Department of Agriculture January 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) Form and Regulations
Document Number: 2014-02094
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-31
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 the consolidation of forms FNS-683 (WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Annual Financial and Program Report) and FNS-203 (WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Report). The proposed consolidation with this renewal will be used to collected information related to WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Financial and Program Data per WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Regulations (7 CFR part 248).
Newspapers Used for Publication of Legal Notices in the Southwestern Region, which includes Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Oklahoma and Texas
Document Number: 2014-01976
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
This notice lists the newspapers that will be used by all Ranger Districts, Grasslands, Forests, and the Regional Office of the Southwestern Region to publish legal notices required under 36 CFR parts 215, 218, and 219. The intended effect of this action is to inform interested members of the public which newspapers the Forest Service will use to publish notices of proposed actions, notices of decision, and notices of opportunity to file an objection. This will provide the public with constructive notice of Forest Service proposals and decisions, provide information on the procedures to comment, appeal, or object, and establish the date that the Forest Service will use to determine if comments, appeals, or objections were timely.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-01948
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Tangelos Grown in Florida; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2014-01763
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule increases 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 will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Notice of Availability of a Treatment Evaluation Document for Methyl Bromide Treatment for Kumquat
Document Number: 2014-01761
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that we have determined that it is necessary to immediately add to the Plant Protection and Quarantine Treatment Manual a treatment schedule for methyl bromide fumigation of kumquats to control certain fruit flies. We have prepared a treatment evaluation document that describes the new treatment schedule and explains why we have determined that it is effective at neutralizing fruit flies. We are making this treatment evaluation document available to the public for review and comment.
Forestry Research Advisory Council
Document Number: 2014-01760
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forestry Research Advisory Council (FRAC) will meet in Washington, DC. The Council is required by Section 1441 of the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981 to provide advice to the Secretary of Agriculture on accomplishing efficiently the purposes of the Act of October 10, 1962 (16 U.S.C. 582a, et seq.), commonly known as the McIntire-Stennis Act of 1962. The Council also provides advice relative to the Forest Service research program, authorized by the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Research Act of 1978 (Pub. L. 95-307, 92 Stat. 353, as amended; 16 U.S.C. 1600 (note)). The meeting is open to the public.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Animals and Poultry, Animal and Poultry Products, Certain Animal Embryos, Semen, and Zoological Animals
Document Number: 2014-01758
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-30
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 importation of animals and poultry, animal and poultry products, certain animal embryos, semen, and zoological animals.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Environmental Monitoring
Document Number: 2014-01754
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-30
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 environmental monitoring.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Accreditation of Nongovernment Facilities
Document Number: 2014-01751
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-30
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 accrediting nongovernment facilities to perform services related to the export of plants or plant products.
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2014-01747
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that decreased the assessment rate established for the California Date Administrative Committee (committee) for the 2013-2014 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.90 to $0.40 per hundredweight of dates handled. The committee locally administers the marketing order for dates grown or packed in Riverside County, California. The interim rule was necessary to allow the committee to reduce its operating expenses while still providing adequate funding to meet program expenses.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-01701
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-01700
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-01699
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-01698
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest; Utah; Uinta Express Pipeline Project
Document Number: 2014-01692
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Uinta Express Pipeline Company LLC, a subsidiary of Tesoro Refining & Marketing Company LLC, has submitted a special use application requesting authorization to construct and maintain a crude oil pipeline from the Uinta Basin to Salt Lake City, Utah. The project is known as the Uinta Express Pipeline (``Project''). The Uinta- Wasatch-Cache National Forest (UWCNF) is responding to the application to determine if a special use authorization should be granted, what terms and conditions such an authorization should contain, and evaluate if any project specific land use plan amendments may be required. The objective of Project proponents is to transport crude oil from the Uinta Basin and transport it via pipeline rather than trucks for refining in Salt Lake City. The pipeline and its alternatives are comprised of approximately 120 to 135 miles of underground 12-inch pipeline and ancillary facilities.
Mineral County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-01690
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Mineral County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Superior, MT. The purpose of the meetings is to review and vote on submitted proposals, and receive public comment on the meeting subjects and proceedings.
Importation of Fresh Bananas From the Philippines Into Hawaii and U.S. Territories
Document Number: 2014-01581
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh bananas from the Philippines into Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana Islands. As a condition of entry, the bananas would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that would include requirements for importation of commercial consignments, monitoring of fruit flies to establish low-prevalence places of production, harvesting only of hard green bananas, and inspection for quarantine pests by the national plant protection organization of the Philippines. The bananas would also have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that they were grown, packed, inspected, and found to be free of quarantine pests in accordance with the proposed requirements. This action would allow the importation of bananas from the Philippines while continuing to protect against the introduction of plant pests into Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Fish and Fish Products
Document Number: 2014-01475
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are sponsoring a public meeting scheduled to take place on February 6, 2014. The objective of the public meeting is to present information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States positions to be discussed at the 33rd Session of the Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products (CCFFP) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will take place in Bergen, Norway, from February 17-21, 2014. The Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety, NOAA, and FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 33rd Session of CCFFP and to address items on the agenda.
