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

Tongass National Forest; Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District; Alaska; Saddle Lakes Timber Sale Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2013-14136
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
A Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Saddle Lakes Timber Sale project was published in the Federal Register (77 FR 27013) on May 8, 2012. Due to the length of time that has passed since the first NOI was published, and changes in the dates that the Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements are expected, the Tongass National Forest is publishing this Corrected NOI. Additionally, the United States Department of Agriculture published a final rule in the Federal Register (78 FR 18481-18504) on March 27, 2013 to establish a new process by which the public may file objections seeking predecisional administrative review of proposed projects and activities implementing land management plans documented with a Record of Decision or Decision Notice (reference 36 CFR part 218). This new process replaces the administrative appeals process at 36 CFR part 215. As the Record of Decision for the Saddle Lakes project is not expected until after September 27, 2013, the Saddle Lakes project is now subject to these new predecisional administrative review procedures.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Modification of the General Cull and Handling Regulation for Area No. 2
Document Number: 2013-14175
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-14
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This interim rule modifies the size requirements for potatoes handled under the Colorado potato marketing order, Area No. 2 (order). The order regulates the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Colorado and is administered locally by the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, Area No. 2 (Committee). This action revises the 1-inch minimum to 1\3/4\-inch maximum diameter size allowance for U.S. Commercial and better grade potatoes contained in the order's handling regulation for Area 2 to \3/4\-inch minimum to 1\5/8\-inch maximum diameter. In addition, this action revises the minimum size requirement under the order's general cull regulation to \3/4\-inch diameter. As required under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, this action also revises the size requirements for imported round type potatoes, other than red-skinned varieties. 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 offer consumers increased potato purchasing options.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-14100
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-14099
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-14098
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-14094
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Dixie Resource Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2013-14038
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463) and under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 110-343) the Dixie Resource Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in Cedar City, Utah for a business meeting. The business meeting is open to the public.
Coeur d'Alene Basin Restoration Plan, Kootenai, Shoshone and Benewah Counties, Idaho
Document Number: 2013-14032
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the United States Department of the Interior (USDOI), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe (Tribe), and the State of Idaho (State) intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and by this notice are announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues.
Inviting Applications for Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grants
Document Number: 2013-13867
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Rural BusinessCooperative Service announces the availability of $2,855,222 in competitive grant funds for the FY 2013 Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grants (SSDPG) program as authorized by H.R. 933. We are requesting proposals from applicants that will provide technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers in rural areas. Eligible applicants include Cooperatives, Groups of Cooperatives, and Cooperative Development Centers. The maximum award per grant is $200,000. The grant period is limited to a one-year timeframe.
Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection With Additional Merge of Additional Collection: Regulations Governing Inspection and Certification of Fresh and Processed Fruits, Vegetables and other Products
Document Number: 2013-13829
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service published a document in the Federal Register on May 13, 2013 [78 FR 32030] concerning request for approval from the Office of Management and Budget for an Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection With Additional Merge of Additional Collection: Regulations Governing Inspection and Certification of Fresh and Processed Fruits, Vegetables and other Products. The document contained errors.
Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines
Document Number: 2013-13827
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces its Community Connect Grant Program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. In addition, RUS announces the minimum and maximum amounts for Community Connect grants applicable for the fiscal year. The Community Connect Grant Program regulations can be found at 7 CFR 1739, subpart A.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-13780
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-11
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 the Annual Survey of Farmer Cooperatives, as authorized in the Cooperative Marketing Act of 1926.
Notice of Contract Proposals (NOCP) for the Advanced Biofuels Payment Program
Document Number: 2013-13778
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
This Notice of Contract Proposals announces the acceptance of applications and the availability of $98.6 million to make payments to advanced biofuel producers for the production of eligible advanced biofuels. Of the $98.6 million, $68.6 million will be available for Fiscal Year 2013 production and the remainder of approximately $30 million is for payments for production in prior fiscal years. This funding for Fiscal Year 2013 is in accordance with The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, Public Law 113-6.
