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

Locally or Regionally Produced Agricultural Food Products
Document Number: 2014-09870
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Locally or Regionally Produced Agricultural Food Products provision, under the Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program, is designed to help facilitate the production, processing, and distribution of locally and regionally produced agricultural food products. Although demand exists for locally and regionally produced foods, producers in many parts of the country have difficulties accessing markets and processing facilities as well as establishing distribution channels. In addition, some retail outlets are less willing to buy from smaller volume producers because the volume of food that the producers can supply at any one time is insufficient. The Locally or Regionally Produced Agricultural Food Products provision provides loan guarantees for the purpose of establishing or facilitating enterprises that process, distribute, aggregate, store, and market locally or regionally produced agricultural food products to support community development and farm and ranch income. For purposes of this provision under the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program, 7 U.S.C. 1932(g)(9) provides: ``The term `locally or regionally produced agricultural food product' means any agricultural food product that is raised, produced, and distributed in the locality or region in which the final product is marketed, so that the total distance that the product is transported is less than 400 miles from the origin of the product, or in the State in which the product is produced.'' Food products could be raw, cooked, or a processed edible substance, beverages, or ingredients used or intended for use or for sale in whole or in part for human consumption. To be eligible for funding through the Locally or Regionally Produced Agricultural Food Products provision, projects must ensure that there is an agreement that the local or regional nature of the food product is conveyed to the end consumer. If the end product is sold at a grocery retail facility or institution, local products must be identified to the consumer with a sticker, sign, or other indicator of the product's local or regional origin. The Locally or Regionally Produced Agricultural Food Products provision gives priority to the financing of projects that provide a benefit to underserved communities. An underserved community is defined as a community (including an urban or rural community and an Indian tribal community) that has limited access to affordable, healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, in grocery retail stores or farmer to consumer direct markets AND has a high rate of hunger or food insecurity or a high poverty rate as determined by the Secretary. Applicants that serve schools may also be eligible. Projects that have components that benefit underserved communities will receive priority. For the purpose of this provision, projects that are physically located in an urban area are eligible for priority funding if the project provides a clear benefit to an underserved community by increasing that underserved community's access to affordable, healthy, locally, or regionally produced foods. For example, an aggregation and distribution center that is physically located in an urban area would be eligible for priority funding if a meaningful portion of the aggregated product is made available to consumers at grocery retail establishments located within the underserved community or to food banks, schools, or other institutions serving low-income populations, thus providing a benefit to the underserved community. An aggregation and distribution center in an urban area would not be eligible for priority funding under the provision if it distributes all of its food to high-end markets. When there is a tie in priority scoring, projects that serve underserved communities will be funded over those that do not serve underserved communities. Through Fiscal Year 2018, the Agency is required to reserve not less than 5 percent of the funds available to the B&I program until April 1 of each year for entities that establish and facilitate the processing, distributing, aggregating, storing, and marketing of locally or regionally produced agricultural food products. The Agency will also continue to fund local or regionally produced agricultural food products projects after the April 1 reserve expires. Requirements for submission can be found in 7 CFR, part 4279, subpart B.
Inviting Applications for Rural Cooperative Development Grants
Document Number: 2014-09869
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
USDA announces the availability of grants through the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) Program for Fiscal Year 2014. Pursuant to The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R. 3547) approximately $5.8 million is available. We are requesting proposals from applicants interested in improving the economic condition of rural areas through cooperative development. Eligible applicants include a non-profit corporation or an institution of higher education. Applications are limited to one per applicant for a maximum of $200,000, and matching funds are required. The grant period is limited to a one-year timeframe.
Inviting Applications for Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grants
Document Number: 2014-09868
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service announces the availability of $3,000,000, in competitive grant funds for the FY 2014 Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grants (SSDPG) program as authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014. We are requesting proposals from applicants who will provide technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers in rural areas. Eligible applicants include Cooperatives, Groups of Cooperatives, and Cooperative Development Centers. The maximum award per grant is $200,000. The grant period is limited to a one-year timeframe.
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
Document Number: 2014-09859
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-30
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 on June 18, 2014. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States positions to be discussed at the Thirty-seventh session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), taking place in Geneva, Switzerland July 14-18, 2014. The Under Secretary for Food Safety recognizes the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 37th session of the CAC and to address items on the agenda.
Notice of Intent; Request for Comments on Adoption of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Bayou Meto Basin General Reevaluation Report and Final Environmental Impact Statement, Arkansas, Jefferson, Lonoke, Prairie and Pulaski Counties, Arkansas
Document Number: 2014-09831
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving notice of its intent to adopt the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) existing general reevaluation report and final environmental impact statement (GRR/EIS) for the Bayou Meto Basin, Arkansas project (project). RUS is considering providing funding to the applicant, the Bayou Meto Water Management District (BMWMD), to construct a portion of the project consisting of activities that have been identified, designed and reviewed under the USACE's existing GRR/EIS. Based on RUS' independent evaluation, adoption of the GRR/EIS would meet the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and RUS regulations and guidance for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). To fulfill our NEPA requirements and support a funding decision, we are recirculating the GRR/EIS for written public comment via this notice, in accordance with CEQ and RUS adoption guidelines.
Notice of Intent; Request for Comments on Adoption of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Grand Prairie Area Demonstration Project General Reevaluation Report and Final Environmental Impact Statement, Arkansas, Lonoke, Monroe and Prairie Counties, AR
Document Number: 2014-09829
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture is giving notice of its intent to adopt the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) existing general reevaluation report and final environmental impact statement (GRR/EIS) for the Grand Prairie Area Demonstration Project, Arkansas (project). RUS is considering providing funding to the applicant, the White River Regional Irrigation Water Distribution District (WRID) to construct a portion of the project consisting of activities that have been identified, designed and reviewed under the Corps' existing GRR/EIS. Based on independent RUS evaluation, adoption of the GRR/EIS would meet the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and RUS regulations and guidance for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). To fulfill RUS's NEPA requirements and support a funding decision, we are recirculating the GRR/EIS for written public comment via this notice, in accordance with CEQ and RUS adoption guidelines.
Revision of Land Management Plan for the Francis Marion National Forest, SC
Document Number: 2014-09823
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
As directed by the National Forest Management Act (NFMA), the U.S. Forest Service is preparing the Francis Marion's revised land management plan (forest plan) and will also prepare an EIS) for this revised forest plan. This notice briefly describes the nature of the decision to be made, a proposed action based on the preliminary identified need to change the existing plan and information concerning public participation. It also provides estimated dates for filing the EIS and the name and address of the responsible agency official and the individuals who can provide additional information. Finally, this notice identifies the applicable planning rule that will be used for completing this plan revision. The revised forest plan will supersede the existing forest plan that was approved by the Regional Forester in December 1995. The existing forest plan will remain in effect until the revised forest plan takes effect.
Willamette National Forest, McKenzie River Ranger District; Oregon; Goose Project
Document Number: 2014-09700
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
We propose to commercially harvest approximately 2,134 acres, reduce hazardous fuels through non-commercial thinning on ~588 acres, and implement understory prescribe fire on ~80 to ~679 acres within the McKenzie Bridge Wildland-Urban Interface. Commercial harvest treatments would be comprised of variable density thinning on ~2,085 acres (that includes gap creations and no-cut leave areas) and regeneration harvest on ~49 acres (through a two-aged system that would allow for the regeneration of younger trees underneath residual trees left from the original canopy). The proposed action would also include maintenance of approximately 43 miles of road and creation of approximately 8 miles of temporary roads. The project area surrounds the community of McKenzie Bridge and is intermixed with private and national forest lands. The proposed project would manage stands to improve stand conditions: Diversity, density, and structure; reduce hazardous fuel levels in the McKenzie Bridge Wildland-Urban Interface; and provide for a sustainable supply of timber products from within the project area.
Environmental Impact Statement for the Power Fire, Eldorado National Forest
Document Number: 2014-09698
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Eldorado National Forest will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to reforest portions of the Power Fire as well as manage existing plantations within the Power Fire. The EIS will analyze planting of small trees, mechanical and chemical site preparation for planting, mechanical and chemical removal of competing vegetation, control of invasive plant species, and oak stand improvement.
Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program and Interstate Movement of Farmed or Captive Deer, Elk, and Moose
Document Number: 2014-09714
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-04-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are adopting as a final rule, with two miscellaneous changes, an interim final rule that established a herd certification program to control chronic wasting disease (CWD) in farmed or captive cervids in the United States. The interim final rule specifically requested comment on our policy that our CWD regulations set minimum requirements for the interstate movement of farmed or captive deer, elk, and moose but will not preempt State or local laws or regulations that are more restrictive than our regulations. This document responds to comments we received on that policy. The interim final rule was necessary to help to control the incidence of CWD in farmed or captive cervid herds and prevent its spread.
Scales; Accurate Weights, Repairs, Adjustments or Replacements After Inspection
Document Number: 2014-09655
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-04-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) Packers and Stockyards Program (PSP) is incorporating by reference ``2013 edition of the NIST Handbook 44'' and to require that the scales used by stockyard owner, market agencies, dealers, packers, and live poultry dealers to weigh livestock, livestock carcasses, live poultry, or feed for the purpose of purchase, sales acquisitions, payment, or settlement meet applicable requirements of the 2013 edition of the NIST Handbook 44.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-09627
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-09626
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Forestry Research Advisory Council
Document Number: 2014-09605
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-28
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.
Southern New Mexico Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-09570
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Southern New Mexico Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Socorro, New Mexico. 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 review project proposals to be initiated with Title II funds.
Glenn/Colusa County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-09568
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Glenn/Colusa County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Willows, CA. 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 present, discuss and recommend project.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-09565
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACU)
Document Number: 2014-09559
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-04-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
This rule updates the list of institutions that are granted HSACU certification by the Secretary and are eligible for HSACU programs for the period starting October 1, 2013 and ending September 30, 2014.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Sponsor and Provider Characteristics Study
Document Number: 2014-09541
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-28
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 Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Sponsor and Provider Characteristics Study.
Tehama County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-09539
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Tehama County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Red Bluff, CA. 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 present, discuss and recommend project.
Notice of a Meeting of the Northeast Oregon Forests Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)
Document Number: 2014-09533
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committees Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Northeast Oregon Forests Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet on May 9, 2014 in La Grande, Oregon. The purpose of the meeting is to meet as a Committee to discuss selection of Title II projects under Public Law 110-343, H.R. 1424, the Reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self- Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 500 note; Pub. L. 106-393), also called ``Payments to States'' Act.
User Fees for Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Services
Document Number: 2014-09466
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-04-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the user fee regulations by adding new fee categories and adjusting current fees charged for certain agricultural quarantine and inspection services that are provided in connection with certain commercial vessels, commercial trucks, commercial railroad cars, commercial aircraft, and international passengers arriving at ports in the customs territory of the United States. We are also proposing to adjust or remove the fee caps associated with commercial trucks, commercial vessels, and commercial railcars. We have determined that revised user fee categories and revised user fees are necessary to recover the costs of the current level of activity, to account for actual and projected increases in the cost of doing business, and to more accurately align fees with the costs associated with each fee service.
Fee Increases for Overtime Services
Document Number: 2014-09463
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-04-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to change the hourly rates charged for Sundays, holidays, or other overtime work performed by employees of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for any person, firm, or corporation having ownership, custody, or control of regulated commodities or articles subject to inspection, laboratory testing, certification, or quarantine under the regulations. We are proposing to increase these overtime rates for each of the fiscal years 2014 through 2018 to reflect the anticipated costs associated with providing these services during each year. Establishing the overtime rate changes in advance would allow users of APHIS' services to incorporate the rates into their budget planning. We are also proposing to clarify the regulations to indicate that agricultural inspections performed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may be billed in accordance with DHS overtime regulations for services performed outside of regular business hours, as DHS rates may differ from those charged by APHIS.
