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Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland; Wyoming; Thunder Basin National Grassland Prairie Dog Amendment
Document Number: 2013-22289
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service intends to prepare an environmental impact statement to analyze and disclose the environmental effects of amending the 2001 Thunder Basin National Grassland Plan to modify Categories 1 and 2 of the 2009 Prairie Dog Management Strategy. The amendment is being proposed to address continuing concerns regarding prairie dog management, raised by the State of Wyoming (April 17, 2013). The Forest Service also proposes to make minor modifications to the 2009 Prairie Dog Management Strategy, as detailed below in the Proposed Action section.
Information Collection; Volunteer Application and Agreement for Natural and Cultural Resources Agencies
Document Number: 2013-22259
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the revision of a currently approved information collection, Volunteer Application and Agreement for Natural and Cultural Resources Agencies. This Information Collection Request also requests categorizing the associated forms as a Common forms, meaning Forest Service will only request approval for its own use of the forms, rather than aggregating the burden estimate across all Federal Agencies, as was done for previous actions on this OMB control number.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: State Issuance and Participation Estimates-Forms FNS-388 and FNS-388A
Document Number: 2013-22253
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is publishing for public comment a summary of a proposed information collection. This is a revision of a currently approved collection for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) forms: FNS-388, State Issuance and Participation Estimates and FNS-388A, Project Area Data Format. FNS plans to update form FNS-388, to separately capture and differentiate Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefit issuance and participation data from ongoing SNAP issuance and participation data. This form update will clearly distinguish D-SNAP data from ongoing SNAP data, thereby ensuring the speed and accuracy of FNS response to requests from multiple agencies on contributions to Federal disaster relief efforts. There are no changes to form FNS-388A.
Boundary Description and Final Map for Sandy Wild and Scenic River, Upper Portion, Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon
Document Number: 2013-22143
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with section 3(b) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the USDA Forest Service, Washington Office, is transmitting the final boundary description and map of the Sandy Wild and Scenic River, Upper Portion, to Congress.
Boundary Description and Final Map for Roaring Wild and Scenic River, Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon
Document Number: 2013-22141
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with section 3(b) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the USDA Forest Service, Washington Office, is transmitting the final boundary description and map of the Roaring Wild and Scenic River to Congress.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-22238
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-12
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 Cotton Ginning Survey. Revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length.
Interstate Movement of Sharwil Avocados From Hawaii
Document Number: 2013-22205
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-09-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the Hawaii quarantine regulations to allow the interstate movement of untreated Sharwil avocados from Hawaii into the continental United States. As a condition of movement, Sharwil avocados from Hawaii will have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for registration and monitoring of places of production and packinghouses, an orchard trapping program, grove sanitation, limits on harvest periods and distribution areas, and harvesting and packing requirements to ensure that only intact fruit that have been protected against infestation are shipped. This action will allow for the interstate movement of Sharwil avocados from Hawaii into other States while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of quarantine pests.
National Environmental Policy Act: Categorical Exclusions for Soil and Water Restoration Activities
Document Number: 2013-22151
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-09-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, gives notice of revised procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Council on Environmental Quality regulations. These final implementing procedures are being issued in regulations concerning National Environmental Policy Act Compliance, which describes categorical exclusions. Categorical exclusions (CE) are categories of actions that normally will not result in individual or cumulative significant impacts on the quality of the human environment and, therefore, do not require analysis or documentation in either an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement. The revision adds three new categorical exclusions for activities that restore lands negatively impacted by water control structures, disturbance events, and roads and trails. Activities that restore lands occupied by National Forest System Roads and National Forest System Trails are excluded from this final rule. These will allow the Forest Service to more efficiently analyze and document the potential environmental effects of soil and water restoration projects that are intended to restore the flow of waters into natural channels and floodplains by removing water control structures, such as dikes, ditches, culverts, and pipes; restore lands and habitat to pre- disturbance conditions, to the extent practicable, by removing debris and sediment following disturbance events; and restore lands occupied by roads and trails to natural conditions. These categorical exclusions will not apply where resource conditions related to the potential effect of a proposed action constitute an extraordinary circumstance. Activities conducted under these categorical exclusions must be consistent with Agency procedures and applicable land management plans and must comply with all applicable Federal and State laws for protecting the environment. The road and trail restoration category will be used for restoring lands impacted by roads and trails that are not needed, not maintained, and/or where public access is prohibited. This category will not be used to make access decisions about which roads and trails are to be designated for public use.
Ecological Restoration Policy
Document Number: 2013-22149
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service proposes to issue a permanent Ecological Restoration Policy in Forest Service Manual (FSM) 2020. The proposed directive would provide broad direction for restoring National Forest System lands and associated resources to achieve sustainable management and ecological integrity. This policy would recognize the adaptive capacity of ecosystems, the role of natural disturbances, and uncertainty related to climate and other environmental change. On September 22, 2008, the Forest Service issued an interim directive, FSM 2020 Ecological Restoration and Resilience. The interim directive was reissued on March 3, 2010, a third time on August 30, 2011, and a fourth time on May 13, 2013, and is now proposed as permanent policy.
Notice of a Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-21999
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, this notice announces the Department's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the Dairy Tariff-rate Import Quota Licensing program.
Notice of Request for New Approval of Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-21997
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) intends to request the approval of a new information collection process involving the Trade Show Evaluation forms used in support of FAS' Exporter Assistance Programs.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-21913
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Housing Service (RHS) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested. The intention is to request a revision for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for 7 CFR Part 1927-B, Real Estate Title Clearance and Loan Closing.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-21912
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Housing Service (RHS) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested. The intention is to request a revision an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the program for 7 CFR Part 3550, Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants and its accompanying Handbooks.
Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Processing Sweet Corn Crop Insurance Provisions
Document Number: 2013-21826
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-09-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Processing Sweet Corn Crop Insurance Provisions. The intended effect of this action is to provide policy changes that better meet the needs of insured producers. The changes will be effective for the 2014 and succeeding crop years.
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Montana; Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan To Comply With a District of Montana Court Order (Temporary Roads)
Document Number: 2013-21806
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest will prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to the 2009 Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) environmental analysis in response to a May 24, 2013 Order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. The Court directed the Forest Service to ``. . . supplement its EIS for the Forest Plan to explain or support, if possible, its decision to exclude temporary roads from the road density objectives . . . .'' The supplement will address the Forest Plan Goal for Wildlife Security and density of roads and trails open to motorized use displayed in Tables 13 and 14 on pages 45-47 of the Forest Plan.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Form FNS-13, Annual Report of State Revenue Matching (National School Lunch Program)
Document Number: 2013-21764
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-09
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 which concerns the appropriation and use of State funds for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Programs. This collection is a revision of a currently approved collection.
Cotton Futures Classification: Optional Classification Procedure
Document Number: 2013-21658
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-09-09
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes regulatory amendments that would 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 proposes to 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. The implementation of ICE's Cotton Resolution No. 2 is scheduled to commence with the March 2014 contract month. It is anticipated that AMS would make the futures classification option available December 2013.
Information Collection; General Program Administration
Document Number: 2013-21761
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension of a currently approved information collection associated with FSA's Farm Loan Programs (FLP) General Program Administration. The information collected is used to ensure that applicants meet statutory eligibility requirements, loan funds are used for authorized purposes and the Government's interest in security is adequately protected.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-21657
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Brucellosis in Sheep, Goats, and Horses; Payment of Indemnity
Document Number: 2013-21586
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-05
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 payment of indemnity for sheep, goats, and horses destroyed because of brucellosis.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Emerald Ash Borer Host Material From Canada
Document Number: 2013-21585
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-05
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 emerald ash borer host material from Canada to prevent the introduction and spread of emerald ash borer in the United States.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Credit Account Approval for Reimbursable Services
Document Number: 2013-21565
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-05
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 credit account approval for reimbursable services.
Notice of Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board
Document Number: 2013-21563
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-05
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, (5 U.S.C. App.), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing an upcoming meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Written public comments are invited in advance of the meeting, and the meeting will include scheduled time for oral comments from the public.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Swine Health Protection
Document Number: 2013-21559
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-05
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 swine health protection program.
Notice of Funds Availability for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516; Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-farm Housing for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013
Document Number: 2013-21503
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service is correcting a notice published on August 14, 2013, (78 FR 49460-49467). This action is taken to correct two ``submission deadline'' dates.
Privacy Act Systems of Records; Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance and Tracking System
Document Number: 2013-21449
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
We are withdrawing a Privacy Act System of Records notice published on August 9, 2013, (78 FR 48642-48644). The system of records was the Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance and Tracking System, USDA- APHIS-13. The August 9, 2013, notice was a duplicate notice published in error; in this document, we are withdrawing the August 9, 2013, notice from publication.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-21448
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Wrangell-Petersburg Resource Advisory Committee; Meeting
Document Number: 2013-21443
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Wrangell-Petersburg Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet by video-teleconference in Wrangell, Alaska and Petersburg, Alaska. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (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 review progress of previously funded projects and, if the Act is reauthorized, to review project proposals and make recommendations for allocation of anticipated Title II funding to projects.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-21311
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-03
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is requesting approval from the Office of Management and Budget for revision to and extension of the information collection titled USDA Food Connect Web site.
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2013-21309
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-09-03
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the California Date Administrative Committee (Committee) for the 2013-14 and subsequent crop years from $0.90 to $0.40 per hundredweight of dates handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order, which regulates the handling of dates grown or packed in Riverside County, California. Assessments upon date handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The crop year begins October 1 and ends September 30. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Notice of New Fee Site
Document Number: 2013-21224
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Monongahela National Forest is proposing to charge $10.00 per night for single unit sites and $20.00 per night for double unit sites at Island Campground on the Greenbrier Ranger District. The Forest recently finished reconstruction of Island Campground which included relocating and upgrading the campground to provide a safe, fully accessible, 12-unit campground. Prior to reconstruction, this was a small, primitive campground with very few amenities. Fees for overnight use will be used for the continued operation and maintenance of Island Campground.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-21192
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Revision to and Reinstatement of an Expired Information Collection; Bees and Related Articles
Document Number: 2013-21131
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-29
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 reinstatement of an expired information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of bees and related articles into the United States.
Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program for Fiscal Year 2013
Document Number: 2013-21059
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is amending a Notice published May 23, 2013 (78 FR 30854-30860). This action is taken to extend the eligible properties to include Rural Development financed Farm Labor Housing properties. This amendment is to ensure that all eligible properties are included.
Notice of Funds Availability Under the Intermediary Relending Program
Document Number: 2013-21058
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service announces that the funds available under the Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) to provide direct loans to intermediaries that establish programs for the purpose of providing loans to ultimate recipients for business facilities and community developments in a rural area. Total funding available for fiscal year 2013 is $17,420,358.93 which includes $1,524,631.71 for Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zone loans, $2,590,602.37 for Native American loans and $5,756,894.50 for Mississippi Delta Region Counties loans.
National Organic Program; Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops and Processing); Correction
Document Number: 2013-21049
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-29
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document contains a correction to the proposed rule that was published on August 22, 2013, 78 FR 52100. In the proposed rule, the Regulatory Information Number (RIN) appears as RIN 0581-AD33. This number is incorrect. The correct number is 0581-AD32. This document corrects the proposed rule.
Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Forage Seed Crop Provisions
Document Number: 2013-20802
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) proposes to add a provision to its regulations that provides forage seed insurance. The provisions will be used in conjunction with the Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions (Basic Provisions), which contain standard terms and conditions common to most crop programs. The intended effect of this action is to convert the Forage Seed pilot crop insurance program to a permanent insurance program for the 2015 and succeeding crop years.
Changes to the Salmonella Verification Sampling Program: Analysis of Raw Beef for Shiga Toxin-Producin Escherichia coli and Salmonella
Document Number: 2013-20995
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing changes to its procedures for Salmonella verification sampling program of raw beef products. On the date that FSIS will announce in the Federal Register document that responds to any comments on this document, FSIS will discontinue Salmonella sampling set procedures (``HC01'') in ground beef products, except in establishments with results that exceeded the standard for Salmonella in that establishment's most recently completed sample set (i.e., in those establishments in Category 3). At the same time, FSIS will begin analyzing for Salmonella all raw beef samples that it collects for Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) analysis. Therefore, FSIS will begin analyzing for Salmonella all samples of raw ground beef, beef manufacturing trimmings, bench trim, and other raw ground beef components that it collects for STEC testing. To be consistent with the Agency's STEC analytic sample portions, FSIS laboratories will increase the raw ground beef analytic sample portion for Salmonella analysis from 25 grams to 325 grams. This notice describes how FSIS intends to use the results from its verification sampling program to develop new Salmonella performance standards for ground beef product and to estimate Salmonella prevalence in raw ground beef and beef manufacturing trimmings products. Finally, this document discusses changes that the Agency is considering related to FSIS Salmonella sampling and testing of other products.
Delta-Bienville Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2013-20963
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Delta-Bienville Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Forest, Mississippi. The committee is meeting as authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110-343) and in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the meeting is to present proposed projects for discussion and approval.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Enhancing Retail Food Store Eligibility-Listening Sessions
Document Number: 2013-20907
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This Notice announces 5 listening sessions to support the Request for Information (RFI) published by FNS regarding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailer eligibility requirements (78 FR 51136, August 20, 2013). As explained in the RFI, FNS is re- examining SNAP retailer eligibility requirements in part because of concerns raised in a recent FNS report examining the trafficking rates at different types of retail food stores and a 2006 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report suggesting that the minimal stocking requirements in SNAP contribute to corrupt retailers entering the program. The FNS report is available at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/ora/ menu/Published/SNAP/FILES/ProgramIntegrity/Trafficking2009_ Summary.pdf. The GAO report is available at: http://www.gao.gov/ products/GAO-07-53. Information on SNAP retailer eligibility requirements is available at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailers/ store-eligibility.htm. The scheduled listening sessions provide an opportunity for FNS to seek public input on potential changes to retailer authorization requirements.
