Department of Agriculture March 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC): Income Eligibility Guidelines
Document Number: C1-2013-06547
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
Child Nutrition Programs; Income Eligibility Guidelines
Document Number: C1-2013-06544
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
Notice of Request for a New Information Collection: Egg Products Industry Survey
Document Number: 2013-07387
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to request a new information collection for a survey of the egg products industry.
Electronic Filing of Import Inspection Applications for Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products: Availability of Draft Compliance Guide and PGA Message Set Pilot Program
Document Number: 2013-07385
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of and requesting comments on a draft compliance guide for U.S. importers and brokers on the electronic filing of import inspection applications for certain meat, poultry, and egg products through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). ACE is the Web- based portal for the collection and use of international trade data maintained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). FSIS is also announcing a pilot program intended to test the transfer of data from the Participating Government Agency (PGA) Message Set in ACE to FSIS's Web-based data analytics system, the Public Health Information System (PHIS). The PGA Message Set is the data that CBP will collect electronically from U.S. importers and brokers from PGAs. This data will enable agencies to make decisions about which products can come into the U.S. without the multiple paper forms currently used. FSIS encourages U.S. importers and brokers to review the draft compliance guide and, if they are interested, to request participation in FSIS's pilot program. The Agency will consider all comments submitted and will revise the draft compliance guide as necessary.
Importation of Live Birds and Poultry, Poultry Meat, and Poultry Products From a Region in the European Union
Document Number: 2013-07345
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the regulations governing the importation of animals and animal products by recognizing 25 Member States of the European Union (EU) as the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)-defined EU poultry trade region and adding it to the list of regions we consider to be free of Newcastle disease. We are taking this action based on a risk evaluation that we prepared in which we determined that the region meets our requirements for being considered free of Newcastle disease. We also determined that the region meets our requirements for being considered free of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). In addition, we are establishing requirements governing the importation of live birds and poultry and poultry meat and products from the APHIS-defined EU poultry trade region and updating avian disease terms and definitions. We are also allowing importation from the APHIS-defined EU poultry trade region of hatching eggs under official seal, including those that have transited a restricted zone established because of detection of HPAI within the boundaries of the APHIS-defined EU poultry trade region. These actions will facilitate the importation of live birds and poultry, including hatching eggs, and poultry meat and products from the APHIS-defined EU poultry trade region while maintaining safeguards to protect the United States from the introduction of communicable avian diseases.
Notice of Funding Availability for the Rural Energy for America Program
Document Number: 2013-07275
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announces the acceptance of applications under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for Fiscal Year 2013 for financial assistance as follows: grants, guaranteed loans, and combined grants and guaranteed loans for the development and construction of renewable energy systems and for energy efficiency improvement projects; and grants for conducting renewable energy system feasibility studies. The Notice also announces the availability of up to $20.8 million of Fiscal Year 2013 budget authority to fund these REAP activities, which will support up to $10.4 million in grant program level and up to $43.4 million in guaranteed loan program level.
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska-2013-14 and 2014-15 Subsistence Taking of Fish Regulations
Document Number: 2013-07198
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This final rule establishes regulations for seasons, harvest limits, methods, and means related to taking of fish for subsistence uses in Alaska during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 regulatory years. The Federal Subsistence Board (Board) completes the biennial process of revising subsistence hunting and trapping regulations in even-numbered years and subsistence fishing and shellfish regulations in odd-numbered years; public proposal and review processes take place during the preceding year. The Board also addresses customary and traditional use determinations during the applicable biennial cycle. This rulemaking replaces the fish taking regulations that expire on March 31, 2013.
User Fees for 2013 Crop Cotton Classification Services to Growers
Document Number: 2013-07181
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-03-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing to maintain user fees for cotton producers for 2013 crop cotton classification services under the Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act at the same level as in 2012. These fees are also authorized under the Cotton Standards Act of 1923. The 2012 crop user fee was $2.20 per bale, and AMS proposes to continue the fee for the 2013 cotton crop at that same level. This proposed fee and the existing reserve are sufficient to cover the costs of providing classification services for the 2013 crop, including costs for administration and supervision.
Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Tangelos Grown in Florida; Hearing on Proposed Amendment of Marketing Order No. 905
Document Number: 2013-07180
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-03-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given of a public hearing to receive evidence on proposed amendments to Marketing Order No. 905 (order), that regulates the handling of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and tangelos (citrus) grown in Florida. Nine amendments are proposed by the Citrus Administrative Committee (committee), which is responsible for local administration of the order. These proposed amendments would: authorize regulation of new varieties and hybrids of citrus fruit, authorize the regulation of intrastate shipments of fruit, revise the process for redistricting the production area, change the term of office and tenure requirements for committee members, authorize mail balloting procedures for committee membership nominations, increase the capacity of financial reserve funds, authorize pack and container requirements for domestic shipments and authorize different regulations for different markets, eliminate the use of separate acceptance statements in the nomination process, and require handlers to register with the committee. In addition, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to make any such changes as may be necessary to the order to conform to any amendment that may result from the hearing. These proposed amendments are intended to update the order to reflect past changes in the industry and potential future changes, and to improve the operation and administration of the order.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-06953
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-06951
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Project-Level Predecisional Administrative Review Process
Document Number: 2013-06857
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-03-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (the Department) is issuing this final rule to establish the sole process by which the public may file objections seeking predecisional administrative review for proposed projects and activities implementing land management plans and documented with a Record of Decision (ROD) or Decision Notice (DN). The final rule carries out the direction in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012, section 428, which directs the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service, to apply section 105(a) of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (HFRA) to provide for a predecisional objection process. Section 428 further directs the Secretary to apply these procedures in lieu of the procedures required by the Appeal Reform Act (ARA) sections that provided for a postdecisional administrative appeal process for project decisions. This rule revises Forest Service regulations to implement the direction of section 428 and also includes predecisional administrative review procedures applicable to projects authorized pursuant to the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (HFRA).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-06934
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-06932
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-06931
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
Document Number: 2013-06926
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The Forest Service published a document in the Federal Register of January 31, 2013, concering a notice of meeting for the Forest Resource Coordinating Committee. The document contained an incorrect date.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-06899
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural BusinessCooperative Service's (RBS) intention to request information collection in support of the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program and Televisions Demonstration Grants (7 CFR part 1942-G).
Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Delta Health Care Services Grants
Document Number: 2013-06896
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Rural BusinessCooperative Service (RBS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, announces the availability of grant funds through the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program. Pursuant to the 2012 Appropriations Act, $3,000,000 is available to be competitively awarded for the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program. The minimum grant amount is $50,000.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-06891
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Coordination's (OHSEC) intention to request an extension for and revision to a currently approved information collection for US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Request for Credential, the USDA Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) program. HSPD-12 establishes a mandatory, Government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification (credentials) issued by the Federal Government to its Federal Employees, Non-Federal employees and contractors. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandated that these credentials be issued to all Federal Government employees, contractors, and other applicable individuals who require long-term access to federally controlled facilities and/or information systems. The HSPD-12 compliant program is jointly owned and administered by the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and OHSEC.
Notice of Intent To Seek Reinstatement of an Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-06742
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to seek reinstatement of an information collection, the 2013 Census of Aquaculture. Revision to previous burden hours may be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length.
Notice of Intent to Seek Reinstatement of an Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-06740
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to seek reinstatement of an information collection, the Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey. Revision to previous burden hours may be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-06711
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Caribou-Targhee National Forest; Idaho and Wyoming; Amendment to the Targhee Revised Forest Plan-Canada Lynx Habitat
Document Number: 2013-06616
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Caribou-Targhee National Forest proposes to amend the Targhee Revised Forest Plan (1997) to include a map identifying specific areas where the Northern Rockies Lynx Management Direction (NRLMD, 2007) applies. Pre-Decisional Administrative Review Process: The decision on this proposed plan amendment will be subject to the objection process for the planning process (36 CFR part 219, subpart B). Only those individuals and entities who submit substantive formal comments related to this proposed plan amendment during the opportunities for public comment as provided in 36 CFR part 219, Subpart A may file an objection. The burden is on the objector to demonstrate compliance with requirements for objection (36 CFR 219.53). Public Participation: The Agency invites interested parties to participate and collaborate on this proposal and analysis. Publication of this Notice initiates the 30-day scoping process. Comments received concerning this proposed plan amendment will be used to develop the proposal and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Once the Draft EIS is prepared, publication of its Notice of Availability in the Federal Register will begin a formal 90-day opportunity to provide written comments. Comments on the Draft EIS will be used to prepare the Final EIS and Draft Record of Decision. Notice of Availability of the Final EIS and Draft Record of Decision will be made in the Federal Register. Public notice to begin the 60-day opportunity to file an objection will be published in the newspaper of record. Public notice of all objections will be published in the newspaper of record and begin the 10 day period for an interested person to request participation in meetings between the reviewing officer and objector(s) to discuss issues raised in the objection and potential resolution. All meetings are open to observation by the public. After the reviewing officer responds in writing to objections, the responsible official will issue the Final Record of Decision, consistent with responses to objections, and issue a public notice of the decision and, if applicable, the approved amendment. The newspaper of record is the Post Register. The Draft EIS, Final EIS, Draft Record of Decision, responses to objections, Final Record of Decision, approved amendment, and all public notices and Federal Register notices will be made available online. Additional opportunities for public involvement will be offered prior to the Final EIS if determined necessary by the responsible official.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-06592
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of USDA Rural Development to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other applicable environmental requirements.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-06555
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-06553
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
Document Number: 2013-06547
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (``Department'') announces adjusted income eligibility guidelines to be used by State agencies in determining the income eligibility of persons applying to participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC). These income eligibility guidelines are to be used in conjunction with the WIC Regulations.
