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

Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Conservation Reserve Program
Document Number: 2013-28520
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
This notice announces that the Farm Service Agency (FSA), on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), intends to complete a Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) assessing the environmental impacts of potential changes to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), as required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The intent of this notice is to provide an initial summary introduction to the alternatives being considered for potential changes to CRP, and to request comments on these proposed alternatives. The input we receive as a result of this notice will enable us to refine the alternatives, begin to evaluate their impacts, and document results in the scoping report as required by NEPA.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-28446
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-27
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 invites comments on this information collection for which the Agency intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Notice of Determination; New and Revised Treatments for the Imported Fire Ant Program
Document Number: 2013-28322
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that we are adding or revising certain treatment schedules for the Imported Fire Ant Program in the Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Treatment Manual. In a previous notice, we made available to the public for review and comment a treatment evaluation document that discussed the existing treatment schedules, described the new treatment schedules, and explained why these changes are necessary. We also made available an environmental assessment that explained pesticide use in the new and revised treatments in the imported fire ant program. Based on the treatment evaluation document, the environmental assessment, and the comments we received, we are announcing our determination to add those new and revised treatments to the PPQ Treatment Manual.
Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Extra Long Staple Cotton Crop Provisions
Document Number: 2013-28319
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes amendments made to the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Extra Long Staple Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions to make the Extra Long Staple (ELS) Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions consistent with the Upland Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions and to allow a late planting period. The intended effect of this action is to provide policy changes to better meet the needs of the producers. The changes will be effective for the 2014 and succeeding crop years.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-28317
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Petition To Promulgate Standards for Bears Under the Animal Welfare Act Regulations
Document Number: 2013-28312
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-11-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are notifying the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has received a petition requesting that we amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations to add specific standards for the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of all species of bears held in captivity except polar bears, for which there are already standards. We are making this petition available to the public and soliciting comments regarding the petition and any issues raised by the petition that we should take into account as we consider this petition.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-28307
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Availability for the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Cotton Quality Research Station Land Transfer
Document Number: 2013-28238
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-26
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has made a FONSI for transferring the land and real estate at the Cotton Quality Research Station (CQRS) in Clemson, SC, to Clemson University. The FONSI document is based on impact analysis documented in the EA that was issued for 30-day public comment beginning July 18, 2013, and that was finalized on August 28, 2013.
Ashley Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2013-28189
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Ashley Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting scheduled on the date below is cancelled. The meeting was scheduled to meet in Vernal, Utah. The RAC is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) (Pub. L. 110-343) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-28251
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-28248
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-28246
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture
2013-2015 Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2013-28245
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a call for nominations to the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. The charter for the Committee was re-established for the 2013-2015 two-year term.
Council for Native American Farming and Ranching
Document Number: 2013-28176
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture
This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of The Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (CNAFR) a public advisory committee of the Office of Tribal Relations (OTR). Notice of the meetings are provided in accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2). This will be the fifth meeting of the CNAFR and will consist of, but not limited to: Hearing public comments; update on USDA programs and activities; and discussion of committee priorities. This meeting will be open to the public.
Inviting Applications for Value-Added Producer Grants
Document Number: 2013-28175
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
USDA announces the availability of competitive grant funding through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. Approximately $10.5 million in carry over funding from fiscal year (FY) 2013 is available to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities. This NOFA is being published prior to the Congressional enactment of a full-year appropriation for FY 2014. Should additional funding be made available during FY 2014 for this program RBS will continue to fund applications received under this announcement based upon the applications score. At this time, the exact amount of funding that will be made available to this program for FY 2014 is unknown. Anyone interested in submitting an application for funding under this program should consult the Rural Development Value Added Producer Grant Program Web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_VAPG.html periodically for updated information regarding any FY 2014 funding for the program. The program purpose is to help U.S. agricultural producers enter into value-added activities. Awards may be made for either economic planning or working capital activities related to the processing and/or marketing of valued-added agricultural products. The maximum grant amount for a planning grant is $75,000 and the maximum grant amount for a working capital grant is $200,000. There is a matching funds requirement of at least $1 for every $1 in grant funds provided by the Agency (matching funds plus grant funds must equal proposed total project costs). Matching funds may be in the form of cash or eligible in-kind contributions and may be used only for eligible project purposes. Matching funds must be available at time of application and must be certified and verified as described in 7 CFR 4284.931(b)(3) and (4). 