Department of Agriculture July 3, 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Solicitation of Members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board
Document Number: 2014-15670
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
The United States Department of Agriculture announces solicitation for nominations to fill 8 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board. The notice was published in the Federal Register on June 23, 2014.
Notice of Proposed New Fee Sites; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447)
Document Number: 2014-15602
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Ashley National Forest is proposing to offer several Guard Stations (cabins) and associated facilities as recreation rentals. Fees are assessed based on the level of amenities and services provided, cost of operations and maintenance, market assessment, price consistency throughout Forest and public comment. The fees are proposed and will be determined upon further analysis and public comment. Funds from fees would be used for the continued operation and maintenance of these structures. The cabins and proposed summer rental prices are Rock Creek Administrative Cabin for $100.00 per night, Moon Lake Guard Station for $60.00 per night, and Yellowstone Guard Station and Bunkhouse for $80.00 per night. Rock Creek will also be available in the winter. These cabins are no longer needed for administrative purposes, and are proposed to be put in service in the Forest Service Cabin Rental Program. The cabins will help meet the demand for rentals in remote areas, and fees collected will help to maintain the structures into the future. An analysis of each cabin's features show that the proposed fees are reasonable and typical of similar sites in the area.
Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Revision of Administrative Rules and Regulations Governing Issuance of Additional Allotment Base
Document Number: 2014-15598
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-03
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule revises the procedure currently prescribed for issuing additional allotment base for Class 1 (Scotch) and Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil to new and existing producers under the Far West spearmint oil marketing order (order). The order regulates the handling of spearmint oil produced in the Far West and is administered locally by the Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee). This action reduces the number of new producers that are issued additional allotment bases each year from three to two for each class of oil; temporarily changes the method by which additional allotment base is allocated to existing producers to take into account small production operations; and amends the requirements for eligibility, retention, and transfer of additional allotment base issued to new and existing producers. Revising the procedure for issuing additional allotment base will help to ensure that new and existing spearmint oil producers have sufficient allotment base to be economically viable in the future.
Pistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico; Modification of Aflatoxin Regulations
Document Number: 2014-15596
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-03
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule revises the aflatoxin sampling regulations currently prescribed under the California, Arizona, and New Mexico pistachio marketing order (order). The order regulates the handling of pistachios grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico, and is administered locally by the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee). This rule allows the use of mechanical samplers (auto-samplers) for in- line sampling as a method to obtain samples for aflatoxin analysis. The use of auto-samplers is expected to reduce handler costs by providing a more efficient and cost-effective process.
Oranges and Grapefruit Grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; Change in Size and Grade Requirements for Grapefruit
Document Number: 2014-15594
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-03
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that relaxed the minimum size and grade requirements prescribed for grapefruit under the marketing order for oranges and grapefruit grown the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas (order). The interim rule relaxed the minimum size requirement for grapefruit from 3-5/16 inches to 3 inches in diameter and reduced the minimum grade requirement for small-sized grapefruit. This rule provides additional grapefruit to meet market demand, helping to maximize fresh shipments.
Notice of Request for Extension of Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2014-15591
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) intention to request an extension from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a currently approved information collection process in support of the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) program.