Department of Agriculture March 10, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Fresh Bananas From the Philippines Into the Continental United States
Document Number: 2016-05464
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-10
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 fresh bananas from the Philippines into the continental United States.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Sand Pears From China
Document Number: 2016-05462
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-10
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 sand pears from China into the United States.
Grapes Grown in a Designated Area of Southeastern California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2016-05420
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-10
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.0250 to $0.0300 per 18-pound lug of grapes handled under the marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order, and is comprised of producers and handlers 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 December 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Conservation Stewardship Program
Document Number: 2016-05419
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
NRCS published an interim rule, with request for comments, on November 5, 2014, to implement changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) that were either necessitated by enactment of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Act) or required to implement administrative streamlining improvements and clarifications. NRCS received 483 comments from 227 respondents to the interim rule. In this document, NRCS issues a final rule to make permanent those changes, respond to comments, and to make further adjustments in response to some of the comments received.
National Organic Program; Notice of Availability of National List Petition Guidelines
Document Number: 2016-05399
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-10
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is announcing the availability of NOP 3011, National List Petition Guidelines. These guidelines apply to petitions that request an amendment to the NOP's National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). The National List identifies the synthetic substances that may be used and the nonsynthetic substances that may not be used in organic production. The National List also identifies the non-organic substances that may be used in organic handling. The National List Petition Guidelines are based upon the May 2, 2014, recommendations of the National Organic Standards Board and modify the information to be included in a petition. This notice also clarifies the information to be submitted for all types of petitions that request amendments to the National List. This notice and NOP 3011 replace the previous petition guidelines that were published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2007 (72 FR 2167).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Study of WIC Food Package Costs and Cost Containment
Document Number: 2016-05338
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-10
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 this proposed information collection. This collection is a new Information Collection for The Study of WIC Food Package Costs and Cost Containment.
Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska; Rural Determinations, Nonrural List
Document Number: 2016-05317
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The Federal Subsistence Board is adopting, without change, a direct final rule that revised the list of areas in Alaska determined to be nonrural for purposes of the Federal Subsistence Program to the list that existed prior to 2007. Accordingly, the community of Saxman and the area of Prudhoe Bay were removed from the nonrural list. The following areas continue to be nonrural, but their boundaries returned to their previous borders: The Kenai Area; the Wasilla/Palmer area; the Homer area; and the Ketchikan area. Because we received no substantive adverse comments on the direct final rule, it is now effective.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Information Collection for the National School Lunch Program
Document Number: 2016-05312
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-10
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 this information collection. This is a revision of the FNS-640 Administrative Review Data Report associated with the currently approved information collection for the National School Lunch Program.