7 CFR 4284.925 and 7 U.S.C. 1632(a) provide for the reservation of ten percent of available funds for applications submitted by Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers or Ranchers, and an additional ten percent of available funds for applications from farmers or ranchers proposing development of Mid-Tier Value Chains. For this announcement, Reserved Funds were not obligated prior to June 30, 2013 as required by 7 CFR 4284.925 and 7 U.S.C. 1632(a). Therefore, no reserves are available to fund these categories from FY 2013 carry over monies. However, 7 CFR 4284.925 and 7 U.S.C. 1632(a) allow the Secretary to repurpose and reuse these funds for the general VAPG competition. Beginning and Socially-Disadvantaged Farmers or Ranchers and applicants proposing Mid-Tier Value Chains can still compete and benefit by receiving priority through the award of Priority Points. Should FY 2014 funds become available, 20 percent of those funds will be reserved for these categories.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Modification of the General Cull and Handling Regulation for Area No. 2
Document Number: 2013-28067
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that modified 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). The interim rule revised 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 No. 2 to \3/4\-inch minimum to 1\5/8\-inch maximum diameter. In addition, this action revised 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 revised 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, handlers, and importers with increased returns; and offer consumers increased potato purchasing options.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Decreased Assessment Rate for Area No. 2
Document Number: 2013-28102
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, Area No. 2 (Committee), for the 2013-2014 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.0051 to $0.0033 per hundredweight of potatoes handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order, which regulates the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Colorado. Assessments upon potato handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins September 1 and ends August 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-28020
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Proposed New Fee Sites
Document Number: 2013-27993
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is proposing to add eleven cabins to the recreation rental program and charge fees for the overnight rental of these facilities. The cabins and proposed fee structure include: (1) Payson Lakes Cabin, available from June 1 to September 30 at $125 per night. The cabin can accommodate up to 10 people and has running water, flush toilets, shower, electric heat, and electric appliances. (2) Card Guard Station, available from June 1 through October 15 at $125 per night. The cabin can accommodate up to 10 people and has running water, flush toilet, shower, electricity and modern appliances. (3) Current Creek Work Center, available from June 1 through October 15 at $200 per night. The cabin is a duplex that can accommodate up to 14 people. There are also three trailer pads with hookups. The cabin has running water, flush toilets, electricity and modern appliances. (4) Rice Creek Field Station, available from June 1 through October 1 at $100 per night. The cabin can accommodate up to 10 people and has running water, flush toilet, shower, propane cook stove, electric lights and modern appliances. (5) Mirror Lake Guard Station, available from July 1 through September 15 at $100 per night. The cabin can accommodate up to four people and has running water, shower, flush toilets, propane heat, and propane lights and appliances. (6) Mill Hollow Guard Station, available from June 1 through September 30 at $100 per night. The cabin can accommodate up to eight people and has running water, shower, flush toilets, wood stove, and propane lights and appliances. (7) Tony Grove Guard Station, available year-round at $85 per night. The cabin can accommodate up to four people and has running water (summer only), pit toilet, propane heat, and extra space for camping. (8) Monte Cristo Guard Station, available from year-round at $85 per night. The cabin can accommodate up to eight people and has running water (summer only), flush toilets, shower, propane heat, and propane lights and appliances. (9) Ledgefork Guard Station, available from June 1 through September 30 at $85 per night. The cabin can accommodate up to six people and has running water, flush toilets, shower, propane heat, and electric lights and appliances. Electricity to appliances is provided by a generator. (10) Blacksmith Fork Guard Station, available year-round at $75 per night. The cabin can accommodate up to six people and has a vault toilet, wood stove, and propane lights and appliances. (11) Diamond Fork Guard Station, available year-round at $50 per night. The cabin can accommodate up to eight people and has a vault toilet, wood stove, and propane lights and appliances. Fees are assessed based on the level of amenities and services provided, cost of operations and maintenance, and market comparison. A market comparison of the nearby rental cabins with similar amenities shows that the proposed fees are reasonable and typical of similar sites in the area. Funds from fees would be used for the continued operation and maintenance and improvements of these rental cabins.
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California, Land Management Plan Revision
Document Number: 2013-27924
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Randy Moore, the Regional Forester for the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service (Region 5) has made the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) Land Management Plan Revision available for the 60-day pre-decisional objection filing period. A written notice of objection, including attachments, must be submitted (regular mail, fax, email, hand-delivery, express delivery, or messenger service) within 60 days after the date of publication of the legal notice in the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA (36 CFR 219.56). The publication date of the legal notice in the newspaper of record (Sacramento Bee) is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection (36 CFR 219.56(b)). An electronic scan of the notice with the publication date will also be posted to the Web site below. Those wishing to object should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source.
Revision of the Land Management Plan for El Yunque National Forest
Document Number: 2013-27930
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
El Yunque National Forest, located in Puerto Rico, is initiating the development of a land management plan revision (forest plan) for El Yunque National Forest (NF). A Draft Assessment is being 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.
Notice of Decision To Authorize the Importation of Swiss Chard From Colombia Into the Continental United States
Document Number: 2013-27703
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public of our decision to authorize the importation into the continental United States of Swiss chard from Colombia. 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 have determined 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.
