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

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-17130
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-17128
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-17
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 Rural Housing Loans.
Gallatin County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2013-17046
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110-343) (the Act), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, (FACA) (5 U.S.C., App. 2), the Southern Montana Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) announces the solicitation of nominees to fill vacancies. The purpose of the RAC is to improve collaborative relationships, to advise, and provide recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act.
Southern Montana Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2013-17040
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110-343) (the Act), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, (FACA) (5 U.S.C., App. 2), the Southern Montana Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) announces the solicitation of nominees to fill vacancies. The purpose of the RAC is to improve collaborative relationships, to advise, and provide recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act.
Notice of New Recreation Fees; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447)
Document Number: 2013-17028
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Manti-La Sal National Forest is proposing to add the Orange Olsen Administrative Site facilities into the recreation rental program. The facilities proposed for the recreation rental program include: (1) Orange Olsen Dwelling and (2) Orange Olsen Bunkhouse with four trailer pads. The proposal is to charge $60.00 per night at the Dwelling and $40.00 per night at the Bunkhouse. The fee for the Bunkhouse would also include four trailer pads with water and sewer hookups. Visitors will have the option of reserving the Dwelling or the Bunkhouse separately, or the entire site. Fees are assessed based on the level of amenities and services provided, cost of operation and maintenance, and market comparison. Funds from fees would be retained locally and used for the operations and maintenance, and future improvements including historical information on the cabins. The Orange Olsen Dwelling has a front room, two bedrooms (sleeping up to six people), kitchen, and bathroom with shower. An accessible ramp provides entrance to the back door of the facility. The Orange Olsen Bunkhouse has a combination kitchen/bedroom (sleeping up to four people), bathroom with shower, and four trailer pads with water and sewer hookups. Both of the buildings have photovoltaic (solar) lighting, propane fueled appliances, water, and sewer.
National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
Document Number: 2013-16991
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, (NUCFAC) will be filling five positions that will expire December 31, 2013. Interested applicants may download a copy of the application and position descriptions from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry Web site: www.fs.fed.us/ucf/ nucfac.
Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines; Deadlines and Funding Levels
Document Number: 2013-16953
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces its Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program application window for fiscal year (FY) 2013. The FY 2013 funding for the Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program is $2,775,327.
Notice of New Recreation Fee; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act
Document Number: 2013-16931
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Coronado National Forest is proposing to add the Portal CCC House and Portal Bunkhouse into the recreation rental program. The proposal is to charge $125.00 per night at the Portal CCC House and $100.00 per night at the Portal Bunkhouse. The Portal CCC House has two bedrooms (one with a futon couch, the second with a set of bunk beds), a single bathroom (with a shower), a small dining/living room combination, and a fully-equipped kitchen. It can accommodate up to five people. The Portal Bunkhouse has one bedroom (with a set of bunk beds and a small rollaway bed), a single bathroom (with a shower), and a small kitchen/dining room combination. It can accommodate up to four people. Both facilities have electric lights, heat, and running water. Other cabin rentals on National Forests in Arizona have shown the public appreciates the enhanced recreational opportunity afforded by these rehabilitated historic structures. Revenues from the rentals will be used for the continued operation and maintenance of this facility and other properties in the Arizona ``Rooms with a View'' Cabin Rental Program.
Restructuring of Regulations on the Importation of Plants for Planting
Document Number: 2013-16762
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-07-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are reopening the comment period for our proposed rule that would restructure the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments. We are also giving notice of a conference call and Web presentation in which we will provide participants with an overview of the proposed rule.
Plants for Planting Whose Importation Is Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Analysis; Notice of Availability of Data Sheets for Taxa of Plants for Planting That Are Quarantine Pests or Hosts of Quarantine Pests
Document Number: 2013-16722
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are reopening the comment period for a notice that made available to the public data sheets detailing the scientific evidence we evaluated in making the determination that certain taxa of plants for planting are quarantine pests or hosts of quarantine pests and, therefore, should be added to our lists of plants for planting whose importation is not authorized pending pest risk analysis. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
Simplified Cost Accounting and Other Actions To Reduce Paperwork in the Summer Food Service Program and National School Lunch Notice Procedures
Document Number: 2013-16697
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-07-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This rulemaking proposes to amend the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) regulations to incorporate changes mandated by Section 738 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008. The changes extend simplified cost accounting and reporting procedures to SFSP sponsors in all States, and eliminate the cost comparison requirements for determining payments to sponsors. This rulemaking would amend SFSP regulations to address these statutory changes. In addition, this rulemaking proposes several discretionary changes to improve administrative efficiency and reduce paperwork in the management of the SFSP. The intended effect of this rulemaking is to simplify and streamline administration while ensuring the integrity of the Program. Finally, this rulemaking proposes a change to the National School Lunch Program regulations to create consistency among the Child Nutrition Programs with regard to notice procedures.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-16651
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-16649
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests; Idaho; Notice To Proceed With Forest Plan Revision
Document Number: 2013-16633
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, Northern Region, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have initiated revision of their forest plan pursuant to the 2012 Forest Planning Rule. This process will ultimately result in a Forest Land Management Plan which describes the strategic direction for management of forest resources for the next ten to fifteen years on these National Forests (NFs). The first two phases of the processpreparing an assessment and developing a proposed action for plan revisionhave begun. The 2012 Planning Rule requires the Forest Service to notify interested parties of development of a proposed plan or plan revision (36 CFR 219.16(a)(1). This notice meets that requirement. The public may comment on the draft assessment and draft proposed action (draft plan components) through the plan revision Web site at www.fs.usda.gov/main/nezperceclearwater/ landmanagement/planning.
