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

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Annual Report of State Revenue Matching
Document Number: E7-19257
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public to comment on the proposed information collection in the Annual Report of State Revenue Matching. The State agencies use this form to report State revenues used specifically by State agencies for school nutrition program purposes. The proposed collection is an extension of a collection currently approved for the Form FNS-13, Annual Report of State Revenue Matching.
Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Collect Information
Document Number: E7-19213
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, this notice announces the National Agricultural Library's intent to request approval for a new information collection to obtain an evaluation of user satisfaction with NAL Internet sites.
Servicing of Water Programs Loans and Grants
Document Number: 07-4756
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, Farm Service Agency
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an Agency delivering the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Utilities Programs, hereinafter referred to as Rural Development, consolidates and amends the regulations utilized to service water and waste loan and grant programs. The rule will combine the water and waste loan and grant servicing regulations found in 7 CFR parts 1951, 1955, and 1956 into one regulation. Unnecessary and burdensome requirements for water and waste loan and grant servicing under the program will be eliminated. The streamlining of the water and waste loan and grant servicing regulation will allow the Agency to provide better service to entities needing assistance in resolving financial and economic problems in their communities and, in general, improve the quality of life in rural areas. Additionally, this rule implements Section 6018 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 1936a) for Rural Development's Business, Housing and Utilities programs.
Cash and Share Lease Provisions for Future Farm Programs
Document Number: 07-4755
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-09-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
This advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeks comments with respect to the manner in which so-called ``combination'' or ``flex'' leases are viewed by the Department of Agriculture in the administration of various programs that are administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA). This includes those programs of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) that are administered by FSA on behalf of CCC and those programs of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) that are administered by RMA on behalf of FCIC. Changes have occurred within agriculture that relate to the types of leases. A traditional crop share lease is a lease where the landlord receives a share of the crop production in full satisfaction of the rent. A traditional cash lease is a lease where the tenant pays the landlord a set cash amount regardless of the quantity of the tenant's production of a crop. New types of leases may contain traits of both a share lease and a cash lease. Accordingly, existing program provisions may not accurately and appropriately take these new lease types into consideration.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of Animals and Animal Products
Document Number: E7-19090
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection associated with regulations for the importation of animals and animal products and byproducts to protect against the introduction of bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the United States.
Availability of a Draft Pest Risk Assessment for Lemons From Argentina; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: E7-19089
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are extending the comment period for our notice of availability and request for comments regarding a draft pest risk assessment that has been prepared relative to our consideration of a request to allow the importation into the continental United States of fresh lemons from Argentina. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-19070
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Exotic Newcastle Disease in Birds and Poultry; Chlamydiosis in Poultry
Document Number: E7-19069
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection associated with regulations to prevent the interstate spread of exotic Newcastle disease in birds and poultry and chlamydiosis in poultry.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-19055
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency delivering the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Utilities Programs, hereinafter referred to as Rural Development and/or the Agency, invites comments on this information collection for which Rural Development intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-WIC National Universal Product Code (NUPC) Database
Document Number: E7-19050
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public, and other public agencies to comment on a proposed information collection. This notice announces the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) intention to request Office of Management and Budget approval of the voluntary information collection process to be used in the National Universal Product Code (NUPC) database, an electronic national repository of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) eligible foods that have been authorized or approved by WIC State agencies. Section 203(e)(12) of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 requires the Secretary to establish an NUPC database for use by State agencies in carrying out the program.
Green Mountain National Forest; Vermont; Deerfield Wind Project
Document Number: 07-4747
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service is processing an application for a special use authorization from Deerfield Wind, LLC for the installation and operation of wind turbines on National Forest System (NFS) lands managed by the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF). This notice revises the ``responsible official'', updates the expected dates for the release of the EIS, makes minor modifications to certain parts of the proposed action, and asks for comments on those modifications.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-18917
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Fresh Market Sweet Corn Crop Insurance Provisions
Document Number: E7-18781
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes the Fresh Market Sweet Corn Crop Insurance Provisions to make policy revisions that would allow expansion of the fresh market sweet corn coverage into additional areas where the crop is produced, and will allow coverage for fresh market sweet corn that is sold through direct marketing. The changes will be effective for the 2008 and succeeding crop years for all counties with a contract change date on or after the effective date of this rule and for the 2009 and succeeding crop years for counties with a contract change date prior to the effective date of this rule.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene
Document Number: 07-4757
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are sponsoring a public meeting on September 26, 2007. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States positions that will be discussed at the Thirty-ninth Session of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in Delhi, India, from October 30-November 4, 2007. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties with the opportunity to obtain background information on the 39th Session of the CCFH and to address items on the agenda.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Karnal Bunt; Importation of Wheat and Related Articles
Document Number: E7-18898
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-25
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 associated with regulations for the importation of wheat and related articles from regions affected with Karnal bunt.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Fruits and Vegetables
Document Number: E7-18897
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-25
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 associated with regulations for the importation of fruits and vegetables.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Environmental Monitoring Form
Document Number: E7-18884
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-25
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 associated with environmental monitoring.
International Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standard-Setting Activities
Document Number: E7-18877
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with legislation implementing the results of the Uruguay Round of negotiations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, we are informing the public of international standard- setting activities of the World Organization for Animal Health, the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention, and the North American Plant Protection Organization, and we are soliciting public comment on the standards to be considered.
Warehouse Rates for Peanuts Pledged as Collateral for a Marketing Assistance Loan
Document Number: E7-18856
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This notice announces to the warehouse operators operating under a Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Peanut Storage Agreement on the uniform rates that CCC will pay for storage, handling, and other associated costs for 2007 crop of peanuts.
Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; Change in Requirements for Interhandler Transfers of Raisins
Document Number: E7-18794
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim final rule changing the requirements for interhandler transfers of raisins under the administrative rules and regulations of the California raisin marketing order (order). The order regulates the handling of raisins produced from grapes grown in California and is administered locally by the Raisin Administrative California (Committee or RAC). This rule continues in effect the action that requires handlers who transfer raisins to other handlers within the State of California to certify to the Committee that only acquired, free-tonnage raisins that meet all applicable order requirements are being transferred to receiving handlers. This action helps maintain the integrity of the order by ensuring that handlers only transfer acquired, free-tonnage raisins that meet applicable order requirements.
Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; Use of Estimated Trade Demand To Compute Volume Regulation Percentages
Document Number: 07-4722
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule provides for use of an estimated trade demand figure to compute volume regulation percentages for 2007-08 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 administered locally by the Raisin Administrative Committee (Committee). This rule provides parameters for implementing volume regulation for 2007-08 crop NS raisins, if supplies are short, for the purposes of maintaining a portion of the industry's export markets and stabilizing the domestic market.
Mexican Fruit Fly; Removal of Quarantined Area
Document Number: E7-18762
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-24
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 regulations by removing a portion of Webb County, TX, from the list of quarantined areas and by removing restrictions on the interstate movement of regulated articles from that area. The interim rule was necessary to relieve restrictions that were no longer needed to prevent the spread of the Mexican fruit fly into noninfested areas of the United States.
Wind Energy, Proposed Forest Service Directives
Document Number: E7-18715
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service proposes to amend its internal agency directives for special use authorizations and wildlife monitoring. The proposed amendments would provide direction and guidance specific to wind energy development on National Forest System (NFS) lands. These amendments supplement, rather than supplant or duplicate, existing special use and wildlife directives to address issues specifically associated with siting, processing proposals and applications, and issuing special use permits for wind energy uses. The proposed directives would ensure consistent and adequate analyses for evaluating wind energy proposals and applications and issuing wind energy permits. Public comment is invited and will be considered in the development of final directives.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: First Session of the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance
Document Number: E7-18719
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are sponsoring a public meeting on September 24, 2007, to discuss the agenda items coming before the First Session of the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and to present draft U.S. positions on the agenda items. The First Session on AMR will be held in Seoul, Korea, October 23-26, 2007. The Under Secretary and FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to comment on the agenda items that will be discussed at this forthcoming session on AMR.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses
Document Number: E7-18718
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are sponsoring a public meeting on September 25, 2007. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States positions that will be discussed at the 29th Session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany on November 12-November 16, 2007. In addition, an Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revision of the Standard for Gluten-Free Foods will meet on November 10, 2007. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 29th Session of CCNFSDU and to address items on the agenda.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Study
Document Number: E7-18700
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on the proposed collection of data for the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Study. This study will assess the implementation of the Loving Support peer counseling program in State and local WIC agencies across the country.
