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

Importation of Nursery Stock; Technical Amendment
Document Number: E7-23282
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-11-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on August 6, 2007, and effective on September 5, 2007, we amended the regulations governing the importation of nursery stock by making several changes, including allowing the importation of restricted articles in tissue culture medium that is not transparent or translucent. It was our intent that the amended regulations only allow the use of agar or agar-like tissue culture medium. In this amendment, we are amending the regulation to clarify that intent.
Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Idaho
Document Number: E7-23254
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-11-30
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 brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of cattle by changing the classification of Idaho from Class A to Class Free. We determined that Idaho met the standards for Class Free status. The interim rule relieved certain restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle from Idaho.
Notice of New Fee Sites and Increase in Fees at 3 Existing Fee Sites-Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447)
Document Number: E7-23196
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Rio Grande National Forest is planning to charge a $50/ night fee for the new overnight rentals of Stone Cellar Guard Station, Saguache Bunk House, Alder Creek Guard Station and Fitton Cabin; as well as a $75/night fee for Upper Crossing Guard Station, River Springs Guard Station and 2 cabins at Platoro Reservoir. These cabins have not been available for recreation use prior to this date. Rentals of other cabins on the Rio Grande National Forest have shown that people appreciate and enjoy the availability of historic rental cabins. The Rio Grande National Forest is also proposing that the fees for existing rental cabins be raised from $35/night to $50/night for Brewery Creek Guard Station, Carnero Guard Station, and Elwood Guard Station. Funds from the rental cabins will be used for the continued operation and maintenance of the cabins.
National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee; Notice of Solicitation for Membership
Document Number: E7-23195
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are giving notice that we have reestablished the Secretary's National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee for a 2-year period. The Secretary is soliciting nominations for membership on this Committee.
Notice of Intent: To Request Comments on a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E7-23189
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the intention of NRCS to request a revision for a currently approved information collection, Long-Term Contracting.
National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee; Notice of Intent To Reestablish
Document Number: E7-23198
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are giving notice that the Secretary of Agriculture intends to reestablish the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee for a 2-year period. The Secretary has determined that the Committee is necessary and in the public interest.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-23157
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-23154
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Vernal Ranger Districts Travel Management Plan, Ashley National Forest; Duchesne and Daggett Counties, UT; Correction
Document Number: 07-5875
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service published a document the Federal Register of November 9, 2007, concerning request for comments on the proposed action for the Roosevelt/Duchesne and Flaming Gorge Ranger Districts Travel Management Plan. The document identified a 45-day comment period from the date of publication. The closing date corresponds with December 24, 2007. In order to avoid, the scoping comment period closing during the holidays, we are extending the comment period to 60 days from the date of the original publication, which corresponds with January 8, 2008.
Roosevelt/Duchesne and Flaming Gorge Ranger Districts Travel Management Plan, Ashley National Forest; Duchesne, Daggett, and Summit Counties, UT and Sweetwater County, WY; Correction
Document Number: 07-5874
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service published a document the Federal Register of November 9, 2007, concerning request for comments on the proposed action for the Roosevelt/Duchesne and Flaming Gorge Ranger Districts Travel Management Plan. The document identified a 45-day comment period from the date of publication. The closing date corresponds with December 24, 2007. In order to avoid the scoping comment period closing during the holidays, we are extending the comment period to 60 days from the date of the original publication, which corresponds with January 8, 2008.
Importation of Live Swine, Swine Semen, Pork, and Pork Products From the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland
Document Number: E7-23126
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-11-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the regulations governing the importation of animals and animal products to add the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland to the region of the European Union that we recognize as low risk for classical swine fever (CSF). We are also adding the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland to the list of regions we consider free from swine vesicular disease (SVD) and adding Latvia and Lithuania to the list of regions considered free from foot- and-mouth disease (FMD) and rinderpest. These actions will relieve some restrictions on the importation into the United States of certain animals and animal products from those regions, while continuing to protect against the introduction of CSF, SVD, and FMD, and rinderpest into the United States.
United States Standards for Livestock and Meat Marketing Claims, Naturally Raised Claim for Livestock and the Meat and Meat Products Derived From Such Livestock
Document Number: E7-23103
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments on a proposed voluntary standard for a naturally raised marketing claim. A number of livestock producers make claims associated with production practices in order to distinguish their products in the marketplace. There are a growing number of entities that wish to capture value added opportunities via alternative production methods to meet the demands of consumers seeking meat and meat products from naturally raised livestock. The livestock and meat supply chain along with consumers could benefit from a uniform standard for the marketing of this type of product. The standard for a naturally raised marketing claim, if adopted, will be part of the voluntary U.S. Standards for Livestock and Meat Marketing Claims. If this voluntary standard is established, livestock producers participating in this program would have their naturally raised claim verified through the Department of Agriculture (USDA). Verification of any claim would be accomplished through an audit of the production process in accordance with procedures that are contained in Part 62 of Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 62). Meat and meat products sold from approved programs can carry a claim verified by USDA.
Clearwater National Forest; Idaho; Travel Management Plan
Document Number: 07-5861
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service gives notice of its intent to prepare a Travel Planning Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Clearwater National Forest (CNF). The proposed action would designate a site- specific transportation system and prohibit indiscriminate cross- country traffic. The EIS will analyze the effects of the proposed action and alternatives. The Clearwater National Forest invites comments and suggestions on the issues to be addressed. The agency gives notice of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and decision-making process on the proposal so interested and affected members of the public may participate and contribute to the final decision.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-23035
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Information Collection; Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) Inventory
Document Number: E7-23034
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-27
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 new information collection, Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) Inventory.
Inviting Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program Preapplications for Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems
Document Number: E7-22986
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), an Agency within the USDA Rural Development mission area, announces the availability of two individual grants: one grant from the passenger transportation funds appropriated for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program and another grant for Federally Recognized Native American Tribes' (FRNAT) from funds appropriated for the RBEG program. USDA Rural Development will administer these awards under the RBEG program and 7 U.S.C. 1932(c)(2) for fiscal year (FY) 2008. Historically, Congress has appropriated funding for these specific programs. This notice is being issued prior to passage of a FY 2008 Appropriations Act, which may or may not provide an appropriation for these programs, to allow applicants sufficient time to leverage financing, submit applications, and give the Agency time to process applications within the current fiscal year. A subsequent notice identifying the amount received in the appropriations will be published, if any. Each grant is to be competitively awarded to a qualified national organization. One grant is for the provision of technical assistance to rural transportation projects. The other grant is for the provision of technical assistance to rural transportation projects operated by FRNAT's only. This notice will be amended to publish final funding levels, if any.
Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period for the Forest Service Proposed Wind Energy Directives (FSM 2720, FSH 2609.13 and FSH 2709.11)
Document Number: E7-22977
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service is extending the public comment period an additional 60 days, from November 23, 2007, to January 23, 2008, for the proposed directives for wind energy development on National Forest System (NFS) lands. As stated in the original Public Notice which was published on Monday, September 24, 2007, Federal Register Vol. 72, No. 184, the Forest Service is proposing to amend its internal directives for special use authorizations and wildlife monitoring. Reviewers may obtain a copy of the proposed amendments from the address cited in the addresses section below or from the Forest Service home page on the World Wide Web at: http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/permits/energy.htm. Public comment is invited and will be considered in the development of final directives.
Official Records, Authentication
Document Number: 07-5826
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-11-27
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Agriculture
This final rule amends Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations on the procedures that USDA agencies follow upon receipt of a request for an authenticated copy of an agency document. Specifically, this rule authorizes the Inspector General to authenticate copies of documents in the records of the Office of Inspector General (OIG).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-22941
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-22940
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Dairy Disaster Assistance Payment Program III
Document Number: E7-22904
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-11-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
This document proposes a new program, the Dairy Disaster Assistance Payment Program III, as authorized by the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007. The proposed program would provide $16 million in assistance for producers in counties designated as a major disaster or emergency area by the President, or those declared a natural disaster area by the Secretary of Agriculture. Counties declared disasters by the President may be eligible, even though agricultural loss was not covered by the declaration, if there has been a Farm Service Agency Administrator's Physical Loss Notice covering such losses. The natural disaster declarations by the Secretary or the President must have been issued between January 1, 2005 and February 28, 2007, that is, after January 1, 2005, and before February 28, 2007. Counties contiguous to such counties will also be eligible. This proposed program is designed to provide financial assistance to producers who suffered dairy production losses due to natural disasters in the eligible counties.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Child Nutrition Database
Document Number: E7-22889
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Food and Nutrition Service to request a revision of a currently approved collection. This collection is the voluntary submission of data including nutrient data from the food service industry to update and expand the Child Nutrition Database in support of the School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children.
Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order
Document Number: 07-5767
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-11-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking comments regarding the establishment of an industry-funded promotion, research, and information program for sorghum, which includes, but is not limited to, grain sorghum, sorghum forage, sorghum hay, sorghum haylage, sorghum billets, and sorghum silage. For the purpose of clarity, the term sorghum will mean all the above mentioned types of sorghum unless specifically identified otherwise. The proposed Order would be implemented under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 (Act). The proposed Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order) would establish a national Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Board (Board) comprised initially of 13 sorghum producers. Producers and importers would pay assessments based on the value of the sorghum they produce or import. A referendum would be conducted 3 years after assessments begin to determine if sorghum producers and importers favor the program.
Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Dropwort Leaves With Stems From South Korea Into the Continental United States
Document Number: E7-22760
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that we have prepared a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with the importation of dropwort leaves with stems from South Korea into the continental United States. Based on that analysis, we believe that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of dropwort leaves with stems from South Korea. We are making the pest risk analysis available for review and comment.
Notice of Request for Revision and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Scrapie in Sheep and Goats; Interstate Movement Restrictions and Indemnity Program
Document Number: E7-22742
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-21
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 a revision and extension of approval of an information collection associated with regulations for the interstate movement of sheep and goats and an indemnity program to help prevent the spread of scrapie.
Secretary's Advisory Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases; Notice of Solicitation for Membership
Document Number: E7-22739
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are giving notice that the Secretary has reestablished the Advisory Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases for a 2-year period. The Secretary is soliciting nominations for membership for this committee.
Notice of Appointment of Members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board
Document Number: E7-22696
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-21
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 the appointments made by the Secretary of Agriculture to the 10 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E7-22690
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-21
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 the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval, from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection for Tobacco Report.
Umatilla National Forest, Grant County, Oregon; Farley Analysis Area Vegetation Management Project
Document Number: 07-5773
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The U.S. Department AgricultureForest Service proposes to conduct vegetation management activities on approximately 167,500 acres of upland forest sites in the Farley Analysis Area to restore sustainable forest conditions in the Desolation Creek watershed. The proposed action will use a range of mechanical harvest and non-harvest thinning and prescribed fire activities to alter species composition, stand structure, and fire regime condition class to re-create conditions that are consistent with the historic range of variably for forests of the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon, and to capture the commercial value of forest raw materials for the benefit of local economies. The Farley Analysis Area encompasses the Desolation Creek watershed which covers 69,672 acres of diverse mountainous, mostly forested landscapes ranging in elevation from 7,765 ft at its headwaters to 2810 ft at its confluence with the North Fork John Day River near Dale, Oregon. It includes both National Forest and privately-owned lands; private lands comprise about 18 percent of the total area, mostly at lower elevations at the western end of the watershed. Development and implementation of these actions will be conducted in accordance with the National Forest Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Council on Environmental Quality regulations, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and with the Umatilla National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan and scientific recommendations of the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project.
Information Collection; Special Areas; State Petitions for Inventoried Roadless Area Management
Document Number: E7-22668
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-20
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, State Petitions for Inventoried Roadless Area Management.
Umatilla National Forest, Grant County, OR Farley Analysis Area Vegetation Management Project
Document Number: 07-5754
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The U.S. Department of AgricultureForest Service proposes to conduct vegetation management activities on approximately 17,500 acres of upland forest sites in the Farley Analysis Area to restore sustainable forest conditions in the Desolation Creek watershed. The proposed action will use a range of mechanical harvest and non-harvest thinning and prescribed fire activities to alter species composition, stand structure, and fire regime condition class to re-create conditions that are consistent with the historic range of variability for forests of the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon, and to capture the commercial value of forest raw materials for the benefit of local economies. The Farley Analysis Area encompasses the Desolation Creek watershed which covers 69,672 acres of diverse mountainous, mostly forested landscapes ranging in elevation from 7,765 ft at its headwaters to 2810 ft at its confluence with the North Fork John Day River near Dale, Oregon. It includes both National Forest and privately-owned lands; private lands comprise about 18 percent of the total area, mostly at lower elevations at the western end of the watershed. Development and implementation of these actions will be conducted in accordance with the National Forest Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Council on Environmental Quality regulations, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and with the Umatilla National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan and scientific recommendations of the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project.
Notice of New Fee Site; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447)
Document Number: 07-5753
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Coronado National Forest proposes to begin charging a new $150.00 per day fee for rental of the Rockfellow House located 10 miles west of Sunsites, Arizona. Rental of the Cabin includes overnight use. Rental of the cabin and other facilities within the Arizona National Forests has shown that the public appreciates and enjoys the availability of historic rental facilities. Funds from the rentals will be used for the continued operation and maintenance of the Rockfellow House.
Stanislaus National Forest, CA; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Public Wheeled Motorized Travel Management
Document Number: E7-22571
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Stanislaus National Forest (STF) will prepare an environmental impact statement disclosing the impacts of the following proposed actions: 1. Add approximately 126.2 miles of existing unauthorized routes to the National Forest System (NFS) of trails open to public wheeled motorized use. 2. Add approximately 0.03 miles of unauthorized routes to the NFS of roads open to public wheeled motorized use. 3. Convert approximately 16.3 miles of existing NFS roads to NFS trails open to public wheeled motorized use. 4. Change approximately 11.6 miles of existing NFS roads closed to public wheeled motorized use to NFS roads open to public wheeled motorized use. 5. Change approximately 24.5 miles of existing NFS roads open to public wheeled motorized use to NFS roads closed to public wheeled motorized use. 6. Change approximately 73.7 miles of existing NFS roads open to highway legal vehicles only to NFS roads open to all public wheeled motorized use. 7. Change approximately 214.2 miles of existing NFS roads open to all public wheeled motorized use to NFS roads open to highway legal vehicles only. 8. Prohibit public motorized travel off of designated NFS roads and trails except where: (a) traveling up to 100 feet off of designated NFS roads and NFS trails for direct access to campsites, parking, woodcutting, or gathering forest products provided that no resource damage occurs and such access is not otherwise prohibited, totaling approximately 2,272.9 miles or, (b) allowed by permit or other authorization, totaling 1.0 miles. 9. Provide for certain seasonal closures to wheeled motorized travel on NFS roads and trails to protect resources, totaling approximately 837.5 miles.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-22566
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-22565
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-22563
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Citrus Canker; Movement of Fruit From Quarantined Areas
Document Number: E7-22549
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the citrus canker regulations to modify the conditions under which fruit may be moved interstate from a quarantined area. We are eliminating the requirement that the groves in which the fruit is produced be inspected and found free of citrus canker, and instead are requiring that every lot of fruit produced in the quarantined area be inspected by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at a packinghouse operating under a compliance agreement and found to be free of visible symptoms of citrus canker. We are retaining the requirement that the fruit be treated with a surface disinfectant and the prohibition on the movement of fruit from a quarantined area into commercial citrus-producing States. These changes will relieve some restrictions on the interstate movement of fresh citrus fruit from Florida while maintaining conditions that will help prevent the artificial spread of citrus canker.
Extension of Certain Timber Sale Contracts; Finding of Substantial Overriding Public Interest
Document Number: E7-22534
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
On November 2, 2007, the Chief of the Forest Service determined there is Substantial Overriding Public Interest in extending certain National Forest System timber sale contracts for up to one year, subject to a maximum total contract length of 10 years. Pursuant to the November 2, 2007, finding, timber sale contracts awarded prior to January 1, 2007, are eligible for extension and deferral of periodic payment due dates for up to one year. This finding does not apply to (1) contracts that have been or are currently eligible to be extended under market related contract term addition (MRCTA) contract provisions, except sales using the Hardwood Lumber index that were awarded after December 31, 2005, (2) salvage sale contracts that were sold with the objective of harvesting deteriorating timber, (3) contracts the Forest Service determines are in urgent need of harvesting due to deteriorating timber conditions that have developed following award of the contract, or (4) contracts that are in breach. To receive an extension, purchasers must make a written request to the appropriate Contracting Officer. Purchasers also must agree to release the Forest Service from all claims and liability if a contract extended pursuant to the November 2, 2007, finding is suspended, modified, or terminated in the future. The intended effect of the Substantial Overriding Public Interest finding and contract extensions is to minimize contract defaults, mill closures, and company bankruptcies. The Government benefits if defaulted timber sale contracts, mill closures, and bankruptcies can be avoided by granting extensions. Having numerous, economically viable, timber sale purchasers increases competition for National Forest System timber sales, results in higher prices paid for such timber, and allows the Forest Service to provide a continuous supply of timber to the public in accordance with Forest Service authorizing legislation. See Act of June 4, 1897 (Ch. 2, 30 Stat. 11 as amended, 16 U.S.C. 475) (Organic Administration Act). In addition, by extending contracts and avoiding defaults, closures, and bankruptcies, the Government avoids the difficult, lengthy, expensive, and sometimes impossible process of collecting default damages.
Notice of Intent To Request Comments on a Currently Approved Information Collection.
Document Number: 07-5747
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
This notice announces the intention of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to request comments on a currently approved information collection for which approval will expire, 0578-0030, Emergency Watershed Protection Program. Public Participation: The NRCS invites full public participation to promote open communication and better decision-making. All persons and organizations that have an interest in the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program are urged to provide comments. Scoping Process: Public participation is requested throughout the scoping process. The NRCS is soliciting comment the public indicating what issues and impacts the public believes should be encompassed within the scope of the EWP Program. Comments are invited on (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility, (b) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used, (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, such as through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technologic collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Date Scoping Comments Are Due: Comments on this notice must be received by January 18, 2008 to ensure consideration. Comments may be sent to Phyllis I. Watkins, Agency OMB Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Mailstop 5460, Beltsville, MD 20705-5000; (301) 504- 2170; phyllis.i.watkins@wdc.usda.gov.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 07-5720
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Annual List of Newspapers To Be Used by the Alaska Region for Publication of Legal Notices of Proposed Actions and Legal Notices of Decisions Subject to Administrative Appeal Under 36 CFR 215
Document Number: 07-5704
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
This notice lists the newspapers that Ranger Districts, Forests, and the Regional Office of the Alaska Region will use to publish legal notice of all decisions subject to appeal under 36 CFR part 215 and to publish legal notices for public comment on actions subject to the notice and comment provisions of 36 CFR part 215, as updated on June 4, 2003. The intended effect of this action is to inform interested members of the public which newspapers will be used to publish legal notice of actions subject to public comment and decisions subject to appeal under 36 CFR part 215, thereby allowing them to receive constructive notice of a decision or proposed action, to provide clear evidence of timely notice, and to achieve consistency in administering the appeals process.
Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Biennial Review and Republication of the Select Agent and Toxin List
Document Number: E7-22431
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-11-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are reopening the comment period for our proposed rule that would amend and republish the list of select agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to animal or plant health, or to animal or plant products. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
White River National Forest; Eagle County, CO; 2007 Vail Ski Area Improvements Proposal
Document Number: E7-22429
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to disclose the anticipated environmental effects of the 2007 Vail Ski Area Improvements proposal. The proposal includes projects designed to enhance the guest experience at Vail through a series of strategic, qualitative improvements and is tailored to improve Vail's ability to respond to its changing market/guests' demands and preferences.
Office of the Chief Economist; Federal Advisory Committee for the Expert Review of Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3
Document Number: 07-5689
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The Federal Advisory Committee for the Expert Review of Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3 (CERSAP) will hold a teleconference on Friday, December 7, 2007. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the lead agency for Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3 (SAP 4.3) titled, The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity. CERSAP will provide advice to the Secretary of Agriculture on the conduct of this study.
Information Collection; Equal Opportunity Compliance Review Record
Document Number: E7-22316
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-15
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 new information collection, Equal Opportunity Compliance Review Record.
Importation of Sheep and Goat Semen
Document Number: E7-22279
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-11-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the regulations regarding the importation of animal germplasm by removing specific restrictions on sheep semen from regions where scrapie exists and requiring the inclusion of additional information on the international health certificate accompanying sheep and goat semen. Experience and research have convinced us that sheep and goat semen pose a minimal risk of transmitting scrapie. This action will relieve restrictions on imported sheep semen while continuing to provide safeguards against the introduction and dissemination of scrapie.
Interstate Movement of Fruit From Hawaii
Document Number: E7-22278
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-11-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the Hawaiian fruits and vegetables regulations to allow mangosteen, dragon fruit, melon, pods of cowpea and its relatives, breadfruit, jackfruit, and fresh moringa pods to be moved interstate from Hawaii under certain conditions. This action would allow the movement of these tropical fruits from Hawaii to the continental United States while continuing to provide protection against the spread of plant pests from Hawaii to the continental United States.
Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: E7-22277
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-11-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee) for the 2007-08 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.035 to $0.0325 per 25-pound carton of tomatoes handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of tomatoes grown in Florida. Assessments upon 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.
Regulatory Streamlining of the Farm Service Agency's Direct Farm Loan Programs; Conforming Changes
Document Number: 07-5659
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-11-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
This rule removes the Farm Service Agency's direct Farm Loan Programs regulations from the Rural Development's mission area loan program regulations. In addition, it makes conforming changes to FSA's regulations for the boll weevil eradication loan program, the servicing of minor program loans, the special apple loan program, and the emergency loan for seed producers program.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-22186
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture