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

North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-07065
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Grangeville, Idaho. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110- 343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to select projects for implementation.
Prince William Sound Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-07030
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Prince William Sound Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Cordova, Alaska. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110- 343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. The meetings are open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to review proposals and prioritize them for when funds become available.
Watermelon Research and Promotion Plan; Importer Membership Requirements
Document Number: 2014-07024
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-03-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule amends the Watermelon Research and Promotion Plan's (Plan) importer membership requirements to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board (Board). The Board recommended eliminating the requirement that an importer import more than 50 percent of the total volume handled and imported in order to qualify as an importer member. This change allows for additional parties to qualify as an importer member. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA or Department) conducted a referendum among eligible producers, handlers, and importers of watermelons from January 13 through 27, 2014. Seventy- four percent of those voting in the referendum favored amendment of the Plan. Additional revisions are made to remove unnecessary language in the Plan and regulations. Also, a section of the regulations is clarified and revised accordingly.
Grapes Grown in a Designated Area of Southeastern California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2014-07012
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-03-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would increase the assessment rate established for the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee (Committee) for the 2014 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.0165 to $0.0200 per 18-pound lug of grapes handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order, which regulates the handling of grapes grown in a designated area of southeastern California. Assessments upon grape handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period began on January 1 and ends December 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Specified Commodities Imported into the United States, Exempt from Import Regulations; Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2014-07011
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501), this document announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request an extension and revision to currently approved forms utilized by importers of commodities that are exempt from section 8e import regulations.
Re-Establishment of the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching
Document Number: 2014-07009
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture is announcing the re- establishment of the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (Council). The purpose of the Council is to provide recommendations to the Secretary on how to eliminate barriers to Native American participation in Farm Service Agency farm loan programs and other farm programs. The Council will discuss issues related to the participation of Native American farmers and ranchers in USDA farm loan programs and transmit recommendations concerning any changes to FSA regulations or internal guidance or other measures. The Council is necessary and in the public interest. The Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for individuals to be considered Council members. Candidates who wish to be considered for membership on the Council for Native American Farmers and Ranchers should submit an AD-755 application form and resume to the Secretary of Agriculture. Cover letters should be addressed to the Secretary of Agriculture. The application form and more information about advisory Councils can be found at usda.gov/advisorycommittees.xml.
Ketchikan Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-06915
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Ketchikan Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Ketchikan, Alaska. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110-343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to review current projects and recommend future projects.
Maximum Loan Amount for Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans in Fiscal Year 2014
Document Number: 2014-06854
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Continuation of Certain Benefit and Loan Programs, Acreage Reporting, Average Adjusted Gross Income, and Payment Limit
Document Number: 2014-06991
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-03-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Agricultural Act of 2014 (referred to as the 2014 Farm Bill) extends the authorization, with some changes, of many Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs and Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) programs administered by FSA. This document announces to producers the continuation of the following programs and notes specific changes as mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill: The 2014 crop Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL), Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP), Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), Sugar Program, Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC), and Dairy Indemnity Payment Program (DIPP). The 2014 Farm Bill also continues, with modifications, the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) eligibility provisions and payment limits that apply to many FSA and CCC programs. As specified in the 2014 Farm Bill, producers must submit annual acreage reports of all cropland on a farm to qualify for MAL and LDP benefits, and most commodity programs. All of the programs listed above will be continued under existing regulations, except as specified in this document. This document will be followed by amendments to the applicable regulations to implement changes required by the 2014 Farm Bill.
Notice of Availability of Treatment Evaluation Documents for Various Plant Commodities
Document Number: 2014-06948
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-28
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 treatment schedules for various plant commodities. We have prepared four treatment evaluation documents that describe the new treatment schedules and explain why we have determined that they are effective at neutralizing certain target pests. We are making these treatment evaluation documents available to the public for review and comment.
Asian Longhorned Beetle; Quarantined Areas in New Jersey
Document Number: 2014-06947
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-03-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the Asian longhorned beetle regulations by removing portions of Middlesex and Union Counties, NJ, from the list of quarantined areas based on our determination that those areas meet our criteria for removal. This action is necessary to relieve restrictions that are no longer necessary. With this change, there are no longer any areas in New Jersey that are quarantined because of Asian longhorned beetle.
Request for Information: West-Wide Energy Corridor Review
Document Number: 2014-06945
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM); U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service (FS); and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, are seeking the information described in this notice related to the West-wide Energy Corridor Review.