Designation of Product Categories for Federal Procurement
Document Number: 2013-13763
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of Procurement and Property Management
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is amending the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement, to add eight sections to designate product categories within which biobased products will be afforded Federal procurement preference, as provided for under section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, as amended by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (referred to in this document as ``section 9002''). USDA is also adding a new subcategory to one previously designated product category. USDA is also establishing minimum biobased content for each of these product categories and subcategories. In addition, USDA is officially changing the term ``item'' to ``product category.''
Amendment to Notice of Funding Availability for the Rural Energy for America Program
Document Number: 2013-13731
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) published a notice in the Federal Register of March 29, 2013, (78 FR 19183) announcing the acceptance of applications for funds available under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for Fiscal Year 2013. The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, provides additional funding for REAP. This Notice announces the availability of approximately $65.2 million in Fiscal Year 2013 budget authority to fund REAP activities, which will support approximately $31 million in grant program level and approximately $142.3 million in guaranteed loan program level, which includes approximately $13 million of discretionary funding. This Notice also extends the application period to June 14, 2013, for both Fiscal Year 2013 applicants and applicants who submitted Fiscal Year 2012 applications and wish to submit written requests to have their Fiscal Year 2012 applications considered for Fiscal Year 2013 funds.
Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Restart of Healy Power Plant Unit #2
Document Number: 2013-13694
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service (RUS), has issued a Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (SFEIS) for the restart of Healy Power Plant's Unit 2 in Healy, Alaska. The (SFEIS) supplements a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), completed by the Department of Energy (DOE) in 1993 to evaluate potential impacts to the human environment from DOE's proposal to partially fund construction of Unit 2 of the Healy Power Plant to demonstrate emissions control technologies. In 1994, the DOE published a Record of Decision (ROD) for their FEIS in the Federal Register, Volume 59, Issue 54 (March 21, 1994). In 1997, Healy Unit 2 was constructed as a major modification to the existing Healy Power Plant's Unit 1, using funding from DOE and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA). Healy Unit 1 is a 25 megawatt (MW) coal-fired boiler that has been owned and operated by Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) since 1967. Healy Unit 2 is a 50 MW coal-fired steam generator owned by AIDEA, which underwent test operation for two years as part of DOE's project. Unit 2 has been in warm layup since late 1999. The SFEIS updates information in DOE's FEIS and considers impacts of restarting Unit 2 for commercial operation. The SFEIS is available for a 30-day public review and comment period. Subsequent to the comment period RUS may issue a ROD.
Monsanto Co.; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Determination of Nonregulated Status of Herbicide Resistant Soybeans and Cotton, and Notice of Virtual Public Meetings
Document Number: 2013-13691
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are extending the comment period for our notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on environmental impacts that may result from the potential approval of petitions seeking a determination of nonregulated status of cultivars of dicamba herbicide resistant soybeans and cotton produced by the Monsanto Company. During the comment period, we are requesting public comments to further delineate the scope of the alternatives and environmental impacts and issues to be included in the EIS. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments. We are also announcing the dates of two virtual public meetings that we will be hosting to provide the public with additional opportunities to comment during the scoping period.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Unshu Oranges From Japan
Document Number: 2013-13690
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-10
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 Unshu oranges from Japan.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Mangoes From the Philippines
Document Number: 2013-13686
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-10
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 mangoes from the Philippines into the United States.
Dow AgroSciences LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Determination of Nonregulated Status of Herbicide Resistant Corn and Soybeans, and Notice of Virtual Public Meetings
Document Number: 2013-13685
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are extending the comment period for our notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on environmental impacts that may result from the potential approval of petitions seeking a determination of nonregulated status of three cultivars of herbicide resistant corn and soybeans produced by Dow AgroSciences LLC. During the comment period, we are requesting public comments to further delineate the scope of the alternatives and environmental impacts and issues to be included in the EIS. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments. We are also announcing the dates of two virtual public meetings that we will be hosting to provide the public with additional opportunities to comment during the scoping period.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Interstate Movement of Certain Land Tortoises
Document Number: 2013-13682
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-10
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 regulations for the interstate movement of certain land tortoises.
