Department of Agriculture 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants
Document Number: 2015-33043
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program
Document Number: 2015-33041
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Special Research Grants Program
Document Number: 2015-33039
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Construction and Repair
Document Number: 2015-33038
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
Construction and Repair
Document Number: 2015-33037
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
Electric System Construction Policies and Procedures
Document Number: 2015-33020
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
Dairy Products
Document Number: 2015-33019
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
Dairy Promotion Program
Document Number: 2015-33018
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Walnuts Grown in California
Document Number: 2015-33016
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Common Crop Insurance Regulations
Document Number: 2015-33015
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
2016 Rate Changes for the Basetime, Overtime, Holiday, and Laboratory Services Rates
Document Number: 2015-32944
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the 2016 rates that it will charge meat and poultry establishments, egg products plants, and importers and exporters for providing voluntary, overtime, and holiday inspection and identification, certification, and laboratory services. The 2016 basetime, overtime, holiday, and laboratory services rates will be applied beginning the first FSIS pay period approximately 30 days after the publication of this notice. This pay period begins on February 7, 2016.
Exemption of Organic Products From Assessment Under a Commodity Promotion Law
Document Number: 2015-32517
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-31
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements the provisions of section 10004 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 and modifies the organic assessment exemption regulations under 23 Federal marketing orders and 22 research and promotion programs (commodity promotion programs). This rule amends the current regulations to allow persons that produce, handle, market, process, manufacture, feed, or import ``organic'' and ``100 percent organic'' products to be exempt from paying assessments associated with commodity promotion activities, including paid advertising, conducted under a commodity promotion program administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), regardless of whether the person requesting the exemption also produces, handles, markets, processes, manufactures, feeds, or imports conventional or nonorganic products. Currently, only persons that exclusively produce and market products certified as 100 percent organic are eligible for an exemption from assessments under commodity promotion programs. This rule expands the exemption to cover all ``organic'' and ``100 percent organic'' products certified under the National Organic Program regardless of whether the person requesting the exemption also produces, handles, markets, processes, manufactures, feeds, or imports conventional or nonorganic products.
Extension of Comment Period on the Proposed Rule on Roadless Area Conservation; National Forests System Lands in Colorado
Document Number: 2015-32872
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service published a notice in the Federal Register on November 20, 2015, initiating a 45-day comment period on the proposed rule on Roadless Area Conservation; National Forests System Lands in Colorado. The closing date for the 45-day comment period was January 4, 2016. The Agency is extending the comment period to January 15, 2016.
Information Collection; Recreation Fee and Wilderness Program Administration
Document Number: 2015-32847
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
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 extension to the information collection: Recreation Fee and Wilderness Program Administration.
Ski Area Water Clause
Document Number: 2015-32846
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service or Agency) is amending its internal directives for ski area concessions by adding two clauses to the Special Uses Handbook, Forest Service Handbook (FSH) 2709.11, Chapter 50, addressing the sufficiency of water for operation of ski areas on National Forest System (NFS) lands. The Forest Service recognizes the importance of winter sports opportunities on NFS lands and the need to address the sufficiency of water for ski areas operating on NFS lands. By addressing this need, this final directive will promote the long-term sustainability of ski areas on NFS lands and the economies of the communities that depend on revenue from those ski areas.
National Residue Program: Monitoring Chemical Hazards
Document Number: 2015-32808
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS; also Agency) is clarifying its approach within the National Residue Program's (NRP's) Tier 2 exploratory program when it tests tissue samples collected from livestock and poultry carcasses and detects chemicals that do not have established tolerances or other regulatory levels. This approach applies to potentially hazardous chemicals that are not animal drugs or pesticide chemicals with established tolerances. The Agency also intends to apply this approach to egg products should these products become subject to chemical testing and to products from fish of the order Siluriformes when the final rule to make these species amenable to the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) is fully implemented. FSIS requests comments on the approach discussed in this document, and on how FSIS can further improve its management of environmental contaminants and other chemical hazards in meat and poultry products.
Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Section 533 Housing Preservation Grants for Fiscal Year 2016
Document Number: 2015-32784
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS), an Agency within Rural Development, announces that it is soliciting competitive applications under its Housing Preservation Grant (HPG) program. This action is taken to comply with Agency regulations found in 7 CFR part 1944, subpart N, which requires the Agency to announce the opening and closing dates for receipt of pre-applications for HPG funds from eligible applicants.
Notice of Intent To Request Approval To Establish a New Information Collection and Record Keeping Requirement
Document Number: 2015-32747
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations that implement the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) intention to request approval to establish a new information collection and record keeping requirement for the Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-32746
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions, Extra Long Staple Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions
Document Number: 2015-32308
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions and Extra Long Staple (ELS) Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions. The intended effect of this action is to provide policy changes and to clarify existing policy provisions to better meet the needs of policyholders. As discussed further within this rule, FCIC received requests to simplify program administration consistent with evolving farming practices in cotton crop production. The changes will be effective for the 2017 and succeeding crop years.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-32173
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Risk Management Agency
Domestic Sugar Program: Overall Allotment Quantity and Marketing Allotments
Document Number: 2015-32456
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is issuing this notice to publish the sugar Overall Allotment Quantity (OAQ), beet and cane sugar marketing allotments, and processor allocations for fiscal year (FY) 2016 (October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016), as well as a summary of the OAQ's, sugar marketing allotments, and allocations for FY 2015 and FY 2014. Although the actions in this notice have already been announced through United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) news releases, each determination establishing, adjusting, or suspending sugar marketing allotments issued by the Secretary is required by the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, as amended, to be published in the Federal Register.