Electric System Construction Policies and Procedures
Document Number: 2013-27735
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-27702
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-19
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 RUS intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Importation of Fresh Beans, Shelled or in Pods, From Jordan Into the Continental United States
Document Number: 2013-27689
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of commercial shipments of fresh beans, shelled or in pods (French, green, snap, and string), from Jordan into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, the beans must be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for packing, washing, and processing. The beans must also be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate attesting that all phytosanitary requirements have been met and that the consignment was inspected and found free of quarantine pests. This action allows for the importation of fresh beans, shelled or in pods, from Jordan into the continental United States while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant pests.
Golden Valley Electric Association: Healy Power Plant Unit #2 Restart
Document Number: 2013-27655
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (SFEIS) related to RUS's consideration of potential agency actions that would facilitate a proposal from Golden Valley Electric Association, Inc. (GVEA) for the restart and commercial operation of Healy Unit 2, a power generation facility at the Healy Power Plant (Healy Plant) in Healy, Alaska. The SFEIS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ's) regulations implementing NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), and RUS's Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR part 1794). The SFEIS updated a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) prepared by the Department of Energy (DOE) in 1993.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-27571
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Meeting of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force
Document Number: 2013-27567
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) will meet to continue discussions on critical air quality issues in relation to agriculture. Special emphasis will be placed on obtaining a greater understanding about the relationship between agricultural production and air quality. The meeting is open to the public, and a draft agenda is included in this notice.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-27562
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California, Heavenly Mountain Resort Epic Discovery Project
Document Number: 2013-27495
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Epic Discovery Project is intended to enhance summer activities in response to the USDA Forest Service Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011. Heavenly Mountain Resort (Heavenly) proposes to improve year-round, recreation opportunities within the developed portions of the ski area on National Forest System lands using existing facilities and infrastructure to meet the expanding needs and expectations of visitors to Lake Tahoe, better support the year-round local economy of the South Lake Tahoe area, and connect a diverse group of visitors to our national forest with recreation and educational opportunities to further inspire passion and excitement for the outdoors. The summer activities are designed to suit a wide range of visitors from the casual sightseer to the avid mountain adventurer. A key component of the project proposal is a unique and comprehensive environmental education and interpretive component that is woven into the entire experience. This project is a joint project between the USDA Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (Forest Service), Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), and California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Region (Lahontan). The joint environmental document will use information taken where appropriate from the Heavenly Mountain Resort Master Plan Amendment Final EIR/EIS/EIS certified in 2007. The project is located at Heavenly within El Dorado and Alpine Counties, CA and Douglas County, NV, adjacent to South Lake Tahoe. The TRPA Governing Board will use the EIS/EIS/IS when they consider the amendment of the existing Ski Area Master Plan to add the Epic Discovery projects.
Cotton Futures Classification: Optional Classification Procedure
Document Number: 2013-27533
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending regulations to allow for the addition of an optional cotton futures classification procedureidentified and known as ``registration'' by the U.S. cotton industry and the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). In response to requests from the U.S. cotton industry and ICE, AMS will offer a futures classification option whereby cotton bales may be certificated for the purpose of an exchange's cotton futures contract using Smith-Doxey data to verify that submitted bales meet more restrictive quality requirements and age parameters established by that exchange. AMS anticipates that the futures classification option will be available in time for the implementation of ICE's Cotton Resolution No. 2, which is scheduled to commence with the March 2014 contract month.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-27530
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-18
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 intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for 7 CFR Part 4284, subpart J, Value-Added Producer Grant Program.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-27523
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-2014 Evaluation of the Summer Electronic Benefits for Children Household-Based Demonstrations on Food Insecurity
Document Number: 2013-27456
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-15
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 collection is a revision of the Evaluation of the Summer Electronic Benefits for Children (SEBTC) Household-Based Demonstrations on Food Insecurity, OMB Control No. 0584-0559.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-27420
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-15
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.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-27336
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture
National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule
Document Number: 2013-27317
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule will meet in Arlington, VA, on November 21, 2013. Attendees may also participate via webinar and 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 Planning Rule. The purpose of this meeting is to present finalized recommendations on the Proposed Land Management Planning Directives and to initiate dialogue around the development of a committee work plan to fulfill the Committee's charter. This meeting is open to the public.
Importation of Ovine Meat From Uruguay
Document Number: 2013-27285
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the regulations governing the importation of certain animals, meat, and other animal products to allow, under certain conditions, the importation of fresh (chilled or frozen) ovine meat from Uruguay. A risk assessment that we have prepared indicates that fresh (chilled or frozen) ovine meat can safely be imported from Uruguay under these conditions. This action will allow the importation of fresh ovine meat from Uruguay into the United States while continuing to protect the United States against the introduction of foot-and-mouth disease.
