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

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Request for Public Comment on the United States Standards for Corn
Document Number: 2010-23190
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-09-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is reviewing the United States Standards and grading procedures for corn under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA). Since the standards were last revised, the use of corn for ethanol and the number of different varieties of corn has increased tremendously. To ensure that standards and official grading practices remain relevant, GIPSA invites interested parties to comment on whether the current corn standards and grading procedures need to be changed.
Request for Public Comment on the United States Standards for Rough Rice, Brown Rice for Processing, and Milled Rice
Document Number: 2010-23188
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-09-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is reviewing the United States Standards and grading procedures for Rough Rice, Brown Rice for Processing, and Milled Rice under the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA). Since the standards were last revised, numerous changes have occurred in the breeding and production practices of rice; the technology used to harvest, process, and test rice; and also rice marketing. To ensure that standards and official grading practices remain relevant, GIPSA invites interested parties to comment on whether the current rice standards and grading procedures need to be changed.
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 2010-23187
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-17
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 PlantHaven, Inc. of Santa Barbara, California, an exclusive license to the variety of hibiscus described in U.S. Plant Patent Application Serial No. 12/454,676, ``Sahara Sunset,'' filed on May 21, 2009.
Viruses, Serums, Toxins, and Analogous Products; Expiration Date Required for Serials and Subserials and Determination of Expiration Date of Product
Document Number: 2010-23186
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-09-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act regulations concerning expiration dating to clarify that the expiration date of a serial or subserial of a veterinary biologic should be computed from the date of the initiation of the first potency test. We also propose to require the expiration dating period (stability) of a product to be confirmed by conducting a real-time stability study with a stability-indicating assay; require stability monitoring of products after licensing; and specify a single standard for determining the expiration date for veterinary biologics in place of the current standard that specifies different procedures for products contingent upon whether they consist of viable or nonviable organisms. These amendments would update and clarify the regulations concerning expiration dating and establish a single uniform standard for determining the stability of veterinary biological products. This proposed rule replaces a previously published proposed rule, which we are withdrawing as part of this document.
Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.: Notice of Intent To Hold a Public Scoping Meeting and Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2010-22964
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) intends to hold a public scoping meeting and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to meet its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality's regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), RUS's Environmental and Policies and Procedures (7 CFR part 1794), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS)'s National Environmental Policy Act Procedures (36 CFR part 220) in connection with potential impacts related to a proposal by Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., (Central Electric) of Columbia, South Carolina. The proposal consists of constructing a 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line through portions of Berkeley, Charleston, and/or Georgetown Counties, South Carolina, to the proposed McClellanville substation. Central Electric is requesting that RUS provide financial assistance for the proposal and may request that the USFS issue a special use permit for the proposal. RUS is the lead agency conducting the EIS, and the USFS will be acting as a cooperating agency.
Sierra County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2010-22875
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Sierra County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Downieville, California. 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 discuss projects submitted for funding and the expenditure of Title II funds benefiting National Forest System lands in Sierra County.
National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection
Document Number: 2010-23255
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, that the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) will hold a public meeting on September 29-30, 2010, to review and discuss issues relating to data analysis, collection, and transparency, and pre-harvest controls. All issues will be presented to the full Committee. The Committee will then divide into subcommittees to discuss the issues. The subcommittees will provide a report of their comments and recommendations to the full Committee before the meeting concludes on September 30, 2010.
Information Collection; Land Management Agency Volunteer Surveys
Document Number: 2010-23122
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-16
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, the Land Management Agency Volunteer Surveys.
Walnuts Grown in California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2010-22982
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-09-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the California Walnut Board (Board) for the 2010-11 and subsequent marketing years from $0.0177 to $0.0174 per kernelweight pound of assessable walnuts. The Board locally administers the marketing order that regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California. Assessments upon walnut handlers are used by the Board to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The marketing year begins September 1 and ends August 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, CA; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2010-22981
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-09-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule would increase the assessment rate established for the California Date Administrative Committee (Committee) for the 2010- 11 and subsequent crop years from $0.75 to $1.00 per hundredweight of dates handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order, which regulates the handling of dates grown or packed in Riverside County, California. Assessments upon date handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The crop year begins October 1 and ends September 30. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Avocados Grown in South Florida; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2010-22978
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-09-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule increases the assessment rate established for the Avocado Administrative Committee (Committee) for the 2010-11 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.27 to $0.37 per 55-pound bushel container of Florida avocados handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of avocados grown in South Florida. Assessments upon Florida avocado handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Bemidji to Grand Rapids Minnesota 230 kV Transmission Line Project
Document Number: 2010-22966
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), U.S. Forest Service Chippewa National Forest (CNF), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Division of Resource Management (LLBO) have issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Bemidji to Grand Rapids, Minnesota 230 kV Transmission Line Project (``Project'') in Minnesota. The Final EIS was prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (U.S.C. 4231 et seq.) in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR 1500-1508), and RUS regulations (7 CFR 1794). To minimize duplication of effort pursuant to 40 CFR 1506.2, RUS prepared the Final EIS jointly with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security (OES) in compliance with federal responsibilities under NEPA and other federal statutes and regulations, and state responsibilities under the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act and the Minnesota Power Plant Siting Act. RUS is the lead federal agency as defined at 40 CFR 1501.5, and CNF and USACE are cooperating agencies. LLBO accepted an invitation to participate as a cooperating agency. The purpose of the Final EIS is to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of and alternatives to the application of Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. for RUS financing to construct a 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line between the Wilton Substation near Bemidji, Minnesota and the Boswell Substation near Grand Rapids, Minnesota, which will cross portions of Beltrami, Hubbard, Itasca, and Cass counties. Minnkota also proposes to modify the Wilton and Boswell substations and construct a new 115 kV breaker station at Nary Junction, Minnesota. In addition, Minnkota proposes to upgrade an existing or construct a new substation in the Cass Lake, Minnesota area, depending on the route alternative selected for the Project. The Project is being jointly developed by Minnkota, Otter Tail Power Company, and Minnesota Power.
