Department of Agriculture February 3, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Kiwifruit Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2016-02067
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-02-03
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Kiwifruit Administrative Committee (Committee) for an increase of the assessment rate established for the 2015-16 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.025 to $0.040 per 9-kilo volume-fill container or equivalent of kiwifruit handled under the marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order, and is comprised of growers of kiwifruit operating within the area of production. Assessments upon kiwifruit handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins on August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Correction
Document Number: 2016-01985
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACU)
Document Number: 2016-01893
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-02-03
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, 2015, and ending September 30, 2016.
Animal Welfare; Marine Mammals
Document Number: 2016-01837
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-02-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations concerning the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of marine mammals in captivity. These proposed changes would affect sections in the regulations relating to variances and implementation dates, indoor facilities, outdoor facilities, space requirements, and water quality. We are also proposing to revise the regulations that relate to swim-with-the-dolphin programs. We believe these actions are necessary to ensure that the minimum standards for the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of marine mammals in captivity are based on current industry and scientific knowledge and experience.