Department of Agriculture January 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

National Forest System Land Management Planning Directive for Wilderness Evaluation
Document Number: E7-1554
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service is issuing a final directive to Forest Service Handbook 1909.12, chapter 70. Chapter 70 establishes procedures for wilderness evaluation when carrying out national forest land management planning regulations at 36 CFR part 219, subpart A, published in the Federal Register on January 5, 2005 (70 FR 1023). This directive provides consistent overall guidance to Forest Service line officers and employees in identifying and evaluating potential wilderness areas when developing, or revising land management plans for units of the National Forest System.
Viruses, Serums, Toxins, and Analogous Products; Standard Requirements for Live Vaccines
Document Number: E7-1531
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act regulations for certain live bacterial and viral vaccines by removing the requirement to retest the Master Seeds for immunogenicity 3 years after the initial qualifying immunogenicity test. In addition, we are proposing to amend the requirement concerning mouse safety tests prescribed for a biological product recommended for animals other than poultry. These proposed changes would update the standard requirements by eliminating unnecessary testing of Master Seed bacteria and viruses and other forms of bulk or completed biological product.
Classical Swine Fever Status of the Mexican State of Nayarit
Document Number: E7-1530
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the regulations for importing animals and animal products by adding the Mexican State of Nayarit to the list of regions considered free of classical swine fever (CSF). We are proposing this action at the request of the Mexican Government and the State of Nayarit, and after conducting a risk evaluation that indicates that Nayarit is free of this disease. We are also proposing to add Nayarit to the list of CSF-affected regions whose exports of live swine, pork, and pork products to the United States must meet certain certification requirements to ensure their freedom from CSF. These actions would relieve certain CSF-related restrictions on the importation into the United States of pork, pork products, live swine, and swine semen from Nayarit while continuing to protect against the introduction of this disease into the United States.
Public Meeting; Veterinary Biologics
Document Number: E7-1529
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising producers and users of veterinary biological products, and other interested individuals, that the 14th public meeting on veterinary biologics previously scheduled to be held on March 28 and 29, 2007, is canceled.
Viruses, Serums, Toxins, and Analogous Products; Detection of Avian Lymphoid Leukosis Virus
Document Number: E7-1528
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act regulations concerning testing for avian lymphoid leukosis in veterinary biologics to specify that the test is for the detection of extraneous replicating avian leukosis virus; require such testing to be conducted using a procedure that will detect extraneous replicating avian leukosis virus and that is acceptable to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; require firms to develop a procedure to test for lymphoid leukosis virus contamination in the case of vaccine virus cytopathic to chick embryo cell cultures; and specify the equivalent inoculum dose of vaccine to be used when testing certain specified chicken vaccines for lymphoid leukosis virus. These proposed changes would update the testing for lymphoid leukosis virus contamination by prescribing a test procedure that increases the probability of detecting atypical lymphoid leukosis viruses such as those recently found in a contaminated vaccine.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-1478
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of New Fee Site; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447)
Document Number: 07-407
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Chugach National Forest will begin charging a fee for the overnight use and occupancy of new campsites and a fee for rental of the new group use pavilion at the Childs Glacier Recreation Area. Projected fees will range from $10 to $30 per night for existing walk in and new campsites and $75 and $150 per day for the new group use pavilion. No Campgrounds currently exist on the Cordova Ranger District. The Childs Glacier Recreation Area redevelopment project, 2005-2006, will provide this new facility for public use. Funds from the rental will be used for the continued operation and maintenance of Childs Glacier Recreation Area.
Information Collection; Disposal of Mineral Materials
Document Number: E7-1312
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-29
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 of a currently approved information collection entitled, Disposal of Mineral Materials.
Information Collection; National Survey on Recreation and the Environment
Document Number: E7-1311
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-29
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 revision of a currently approved information collection, National Survey on Recreation and the Environment.
Summer Food Service Program for Children; Program Reimbursement for 2007
Document Number: 07-346
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This notice informs the public of the annual adjustments to the reimbursement rates for meals served in the Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP). These adjustments reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index and are required by the statute governing the Program. In addition, further adjustments are made to these rates to reflect the higher costs of providing meals in the States of Alaska and Hawaii, as authorized by the William F. Goodling Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 1998.
Oriental Fruit Fly; Addition and Removal of Quarantined Areas in California
Document Number: Z7-801
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
FSIS Jurisdiction Over Flavor Products Containing Meat or Poultry
Document Number: E7-1264
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
This notice clarifies that flavor products, e.g., flavor bases, and blended and reaction/process flavors, with greater than 3 percent raw meat or poultry, or 2 percent or more cooked meat or poultry, in their formulation are amenable to Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) jurisdiction. Recent findings show that some manufacturers of flavor products formulated with significant levels of meat, meat byproducts, poultry, and poultry byproducts (e.g., 30-70 percent) are not aware that such products are under FSIS jurisdiction. These manufacturers need to take necessary steps to come under inspection.
Information Collection; Annual Wildfire Summary Report
Document Number: E7-1065
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-25
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 of a currently approved information collection; Annual Wildfire Summary Report.
Scriver Creek Integrated Restoration Project, Boise National Forest, ID
Document Number: 07-285
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Emmett Ranger District of the Boise National Forest will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a resource management project in the Scriver Creek drainage. The entire project area is located in watersheds that drain into the Middle Fork Payette River. The 11,500-acre project area is located approximately 6 miles north of Crouch, Idaho. The agency invites written comments and suggestions on the scope of the analysis. The agency also hereby gives notice of the environmental analysis and decisionmaking process that will occur on the proposal so interested and affected people are aware of how they may participate and contribute to final decision. At this time, no public meetings to discuss the project are planned. Proposed Action: Three purposes have been identified for the project: (1) Modify stand density, structure, species composition, and surface fuels to restore suitable white-headed woodpecker and flammulated owl habitat, in addition to providing forest conditions that are more resistant to insects, disease and wildfire; (2) initiate watershed restoration within the Scriver Creek 6th Field hydrologic unit (subwatershed) to improve watershed conditions and reduce long- term sedimentation caused by existing roads, in addition to reducing road-related impacts to wildlife, fish, soil, and water resources; (3) provide commercial timber that supports local and/or regional sawmills, employment, and economies. The Proposed Action would implement silvicultural activities, including thinning of commercial trees on 2,826 acres (570 acres of commercial thinning, 1,445 acres of commercial thinning followed by prescribed fire, and 811 acres of commercial thinning followed by machine pile and burning). An estimated 928 acres would be harvested with off-road jammer/tractor, 870 acres would be skyline logged and a helicopter would harvest about 1,028 acres. The Proposed Action would employ silvicultural prescriptions including commercial thin, and thinning of submerchantable trees occurring naturally and within about 846 acres of existing plantations. Approximately 16.5 miles of road would be decommissioned, of which an estimated 0.7 mile or road would be decommissioned while leaving the existing drainage and road prism sufficient for a future motorized trail. Approximately 16.1 miles of road improvement on National Forest System (NFS) roads 693, 6930, 695B, and 696 would take place. Roughly 2.4 miles of new specified road and approximately 1.1 miles of temporary road would be constructed to facilitate harvest activities. Approximately 3.8 miles of NFS roads 696 and 693B would be realigned to eliminate roads and road segments paralleling within Riparian Conservation Area (RCA) corridors, and 1.3 miles of NFS road 693A would be reconstructed. Fish passage would be restored by replacing or removing the existing culvert on NFS road 693A and two culverts on NFS roads 693 and 695 would be replaced with fish passable structures. All perennial crossings would have up to 300 feet of surface gravel applied on both sides of the crossing on those roads used in conjunction with timber harvest (except for roads to be decommissioned). Twelve helicopter landings would be developed. Except for administrative use, about 20.5 miles of authorized roads would be closed year-round to motorized use after vegetation treatments are complete. Preliminary Issues: Preliminary concerns with the Proposed Action include potential impacts on water quality and terrestrial wildlife species. Possible Alternatives to the Proposed Action: One alternative to the Proposed Action that has been discussed thus far is a No Action alternative. Other alternatives will likely be developed as issues are identified and information received. Decisions to be Made: The Boise National Forest Supervisor will decide the following: (1) Should vegetation be managed within the project area at this time, and if so, which stands should be treated and what silvicultural systems applied? (2) Should roads be built at this time, and if so, how many miles should be built and where should they occur within the project area? (3) Should identified road maintenance activities occur at this time? (4) Should road decommissioning and realignment take place and which roads and how would this happen? (5) What design features, mitigation measures, and/ or monitoring should be applied to the project?