Food and Nutrition Service
Document Number: 2013-06544
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture
This Notice announces the Department's annual adjustments to the Income Eligibility Guidelines to be used in determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals and free milk for the period from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program. The annual adjustments are required by section 9 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. The guidelines are intended to direct benefits to those children most in need and are revised annually to account for changes in the Consumer Price Index.
Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Arizona-California Citrus Crop Insurance Provisions
Document Number: 2013-06106
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-03-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) proposes to amend the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Arizona-California Citrus Crop Insurance Provisions. The intended effect of this action is to provide policy changes, to clarify existing policy provisions to better meet the needs of policyholder, and to reduce vulnerability to program fraud, waste, and abuse. The proposed changes will be effective for the 2015 and succeeding crop years.
North Slope Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council Meeting
Document Number: 2013-06492
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
This notice informs the public that the North Slope Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council (Council) will hold a public meeting by teleconference on April 16, 2013. The public is invited to participate and to provide oral testimony. The purpose of the Council is to provide recommendations and information to the Federal Subsistence Board, to review policies and management plans, and to provide a public forum for subsistence issues.
Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program 2013 Industry Forums-Open Teleconference and/or Web Conference Meetings
Document Number: 2013-06453
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This notice announces a series of teleconference and/or web conference meetings regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program, which are scheduled to occur during the months of March, July, and November of 2013. This notice also outlines suggested discussion topics for the meetings and is intended to notify the general public of their opportunity to participate in the teleconference and/or web conference meetings.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-06389
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Information Collection: Grey Towers Visitor Comment Card
Document Number: 2013-06367
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Forest Service's intent to request: (1) An extension from the Office of Management and Budget; and (2) to merge the currently approved information collection 0596- 0222, ``Grey Towers Visitor Comment Card'' with 0596-0226, ``Forest Service Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery.''
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-06355
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of New Fee Site
Document Number: 2013-06270
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Rio Grande National Forest is proposing to add a cabin for rent to the public for a $50 fee for the overnight rental. It was recently renovated and has public interest in utilizing the facility. Rentals of other cabins on the Rio Grande National Forest have shown that people appreciate and enjoy the availability of historic rental cabins. Funds from the rental will be used to continued operations and maintenance of Duncan Cabin. People are invited to comment on this proposal.
Export Sales Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 2013-06086
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-03-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
USDA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on June 25, 2012, which would have added reporting for pork (fresh, chilled, or frozen muscle cuts/whether or not boxed) and distillers dried grain (DDG) to the Export Sales Reporting Requirements (ESR). Under that proposed rule, all exporters of U.S. pork and DDG would have been required to report on a weekly basis, information on the export sales of pork and DDG to the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). This final rule implements the requirement to report weekly export sales of pork, but does not implement the requirement to report weekly export sales of DDG at this time.
Export Sales Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 2013-06084
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-03-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
USDA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on June 25, 2012, which would have mandated that weekly reporting for pork (fresh, chilled, or frozen muscle cuts/whether or not boxed) and distillers dried grain (DDG) be added to the Export Sales Reporting program (ESR). A final rule was issued to add pork to the ESR, but a decision on DDG was deferred. This document provides for an additional comment period regarding mandatory export sales reporting for DDG.
