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

Land Between The Lakes Advisory Board
Document Number: 2013-25878
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Land Between The Lakes Advisory Board will hold a meeting in Golden Pond, Kentucky. Notice of this meeting is in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App 2). The meeting is open to the public and the agenda will focus on existing Environmental Education programs and improving engagement with regional school groups.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-25715
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Southwestern Region: Invasive Plant Control Project, Carson and Santa Fe National Forests, New Mexico
Document Number: 2013-25708
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
On December 15, 2000, the USDA Forest Service published a notice of intent (NOI) in the Federal Register (65 FR 78464) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for controlling invasive plants in the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests. The agency published a notice of availability (NOA) for the Draft EIS in the Federal Register (69 FR 42722) on July 16, 2004. A record of decision was signed on September 12, 2005 and an NOA was subsequently published in the Federal Register (70 FR 69967) on November 18, 2005. Members of the public appealed the decision before the Regional Forester of the Southwestern Region, who reviewed the decision in accordance with 36 CFR 215.7. The Regional Forester's decision, issued on February 23, 2006, reversed the Responsible Officials' decision on the project, with the following instructions: (1) Complete the analysis of effects on the Management Indicator Species population trend for ptarmigan. (2) Strengthen the disclosure of cumulative effects to wildlife species. (3) Address the concern about the use of picloram in municipal watersheds. On September 10, 2009, the USDA Forest Service published a corrected NOI in the Federal Register (74 FR 46562). The NOI listed the date of completion and distribution for the draft supplemental environmental impact statement (DSEIS) as being December 2009.
Virginia Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2013-25693
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Virginia Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Roanoke, Virginia. 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 Title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to prioritize and recommend projects for funding.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-25633
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Equine Survey. Revision to burden hours may be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-25613
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-25371
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Crescent Ranger District; Oregon; Withdrawal of Notice for Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Marsh Project
Document Number: 2013-25584
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Crescent Ranger District is withdrawing their intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Marsh project. The original Notice of Intent (NOI) was published in the Federal Register on April 26, 2013 (Vol. 78, No.81, p 24717-24718). The Forest Service has determined that an EIS is not required for this project as currently proposed and therefore, it was decided to document the project in an environmental assessment.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-25548
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board
Document Number: 2013-25525
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board (Board) will meet in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Board is established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C. App. II) (FACA), and the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1600 et seq.) (RPA), the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 1612) (NFMA), and the Federal Public Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (Pub. L. 108-447) (REA). The purpose of the Board is to provide advice and recommendations on a broad range of forest issues such as forest plan revisions or amendments and forest health, including fire and mountain pine beetle epidemics, travel management, forest monitoring and evaluation, recreation fees, and site-specific projects having forest-wide implications. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to: (1) To provide an orientation to the Board regarding Forest Funding, including appropriations and trends; (2) provide an update to the Board regarding Cave Management and White Nose Syndrome in Bats; and (3) discuss Motorized Travel Permit Fees.
Request for Information: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Enhancing Retail Food Store Eligibility; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2013-25451
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
Sections 3(k), (p) and (r), Section 7, and Section 9 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (``the Act''), and Title 7 Parts 271, 274, and 278 of the Code of Federal Regulations (``the regulations'') provide factors for determining the eligibility of retail food stores to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (``SNAP''). This notice requests information from any and all interested parties on opportunities to enhance retailer definitions and requirements in a manner that improves access to healthy food choices for SNAP participants as well as program integrity, and ensures that only those retailers that effectuate the purpose of SNAP are authorized to accept benefits. The Food and Nutrition Service (``FNS'') considers access to a variety of healthy foods at SNAP retailers to be fundamental to the effectiveness of this critical nutrition assistance program. FNS is requesting information to understand what policy changes and, as needed, statutory changes, should be considered for retailer authorizations. FNS will use this information in determining how to make positive progress in the available healthy choices for program participants at authorized SNAP retail stores. The comment period is being extended to provide additional time for interested parties to review this request for information.
Availability of FSIS Compliance Guide for a Systematic Approach to the Humane Handling of Livestock
Document Number: 2013-25373
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of a compliance guide to assist livestock slaughter establishments in complying with the regulatory requirements for humane handling and slaughter of livestock. FSIS encourages operators of livestock slaughter establishments to follow this guidance.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-25372
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Watermelon Research and Promotion Plan; Importer Membership Requirements and Referendum Order
Document Number: 2013-25155
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-10-29
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would amend the Watermelon Research and Promotion Plan (Plan) importer membership requirements to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board (Board). The Board recommended eliminating the requirement that an importer import more than 50 percent of the total volume handled and imported in order to qualify as an importer member. This change would allow for additional parties to qualify as an importer member. This proposed rule also announces that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA or Department) will conduct a referendum among eligible producers, handlers, and importers of watermelons to determine whether they favor the amendment to the Plan.