Black Hills National Forest, Bearlodge Ranger District; Wyoming; Bear Lodge Project
Document Number: 2014-06916
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
A Plan of Operation has been submitted by Rare Element Resources, Inc., for the purpose of constructing and operating a rare earth elements mine in the Black Hills National Forest, Bearlodge District in Crook County, Wyoming. The Bear Lodge Project proposed action consists of the Bull Hill Mine, the Miller Creek access road, the power line, and ongoing mineral exploration. The connected action, the Upton hydrometallurgical processing plant and the tailings storage facility are located 45 miles away on private lands outside of Upton in Weston County, Wyoming. Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Black Hills National Forest, will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to determine and analyze the effects of construction and operation of a proposed rare earth elements mine and continued mineral exploration within mining claims held by Rare Element Resources, Inc. on National Forest System (NFS) land. While the Upton Plant is a connected action, there is no federal authorization for private land and therefore will not be analyzed in detail. The Bear Lodge Project proposed action consists of the following components: Construction and operation of an open-pit mine operation at Bull Hill and associated support facilities, including, but not limited to, a Physical Upgrade (PUG) plant, access route, waste rock facility and sedimentation ponds, located approximately 12 miles (or 6 air miles) north of Sundance, Wyoming; Access road along County Roads 208, 266 and 8 and NFS Roads 854 and 851. A 69kV, above ground transmission line crossing approximately 1.5 miles NFS lands, while the remainder of the 13-mile line would be on private and State of Wyoming lands; and The continuation of mineral exploration by drilling, trenching and bulk sampling located on lands surrounding the proposed mine. The Bear Lodge Project connected action includes: Construction and operation of a hydrometallurgical (Hydromet) plant for further concentration and recovery of the rare earth elements into a rare earth carbonate concentrate product on private land outside the city limits of Upton, Wyoming. This plant is recognized as a connected action, but will not be analyzed in detail in the EIS;
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-06872
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-06871
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-06870
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Report of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefit Issuance and Report of Commodity Distribution for Disaster Relief
Document Number: 2014-06749
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-27
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 proposed information collections. The proposed collection is a revision of a currently approved collection for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Food Distribution Program.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Evaluation of the Pilot Project for Canned, Frozen, or Dried Fruits and Vegetables in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)
Document Number: 2014-06746
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-27
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 information collection. This is a new information collection for the Evaluation of the Pilot Project for Canned, Frozen, or Dried Fruits and Vegetables in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-06279
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-06274
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Eligibility of the Republic of Korea To Export Poultry Products to the United States
Document Number: 2014-06652
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is amending the Federal poultry products inspection regulations to add the Republic of Korea (Korea) to the list of countries eligible to export poultry products to the United States. FSIS has reviewed Korea's poultry laws, regulations, and inspection system, as implemented, and has determined that they are equivalent to the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA), the regulations implementing this statute, and the U.S. food safety system for poultry. Under this final rule, slaughtered poultry or parts or other products thereof processed in certified Korean establishments will be eligible for export to the United States. All such products will be subject to re-inspection at United States ports of entry by FSIS inspectors.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues
Document Number: 2014-06651
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are sponsoring a public meeting to take place on April 10, 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 46th Session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), which will take place in China from May 5-10, 2014. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and the EPA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 46th session of CCPR and to address items on the agenda.
Announcement of Grant and Loan Application Deadlines
Document Number: 2014-06622
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces its Revolving Fund Program (RFP) application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. In addition to announcing the application window, RUS announces the available funding of $1,000,000 for competitive grants. The RFP is authorized under section 306(a)(2)(B) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (Con Act), 7 U.S.C. 1926 (a)(2)(B). Under the RFP, qualified private, non-profit organizations receive RFP grant funds to establish a lending program for eligible entities. Eligible entities for the revolving loan fund will be the same entities eligible, under paragraph 1 or 2 of Section 306(a) of the Con Act, 7 U.S.C. 1926(a)(1) or (b)(2), to obtain a loan, loan guarantee, or grant from the RUS Water, Waste Disposal and Wastewater loan and grant programs. This year administrative discretion points may be awarded for work plans that: 1. Directs loans to the smallest communities with the lowest incomes emphasizing areas where according to the American Community Survey data by census tracts show that at least 20% of the population is living in poverty. This emphasis will support Rural Development's goal of providing 20% of its funding by 2016 to these areas of need. 2. Directs loans to areas which lack running water, flush toilets, and modern sewage disposal systems, and areas which have open sewers and high rates of disease caused by poor sanitation, in particular, colonias or Substantially Underserved Trust Areas. 3. Directs loans that emphasize energy and water efficient components to reduce costs and increase sustainability of rural systems.