United States Standards for Whole Dry Peas
Document Number: 2013-27131
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is soliciting comments on proposed revisions to the United States Standards for Whole Dry Peas. The proposal would establish an additional color grading factor requirement for the Whole Dry Peas class ``Smooth Yellow Dry Peas'' and establish a definition for ``fair color yellow peas.'' These changes are being proposed at the request of the Dry Pea industry and will help facilitate the marketing of the class, Smooth Yellow Dry Peas and help ensure the purity of classes for Whole Dry Peas.
Notice of Affirmation of Addition of a Treatment Schedule for Methyl Bromide Fumigation of Blueberries
Document Number: 2013-27134
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are affirming our earlier determination that it was necessary to immediately add to the Plant Protection and Quarantine Treatment Manual a treatment schedule for methyl bromide fumigation of blueberries for Mediterranean fruit fly and South American fruit fly. In a previous notice, we made available to the public for review and comment a treatment evaluation document that described the new treatment schedule and explained why we have determined that it is effective at neutralizing these fruit flies.
Evaluation of Established Plant Pests for Action at Ports of Entry
Document Number: 2013-27132
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that we have been and are assessing certain plant pests that are present in the United States to determine whether we should take action to mitigate the risk posed by those pests when they are found in consignments of imported goods at ports of entry into the United States. We have determined that it is no longer appropriate or necessary to take such action on some plant pests on which we had been taking action at ports of entry because we are not taking any regulatory action on those same pests when we find them in interstate movement, due to our scientific determination that we do not need to mitigate their pest risk. This process relieves restrictions that are no longer needed and ensures that actions taken on plant pests found in imported goods are consistent with the actions we take on those same pests when they appear in interstate commerce.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-27129
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-27127
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Performance Review Board Appointments
Document Number: 2013-27124
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture
This notice announces the appointment of the members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and Senior Level (SL) and Scientific or Professional (ST) Performance Review Boards (PRB) for the Department of Agriculture, as required by 5 U.S.C. 4314(c)(4). Agriculture has a total of six PRBs: the Secretary's PRB; Departmental Management and Staff Offices PRB; Natural Resources and Environment PRB; Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, Rural Development, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services PRB; Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Food Safety PRB; and Research, Education, and Economics PRB. The PRBs comprise career and noncareer executives and Chairpersons to make recommendations on the performance of executives to the Secretary, including performance ratings and bonuses for SES, SL, and ST employees. The boards meet annually to review and evaluate performance appraisal documents and provide written recommendations to the Secretary for final approval of performance ratings and base salary adjustments.
Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order
Document Number: 2013-27108
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule invites comments on a proposed Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order). Hardwood lumber and hardwood plywood are used in products like flooring, furniture, moldings, doors, and kitchen cabinets. The program would be financed by an assessment on hardwood lumber manufacturers and hardwood plywood manufacturers and would be administered by a board of industry members selected by the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary). The assessment rate varies according to the product manufactured. The purpose of the program would be to strengthen the position of hardwood lumber and hardwood plywood in the marketplace and maintain and expand markets for hardwood lumber and hardwood plywood. A referendum would be held among eligible hardwood lumber manufacturers and hardwood plywood manufacturers to determine whether they favor implementation of the program prior to it going into effect. This rule also announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intent to request approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of new information collection requirements to implement the program.
Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order; Referendum Procedures
Document Number: 2013-27107
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule invites comments on procedures for conducting a referendum to determine whether issuance of a proposed Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order) is favored by domestic manufacturers of hardwood lumber and hardwood plywood. Hardwood lumber and hardwood plywood are used in products like flooring, furniture, moldings, doors, and kitchen cabinets. The procedures would also be used for any subsequent referendum under the Order. The proposed Order is being published separately in this issue of the Federal Register. This proposed rule also announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intent to request approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of new information collection requirements to implement the program.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-27097
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-13
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 intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for 7 CFR part 4284, subpart G, Rural Business Opportunity Grant Program.
Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Tangelos Grown in Florida; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2013-27018
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would increase the assessment rate established for the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee) for the 2013-14 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.008 to $0.009 per 4/5 bushel carton of Florida citrus handled. The Committee locally administers the Federal marketing order, which regulates the handling of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and tangelos grown in Florida. Assessments upon Florida citrus handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection for Pistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico (Marketing Order No. 983)
Document Number: 2013-27021
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request an extension for and revision to the forms currently used to collect information under Federal Marketing Order No. 983, for pistachios grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Assessment Exemption for Organic Commodities
Document Number: 2013-26946
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (``AMS'') intention to request an extension for the forms currently used by marketers to apply for exemption from market promotion assessments under 22 marketing order programs.