Irish Potatoes Grown in Modoc and Siskiyou Counties, California, and in All Counties in Oregon, Except Malheur County; Termination of Marketing Order No. 947
This proposed rule invites comments on the termination of Marketing Order No. 947 (order), which regulates the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Modoc and Siskiyou Counties, California, and in all counties in Oregon, except Malheur County, and the rules and regulations issued thereunder. The order is administered locally by the Oregon-California Potato Committee (Committee), which recommended termination of the marketing order at a meeting held on March 7, 2013. This recommendation is based on the Committee's determination that the order is no longer an effective marketing tool for the Oregon- California potato industry, and that termination would best serve the current needs of the industry while also eliminating the costs associated with operating the marketing order.
Kiwifruit Grown in California and Imported Kiwifruit; Relaxation of Minimum Grade Requirement
This rule relaxes the minimum grade requirement under the marketing order for kiwifruit grown in California (order), and for kiwifruit imported into the United States that are shipped to the fresh market, by increasing the tolerance of kiwifruit which is ``badly misshapen'' from 7 percent to 16 percent. The order is administered locally by the Kiwifruit Administrative Committee (Committee). This change is intended to facilitate the packing of fruit to meet the minimum grade requirement of ``KAC No. 1'', and reduce costs associated with re-sorting and repacking this grade of fruit. The change in the import regulation is required under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937.
Inspection and Weighing of Grain in Combined and Single Lots
The Department of Agriculture (USDA), Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is amending the regulations that cover the official grain inspection and weighing service procedures that GIPSA's Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) performs under the authority of the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), as amended. Specifically, GIPSA is amending the regulations issued under the USGSA pertaining to grain exported in large reusable containers typically loaded onto export ships. In this final rule, GIPSA will add new definitions for ``composite'' and ``average'' grades, limit the number of containers that may be averaged or combined to form a single lot, restrict the inspection and weighing of container lots to the official service provider's area of responsibility, specify a 60-day retention period for file samples representing such container lots, make consistent the weighing certification procedures for container lots with those for inspection certification procedures, and make other miscellaneous changes. GIPSA believes that these revisions will help facilitate the marketing of U.S. grain shipped for export.
Opportunity for Designation in Owensboro, KY; Bloomington, IL; Iowa Falls, IA; Casa Grande, AZ; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks, ND and Plainview, TX; Areas; Request for Comments on the Official Agencies Servicing These Areas
The designations of the official agencies listed below will end on March 31, 2014. We are asking persons or governmental agencies interested in providing official services in the areas presently served by these agencies to submit an application for designation. In addition, we are asking for comments on the quality of services provided by the following designated agencies: J.W. Barton Grain Inspection Service, Inc. (Barton); Central Illinois Grain Inspection, Inc. (Central Illinois); Central Iowa Grain Inspection Corporation (Central Iowa); Farwell Commodity and Grain Services, Inc. (Farwell SW); North Dakota Grain Inspection Service, Inc. (North Dakota); Northern Plains Grain Inspection Service, Inc. (Northern Plains); and Plainview Grain Inspection and Weighing Service, Inc. (Plainview).
Designation for the Muncie, IN; Fremont, NE; Annapolis, MD; and West Lafayette, IN Areas; Corrections to Geographic Areas for Fremont and Titus
GIPSA is announcing the designation of East Indiana; Fremont Grain Inspection Department, Inc. (Fremont); Maryland Department of Agriculture (Maryland); and Titus Grain Inspection, Inc. (Titus) to provide official services under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), as amended. East Indiana Grain Inspection, Inc.'s (East Indiana) geographical territory is amended to include the area previously designated to Indianapolis Grain Inspection and Weighing Service, Inc. (Indianapolis). In addition, this Notice corrects the Federal Register Notice published on December 28, 2012 concerning the opportunity for designation in the Fremont and Titus areas, which incorrectly omitted grain elevators located outside of Fremont and Titus geographical areas assigned to Fremont and Titus, respectively, and grain elevators inside of Fremont's geographical area assigned to another official agency.
Designation for the Champaign-Danville, IL Area; Correction to Geographic Area for Champaign-Danville, IL Area
GIPSA is announcing the designation of Champaign-Danville Grain Inspection Department, Inc.'s (Champaign) to provide official services under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), as amended. In addition, this Notice corrects the Federal Register Notices published on September 13, 2012 and December 28, 2012 concerning the opportunity for designation in the Champaign area, which incorrectly omitted grain elevators located outside of Champaign's geographical area assigned to Champaign and grain elevators inside of Champaign's geographical area assigned to another official agency.
Correction for the Cairo, IL and Belmond, IA Areas
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), published a Federal Register Notice on December 28, 2012, announcing the opportunity for Designation for the Cairo, IL and Belmond, IA Areas. The Notice incorrectly omitted grain elevators assigned inside and/or outside of the geographical areas.
Correction for the Omaha, NE; Marshall, MI; Frankfort, IN; Topeka, KS; and Minot, ND Areas; and Headquarters Telephone Number for Keokuk, IA
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), published Notices in the Federal Register on February 9, 2012; May 30, 2012; and September 13, 2012 announcing the opportunity for designation for the Omaha, NE; Marshall, MI; Frankfort, IN; Topeka, KS; and Minot, ND Areas. The Notices incorrectly omitted grain elevators assigned inside and/or outside of the geographical areas. GIPSA also published a Notice in the Federal Register on February 26, 2013, which contained an incorrect telephone number for Keokuk Grain Inspection Service (Keokuk).