Sabine-Angelina Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-09438
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Sabine-Angelina Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Hemphill, Texas. 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 introduce the new Designated Federal Officer, discuss committee membership, view the ethics video, and present proposed projects.
Lynn Canal-Icy Strait Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-09435
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Lynn Canal-Icy Strait Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Juneau, 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 project proposals and update current RAC members with the status of approved projects from previous years.
Rogue and Umpqua Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-09403
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Rogue and Umpqua Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Roseburg, Oregon. 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 meetings is orient the new RAC members to their responsibilities, review and vote on project recommendations for Title II funding, and monitor existing projects.
National Organic Program: Notice of Draft Guidance on Substances Used in Post-Harvest Handling of Organic Products
Document Number: 2014-09390
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-04-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance document intended for use by accredited certifying agents and certified operations and exempt operations that produce or handle certified organic products. The guidance document is entitled: Substances Used in Post-Harvest Handling of Organic Products (NOP 5023). This guidance document is intended to inform the public of the National Organic Program's (NOP) current thinking on this topic. The NOP is seeking comments on this draft guidance document.
Applications for Licensing as a Non-leveraged Rural Business Investment Company Under the Rural Business Investment Program
Document Number: 2014-09333
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
This Notice announces the acceptance of applications from newly-formed Rural Business Investment Companies (RBICs) who are interested in being licensed as non-leveraged RBICs under the Agency's Rural Business Investment Program (RBIP).
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Trafficking Controls and Fraud Investigations
Document Number: 2014-09334
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-04-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is issuing this affirmation of a final rule, without change, of an interim rule that amended Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations, to require State agencies to monitor electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card replacement requests and send notices to those clients who have requested four cards within a 12-month period. The State agency shall be exempt from sending this notice if it chooses to exercise the card withholding option, in accordance with SNAP regulations, and sends the first warning notice upon the household's fourth card replacement request.
Request for Information: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) High Performance Bonuses
Document Number: 2014-09332
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
Congress allows the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Secretary) considerable discretion to establish criteria and standards for evaluating the performances of State agencies and to monetarily reward State agencies that improve or excel in the agency's administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The recently enacted Agricultural Act of 2014 (Act) includes changes to the performance bonus system. States are now required by statute to reinvest any SNAP bonuses in the SNAP program. As a complement to these changes, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is soliciting ideas for performance criteria and standards for high and most improved performance from State agencies and organizations that represent State interests prior to issuance of any proposed rules regarding changes to the criteria in determining SNAP high performance bonuses. FNS announces in this notice a request for information about current performance measures and data collection capabilities possessed by SNAP State agencies; data and information needed to assess other areas of SNAP being considered for a future high or most improved performance bonuses; and suggestions for linking bonus categories to ensure winners in one category meet minimum performance standards in other categories in order to qualify for any high or most improved performance bonus. FNS will consider this information in developing a proposed rule to revise the current high or most improved performance bonus structure.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-09264
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Enoree Ranger District; South Carolina; Chester County Stream and Riparian Restoration/Enhancement Project
Document Number: 2014-09215
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Chester County Stream and Riparian Restoration/Enhancement Project will involve restoring and enhancing the hydrologic, riparian and aquatic functions within four watersheds located on National Forest System (NFS) lands in Chester County, S.C., and help meet the stream restoration goals outlined in the 2004 Revised Land and Resource Management Plan, Sumter National Forest (Forest Plan). More specifically, the Project Area is located along the western most portion of Chester County, approximately two miles south of Lockhart, and is bounded by the Broad River to the west and Hwy. SC 49 to the east. It includes four watersheds: Clarks Creek, Little Turkey Creek, McCluney Branch and an unnamed tributary to Clarks Creek. Restoration work will be accomplished through the use of the following stream restoration design approaches: Floodplain reconnection (FR) (also known as a Rosgen Priority 1), floodplain excavation (FE) (also known as a Rosgen Priority 2), and floodplain benches (FB) (also known as a Rosgen Priority 3). Selection of a restoration approach is made for each stream segment based on individual stream and floodplain conditions, and a combination of approaches is typically employed within an individual watershed to meet site conditions. Approximately 18 miles of streams are proposed for restoration.