Descriptive Designation for Needle- or Blade-Tenderized (Mechanically Tenderized) Beef Products
Document Number: 2013-13669
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to require the use of the descriptive designation ``mechanically tenderized'' on the labels of raw or partially cooked needle- or blade- tenderized beef products, including beef products injected with marinade or solution, unless such products are destined to be fully cooked at an official establishment. Beef products that have been needle- or- blade-tenderized are referred to as ``mechanically tenderized'' products. FSIS is proposing that the product name for such beef products include the descriptive designation ``mechanically tenderized'' and an accurate description of the beef component. By including this descriptive designation consumers will be informed that this product is non-intact. Non-intact products need to be fully cooked in order to be rendered free of pathogenic bacteria because bacteria may become translocated from the surface of the meat during mechanical tenderization. FSIS is also proposing that the print for all words in the descriptive designation as the product name appear in the same style, color, and size and on a single-color contrasting background. In addition, FSIS is proposing to require that labels of raw and partially cooked needle- or blade-tenderized beef products destined for household consumers, hotels, restaurants, or similar institutions include validated cooking instructions that inform consumers that these products need to be cooked to a specified minimum internal temperature, and whether they need to be held at that minimum temperature for a specified time before consumption, i.e., dwell time or rest time, to ensure that they are fully cooked. Based on the scientific evidence that indicates that mechanically tenderized beef products need to be cooked more thoroughly than intact beef products, FSIS is proposing these amendments to the regulations. FSIS is also announcing that it has posted on its Web site guidance for developing validated cooking instructions for mechanically tenderized product. The recommendations in the guidance document are based on the results from published research designed to identify minimum internal temperature and time combinations sufficient to render a product and studies designed to validate cooking instructions.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-13573
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Intent To Request Approval To Establish a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-13571
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, that implement the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) intention to request approval to establish a new information collection for the REEport system.
Notice of Intent To Revise and Extend a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-13569
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations (5 CFR part 1320) which implement the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the intention of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to request approval to revise and extend a currently approved information collection for the 4-H Youth Enrollment Report.
Funding Opportunity Title: Risk Management Education Partnerships Program
Document Number: 2013-13241
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
Funding availability for this program may be announced at approximately the same time as funding availability for similar but separate programs:CFDA No. 10.458 (Crop Insurance Education in Targeted States). Prospective applicants should carefully examine and compare the notices of each announcement. The collections of information in this Announcement have been approved by OMB under control numbers 0563-0066 and 0563-0067. All applications, which must be submitted electronically through rma.agrisk.umn.edu must be received by close of business (COB) 11:59 p.m. EST. on July 22, 2013. Hard copy applications will NOT be accepted. A tutorial on how to apply is available at rma.agrisk.umn.edu.
Funding Opportunity Title: Risk Management Education in Targeted States (Targeted States Program)
Document Number: 2013-13239
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), operating through the Risk Management Agency (RMA), announces its intent to award approximately $5,000,000 to fund cooperative agreements under the Risk Management Education in Targeted States Program. Purpose: The purpose of the Targeted States program is to deliver crop insurance education and information to U.S. agricultural producers in States where there is traditionally, and continues to be a low level of Federal crop insurance participation and availability, and producers are underserved by the Federal crop insurance program. These states, defined as Targeted States for the purposes of this RFA, are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Any cooperative agreements that may be funded will not exceed the maximum funding amount established for each of the Targeted States. Awardees must agree to the substantial involvement of RMA in the project. Applications submitted under this RFA must demonstrate how the proposed crop insurance education activities will help producers in Targeted States understand: The kinds of risks addressed by crop insurance; the features of existing and emerging crop insurance products; in states where applicable, the proper use and application of cover crops as recommended or recognized by USDA, to include a thorough discussion of how cover crops are specifically recognized within the Federal crop insurance program and administered in accordance with USDA procedures or recognized good farming practices applicator specific crop and regions/location; the use of crop insurance in the management of risk; how the use of crop insurance can affect other risk management decisions, such as the use of marketing and financial tools; how to make informed decisions on crop insurance prior to the sales closing date deadline; and, record-keeping requirements for crop insurance.