Notice of Proposed New Fee Sites; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447)
Document Number: 2013-16598
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Salmon-Challis National Forest is proposing to begin charging fees at three recreation sites. All sites have recently been reconstructed or amenities have been added to improve services and experiences. Fees are assessed based on the level of amenities and services provided, cost of operation and maintenance, market assessment, and public comment. Funds from fees would be used for the continued operation and maintenance of these recreation sites. Two campgrounds on the Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District, Custer 1 and Flat Rock Extension Campground received extensive rehabilitation in 2007 and are conveniently located near the Historic Custer Townsite and the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River. The funds collected will be used for the continued operation and maintenance of these popular campgrounds. The proposed fee would be $5.00 per night. Twin Creek Picnic Area is currently a fee free site, however improvements made in 2008 and 2009 included new toilet facilities and a rehabilitated drinking water system and addressed sanitation and safety concerns, an overall improvement to the recreation experience. The proposed fee to help maintain this site would be $20.00 per day to reserve and use the large group picnic site which features the historic CCC-era picnic shelter, parking, drinking water, group fire place and horseshoe pits.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-16569
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-10
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 (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested.
Ontonagon Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2013-16553
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Ontonagon Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Kenton, Michigan on the dates listed below. The Committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, (the Act) (Pub. L.112-141) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463). The RAC's purposes are to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to review progress made on previously approved projects and prioritize future work.
Gogebic Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2013-16551
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Gogebic Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Watersmeet, Michigan on the date listed below. The Committee is meeting as authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self- Determination Act of 2000 (the Act) (Pub. L. 112-141) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92- 463). The RAC's purposes are to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to review progress made on previously approved projects and prioritize future work.
Importation of Fresh Citrus Fruit From Uruguay, Including Citrus
Document Number: 2013-16548
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of several varieties of fresh citrus fruit, as well as Citrus hybrids and the Citrus-related genus Fortunella, from Uruguay into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, the fruit will have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for importation in commercial consignments, pest monitoring and pest control practices, grove sanitation and packinghouse procedures designed to exclude the quarantine pests, and treatment. The fruit also will have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Uruguay with an additional declaration confirming that the fruit is free from all pests of quarantine concern and has been produced in accordance with the systems approach. These actions will allow for the importation of fresh citrus fruit, including Citrus hybrids and the Citrus-related genus Fortunella, from Uruguay while continuing to protect the United States against the introduction of plant pests.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Interstate Movement of Fruit From Hawaii
Document Number: 2013-16546
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-10
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 interstate movement of fruit from Hawaii.
Lacey Act Implementation Plan; Definitions for Exempt and Regulated Articles
Document Number: 2013-16463
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In response to recent amendments to the Lacey Act, we are establishing definitions for the terms ``common cultivar'' and ``common food crop'' and several related terms. The amendments to the Act expanded its protections to a broader range of plant species, extended its reach to encompass products, including timber, that derive from illegally harvested plants, and require that importers submit a declaration at the time of importation for certain plants and plant products. Common cultivars and common food crops are among the categorical exclusions to the provisions of the Act. The Act does not define the terms ``common cultivar'' and ``common food crop'' but instead gives authority to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior to define these terms by regulation. Our definitions specify which plants and plant products will be excluded from the provisions of the Act, including the declaration requirement.
Request for Proposals for 2013 Statewide Wood Energy Teams
Document Number: 2013-16361
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, State and Private Forestry (S&PF), is providing leadership and funding on behalf of a USDA, multi-agency, Wood To Energy Initiative by offering a Request For Proposals (RFP) that supports collaborative, statewide wood energy teams that advance the installation of commercially viable wood energy systems. Public-private statewide teams are invited to seek funding to support the development of geographic or business sector- based clusters of wood energy projects. Activities may include, but are not limited to, workshops and assistance that provide technical, financial and environmental information; preliminary engineering assessments; and community outreach needed to support development of wood energy projects in both the public and private sectors.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-16359
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Amendments to Delegations of Authority
Document Number: 2013-15849
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
The Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to delegate functions, powers, and duties as the Secretary deems appropriate. This document amends the existing delegations of authority by removing, adding, and modifying certain delegations, as explained in the Supplementary Information section below. This document also amends our regulations to reflect the current order of succession for the Secretary of Agriculture.
Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs; Approval of Information Collection Request
Document Number: 2013-16278
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
The Food and Nutrition Service published a final rule entitled ``Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs'' on January 26, 2012. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared the associated information collection requirements (ICR) on February 1, 2013. This document announces approval of the ICR.
Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Swiss Chard From Colombia Into the Continental United States
Document Number: 2013-16207
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-08
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 importation of Swiss chard from Colombia into the continental United States. Based on that analysis, we have concluded 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 importation of Swiss chard from Colombia. We are making the pest risk analysis available to the public for review and comment.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-16206
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding the New Water Challenge Area Within the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative
Document Number: 2013-16204
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
As part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) strategy to successfully implement the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), NIFA intends to initiate a new challenge area within AFRI in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 to address water issues. NIFA will be holding a web-based listening session in order to solicit stakeholder input on this new challenge area. It is open to the public and the focus of the listening session is to gather stakeholder input that will be used in developing the Request for Applications (RFA) in FY 2014. NIFA is particularly interested in input on how best to achieve the most impact, within budget constraints, in the early years of this new challenge area. All comments must be received by close of business on July 30, 2013, to be considered in the initial drafting of the FY 2014 AFRI Water program RFA.
National School Lunch Program: Direct Certification Continuous Improvement Plans Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010; Approval of Information Collection Request
Document Number: 2013-16189
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
The Food and Nutrition Service published a final rule entitled ``National School Lunch Program: Direct Certification Continuous Improvement Plans Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010'' on February 22, 2013. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared the associated information collection requirements (ICR) on April 10, 2013. This document announces approval of the ICR.
Draft Environmental Assessment for the J. Phil Campbell, Senior, Natural Resource Conservation Center Land Transfer
Document Number: 2013-16209
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed transfer of 1,070 acres of land at the J. Phil Campbell, Senior (JPC), Natural Resource Conservation Center (NRCC) from the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Watkinsville, Georgia, to the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). This notice is announcing the opening of a 30-day public comment period.
Inviting Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program Applications for Grants To Provide Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems
Document Number: 2013-16079
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), an Agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development mission area, announces the availability of three individual grants: two single grants not to exceed $929,111 together from the rural transportation funds appropriated for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program and another single $232,278 grant for Federally Recognized Native American Tribes' (FRNATs) (collectively ``Programs'') from funds appropriated for the RBEG program. RBS will administer these awards under the RBEG program and 7 U.S.C. 1932(c)(2) for fiscal year (FY) 2013. Each grant is to be competitively awarded to an eligible applicant which is a qualified national non-profit organization. Two grants are for the provision of technical assistance to rural transportation (RT) projects and the other grant will be for the provision of technical assistance to RT projects operated by FRNAT's only. All applicants are responsible for any expenses incurred in developing their applications.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-16006
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-15988
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-15987
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-03
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 (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-15985
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-03
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 (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested.
Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection (Interstate Shipment of Meat and Poultry Products)
Document Number: 2013-15980
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-03
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 revision of an information collection for the voluntary cooperative interstate shipment program because the Agency has more recent data concerning the program, and the information collection approval is scheduled to expire on August 31, 2013. FSIS is estimating fewer burden hours for this information collection than are currently approved because fewer States and State establishments are participating in the cooperative interstate shipment program than the Agency had originally estimated three years ago.
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 2013-15845
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-02
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 the Citrus Research and Development Foundation, Inc. of Lake Alfred, Florida, an exclusive license to U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 13/ 745,509, ``IDENTIFICATION AND SYNTHESIS OF A MALE-PRODUCED PHEROMONE FOR THE NEOTROPICAL ROOT WEEVIL DIAPREPES ABBREVIATUS (COLEOPTERA: CURCULIONIDAE)'', filed on January 18, 2013.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Revision of Approved Information Collection; Comment Request-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Federal Collection of State Plan of Operations, Operating Guidelines and Forms
Document Number: 2013-15787
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-02
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 revision of a currently approved collection for State agency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), administrative matters. FNS plans to develop and launch an electronic workflow system, SNAP Workflow Information Management (SWIM), to streamline FNS waiver processing, the current waiver request form will be transposed to an online waiver request form. The online version of the request form does not modify the currently approved burden hours in any way, but changes the method of collection for this information.
Cotton Board Rules and Regulations: Adjusting Supplemental Assessment on Imports (2013 Amendment)
Document Number: 2013-15748
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-02
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the Cotton Board Rules and Regulations, decreasing the value assigned to imported cotton for the purposes of calculating supplemental assessments collected for use by the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. This amendment is required each year to assure that assessments collected on imported cotton and the cotton content of imported products will be the same as those paid on domestically produced cotton. In addition, AMS is changing two Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) statistical reporting numbers that were amended since the last assessment adjustment in 2012.
Mango Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Nominations of Foreign Producers and Election of Officers
Document Number: 2013-15747
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-02
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document amends the Mango Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order) to allow foreign producers, from countries exporting mangos to the United States, to nominate themselves or other foreign producers for appointment to the National Mango Board (Board). This change would increase the pool of foreign producer nominees. Upon further review, the proposed change to add flexibility to the timing of election of officers to the Board is not made in this rulemaking.
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations: Amendments Related to the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008; Approval of Information Collection Request
Document Number: 2013-15634
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
The final rule entitled Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations: Amendments Related to the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 was published on April 6, 2011. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared the associated information collection requirements (ICR) on December 20, 2011. This document announces approval of the ICR.
Cotton Board Rules and Regulations: Adjusting Supplemental Assessment on Imports (2013 Amendment)
Document Number: 2013-15625
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-07-02
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule is a companion to the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) direct final rule (published today in the ``Rules and Regulations'' section of the Federal Register), amending the Cotton Board Rules and Regulations by decreasing the value assigned to imported cotton for calculating supplemental assessments collected for use by the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. An amendment is required to adjust the value assigned to imported cotton and the cotton content of imported products so that it is the same as those paid on domestically produced cotton. In addition, AMS is updating two Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) statistical reporting numbers that were amended since the last assessment adjustment. This proposed rule is a companion document to the direct final rule published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. AMS is publishing this amendment as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the agency is contemplated by statute and required by regulation in 7 CFR 1205.510 and anticipates no significant adverse comment. AMS has explained its reasons in the preamble of the direct final rule. If AMS receives no significant adverse comment during the comment period, no further action on this proposed rule will be taken. If, however, AMS receives significant adverse comment, AMS will withdraw the direct final rule and it will not take effect. In that case, AMS will address all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. AMS will not institute a second comment period on this rule. Any parties interested in commenting must do so during this comment period.
Grapes Grown in Designated Area of Southeastern California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2013-15621
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-02
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule increases the assessment rate established for the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee (Committee) for the 2013 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.0150 to $0.0165 per 18-pound lug of grapes handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order that regulates the handling of grapes grown in a designated area of southeastern California. Assessments upon grape handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins January 1 and ends December 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended or terminated.
Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2013-15667
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Hamilton, MT. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110-343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information regarding the monitoring of RAC projects.
21st Century Conservation Service Corps Partnership Opportunity
Document Number: 2013-15644
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) National Council is requesting letters of interest from all conservation and youth corps programs that would like to be identified as a 21CSC member organization. We are initiating this outreach in order to catalyze the establishment of a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) to engage young Americans and returning veterans in public lands and water restoration. This notice seeks to establish the 21CSC by building upon and leveraging the experience and expertise of existing Federal, State, tribal, local and non-profit conservation and youth corps, and veterans programs. This will facilitate conservation and restoration service work on public lands to include all governmental entities of cities, counties, States, and the Federal Government, and encourage a new generation of natural resource managers and environmental stewards. All principals of interested organizations are invited to submit a letter of interest that outlines the organization's and/or program's criteria. Letters should include the name of your organization; an address and point of contact, including email address; and a description of your organization or program. Organizations that respond to this request may be contacted to provide additional information to support their statements. The 21CSC National Council will oversee the review of all submissions to determine the respondent's alignment with the 21CSC principles. Organizations that are not recognized as 21CSC member organizations in the initial review process may submit new letters of interest. This notice is being published by the USDA Forest Service on behalf of the National Council; 21CSC member organizations recognized through this process will be acknowledged by all signatories to the National Council MOU.
Certification of Compliance With Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010; Approval of Information Collection Request
Document Number: 2013-15590
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
The Food and Nutrition Service published an interim final rule entitled ``Certification of Compliance with Meal Requirements for the National School Lunch Program under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010'' on April 27, 2012. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared the associated information collection requirements (ICR) on June 20, 2012. This document announces approval of the ICR.