Information Collection; Online Registration for FSA-sponsored Events and Conferences
Document Number: 2013-06105
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension without revision of the information collection associated with online registration for FSA- sponsored events and conferences. The information collection is needed for FSA to obtain information from the respondents who register on the Internet to make payment and reservations to attend any FSA-sponsored conferences and events.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-06092
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-06090
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-06081
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture
New Mexico Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel
Document Number: 2013-05931
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The New Mexico Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel will meet in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Panel is meeting as authorized under the Community Forest Restoration Act (Title VI, Pub. L. 106-393) and in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the meeting is to provide recommendations to the Regional Forester, USDA Forest Service Southwestern Region, on which applications submitted in response to the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Request For Applications best meet the program objectives.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR)
Document Number: 2013-05840
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are sponsoring a public meeting on March 28, 2013. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States positions that will be discussed at the 45th Session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which take place in Beijing, People's Republic of China, May 6-13, 2013. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and the Environmental Protection Agency recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 45th session of CCPR and to address items on the agenda.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Impact of Implementation of the Affordable Care Act on SNAP Operations and Participation
Document Number: 2013-05781
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-13
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. This is a new collection for research on the impact of implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the operations of, and participation in, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 2013-05764
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-13
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 Lysando AG of Triesenberg, Liechtenstein, an exclusive license to U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 12/470,321, ``LAMBDASA2 ENDOLYSIN TRUNCATION'', filed on May 21, 2009; U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 12/874,138, ``BACTERIOPHAGE LYTIC ENZYMES AS ALTERNATIVE ANTIMICROBIALS'', filed on September 1, 2010; U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 12/460,812, ``TRIPLE ACTING ANTIMICROBIALS THAT ARE REFRACTORY TO RESISTANCE DEVELOPMENT'', filed on July 24, 2009; and U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 12/784,675, ``FUSION OF PEPTIDOGLYCAN HYDROLASE ENZYMES TO A PROTEIN TRANSDUCTION DOMAIN ALLOWS ERADICATION OF BOTH EXTRACELLULAR AND INTRACELLULAR GRAM POSITIVE'', filed on July 24, 2009.
Forestry Research Advisory Council
Document Number: 2013-05739
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Agriculture intends to re-establish the Forestry Research Advisory Council (Council). In accordance with provisions of Section 1441(c) of the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981 (Pub. L. 97-98), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), (5 U.S.C. App. 2), the Council is being re-established to provide advice to the Secretary of Agriculture on accomplishing efficiently the purposes of the Act of October 10, 1962 (16 U.S.C. 582a, et seq.), commonly known as the McIntire-Stennis Act of 1962. The Council also provides advice relative to the Forest Service research program, authorized by the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Research Act of 1978 (Pub. L. 95-307, 92 Stat.353, as amended; 16 U.S.C. 1600 (note)). Therefore, the Secretary of Agriculture is seeking nominations to fill six vacancies on the Council, and five additional vacancies that will occur when current appointments expire in December 2013.
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 2013-05603
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-12
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 VHN Enterprises, LLC of San Francisco, California, an exclusive license to U.S. Patent No. 7,858,125, ``MULTI-COMPONENT BIOCIDE COMPOSITION FOR WOOD PROTECTION'', issued on December 28, 2010.
Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling of Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken, Goat Meat, Wild and Farm-Raised Fish and Shellfish, Perishable Agricultural Commodities, Peanuts, Pecans, Ginseng, and Macadamia Nuts
Document Number: 2013-05576
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-03-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would amend the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations to change the labeling provisions for muscle cut covered commodities to provide consumers with more specific information, and amend the definition for ``retailer'' to include any person subject to be licensed as a retailer under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). The COOL regulations are issued pursuant to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1996. The Agency is issuing this rule to propose changes to the labeling provisions for muscle cut covered commodities to provide consumers with more specific information and is proposing other modifications to enhance the overall operation of the program.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Dillon Ranger District; Montana; Birch, Willow, Lost Project
Document Number: 2013-05574
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Birch, Willow, Lost Project proposes to treat vegetation communities in the four sub-watersheds that cover the project area. The scope of the project is limited to those portions of the four sub- watersheds covered by the project area boundary. This project is not a general management plan for the watersheds, nor is it a programmatic environmental analysis for vegetation communities.
Information Sharing With Agency Stakeholders: Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-05566
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are informing the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is soliciting feedback from our stakeholders regarding cross-Agency strategic priorities. We are also announcing that APHIS is hosting a public meeting to share information about the Agency's budget and program restructuring, as well as to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to ask questions and share their perspective.