Burned Area Emergency Response, Forest Service
Document Number: 2013-13459
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service is issuing an interim directive to guide its employees in revised procedures for Burned Area Emergency Response. The interim directive provides direction and guidance specific to assessing, planning and implementing post-fire emergency response actions on National Forest System (NFS) lands to ensure consistent and adequate analyses for evaluating post-fire risks and determining appropriate and cost-effective response actions. This interim directive supersedes the existing directive located at FSM 2523. Public comment is invited and will be considered during development of the final directive.
Forest Resource Coordinating Committee
Document Number: 2013-13453
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Resource Coordinating Committee will meet via teleconference every month on the following dates within 2013: June 20, July 18, August 15, and September 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (eastern time). The committee is authorized under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-246). The purpose of the committee is to coordinate non-industrial private forestry activities within the Department of Agriculture and with the private sector. The goal of these meetings is to share information and help guide the committee to make recommendations with regard to landscape scale conservation and related USDA programs.
National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule
Document Number: 2013-13452
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule will meet in Salt Lake/West Valley City, Utah via webinar/conference call. The Committee operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463). The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice and recommendations on the implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Rule and to continue deliberations on formulating advice to the Secretary on the Proposed Land Management Planning Directives. The meeting is also open to the public.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-13342
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture
National Poultry Improvement Plan; General Conference Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2013-13436
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are giving notice of a meeting of the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan.
Oral Rabies Vaccine Trial; Availability of a Supplemental Environmental Assessment
Document Number: 2013-13435
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared a supplemental environmental assessment (EA) relative to an oral rabies vaccination field trial in New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Vermont, and West Virginia. The supplemental EA analyzes expanding the field trial for an experimental oral rabies vaccine for wildlife to additional areas in New York. The proposed field trial is necessary to evaluate whether the wildlife rabies vaccine will produce sufficient levels of population immunity against raccoon rabies. We are making the supplemental EA available to the public for review and comment.
Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Pecan Crop Insurance Provisions; Correction
Document Number: 2013-13358
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
This document contains a correction to the final regulation that was published Thursday, February 28, 2013 (78 FR 13454-13460). The regulation pertains to the insurance of Pecans.
Project Financing Loans
Document Number: 2013-13313
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS or Agency) is considering regulatory reforms to codify statutory changes related to ``project financing'' requirements to advance the agency's rural development mission and improve its ability to finance electric infrastructure projects, including those that use renewable sources of energy. RUS is also considering regulations to clarify the agency's procedures for single asset/project financing arrangements for all RUS eligible projects. This advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeks comments on the parameters necessary to more effectively and prudently use project financing in the RUS electric loan program and will serve several purposes. It will assist the agency to gather information and comments about its ability to make loans for renewable electric generation even where the consumers may be non-rural residents. It will help develop a record on industry standards and public recommendations related to financing arrangements and collateral requirements which could be used to implement a focused Project Financing Program (PFP) for investments in electric generation, transmission, and distribution facilities, including plant necessary for generating electricity from renewable energy sources. It will also help the agency better understand the potential demand for financing utilizing either or both of the aforementioned authorities, collect comments from potential applicants and co-lenders on PFP, terms, and renewable energy financing as well as help inform the public about federal financing options available through the RUS Electric Loan Program. The RUS is also announcing a public meeting for interested parties to express their views on the opportunities and challenges related to the use of the agency's authority for electric generation from renewable energy sources and project financing within the electric utility sector.