Mark Twain National Forest; Missouri; Integrated Non-Native Invasive Plant Project
Document Number: 2010-22820
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF) proposes to implement an integrated Forest-wide management strategy to control the spread of non-native invasive plants (NNIP) within the National Forest over the next 10 years, or until circumstances change to the point that the analysis is no longer valid. The proposal utilizes several management tools, including registered herbicides, bio-agents, and manual/ mechanical methods.
Enhancing Policies Relating to Partnerships
Document Number: 2010-22819
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-09-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service is proposing to establish an internal directive at Forest Service Handbook (FSH) 1509.14 that would enhance policies related to partnerships. We invite public comment on assessing what changes or additions are needed relating to the Agency's use of partnership arrangements in carrying out our mission. These comments will be considered in developing the proposed directive.
Del Norte Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)
Document Number: 2010-22816
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Del Norte Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Crescent City, California. The committee meeting is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination (SRS) Act (Pub. L. 110-343) and in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-22795
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Tehama County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2010-22739
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Tehama County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Red Bluff, California. Agenda items to be covered include: (1) Introductions, (2) Approval of Minutes, (3) Public Comment, (4) Chairman's Perspective, (5) Project Presentations, (6) Project Voting, (7) Next Agenda.
Fresno County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2010-22735
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Fresno County Resource Advisory Committee will be meeting in Clovis, California, October 27, 2010. The purpose of the meeting will be to develop a timeline for receiving project proposals for the next funding cycle and review monitoring accomplishments.
Shoshone Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2010-22693
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Shoshone Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Thermopolis, Wyoming. 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 convene the newly formed committee. The agenda includes dissemination of information on the responsibilities of the committee members and others involved.
Crooked Creek Reservoir Repair; White River National Forest, Eagle County, CO
Document Number: 2010-22687
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
On May 2, 2008, a Notice of Intent (NOT) to prepare an environmental impact statement (ElS) for the Crooked Creek Reservoir Repair project on the Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest was published in the Federal Register (86 FR 24215). The Forest Service has decided to cancel the preparation of this EIS. The NOT is hereby rescinded.
Upper Rio Grande Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2010-22673
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Upper Rio Grande Resource Advisory Committee will meet in South Fork, Colorado. 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 is to review and recommend project proposals to be funded with Title II money.
Egg Research and Promotion Order; Referendum Procedures
Document Number: 2010-22644
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-09-10
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule establishes procedures that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will use in conducting a referendum to determine whether egg producers favor increasing the assessment they pay to the American Egg Board (AEB) from a rate of 10 cents per 30- dozen case of commercial eggs to 15 cents per case. An amendment to increase the assessment rate in the Egg Research and Promotion Order (Order) will be implemented if it is approved by two-thirds of the egg producers voting in the referendum or by a majority of producers voting if they produced two-thirds of the eggs produced by all voters. These procedures will also be used for subsequent referenda. AEB, which administers the Order, recommended this action to sustain and expand its national promotion, research, and consumer information program.
Amendment to Egg Research and Promotion Order and Regulations To Increase the Rate of Assessment and Referendum Order
Document Number: 2010-22643
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-09-10
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would amend the Egg Research and Promotion Order (Order) to increase the assessment rate on egg producers paying assessments to the American Egg Board (AEB) from 10 cents to 15 cents per 30-dozen case of commercial eggs, provided the increase is approved by egg producers voting in a referendum. This proposal would also make a conforming amendment to the regulations. Notice also is hereby given that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will conduct a referendum to determine whether egg producers favor the increase in the assessment rate.