National Poultry Improvement Plan and Auxiliary Provisions
Document Number: 2014-01036
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP, the Plan) and its auxiliary provisions by removing the descriptions of specific tests and sanitation procedures from the regulations. Instead, we would require tests to be performed and sanitation to be maintained in a manner approved by the Administrator. Approved procedures would be listed in an NPIP Program Standards document, which we would make available on the NPIP Web site. In addition, we are proposing to establish new compartment classifications for defined subpopulations of primary breeding turkeys, primary egg- type chickens, and primary meat-type chickens. We would also provide new or modified sampling and testing procedures for Plan participants and participating flocks. The proposed changes were voted on and approved by the voting delegates at the Plan's 2010 and 2012 National Plan Conferences. These changes would streamline the provisions of the Plan, keep those provisions current with changes in the poultry industry, and provide for the use of new sampling and testing procedures.
Klamath National Forest; California; Crawford Vegetation Management Project
Document Number: 2014-01480
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Klamath National Forest is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Crawford Vegetation Management Project to improve forest health and biological diversity and to provide forest products on approximately 1,467 acres. The project was originally proposed as an environmental assessment and an opportunity for public scoping comments was provided between August 2011 and October 2011. Although consultation and analysis are still ongoing, so far they indicate that in order to effectively meet the purpose and need of the project, proposed project treatments might result in a likely to adversely affect determination for the Northern Spotted Owl and its habitat. Responsible official, Forest Supervisor Patricia Grantham, has decided to prepare an EIS instead of an EA for this project. The proposed action for the EIS is identical to the previous proposal as scoped in 2011. The project is located about 15 miles southwest of the community of Happy Camp, off of the Bear Peak Road (Forest Road 15N19). The legal description of the proposed project area is: Township 14 North, Range 5 East, Sections 1, 12; Township 14 North, Range 6 East, Section 1, 3- 5,12, 13, 15-17, 20-22, 28, 29; Township 15 North, Range 5 East, Section 25, 36; and Township 15 North, Range 6 East, section 26-29, 32- 36, Humboldt Meridian.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection (Advanced Meat Recovery)
Document Number: 2014-01476
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to request an extension of an approved information collection regarding the regulatory requirements associated with the production of meat from Advanced Meat Recovery systems because the OMB approval will expire on March 31, 2014.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling
Document Number: 2014-01474
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), are sponsoring a public meeting to take place on February 5, 2014. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States positions that will be discussed at the 35th Session of the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will take place in Budapest, Hungary, from March 3-7, 2014. The Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety and the FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 35th Session of CCMAS and to address items on the agenda.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-01287
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Change in Disease Status of the Patagonia South Region of Argentina With Regard to Rinderpest and Foot-and-Mouth Disease
Document Number: 2014-01231
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are withdrawing a proposed rule that would have added that portion of the Patagonia region of Argentina located south of latitude 42[deg] south (Patagonia South) to the list of regions considered free of rinderpest and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The proposed rule would also have added that region to the list of regions that are subject to certain import restrictions on meat and meat products because of their proximity to or trading relationships with rinderpest- or FMD-affected regions. We are taking this action because we have prepared an updated risk analysis relative to Argentina that is being made available in accordance with a newer process for recognizing the animal health status of regions.
Notice of Availability of Evaluations of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Rinderpest Status of a Region of Patagonia, Argentina
Document Number: 2014-01229
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that we have determined that a region of Argentina, consisting of the areas of Patagonia South and Patagonia North B, is free of foot-and-mouth disease. We are making that determination, as well as an evaluation we have prepared in connection with this action, available for review and comment. In addition, we have prepared an evaluation assessing the rinderpest status of South America, which includes Argentina, and have determined, based on our evaluation, that rinderpest is not present in the entirety of Argentina. We are also making that determination, as well as our evaluation, available for review and comment.
Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming, Land Management Plan Revision
Document Number: 2014-01087
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, Shoshone National Forest, has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement for the Shoshone National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. The publication date of this notice in the Federal Register initiates a 60-day period in which individuals or entities with specific concerns may file an objection for a Forest Service review. The 60-day pre-decisional objection period commences the day following the publication of the legal notice in the Denver Post, Denver, CO. The Responsible Official for the Land Management Revision is Daniel J. Jir[oacute]n, Regional Forester. The Reviewing Officer is Thomas Tidwell, Chief. The Time Zone of the Reviewing Officer is Eastern Standard Time.