Household Water Well System Grant Program Announcement of Application Deadlines
Document Number: 2014-06621
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces its Household Water Well System Grant Program (HWWS) funding availability and application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. RUS will make grants to qualified private non-profit organizations to establish lending programs for homeowners to borrow up to $11,000 to construct or repair household water wells for an existing home. The HWWS Grant Program is authorized under 7 U.S.C. 1926e. Regulations may be found at 7 CFR 1776. Of particular note this year, the RUS will assign administrative discretion points to applications that: 1. Direct loans to rural areas where according to the American Community Survey data by census tracts show that at least 20 percent of the population is living in poverty. This emphasis will support Rural Development's (RD) goal of providing 20 percent of its funding by 2016 to these areas of need. 2. Direct loans to areas which lack running water, flush toilets, and modern sewage disposal systems, and areas which have open sewers and high rates of disease caused by poor sanitation, in particular, colonias or Substantially Underserved Trust Areas.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-06620
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Importation of Potatoes From Mexico
Document Number: 2014-06619
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-03-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.) from Mexico into the United States. As a condition of entry, the potatoes must be produced in accordance with a systems approach employing a combination of mitigation measures to prevent the introduction and dissemination of plant pests into the United States. The potatoes must be imported in commercial consignments, must be produced by a grower who is registered in a certification program, must be packed in registered packinghouses, must be washed, cleaned, and treated with a sprout inhibitor, and must be inspected after packing for quarantine pests. The potatoes must also be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate that declares that the conditions for importation have been met. Finally, the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Mexico must provide a bilateral workplan to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that details the activities that the NPPO of Mexico will carry out to meet these requirements, subject to APHIS' approval. This action allows the importation of potatoes from Mexico while continuing to protect against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.
Information Collection; Commercial Use of the Woodsy Owl Symbol
Document Number: 2014-06580
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-26
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 currently approved Information Collection, Commercial Use of the Woodsy Owl Symbol.
Inviting Applications for Value-Added Producer Grants
Document Number: 2014-06668
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Rural BusinessCooperative Service (RBS) extends the original deadline (February 24, 2014) for submitting applications for grant funds to help independent producers enter into value-added activities under section 231 of the Agriculture Risk Protection Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-224), as amended by section 6202 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246) (see 7 U.S.C. 1632a) announced in a notice of funding availability (NOFA) published November 25, 2013 in Vol. 78, No. 227 of the Federal Register. This action is taken to incorporate the provision for scoring priority to applications from veteran farmers and ranchers included in Section 6203 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79).
Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board
Document Number: 2014-06526
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board (Board) will meet in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Board is established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C. App. II), the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1600 et.seq.), the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 1612), and the Federal Public Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (Pub. L. 108-447). The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to provide:
Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Correction
Document Number: 2014-06277
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
This notice announced the National Agricultural Statistic Service's intentions to seek OMB's approval to request revision and extension of a current approve information collection, the Organic Survey. The notice was published in the Federal Register on March 17, 2014.
Beef Promotion and Research; Reapportionment
Document Number: 2014-06174
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-03-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would adjust representation on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board), established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act), to reflect changes in cattle inventories as well as cattle and beef imports that have occurred since the most recent Board reapportionment rule became effective in July 2011. These adjustments are required by the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) and would result in a decrease in Board membership from 103 to 99, effective with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) appointments for terms beginning early in the year 2015. The proposed rule also would make technical amendments to update and correct information in the Order and regulations.
Risk Management Agency; 2014 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session; Correction
Document Number: 2014-06393
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) published a document in the Federal Register of March 14, 2014. FSA and RMA are making a correction to the DATES section for the registration.
Notice of Availability of Evaluations of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Rinderpest Status of a Region of Patagonia, Argentina
Document Number: 2014-06358
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are extending the comment period for our notice that announced our determination that a region of Argentina, consisting of the areas of Patagonia South and Patagonia North B, is free of foot- and-mouth disease. In that notice we also announced the availability of an evaluation assessing the rinderpest status of South America, which includes Argentina, and our determination, based on our evaluation, that rinderpest is not present in the entirety of Argentina. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-06342
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-06341
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-06340
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Missoula Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-06333
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Missoula Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Missoula, Montana. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110-343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to review and vote on submitted proposals, and receive public comment on the meeting subjects and proceedings.
Daniel Boone Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-06330
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Daniel Boone Forest Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in London, Kentucky. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110-343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to review and recommend projects authorized under title II of the Act.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Repayment Demand and Program Disqualification
Document Number: 2014-06282
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-24
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 information collection. This is a revision of currently approved information collection requirements associated with initiating collection actions against households who have received an overissuance in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Notice of Solicitation of Members to the National Genetic Research Advisory Council
Document Number: 2014-06276
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
In accordance with the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C.A. 5843), the United States Department of Agriculture announces the solicitation for nominations to fill four vacancies on the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council.
Notice of Request for Extension or Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2014-06196
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the intention of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights to request a renewal to a currently approved information collection for race, ethnicity, and gender along with comments.
Information Collection: Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) and Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP)
Document Number: 2014-06192
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-21
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 with a revision of currently approved information collection associated with the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) and Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). This information is collected in support of, respectively, Section 401 of the Agricultural Credit Act of 1978, as amended, and Section 9011 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, as amended.
Extension of Dairy Forward Pricing Program
Document Number: 2014-06189
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-03-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule extends the Dairy Forward Pricing Program in accordance with the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill). The Dairy Forward Pricing Program was first authorized in section 1502 of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. The program allows handlers regulated under the Federal milk marketing order program to pay producers and cooperative associations in accordance with the terms of a forward contract and not have to pay the minimum Federal order uniform price for milk. Establishing new contracts under the Dairy Forward Pricing Program has been prohibited since the expiration of the program on September 30, 2013. The 2014 Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) was signed into law on February 7, 2014, and extends the program to allow new contracts to be entered into until September 30, 2018. Any forward contract entered into up and until the September 30, 2018, deadline is subject to a September 30, 2021, expiration date to meet the terms of the contract.
Peanut Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Amendment to Primary Peanut-Producing States and Adjustment of Membership
Document Number: 2014-06181
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-03-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule adds the State of Arkansas as a primary peanut- producing State under the Peanut Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order). The Order is administered by the National Peanut Board (Board) with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This rule also adds a seat on the Board for the State of Arkansas. Under the Order, primary peanut-producing States must maintain a 3-year average production of at least 10,000 tons of peanuts. Arkansas's peanut production meets this requirement. Primary peanut-producing States also have a seat on the Board. This action was recommended by the Board and ensures that the Board's representation reflects changes in the geographical distribution of the production of peanuts.
Lyon-Mineral Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-06173
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Lyon-Mineral Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Yerington, Nevada. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110-343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss project proposals for 2014.
Land Between the Lakes Advisory Board
Document Number: 2014-06171
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Land Between The Lakes Advisory Board (Board) will meet in Cadiz, Kentucky. The Board is established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C. App 2). Additional information concerning the Board can be found by visiting the Board's Web site at: http://www.lbl.org/LRMPadvisoryboard.html.
Tuolumne-Mariposa Counties Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-06164
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Tuolumne-Mariposa Counties Resource Advisory Committee will meet on May 5, 2014, May 19, 2014, and June 2, 2014), at the City of Sonora Fire Department, in Sonora, California. The purpose of the meeting is to reprioritize projects due to expected decreases to Title II RAC funding.
Bridger-Teton National Forest; Wyoming; Oil and Gas Leasing in Portions of the Wyoming Range in the Bridger-Teton National Forest
Document Number: 2014-05891
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
This notice corrects notices of Intent (NOI) published in the Federal Register on February 4, 2008 (73 FR, No. 23, pages 6453-6454) and March 28, 2008 (73 FR, No. 61 pages 16621-16622), to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) to analyze and disclose environmental effects relative to oil and gas leasing on portions of the forest previously identified as suitable and available for oil and gas leasing in the Bridger-Teton National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. The Forest Service is providing this corrected NOI because it intends to prepare a new draft and final SEIS in place of the draft and final SEIS released in February 2010 and January 2011, respectively. Extensive public involvement efforts were conducted with the 2008 scoping period. Because extensive public comments covering the range of relevant issues for the analysis were received in the 2008 scoping period and in the comment period on the 2010 Draft SEIS, an additional scoping period is not being conducted. Scoping comments and comments on the Draft SEIS previously submitted will be considered in preparation of the new SEIS. Scoping for a supplemental environmental impact statement is not required [40 CFR 1502.9(c)(4)]. The public will have another opportunity to comment on this project when the new Draft SEIS is released. A draft Record of Decision will be released with the new Final SEIS, and will be subject to the pre-decisional (objection) administrative review process [36 CFR 218]. Individuals and entities who submitted timely, specific written comments regarding this project during the 2008 scoping period and the 2010 Draft SEIS comment period and those who submit comments on the new 2014 Draft SEIS will be eligible to file objections.
Farmers' Market and Local Food Promotion Program: Notice of Emergency Approval of New Information Collection for Local Food Promotion Program
Document Number: 2014-06099
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-20
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 emergency approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a new collection under the Farmers' Market and Local Food Promotion Program. The Farmers' Market and Local Food Promotion Program, includes two AMS competitive grant programs: Farmers' Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). This new collection establishes forms and documentation under the Local Food Promotion Program.