Notice of Request for a Revision of an Information Collection (Pathogen Reduction/Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point)
Document Number: E7-949
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, this notice announces that the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) intends to request a revision of an approved information collection on Pathogen Reduction and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Systems.
Soybean Promotion and Research: Qualified State Soybean Boards; Correction
Document Number: E7-875
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a final rule and termination order (final rule) in the Federal Register on November 28, 1995 (60 FR 58499) regarding technical amendments to the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Order (Order). AMS has found that section 1220.228(a)(1)(v)(A) pertaining to producer refunds, was mistakenly removed from the Order as part of the final rule. This document corrects the Order by adding the language that previously appeared in section 1220.228(a)(1)(v)(A).
Proposed Posting, Posting, and Deposting of Stockyards
Document Number: 07-257
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
This notice announces several actions related to posting of stockyards; when required we physically post a sign providing public notice that the stockyard is subject to provisions of the Packers and Stockyards Act. We propose to post 10 stockyards. We have received information that these stockyards meet the definition of a stockyard under the Packers and Stockyards Act and, therefore, need to be posted. Posted stockyards are subject to the provisions of the Packers and Stockyards Act. In addition, we have posted 12 stockyards that were previously announced as proposed postings. We determined that the stockyards meet the definition of a stockyard under the Packers and Stockyards Act and, therefore, have been posted. Three other facilities, for which notices of proposed posting were announced, were not posted because they no longer meet the definition of a stockyard. These facilities were either abandoned or underwent a change so they no longer function as a stockyard. We are also deposting two stockyards. These facilities can no longer be used as stockyards and, therefore, are no longer required to be posted.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-803
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Oriental Fruit Fly; Addition and Removal of Quarantined Areas in California
Document Number: E7-801
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the Oriental fruit fly regulations by adding the Santa Ana area of Orange County, CA, to the list of quarantined areas and restricting the interstate movement of regulated articles from that area. In addition, we are removing a portion of San Bernardino County, CA, from the list of quarantined areas and removing restrictions on the interstate movement of regulated articles from that area. These actions are necessary to prevent the artificial spread of Oriental fruit fly to noninfested areas of the United States and to remove restrictions that are no longer necessary on the interstate movement of regulated articles from areas where Oriental fruit fly has been eradicated.
Meeting of the Land Between The Lakes Advisory Board
Document Number: E7-776
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Land Between The Lakes Advisory Board will hold a meeting on Thursday, February 8, 2007. Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app.2. The meeting agenda includes the following:
Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for the 2007-2008 Marketing Year
Document Number: E7-764
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule would establish the quantity of spearmint oil produced in the Far West, by class that handlers may purchase from, or handle for, producers during the 2007-2008 marketing year, which begins on June 1, 2007. This rule invites comments on the establishment of salable quantities and allotment percentages for Class 1 (Scotch) spearmint oil of 886,667 pounds and 45 percent, respectively, and for Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil of 1,062,336 pounds and 48 percent, respectively. The Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee), the agency responsible for local administration of the marketing order for spearmint oil produced in the Far West, recommended these limitations for the purpose of avoiding extreme fluctuations in supplies and prices to help maintain stability in the spearmint oil market.
Hazelnuts Grown in Oregon and Washington; Establishment of Final Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2006-2007 Marketing Year
Document Number: E7-763
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule establishes final free and restricted percentages for domestic inshell hazelnuts for the 2006-2007 marketing year under the Federal marketing order for hazelnuts grown in Oregon and Washington. The final free and restricted percentages are 8.2840 percent and 91.7160 percent, respectively. The percentages allocate the quantity of domestically produced hazelnuts which may be marketed in the domestic inshell market (free) and the quantity of domestically produced hazelnuts that must be disposed of in outlets approved by the Board (restricted). Volume regulation is intended to stabilize the supply of domestic inshell hazelnuts to meet the limited domestic demand for such hazelnuts with the goal of providing producers with reasonable returns. This rule was recommended unanimously by the Hazelnut Marketing Board (Board), which is the agency responsible for local administration of the marketing order.
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: E7-676
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-22
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, intends to grant to Natural Industries, Inc. of Houston, Texas, an exclusive license to U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 10/678,023, ``Chromobacterium Subtsugae Sp. Nov. and Use for Control of Insect Pests'', filed on October 1, 2003.