Farmers' Market Promotion Program: Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection-Farmers Market Promotion Program
Document Number: 2014-01078
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-22
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 approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the currently approved information collection for OMB 0581-0235, an extension and revision of forms ``TM- 29, FMPP Project Proposal Narrative Form'' and ``TM-30, FMPP Supplemental Budget Summary Form.'' An electronic version of these mandatory forms will be posted within the Grants.gov forms library for application submission.
Sisters Ranger District; Oregon; Withdrawal of Notice for Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Popper Vegetation Management Project
Document Number: 2014-01020
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Sisters Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest, is withdrawing their intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Popper Vegetation Management Project. The original Notice of Intent (NOI) was published in the Federal Register on January 4, 2011 (Vol. 76, No. 2, p 315-316). The Forest Service has determined that because of changed conditions due to the 2012 Pole Creek fire that a new project is necessary. The new project would be documented in an environmental assessment (EA).
Paper and Paper-Based Packaging Promotion, Research and Information Order
Document Number: 2014-01002
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule establishes a Paper and Paper-Based Packaging Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order). The purpose of the program is to maintain and expand markets for paper and paper-based packaging. The program will be financed by an assessment on paper and paper-based packaging manufacturers (domestic producers) and importers and administered by a board of industry members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary). The assessment rate will initially be $0.35 per short ton. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (Department or USDA) conducted a referendum among eligible manfacturers and importers from October 28 through November 8, 2013. Eighty-five percent of those voting in the referendum representing 95 percent of the volume of paper and paper-based packaging represented in the referendum favored implementation of the program.
National Organic Program: Notice of Final Guidance on Certification Requirements for Handling Unpackaged Organic Products
Document Number: 2014-01071
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The National Organic Program (NOP) is announcing the availability of a final guidance document intended for use by accredited certifying agents, certified operations and non-certified handlers of certified organic products. The guidance document is entitled: Certification Requirements for Handling Unpackaged Organic Products (NOP 5031). This guidance document is intended to inform the public of NOP's current thinking on this topic.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-01029
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-01027
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Amended Designation for Sioux City Inspection and Weighing Service Company
Document Number: 2014-00897
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
GIPSA is announcing the designation of Sioux City Inspection and Weighing Service Company (Sioux City) to provide official services under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), as amended. Sioux City's geographical territory is amended to include the part of the area previously designated to Fremont Grain Inspection Department, Inc. (Fremont).
Designation of Detroit Grain Inspection Service, Inc. To Provide Class X or Class Y Weighing Services
Document Number: 2014-00891
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
GIPSA is announcing the designation of Detroit Grain Inspection Service, Inc. (Detroit) to provide Class X or Class Y weighing services under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), as amended.
Amended Designation for Central Illinois Grain Inspection, Inc.
Document Number: 2014-00890
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
Central Illinois Grain Inspection, Inc. (Central Illinois) geographical area is amended to include the area previously designated to Decatur Grain Inspection, Inc. (Decatur).
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; U.S. Origin Health Certificate
Document Number: 2014-00881
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-17
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 export of animals and animal products from the United States.
Horse Protection Act; Requiring Horse Industry Organizations To Assess and Enforce Minimum Penalties for Violations; Correction
Document Number: 2014-00880
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on June 7, 2012, and effective on July 9, 2012, we amended the horse protection regulations to require horse industry organizations or associations that license Designated Qualified Persons to assess and enforce minimum penalties for violations of the Horse Protection Act. One of the minimum penalties was for violations related to shoeing the horse, but we neglected to include a citation to one of the shoeing violations for which the penalty should be assessed. This document corrects that error.