National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods
Document Number: E7-18699
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-21
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 24-28, 2007. The Committee will discuss: (1) Assessment of the food safety importance of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, (2) Determination of the most appropriate technologies for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to adopt in performing routine and baseline microbiological analyses, and (3) Parameters for inoculated-pack challenge study protocols.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-18662
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-18660
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-18659
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-18611
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-18610
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Adjustment of Appendices to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation for the 2007 Tariff-Rate Quota Year
Document Number: 07-4682
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-21
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Agriculture
This document sets forth the revised appendices to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation for the 2007 quota year reflecting the cumulative annual transfers from Appendix 1 to Appendix 2 for certain dairy product import licenses permanently surrendered by licenses or revoked by the Licensing Authority.
Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)
Document Number: 07-4661
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a meeting on September 21, 2007, in Quincy, CA. The purpose of the meeting is to review applications for Cycle 7 funding and select projects to be recommended to the Plumas or Lassen National Forest Supervisor for calendar year 2008 funding consideration. The funding is available under the Title II provisions of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. Date & Address: The meeting will take place from 9-4 at the Mineral Building-Plumas/Sierra County Fairgrounds, 208 Fairgrounds Road, Quincy, CA.
Notice of Request for a Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection (Application for Inspection, Accreditation of Laboratories, and Exemptions)
Document Number: E7-18574
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-20
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, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to request a revision of an approved information collection concerning the regulatory requirements for application for inspection, accreditation of laboratories, and exemptions because of revised estimates that support a finding of fewer total burden hours.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-18519
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Proposed New Fee Sites; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447)
Document Number: E7-18402
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Manti-La Sal National Forest is planning to charge fees at eleven recreation sites. All sites have recently been reconstructed or amenities added to improve services and experiences. Fees are assessed based on the level of amenities and services provided, cost of operation and maintenance, market assessment, and public comment. The fees listed are only proposed and will be determined upon further analysis and public comment. Funds from fees would be used for the continued operation and maintenance of these sites. Indian Creek Guard Station and Seeley Guard Station will be available for overnight rental. A financial analysis is being completed to determine the rental fee but may range between $30 and $50 per night. Guard Stations rentals offer a unique experience and are a widely popular offering on National Forests. These Guard Stations have recently been restored. Fees would continue to help protect and maintain the Guard Stations. The Manti-La Sal National Forest is proposing to charge a fee of $5 per vehicle per night at Twin Reservoir Fishing/Camping and an overnight fee of $5 per site at Mason Draw Campground, Oowah Lake Campground and Sand Flats Camping Area (Maloy Park). A $7 overnight fee per site is proposed at Fish Creek Campground and Trailhead. These sites are eligible under the Recreation Fee Enhancement Act to collect fees for continued operation and maintenance. A financial analysis is being completed to determine fee rates.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-18397
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-18395
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-18394
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture
East Kentucky Power Cooperative: Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact
Document Number: E7-18385
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency delivering the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Utilities Programs, hereinafter referred to as Rural Development, has made a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) with respect to a request for possible financing assistance to East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) for the construction of two new Smith Station combustion turbine electric generating units (CTs), two new electric switching stations, and the 36-mile, Smith-West Garrard 345 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line located in Clark, Madison, and Garrard Counties, Kentucky (Proposal).
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-18384
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency delivering the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Utilities Programs, hereinafter referred to as Rural Development and/or the Agency, invites comments on this information collection for which Rural Development intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Off-Highway Vehicle Travel Management Plan
Document Number: 07-4642
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
On August 27, 2007, The Mt. Hood National Forest (Forest) published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register (72 FR 48982) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to document and disclose the potential environmental effects of establishing and designating a system of roads, trails and areas for off-highway vehicles (OHV). The proposed action will change OHV access through much of the Forest in order to meet the intent of the Travel Management; Designated Routes and Areas for Motor Vehicle Use; Final Rule that was published on November 9, 2005 (70 FR 216). The original Notice of Intent listed the final date to receive comments concerning the scope of the analysis as October 1, 2007. The Notice of Intent is being revised to extend the final date for receiving comments concerning the scope of the analysis to November 1, 2007.
Request for Proposals for Woody Biomass Utilization Grant-Forest Restoration Activities on National Forest System Lands
Document Number: E7-18380
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Technology Marketing Unit, located at the Forest Products Laboratory, requests proposals for forest product projects that increase the use of woody biomass from National Forest System lands. The woody biomass utilization grant program is intended to help improve forest restoration activities by using and creating markets for small-diameter material and low-valued trees removed from forest restoration activities, such as reducing hazardous fuels, handling insect and diseased conditions, or treating forestlands impacted by catastrophic weather events. These funds are targeted to help communities, entrepreneurs, and others turn residues from forest restoration activities into marketable forest products and/or energy products.
Camp Four Vegetation Project
Document Number: E7-18341
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Medford-Park Falls Ranger District intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to document the analysis and disclose the environmental effects of proposed land management activities, and corresponding alternatives within the Camp Four project area. The primary purpose of this proposal is to implement activities consistent with direction in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forests Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) and respond to specific needs identified in the project area. The project area is located on National Forest System land in the north central portion of the Park Falls landbase of the Medford-Park Falls Ranger District, approximately 9 miles east of Park Falls, Wisconsin. The legal description for the area is: Township 40 North, Range 2 East, sections 1-3, 9-17, 19-28, 35; Township 40 North, Range 3 East, sections 4, 6, 8-10, 16-20, 29; 4th Principal Meridian.
Consolidation of the Fruit Fly Regulations
Document Number: E7-18316
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-09-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to consolidate our domestic regulations regarding exotic fruit flies. Currently, these regulations are contained in six separate subparts, each of which covers a different species of fruit fly, and each of these subparts has parallel sections that are substantially the same as the corresponding sections in the other subparts. Therefore, we are proposing to combine these six subparts into a single subpart. We are also proposing to modify the regulations by adding a mechanism through which quarantined areas can be removed from the regulations as quickly as they are added. These proposed changes would eliminate duplication and enhance the flexibility of the regulations.
Add the Republic of Georgia to List of Regions Where African Swine Fever Exists
Document Number: E7-18315
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the regulations concerning the importation of animals and animal products by adding the Republic of Georgia to the list of regions where African swine fever exists. We are taking this action because outbreaks of African swine fever have been confirmed in various locations throughout Georgia. This action will restrict the importation of pork and pork products into the United States from Georgia and is necessary to prevent the introduction of African swine fever into the United States.
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Minimal-Risk Regions; Importation of Live Bovines and Products Derived From Bovines
Document Number: 07-4595
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the regulations regarding the importation of animals and animal products to establish conditions for the importation of the following commodities from regions that present a minimal risk of introducing bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the United States: Live bovines for any use born on or after a date determined by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to be the date of effective enforcement of a ruminant-to-ruminant feed ban in the region of export; blood and blood products derived from bovines; and casings and part of the small intestine derived from bovines. We are making these amendments after conducting a risk assessment and comprehensive evaluation of the issues and concluding that such bovines and bovine products can be safely imported under the conditions described in this rule. This document also removes the delay in applicability of certain provisions of a final rule published in January 2005.
Importation of Blueberries From South Africa, Uruguay, and Argentina With Cold Treatment
Document Number: E7-18276
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are allowing the importation into the continental United States of fresh blueberries from South Africa and Uruguay under certain conditions. As a condition of entry, the blueberries will have to undergo cold treatment and will have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of the exporting country. This action will allow for the importation of blueberries from South Africa and Uruguay into the continental United States while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of quarantine pests. In addition, we are allowing the use of cold treatment for blueberries imported into the United States from Argentina. This action provides an alternative to the methyl bromide treatment that is currently required for blueberries imported from Argentina.
Community Connect Broadband Grant Program
Document Number: E7-18272
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service, an agency delivering the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Utilities Programs, hereinafter referred to as Rural Development and/or the Agency, gives notice that no adverse comments were received regarding the direct final rule amending its regulations to update the eligibility criteria for the Community Connect Broadband Grant Program (Community Connect Grant Program) requirements of the Agency, and confirms the effective date of the direct final rule.