Rural Determination and Financing Percentage
Document Number: 2013-13309
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS or Agency) is proposing policies and procedures for determining rural eligibility for all loans and loan guarantee financial assistance. In addition, policies and procedures are proposed for determining the percentage of total project costs the Agency will finance where the project supplies electricity to an electric utility serving an area that is less than 100 percent rural. By codifying these policies and procedures the agency will provide needed flexibility in the methods utilized to determine eligibility and percentage of financing.
Newspapers Used for Publication of Legal Notices by the Intermountain Region; Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and Wyoming
Document Number: 2013-13296
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
This notice lists the newspapers that will be used by the ranger districts, forests and regional office of the Intermountain Region to publish legal notices required under 36 CFR 215, 219, and 218. The intended effect of this action is to inform interested members of the public which newspapers the Forest Service will use to publish notices of proposed actions and notices of decision. This will provide the public with constructive notice of Forest Service proposals and decisions, provide information on the procedures to comment, object or appeal, and establish the date that the Forest Service will use to determine if comments or appeals were timely.
Notice of Funding Availability: Section 515 Multi-Family Housing Preservation Revolving Loan Fund Demonstration Program for Fiscal Year 2013
Document Number: 2013-13269
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) of Rural Development previously announced in a Notice published July 18, 2012, (77 FR 42265) the availability of funds and the timeframe to submit applications for loans to private non-profit organizations and State and local housing finance agencies to carry out a demonstration program to provide revolving loans for the preservation and revitalization of low-income Multi-Family Housing (MFH). Rural Development did not receive sufficient applications to use all the available funds. As a result, Rural Development is soliciting additional applications under this Notice for the remaining funding. This Notice removes the $1 million cap on subsequent loans that was established under previous Notices. Please note the removal of the $1 million cap on subsequent loans for existing intermediaries only applies to applications received under this Notice. Housing that is assisted by this demonstration program must be financed by Rural Development through its MFH loan program under Sections 515, 514 and 516 of the Housing Act of 1949. The goals of this demonstration program will be achieved through loans made to intermediaries. The intermediaries will establish their programs for the purpose of providing loans to ultimate recipients for the preservation and revitalization of low-income Sections 515, 514, and 516 MFH as affordable housing.
Postdecisional Administrative Review Process for Occupancy or Use of National Forest System Lands and Resources
Document Number: 2013-13260
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (Department) is issuing this final rule to update, rename, and relocate the administrative appeal regulations governing occupancy or use of National Forest System (NFS) lands and resources. The appeal process for decisions related to occupancy or use of NFS lands and resources has remained substantially unchanged since 1989. This final rule simplifies the appeal process, shortens the appeal period, and reduces the cost of appeal while still providing a fair and deliberate procedure by which eligible individuals and entities may obtain administrative review of certain types of Forest Service (Agency) decisions affecting their occupancy or use of NFS lands and resources. The final rule also moves the provision entitled ``Mediation of Term Grazing Permit Disputes'' to a more appropriate location in the range management regulations. Finally, conforming technical revisions to other parts of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) affected by this final rule are being made.
Big Horn County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2013-13132
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Big Horn County Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Greybull, Wyoming. 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 Ttitle II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to report on monitoring of projects as well as to validate recommended projects for 2013.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-13130
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Announcement of Grant and Loan Application Deadlines and Funding Levels
Document Number: 2013-13069
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces its Revolving Fund Program (RFP) application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. In addition to announcing the application window, RUS announces the available funding of $923,686 and maximum amounts for RFP competitive grants for the fiscal year. The RFP is authorized under section 306(a)(2)(B) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (Con Act), 7 U.S.C. 1926 (a)(2)(B). Under the RFP, qualified private, non-profit organizations receive RFP grant funds to establish a lending program for eligible entities. Eligible entities for the revolving loan fund will be the same entities eligible, under paragraph 1 or 2 of Section 306(a) of the Con Act, 7 U.S.C. 1926(1) or (2), to obtain a loan, loan guarantee, or grant from the RUS Water, Waste Disposal and Wastewater loan and grant programs.
Intermediary Relending Program; Roundtable Meeting
Document Number: 2013-12867
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Agency will hold a roundtable meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, to discuss the Rural Business-Cooperative Service's relending programs. The primary purpose of this roundtable is to discuss recent enhancements to the Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) and fiscal year 2013 funding levels and application procedures.
Revocation of Statement of Policy on Public Participation in Rule Making
Document Number: 2013-13068
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing to rescind the Statement of Policy titled ``Public Participation in Rule Making,'' published in the Federal Register on July 24, 1971 (36 FR 13804) that requires agencies in USDA to follow the Administrative Procedure Act's (APA) notice-and-comment rulemaking procedures even in situations where the APA does not require it. The Statement of Policy implemented a 1969 recommendation by the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), which urged Congress to amend the APA to remove the exemption from the notice-and-comment requirement for rulemakings relating to ``public property, loans, grants, benefits, or contracts,'' adding that agencies should follow the notice-and-comment procedures pending amendment of the APA. In proposing to rescind the Statement of Policy, USDA notes that in the more than 40 years since ACUS made its recommendation, Congress has not amended the APA to implement it. Moreover, USDA has determined in this time that the advantages of implementing the ACUS recommendation do not outweigh the disadvantages, such as increased costs and delayed implementation imposed on USDA programs. The proposed change would not result in USDA forgoing notice-and-comment rulemaking for all regulatory actions relating to public property, loans, grants, benefits, or contracts, rather the proposed change would grant USDA agencies the discretion to determine the appropriateness of notice-and- comment rulemaking for this class of rulemakings.
Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2013-13063
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this constitutes notice of the upcoming meeting of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) Grain Inspection Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee). The Advisory Committee meets twice annually to advise the GIPSA Administrator on the programs and services that GIPSA delivers under the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Recommendations by the Advisory Committee help GIPSA better meet the needs of its customers who operate in a dynamic and changing marketplace.
Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Green River/Tusher Diversion Dam Rehabilitation Project, Emery/Grand County, UT
Document Number: 2013-13062
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4321-4370d, as implemented by the Council of Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) regulations that implement NEPA at 7 CFR part 650, the NRCS Utah State Office announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Green River/Tusher Diversion Dam Rehabilitation project. The purpose of this notice is to alert interested parties regarding the intent to prepare the EIS, to provide information on the nature of the proposed action and possible alternatives, and to invite public participation in the EIS process (including providing comments on the scope of the draft EIS, to announce that a public scoping meeting will be conducted, and to identify cooperating agency contacts). The EIS process will evaluate alternatives recommended for detailed study as a result of previous planning-level studies completed by NRCS and any additional (new) alternatives identified during scoping.
Non-Rock Alternatives to Shoreline Protection Demonstration Project (LA-16) Iberia, Jefferson, and Lafourche Parishes, LA
Document Number: 2013-13060
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Guidelines (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the Non-Rock Alternatives to Shoreline Protection Demonstration Project (LA-16), Iberia, Jefferson, and Lafourche Parishes, Louisiana.
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Carson Ranger District Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe-Atoma Area Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2013-13010
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF), Carson Ranger District, will prepare an environmental impact statement to analyze the effects of a proposal from Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe (Mt. Rose) to expand its lift and terrain network. The project is located approximately 12 miles west of the intersection of Mt. Rose Highway (Nevada State Route 431) and U.S. 395, immediately north of the Mt. Rose base lodge and parking area. The project is located on both private and National Forest System (NFS) land within Washoe County, Nevada.
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest; Snohomish County, WA; Green Mountain Lookout Removal
Document Number: 2013-13008
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest hereby gives notice that it is extending the public scoping comment period for the Green Mountain Lookout Removal Project. A notice was originally published in the Federal Register on May 2, 2013 (Volume 78, No. 85), beginning a 30 day comment period. Please see the Notice of Intent (FR Doc. 2013- 10322) for more information related to the project. In response to requests for additional time, the Forest Service will extend the comment period from June 3, 2013, to July 8, 2013.