Paper and Paper-Based Packaging Promotion, Research and Information Order; Late Payment and Interest Charges on Past Due Assessments
Document Number: 2015-32448
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule prescribes late payment and interest charges on past due assessments under the Paper and Paper-Based Packaging Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order). The Order is administered by the Paper and Packaging Board (Board) with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Under the Order, assessments are collected from manufacturers and importers and used for projects to promote paper and paper-based packaging. This rule implements the authority contained in the Order that allows the Board to collect late payment and interest charges on past due assessments. Two additional changes are being made to reflect current practices and update the Order and regulations. This action contributes to effective administration of the program and was unanimously recommended by the Board.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-32443
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35, as amended), the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which the Agency intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-32442
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35, as amended), the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which the Agency intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Proposed North-South Project, San Bernardino National Forest, California EIR/EIS
Document Number: 2015-32263
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The San Bernardino National Forest (Forest Service), together with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register on October 2, 2015 for the joint Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) proposed North-South Project. This notice extends the comment period to January18, 2016.
General Administrative Regulations
Document Number: 2015-32219
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
Foreign Quarantine Notices
Document Number: 2015-32217
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Domestic Quarantine Notices
Document Number: 2015-32214
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Participation of Retail Food Stores, Wholesale Food Concerns and Insured Financial Institutions
Document Number: 2015-32201
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
Performance Reporting System
Document Number: 2015-32200
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
United States Standards for Rough Rice, Brown Rice for Processing, and Milled Rice
Document Number: 2015-32181
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is seeking comment from the public regarding the United States (U.S.) Standards for Rough Rice, Brown Rice for Processing, and Milled Rice under the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA). To ensure that standards and official grading practices remain relevant, GIPSA invites interested parties to comment on whether the current rice standards and grading practices need to be changed.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-32174
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-32169
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utility Service
Law Enforcement Authorities
Document Number: 2015-32137
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
Determining Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals and Free Milk in Schools
Document Number: 2015-32136
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
Child and Adult Care Food Program
Document Number: 2015-32134
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
Inspection of Eggs (Egg Products Inspection Act)
Document Number: 2015-32121
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
Labeling, Marking Devices, and Containers
Document Number: 2015-32120
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
Regulations Under the Packers and Stockyards Act
Document Number: 2015-32119
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
Notice of Intent To Seek OMB Approval To Collect Information: Forms Pertaining to the Peer Preview of ARS Research Projects
Document Number: 2015-32065
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-22
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and OMB implementing regulations. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 2015-32064
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-22
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 Oregon State University of Corvallis, Oregon, an exclusive license to the variety of blackberry described in U.S. Plant Patent Application Serial No. 14/756,637, ``Blackberry Plant Named `Columbia Giant','' filed on September 28, 2015.
Revision of the Land Management Plan for the Chugach National Forest, Alaska
Document Number: 2015-32043
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
As directed by the National Forest Management Act (NFMA), the USDA Forest Service is preparing the Chugach National Forest's revised land management plan (forest plan), which requires preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS). Publication of this notice marks the initiation of the public scoping period for the proposed action. This notice briefly describes the nature of the decision to be made, the proposed action, and information concerning public participation. It also provides estimated dates for filing the EIS, the name and address of the responsible agency official, and the individuals who can provide additional information. The revised forest plan will supersede the existing forest plan that was approved by the Regional Forester in 2002. The existing forest plan will remain in effect until the revised forest plan takes effect.
Del Norte County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2015-32041
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Del Norte County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Crescent City, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (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. Additional RAC information, including the meeting agenda and the meeting summary/ minutes can be found at the following Web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/ main/srnf/workingtogether/advisorycommittee.
Del Norte County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2015-32040
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Del Norte County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Crescent City, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (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. Additional RAC information, including the meeting agenda and the meeting summary/ minutes can be found at the following Web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/ main/srnf/workingtogether/advisorycommittee.
Records To Be Kept by Official Establishments and Retail Stores That Grind Raw Beef Products
Document Number: 2015-31795
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is amending its recordkeeping regulations to require that all official establishments and retail stores that grind raw beef products for sale in commerce maintain the following records: The establishment numbers of establishments supplying material used to prepare each lot of raw ground beef product; all supplier lot numbers and production dates; the names of the supplied materials, including beef components and any materials carried over from one production lot to the next; the date and time each lot of raw ground beef product is produced; and the date and time when grinding equipment and other related food-contact surfaces are cleaned and sanitized. These requirements also apply to raw beef products that are ground at an individual customer's request when new source materials are used.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-31914
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture
North Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2015-31841
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The North Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self- Determination Act (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. RAC information can be found at the following Web site: http://cloudapps-usda-gov.force.com/;FSSRS/ RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcwIAAS.
Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.; Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2015-16 Crop Year for Tart Cherries
Document Number: 2015-31777
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-12-17
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to establish free and restricted percentages for the 2015-16 crop year under the marketing order for tart cherries grown in the states of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin (order). The Board locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of producers and handlers of tart cherries operating within the production area. This action would establish the proportion of tart cherries from the 2015 crop which may be handled in commercial outlets at 80 percent free and 20 percent restricted. In addition, this proposal would increase the carry-out volume of fruit to 55 million pounds for this season. These percentages should stabilize marketing conditions by adjusting supply to meet market demand and help improve grower returns.