Siskiyou, Oregon Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-09100
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Siskiyou, Oregon Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Gold Beach, Oregon. 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 orientation of RAC members.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Certain Designated Counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2014-09093
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-04-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Potato Committee (Committee) for the 2014-2015 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.0045 to $0.0025 per hundredweight of potatoes handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of potatoes grown in certain designated counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon. Assessments upon potato 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.
Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2014-09091
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-04-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee), for the 2014-15 and subsequent marketing years from $0.10 to $0.09 per pound of spearmint oil handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of spearmint oil produced in the Far West. Assessments upon spearmint oil handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The marketing year begins June 1 and ends May 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated. Effective April 23, 2014. Comments received by June 23, 2014, will be considered prior to issuance of a final rule.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-09089
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-09088
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-09087
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Requests for Proposals: 2014 Statewide Wood Energy Teams Cooperative Agreement; and 2014 Wood to Energy Grant
Document Number: 2014-08778
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The U.S. Forest Service requests proposals for the following two separate funding opportunities that are being announced at the same time for administrative efficiency, but have separate and unique application criteria, requirements, and review processes: (A) 2014 Statewide Wood Energy Teams (SWET) Cooperative Agreement, and (B) 2014 Hazardous Fuel Wood to Energy (W2E) Grant. The outcomes anticipated under these two separate funding mechanisms will advance the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s initiative to expand wood energy use that supports forest management. These two funding opportunities enhance each other and collectively create opportunities for wood energy projects to access other USDA Rural Development programs. The SWET cooperative agreement helps communities do initial planning, educational outreach, and preliminary assessments to identify promising wood energy opportunities, whereas the W2E grant funds the design and other pre- construction needs for specific wood energy projects. Both of these funding programs promote use of woody biomass from National Forest System lands and place more emphasis this year on encouraging clustering of projects that improve efficiencies and economies of scale. The requirements for the cooperative agreement and grant applications are presented separately after the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this announcement. In the rare case that an applicant qualifies and would like to apply for both the cooperative agreement and grant, then the applicant must submit separate application packages according to the requirements for each funding opportunity.
2014 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session-Value-Added Producer Grant Program
Document Number: 2014-09059
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
As part of our implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the 2014 Farm Bill), the Rural Business- Cooperative Service (RBS) is hosting a listening session for initial public input about changes to Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program for which RBS has been delegated the authority to implement. The 2014 Farm Bill specifically identifies two new provisions to be implemented for VAPG(1) an additional priority preference for veteran farmers or ranchers and (2) a priority for projects that best contribute to creating or increasing marketing opportunities for beginning farmers or ranchers, socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers, operators of small-and medium-sized family farms and ranches that are structured as family farms, and/or veteran farmers or ranchers. RBS is holding this listening session specifically to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to voice their priorities, concerns, and requests on the ``best contributing'' priority. Instructions regarding registering for and attending the listening session are in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Reinstate an Information Collection
Document Number: 2014-09007
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-21
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 seek reinstatement of an information collection, the 2014 Tenure, Ownership and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey, formerly known as the Agricultural Economics and Land Ownership Survey (AELOS).
Information Collection, Volunteer Program
Document Number: 2014-09000
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension with a revision of a currently approved information collection associated with the Volunteer Program.
Amended Opportunity for Designation in the Bloomington and Decatur, IL Areas; Request for Comments on the Official Agency Servicing This Area
Document Number: 2014-08999
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
Central Illinois Grain Inspection, Inc. (Central Illinois) purchased Decatur Grain Inspection, Inc. (Decatur) and met the requirements specified in 7 CFR 800.196 (f)(2). A Federal Register Notice (79 FR 3172) was published to amend Central Illinois' designation to include the former Decatur geographic area and was effective October 17, 2013 to March 31, 2014. In view of this, GIPSA is providing an additional opportunity to apply for designation for Central Illinois' amended geographic area. GIPSA is designating Central Illinois to provide official services in the amended geographic area until a designee is selected and announced in the Federal Register. This period is not to exceed one year. We are asking persons or government agencies interested in providing official services in the areas presently served by this agency to submit an application for designation. In addition, we are providing an additional opportunity for comments on the quality of services provided by Central Illinois.
Designation for the Owensboro, KY; Bloomington, IL; Iowa Falls, IA; Casa Grande, AZ; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks, ND; and Plainview, TX Areas
Document Number: 2014-08996
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture
GIPSA is announcing the designation of J.W. Barton Grain Inspection Service, Inc. (Barton); Central Illinois Grain Inspection, Inc. (Central Illinois); Central Iowa Grain Inspection Corporation (Central Iowa); Farwell Commodity and Grain Services, Inc. (Farwell SW); North Dakota Grain Inspection Service, Inc. (North Dakota); Northern Plains Grain Inspection Service, Inc. (Northern Plains); and Plainview Grain Inspection and Weighing Service, Inc. (Plainview) to provide official services under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), as amended.
Viruses, Serums, Toxins, and Analogous Products; Single Label Claim for Veterinary Biological Products
Document Number: 2014-08995
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-04-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act regulations to provide for the use of a simpler labeling format that would better communicate product performance to the user. We intend to replace the current label format, which reflects any of four different levels of effectiveness, with a single, uniform label format. We are also proposing to require biologics licensees to provide a standardized summary, with confidential business information removed, of the efficacy and safety data submitted to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in support of the issuance of a full product license or conditional license. A simpler label format along with publicly available safety and efficacy data will help biologics producers to more clearly communicate product performance to their customers.
Wrangell-Petersburg Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-08994
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Wrangell-Petersburg Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Wrangell, Alaska and Petersburg, 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 meetings is to review the progress of previously funded projects, review project proposals and make recommendations for allocation of Title II funds.
Change in Accredited Laboratory Fees
Document Number: 2014-08962
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-04-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to amend its regulations to change the fees it charges for the accreditation and the maintenance of accreditation of non-Federal laboratories for the FSIS Accredited Lab Program (ALP). Currently, the Agency charges a flat annual fee of $5,000 for each accreditation or maintenance of accreditation. Laboratories that participate in FSIS' ALP can receive accreditation in one to six analyte classes. FSIS is proposing to charge laboratories $5,000 per year for the first analyte class accreditation or maintenance (as it currently does), but to reduce the charges to $2,900 per year for the second, and $2,100 per year for each additional analyte class accreditation or maintenance of accreditation.
Notice of Request for a New Information Collection: Meat Slaughter Industry Survey
Document Number: 2014-08961
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to request a new information collection for a survey of the meat slaughter industry.
Availability of FSIS Compliance Guidelines for Allergens and Ingredients of Public Health Concern: Identification, Prevention and Control, and Declaration Through Labeling
Document Number: 2014-08956
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of guidance on allergens and other ingredients of public health concern that provides recommendations for identifying hazards when conducting a hazard analysis and to prevent and control hazards through hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) plans or Sanitation standard operating procedures (SOPs) or other prerequisite programs with respect to these substances. The emphasis of the guidelines is on meat and poultry products. The guidelines represent the best practice recommendations of FSIS, based on scientific and practical considerations. By following these guidelines, establishments are likely to ensure that product labels declare all ingredients, as required in the regulations, and that the product does not contain undeclared allergens or other undeclared ingredients.
Best Practices Guidance for Controlling Listeria monocytogenes in Retail Delicatessens
Document Number: 2014-08955
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of the ``FSIS Best Practices Guidance for Controlling Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in Retail Delicatessens.'' The best- practices guidance discusses steps that retailers can take to prevent listeriosis associated with the consumption of certain ready-to-eat (RTE) foods that are prepared or sliced in retail delicatessens (delis) and consumed in the home, such as deli meats and deli salads. FSIS encourages retailers to review the guidance and evaluate the effectiveness of their retail practices and intervention strategies in reducing the risk of listeriosis to consumers from RTE meat and poultry deli products. The Agency will consider all comments submitted and will revise the best-practices guidance as necessary.