Revocation of Statement of Policy on Public Participation in Rulemaking
Document Number: 2013-25321
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is revoking the Statement of Policy titled ``Public Participation in Rulemaking,'' published in the Federal Register on July 24, 1971 (36 FR 13804), which required agencies in USDA to follow the Administrative Procedure Act's (APA) notice-and-comment rulemaking procedures 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. By revoking the 1971 Statement of Policy, USDA restores the discretion to use notice-and-comment procedures when appropriate, unless otherwise required by law, with regard to this class of rulemakings. This action also improves USDA's ability to implement programs efficiently.
Direct Certification and Certification of Homeless, Migrant and Runaway Children for Free School Meals; Approval of Information Collection Request
Document Number: 2013-25217
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
The interim rule entitled Direct Certification and Certification of Homeless, Migrant and Runaway Children for Free School Meals was published on April 25, 2011. The ICR for this rule revised an existing information collection, OMB Control Number 0584-0026, and created a new collection OMB Control Number 0584-0585. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared the associated ICRs on April 19, 2013 and August 14, 2013, respectively. This document announces the approval of the ICRs.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-25201
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Aquaculture Surveys. Revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-25189
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Agricultural Surveys Program. Revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length.
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 2013-25169
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-25
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 EPG Technologies, Inc. of Gainesville, Florida, an exclusive license to U.S. Patent No. 8,004,292, ``ELECTRICAL PENETRATION GRAPH SYSTEM,'' issued on August 23, 2011.
Environmental Impact Statement; Animal Carcass Management
Document Number: 2013-25158
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are announcing to the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to examine the potential environmental effects of animal carcass management options used throughout the United States. This notice identifies potential alternatives and environmental effects that will be examined in the EIS and requests that the public comment on these proposed alternatives and environmental effects and identify other issues that could be examined in the EIS.
Citrus Canker, Citrus Greening, and Asian Citrus Psyllid; Interstate Movement of Regulated Nursery Stock
Document Number: 2013-25019
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are adopting as a final rule, with nonsubstantive changes, an interim rule that amended the regulations governing the interstate movement of regulated articles from areas quarantined for citrus canker, citrus greening, and/or Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) to allow the movement of regulated nursery stock under a certificate to any area within the United States. In order to be eligible to move regulated nursery stock, a nursery had to enter into a compliance agreement with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service that specified the conditions under which the nursery stock must be grown, maintained, and shipped. The interim rule also amended the regulations that allow the movement of regulated nursery stock from an area quarantined for ACP, but not for citrus greening, to amend the existing regulatory requirements for the issuance of limited permits for the interstate movement of the nursery stock. The interim rule was necessary on an immediate basis in order to provide nursery stock producers in areas quarantined for citrus canker, citrus greening, and/or ACP with the ability to ship regulated nursery stock to markets within the United States that would otherwise be unavailable to them due to the prohibitions and restrictions contained in the regulations while continuing to provide adequate safeguards to prevent the spread of the three pests into currently unaffected areas of the United States.
Gypsy Moth Generally Infested Areas; Additions in Wisconsin
Document Number: 2013-25018
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the regulations to add areas in Wisconsin to the list of generally infested areas based on the detection of infestations of gypsy moth in those areas. The interim rule was necessary to prevent the artificial spread of the gypsy moth to noninfested areas of the United States.
Cold Treatment for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables; MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, Mascoutah, IL
Document Number: 2013-25005
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the regulations to allow, under certain conditions, the cold treatment of imported fruits and vegetables upon arrival at the MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, Mascoutah, IL. We have determined that there are biological barriers at this port that, along with certain safeguards, would prevent the introduction of fruit flies and other insect pests into the United States in the unlikely event that they escape from shipments of fruits or vegetables before the fruits or vegetables undergo cold treatment. This action will facilitate the importation of fruit requiring cold treatment while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of fruit flies and other insect pests into the United States.
