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Information Collection Activity; Comment Request; Correction
Document Number: 2014-12040
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) published a document in the Federal Register on April 16, 2014, at 79 FR 21436. The document reported an inaccurate number for the Agency's estimate of respondent burden hours for OMB Control Number 0572-0076 in connection with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended). The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which RUS intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-12038
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Announcement of the Fourth 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2014-12010
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services
As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is hereby giving notice that a meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) will be held and will be open to the public.
Process for Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture (NLGCA) Designation
Document Number: 2014-11851
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Section 7101 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 requires the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to establish a process through which institutions may apply for designation as a NLGCA. Designation as a NLGCA is one way an institution may qualify to receive an exemption from the new matching fund requirement described in Section 7128 of the Agricultural Act of 2014. NLGCA designation also satisfies the eligibility requirement for the Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture program, which is authorized under 7 U.S.C. 3319i. This notice outlines the criteria to qualify for NLGCA designation and the steps to obtain such designation. Additionally, McIntire- Stennis and Hispanic-serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities may opt out of their current designation and request NLGCA designation.
PSICC; Colorado; Upper Monument Creek EIS
Document Number: 2014-11847
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) propose to conduct forest restoration activities on 25,000 acres within the 67,000 acre Upper Monument Creek (UMC) analysis area. Treatment activities include mechanical thinning, mastication, hand thinning, and prescribed fire. The treatments will be used singularly or in combination to transition forested plant communities across the landscape towards desired future conditions that are more characteristic of a resilient forest. Resilient forests are better able to respond to large high intensity wildfires, insects and disease outbreaks, and extreme water flows that are known to occur in the project's location along Colorado's Front Range. By protecting against the aforementioned extreme events, resilient forests are better equipped to protect the following identified values at risk; adjoining private property, water quality and quantity, water conveyance facilities, transportation systems, wildlife habitats, heritage sites, municipal watersheds and timber resources, Resilient forests also help attenuate the impacts of increased noxious weeds, sedimentation, and other hydrologic disturbances In order to successfully complete the amount and types of treatments necessary for the maximum amount of resilience, the PSICC might need to amend the PSICC Land and Resource Management Plan to adjust plan standards and guidelines. Plan standards and guideline amendments might include but are not limited to the following; forest regeneration, big game winter range, wildlife habitat, and allowable levels and types of fire and fuels treatments. Proposed Land and Resource Management Plan amendments will help the PSICC achieve resiliency, and protect the values at risk within in each Land and Resource Management Plan Management Area in the Upper Monument Creek Project Area.
Agriculture Acquisition Regulation, Fire Suspension Suppression and Liability
Document Number: 2014-11770
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of Procurement and Property Management
The Office of Procurement and Property Management (OPPM) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) amends the Agriculture Acquisition Regulation (the ``AGAR'') by adding a new clause entitled ``Fire Suppression and Liability.'' Section 8205 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Act) provided the USDA Forest Service with permanent authority for stewardship end results contracting by adding a new section 604 to the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003. Section 8205 contains a requirement that the agency use a fire liability provision in all stewardship contracts and agreements that is in substantially the same form as the fire liability provisions contained in the integrated resource timber contract in Forest Service contract numbered 2400-13, part H, section H.4. This interim rule establishes a new clause in the AGAR, the USDA supplement to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), for use in Integrated Resource Service Contracts (IRSC) subject to the FAR. This new AGAR clause addresses fire liability on stewardship contracts as requred in the 2014 Agricultural Act.
Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines
Document Number: 2014-11704
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces its Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Community Connect Grant Program application window and notice of funds availability. The NOFA announces $13 million for grants from FY 2014 and prior year appropriations. In addition, RUS announces the minimum and maximum amounts for Community Connect grants applicable for the fiscal year. The Community Connect Grant Program regulations can be found at 7 CFR part 1739, subpart A.
Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines; Deadlines and Funding Levels
Document Number: 2014-11703
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces its Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program application window for fiscal year (FY) 2014. The FY 2014 funding for the Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program is $2,000,000.
Notice of Funding Availability and Grant Application Deadlines
Document Number: 2014-11700
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the availability of $19,300,000 in grant funds and solicits applications for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 competition.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-11754
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Dakota Prairie Grasslands; North Dakota; Environmental Impact Statement for Greater Sage-Grouse Grasslands Plan Amendment
Document Number: 2014-11736
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), and the Resources Planning Act of 1974, as amended by the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (NFMA), the Forest Service intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to amend the Dakota Prairie Grasslands Land and Resource Management Plan (DPG LRMP). This notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues relative to the greater sage-grouse. This analysis will be the basis of the record of decision.
Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Loan Guarantees Under Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP) for Fiscal Year 2014
Document Number: 2014-11733
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This is a request for proposals for guaranteed loans under the Section 538 Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program (GRRHP) pursuant to 7 CFR 3565.4 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113-76 (January 17, 2014) appropriated $150 million in FY 2014. The commitment of program dollars will be made first to approved and complete applications from prior years' notices, then to applicants of selected responses in the order they are ranked under this Notice that have fulfilled the necessary requirements for obligation. Successful applications will be selected by the Agency for funding and subsequently awarded to the extent that funding may ultimately be made available to the Agency through appropriations. Expenses incurred in developing applications will be at the applicant's risk. The following paragraphs outline the timeframes, eligibility requirements, lender responsibilities, and the overall response and application processes. Eligible lenders are invited to submit responses for new construction and acquisition with rehabilitation of affordable rural rental housing. The Agency will review responses submitted by eligible lenders, on the lender's letterhead, and signed by both the prospective borrower and lender. Although a complete application is not required in response to this Notice, eligible lenders may submit a complete application concurrently with the response. Submitting a complete application will not have any effect on the respondent's response score.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-11708
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2014-11680
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Natural Resources Conservation Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces NRCS' intention to request an extension for, and a revision to, a currently approved information collection for Long-Term Contracting.
WTO Agricultural Quantity-Based Safeguard Trigger Levels
Document Number: 2014-11613
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
This notice lists the updated quantity-based trigger levels for products which may be subject to additional import duties under the safeguard provisions of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture. This notice also includes the relevant period applicable for the trigger levels on each of the listed products.
Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants
Document Number: 2014-11610
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service is amending its regulations for the section 502 direct single family housing loans program by reinstating language pertaining to payment assistance method 1 that was inadvertently changed or omitted when the payment subsidy regulation was revised on December 27, 2007. This action will make clear to the public that under this method, the amount of subsidy granted is the difference between the installment due on the promissory note and the greater of the payment amortized at the equivalent interest rate or the payment calculated based on the required floor payment.
Mendocino National Forest; Upper Lake Ranger District; California; Pine Mountain Late-Successional Reserve Habitat Protection and Enhancement Project
Document Number: 2014-11609
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Mendocino National Forest, Upper Lake Ranger District, proposes to conduct fuels reduction and habitat enhancement treatments on approximately 7,830 acres southwest of Lake Pillsbury in the Pine Mountain vicinity. The Planning Area is 10,200 acres in size and comprises both Late Successional Reserve (LSR) and Matrix land designations. Of the approximately 7,830 acres to be treated, ~5690 acres are within the Pine Mountain LSR and ~2,140 acres are in Matrix lands. The project emphasizes fuel reduction activities and habitat management for the protection and enhancement of late-successional species. The project area was chosen for treatment based on past fire history and the existing conditions that pose a threat to late- successional habitat. The Pine Mountain LSR is one of the smaller LSRs within the Forest and provides a link between the Blue Slides LSR seven miles to the southeast and the Sanhedrin LSR, 1.25 miles to the north. This LSR also provides a critical link to State and other Federal lands to the south and west. This area is currently part of Northern Spotted Owl Critical Habitat (Unit 11, Subunit ICC 5), a designated land allocation by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and also includes 1.6 miles of critical habitat for anadromous fish. These habitats are located within both the LSR and matrix lands. The Project Area is located approximately 15 miles north of the town of Upper Lake, primarily in T18N, R10W, and portions of T18N, R11W; T17N, R10W; and T17N, R11W, Mount Diablo Base Meridian.
Single Family Housing Direct Loan Program
Document Number: 2014-11607
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
Through this action, the Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) proposes to amend its regulations for the section 502 direct single family housing loan program by reinstating language pertaining to payment assistance method 1 that was inadvertently changed or omitted when the payment subsidy regulation was revised on December 27, 2007. This action will make clear to the public that under this method, the amount of subsidy granted is the difference between the installment due on the promissory note and the greater of the payment amortized at the equivalent interest rate or the payment calculated based on the required floor payment.
Notice of Funding Availability for the Intermediary Relending Program
Document Number: 2014-11450
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
This Notice announces $18.9 million in program funding available for Fiscal Year 2014 for the Intermediary Relending Program (IRP). The IRP provides direct loans to intermediaries that establish programs for the purpose of providing loans to ultimate recipients for business facilities and community developments in a rural area. The Agency will make awards each of the remaining Federal fiscal quarters. In the event all program funds are not obligated in a quarter, the remaining unobligated funds will be carried over to the subsequent quarter. This Notice is being issued in accordance with the new requirements set forth by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill). The 2014 Farm Bill consolidates IRP's authority under the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (Con Act). Consequently, the Agency must comply with the standard `rural' and `rural area' definition in the Con Act under 7 U.S.C. 1991(a)(13).
Notice of Funds Availability for the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program for Fiscal Year 2014
Document Number: 2014-11447
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
This Notice announces the funds available for loans and grants under the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) pursuant to 7 CFR part 4280, subpart D for fiscal year (FY) 2014.
Uinta-Wasatch Cache Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-11548
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110-343) (the Act) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C., App. 2), the Uinta-Wasatch Cache Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) announces the solicitation of nominees to fill vacancies. 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 RAC covers the Uinta-Wasatch Cache National Forest.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-11500
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Automated Data Processing and Information Retrieval System Requirements: System Testing
Document Number: 2014-10239
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is announcing the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of information collection requirements contained in a final rule published in the Federal Register.
Notice of Request for an Extension of Approval of an Information Collection: Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
Document Number: 2014-11346
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Food Safety and Inspection Service's intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection associated with qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback on service delivery by the Food Safety and Inspection Service. The Office of Management and Budget prepared and published the first notice for comments on the original information collection.
Central Montana Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-11320
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Central Montana Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Stanford, 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 select projects for implementation.
Notice of Intent To Request Approval To Revise and Extend an Information Collection
Document Number: 2014-11278
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intent of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Livestock Slaughter Survey. Revision to burden hours may be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Pine Shoot Beetle Host Material From Canada
Document Number: 2014-11277
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-16
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 regulations for the importation of pine nursery stock and various pine products from Canada to prevent the spread of pine shoot beetle into noninfested areas of the United States.
Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health; Meeting
Document Number: 2014-11275
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
This is a notice to inform the public of an upcoming meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health. The meeting is being organized by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to discuss matters of animal health.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Gypsy Moth Identification Worksheet and Checklist
Document Number: 2014-11273
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-16
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 gypsy moth program.
Notice of Request for Approval of an Information Collection; Information Technology Account Management
Document Number: 2014-11272
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-16
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 (APHIS') intention to request approval of a new information collection for information technology account management to ensure the security of APHIS systems from unauthorized access.
Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health; Intent To Renew
Document Number: 2014-11271
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are giving notice that the Secretary of Agriculture intends to renew the charter for the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health for a 2-year period. The Secretary has determined that the Committee is necessary and in the public interest.
National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection; Nominations for Membership.
Document Number: 2014-11332
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting nominations for membership on the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI). The full Committee consists of not more than 20 members, and each person selected is expected to serve a 2-year term.
Funding Opportunity Title: Risk Management Education Partnerships Program
Document Number: 2014-11239
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), operating through the Risk Management Agency (RMA), announces its intent to award approximately $2,000,000 to fund the Risk Management Education Partnerships Program. The minimum award for any cooperative partnership agreement is $20,000. The maximum award for any cooperative partnership agreement is $99,999. The cooperative partnership agreements will be awarded on a competitive basis up to one year from the date of the award.
Funding Opportunity Title: Crop Insurance Education in Targeted States Announcement Type: Announcement of Availability of Funds and Request for Applications (RFA) for Competitive Cooperative Agreements
Document Number: 2014-11238
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), operating through the Risk Management Agency (RMA), announces its intent to award approximately $5,000,000 to fund cooperative agreements under the Crop Insurance Education in Targeted States Program. Dates: All applications, which must be submitted electronically through http://rvs.umn.edu/Home.aspx, must be received by close of business (COB) on [11:59 p.m. EST] June 30, 2014. Hard copy applications will NOT be accepted. A tutorial on how to apply is available at http://rvs.umn.edu/rmaresources. Purpose: The purpose of the Targeted States program is to deliver crop insurance education and information to U.S. agricultural producers in States where there is traditionally, and continues to be a low level of Federal crop insurance participation and availability, and producers are underserved by the Federal crop insurance program. These states, defined as Targeted States for the purposes of this RFA, are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Any cooperative agreements that may be funded will not exceed the maximum funding amount established for each of the Targeted States. Awardees must agree to the substantial involvement of RMA in the project. Applications submitted under this RFA must demonstrate how the proposed crop insurance education activities will help producers in Targeted States understand: The kinds of risks addressed by crop insurance; The features of existing and emerging crop insurance products such as AGR/AGR-lite or Whole Farm, Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), and Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) where available; The use of crop insurance in the management of risk; How the use of crop insurance can affect other risk management decisions, such as the use of marketing and financial (including farm financial benchmarking) tools; and How to make informed decisions on crop insurance prior to the sales closing date deadline.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-11230
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-11198
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Collect Information
Document Number: 2014-11197
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations at 5 CFR part 1320 (60 FR 44978, August 29, 1995), this notice announces the National Agricultural Library's (NAL) intent to request approval to collect information via an online form. This voluntary form will be used by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) personnel, consumers from the general public, school nutrition personnel, the private sector, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food program operators, and federal and state agency nutrition programs to submit recipes and review recipes. These two voluntary forms give people and program personnel the opportunity to share recipes that they have developed and review recipes that have been submitted.
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 2014-11195
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-15
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, intends to grant to Washington State Crop Improvement Association of Pullman, Washington, an exclusive license to the chickpea variety named ``Nash.''
Missouri River Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-11186
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Missouri River Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Helena, 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 review and recommend projects.
Information Collection; County Committee Elections
Document Number: 2014-11042
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-14
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 entities on an extension of a currently approved information collection associated with the FSA County Committee Elections. The collection of information from FSA Farmers and Ranchers is used to receive nominations from eligible voters for the County Committee.
User Fees for 2014 Crop Cotton Classification Services to Growers
Document Number: 2014-10962
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-14
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will maintain user fees for 2014 crop cotton classification services at $2.20 per bale the same level as in 2013. Revenues resulting from this cotton classing fee and existing reserves are sufficient to cover the costs of providing classification services for the 2014 crop, including costs for administration and supervision.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Framework for Implementing the United States-Canada Foreign Animal Disease Zoning Arrangement
Document Number: 2014-10998
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is making available for public comment a draft framework for implementing and maintaining a foreign animal disease zoning arrangement between the United States and Canada. The draft framework provides an operational plan for the two countries to recognize each other's decisions to control a highly contagious foreign animal disease outbreak through zoning. The draft framework also establishes a structure for maintaining the arrangement over time and strategies for engaging governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in any actions taken under the arrangement, including planning and preparedness. This zoning arrangement will facilitate continued trade between disease-free areas of the United States and Canada while safeguarding animal health in both countries.
Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order; Late Payment and Interest Charges on Past Due Assessments
Document Number: 2014-10995
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposal invites comments on prescribing late payment and interest charges on past due assessments under the Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order (Order). The Order is administered by the Softwood Lumber Board (Board) with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Under the Order, assessments are collected from U.S. manufacturers (domestic) and importers and used for projects to promote softwood lumber within the United States. Softwood lumber is used in products like flooring, siding and framing. This proposal would implement authority contained in the Order that allows the Board to collect late payment and interest charges on past due assessments. This action would contribute to effective administration of the program.
Grapes Grown in a Designated Area of Southeastern California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2014-10988
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule increases 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 on December 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Information Collection; Pesticide-Use Proposal
Document Number: 2014-10938
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the new information collection, Pesticide-Use Proposal.
Fishlake Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-10916
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Fishlake Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Richfield, Utah. 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 welcome new and returning members, review roles and responsibilties, elect a chairperson and review and recommend projects proposed for funding.
Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2014-10915
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee will meet in Hamilton, MT. 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 provide information regarding the monitoring of RAC projects.
Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Biennial Review and Republication of the Select Agent and Toxin List; Amendments to the Select Agent and Toxin Regulations; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2014-10741
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on October 5, 2012, we amended and republished the list of select agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to animal or plant health, or to animal or plant products; reorganized the list of select agents and toxins based on the relative potential of each select agent or toxin to be misused to adversely affect human, plant, or animal health; and amended the regulations in order to add definitions and clarify language concerning security, training, biosafety, biocontainment, and incident response. In that final rule we neglected to precisely align all of our regulatory language with that used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in their regulations and, in some cases, did not align our language in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulations concerning plant health and plant products with that concerning animal health and animal products. As APHIS co-administers the select agent regulations with CDC, this document corrects inconsistencies in language between APHIS and CDC regulations. We are also correcting an improper term used in those sections of the regulations associated with identification of a viral strain or subspecies that is excluded from the requirements of the regulations, modifying the terms used when a select toxin is excluded from the regulations, clarifying those parts of the regulations that deal with temporary exemptions granted during periods of agricultural or public health emergencies, and adding language to specify that individuals not approved for access to registered space for activities not related to select agents or toxins (e.g., routine cleaning, maintenance, and repairs) would not have to be continuously escorted by an approved individual so long as those non-approved persons would not be able to gain access to select agents or toxins.
Milk in the Appalachian, Florida, and Southeast Marketing Areas; Order Amending the Orders
Document Number: C1-2014-10037
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-05-09
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture