial estimate, and providing a definition for heat- treated cream. The notice to add to the recommended manufacturing milk requirements (Recommended Requirements) was initiated at the request of the Dairy Division of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and developed in cooperation with NASDA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), dairy trade associations, and producer groups. This document also proposes certain other changes to the Recommended Requirements for clarity and consistency.
Yakus Creek Project, Clearwater National Forest, Idaho County, ID
Document Number: 05-16360
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The USDA, Forest Service, will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to disclose the environmental effect of timber harvest and watershed restoration activities in the Yakus Creek project area on the Lochsa Ranger District of the Clearwater National Forest. The Yakus Creek project area is located in the Yakus Creek drainage, a tributary to Lolo Creek, approximately 12 air-miles eat of the town of Kamiah, Idaho.
Board Approval of Liquidation and Dissolution of the Bank
Document Number: 05-16338
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Telephone Bank
In a meeting held August 4, 2005, the Board of Directors (Board) of the Rural Telephone Bank (Bank) approved resolutions to liquidate and dissolve the Bank, subject to lifting of the current statutory restriction limiting the amount of Government-owned Class A stock that the Bank can redeem. This notice is being published to ensure that all interested parties are informed of the details of the resolutions approved by the Board.
Viruses, Serums, Toxins, and Analogous Products; Records and Reports
Document Number: 05-16266
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act regulations concerning records and reports to require veterinary biologics licensees and permittees to record specific information concerning adverse events associated with the use of biological products that they produce or distribute and to compile and submit those records in a summary report to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) every 12 months for products licensed for 1 year or more; for newly licensed products, a summary report would have to be submitted at 6-month intervals during the first year of the product license and at 12-month intervals thereafter. The summary report would also have to identify the number of doses, or the average number of doses, of the product in distribution channels, if available. These records and reports would help ensure that APHIS will be able to provide complete and accurate information to consumers regarding adverse reactions or other problems associated with the use of licensed biological products. This proposed rule replaces a previously published proposed rule, which we are withdrawing as part of this document, that contained fewer specifics concerning the information that would have to be recorded in adverse event reports associated with the use of veterinary biologics that are submitted to the Agency.