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National Forest System Land Management Planning; Correction
Document Number: E8-31165
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
This document makes technical corrections Forest Service regulations concerning the administrative review procedures that the responsible official may use in some cases when approving plans, plan amendments, or plan revisions during the transition period for the rule. A final rule was published in volume 73 of the Federal Register, page 21468, April 21, 2008. This document makes corrections to the April 21 rule.
Notice of Intent To Revise a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E8-31143
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations at 5 CFR part 1320 (60 FR 44977, August 29, 1995), this notice announces the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service's (CSREES) intention to revise a currently approved information collection entitled, ``Reporting Requirements for State Plans of Work for Agricultural Research and Extension Formula Funds.'' The only proposed change to the information collection is that the initial five year plan of work will no longer be required.
Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Coverage Enhancement Option Provisions; Corrections
Document Number: E8-31105
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
This document contains corrections to the final regulation that was published Monday, July 28, 2008 (73 FR 43607-43611). The regulation pertains to the Coverage Enhancement Option.
Notice of Intent: To Request an Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E8-31071
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS published in the Federal Register notice of October 22, 2008 (73 FR 62949), a document stating ``Notice to Reinstate a Previously Approved Information Collection.'' This notice corrects the previously published document. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the intention of NRCS to request an extension for, and a revision to, the currently approved information collection, Volunteer ProgramEarth Team. The collected information will help NRCS match the skills of individuals who apply for volunteer work that will further the Agency's mission. Information will be collected from potential volunteers who are at least 14 years of age.
Notice of a Public Meeting on Interim Rule for Rural Development Guaranteed Loan Programs
Document Number: E8-31031
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service, all Agencies within the USDA Rural Development Mission Area, have scheduled an informational and training workshop for new and existing lenders of the Mission Area's guaranteed loan programs. The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize lenders with the new guaranteed loan program regulation, 7 CFR Part 5001, published in the Federal Register on December 17, 2008. The new rule pertains to the Business and Industry, Community Facilities, Water and Waste Disposal, and Rural Energy for America guaranteed loan programs.
Food Stamp Program: Revisions to Bonding Requirements for Violating Retail and Wholesale Food Concerns
Document Number: E8-30951
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This action provides final rulemaking for a proposed rule. It revises the current bonding requirements imposed against participating retailers and wholesalers who have violated the Food Stamp Program rules and regulations. Currently, all violating retailers and wholesalers that are disqualified for a specified period of time or have a civil money penalty imposed in lieu of a disqualification for a specified period of time are required to submit a valid collateral bond, usually on an annual basis, if they wish to continue to participate in the Food Stamp Program. Over the years, securing a collateral bond has become increasingly more difficult for retailers and wholesalers. Thus, this final rule revises the current requirement in order to help alleviate the financial burden to those retailers and wholesalers who are required to submit such a bond and also to reduce the recordkeeping burden with respect to the FNS field offices which have to keep track of the expirations and renewals of these bonds. This final rule also places in the Food Stamp Program regulations the longstanding policy FNS has adopted to accept irrevocable letters of credit (LOC) in lieu of collateral bonds. Lastly, this rule establishes a specified period of time for retailers and wholesalers to be removed from the program for accepting food stamp benefits in payment for eligible food on credit, a violation of the Food Stamp Program regulations.
Farm Program Payment Limitation and Payment Eligibility for 2009 and Subsequent Crop, Program, or Fiscal Years
Document Number: E8-30764
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is revising regulations as required by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) to make changes in payment eligibility, payment attribution, maximum income limits, and maximum dollar benefit amounts for participants in CCC-funded programs. This interim rule amends the regulations to ensure that program payments and benefits are issued only to those persons and entities that meet all eligibility requirements, that a program participant does not receive any program payment above the maximum allowable benefit amount, and that applicable payments are not made to anyone whose average adjusted gross income exceeds the maximum dollar amounts established by the 2008 Farm Bill. This interim rule will apply to 2009 and subsequent crop, program, or fiscal year benefits for programs subject to the provisions in our regulations.
Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program and Average Crop Revenue Election Program
Document Number: E8-30763
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule implements the provisions of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) regarding the direct and counter-cyclical payment program (DCP) for the 2008 through 2012 crop years as well as Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program payments for the 2009 through 2012 crop years. The 2008 Farm Bill further authorizes payments, with some changes, that were previously authorized under the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (the 2002 Farm Bill) regarding direct and counter-cyclical payments for the crop years 2002 through 2007. The payments provide income support to producers of eligible commodities and are based on historically-based acreage and yields and do not depend on the current production choices of the farmer. In general, the 2008 Farm Bill provides payments to eligible producers of covered commodities and peanuts and beginning in 2009, pulse crops as well. Additionally, the 2008 Farm Bill provides for the establishment of a yield for each farm for any designated oilseed or eligible pulse crop for which a payment yield was not established under the 2002 Farm Bill.
Management of National Forest System Surface Resources With Privately Held Mineral Estates
Document Number: E8-30742
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service is preparing to promulgate regulations to provide clarity and direction on the management of National Forest System surface resources when the mineral estate is privately held.
Inviting Applications for the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2009
Document Number: E8-30731
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
This Notice is to invite applications for loans and grants under the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program pursuant to 7 CFR part 4280, subpart A for fiscal year (FY) 2009 subject to the availability of funding. Funding to support $35.8 million in loans and $10 million in grants is currently available. The commitment of program dollars will be made to applicants of selected responses that have fulfilled the necessary requirements for obligation. Expenses incurred in developing applications will be at the applicant's risk.
Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Collection
Document Number: E8-30696
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
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 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection ``Application for Plant Variety Protection Certification and Objective Description of Variety.'' Two new forms are introduced to this collection.
Sale and Disposal of National Forest System Timber; Special Forest Products and Forest Botanical Products
Document Number: E8-30672
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Department is issuing this final rule to regulate the sustainable free use, commercial harvest, and sale of special forest products and forest botanical products from National Forest System lands. The rule is needed to promote sustainability in light of the increased public demands for both timber and non-timber special forest products and forest botanical products over the past 10 years. In many cases, these demands are challenging sustainability, particularly in the most heavily used parts of the National Forest System. This rule will help ensure the continued sustainability of special forest products and forest botanical products. The rule also revises 36 CFR 261.6 to reflect new free use and personal use authorizations for special forest products and forest botanical products and to specify the types of contractual documents currently used by the Forest Service. In addition, the Forest Service made minor textual clarifications to section 261.6.
Announcement of Solicitation of Applications and Grant Application Deadlines
Document Number: E8-30759
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development administers rural utilities programs through the Rural Utilities Service. USDA Rural Development announces its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 subject to the availability of funding. This notice is being issued prior to passage of a final appropriations act to allow potential applicants time to submit proposals and give the Agency time to process applications within the current fiscal year. USDA Rural Development will publish a subsequent notice identifying the amount received in the final appropriations act, if any. Expenses incurred in developing applications will be at the applicant's risk. For FY 2008, Congress appropriated approximately $30 million. In addition to announcing the application window, the Agency announces the minimum and maximum amounts for DLT grants applicable for the fiscal year. Finally, the Agency notes that the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, in order to clearly establish that libraries are eligible to be recipients of DLT Loans and Grants, expressly added the category of libraries under Sec. 2333 (c)(1) of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. Sec. 950aaa- 2(a)(1)). This confirms longstanding Agency policy of considering libraries to be eligible entities under the DLT Program.
Change in Disease Status of Surrey County, England, Because of Foot-and-Mouth Disease
Document Number: E8-30724
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the regulations governing the importation of certain animals, meat, and other animal products into the United States by restoring Surrey County, England, to the list of regions of the world that are considered free of rinderpest and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), and to the list of regions of the world considered free of rinderpest and FMD but subject to additional importation restrictions because of those regions' proximity to or trading relationships with FMD-affected regions. This final rule follows an interim rule that removed Surrey County, England, from those lists due to the detection of FMD in that region. Based on the results of a risk analysis concerning the FMD disease status of Surrey County, England, we have determined that Surrey County, England, can be added to the list of regions considered free of FMD. This rule relieves certain FMD-related prohibitions and restrictions on the importation of ruminants and swine and the fresh meat and other animal products of ruminants and swine into the United States from Surrey County, England.
Milk in the Northeast and Other Marketing Areas; Final Decision on Proposed Amendments to Tentative Marketing Agreements and to Orders and Termination of Proceeding
Document Number: E8-30697
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
We are denying proposals that would have increased Class I and Class II prices and modified the formulas used to determine Class I and II prices in all Federal milk marketing orders. This document terminates the proceeding on the five proposed amendments.
The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection; Nominations for Membership
Document Number: E8-30673
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting nominations for membership on the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI). The full Committee consists of 16-18 members, and each person selected is expected to serve a 2-year term.
Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Tangelos Grown in Florida; Recommended Decision and Opportunity To File Written Exceptions to Proposed Amendments to Marketing Agreement 84 and Order No. 905
Document Number: E8-30670
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This is a recommended decision regarding proposed amendments to Marketing Agreement No. 84 and Order No. 905 (order), which regulate the handling of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and tangelos (citrus) grown in Florida. Four amendments were proposed by the Citrus Administrative Committee (committee), which is responsible for local administration of the order. These proposed amendments would modify committee representation by cooperative entities, allow substitute alternates to temporarily represent absent members at committee meetings, authorize the committee to conduct meetings by telephone or other means of communication, and authorize the committee to conduct research and promotion programs, including paid advertising, for fresh Florida citrus. The proposals are intended to improve the operation and administration of the order. This recommended decision invites written exceptions on the proposed amendments.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E8-30668
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Business-Cooperative Service's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for the 1890 Land Grant Institutions Rural Entrepreneurial Outreach and Development Initiative Program.
National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
Document Number: E8-30657
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The National Urban and Community Foresty Advisory Council, (NUCFAC), is charged, by law, to provide recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on urban forestry related issues and opportunities. Part of the Council's role is to recommend the criteria for the U.S. Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry, (U&CF) Challenge Cost Share Grant Program. NUCFAC has revised their criteria for the U.S. Forest Service's U&CF Challenge Cost Share Grant Program for 2009. The new U&CF Challenge Cost Share Grant Program will be solicited in two categories: Innovation grants and Best Practices grants. At total anticipated amount of one million dollars will be divided in half between the two categories.
Notice of New Fee Sites; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447)
Document Number: E8-30652
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pending public comments and feedback received through the BLM Resource Advisory Council (BLM RAC) review and recommendation process, the following National Forests and National Grasslands in the Northern Region propose to begin charging new fees at the following recreation sites: The Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest will begin charging new fees for overnight camping at Pintler Campground ($5/night) with an additional vehicle fee of $3/vehicle; East Fork Campground ($8/night) with an additional vehicle fee of $3/vehicle; North Van Houten Campground ($9/night) with an additional vehicle fee of $3/vehicle; South Van Houten Campground ($9/night) with an additional vehicle fee of $3/vehicle Twin Lakes Campground ($9/night) with an additional vehicle fee of $3/vehicle; for day use at Canyon Creek Day Use Site ($4/site), and for the overnight rental at Long Tom Cabin ($40/night); and at Springhill Cabin ($50/night). Bitterroot National Forest will begin charging new fees for overnight camping at Blodgett Campground ($8/night); for day use at Willoughby Group Site ($50); for the overnight rental of Lost Horse Cabin ($50/night); and Boulder Point Lookout ($35/night). The Clearwater National Forest will begin charging new fees for the overnight rental of Wendover Cabin ($40/night). The Custer National Forest will begin charging new fees for overnight camping at Jimmy Joe Campground ($10/night) with an extra vehicle fee of $5/night; Palisades Campground ($10/night) with an extra vehicle fee of $5/night; M K Campground ($10/night) with an extra vehicle fee of $5/night; and Initial Creek Campground ($10/night) with an extra vehicle fee of $5/night. The Dakota Prairie Grasslands will begin charging new fees for overnight camping at Burning Coal Vein Campground ($10/night). The Idaho Panhandle National Forest will begin charging new fees for overnight camping at Cedar Creek Campground ($8/night) with an extra vehicle fee of $2/night; Telichpah Campground ($8/night) with an additional vehicle fee of $2/night; Tripod Point Campground ($5/night); Distillery Bay Campground ($5/night); Bottle Bay Campground ($5/night); and Teacher Bay Campground ($5/night). The Idaho Panhandle National Forest will also begin charging a dump station fee of $3 at Upper Landing Dump Station for each tank downloaded. The Nez Perce National Forest will begin charging new fees for the overnight rental of Sourdough Lookout ($30/night); Moore's Station Cabin ($50/night); Elk Mountain Cabin ($35/night); Selway Falls Cabin ($50/night); Burnt Knob Lookout ($25/night); Square Mountain Lookout ($25/night); and Indian Hill Cabin ($35/night). Rentals of other cabins and lookouts throughout the Northern Region have shown that the public appreciates and enjoys the availability of historic rental cabins and lookouts as well as campgrounds and group camping sites. Funds from the cabin rentals, campgrounds, group camping site, day use site and dump station will be used for the continued operation and maintenance of recreation sites.
Market Agency, Dealer, and Packer Bonds
Document Number: E8-30515
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is reviewing how it calculates the reasonable bond required to be posted by each market agency, dealer, and certain packers (bonded entities) under the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, as amended and supplemented (7 U.S.C. 181, et seq.) (P&S Act or Act). We are initiating this review to determine what alternatives, if any, exist for revising the P&S Act regulations (9 CFR part 201) to better protect the financial interests of livestock sellers and consignors without exceeding a reasonable bond amount for bonded entities. We are seeking public comment and information on several identified alternative revisions to the regulations and the issues that we are considering in this review.
Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board Public Meeting Dates Announced
Document Number: E8-30436
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board (NFAB) has announced its meeting dates for 2009. These meetings are open to the public, and public comment is accepted at any time in writing, at the pleasure of the Chair, and during the last 15 minutes of each meeting, limited to three (3) minutes per person for oral comments. Meeting dates are the third Wednesday of each month unless otherwise indicated: January 7 (Previously announced); February 18; March 18; April 15; May 20; June 17; July 15; August 19 (Summer Field TripTBA); September 16; October 21; November 18; December No meeting; January 6, 2010 (Tentative).
Forest Resource Coordinating Committee
Document Number: E8-30353
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Secretary of Agriculture intends to establish the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee (Committee) pursuant to Section 8005 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246) passed into law as an amendment to the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 on June 18, 2008. The Forest Resource Coordinating Committee is being established to coordinate non-industrial private forestry activities within the Department of Agriculture and with the private sector. As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, charters for Federal advisory committees must be renewed every two years. The Committee is soliciting nominations to fill eight vacancies with staggered terms up to three years. The public is invited to submit nominations for membership on the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-School Food Purchase Study-III
Document Number: E8-30351
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-22
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 School Food Purchase Study- III. This is a request for reinstatement with changes of a previously approved OMB package (OMB 0584-0471, expiration data 6/30/98). It is the third in a series of studies designed to provide statistically valid national estimates of the types, amounts, and costs of food acquisitions (both purchased foods and USDA donated commodities) made by public school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program (OMB 0584-006, expiration date 3/31/2009). This proposed collection is in response to a Congressional mandate in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.
United States Standards for Grades of Carrots With Short Trimmed Tops
Document Number: E8-30312
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), prior to undertaking research and other work associated with revising official grade standards, is soliciting comments on the possible revisions to the United States Standards for Grades of Carrots with Short Trimmed Tops. AMS has been reviewing the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grade standards for usefulness in fostering commerce. As a result, AMS has identified the United States Standards for Grades of Carrots with Short Trimmed Tops for possible revisions. AMS is proposing to revise the color requirement to allow carrots with short trimmed tops of any color characteristic of the variety to be graded using the standards. In addition, the similar varietal characteristic requirement would be amended to allow mixed colors and/or types of carrots when designated as a mixed or specialty pack. Also, AMS is considering removing the ``Unclassified'' category from the standards. AMS is seeking comments regarding this change as well as any other possible revisions that may be necessary to better serve the industry.
Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Section 610 Review
Document Number: E8-30311
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This action summarizes the results under the criteria contained in section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), of an Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) review of Marketing Order No. 966, regulating the handling of tomatoes grown in Florida (order). AMS has determined that the order should be continued.
Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Section 610 Review
Document Number: E8-30310
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This action summarizes the results under the criteria contained in section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), of an Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) review of Marketing Order No. 927, regulating the handling of pears grown in Oregon and Washington. AMS has determined that the marketing order should be continued.
Walnuts Grown in California; Section 610 Review
Document Number: E8-30309
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This action summarizes the results under the criteria contained in section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), of an Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) review of Marketing Order No. 984, regulating the handling of walnuts grown in California (order). AMS has determined that the order should be continued.
United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Blueberries
Document Number: E8-30281
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prior to undertaking research and other work associated with revising an official grade standard, is soliciting comments on the petition to revise the United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Blueberries. AMS received a petition from blueberry producers asking USDA to consider revising the current U.S. grade standard.
United States Standards for Grades of Topped Carrots
Document Number: E8-30279
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), prior to undertaking research and other work associated with revising official grade standards, is soliciting comments on the possible revisions to the United States Standards for Grades of Topped Carrots. AMS has been reviewing the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grade standards for usefulness in fostering commerce. As a result, AMS has identified the United States Standards for Grades of Topped Carrots for possible revisions. AMS is proposing to revise the color requirement to allow topped carrots of any color characteristic of the variety to be graded using the standards. In addition, the similar varietal characteristic requirement would be amended to allow mixed colors and/or types of carrots when designated as a mixed or specialty pack. Also, AMS is considering removing the ``Unclassified'' category from the standards. AMS is seeking comments regarding these changes as well as any other possible revisions that may be necessary to better serve the industry.
United States Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots
Document Number: E8-30276
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), prior to undertaking research and other work associated with revising official grade standards, is soliciting comments on the possible revisions to the United States Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots. AMS has been reviewing the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grade standards for usefulness in fostering commerce. As a result, AMS has identified the United States Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots for possible revisions. AMS is proposing to revise the color requirement to allow bunched carrots of any color characteristic of the variety to be graded using the standards. In addition, the similar varietal characteristic requirement would be amended to allow mixed colors and/or types of carrots when designated as a mixed or specialty pack. Also, AMS is considering removing the ``Unclassified'' category from the standards. AMS is seeking comments regarding this change as well as any other possible revisions that may be necessary to better serve the industry.
Handling of Animals; Contingency Plans
Document Number: E8-30220
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are extending the comment period for our proposed rule that would amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations to add requirements for contingency planning and training of personnel by research facilities and by dealers, exhibitors, intermediate handlers, and carriers. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
Notice of Decision to Issue Permits for the Importation of Fresh White Asparagus From Senegal Into the Continental United States
Document Number: E8-30216
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public of our decision to begin issuing permits for the importation into the continental United States of fresh white asparagus from Senegal. Based on the findings of a pest risk analysis, which we made available to the public for review and comment through a previous notice, 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 fresh white asparagus from Senegal.
Notice of Request for Revision and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; National Poultry Improvement Plan
Document Number: E8-30215
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
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 approval of a revision and extension of an information collection associated with regulations for the National Poultry Improvement Plan.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Revision of Fruits and Vegetables Import Regulations
Document Number: E8-30214
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
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 allow importation of new fruits and vegetables into the United States.
Notice of Request for Revision and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Animal Welfare
Document Number: E8-30213
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
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 approval of a revision and extension of an information collection associated with Animal Welfare Act regulations for the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of certain animals by dealers, research facilities, exhibitors, carriers, and intermediate handlers.
Klamath National Forest, California, Hi-Grouse Project
Document Number: E8-30184
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Hi-Grouse Project to reduce fuel hazard and restore forest health on the Goosenest Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest.
Superior National Forest Federal Hardrock Mineral Prospecting Permits Project.
Document Number: E8-30167
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
This analysis would address federal hardrock mineral exploration in terms of 32 current permit applications, future permit applications, current and future operating plans, and future use and occupancy authorizations (Special Use Permits) on the Superior National Forest (SNF) over the next 20 years. The project area covers all SNF managed lands available to mineral exploration. In accordance with the SNF Land and Resource Mangement Plan, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Mining Protection Area, and Eligible Wild River Segments are not available to mineral exploration. The Forest Service is the lead agency for this EIS and the United States Department of the Interior (USDI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is a cooperating agency. As a cooperating agency, the BLM will adopt the EIS to support their own Record of Decision. Federal laws and policies will be outlined in the EIS that will require the SNF, as the agency managing the surface, and the BLM, as the agency responsible for managing sub- surface minerals resources, to consider the Prospecting Permit applications. Based on the Forest Service's recommendations and consent, the BLM will review those recommendations and decide whether to authorize the prospecting permits and operating plans.
Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California; Pettijohn LSR Habitat Improvement and Fuels Reduction Project
Document Number: E8-30053
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Shasta-Trinity National Forest (STNF) will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to document and publicly disclose the environmental effects of implementing a hazardous fuels reduction project on approximately 3200 acres of National Forest System lands. Located within an area known as the Pettijohn portion of the Clear Creek Late Successional Reserve (LSR) the proposed project would provide the LSR with enhanced protection from catastrophic wildfire, increased fire fighter safety and habitat improvement for wildlife species associated with old-growth ecosystems, including the Threatened northern spotted owl, Strix occidentalis caurina. The proposal includes thinning trees from below in overcrowded stands and in proposed Fuel Management Zones (FMZs). Most thinning would be accomplished through commercial timber harvest of sawtimber and biomass (chips). Road decommissioning is proposed on approximately 2.3 miles of road and road reconstruction is proposed on approximately 2 miles of existing roads to improve drainage and reduce erosion. No new system roads would be constructed. The Pettijohn LSR Habitat Improvement and Fuels Reduction Project is located south of Trinity Lake near the communities of Lewiston and Weaverville, California in sections 5-9, 16-21, 28, 32, and 33 in T34N, R8W; sections 48, 17, and 18 in T33N, R8W; and sections 1, 2, 9, 10, 12, 13, and 24 in T34N, R9W (Mt. Diablo Meridian).
Six Rivers National Forest, California, Lower Trinity and Mad River Travel Management EIS
Document Number: E8-30047
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Six Rivers National Forest (Six Rivers NF) will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to disclose the impacts associated with the following proposed actions: 1. The prohibition of cross-country motor vehicle travel (with the exception of snowmobiles) off designated National Forest NFTS (NFTS) roads and trails by the public except as allowed by permit or other authorization. 2. Make a non-significant amendment to the Six Rivers NF Land and Resource Management Plan (Six Rivers Forest Plan) to conform with the Travel Management Rule (36 CFR Part 212 Subpart B). 3. Add approximately 58 miles (206 segments) of existing unauthorized routes to the NFTS as motorized trails open to the public for motor vehicle use by vehicle class and season of use. 4. Approximately 7 miles (5 segments) of existing NFTS roads are proposed for dual management as both a Maintenance level 1 (closed) road and as a motorized trail open to vehicles 50'' or less in width. 5. Make the following change to NFTS roads: Allow both highway licensed vehicles and non-highway licensed vehicles to use approximately 25\1/2\ miles (17 segments) of existing NFTS roads currently open to highway licensed vehicles only. 6. Make the following changes to NFTS trails: a. Allow motor vehicles 50 inches or less in width on approximately 4 miles (1 segment) of existing NFTS trail currently open to motorcycles. b. Convert approximately 6 miles (2 segments) of existing NFTS motorized trails to NFTS non-motorized trails.
Importation of Baby Squash and Baby Courgettes From Zambia
Document Number: E8-30080
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation into the continental United States of baby squash and baby courgettes from Zambia. As a condition of entry, both commodities must be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for pest exclusion at the production site, fruit fly trapping inside and outside the production site, and pest-excluding packinghouse procedures. Both commodities must also be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the baby squash or baby courgettes have been produced in accordance with the requirements of the systems approach. This action will allow the importation of baby squash and baby courgettes from Zambia into the United States while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of quarantine pests.
Importation of Ash Plants
Document Number: E8-30077
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-18
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 governing the importation of nursery stock to prohibit or restrict the importation of ash (Fraxinus spp.) plants for planting, except seed, from all foreign countries except for certain areas in Canada that are not regulated areas for emerald ash borer. The interim rule was necessary to prevent further introductions of emerald ash borer into the United States and to prevent the artificial spread of this destructive plant pest.
General Administrative Regulations; Administrative Remedies for Non-Compliance
Document Number: E8-30073
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes the General Administrative Regulations; Administrative Remedies for Non- Compliance to add additional administrative remedies that are available as a result of the enactment of section 515(h) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (Act) (7 U.S.C. 1515(h)), make such other changes as are necessary to implement the provisions of section 515(h) of the Act, and to clarify existing administrative remedies.
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Emerging Markets Program
Document Number: E8-30071
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the FY 2009 Emerging Markets Program (EMP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit additional applications from the private sector and from government agencies for FY 2009. The EMP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Fats and Oils
Document Number: E8-30004
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-18
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 January 26, 2009. 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 21st Session of the Codex Committee on Fats and Oils (CCFO) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, from February 16-20, 2009. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 21st Session of the CCFO and to address items on the agenda.
Verification of Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
Document Number: E8-29904
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This interim rule implements provisions of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 relating to verification of applications approved for free or reduced price meals in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. This interim rule includes changes to sample sizes for local education agencies (school districts) when conducting verification which include alternatives when there is an increase in the number of responses to the requests for verification; direct verification provisions which allow the local educational agency to contact means- tested programs to verify the information on applications without contacting the applicant household for documentation; and revised deadlines for completion of verification efforts. This interim rule also establishes a standard sample size of three percent for local educational agencies that do not qualify for use of an alternative sample size. The direct verification provision will reduce the number of households that must be contacted to submit documentation. This interim rule incorporates other statutory changes designed to assist households in completing the verification process. These changes require the local educational agency to have a telephone number that households may call, without charge, for questions about verification. The local educational agency must also make at least one attempt to follow-up with households selected for verification prior to denying benefits when the household fails to respond. There is also a provision that gives local education agencies the discretion to replace selected applications when households are deemed unlikely to respond to the verification request. These are safeguards to avoid termination of a child's benefits due to misunderstandings or other difficulties that may preclude households from effectively complying with the verification request. The changes made in this interim rule are intended to enhance verification efforts which will improve the accuracy of benefit distribution.
Notice of Intent To Revise and Extend a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E8-29950
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Stocks Reports. Revision to burden hours may be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length.
Notice of Intent To Seek Renewal of Existing Information Collection
Document Number: E8-29948
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations at 5 CFR part 1320 (60 FR 44978, August 29, 1995), this notice announces the National Agricultural Library's intent to request approval for a new electronic mailing list subscription form from researchers and practitioners working with water quality and water resources. This voluntary form gives individuals an opportunity to receive and post messages to an electronic discussion list maintained by the Water Quality Information Center (WQIC).
Export Credit Guarantee Program
Document Number: E8-29831
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) solicits comments on options to reform the USDA, Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), Export Credit Guarantee Program (GSM-102). The purpose of the ANPR is to invite suggestions on improvements and changes to be made in the implementation and operation of the GSM-102 program, with the intent of improving the GSM-102 program's effectiveness, efficiency, and lower costs.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-29830
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture