Department of Agriculture September 23, 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Revision of the Salable Quantity and Allotment Percentage for Class 1 (Scotch) and Class 3 (Native) Spearmint Oil for the 2005-2006 Marketing Year
Document Number: 05-19084
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule revises the quantity of Class 1 (Scotch) and Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil that handlers may purchase from, or handle for, producers during the 2005-2006 marketing year. This rule increases the Scotch spearmint oil salable quantity from 677,409 pounds to 1,062,898 pounds, and the allotment percentage from 35 percent to 55 percent. In addition, this rule increases the Native spearmint oil salable quantity from 867,958 pounds to 1,019,600 pounds, and the allotment percentage from 40 percent to 47 percent. The order regulates the handling of spearmint oil produced in the Far West and is administered locally by the Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee). The Committee recommended this rule for the purpose of avoiding extreme fluctuations in supplies and prices and to help maintain stability in the Far West spearmint oil market.
Noxious Weed Control and Eradication Act; Delegation of Authority
Document Number: 05-19044
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
This document delegates the authority given to the Secretary of Agriculture under the Noxious Weed Control and Eradication Act of 2004 to establish a program to provide financial and technical assistance to control or eradicate noxious weeds. Authority is delegated from the Secretary of Agriculture to the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; from that official to the Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; and from the Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to the Deputy Administrator for Plant Protection and Quarantine. In addition, this document also removes references to statutes that were repealed upon enactment of the Plant Protection Act and statutes that were repealed upon enactment of the Animal Health Protection Act.
Food Stamp Program: Discretionary Quality Control Provisions of Title IV of Public Law 107-171
Document Number: 05-19020
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
On May 13, 2002, the President signed the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. Title IV of that law, the Food Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2002, contains provisions substantively revising the Quality Control system. This rule proposes to amend the Food Stamp Program regulations to implement certain discretionary provisions concerning the Quality Control system in Sections 4118 and 4119 of the Food Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2002. This rule would establish new timeframes for completing individual Quality Control reviews and establish procedures for resolving liabilities following appeal decisions. This rule proposes to revise the negative case review procedures and provides procedures for households that break up while subject to the penalty for refusal to cooperate with a Quality Control review. This rule also proposes several additional policy changes and technical corrections, including deletion of material pertaining to enhanced administrative funding for low error rates, which was ended beginning in Fiscal Year 2003 by the statute. An interim rule published October 16, 2003, addressed certain non-discretionary provisions concerning the Quality Control system in Sections 4118 and 4119 of the Food Stamp Reauthorization Act. The high performance bonuses that replace the administrative enhanced funding are addressed in a separate rule published February 7, 2005. This rule would affect State agencies' quality control review operations, and it would alter the impact on State agencies of assessment and resolution of potential liabilities for excessive payment error rates and awarding of bonuses for superior performance. Households sampled for quality control review of their cases would be minimally affected by this rule.
National Arboretum
Document Number: 05-18991
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is modifying the rules of conduct at the United States National Arboretum (USNA) and the schedule of fees to be charged for certain uses of the facilities, grounds, and services at the USNA.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 05-18990
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-23
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 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 handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of potatoes grown in Colorado. Assessments upon Colorado potato handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of 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.
Little Belt-Castle-Crazy Mountains Travel Management Plan EIS, Lewis and Clark National Forest; Cascade, Judith Basin, Meagher, Wheatland, Sweetgrass, and Park Counties, MT
Document Number: 05-18532
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service will prepare an environmental impact statement on a proposal to develop a travel management plan to regulate motorized and non-motorized travel on roads and trails on lands administered by the Belt Creek, Judith Musselshell, and White Sulphur Ranger Districts of the Lewis and Clark National Forest. Approximately 924,800 acres of National Forest System lands are contained within the analysis area. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the impacts of motorized and non-motorized travel within the planning area, and to identify and select an alternative that allows recreational use and enjoyment of the National Forest System lands, minimizes resource damage, reduces adverse effects to terrestrial and aquatic species, and mitigates or reduces conflicts between types of uses. Needs for securing additional legal public access routes to reach National Forest System lands may be identified and discussed, but no decision will be made on acquiring specific routes.