Department of Agriculture October 23, 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Apricots Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2013-24901
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule increases the assessment rate established for the Washington Apricot Marketing Committee (Committee) for the 2013-2014 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.50 to $1.50 per ton of Washington apricots handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order, which regulates the handling of apricots grown in designated counties in Washington. Assessments upon apricot handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period began on April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Apricots Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Suspension of Handling Regulations
Document Number: 2013-24900
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule suspends the minimum grade, size, quality, maturity, and inspection requirements prescribed under the Washington apricot marketing order (order) for the remainder of the 2013-2014 fiscal period and subsequent fiscal periods. The order regulates the handling of apricots grown in designated counties in Washington and is administered locally by the Washington Apricot Marketing Committee (Committee). This rule follows a suspension of the handling regulations that was enacted in the 2012-2013 fiscal period, and is expected to reduce overall industry expenses and increase net returns to growers and handlers.
Dried Prunes Produced in California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2013-24899
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-10-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would increase the assessment rate established for the Prune Marketing Committee (Committee) for the 2013- 14 and subsequent crop years from $0.22 to $0.28 per ton of salable dried prunes handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order, which regulates the handling of dried prunes grown in California. Assessments upon dried prune handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The crop year begins August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Kiwifruit Grown in California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2013-24892
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Kiwifruit Administrative Committee (Committee) for the 2013-14 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.035 to $0.025 per 9-kilo volume-fill container or equivalent of kiwifruit. The Committee locally administers the marketing order, which regulates the handling of kiwifruit grown in California. Assessments upon kiwifruit handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period began on August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Information Collection; Guaranteed Farm Loan Program
Document Number: 2013-24890
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reopening and extending the comment period for 60 days to allow interested individuals and organizations to comment on the extension and revision of a currently approved information collection associated with the Guaranteed Farm Loan Program. The amended estimate adds the merger of the information collection for the Land Contract Guarantee Program (0560-0279) into the Guaranteed Farm Loan Program. This information collection is used to make and service loans guaranteed by FSA to eligible farmers and ranchers by commercial lenders and to provide guarantees to the seller of a farm through the use of land contracts.
United States Standards for Grades of Okra
Document Number: 2013-24818
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is revising the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Okra by removing the ``Unclassified'' category from the standards.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Temporary Change to the Handling Regulations and Reporting Requirements for Yellow Fleshed and White Types of Potatoes
Document Number: 2013-24814
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule temporarily exempts yellow fleshed and white skin (white types) potatoes from minimum quality, maturity, pack, marking, and inspection requirements under the Washington potato marketing order through June 30, 2014. The marketing order regulates the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington and is administered locally by the State of Washington Potato Committee (Committee). During the temporary exemption period, reports will be required from handlers of yellow fleshed and white types of potatoes to obtain information necessary to administer the marketing order. This rule is expected to reduce overall industry expenses and increase net returns to producers and handlers while giving the industry the opportunity to explore alternative marketing strategies.
United States Standards for Feed Peas, Split Peas, and Lentils
Document Number: 2013-24742
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is reviewing the United States Standards for Feed Peas, Split Peas, and Lentils under the Agriculture Marketing Act (AMA) of 1946. To ensure that the standards and official grading practices remain relevant, GIPSA invites interested parties to comment on whether the current U.S. Standards for Feed Peas, Split Peas, and Lentils are meeting the needs in today's marketing environment.
Amendment to Certification of Nebraska's Central Filing System
Document Number: 2013-24737
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
In response to a request from Nebraska's Secretary of State we are approving amendments to the debtor identification and signature requirements of the certified central filing system for Nebraska to permit the conversion of all debtor social security and taxpayer identification numbers into approved unique identifiers. The proposed specific procedure whereby Nebraska will automatically convert social security numbers and taxpayer identification numbers into ten number unique identifiers has been reviewed and determined to permit the numerical searching of master lists while providing protection against identity theft.