Department of Agriculture September 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2012-24045
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The meeting date of September 21, 2012 published in the September 10, 2012 Federal Register Notice was incorrect. The correct date is September 28, 2012. The Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Quincy, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 112-141) (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 review and recommend projects authorized under title II of the Act.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; National Animal Health Reporting System
Document Number: 2012-23969
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-28
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 National Animal Health Reporting System.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-23797
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-23795
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset Review (2012) for Nutrient Vitamins and Minerals
Document Number: 2012-23748
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This interim rule addresses a recommendation submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on April 29, 2011. This recommendation pertains to the 2012 Sunset Review for the exemption (use) of nutrient vitamins and minerals in organic handling on U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). On January 12, 2012, AMS published a proposed rule on the 2012 Sunset Review which proposed to continue the exemption (use) for nutrient vitamins and minerals on the National List for 5 years after its October 21, 2012 sunset date. The proposed rule also proposed to correct an inaccurate cross reference to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations in the listing for vitamins and minerals on the National List. AMS continues to review the public comments on the proposed rule and assess the extent of impacts on the industry that could result from correcting the cross reference to FDA regulations. Therefore, due to the impending sunset of the allowance for nutrients vitamins and minerals from the National List on October 21, 2012, and based on the NOSB recommendation, this interim rule renews, without change, the exemption (use) for nutrient vitamins and minerals on the National List. This interim rule provides for the continued use of nutrients vitamins and minerals in organic products until the agency completes the January 12, 2012, rulemaking.
Additional Changes to the Schedule of Operations Regulations
Document Number: 2012-23682
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is amending the meat and poultry product regulations pertaining to the schedule of operations. FSIS is amending these regulations to define the 8-hour workday as including time that inspection program personnel need to prepare the inspection station, if necessary, or retrieve and return lot tally sheets; the time necessary for FSIS inspection program personnel to sharpen knives, if necessary; and the time necessary to conduct duties scheduled by FSIS, including administrative activities. The activities are integral and indispensable to inspectors' work and are part of the continuous workday as defined by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Therefore, they are activities that need to be part of the Agency's regulatory definition for the 8-hour workday.
Andrew Pickens Ranger District; South Carolina; AP Loblolly Pine Removal and Restoration Project
Document Number: 2012-23615
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
On March 8, 2010, the Forest Service published a NOT to prepare and EIS to disclose the effects of removing off-site loblolly pine plantations and restoring native vegetation on portions of the Andrew Pickens Ranger District (the District). This NOI is being corrected to reflect a delay of more than a year in filing the draft EIS. In addition, corrections are being made to the number of acres proposed for treatment and the miles of system and temporary roads based on better mapping and additional field survey work. Finally, the contact person for additional information has changed.
South Mississippi Electric Cooperative: Plant Ratcliffe, Kemper County Integrated Gasification Combined-Cycle (IGCC) Project
Document Number: 2012-23603
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the adoption of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed participation of South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) in Plant Ratcliffe, an Integrated Gasification Combined-Cycle Facility located in Kemper County, Mississippi (the Project). The Acting Administrator of RUS has signed the ROD, which is effective on the publication of this notice. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Project in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The purpose of the EIS was to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the Project so that the DOE could assess potential cost-shared financing under the Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI) and issuance of a loan guarantee under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct05), and the USACE could consider potential issuance of permits under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The DOE/USACE Final EIS was issued in May 2010, and DOE issued their Record of Decision (ROD) in August 2010. RUS is considering providing a $480 million loan guarantee to SMEPA that would provide for the acquisition of a 15% undivided ownership interest in the Project. RUS adopted the Final EIS pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (U.S.C. 4231 et seq.), and in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508) and RUS's Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR Part 1794). RUS determined that the actions covered by the DOE/USACE Final EIS and RUS's proposed action were substantially the same, given that no new infrastructure would be required for SMEPA's participation (40 CFR 1506.3(b)). RUS conducted an independent evaluation of the DOE/USACE Final EIS, the associated Mitigation Action Plan (MAP) and Record of Decision (ROD), determined the documentation met the standards of an adequate statement (40 CFR 1506.3(a)), and adopted the documentation (Subpart H, 7 CFR Part 1794).
Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Prune Crop Insurance Provisions
Document Number: 2012-23571
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Prune Crop Insurance Provisions. The intended effect of this action is to provide policy changes and clarify existing policy provisions to better meet the needs of insured producers, and to reduce vulnerability to program fraud, waste, and abuse. The changes will apply for the 2013 and succeeding crop years.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Joint Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project
Document Number: 2012-23471
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The USDA Forest Service, together with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), will prepare a joint Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to assess the effects of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommendations on National Forest System lands for the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP). The CPUC granted Southern California Edison (SCE) approval to build TRTP in Decision 09-12-044 on non-federal lands, and the Forest Service approved SCE to implement the TRTP on National Forest System lands in a 2010 Record of Decision (ROD). The decision required SCE to consult with the FAA for aviation safety. The FAA recommended installing marker balls on certain transmission line spans and aviation lighting on certain transmission structures. These recommendations will be analyzed in the joint Supplemental EIS/EIR. Following the public review period for the Draft Supplemental EIS/ EIR the Forest Service and CPUC will issue a Final Supplemental EIS/ EIR. The Forest Service will issue a ROD to document the decision to either approve or deny the changes to SCE's project. As the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Lead Agency for the project, the Forest Service will conduct a detailed review of the effects of the FAA recommendations on National Forest System lands. Within the Angeles National Forest it is estimated that approximately 649 marker balls on 119 spans and 4 structures with aviation lights would impact Segments 6 and 11 to implement the FAA's recommendations. Two of the 4 structures recommended for aviation lights are on private lands within the Angeles National Forest, and are not subject to Forest Service jurisdiction or control. The Forest Service is providing notice of this analysis so that interested and affected individuals are aware of how they may participate and contribute towards the final decision on the TRTP by the Forest Service. Note: Segment 8A undergrounding options are not the subject of this Notice of Intent.
Notice of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Meeting
Document Number: 2012-23610
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces a meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-23594
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Boundary Establishment for the Au Sable, Bear Creek, Manistee, and the Pine Wild and Scenic Rivers, Huron-Manistee National Forests; Alcona, Oscoda, Manistee, Lake, and Wexford Counties, MI
Document Number: 2012-23559
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with Section 3(b) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the USDA Forest Service, Washington Office, is transmitting the final boundary of the Au Sable, Bear Creek, Manistee, and the Pine Wild and Scenic Rivers to Congress.
Notice of Intent To Seek OMB Approval To Collect Information: Forms Pertaining to the Peer Review of ARS Research Projects
Document Number: 2012-23474
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and OMB implementing regulations. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Testing of Product Samples for Listeria monocytogenes: Changes in Procedures
Document Number: 2012-23462
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing changes in procedures for Listeria (L.) monocytogenes product sampling programs in ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products. Starting 60 days after issuance of this notice, FSIS will increase the number of product samples it collects under its Routine Risk-based L. monocytogenes (RLm) Sampling Program and its Intensified Verification Testing (IVT) protocol from three to five samples per sampling unit. In addition, FSIS laboratories will composite the five 25-g product samples from the RLm sampling program, which will increase the sample size of the analyzed test portion from 25 g to 125 g. The Agency is effecting these changes to make its sampling procedures more consistent with international practices, to conserve its laboratory resources, and to improve public health. FSIS invites comments on these changes to its sampling programs.
Huron-Manistee National Forests, Michigan, USA and State South Branch 1-8 Well
Document Number: 2012-23458
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Huron-Manistee National Forests (Forest Service) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as a Cooperating Agency, proposed to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to assess the environmental impacts of an industry proposal to drill one exploratory natural gas well, the USA & State South Branch 1-8 (SB 1-8) well, on National Forest System lands. The leaseholder has withdrawn their application for permit to drill therefore this project has been cancelled. This notice cancels the notice of intent to prepare and environmental impact statement.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-23416
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Funds Availability for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012
Document Number: 2012-23410
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Services published a document in the Federal Register on July 18, 2012, (77 FR 42258) concerning the availability of funds in the Agency's Farm Labor Housing Program. The document contained a deadline date of September 17, 2012, that the Agency is extending to October 31, 2012, and a funding restriction that is no longer applicable. The document also contained a documentation requirement concerning tax credits that the Agency is loosening and clarifying.
Plum Pox Compensation
Document Number: 2012-23356
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the plum pox regulations to provide for the payment of compensation to eligible owners of non-fruit-bearing ornamental tree nurseries and to increase the amount of compensation that may be paid to eligible owners of commercial stone fruit orchards and fruit tree nurseries whose trees are required to be destroyed in order to prevent the spread of plum pox. The interim rule also provided updated instructions for the submission of claims for compensation. These changes were necessary to provide adequate compensation to persons who are economically affected by the plum pox quarantine and the associated State and Federal eradication efforts.
Asian Longhorned Beetle; Quarantined Areas in Massachusetts, Ohio, and New York
Document Number: 2012-23353
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the Asian longhorned beetle regulations by adding portions of Worcester County, MA, and Clermont County, OH, to the list of quarantined areas and by removing a portion of Suffolk County, NY, from the list of quarantined areas. The interim rule was necessary to prevent the artificial spread of Asian longhorned beetle to noninfested areas of the United States and to relieve restrictions on certain areas that were no longer necessary.
Irradiation Treatment; Location of Facilities in the Southern United States; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2012-23346
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on July 20, 2012, and effective on August 20, 2012, we amended the phytosanitary treatment regulations to, among other things, allow for irradiation treatment of mangoes from India upon arrival in the mainland United States rather than just at the point of origin. In the final rule, we neglected to amend the inspection requirements to address shipments that are treated upon arrival in the United States and not at the point of origin. This document corrects that error.
Prohibitions Governing Fire
Document Number: 2012-23319
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service is making purely technical, nonsubstantive changes to Forest Service regulations. These regulations authorize issuance of an order prohibiting operation or use of any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device that is properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order in accordance with the standards. The reference to the standard is obsolete and needs to be updated. The standard does not apply and needs to be removed.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Right-of-Way Grant in Oregon and Possible Land Use Plan Amendments
Document Number: 2012-23206
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended; the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended; and the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (NFMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Coos Bay, Roseburg, and Medford Districts and the Klamath Falls Resource Area of the Lakeview District in Oregon and the Forest Service Umpqua, Rogue River, and Winema National Forests, Oregon, propose to amend their land management plans to make provision for the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline (Project) if the Project is authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission). The BLM also proposes to respond to Pacific Connector LP's application for a right- of-way grant for the Project to occupy Federal lands. The FERC is the lead agency for preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline (FERC Docket PF12-17), which includes the analysis for possible land use plan amendments.
Viruses, Serums, Toxins, and Analogous Products; Exemptions From Preparation Pursuant to an Unsuspended and Unrevoked License
Document Number: 2012-23202
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are reopening the comment period for our proposed rule that clarified our interpretation of the veterinary practitioner exemption provided by the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District; Oregon; Withdrawal of Notice for Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Kapka Butte Sno-Park Construction Project
Document Number: 2012-23188
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District and FHWA are withdrawing their intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Kapka Butte Sno-park Construction project. The original Notice of Intent (NOI) was published in the Federal Register on January 2, 2009 (Vol. 74, No.1, p 71-72). A Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register on April 15, 2011 (Vol. 76, No.73, p 21345). The Forest Service has determined that an EIS is not required for this project and therefore, it was decided to document the project in an environmental assessment. Pursuant to federal regulations, the Federal Highways Administration is not required to be a co-lead agency, and will instead participate as a cooperating agency.
National Organic Program (NOP); Amendment to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Livestock)
Document Number: 2012-23083
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-19
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to enact one recommendation submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on April 29, 2010. This final rule revises the annotation for one substance on the National List, methionine, to reduce the maximum levels of synthetic methionine allowed in organic poultry production after October 1, 2012. This final rule permits the use of synthetic methionine at the following maximum levels per ton of feed after October 1, 2012: laying and broiler chickens2 pounds; turkeys and all other poultry3 pounds. This action also corrects the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) numbers for the allowable forms of synthetic methionine.
Availability of FSIS Salmonella Compliance Guidelines for Small and Very Small Meat and Poultry Establishments That Produce Ready-to-Eat Products
Document Number: 2012-23080
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of a revised compliance guide for small and very small meat and poultry establishments on the safe production of ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products with respect to Salmonella and other pathogens. FSIS has posted this compliance guide on its Significant Guidance Documents Web page (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Significant_ Guidance/index.asp). FSIS encourages small and very small meat and poultry establishments that manufacture these products to avail themselves of this guidance document.
Risk-Based Sampling of Beef Manufacturing Trimmings for Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 and Plans for Beef Baseline
Document Number: 2012-23078
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
FSIS is announcing its intention to redesign its E. coli O157:H7 verification testing program for beef manufacturing trimmings to make the program more risk-based and to enable the Agency to calculate on-going statistical prevalence estimates for E. coli O157:H7 in raw beef manufacturing trimmings. This notice also discusses FSIS's plans to perform a beef carcass baseline. FSIS seeks public comment on its plans, which have been developed in response to a 2011 audit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General (OIG) of FSIS's protocol for N-60 sampling of beef manufacturing trimmings for E. coli O157:H7. This notice also announces changes that FSIS has made to its beef manufacturing trimmings program to increase both the collection rate and the likelihood that FSIS will find positive samples. Finally, this notice summarizes a 2012 OIG report and the actions that FSIS has taken to address the recommendations in that report.
White Pine-Nye Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2012-23054
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The White Pine-Nye Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Eureka, Nevada. 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 title II of the Act. The meetings are open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to provide updates on projects approved for fiscal year 2012.
Georgia Transmission Corporation: Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment and To Hold Public Scoping Meetings
Document Number: 2012-23018
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) intends to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) and hold public scoping meetings and 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), and RUS's Environmental and Policies and Procedures (7 CFR part 1794) in connection with potential impacts related to a proposal by Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC). The proposal consists of constructing approximately 40 to 45 miles of 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in portions of Atkinson, Berrien, Clinch, Coffee, and Lanier Counties, Georgia. GTC is requesting that RUS provide financial assistance for the proposal.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-23016
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2012-23013
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Salmon, Idaho. 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 review and recommend projects to be funded under Public Law 112- 141.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-23000
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Prince of Wales Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2012-22925
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Prince of Wales Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Craig, AK. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 112-141) (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 review and recommend projects authorized under title II of the Act.
Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory Committee (LTBFAC)
Document Number: 2012-22928
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory Committee will meet in Incline Village, Nevada. This Committee, established by the Secretary of Agriculture on December 15, 1998 (64 FR 2876), is chartered to provide advice to the Secretary on implementing the terms of the Federal Interagency Partnership on the Lake Tahoe Region and other matters raised by the Secretary. The purpose of the meeting is to present updated information on Aquatic Invasive Species, fuels treatments, and biomass opportunities in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The meeting is open to the public.
Lake County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2012-22548
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Lake County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a meeting.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2012-22879
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Business-Cooperative Service's (RBS) intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for 7 CFR part 4279.
Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Change to Administrative Rules Regarding the Transfer and Storage of Excess Spearmint Oil
Document Number: 2012-22834
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-17
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule invites comments on proposed revisions to the administrative rules prescribed under the marketing order regulating the handling of spearmint oil produced in the Far West. The marketing order is administered locally by the Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee). This rule would change the date by which a producer must transfer excess spearmint oil to another producer or deliver such oil to the Committee or its designees for storage from November 1 to December 1. This action would also change the date that the Committee must pool identified excess oil as reserve oil from November 1 to December 1. The proposed changes would be a relaxation of the handling regulations and are expected to benefit producers, handlers, and consumers.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-22811
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland; Larimer County, CO; Middle Bald Mountain Public Safety Radio Communications Site
Document Number: 2012-22366
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland is preparing an environmental impact statement to consider and disclose the environmental effects of constructing and operating a government-only, public safety radio communications facility near the summit of Middle Bald Mountain, in the Roosevelt National Forest. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office has proposed construction of a site to improve public safety radio communications among government agencies, such as County and State law enforcement, local fire departments, Larimer County Search and Rescue, U.S. Forest Service, FBI, and other emergency responders and public service providers operating in the north central portions of the County. The proposed communication facility would also improve radio communication in areas of the Cache la Poudre Canyon (the Canyon) and State Highway 14 which currently have poor or no radio communication.