Humboldt (NV) Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2013-20851
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Humboldt (NV) Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Winnemucca, Nevada. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 112-141) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the RAC 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 purpose of the meeting is to review and recommend any new proposed projects authorized under Title II of the Act to the Humboldt- Toiyabe Forest Supervisor and/or review prior year project accomplishments; lacking any new monetary authority, this meeting may be cancelled.
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations: Income Deductions and Resource Eligibility
Document Number: 2013-20844
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This rulemaking establishes requirements to simplify and improve the administration of and expand access to the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations and the Food Distribution Program for Indian Households in Oklahoma, both of which are referred to as ``FDPIR'' in this rulemaking. The rulemaking amends FDPIR regulations to promote conformity with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). First, the final rule revises FDPIR regulations to eliminate household resources from consideration when determining FDPIR eligibility. Second, the final rule will expand the current FDPIR income deduction for Medicare Part B Medical Insurance and Part D Prescription Drug Coverage premiums to include other monthly medical expenses in excess of $35 for households with elderly and/or disabled members. Third, the final rule will establish an income deduction for shelter and utility expenses. Finally, the final rule will provide new verification requirements related to the new income deductions, and provide revisions to the household reporting requirements that will more closely align FDPIR and SNAP regulations.
Request for Applications: The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program
Document Number: 2013-20838
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, requests applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program or CFP). This is a competitive grant program whereby local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants to establish community forests through fee simple acquisition of private forest land from a willing seller. The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non- forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management, environmental benefits including clean air, water, and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access. Eligible lands for grants funded under this program are private forest land that is at least five acres in size, suitable to sustain natural vegetation, and at least 75 percent forested. The lands must also be threatened by conversion to non-forest uses, must not be held in trust by the United States on behalf of any Indian tribe, must not be Tribal allotment lands, must be offered for sale by a willing seller, and if acquired by an eligible entity, must provide defined community benefits under CFP and allow public access.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-20836
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-20833
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-20828
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Catastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement
Document Number: 2013-20800
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes the Catastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement. The intended effect of this action is to clarify existing policy provisions and to incorporate changes that are consistent with those made in the Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions and to incorporate provisions regarding catastrophic risk protection coverage for area yield plans from the Area Risk Protection Insurance (ARPI) Basic Provisions. The changes will be effective for the 2014 and succeeding crop years for all crops with a contract change date on or after the effective date of this rule, and for the 2015 and succeeding crop years for all crops with a contract change date prior to the effective date of this rule.
Science-Based Methods for Entity-Scale Quantification of Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks From Agriculture and Forestry Practices
Document Number: 2013-20701
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has prepared a report containing methods for quantifying entity-scale greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from the agriculture and forestry sectors. The purpose of this notice is to seek input from the public on the proposed methods. This report was prepared in part to meet requirements of Section 2709 of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. The report was prepared by 38 technical experts and reviewed by 29 scientific reviewers. USDA anticipates that the methods will be used by landowners and USDA to improve management practices and identify actions to reduce GHG emissions and increase carbon sequestration. The guidelines and methods could also be used by farmers, ranchers, and forest owners to facilitate their participation in voluntary state and regional GHG registries and programs. Notice of the project was announced in the Federal Register in February, 2011 (FR Doc. 2011-3731, p. 9534, Feb 18 2011). Comments received under this notice will be used to further refine the methods report in preparation for publication as a USDA Technical Bulletin. Comments submitted will help USDA to gauge the appropriateness and completeness of the proposed methods as well as methodological or data concerns that should be considered. A series of questions have been provided in the supplementary information below to aid review. When submitting responses, please annotate comments using the report section number designations. All information received will be included in the public docket and made available online at http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Do not include any information that might be considered proprietary or confidential.
Meeting Notice of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board
Document Number: 2013-20618
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces a meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.
White Pine-Nye Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2013-20588
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The White Pine-Nye Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Eureka, Nevada. 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 purpose of the RAC 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: (1) Review and approve previous meeting minutes and business expenses; (2) Review and recommend funding allocations for proposed projects; and (3) Public Comments.