Department of Agriculture August 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, Livestock Indemnity Program, and General Provisions for Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance Programs
Document Number: 2011-22323
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is making several clarifying amendments and corrections to the regulations for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) to clarify when livestock death losses must have occurred to be eligible losses for LIP and ELAP benefits. This rule also clarifies when adverse weather events or loss conditions must have occurred to be eligible losses of livestock, honeybee, crops, and farm-raised fish for ELAP and Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE) benefits. This rule clarifies an equitable relief provision for the risk management purchase requirement that applies to the Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance Programs, authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill), except LIP.
Availability of Final Compliance Guide for the Use of Video or Other Electronic Monitoring or Recording Equipment in Federally Inspected Establishments
Document Number: 2011-22286
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of the final compliance guide on the use of video or other electronic monitoring or recording equipment in federally inspected establishments. FSIS has received Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of information collection under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) related to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (Sanitation SOP) video records. FSIS made changes to the final compliance guide based on comments received on the draft guide. FSIS has posted this final compliance guide on its Significant Guidance Documents Web page (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Significant_Guidance/index.asp).
Eastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory Committee and the Yakima Provincial Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-22255
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Eastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory Committee and the Yakima Provincial Advisory Committee will meet on September 15, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Headquarters Office, 215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, WA. During this meeting information will be shared about prescribed burning and smoke management, Holden Mine clean-up operations, insect infestations on Blewett Pass and a report on Forest Plan Revision public meetings. All Eastern Washington Cascades and Yakima Province Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public.
Fiscal Year 2012 Veterinary Import/Export, Diagnostic Services, and Export Certification for Plants and Plant Products User Fees
Document Number: 2011-22242
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
This notice pertains to user fees charged for Veterinary Services animal quarantine and other import- and export-related services that we provide for animals, animal products, birds, germ plasm, organisms, and vectors; for certain veterinary diagnostic services; and for export certification of plants and plant products. The purpose of this notice is to remind the public of the user fees for fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2012).
Proposed Privacy Act System of Records
Document Number: 2011-22241
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), OCIO gives notice of a new Privacy Act System of Records.
2010 Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment Draft
Document Number: 2011-22240
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The draft 2010 Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment is available for review and comment at http://www.fs.fed.us/research/rpa/. The RPA Assessment is a legislatively mandated periodic assessment of the condition and trends of the Nation's renewable resources on forests and rangelands.
Cotton Board Rules and Regulations: Adjusting Supplemental Assessment on Imports
Document Number: 2011-22159
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the Cotton Board Rules and Regulations by updating the value assigned to imported cotton for the purpose of calculating supplemental assessments collected for use by the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. An amendment is required to adjust the supplemental assessment and to ensure that assessments collected on imported raw cotton and the cotton content of imported cotton-containing products are the same as assessments collected on domestically produced cotton. In addition, AMS is updating the textile trade conversion factors used to determine the raw fiber equivalents of imported cotton-containing products and expanding the number of Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) statistical reporting numbers from the current 706 to 2,371 to assess all imported cotton and cotton-containing products.
Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Assessment Rate Decrease for Fresh Pears
Document Number: 2011-22113
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Fresh Pear Committee (Committee) for the 2011-2012 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.501 to $0.471 per standard box or equivalent of fresh winter pears handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of fresh pears grown in Oregon and Washington. Assessments upon Oregon-Washington fresh pear handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins July 1 and ends June 30. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Public Meeting, Cherokee National Forest Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-21474
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-393), [as reauthorized as part of Pub. L. 110-343] and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Cherokee National Forest Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committee will meet as indicated below.
National Dairy Promotion and Research Program; Invitation To Submit Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Order
Document Number: 2011-22154
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document invites comments on a proposed amendment to the Dairy Promotion and Research Order (Dairy Order). The proposal would modify the number of National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (Dairy Board) members in eight regions, merge Region 8 and Region 10, merge Region 12 and Region 13, and apportion Idaho as a separate region. The total number of domestic Dairy Board members would remain the same at 36 and the total number of regions would be reduced from 13 to 12. This modification was requested by the Dairy Board, which administers the Dairy Order, to better reflect the geographic distribution of milk production in the United States.
Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order; Correction
Document Number: 2011-22150
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document contains corrections to the final rule published on August 2, 2011 (76 FR 46185), regarding softwood lumber. Corrections are made in the amendatory instruction section and in Sec. 1217.88 of the final rule.
Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2011-22136
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) this notice announces the Risk Management Agency's intention to request an extension and revision to a currently approved information collection for Notice of Funds AvailabilityCommunity Outreach and Assistance Partnership Program.
Funds Availability for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing for Fiscal Year 2011
Document Number: 2011-22133
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This notice corrects the scoring points to a Notice published in the Federal Register on July 7, 2011, regarding Funds Availability for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. The correction changes the points assigned under section VI. Pre- application Review Information, (A)(1)(v)(a) entitled New Construction Energy Conservation. This notice also extends the pre-application closing deadline to 5 p.m., local time to September 6, 2011.
Dried Prunes Produced in California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2011-22119
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Prune Marketing Committee (Committee) for the 2011-12 and subsequent crop years from $0.27 to $0.22 per ton of salable dried prunes handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of dried prunes produced in California. Assessments upon dried prune handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The crop year begins August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
United States Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng
Document Number: 2011-22117
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), is soliciting comments on the proposed voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Cultivated Ginseng. AMS received a request from the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin (GBW), to amend the standards to reflect current market values. To ensure the integrity of the standards, the proposed revisions would be based on quality and percentage defects. The new grades would replace the current ones and promote the orderly and efficient marketing of ginseng in an evolving global economy. Other changes would include adding tolerances, reclassifying sizes, removing table ``values,'' and amending definitions. These revisions are needed to determine and complement the new grades.
Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Assessment Rate Decrease for Processed Pears
Document Number: 2011-22115
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Processed Pear Committee (Committee) for the 2011-2012 and subsequent fiscal periods from $8.41 to $7.73 per ton of summer/fall processed pears. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of processed pears grown in Oregon and Washington. Assessments upon handlers of Oregon-Washington processed pears are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins July 1 and ends June 30. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Modification of the Handling Regulation for Area No. 3
Document Number: 2011-22111
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule invites comments on revisions to the size requirements currently prescribed under the Colorado potato marketing order (order). The order regulates the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Colorado, and is administered locally by the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee for Area No. 3 (Committee). This rule would modify the size requirements for handling small potatoes that measure under 1\7/8\ inches in diameter. This rule would allow the handling of two size ranges, \3/4\-inch minimum diameter to 1\7/8\ inches maximum diameter and Size B (1\1/2\ to 2\1/4\ inches), if such potatoes otherwise meet the requirements of the U.S. No. 1 grade. The revisions would promote orderly marketing by ensuring that only potatoes of certain similar size profiles are packed and shipped in the same container. This rule is expected to benefit the producers, handlers, and consumers of Colorado potatoes.
Glenn/Colusa County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-22087
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Glenn/Colusa County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Willows, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110- 343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to present projects and vote on projects.
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-22085
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Resource Advisory Committee will conduct a meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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 finalize the review of project submittals.
Southwest Montana Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2011-21358
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-30
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 (Pub. L. 106-393) the Beaverhead- Deerlodge National Forest's Southwest Montana Resource Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., in Dillon, Montana. The purpose of the meeting is to review funding proposals for Title II funding.
Notice of Public Meeting, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee; CA
Document Number: 2011-22037
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Act of 2000 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (Forest Service) Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC) will meet as indicated below.
GMUG Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-22036
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The GMUG Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Delta, Colorado. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110-343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to gather the appointed committee members together to decide the review and recommending criteria that the committee will use and to review and make recommendations for Title II Project funding within Garfield, Mesa, Delta, Gunnison and Montrose Counties, Colorado.
Sierra County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-22034
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Sierra County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Sierraville, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110- 343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and vote on projects submitted for funding and the expenditure of Title II funds benefiting National Forest System lands in Sierra County.
Sierra County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-22033
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Sierra County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Downieville, California if needed to complete project review. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L 110-343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to finish the discussion and vote on projects submitted for funding and the expenditure of Title II funds benefiting National Forest System lands in Sierra County. This meeting will be held if the discussion and vote was not completed at the meeting on September 12.
Nevada and Placer Counties Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-22030
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Nevada and Placer Counties Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Nevada City, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110-343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and vote on projects submitted for funding and the expenditure of Title II funds benefiting National Forest System lands in Nevada and Placer Counties.
Nevada and Placer Counties Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-22027
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Nevada and Placer Counties Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Truckee, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110-343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and vote on projects submitted for funding and the expenditure of Title II funds benefiting National Forest System lands in Nevada and Placer Counties.
Nevada and Placer Counties Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-22017
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Nevada and Placer Counties Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Auburn, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110-343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and vote on projects submitted for funding and the expenditure of Title II funds benefiting National Forest System lands in Nevada and Placer Counties.
BioPreferred Program
Document Number: 2011-21694
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking direct final action to relocate the BioPreferred Program, established under the authority of section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA), as amended by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA), 7 U.S.C. 81027, from chapter XXIX of title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to chapter XXXII of title 7 of the CFR.
Notice of Intent To Request New Information Collection
Document Number: 2011-21848
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to send comments regarding any aspect of this proposed information collection. This is a new collection for the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey.
Notice of Intent To Renew Information Collection
Document Number: 2011-21847
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-26
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) seeks comments on the intent of the United States National Arboretum (USNA) to renew an information collection that expires December 31, 2011. The information collection serves as a means to collect fees for certain uses of the facilities and grounds, and for programs and services. This includes fees for use of the grounds and facilities, as well as for commercial photography and cinematography. Fees generated will be used to defray USNA expenses or to promote the missions of the USNA.
Notice of Availability of the Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Draft San Juan Land Management Plan, Colorado
Document Number: 2011-21716
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974, as amended by the National Forest Management Act of 1976, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have prepared a Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the Draft Land Management Plan (LMP) for the San Juan Public Lands that was published on December 14, 2007, and by this notice, are announcing the opening of the comment period. The San Juan Public Lands Center (SJPLC) is the joint USFS/BLM Service First Office responsible for the management of BLM and USFS lands covered in the Draft LMP.
Black Hills National Forest, SD; Thunder Basin National Grassland, WY; Teckla-Osage-Rapid City Transmission 230 kV Project
Document Number: 2011-21712
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on a proposal by Black Hills Power (BHP) to construct and operate a 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line between the Teckla and Osage Substations in northeastern Wyoming to the Lange Substation in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be a cooperating agency on this EIS. The Teckla-Osage-Rapid City Transmission 230 kV Project would be approximately 150 miles long. It would cross portions of the Black Hills National Forest and private lands in South Dakota and portions of the Thunder Basin National Grasslands, private lands, BLM lands, and state lands in Wyoming. The line would be constructed on wood or steel H-frame structures for most of its length with possibly some steel monopole structures in the Rapid City area. The structures would be 65 to75 feet tall and the line would require a right-of-way approximately 125 feet wide.
Hood/Willamette Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-21840
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Hood/Willamette Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Sandy, Oregon. 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 have a field trip review of Title II projects by the committee.
Siskiyou County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-21836
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Siskiyou County Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Yreka, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110-343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is for the committee to hear project status, review project proposals and to vote and make recommendations. The meeting is open to the public. Opportunity for public comment will be provided.
El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-21741
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Placerville, 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 RAC will review and discuss implementation of approved RAC projects.
Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement
Document Number: 2011-21695
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces that the Department of Agriculture, Office of Procurement and Property Management, is hereby requesting an extension of a currently approved information collection, Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement.
Availability of Decisions
Document Number: 2011-21611
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Deciding Officers in the Rocky Mountain Region will publish notice of decisions subject to administrative appeal under 36 CFR parts 215 and 219 in the legal notice section of the newspapers listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. The public shall be advised through Federal Register notice, of the newspaper of record to be utilized for publishing legal notice of decisions. Responsible Officials in the Rocky Mountain Region will also publish notice of proposed actions under 36 CFR 215.5 in the newspapers that are listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. The public shall be advised, through Federal Register notice, of the newspaper of record to be utilized for publishing notices on proposed actions. Additionally, the Deciding Officers in the Rocky Mountain Region will publish notice of the opportunity to object to a proposed authorized hazardous fuel reduction project under 36 CFR 218 or developing, amending or revising land management plans under 36 CFR 219 in the legal notice section of the newspapers listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Revision of Delegations of Authority
Document Number: 2011-21597
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture
This document revises the delegations of authority from the Secretary of Agriculture to the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE) and the Under Secretary for Rural Development (RD), and from the Under Secretary for REE to the Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), to reflect the division of responsibilities for carrying out the biomass research and development authorities in section 9008 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA) (7 U.S.C. 8108).
Notice of Intent To Request Comments on a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2011-21594
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
This notice announces the intention of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to request comments on a currently approved information collection for which approval will expire, 0578-0030, Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program. Public Participation: NRCS invites public participation to promote open communication and better decisionmaking. All persons and organizations that have an interest in the EWP program are urged to provide comments. Scoping Process: Public participation is requested throughout the scoping process. NRCS is soliciting comments from the public indicating what issues and impacts the public believes should be encompassed within the scope of the EWP program. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility, (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used, (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, such as through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technologic collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Notice of Meeting of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force
Document Number: 2011-21589
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) will meet to continue discussions on critical air quality issues relating to agriculture. Special emphasis will be placed on obtaining a greater understanding about the relationship between agricultural production and air quality. The meeting is open to the public; a draft agenda is included in this notice.
National Veterinary Accreditation Program; Currently Accredited Veterinarians Performing Accredited Duties and Electing To Participate
Document Number: 2011-21526
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are announcing to the public that veterinarians who are currently accredited in the National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) may continue to perform accredited duties and may elect to continue to participate in the NVAP until October 1, 2011. The regulations indicate that currently accredited veterinarians must elect to continue their participation in the NVAP in order to maintain their accredited status, after which we will confirm their continued participation and notify them of their first renewal date. A previous document announced that currently accredited veterinarians may continue to perform accredited duties until further notice, even if they have not received a date for their first accreditation renewal. That document stated that we would specify a date by which veterinarians would have to elect to participate in a subsequent document.
Importation of Horses From Contagious Equine Metritis-Affected Countries
Document Number: 2011-21524
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are reopening the comment period for an interim rule that amended the regulations regarding the testing requirements for importation of horses from countries affected with contagious equine metritis. We are also delaying the enforcement of all provisions of the interim rule until a final rule is published and effective. This action will allow interested persons additional time to comment on the interim rule and provide the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service with time to make adjustments to the interim rule that may be necessary in order to successfully implement it.
Importation of Peppers From Panama
Document Number: 2011-21522
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the regulations to allow, under certain conditions, the importation of commercial shipments of peppers from Panama into the United States without treatment. Conditions of entry to which the peppers will be subject include trapping, pre-harvest inspection, and shipping procedures. This action will allow for the importation of peppers from Panama into the United States while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of quarantine pests.
Asian Longhorned Beetle; Quarantined Areas and Regulated Articles
Document Number: 2011-21520
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the Asian longhorned beetle regulations by quarantining portions of Suffolk and Norfolk Counties, MA, and expanding the quarantined area in Worcester County, MA. As a result of this action, the interstate movement of regulated articles from those areas will be restricted. We are also updating the list of regulated articles in order to reflect new information concerning host plants. These actions are necessary to prevent the artificial spread of the Asian longhorned beetle to noninfested areas of the United States.
European Larch Canker; Expansion of Regulated Areas
Document Number: 2011-21519
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-08-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the domestic quarantine regulations to expand the regulated area for European larch canker to include additional areas in Maine. We are also correcting some misidentifications of previously listed regulated areas. This action is necessary to prevent human-assisted transmission of European larch canker from infested areas to noninfested areas.
Notice of Request for Reinstatement of an Information Collection; National Animal Health Monitoring System; Swine 2012 Study
Document Number: 2011-21516
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request a reinstatement of an information collection to support the National Animal Health Monitoring System's Swine 2012 Study.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-21515
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Pennington County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-21478
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Pennington County Recource Advisory Committee will meet in Rapid City, SD. 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 review and make recommendations for approval of remaining project proposals.
Notice of Proposed Change to Section IV of the Virginia State Technical Guide
Document Number: 2011-21468
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-23
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: 328, Conservation Crop Rotation, 329, Residue and Tillage Management No Till/Strip Till/Direct Seed, 344, Residue Management, Seasonal, 345, Residue and Tillage Management Mulch Till, 346, Residue Management, Ridge Till, 391, Riparian Forest Buffer, 422, Hedgerow Planting, 472, Access Control, 595, Integrated Pest Management, 612, Tree/Shrub Establishment, and 666, Forest Stand Improvement. These practices will be used to plan and install conservation practices.
Notice of Proposed Changes to the National Handbook of Conservation Practices for the Natural Resources Conservation Service
Document Number: 2011-21467
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Notice is hereby given of the intention of NRCS to issue a series of revised conservation practice standards in the National Handbook of Conservation Practices. These standards include: Dam or Pond Removal (Code 403), Dry Hydrant (Code 432), Feed Management (Code 592), Fishpond Management (Code 399), Land Clearing (Code 460), Livestock Pipeline (Code 516), Pond Sealing or Lining, Flexible Membrane (Code 521A), Fuel Break (Code 383), Stream Crossing (Code 578), and Subsurface Drain (Code 606). NRCS State Conservationists who choose to adopt these practices for use within their States will incorporate them into section IV of their respective electronic Field Office Technical Guide. These practices may be used in conservation systems that treat highly erodible land (HEL) or on land determined to be a wetland. Section 343 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 requires NRCS to make available for public review and comment all proposed revisions to conservation practice standards used to carry out HEL and wetland provisions of the law.