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

Revision of Regulations Defining Bona Fide Cotton Spot Markets
Document Number: 2013-10114
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the regulation that specifies which states compose bona fide cotton spot markets in order to assure consistency with the revised Cotton Research and Promotion Act. Updated bona fide spot market definitions allow for published spot quotes to consider spot prices of cotton marketed in Kansas and Virginia. AMS is also amending references to the ``New York Cotton Exchange'' to read the ``Intercontinental Exchange.''
Tuolumne-Mariposa Counties Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2013-10099
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Tuolumne-Mariposa Counties Resource Advisory Committee will meet on May 6, 2013, (alternate dates May 13, 2013 or May 20, 2013), at the City of Sonora Fire Department, in Sonora, California. The purpose of the meeting is to reprioritize projects due to expected decreases to Title II RAC funding.
Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers; Notice of Solicitation for Membership
Document Number: 2013-10059
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture
We are giving notice that the Secretary is soliciting nominations for membership for this Committee to serve for 2-year terms.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-10047
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested.
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2013-09999
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-29
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that decreased the assessment rate established for the California Date Administrative Committee (Committee) for the 2012-13 and subsequent crop years from $1.00 to $0.90 per hundredweight of dates handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of dates grown or packed in Riverside County, California. Assessments upon date handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The crop year begins October 1 and ends September 30. The interim rule was necessary because the 2012-13 crop is expected to be larger than last year's crop and the current assessment rate would generate excess assessment revenues.
Olives Grown in California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2013-09998
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-29
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the California Olive Committee (Committee) for the 2013 and subsequent fiscal years from $31.32 to $21.16 per ton of assessable olives handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of olives grown in California. Assessments upon olive handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal year began January 1 and ends December 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2013-09997
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-29
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the State of Washington Potato Committee (Committee) for the 2013-2014 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.003 to $0.0025 per hundredweight of potatoes handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington. Assessments upon Washington potato 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.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-09930
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Funds Availability Inviting Applications for the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP)
Document Number: 2013-09934
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces the availability of approximately $1 million for competitive grant funds for fiscal year (FY) 2013, which would enable States to explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the U.S. marketing system. Eligible applicants include State departments of agriculture, State agricultural experiment stations, and other appropriate State Agencies. Applicants are encouraged to involve industry groups, academia, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders in developing proposals and conducting projects. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the information collection requirements have been previously approved by OMB under 0581-0240, Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-09933
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of a Determination Regarding the Swine Vesicular Disease Status of Certain Regions in Italy
Document Number: 2013-09929
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that we have determined that the Italian Regions of Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, and Piemonte and the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano are free of swine vesicular disease. Based on an assessment of the animal health status of these areas, which we made available to the public for review and comment through a previous notice of availability, the Administrator has determined that the importation of pork or pork products from these areas presents a low risk of introducing swine vesicular disease into the United States. This determination is based on our review of the documentation submitted by the Government of Italy in support of its request and the findings of our own animal health risk evaluation.
Information Collection: Disposal of Mineral Materials
Document Number: 2013-09928
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension of a currently approved information collection, Disposal of Mineral Materials.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Seed and Screenings From Canada Into the United States
Document Number: 2013-09911
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-26
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 regulations for the importation of seed and screenings from Canada into the United States.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-09894
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for ``Section 515 Multi-Family Housing Preservation and Revitalization Restructuring Demonstration Program (MPR) for Fiscal Year 2006.''
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-09857
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-09856
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Milk in the Northeast and Other Marketing Areas; Termination of Proceeding on Proposed Amendments to Tentative Marketing Agreements and Orders
Document Number: 2013-09818
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This action terminates a proceeding that amended manufacturing allowances of the Class III and Class IV price formulas applicable to all Federal milk marketing orders on an interim basis. However, subsequent formal rulemaking proceedings have superseded these amendments and therefore, action on this proceeding is terminated.
Gypsy Moth Generally Infested Areas; Additions in Wisconsin
Document Number: 2013-09804
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the gypsy moth regulations by adding areas in Wisconsin to the list of generally infested areas based on the detection of infestations of gypsy moth in those areas. As a result of this action, the interstate movement of regulated articles from those areas is restricted. This action is necessary to prevent the artificial spread of the gypsy moth to noninfested areas of the United States.
Updates to the List of Plant Inspection Stations
Document Number: 2013-09801
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting to remove the entries for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant inspection stations in New Orleans, LA, and Baltimore, MD, and to add an entry for the USDA plant inspection station in Beltsville, MD. We are also updating the addresses provided for the USDA plant inspection stations in Florida, Guam, and Hawaii. This final rule is necessary for the regulations to reflect the most current information regarding USDA plant inspection stations.
Crescent Ranger District; Deschutes National Forest; Klamath County, Oregon; Marsh Project Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2013-09747
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The USDA, Forest Service, will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a project called Marsh, in the southwestern portion of the Crescent Ranger District just south of Crescent Lake. The Forest Service is approaching this project by looking at the environmental benefits that the project area provides, from recreation experiences to wildlife habitat, and from water quality to scenic views. The goal of the project is to increase the net benefits that people receive from the project area currently, and allow the area to continue to provide this diverse range of benefits into the future. We are using the term ``ecosystem services'' to represent all these benefits that areas such as the Marsh project area provide to people. The focal point of the planning area is Big Marsh, one of the largest high elevation wetland/marsh complexes in the continental United States. In the upland portions of the planning area, the vegetation is primarily comprised of lodgepole pine with some ponderosa pine to the north and mixed conifer on the valley flanks. The area is also of high value for its biological resources (including the largest Oregon Spotted Frog population in the state), dispersed recreation opportunities, matsutake mushroom habitat (a commercially harvested and culturally significant species), big game and fish habitat, and cultural resources, as well as provision of water quality and quantity flowing into the Little Deschutes River and beyond. The project area is an approximately 30,000 acre watershed, located in T. 24, 25, 25.5, & 26 S, R. 5.5, 6, 6.5, & 7 E., Willamette Meridian. The alternatives will include the proposed action, no action, and additional alternatives that respond to issues generated through the scoping process. The agency will give notice of the full environmental analysis and decision making process so interested and affected people may participate and contribute to the final decision.
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests; Idaho; Lolo Insect & Disease Project
Document Number: 2013-09710
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service gives notice of its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Lolo Insect & Disease project to analyze and disclose the effects of proposed forest management and watershed improvement activities within the Lolo Creek watershed, located approximately 16 miles northeast of Kamiah, Idaho. The proposed action would use a combination of timber harvest, pre-commercial thinning, and reforestation to achieve the desired range of age classes, size classes, vegetative species distributions, habitat complexity (diversity) and landscape patterns across the forested portions of the project area. Road decommissioning, culvert replacements, road improvements, and soils rehabilitation are also proposed to improve watershed health. The EIS will analyze the effects of the proposed action and alternatives. The Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest invites comments and suggestions on the issues to be addressed. The agency gives notice of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and decision making process on the proposal so interested and affected members of the public may participate and contribute to the final decision.
Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Gateway West 230/345/500-kV Transmission Line Project in Idaho and Wyoming and Proposed Land Use Plan Amendments
Document Number: 2013-09664
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-26
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, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (Forest Service) have prepared the Gateway West Transmission Line Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and proposed Land Use Plan Amendments, and by this notice are announcing its availability.
Milk in the Northeast and Other Marketing Areas; Order Amending the Orders
Document Number: 2013-09819
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule permanently adopts changes to the manufacturing cost allowances and the butterfat yield factor used in Class III and Class IV product-price formulas applicable to all Federal milk marketing orders. These amendments were adopted by an interim final rule issued on July 25, 2008, that became effective on October 1, 2008. More than the required number of producers approved the issuance of the orders as amended.
Cranberries Grown in States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York; Changing Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 2013-09817
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that revised the reporting requirements prescribed under the marketing order for cranberries grown in the States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York (order). The interim rule changed the dates covered by the third reporting period and the date by which the Handler Inventory Report (Form HIR) is due to the Committee. These changes help ensure the Committee has current and complete information available for its discussions during its annual August meeting, while providing handlers sufficient time to submit their reports.
Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Tangelos Grown in Florida; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2013-09814
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule increases the assessment rate established for the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee) for the 2012-13 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.0072 to $0.008 per \4/5\ bushel carton of citrus handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order that regulates the handling of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and tangelos grown in Florida. Assessments upon citrus handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Information Collection; Minority Farm Register
Document Number: 2013-09745
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-25
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 of a currently approved information collection for the Minority Farm Register. The Minority Farm Register is a voluntary register of minority farm and ranch operators, landowners, tenants and others with an interest in farming or agriculture. USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach uses the collected information to better inform minority farmers about USDA programs and services.
National Sheep Industry Improvement Center: Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-09740
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval, from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection 0581-0263: National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (NSIIC).
Apricots Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Temporary Suspension of Handling Regulations
Document Number: 2013-09738
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that temporarily suspended the handling regulations and inspection requirements prescribed under the marketing order for apricots grown in designated Counties in Washington. The interim rule suspended the minimum grade, size, quality, maturity, and inspection requirements for the 2012-2013 fiscal period. This change is expected to reduce overall industry expenses and increase net returns to producers and handlers.
Restructuring of Regulations on the Importation of Plants for Planting
Document Number: 2013-09737
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to restructure our regulations governing the importation of plants for planting. In the proposed structure, restrictions on the importation of specific types of plants for planting would no longer be found in the regulations, but instead would be found in the Plants for Planting Manual. We would change those restrictions after taking public comment through notices published in the Federal Register. As part of this restructuring, we would group together restrictions in the plants for planting regulations that apply to the importation of most or all plants for planting, and we would add general requirements for the development of integrated pest risk management measures that we would use to mitigate the risk associated with the importation of a specific type of plants for planting. We would also amend our foreign quarantine regulations to remove various provisions regarding the importation of specific types of plants for planting that are not currently subject to the general plants for planting regulations; these provisions would also be found in the Plants for Planting Manual. This action would not make any major changes to the restrictions that currently apply to the importation of plants for planting. These changes would make restrictions on the importation of specific types of plants for planting easier for readers to find and less cumbersome for us to change.
Oranges and Grapefruit Grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2013-09734
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule increases the assessment rate established for the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee) for the 2012-13 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.14 to $0.16 per 7/10-bushel carton or equivalent of oranges and grapefruit handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order that regulates the handling of oranges and grapefruit grown in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas (order). Assessments upon orange and grapefruit handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2013-09717
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Boise, Idaho. The RAC is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, (the Act) (Pub. L. 110-343) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463). The purpose of the RAC 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 meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is review Title II project status and adjustments related to Title II spending availability.
Notice of Emergency Approval of an Information Collection; National Animal Health Monitoring System; Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy Study
Document Number: 2013-09736
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has requested and received emergency approval of an information collection for a National Animal Health Monitoring System Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy Study to support the equine industry in the United States.
Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for Interstate Movement of Sapote Fruit From Puerto Rico Into the Continental United States
Document Number: 2013-09735
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that we have prepared a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with the interstate movement into the continental United States of fresh sapote fruit from Puerto Rico. Based on that analysis, we believe that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the interstate movement of sapote fruit from Puerto Rico. We are making the pest risk analysis available to the public for review and comment.
Notice of Availability of a National Animal Health Laboratory Network Reorganization Concept Paper
Document Number: 2013-09733
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is making available a concept paper that describes a revised structure for the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for public review and comment. The NAHLN is a nationally coordinated network and partnership of Federal, State, and university- associated animal health laboratories working to protect animal and public health and the nation's food supply by providing diagnostic testing aimed at detecting biological threats to the nation's food animals. The concept paper we are making available for comment presents a structure we believe will give the NAHLN increased capacity and flexibility to detect and respond to emerging and zoonotic diseases.
Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order; Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-09727
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this document announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order (Order).
Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Committee Membership Reapportionment for Processed Pears
Document Number: 2013-09722
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule reapportions the membership of the Processed Pear Committee (Committee) established under the Oregon-Washington pear marketing order. The marketing order regulates the handling of processed pears grown in Oregon and Washington, and is administered locally by the Committee. This rule reapportions the processor membership such that the three processor members and alternate members will be selected from the production area at-large rather than from a specific district. In an industry with few processors, this change will provide the flexibility needed to help ensure that all processor member positions are filled, resulting in effective representation of the processed pear industry on the Committee.
Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Modification of the Assessment Rate for Fresh Pears
Document Number: 2013-09679
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule increases the assessment rate established for the Fresh Pear Committee (Committee) for the 2012-2013 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.366 to $0.449 per standard box or equivalent of summer/fall pears handled, and decreases the assessment rate from $0.471 to $0.449 per standard box or equivalent of fresh winter pears handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order that 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.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-09571
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-09570
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-09569
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-09567
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Utilities Service, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA), invites comments on this information collection for which the Agency intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Notice of Request for a New Information Collection (Accredited Laboratory Contact Update Form)
Document Number: 2013-09514
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-23
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 regarding the compilation of updated contact information for Accredited Laboratories.
Retail Exemptions Adjusted Dollar Limitations
Document Number: 2013-09512
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the dollar limitations on the amount of meat and meat food products, poultry, and poultry products that a retail store can sell to hotels, restaurants, and similar institutions without disqualifying itself for exemption from Federal inspection requirements. In accordance with FSIS's regulations, for calendar year 2013, the dollar limitation for meat and meat food products is being increased from $67,300 to $69,600 and for poultry products from $51,700 to $54,500. FSIS is changing the dollar limitations from calendar year 2012 based on price changes for these products evidenced by the Consumer Price Index.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
Document Number: 2013-09510
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is sponsoring a public meeting on June 18, 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 Thirty-Sixth Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), which will take place July 1-5, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Under Secretary for Food Safety recognizes the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the session and to address items on the agenda.
Interagency Risk Assessment-Listeria monocytogenes
Document Number: 2013-09508
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration/Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FDA/ CFSAN) are holding a public meeting on May 22, 2013, to present the background, approach, scope, and findings of the draft ``Interagency Risk AssessmentL. monocytogenes in Retail Delicatessens.'' The purpose of this draft quantitative risk assessment (QRA) is to evaluate the public health impact of changes in retail delicatessen (deli) practices and potential interventions to reduce or prevent L. monocytogenes contamination in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods that are sliced, prepared, or packaged in retail facilities. FSIS and FDA invite interested individuals, organizations, and other stakeholders to participate in the meeting and to provide comments on the draft QRA.
Forest Service
Document Number: 2013-09493
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The Dixie Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Cedar City, Utah. The RAC is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, (the Act) (Public Law 110- 343) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Public Law 92-463). The purpose of the RAC 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 meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to review proposals for forest projects and recommending funding.
Federal Seed Act Program; Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-09473
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this document announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval, from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection 7 CFR part 201 for Federal Seed Act Labeling and Enforcement.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Modification of the Handling Regulation for Area No. 2
Document Number: 2013-09472
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that modified the grade requirements for potatoes handled under the Colorado potato marketing order, Area No. 2. The interim rule relaxed the minimum grade requirement for size B and 1-inch to 1\3/4\-inch diameter round, red- skinned potatoes handled under the marketing order from U.S. No. 1 to U.S. Commercial. This change is expected to facilitate the handling and marketing of the Area No. 2 potato crop, provide producers and handlers with increased returns, and supply consumers with increased potato purchasing options.
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program
Document Number: 2013-09469
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2014 Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) program. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from the private sector and from government agencies for fiscal year 2014 and to set out criteria for the award of funds in October 2013. The TASC program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The funding authority for TASC expires at the end of fiscal year 2013. This notice is being published at this time to allow awards to be made early in fiscal year 2014, provided that program funding is reauthorized prior to that time. In the event this program is not reauthorized, or is substantially modified, FAS will publish a notice in the Federal Register rescinding this Notice of Funds Availability.
Marketing Orders for Fruit Crops; Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-09467
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request an extension and revision to the approved forms and generic information collection for marketing orders covering fruit crops.