Opportunity for Designation in the Champaign-Danville, IL; Emmett, MI; Davenport, IA; Enid, OK; Keokuk, IA; Marshall, MI; and Omaha, NE Areas; Request for Comments on the Official Agencies Servicing These Areas
Document Number: 2012-22610
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
The designations of the official agencies listed below will end on March 31, 2013. 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: 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).
Designation for the Pocatello, ID; Evansville, IN; and Salt Lake City, UT Areas
Document Number: 2012-22609
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
GIPSA is announcing the designation of Idaho Grain Inspection Service (Idaho); Ohio Valley Grain Inspection, Inc. (Ohio Valley); and Utah Depart of Agriculture and Food (Utah) to provide official services under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), as amended.
Lincoln County Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2012-22535
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Lincoln County Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Libby, MT. 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 review and recommend project proposals for implementation for Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act 2012.
Shoshone Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2012-22531
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Shoshone Resource Advisory Committee (Committee) is holding a meeting on September 19, 2012. The meeting was advertised as taking place in Thermopolis at Big Horn Federal Savings but is being changed to a conference call. This change is being made to increase participation by Committee members and to reduce funds spent on travel. The purpose of the meeting is to finalize selection of projects to recommend for 2012 Title II funds.
Mendocino Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2012-22419
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Mendocino County Resource Advisory Committee will meet September 21, 2012 (RAC) in Willits, California. Agenda items to be covered include: (1) Approval of Minutes, (2) Handout Discussion, (3) Public Comment, (4) Financial Report, (5) Sub-committees, (6) Matters before the group, (7) Discussionapproval of projects, (8) Next agenda and meeting date.
Tehama County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2012-22418
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Tehama County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Red Bluff, 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, vote on and recommend project proposals.
Glenn/Colusa County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2012-22417
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-13
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 review and discuss new project proposals.
Independent Review of Applications Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
Document Number: 2012-22261
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
In accordance with Section 304 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2012, this proposed rule would require local education agencies participating in the Department's National School Lunch Program and demonstrating high levels of, or a high risk for administrative error associated with certification, verification, and other administrative processes to conduct an independent review of the initial eligibility determinations for free and reduced price school meals for accuracy prior to notifying households of eligibility or ineligibility. Additionally, this proposed rule would require each affected local educational agency to submit to the relevant State agency the results of the reviews including the number of applications subject to a second review, the number and percentage of reviewed applications for which the eligibility determinations changed, and a summary of the type of changes made. State agencies would be required to submit to the Food and Nutrition Service, a report describing the results of the second reviews in their State. This proposed rule is expected to reduce administrative errors in eligibility determinations for free and reduced price school meals.
Peanut Standards Board
Document Number: 2012-22427
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill) requires the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a Peanut Standards Board (Board) for the purpose of advising the Secretary on quality and handling standards for domestically produced and imported peanuts. The initial Board was appointed by the Secretary and announced on December 5, 2002. USDA seeks nominations for individuals to be considered for selection as Board members for terms of office ending June 30, 2015. Selected nominees would replace three producer and three industry representatives who currently serve on the Board and have terms of office that ended June 30, 2012. Also, one individual would fill a currently vacant industry position for a term of office ending June 30, 2014. The Board consists of 18 members representing producers and the industry. USDA values diversity. In an effort to obtain diversity among candidates, USDA encourages the nomination of men and women of all racial and ethnic groups.
Humboldt (NV) Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2012-22415
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Humboldt (NV) RAC will meet in Winnemucca, NV. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 112-141) (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 purpose of the meeting is to complete any final business needed to recommend projects to the Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Supervisor. Lacking any final business, this meeting will be cancelled.