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

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Notice of Proposed Change to the Natural Resources Conservation Service's National Handbook of Conservation Practices
Document Number: 05-18549
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
It is the intention of NRCS to issue one revised conservation practice standard in its National Handbook of Conservation Practices. This standard is: Wastewater Treatment Strip (NY635).
Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 05-18533
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee will be meeting to assign monitors on 2005 projects and hold a short public forum (question and answer session). The 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 200 (Pub. L. 106-393). The meeting is open to the public.
Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Debt Settlement Policies and Procedures
Document Number: 05-18493
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to request renewal of the information collection currently approved and used in support of the FSA and CCC Debt Settlement Policies and Procedures program. Provisions in the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 and in the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 have resulted in a decrease in burden hours for information collection under the FSA and CCC Debt Settlement Policies and Procedures program.
National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods
Document Number: 05-18491
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
This notice announces that the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) will hold public meetings of the full Committee and subcommittees on September 26-29, 2005. The Committee will discuss: (1) Consumer guidelines for the safe cooking of poultry products, (2) analytical utility of Campylobacter methodologies, and (3) determination of cooking parameters for safe seafood for consumers.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-18490
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Plant Variety Protection Office, Fee Increase
Document Number: 05-18511
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is increasing Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Office application, search, and certificate issuance fees by 20 percent. The last general fee increase in February 2003 is no longer adequate to cover current program obligations for administrative and information technology needs. The PVP Act of 1970 requires that reasonable fees be collected from applicants seeking certificates of protection in order to maintain the program. Also, a technical amendment will allow applicants to send voucher seed samples directly to the public repository.
Information Collection; Request for Comment; National Forest Visitor Use Monitoring
Document Number: 05-18385
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension with revision of information collection, National Forest Visitor Use Monitoring.
National Organic Program (NOP): Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops and Processing)
Document Number: 05-18381
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) regulations to reflect recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) from November 15, 2000, through March 3, 2005. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would add fifteen substances, along with any restrictive annotations, to the National List. This proposed rule would also amend the mailing address for where to file a Certification or Accreditation appeal.
Notice of Intent To Request an Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-18380
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-16
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations at 5 CFR Part 1320 (60 FR 44978, August 29, 1995), this notice announces the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) intention to request an extension of a currently approved information collection, Information Collection For Document Delivery Services at the National Agricultural Library (NAL), that expires February 28, 2006.
Plant Variety Protection Board; Open Meeting
Document Number: 05-18378
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Plant Variety Protection Board.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-18377
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Plumas National Forest, Feather River Ranger District, California, Slapjack Project
Document Number: 05-17897
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service will prepare an environmental impact statement to disclose the environmental effects from construction of defensible fuel profile zones (DFPZs); harvest and reforestation of timber stands; watersted rehabilitation; control of noxious weeds; construction of temporary roads and reconstruction of specified roads; decommissioning of roads; road access restrictions, and underburning forest fuels and debris in the Slapjack project area.
Addition of Eligible States for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Land Contract Guarantee Pilot Program
Document Number: 05-18333
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
This notice announces that the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is adding California, Minnesota, and Nebraska as eligible states to its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Land Contract Guarantee Pilot Program. Expanding the Pilot Program is intended to facilitate land transfers to a greater number of beginning farmers and ranchers.
Notice of Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 05-18318
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-15
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 Boise and Payette National Forests' Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee will conduct a business meeting, which is open to the public.
Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area (SRA) Advisory Council
Document Number: 05-18315
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
An Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council meeting will convene in Stayton, Oregon on Wednesday, October 5, 2005. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., and will conclude at approximately 8:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the South Room of the Stayton Community Center located on 400 West Virginia Street in Stayton, Oregon. The Opal Creek Wilderness and Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Act of 1996 (Opal Creek Act) (Pub. L. 104-208) directed the Secretary of Agriculture to establish the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is comprised of thirteen members representing state, county and city governments, and representatives of various organizations, which include mining industry, environmental organizations, inholders in Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area, economic development, Indian tribes, adjacent landowners and recreation interests. The council provides advice to the Secretary of Agriculture on preparation of a comprehensive Opal Creek Management Plan for the SRA, and consults on a periodic and regular basis on the management of the area. Tentative agenda items include project updates and season end reporting, Pearl Creek Guard Station restoration strategy subcommittee report, and future council membership. A direct public comment period is tentatively scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Time allotted for individual presentations will be limited to 3 minutes. Written comments are encouraged, particularly if the material cannot be presented within the time limits of the comment period. Written comments may be submitted prior to October 5th by sending them to Designated Federal Official Paul Matter at the address given below.