Kern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2010-22452
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Kern and Tulare Counties Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will be accepting applications for projects to recommend for funding under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self- Determination Act (Pub. L. 110-343). The application can be downloaded from the Secure Rural Schools Web site: https://www.fs.fed.us/srs/ index.shtml or the Sequoia National Forest Web site: https:// www.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia/projects/rural-schools/. Completed applications can be submitted electronically, by mail, or in person. 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.
Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-Formula Federal Assistance Programs-General Award Administrative Provisions and Specific Administrative Provisions
Document Number: 2010-22387
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-09-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is publishing program-specific administrative provisions for the following Federal assistance programs: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) as subpart G; the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI); and the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program (406), to supplement the Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-formula Federal Assistance ProgramsGeneral Award Administrative Provisions for these programs. Section 7406 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA or the ``2008 Farm Bill'') amended section 2(b) of the Act of August 4, 1965, Competitive, Special, and Facilities Research Grant Act, to authorize the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, extension, and education to address food and agricultural sciences. The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative is authorized under section 1672B of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (FACT Act), as amended by FCEA. The Integrated Research, Education, and Extension, Competitive Grants Program is authorized under section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998, as amended by FCEA.
Sitka Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2010-22380
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Sitka Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Sitka, Alaska, October 8, 2010. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss potential projects under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self- Determination Act of 2008.
Ketchikan Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2010-22320
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Ketchikan Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Ketchikan, Alaska, September 30, 2010. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss potential projects under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2008.
Hood/Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)
Document Number: 2010-22165
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Hood/Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet on Thursday, September 30, 2010. The meeting and field trip is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at McKenzie River Ranger District Office; 57600 McKenzie Highway; McKenzie Bridge, Oregon; (541) 822-3381. The tentative agenda includes: (1) Public forum; (2) Recommended changes for 2011 projects; and (3) Field Trip to review Title II Projects. The Public Forum is tentatively scheduled to begin at 10:05 a.m. Time allotted for individual presentations will be limited to 3-4 minutes. Written comments are encouraged, particularly if the material cannot be presented within the time limits for the Public Forum. Written comments may be submitted prior to the September 30th meeting by sending them to Connie Athman at the address given below.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Annual Report of State Revenue Matching
Document Number: 2010-22374
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-08
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 this proposed information collection which concerns the appropriation and use of State funds for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs. This collection is a revision of a currently approved collection.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-22369
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-22368
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-22367
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-22366
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Availability of an Environmental Assessment for Field Testing Foot-and-Mouth Disease Vaccine, Live Adenovirus Vector
Document Number: 2010-22365
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) concerning authorization to ship for the purpose of field testing, and then to field test, an unlicensed foot-and-mouth disease vaccine, live adenovirus vector. The EA, which is based on a risk analysis prepared to assess the risks associated with the field testing of this vaccine, examines the potential effects that field testing this veterinary vaccine could have on the quality of the human environment. Based on the risk analysis, we have reached a preliminary determination that field testing this veterinary vaccine will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment, and that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared. We intend to authorize shipment of this vaccine for field testing following the close of the comment period for this notice unless new substantial issues bearing on the effects of this action are brought to our attention. We also intend to issue a U.S. Veterinary Biological Product license for this vaccine, provided the field test data support the conclusions of the EA and the issuance of a finding of no significant impact and the product meets all other requirements for licensing.
Pale Cyst Nematode; Update of Quarantined Areas
Document Number: 2010-22364
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that we have made changes to the area in the State of Idaho that is quarantined to prevent the spread of pale cyst nematode. The description of the quarantined area was updated on April 26, 2010. As a result of these changes, 209 acres have been removed from the quarantined area.
Black Stem Rust; Additions of Rust-Resistant Varieties
Document Number: 2010-22363
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-09-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the black stem rust quarantine and regulations by adding four varieties to the list of rust-resistant Berberis species or cultivars in the regulations. This action will allow for the interstate movement of these newly developed varieties without unnecessary restrictions.
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations: Administrative Funding Allocations
Document Number: 2010-22247
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-09-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This rule proposes to establish the requirements regarding the allocation of administrative funds for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations and the Food Distribution Program for Indian Households in Oklahoma, both of which are referred to as ``FDPIR'' in this rulemaking. The rulemaking would propose amendments to FDPIR regulations to ensure that administrative funding is allocated in a fair and equitable manner. The proposed rule would also revise FDPIR regulations to clarify current program requirements relative to the distribution of administrative funds to Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) and State agencies.
Notice of Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share Program
Document Number: 2010-22244
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This Notice invites the following eligible States: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming, to submit an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), and to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for the Allocation of Organic Certification Cost-Share Funds. The AMS has allocated $1.495 million for this organic certification cost-share program in Fiscal Year 2010. Funds are available under this program to 16 designated States to provide cost-share assistance to organic crop and livestock producers certified under the National Organic Program (NOP). Eligible States interested in obtaining cost-share funds for their organic producers will have to submit an Application for Federal Assistance, and enter into a cooperative agreement with AMS for allocation of funds.
Notice of 2010 National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program
Document Number: 2010-22243
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This Notice invites all States of the United States of America, its territories, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, (collectively hereinafter called States) to submit an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), and to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for the allocation of National Organic Certification Cost-Share Funds. The AMS has allocated $22.0 million for this organic certification cost-share program commencing in Fiscal Year 2008, and these funds will be annually allocated to States through cooperative agreements until exhausted. Funds are available under this program to States interested in providing cost-share assistance to organic producers and handlers certified under the National Organic Program (NOP). States interested in obtaining cost-share funds must submit an Application for Federal Assistance and enter into a cooperative agreement with AMS for allocation of funds.
Special Areas; Roadless Area Conservation; Applicability to the National Forests in Idaho; Proposed Correction
Document Number: 2010-22151
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-09-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is proposing to make administrative corrections affecting Big Creek Fringe, French Creek, Placer Creek, Secesh, and Smith Creek Idaho Roadless Areas on the Payette National Forest. These corrections will remedy two errors regarding regulatory classification and mapping that concern Forest Plan Special Areas (Big Creek and French Creek). Notice is given pursuant to 36 CFR 294.27(a), that the Chief proposes to issue an administrative correction after a 30-day public notice and opportunity to comment.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Evaluation of SNAP Nutrition Education Practices Study
Document Number: 2010-22181
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-07
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 Evaluation of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Nutrition Education (-Ed) Practices Study. The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that SNAP participants and those eligible to participate will make healthy choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Food Guidance System. With limited resources, SNAP-Ed nutrition educators attempt to tailor their messages to fit the varying needs of differing populations and evaluate the extent to which their efforts result in positive, voluntary changes in nutrition behaviors. The Evaluation of SNAP Nutrition Education Practices is an extension of the current Models of SNAP-Ed and Evaluation Study, conducting rigorous, independent evaluations of an additional three SNAP-Ed demonstration projects. Each of the demonstration projects is also conducting an impact evaluation assessment which will be compared to FNS's more rigorous, independent evaluation. In conjunction with the Models of SNAP-Ed and Evaluation Study, the Evaluation of SNAP Nutrition Education Practices will provide FNS with a total of seven sound, independent estimates of the effectiveness of SNAP-Ed approaches, and will provide SNAP-Ed educators with examples of evaluation designs that are both feasible and scientifically robust.
Information Collection; Trends in Use and Users in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, MN
Document Number: 2010-22173
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-07
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: Trends in Use and Users in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota.
West Virginia Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2010-22154
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The West Virginia Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Elkins, West Virginia. 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. This will be the second meeting of the committee. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss potential projects for recommendation to the Forest Supervisor as the Designated Federal Official (DFO).
Tri-County Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2010-22113
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-07
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 Tri-County Resource Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday September 23, 2010, from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., in Deer Lodge, Montana. The purpose of the meeting is to review proposals for Title II funding and accomplishments for projects previously funded under Title II.
Humboldt Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)
Document Number: 2010-21635
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Humboldt Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Eureka, California. The committee meeting is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110- 343) and in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
Conservation Loan Program
Document Number: 2010-22070
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-09-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is implementing the new Conservation Loan (CL) Program authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill). This interim rule adds the CL Program provisions to the existing direct and guaranteed loan regulations. These provisions will provide CL Program eligibility and servicing options for the direct and guaranteed loans made through the CL Program.
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative: Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment
Document Number: 2010-22063
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has issued an Environmental Assessment (EA) to meet its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and RUS's Environmental and Policies and Procedures (7 CFR Part 1794) in relation to possible financial assistance for a proposed project by Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), with headquarters in Hughesville, Maryland. The proposal consists of the construction of a 30-mile 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line (which includes a river crossing), a new 230/69 kV switching station, and a 230/69 kV switching station expansion in Calvert and St. Mary's Counties, Maryland. SMECO is requesting that RUS provide financial assistance for the proposal. RUS is considering funding this proposal, thereby making it an undertaking subject to review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), 16 USC 470(f), and its implementing regulation, ``Protection of Historic Properties'' (36 CFR Part 800).
Dairy Industry Advisory Committee; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2010-22013
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces two public meetings of the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee (Dairy Committee) to discuss farm milk price volatility and dairy farmer profitability, review various industry proposals and analysis, and hear public comments. The Dairy Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Secretary on policy issues impacting the dairy industry. Instructions regarding registering for and attending the meetings are provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Prince of Wales Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2010-21918
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Prince of Wales Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Thorne Bay, Alaska, September 24, 2010. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss potential projects under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2008.