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: E7-675
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-19
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, intends to grant to General Chemical Performance Products, LLC of Parsippany, New Jersey, an exclusive license to U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 11/003,540, ``Method and Device for Scrubbing Ammonia From Air Exhausted From Animal Rearing Facilities'', filed on December 3, 2004.
Notice of New Fee Site; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447)
Document Number: 07-204
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Tonto National Forest plans to implement a $6 per vehicle per night fee for overnight camping at Haigler Canyon Recreation Site. This site is undergoing major improvements which will increase facilities and services available to the public. Fees paid at similar recreation sites on the Tonto National Forest demonstrate that the public appreciates and enjoys the availability of developed campgrounds and is willing to pay reasonable fees for use of such sites. Funds from the fee revenue will be used for the continued operation and maintenance of Haigler Canyon Recreation Site.
Tongass National Forest Report Clarification
Document Number: 07-200
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
A clarification to the Timber Markets Update and Analysis of an Integrated Southeast Alaska Forest Products Industry prepared for the Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available for review and comment on the following Web site: http://tongass-fpadjust.net/Documents/ McDowellGroupLetter-2006.pdf.
Beef Promotion and Research; Certification of Nominating Organizations
Document Number: E7-648
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is accepting applications from State cattle producer organizations or associations and general farm organizations, as well as cattle or beef importer organizations, who desire to be certified to nominate producers or importers for appointment to vacant positions on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board). Organizations which have not previously been certified that are interested in submitting nominations must complete and submit an official application form to AMS. Previously certified organizations do not need to reapply.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-635
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E7-624
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-18
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 that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is requesting approval from the Office of Management and Budget of a new information collection: the USDA Food and Commodity Connection Web site.
Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; Final Free and Reserve Percentages for 2005-06 Crop Natural (Sun-Dried) Seedless Raisins
Document Number: E7-623
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim final rule that established final volume regulation percentages for 2005-06 crop Natural (sun-dried) Seedless (NS) raisins covered under the Federal marketing order for California raisins (order). The order regulates the handling of raisins produced from grapes grown in California and is locally administered by the Raisin Administrative Committee (Committee). The volume regulation percentages are 82.50 percent free and 17.50 percent reserve. The percentages are intended to help stabilize raisin supplies and prices, and strengthen market conditions.
Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Operating Loans; Policies, Procedures, Authorizations and Closings
Document Number: E7-599
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-18
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). The collection of information from FLP applicants and commercial lenders is used to determine eligibility; financial feasibility and security positions when the applicant applies for direct loan assistance.
Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Program; Section 610 Review
Document Number: E7-598
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This action announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) review of the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Program, which is conducted under the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order), under the criteria contained in section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA).
National Organic Program-Submission of Petitions of Substances for Inclusion on or Removal From the National List of Substances Allowed and Prohibited in Organic Production and Handling
Document Number: E7-596
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This notice supersedes prior Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Organic Program's (NOP) published guidelines used to submit petitions to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). The National List identifies the synthetic substances that may be used and the non-synthetic substances that may not be used in organic production. The National List also identifies synthetic and non-synthetic substances that may be used in organic handling. This notice provides guidance on who may submit petitions, what substances may be petitioned and the information that is required to be included within a submitted petition. Additionally, this notice establishes new commercial availability evaluation criteria that will be applied during the petition review of non-organic agricultural substances for inclusion onto or removal from Sec. 205.606 of the National List.
Vegetables, Import Regulations; Partial Exemption to the Minimum Grade Requirements for Fresh Tomatoes
Document Number: E7-593
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule provides a partial exemption to the minimum grade requirements under the tomato import regulation. The import regulation is authorized under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (Act). Section 8e requires imported tomatoes to meet the same or comparable grade and size requirements as those in effect under Federal Marketing Order No. 966 (order). The order regulates the handling of tomatoes grown in Florida. A separate rule to amend the rules and regulations under the order to exempt UglyRipeTM (UglyRipe) tomatoes from the shape requirements associated with the U.S. No. 2 grade is being issued by Department of Agriculture (USDA). This rule provides the same partial exemption under the import regulation so it will conform to the regulations for Florida tomatoes under the order.
Product Labeling: Definition of the Term “Natural”
Document Number: 07-192
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is re-opening and extending the comment period on a petition submitted by Hormel Foods on the voluntary labeling claim ``natural'' and on the broader question of how to define this claim. The original comment period closed on January 11, 2007. The Agency is taking this action in response to requests that were made at and after a public meeting that the Agency held on December 12, 2006, to discuss both the Hormel petition and issues associated with the claim ``natural'' in general.