Notice of Sanders County Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 05-18291
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public Law 92-463) and under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-393) the Lolo and Kootenai National Forests' Sanders County Resource Advisory Committee will meet on September 15 at 7 p.m. in Thompson Falls, Montana for a business meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
Dried Prunes Produced in California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 05-18284
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Prune Marketing Committee (committee) under Marketing Order No. 993 for the 2005-06 and subsequent crop years from $6.00 to $0.65 per ton of salable dried prunes. The committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of dried prunes grown in California. Authorization to assess dried prune handlers enables the committee to incur expenses that are reasonable and necessary to administer the program. The crop year began August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Tangelos Grown in Florida; Modifying Procedures and Establishing Regulations To Limit Shipments of Small Sizes of Red Seedless Grapefruit
Document Number: 05-18279
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-14
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule limits the volume of sizes 48 and 56 red seedless grapefruit entering the fresh market and changes procedures used for this purpose under the marketing order for oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and tangelos grown in Florida (order). The order is administered locally by the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee). The procedural changes modify the way a handler's average week is determined by providing that if crop conditions limit shipments from any of the three prior seasons, a prior season or seasons can be used for the three-season average. The average week is used by the Committee in determining the handler shipment allotments. This rule also limits the volume of small sizes entering the fresh market for the first 22 weeks of the 2005-2006 season beginning September 19, 2005. This action is intended to make the regulation more responsive to industry needs and provide adequate supplies of small red seedless grapefruit without saturating all markets. It is expected to stabilize supplies and improve grower returns.
Notice of the Specialty Crop Committee's Listening Session
Document Number: 05-18218
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-14
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2, the United States Department of Agriculture announces a listening session of the Specialty Crop Committee under the auspices of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.
Ketchikan Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 05-18207
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Ketchikan Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Ketchikan, Alaska, October 13, 2005 and December 15, 2005. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss potential projects under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.
Plumas National Forest, Beckwourth Ranger District; Plumas County, California Lake Davis Northern Pike Eradication Project
Document Number: 05-18204
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service, Plumas National Forest, gives notice of the Agency's intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) issuing a joint Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EIS will consider Federal and State actions associated with CDFG's proposal to eradicate northern pike, Esox lucius, from Lake Davis and its tributaries. Northern pike are restricted in California and it is unlawful to import, transport, or possess live animals. This proposed project is designed to help protect the fishery resources of the state by eradicating pike from Lake Davis and its upstream tributaries. CDFG has proposed to treat the reservoir and its tributaries with rotenone, at a concentration sufficient to eradicate northern pike and to restock the reservoir with trout. The associated actions are: (1) the Forest Service issuing CDFG a special use permit for access through, and use of National Forest lands adjacent to Lake Davis and its tributaries for implementing the proposed project. (2) a Forest order to close the entire area to the public during implementation of the proposed project and to close access to the lake bed as the lake level is lowered.
Northeast Oregon Forests Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)
Document Number: 05-18054
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committees Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Northeast Oregon Forests Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet on September 19 and 20, 2005 in La Grande, Oregon. The purpose of the meeting is to meet as a Committee to review proposed projects for fiscal year 2006 and to review projects in the field.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-18048
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Kaibab National Forest; Arizona; Cancellation of Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Expansion of the Bill Williams Ski Area
Document Number: 05-17825
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USDA, FS), Region 3, Kaibab National Forest, announces the cancellation of its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for expansion of the Bill Williams Ski Area. The Notice of Intent to prepare this EIS was published in the Federal Register Volume 62, No. 223 on November 19, 1997, page 61726. The notice of availability for the Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register Volume 64, No. 246 on December 23, 1999, pages 72078 and 72079. The environmental analysis process for this project has been terminated and a decision on the proposed action is no longer necessary.
White River National Forest; and Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests; Bull Mountain Natural Gas Pipeline
Document Number: C5-17179
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service�09, Forest Service
Fanshaw Project Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 05-18007
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, is issuing this notice to advise the public that we are rescinding the notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Fanshaw Project.
Notice of Madison-Beaverhead Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 05-17982
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463) and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self- Determination Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-393), the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest's Madison-Beaverhead Resource Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 11, 2005, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Alder, Montana, for a business meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
Notice of Tri-County Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 05-17981
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-12
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 Beaverhead- Deerlodge National Forest's Tri-County Resource Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, October 6, 2005, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Deer Lodge, Montana, for a business meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
South River Watershed Structures Numbers 23, 25 and 26, Augusta County, VA
Document Number: 05-17967
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-12
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 Regulations [40 CFR part 1500]; and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Regulations [7 CFR part 650]; the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for South River Watershed Dams Numbers 23, 25 and 26, Augusta County, Virginia.