Petition To Amend Animal Welfare Act Regulations To Prohibit Public Contact With Big Cats, Bears, and Nonhuman Primates
Document Number: 2013-25004
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-10-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are reopening the comment period for a petition requesting amendments to the Animal Welfare Act regulations and standards, including to prohibit licensees from allowing individuals, with certain exceptions, from coming into direct or physical contact with big cats, bears, or nonhuman primates of any age, to define the term ``sufficient distance,'' and to prohibit the public handling of young or immature big cats, bears, and nonhuman primates and the separation of such animals from their dams before the species-typical age of weaning absent medical necessity. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
Notice of Decision To Allow Interstate Movement of Sapote Fruit From Puerto Rico Into the Continental United States
Document Number: 2013-25003
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public of our decision to begin allowing the interstate movement into the continental United States of fresh sapote fruit from Puerto Rico. Based on the findings of a pest risk analysis, which we made available to the public for review and comment through a previous notice, 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.
Plant Variety Protection Board; Open Meeting
Document Number: 2013-24820
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This notice is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend an open meeting of the Plant Variety Protection Board.
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.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-24571
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Revision of the Land Management Plan for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests
Document Number: 2013-24218
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, located in North Carolina, are initiating the development of a land management plan revision (forest plan) for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests (NFs). A Draft Assessment has been posted to our Web site. We are inviting the public to help us develop a preliminary ``need for change'' and a proposed action for the land management plan revision.
National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset Review (2013)
Document Number: 2013-24208
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-10-03
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule addresses recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following their November 2011 and May 2012 meetings. These recommendations pertain to the 2013 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this final rule continues the allowed uses of multiple synthetic and nonsynthetic substances and the prohibition of one nonsynthetic substance on the National List (along with any restrictive annotations). This rule also removes one synthetic substance from the National List.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Special Nutrition Program Operations Study (SNPOS)
Document Number: 2013-24143
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This collection is a revision of a currently approved collection for the Special Nutrition Program Operations Study.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study
Document Number: 2013-24142
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This collection is a new collection for the School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Tomatoes With Stems From the Republic of Korea
Document Number: 2013-24098
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-03
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 tomatoes with stems from the Republic of Korea.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Fresh Baby Kiwi From Chile
Document Number: 2013-24097
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-03
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 fresh baby kiwi from Chile into the continental United States.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Live Swine, Pork, and Pork Products from Certain Regions Free of Classical Swine Fever in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico
Document Number: 2013-24095
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-03
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 a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of live swine, pork, and pork products from certain regions free of classical swine fever in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico.
Notice of Funding Availability for the Biorefinery Assistance Program
Document Number: 2013-24081
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
This Notice announces the acceptance of applications for funds available under the Biorefinery Assistance Program (the ``Program'') to provide guaranteed loans for the development and construction of commercial-scale biorefineries or for the retrofitting of existing facilities using eligible technology for the development of advanced biofuels. This Notice announces approximately $76 million in carry over budget authority that will support a program level of approximately $181 million.
Proposed Directive for Additional Seasonal or Year-Round Recreation Activities at Ski Areas
Document Number: 2013-23998
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service is proposing to revise its directives for ski areas authorized under the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act of 1986 (Ski Area Permit Act) (16 U.S.C. 497b) to provide additional guidance for implementing the 2011 amendment to this Act, known as the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act (SAROEA) (Pub. L. 112-46, 125 Stat. 538). Current directives limit the criteria for determining whether additional seasonal and year-round recreation activities may be approved at ski areas to those listed in SAROEA. The proposed directives would add criteria to help Authorized Officers determine whether proposals for these activities are consistent with SAROEA. The proposed directive also would provide guidance on non- exclusive use at ski areas, that is, recreational use at ski areas, such as snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, by the non-paying public. Furthermore, the proposed directive would clarify policy regarding advertising. Timely comments will be considered in the development of the final directive.
Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection Under the Packers and Stockyards Act
Document Number: 2013-23976
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
This notice announces the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's (GIPSA) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of a currently approved information collection in support of the reporting and recordkeeping requirements under the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921, as amended and supplemented (P&S Act). This approval is required under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).
Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection Under the Clear Title Program
Document Number: 2013-23973
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
This notice announces the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's (GIPSA) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of a currently approved information collection in support of the reporting and recordkeeping requirements under the ``Clear Title'' regulations as authorized by Section 1324 of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended (Act). This approval is required under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-23870
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-23869
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Privacy Act Systems of Records; LabWare Laboratory Information Management System
Document Number: 2013-23868
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposes to add a system of records to its inventory of records systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. The system of records is the LabWare Laboratory Information Management System, USDA-APHIS-19. This notice is necessary to meet the requirements of the Privacy Act to publish in the Federal Register notice of the existence and character of record systems maintained by the agency.