Department of Agriculture October 13, 2010 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Superior National Forest, Minnesota
Document Number: 2010-25755
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineers Corps, Army Department
The SDEIS will supplement and supersede the Draft EIS of October 27, 2009 (DEIS), which was produced jointly by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR), released for public comment on November 6, 2009. The SDEIS will respond to concerns about wetlands and water quality issues associated with the NorthMet mining and ore processing proposal, located in Northeast Minnesota, as identified by the US Environmental Protection Agency and other commentors. The SDEIS will also incorporate potential effects from a proposed land exchange between the USDA Superior National Forest (SNF) and PolyMet Mining, Inc. (PolyMet). The SNF will join the USACE and MNDNR as a third lead agency responsible for EIS preparation because the land where the mine is proposed is owned by the SNF. Cooperating Agencies for preparation of the SDEIS include Minnesota Bands of Chippewa/Ojibwe (Bois Forte and Fond du Lac). Others who have requested to become cooperating agencies include the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the Grand Portage Band of Chippewa/Ojibwe. Federal laws and policies, which the joint lead agencies are required to consider, will be outlined in the EIS for both mine permiting and land exchange processes.
National Organic Program: Notice of Draft Guidance for Accredited Certifying Agents and Certified Operations
Document Number: 2010-25730
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-10-13
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The National Organic Program (NOP) is announcing the availability of five draft guidance documents intended for use by accredited certifying agents and certified operations. The five draft guidance documents are entitled as follows: Compost and Vermicompost in Organic Crop Production (NOP 5021); Wild Crop Harvesting (NOP 5022); Outdoor Access for Organic Poultry (NOP 5024); Commingling and Contamination Prevention in Organic Production and Handling (NOP 5025); and The Use of Chlorine Materials in Organic Production and Handling (NOP 5026). These draft guidance documents are intended to inform the public of NOP's current thinking on these topics. The NOP is seeking comments on the five draft guidance documents. A notice of availability of final guidance on these topics will be issued upon their final approval. Once finalized, these guidance documents will be available from the NOP through ``The Program Handbook: Guidance and Instructions for Accredited Certifying Agents (ACAs) and Certified Operations''. This Handbook provides those who own, manage, or certify organic operations with guidance and instructions that can assist them in complying with the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations. The current edition of the Program Handbook is available online at https:// www.ams.usda.gov/nop or in print upon request.
Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon; Cooper Spur-Government Camp Land Exchange
Document Number: 2010-25698
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The proposed action includes the conveyance of approximately two parcels totaling 120 acres of National Forest System (NFS) land adjacent to Government Camp in exchange for the acquisition of approximately 770 acres of land owned by Mt. Hood Meadows Oreg., LLC, in Hood River County, Oregon.
Notice of Proposed Change to Section IV of the Virginia State Technical Guide
Document Number: 2010-25663
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
It has been determined by the NRCS State Conservationist for Virginia that changes must be made in the NRCS State Technical Guide specifically in the following practice standards: 314, Brush Management, 324, Deep Tillage, 330, Contour Farming, 332, Contour Buffer Strips, 344, Residue Management, Seasonal, 346, Residue Management, Ridge Till, 380, Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment, 484, Mulching, 512, Forage & Biomass Planting, and 603, Herbaceous Wind Barriers. These practices will be used to plan and install conservation practices.
Notice of Proposed Change to Section IV of the Virginia State Technical Guide
Document Number: 2010-25662
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
It has been determined by the NRCS State Conservationist for Virginia that changes must be made in the NRCS State Technical Guide specifically in practice standards: 362, Diversion; 412, Grassed Waterway; 430, Irrigation Pipeline; 436, Irrigation Reservoir; 558, Roof Runoff Structure; 600, Terrace; 620, Underground Outlet; 313, Waste Storage Facility; 359, Waste Treatment Lagoon; 633, Waste Utilization; 638, Water and Sediment Control Basin. These practices will be used to plan and install conservation practices on cropland, pastureland, woodland, and wildlife land.
Dairy Import Licensing Program
Document Number: 2010-25651
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-10-13
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would suspend the historical license reduction provisions of the Dairy Import Licensing Program, 7 CFR part 6, for a period of 5 years. This temporary suspension is intended to improve program administration and reflect ongoing changes in the markets for cheese and other dairy products subject to import licensing requirements.
Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers
Document Number: 2010-25650
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers
Document Number: 2010-25647
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
Fresno County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2010-25588
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Fresno County Resource Advisory Committee will be meeting in Prather, California, November 17, 2010 and in Clovis, California, December 15, 2010. The purpose of the meetings will be to accept and review project proposals for the next funding cycle as well as review prior year accomplishments.