North Fork Cowanesque River Watershed, Potter County, PA
Document Number: 05-17966
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-12
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 (formerly the Soil Conservation Service) Guidelines (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the North Fork Cowanesque River Watershed, Potter County, Pennsylvania.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-17965
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Modification of Pack Requirements
Document Number: 05-17964
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule modifies the pack requirements currently prescribed under the Washington potato marketing order. The marketing order regulates the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington, and is administered locally by the State of Washington Potato Committee (Committee). This rule relaxes the pack requirements to allow handlers to ship U.S. No. 2 grade potatoes in cartons to better meet buyer needs. Currently, only potatoes grading U.S. No. 1 or better, or potatoes failing to grade U.S. No. 1 only because of internal defects, may be shipped in cartons. The relaxation in pack requirements will help maximize producer returns.
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, CA; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 05-17963
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule would increase the assessment rate established for the California Date Administrative Committee (committee) for the 2005- 06 and subsequent crop years from $0.85 to $0.95 per hundredweight of dates handled. The committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of dates produced or packed in Riverside County, California. Assessments upon date handlers are used by the committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The committee recommended increasing the assessment rate because additional revenues are needed to fund program operations and build up its financial reserve to a more satisfactory level. The crop year begins October 1 and ends September 30. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
United States Standards for Grades of Globe Artichokes
Document Number: 05-17947
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments on its proposal to revise the United States Standards for Grades of Globe Artichokes. AMS is proposing to include a U.S. No. 1 Long Stem grade along with an undersize tolerance of 5 percent in the standards. The new grade will have the same requirements as the U.S. No. 1 except that the stems must be smoothly cut to a minimum length of at least 8 inches, unless specified to a longer length in connection with the grade. AMS is proposing to further define ``fairly compact'' to include a definition for ``slightly spread'' to mean, ``the outer scales may be slightly open, but the inner scales at the tip of the artichoke must be closely folded into the bud.'' The proposed revisions would bring the standards for globe artichokes in line with current marketing practices, thereby improving their usefulness in serving the industry.
United States Standards for Grades of Lemons
Document Number: 05-17946
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a notice soliciting comments as to whether any changes were necessary to the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Lemons. No comments were received. The Agency has decided not to proceed further with this action due to lack of comments.
Public Meeting on the Food Safety Institute of the Americas
Document Number: 05-18030
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing that it will hold a public meeting on September 29-30, 2005, in Miami, Florida, to review and discuss the progress made by the Food Safety Institute of the Americas (FSIA). The FSIA was created as an innovative approach for integrating scientific food safety education, information, communication, and outreach in the Americas. During the public meeting, the following issues relating to the FSIA will be discussed: (1) Presentation of assessment and analysis of educational and informational needs identified through a survey administered by FSIA's partners, the University of Florida and Miami Dade College; (2) presentation of FSIA's 3-5 year Strategic Plan; (3) establishing strategies and best practices for developing and delivering programs identified through the needs survey; and (4) planning next steps for the FSIA in fostering collaboration and partnership development of the proposed FSIA colleges. The public meeting will be an interactive session. Discussions will be conducted in plenary sessions for each of the above four issues.
Notice of Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 05-17904
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-09
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 Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests' North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee will meet Friday, September 30, 2005 in Potlatch, Idaho for a business meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
Hood/Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)
Document Number: 05-17898
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Hood/Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet on Thursday, September 29, 2005. The meeting and field trip is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Sweet Home Ranger Station; 3225 Highway 20; Sweet Home, Oregon; (541) 367-5168. The tentative agenda includes: (1) Finalizing Recommendations on 2006 Projects: (2) Public Forum; and (3) Field Trip to Title II Projects. The Public Forum is tentatively scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.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 September 29th meeting by sending them to Designated Federal Official Donna Short at the address given below.
Siskiyou County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 05-17895
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Siskiyou County Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Yreka, California, September 19, 2005. The meeting will include routine business and the review, discussion, and possible recommendation of submitted large projects.
Allowing Bar-Type Cut Turkey Operations To Use J-Type Cut Maximum Line Speeds
Document Number: 05-17887
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to amend the Federal poultry products inspection regulations to provide that turkey slaughter establishments that open turkey carcasses with Bar-type cuts may operate at the maximum line speeds established for J- type cuts, if the establishment uses the specific type of shackle described in this proposed rule. Under this proposed rule, as under current regulations, the inspector in charge will reduce line speeds when, in his or her judgment, the prescribed inspection procedure cannot be adequately performed within the time available because of the health conditions of a particular flock or because of other factors. Such factors include the manner in which birds are being presented to the inspector for inspection and the level of contamination among the birds on the line.
Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Revisions in Requirements for Certificates of Privilege
Document Number: 05-17860
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-09
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule revises 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 requires those interested in receiving Florida tomatoes shipped under a COP to apply to the Committee to become an approved receiver. This rule also clarifies the definitions for processing and pickling as used in the rules and regulations under the order. These changes will assist the Committee in assuring that COP tomatoes are disposed of into COP outlets.
National Organic Program (NOP)
Document Number: 05-17859
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-09
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is publishing this notice to inform certified organic producers and handlers of AMS' intention to release the names and addresses of certified operations to the general public. AMS has determined that the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 6501 et seq. (OFPA), authorizes the release of the names and addresses of certified organic producers and handlers under the broad category of information characterized by the OFPA as ``certification documents.'' Therefore, AMS intends to release the names and addresses of certified producers and handlers to the general public in response to requests for such information.
Add Argentina to the List of Regions Considered Free of Exotic Newcastle Disease; Correction
Document Number: 05-17799
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on August 23, 2005 (Docket No. 04-083-1), we proposed to amend the regulations by adding Argentina to the list of regions considered free of exotic Newcastle disease (END) and announced the availability of a qualitative evaluation regarding the END status of Argentina. The proposed rule contained an incorrect Internet address and incomplete instructions on how to access the qualitative evaluation. This document corrects those errors.
Gold Camp Road Final Plan/Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision
Document Number: 05-17711
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Pike National Forest of the Rocky Mountain Region of the Forest Service announces availability of the Final Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final Plan/EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) for the Gold Camp Road. The Forest Service is also announcing the agency's decision to restore and reopen a collapsed railroad tunnel and reopen a closed section of Gold Camp Road to one-way traffic, with a third party partner to operate the segment of road (Modified Alternative E). The objective of the management plan for the road is to best accommodate public use and access to National Forest System lands and nearby private in-holdings while maintaining public safety and the historic character of the road. The affected road segment has been closed since 1988 for safety reasons.
United States Standards for Grades of Watermelons
Document Number: 05-17709
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), of the Department of Agriculture is soliciting comments on its amended proposal to revise the United States Standards for Grades of Watermelons. AMS received a petition from the National Watermelon Association (NWA), amending a portion of their original petition. NWA's amended petition is requesting that seedless watermelons be defined as: ``Watermelons which have 10 or less mature seeds, not to include pips/caplets, on the face of the melon which has been cut into four equal sections (one lengthwise cut and one crosswise cut).'' NWA's original petition requested that a variance be added to the size requirements. This request remains unchanged.
United States Standards for Grades of Strawberries
Document Number: 05-17708
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments on its proposal to revise the United States Standards for Grades of Strawberries. Based on a request from the California Strawberry Commission (CSC), AMS is proposing to modify the standards to allow that percentages be determined by count rather than volume. The proposed revision will make tolerance determination more objective and uniform.
Transfer of Sugar Program Marketing Allocations
Document Number: 05-17684
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) proposes several changes to the sugar program regulations. First, CCC proposes to amend the regulations for transferring sugar marketing allocation when a mill closes and growers request to move their allocation. Second, CCC proposes imposing a regulatory deadline for the program's information reporting requirements. The required monthly information would be due on the 20th of each month. Third, CCC proposes to amend the requirements for the maintenance and inspection of records to require each cane processor, cane refiner and beet processor to provide an annual report by a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) that verifies the company's data submitted to CCC.
Prohibition of the Use of Specified Risk Materials for Human Food and Requirements for the Disposition of Non-Ambulatory Disabled Cattle
Document Number: 05-17683
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is amending its interim final rule, ``Prohibition of the Use of Specified Risk Materials for Human Food and Requirements for the Disposition of Non- Ambulatory Cattle,'' published in the Federal Register on January 12, 2004. The amendments permit beef small intestine, excluding the distal ileum, to be used for human food, provided that such product is derived from cattle that were slaughtered in an official establishment in the United States or in a certified foreign establishment from a foreign country that is eligible to export beef products to the United States. Although the distal ileum is the only portion of the small intestine in which BSE infectivity has been confirmed, the January 2004 interim final rule requires that the entire small intestine of all cattle be removed and disposed of as inedible. FSIS is taking this action based on the Agency's evaluation of this issue and of the comments received on the interim final rule, as well as comments received on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking published in July 2004. FSIS has concluded that the distal ileum can be effectively removed from the rest of the small intestine. FSIS has determined that removal of the distal ileum in accordance with the amendments in this document will provide the same level of protection from human exposure to the BSE agent as does the exclusion of the entire small intestine from the human food supply.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-17647
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-17640
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture