Department of Agriculture March 2010 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-7195
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-7125
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35, as amended), invites comments on the following information collections for which the Agency intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Opportunity for Designation in the Amarillo, TX; Cairo, IL; State of Louisiana; State of North Carolina; Belmond, IA; State of New Jersey; and State of New York Areas; Request for Comments on the Official Agencies Servicing These Areas
Document Number: 2010-7122
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
The designations of the official agencies listed below will end on September 30, 2010. We are asking persons or governmental agencies interested in providing official services in the areas presently served by these agencies to submit an application for designation. In addition, we are asking for comments on the quality of services provided by the following designated agencies: Amarillo Grain Exchange, Inc. (Amarillo); Cairo Grain Inspection Agency, Inc. (Cairo); Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (Louisiana); North Carolina Department of Agriculture (North Carolina); and D. R. Schaal Agency, Inc. (Schaal).
Designation for the Champaign, IL; Emmett, MI; Davenport, IA; Enid, OK; Keokuk, IA; Marshall, MI; and Omaha, NE Areas
Document Number: 2010-7120
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
GIPSA is announcing the designation of the following organizations to provide official services under the United States Grain Standards Act, as amended (USGSA): Champaign-Danville Grain Inspection Departments, Inc. (Champaign); Detroit Grain Inspection Service, Inc. (Detroit); Eastern Iowa Grain Inspection and Weighing Service, Inc. (Eastern Iowa); Enid Grain Inspection Company, Inc. (Enid); Keokuk Grain Inspection Service (Keokuk); Michigan Grain Inspection Services, Inc. (Michigan); and Omaha Grain Inspection Service, Inc. (Omaha).
Notice of Southeast Washington Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2010-7116
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463) and under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, as amended, (Pub. L. 110-343), the Umatilla National Forest, Southeast Washington Resource Advisory Committee will conduct a business meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
Notice of Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2010-7006
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463) and under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, as amended, (Pub. L. 110-343), the Boise, Payette, and Sawtooth National Forests' Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee will conduct a business meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
Alpine County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)
Document Number: 2010-6998
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Alpine County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a meeting.
Notice of Columbia County Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2010-7068
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463) and under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, as amended, (Pub. L. 110-343), the Umatilla National Forest, Columbia County Resource Advisory Committee will conduct a business meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Live Poultry, Poultry Meat, and Other Poultry Products From Specified Regions
Document Number: 2010-7050
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-30
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 live poultry, poultry meat, and other poultry products from specified regions.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Table Eggs From Regions Where Exotic Newcastle Disease Exists
Document Number: 2010-7048
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-30
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 table eggs from regions where Exotic Newcastle Disease exists.
Notice of Revision and Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza; Subtype H5N1
Document Number: 2010-7046
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-30
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 revise an information collection associated with regulations to prevent the introduction of the H5N1 subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza through imported birds, poultry, and unprocessed bird and poultry products and to request extension of approval of the information collection.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Export Health Certificate for Animal Products
Document Number: 2010-7044
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-30
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 the export of animal products from the United States.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-7043
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-30
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) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-7040
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-30
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) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested.
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 2010-7038
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-30
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, intends to grant to GENETICS & IVF INSTITUTE of FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, an exclusive license to U.S. Patent No. 5,985,216; ``FLOW CYTOMETRY NOZZLE FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY CELL SORTING'', issued on NOVEMBER 16, 1999.
Notice of Intent To Request an Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2010-6978
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations (5 CFR part 1320), which implement the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) intention to request an extension for the currently approved information collection for the NIFA Current Research Information System (CRIS).
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC): Vendor Cost Containment
Document Number: 2010-6977
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-03-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This rule makes administrative corrections to a final rule published in the Federal Register on October 8, 2009, entitled ``Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC): Vendor Cost Containment.''
Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Florida Avocado Crop Insurance Provisions
Document Number: 2010-6975
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-03-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes the Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Florida Avocado Crop Insurance Provisions to convert the Florida avocado pilot crop insurance program to a permanent insurance program for the 2011 and succeeding crop years.
Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Basic Provisions; and Various Crop Insurance Provisions
Document Number: 2010-6432
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-03-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Basic Provisions, Small Grains Crop Insurance Provisions, Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions, Sunflower Seed Crop Insurance Provisions, Coarse Grains Crop Insurance Provisions, Malting Barley Crop Insurance Provisions, Rice Crop Insurance Provisions, and Canola and Rapeseed Crop Insurance Provisions to provide revenue protection and yield protection. The amended provisions replace the Crop Revenue Coverage (CRC), Income Protection (IP), Indexed Income Protection (IIP), and the Revenue Assurance (RA) plans of insurance. These individual plans of insurance will no longer be available. The intended effect of this action is to offer producers a choice of revenue protection (protection against loss of revenue caused by low prices, low yields or a combination of both) or yield protection (protection for production losses only) within one Basic Provisions and the applicable Crop Provisions to reduce the amount of information producers must read to determine the best risk management tool for their operation and to improve the prevented planting and other provisions to better meet the needs of insured producers. In addition, FCIC has revised the Texas Citrus Tree Crop Insurance Provisions, Pear Crop Insurance Provisions, Sugarcane Crop Insurance Provisions, Macadamia Tree Crop Insurance Provisions, Macadamia Nut Crop Insurance Provisions, Onion Crop Insurance Provisions, Dry Pea Crop Insurance Provisions, Plum Crop Insurance Provisions, and Cabbage Crop Insurance Provisions to correct specific references to the revised Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Basic Provisions. Further, FCIC has revised certain provisions to incorporate provisions from previous rules implementing the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill).
Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2010-6869
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Wenatchee-Okanogan Resource Advisory Committee will meet on May 5, May 13, and May 20 at the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Headquarters Office, 215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, WA. These meetings will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. On May 5, committee members will review Kittitas County projects, on May 13, committee members will review Okanogan County projects, and on May 20, committee members will review Chelan County and Yakima County projects proposed for Resource Advisory Committee consideration under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.
Inviting Applications for Rural Business Opportunity Grants
Document Number: 2010-6860
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Rural BusinessCooperative Service (RBS), an Agency within the Rural Development mission area, announces the availability of grants under the Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) program for fiscal year (FY) 2010, to be competitively awarded based on the terms of this notice and RBOG program regulations found at 7 CFR part 4284, subpart G in the following amounts:
Information Collection; Minority Farm Register
Document Number: 2010-6830
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension of a currently approved information collection for the Minority Farm Register. The Minority Farm Register is a voluntary register of minority farm and ranch operators, landowners, tenants and others with an interest in farming or agriculture. USDA Office of Outreach uses the collected information to better inform minority farmers about USDA programs and services.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-6828
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Information Collection, Procurement of Agricultural Commodities for Foreign Donation
Document Number: 2010-6820
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension of a currently approved information collection associated with procurement of agricultural commodities for foreign donation. The Kansas City Commodity Office (KCCO) issues a public invitation soliciting bids for the sale of commodities and requests ocean carrier provide indications of available freight rates to KCCO using the Freight Bid Entry System (FBES). Use of this system enhances bidding opportunities for potential vendors while allowing CCC to efficiently acquire commodities.
Information Collection; Online Registration for FSA-sponsored Events and Conferences
Document Number: 2010-6817
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension without revision of the information collection associated with online registration for FSA- sponsored events and conferences. The information collection is needed for FSA to obtain information from the respondents who register on the Internet to make payment and reservations to attend any FSA-sponsored conferences and events.
Plan Revision for Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, Oregon and Washington (Collectively Called the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision)
Document Number: 2010-6748
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
As directed by the National Forest Management Act, the USDA Forest Service is preparing the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests revised land management plans and will also prepare an environmental impact statement for these revised plans. This notice briefly describes the purpose and need, the proposed action, the scoping process for the plan revisions (including any scoping meetings), information concerning public participation, estimated dates
Southwest Montana Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2010-6743
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463) and under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-393) the Beaverhead- Deerlodge National Forest's Southwest Montana Resource Advisory Committee will meet on Monday April 19, 2010, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., in Dillon, Montana. The purpose of the meeting is to review funding proposals for Title II funding.
Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2010-6777
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-26
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Agriculture
On March 5, 2010, the Department of Agriculture published in the Federal Register (75 FR 10204) a notice of intent to establish the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Advisory Committee and call for nominations for committee members. The Department of Agriculture is extending the date that applications for nominations will be accepted from March 22, 2010, to March 29, 2010.
Announcement of Grant and Loan Application Deadlines and Funding Levels
Document Number: 2010-6686
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces its Revolving Fund Program (RFP) application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. In addition to announcing the application window, RUS announces the available funding of $497,000 for RFP competitive grants for the fiscal year.
Household Water Well System Grant Program Announcement of Application Deadlines and Funding
Document Number: 2010-6685
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces the availability of $993,000 in grant funds to be competitively awarded for the Household Water Well System (HWWS) Grant Program for fiscal year 2010. RUS will make grants to qualified private non-profit organizations to establish lending programs for homeowners to borrow up to $11,000 to construct or repair household water wells for an existing home. The HWWS Grant Program regulations are contained in 7 CFR 1776.
National Organic Program, Sunset Review (2012)
Document Number: 2010-6683
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-03-26
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Sunset of the exempted or prohibited use of substances under the National Organic Program (NOP) is required by the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). The exemptions and prohibitions granted under the OFPA are required to be reviewed every 5 years by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The Secretary of Agriculture has authority under the OFPA to renew such exemptions and prohibitions. If they are not reviewed by the NOSB and renewed by the Secretary within 5 years of their inclusion on the National List, their authorized use or prohibition expires. This advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) announces the sunset of 37 exempted substances added to the National List for use in organic handling on June 27, 2007; the sunset of 183 continued exemptions (use) and prohibitions of substances used in organic production and handling added to the list on October 21, 2007; the sunset of 2 exemptions of one substance for continued use in organic crop and livestock production added to the national list on December 11, 2007; and the sunset of 10 exempted substances for use in organic livestock production added to the national list on December 13, 2007. This ANPR establishes June 27, 2012, October 21, 2012, December 11, 2012, and December 13, 2012, as the respective dates by which the sunset review and renewal process must be concluded. The NOP may try to conclude the sunset and renewal process for the 232 combined exempted and prohibited substances used in organic production and handling added to the National List in 2007 by the earliest respective date of June 27, 2012. This ANPR also begins the public comment process on whether the identified existing exemptions and prohibitions should be continued. Finally, this ANPR discusses how the NOP will manage the sunset review and renewal process.
Dairy Industry Advisory Committee; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2010-6680
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces a public meeting of the newly established Dairy Industry Advisory Committee (Dairy Committee) to review the current state of the dairy industry, discuss current dairy programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Federal dairy policy, hear proposals from the dairy industry, and hear public comments. The Dairy Committee is responsible for advising the Secretary on these issues.
Correcting Amendments
Document Number: 2010-6630
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
This document contains corrections to the final rule governing the Forest Service's Special Use Program that was published in the Federal Register on December 24, 2009 (74 FR 68379). These corrections add phrases which were inadvertently omitted from the final rule and which are necessary to reflect properly the Forest Service's authority to revoke or suspend special use authorizations under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act.
Potato Research and Promotion Plan
Document Number: 2010-6185
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-03-26
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service is making corrections to its Potato Research and Promotion plan regulations to reflect the modification of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule for imported potatoes by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs). This document also corrects Customs' name within 7 CFR part 1207.
Notification, Documentation, and Recordkeeping Requirements for Inspected Establishments
Document Number: 2010-6629
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-03-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to implement provisions of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 by adopting regulations that require official establishments to promptly notify the appropriate District Office that an adulterated or misbranded meat or poultry product has entered commerce; require official establishments to prepare and maintain current procedures for the recall of meat and poultry products produced and shipped by the establishment; and require official establishments to document each reassessment of the establishment's process control plans, that is, its Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point plans.
Camp Tatiyee Land Exchange on the Lakeside Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests; Santa Catalina, Nogales, Safford, and Douglas Ranger Districts of the Coronado National Forest; Bradshaw Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest; Cave Creek, Tonto Basin, and Pleasant Valley Ranger Districts of the Tonto National Forest
Document Number: 2010-6589
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321-4370d, as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations, 40 CFR Part 1500-1508, the USDA Forest Service, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) (lead forest), will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to transfer one 344.06 acre parcel of Federal land on the ASNFs into private ownership, and 16 parcels totaling 1,719.32 acres of private land into Federal ownership. The land proposed for the transfer to the Forest Service includes one 110.57 acre parcel to the ASNFs; nine parcels totaling 1153.31 acres to the Coronado National Forest (CNF); one 11.15 parcel to the Prescott National Forest (PNF); and five parcels totaling 444.42 acres to the Tonto National Forest (TNF). The proposed land exchange would be between the Lawyer's Title Company, which holds the private land in trust for the benefit of the Lions Foundation of Arizona (LFA) and BC2 LLC, and the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coronado, Prescott, and Tonto National Forests in Central and Southern Arizona.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling
Document Number: 2010-6559
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Office of Food Safety, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are sponsoring a public meeting on April 7, 2010. 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 38th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will be held in Quebec City, Canada, May 3-7, 2010. The Office of Food Safety and the FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 38th Session of the
Wrangell-Petersburg Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2010-6459
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
This document contains correction to the notice of meeting which was published in the Federal Register of March 8, 2010 (75FR10460). The meeting which was scheduled for March 25, 26, and 27, 2010 has been rescheduled and the new meeting dates are April 8, 9, and 10, 2010. The Wrangell-Petersburg Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Petersburg, Alaska. The committee is meeting as authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110- 343) and in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the meeting is to update Committee members on changes in the legislation, elect officers, and develop operating guidelines and project evaluation criteria. The committee may also make project funding recommendations at this meeting.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-6426
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-24
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) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-6386
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2010-6273
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Hamilton, Montana. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss upcoming projects.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-6271
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-6262
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Nominations for Members of the National Organic Standards Board
Document Number: 2010-6188
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service
The Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990, as amended, requires the establishment of a National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The NOSB is a 15-member board that is responsible for developing and recommending to the Secretary a proposed National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The NOSB also advises the Secretary on all other aspects of the National Organic Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is requesting nominations to fill five (5) upcoming vacancies on the NOSB. The positions to be filled are: organic producer (2 positions), consumer/public interest (2 positions), and USDA accredited certifying agent (1 position). The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint a person to each position to serve a 5-year term of office that will commence on January 24, 2011, and run until January 24, 2016. USDA encourages eligible minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to apply for membership on the NOSB.
Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for the 2010-2011 Marketing Year
Document Number: 2010-6187
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-03-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule would establish the quantity of spearmint oil produced in the Far West, by class that handlers may purchase from, or handle for, producers during the 2010-2011 marketing year, which begins on June 1, 2010. This rule invites comments on the establishment of salable quantities and allotment percentages for Class 1 (Scotch) spearmint oil of 566,962 pounds and 28 percent, respectively, and for Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil of 980,265 pounds and 43 percent, respectively. The Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee), the agency responsible for local administration of the marketing order for spearmint oil produced in the Far West, recommended these limitations for the purpose of avoiding extreme fluctuations in supplies and prices to help maintain stability in the spearmint oil market.
Notice of Intent To Request an Information Collection
Document Number: 2010-6140
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations (5 CFR part 1320) which implement the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) intention to renew a currently approved information collection entitled, ``4-H Youth Enrollment Report''.
Notice of Mineral County Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2010-6034
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463) and under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-393, as amended by H.R. 1424 January 3, 2008) the Lolo National Forest's Mineral County Resource Advisory Committee will meet on April 6, May 4 and May 12, 2010 at 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in Superior, Montana for a business meeting. The meeting is open to the public.
Deschutes Provincial Advisory Committee (DPAC)
Document Number: 2010-6031
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Deschutes Provincial Advisory Committee will meet on March 30, 2010 to review the status and components of the Provincial Advisory Committee charter in anticipation of rechartering and to provide subcommittee updates on forest restoration, sustainable recreation, travel management, and the Lower Deschutes River. Members will meet at the Deschutes National Forest Supervisor's office (1001 SW. Emkay Drive, Bend, Oregon) from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. All Deschutes Province Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public.
Plan Revision for Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Alpine, El Dorado, and Placer Counties, CA; Douglas and Washoe Counties, and Carson City, NV
Document Number: 2010-6030
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
As directed by the National Forest Management Act, the USDA Forest Service is preparing the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (referred to as the LTBMU) revised land management plan (forest plan) and will also prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for this revised plan. This notice briefly describes the nature of the decision to be made, the need for change, and information concerning public participation. It also provides estimated dates for filing the EIS and
Announcement of Funds Availability and Grant Application Deadlines
Document Number: 2010-6007
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. In addition to announcing the application window, RUS announces the anticipated amount of funding available, the minimum and maximum amounts for DLT grants applicable for the fiscal year, and a change in scoring necessitated by the expiration of the Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community (EZ/EC) designations. Finally, the Agency notes that the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-234) 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. S950aaa-2(a)(1)) in order to clearly establish that libraries are eligible to be recipients of DLT Loans and Grants. This confirms the longstanding Agency policy of considering libraries to be eligible entities under the DLT Program. The regulation for the DLT Grant Program can be found at 7 CFR 1703, subpart E.