Lolo National Forest-Butte Lookout Project
Document Number: 07-158
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for timber harvesting, prescribed burning, road access changes, and watershed rehabilitation in a 12,000-acre drainage area near Missoula, Montana.
Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board Public Meeting Dates Announced
Document Number: 07-157
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board (NFAB) has announced its meeting dates for 2007. These meetings are open to the public, and public comment is accepted at any time in writing and during the last 15 minutes of each meeting for spoken comments. Persons wishing to speak are given three minutes to address the Board. Meeting dates are the third Wednesday of each month unless otherwise indicated: January 3 (Previously announced), February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15 (Summer Field TripTBA), September 19, October 17, November 21. No meeting in December, January 2, 2007 (Tentative).
Pine Shoot Beetle; Additions to Quarantined Areas
Document Number: E7-505
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-17
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 pine shoot beetle regulations by adding counties in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio to the list of quarantined areas and by designating the States of Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania, in their entirety, as quarantined areas based on their decision not to enforce intrastate movement restrictions. The interim rule also added the States of Connecticut and Rhode Island, in their entirety, to the list of quarantined areas based on projections of the natural spread of pine shoot beetle that make it reasonable to believe that the pest is present in those States. The interim rule was necessary to prevent the spread of pine shoot beetle, a pest of pine trees, into noninfested areas of the United States.
Guarantee Fee Rates for Guaranteed Loans for Fiscal Year 2007; Maximum Portion of Guarantee Authority Available for Fiscal Year 2007
Document Number: E7-504
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
As set forth in 7 CFR 4279.107(b) and 4280.126(c), Rural Development (the Agency) has the authority to charge an annual renewal fee for loans made under the Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Improvements (9006) Guaranteed Loan Program. Pursuant to that authority, the Agency is establishing the renewal fee rate at one- fourth of 1 percent for the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program and one-eighth of 1 percent for the 9006 Guaranteed Loan Program. These rates will apply to all loans obligated in fiscal year (FY) 2007 that are made under the cited programs. As established in 7 CFR 4279.107 and 4280.126, the amount of the fee on each guaranteed loan will be determined by multiplying the fee rate by the outstanding principal loan balance as of December 31, multiplied by the percent of guarantee. As set forth in 7 CFR 4280.126(a), each fiscal year the Agency shall establish the initial guarantee fee rate for loans made under the 9006 Guaranteed Loan Program. Pursuant to that authority, the Agency is establishing the initial guarantee fee rate at 1 percent for loans made in FY 2007. As set forth in 7 CFR 4279.107(a) and 4279.119(b)(4), each fiscal year the Agency shall establish a limit on the maximum portion of B&I guarantee authority available for that fiscal year that may be used to guarantee loans with a B&I guarantee fee of 1 percent or guaranteed loans with a guarantee percentage exceeding 80 percent. Allowing the guarantee fee to be reduced to 1 percent or exceeding the 80 percent guarantee on certain B&I guaranteed loans that meet the conditions set forth in 7 CFR 4279.107 and 4279.119 will increase the Agency's ability to focus guarantee assistance on projects which the Agency has found particularly meritorious. For 1 percent fees, the borrower's business supports value-added agriculture and results in farmers benefiting financially, or such projects are high impact as defined in 7 CFR 4279.155(b)(5) and located in rural communities that remain persistently poor, which experience long-term population decline and job deterioration, are experiencing trauma as a result of natural disaster, or are experiencing fundamental structural changes in its economic base. For guaranteed loans exceeding 80 percent, such projects must be a high-priority project in accordance with 7 CFR 4279.155. Not more than 12 percent of the Agency's quarterly apportioned B&I guarantee authority will be reserved for loan requests with a guarantee fee of 1 percent, and not more than 15 percent of the Agency's quarterly apportioned guarantee authority will be reserved for guaranteed loan requests with a guaranteed percentage exceeding 80 percent. Once the respective quarterly limits are reached, all additional loans for that quarter will be at the standard fee and guarantee limits in 7 CFR part 4279. As an exception to this paragraph and for the purposes of this notice, loans developed by the North American Development Bank (NADBank) Community Adjustment and Investment Program (CAIP) will not count against the 15 percent limit. Up to 50 percent of CAIP loans may have a guaranteed percentage exceeding 80 percent. The funding authority for CAIP loans is not derived carryover or recovered funding authority of the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program. Written requests by the Rural Development State Office for approval of a guaranteed loan with a 1 percent guarantee fee or a guaranteed loan exceeding 80 percent must be forwarded to the National Office, Attn: Director, Business and Industry Division, for review and consideration prior to obligation of the guaranteed loan. The Administrator will provide a written response to the State Office confirming approval or disapproval of the request.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-484
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Proposed Changes to the Natural Resources Conservation Service's National Handbook of Conservation Practices
Document Number: E7-469
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Notice is hereby given of the intention of NRCS to issue a series of new or revised conservation practice standards in its National Handbook of Conservation Practices. These standards include: ``Conservation Cover (Code 327)'', ``Contour Farming (Code 330)'', ``Contour Buffer Strips (Code 332)'', ``Critical Area Treatment (Code 342)'', ``Field Border (Code 386)'', ``Irrigation System, Tailwater Recovery (Code 447)'', ``Sinkhole and Sinkhole Area Treatment (Code 527)'', and ``Prescribed Grazing (Code 528).'' NRCS State Conservationists who choose to adopt these practices for use within their States will incorporate them into Section IV of their respective electronic Field Office Technical Guides (eFOTG). These practices may be used in conservation systems that treat highly erodible land or on land determined to be a wetland.
Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Partial Exemption to the Minimum Grade Requirements
Document Number: 07-162
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-17
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule provides a partial exemption to the minimum grade requirements under the marketing order for tomatoes grown in Florida (order). The Florida Tomato Committee (Committee) locally administers the order. Under the order, Florida tomatoes must meet at least a U.S. No. 2 grade before they can be shipped and sold outside the regulated area. This rule exempts UglyRipeTM (UglyRipe) tomatoes from the shape requirements associated with the U.S. No. 2 grade. This change increases the volume of UglyRipe tomatoes that will meet the order requirements, and will help increase shipments and availability of these tomatoes for consumers.
Fees for Rice Inspection Services
Document Number: 07-153
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
This final rule revises the regulations governing the sampling, inspection, weighing, and certification for rice by increasing certain fees charged for the services by approximately 18 percent. Further, the rice fees increase an additional 3 percent each year through fiscal year 2010 and establish a stowage examination fee. These revisions are necessary in order to recover, as nearly as practicable, the costs of performing these services under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA).
Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 07-149
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-17
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule increases the assessment rate established for the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee) for the 2006-07 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.025 to $0.035 per 25-pound container or equivalent of tomatoes handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of tomatoes grown in Florida. Assessments upon Florida tomato handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers
Document Number: 07-148
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
Extension of Call for Nominations for Appointment, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee
Document Number: 07-132
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service announce an extension to the call for nominations for appointment or reappointment for the following five positions on the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee: representative and alternate for the City of Palm Springs; representative and alternate for a local developer or builder organization; representative and alternate for the City of La Quinta; representative and alternate for a local conservation organization; and representative and alternate for the California Department of Fish and Game or the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Cranberries Grown in the States of Massachusetts, et al.; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: E7-428
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule would increase the assessment rate established for the Cranberry Marketing Committee (Committee) for the 2006-2007 fiscal year and subsequent fiscal years from $0.18 to $0.28 per barrel. Authorization to assess cranberry handlers enables the Committee to incur expenses that are reasonable and necessary to administer the program. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of cranberries grown in the States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York. The fiscal year began September 1, 2006, and ends August 31, 2007. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order; Section 610 Review
Document Number: E7-427
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document summarizes the results of an Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) review of the Mushroom Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Program under the criteria contained in section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Based on this review, AMS has determined that the Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order should be continued without change.
Potato Research and Promotion Plan; Section 610 Review
Document Number: E7-426
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document summarizes the results of an Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) review of the Potato Research and Promotion Program, under the criteria contained in Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Based upon its review, AMS has determined that the Potato Research and Promotion Plan should be continued without change.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Modification of Administrative Rules Governing Committee Representation
Document Number: E7-425
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule invites comments on modifications to the administrative rules governing committee representation 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 would reestablish districts within the production area, reestablish the Committee with fewer members, and reapportion members among districts. These changes would result in more efficient administration of the program while providing for more effective representation of the Washington fresh potato industry on the Committee.