Notice of Request for Comments on Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2014-00828
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of Procurement and Property Management
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces that the Department of Agriculture, Departmental Management, Office of Procurement and Property Management, is hereby requesting an extension for and a revision to a currently approved information collection, Voluntary Labeling Program for Biobased Products for Federal Biobased Products Preferred Procurement Program.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Education Study
Document Number: 2014-00827
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-17
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 the proposed collection of data for the WIC Nutrition Education Study. This is a NEW information collection. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Through Federal grants to States, WIC provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non- breastfeeding postpartum women and to infants and children who are found to be at nutritional risk. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-296, Sec. 305) mandates programs under its authorization, including WIC, to cooperate with USDA program research and evaluation activities. WIC's mission is to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care. Nutrition education is the program feature often viewed as pivotal to WIC's success in achieving its mission to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children. By Federal directive, all participants have the opportunity to participate in nutrition education at least two times during a 6-month period of eligibility or quarterly for a 12-month period. State and local WIC agencies have significant flexibility to design nutrition education appropriate for the demographics of their participants within established goals. This flexibility has yielded a range of messages, delivery systems and approaches, qualifications and training for educators, and quality. The WIC Nutrition Education Study will provide a nationally representative description of how nutrition education is currently being provided to WIC recipients across the country. It will also conduct a pilot study of the impact of nutrition education on WIC recipients' nutrition and physical activity behaviors. This study will provide FNS with a better understanding of nutrition education practices and methods used by WIC and of the effectiveness of current WIC nutrition education services. The study will document how nutrition education is being provided subsequent to several program changes, including the 2009 food package changes, the implementation of the initiative to Revitalize Quality Nutrition Services (RQNS), and the use of new technology, among a racially and ethnically diverse population. Understanding optimal educational topics and methods, how to maximize participant engagement, the best approaches for delivery and reinforcement of messages, and how to effectively prepare and support WIC nutrition educators is key to informing WIC nutrition education improvements.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Document Number: 2014-00819
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), are sponsoring a public meeting to take place on January 30, 2014. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States positions that will be discussed at the 18th Session of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, from February 24-28, 2014. The Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety and AMS recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 18th Session of CCFFV and to address items on the agenda.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Additives
Document Number: 2014-00816
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are sponsoring a public meeting on February 11, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) positions that will be discussed at the 46th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), taking place in Hong Kong, China, March 17-21, 2014. The Acting Under Secretary and FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 46th Session of the CCFA and to address items on the agenda.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs
Document Number: 2014-00815
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is sponsoring a public meeting that will take place on January 23, 2014. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States positions that will be discussed at the first session of the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), taking place in Kochi (Cochin), India, February 11-14, 2014. The Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety recognizes the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 1st Session of CCSCH and to address items on the agenda.
Peanut Promotion, Research and Information Order; Continuance Referendum
Document Number: 2014-00773
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-17
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible producers of peanuts to determine whether they favor continuance of the Peanut Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order).
Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin; Revising Handler Reporting and Grower Diversion Requirements
Document Number: 2014-00769
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that changed handler reporting and grower diversion requirements prescribed under the marketing order for tart cherries grown in the States of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin (order). The Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) locally administers the order. The interim rule changed the deadline for submitting the handler reserve plan from November 1 to October 1 and extended the deadline for redeeming or transferring grower diversion certificates from November 1 to June 30 of a given crop year. These changes provide the industry with a more complete and timely picture of the available supply of tart cherries earlier in the season and give handlers more time and flexibility in meeting their obligations under volume regulation.
Notice of Request for a New Collection of Three Additional Marketing Channels for Local Food
Document Number: 2014-00767
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval of a new collection, titled: Local Food Directories and Survey, from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Upon approval, we request that this collection be merged into OMB 0581-0169, National Farmers Market Directory and Survey with Modules, which was approved April 19, 2013.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Form FNS-245, Negative QC Review Schedule
Document Number: 2014-00762
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-16
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 the proposed collection. Form FNS-245, is currently used in the Quality Control process for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This is a revision of a currently approved collection in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and concerns the Negative QC Review Schedule.
Recommendations of Advisory Committee on Universal Cotton Standards
Document Number: 2014-00757
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) held meetings of the Universal Cotton Standards Advisory Committee in Raleigh, North Carolina on June 19, 20 and 21, 2013. This notice announces the Advisory Committee's recommendation to adopt USDA's HVI (High Volume Instrument) Cotton Trash Standards as Universal Standards and to change the frequency of Universal Cotton Standards Conferences from once every three years to once every four years. The meeting agenda, minutes, and recommendations from the Advisory Committee are posted at the following Web address: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/ AdvisoryCommitteeonUniversalStandards.
Avocados Grown in South Florida; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2014-00753
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule increases the assessment rate established for the Avocado Administrative Committee (Committee) for the 2013-14 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.25 to $0.30 per 55-pound bushel container of Florida avocados handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order, which regulates the handling of avocados grown in South Florida. Assessments upon Florida avocado handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order; Reopening and Extension of Comment Period on Proposed Establishment of a Program
Document Number: 2014-00733
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-01-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given that the comment period on the proposed rule establishing an industry-funded promotion, research and information program for hardwood lumber and hardwood plywood is reopened and extended. The comment period is also extended for the new hardwood lumber and hardwood plywood information collection requirements by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the operation of the proposed program. The proposed Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order, was submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by the Blue Ribbon Committee, a committee of 14 hardwood lumber and hardwood plywood industry leaders representing small and large manufacturers and geographically distributed throughout the United States.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-00646
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture