Department of Agriculture July 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Designation of First Assistants
Document Number: 2016-16599
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-07-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
This document amends the existing delegations of authority to provide for the designation of First Assistants to positions to which appointment is required to be made by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
U.S. Standards for Grades of Catfish and Catfish Products.
Document Number: 2016-16703
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-14
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites catfish producers, suppliers, processors, retailers, foodservice operators, and other interested stakeholders to provide background information, comments, and data to assist in the development of voluntary U.S. Standards for Grades of Catfish and Catfish Products. AMS is requesting comments concerning, but not limited to, the catfish quality standard that is currently implemented by the Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
Importation of Mangoes From India; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2016-16702
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-07-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the regulations regarding the importation of mangoes from India to further clarify our requirements regarding inspection of the mangoes. A previous technical amendment amended the regulations to allow mangoes treated with irradiation in the United States to be inspected by the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of India in India, and subsequently by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the port of entry within the United States, rather than being jointly inspected by APHIS and the NPPO in India in all cases. However, in that technical amendment, we neglected to also remove two references to preclearance inspections within India. This document corrects that error.
Establishment-Specific Data Release Strategic Plan
Document Number: 2016-16642
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of its final Establishment-Specific Data Release Strategic Plan (the Plan) for sharing data on federally inspected meat and poultry establishments with the public. FSIS is also responding to comments received on a draft version of the Plan that FSIS posted on its Web site and announced in January 2015 in the Federal Register.
Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Biological Control of Cape-Ivy
Document Number: 2016-16624
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared a final environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact relative to the field release of a gall-forming fly, Parafreutreta regalis, into the continental United States for the use as a biological control agent to reduce the severity of Cape-ivy, Delairea odorata. Based on the finding of no significant impact, we have determined that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared.
Notice of Request for Approval of an Information Collection; National Animal Health Monitoring System; Antimicrobial Use Studies
Document Number: 2016-16612
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-14
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 approval of a new information collection associated with the National Animal Health Monitoring System's studies on antimicrobial use in cattle feedlot and swine operations.
Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board
Document Number: 2016-16586
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), intends to re- establish the Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board (Board). In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Board is being re-established to continue obtaining advice and recommendations on a broad range of forest issues such as forest plan revisions or amendments, forest health including fire management and mountain pine beetle infestations, travel management, forest monitoring and evaluation, recreation fees, and site-specific projects having forest wide implications.
Eligibility of Namibia To Export Meat Products to the United States
Document Number: 2016-16546
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-07-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is amending the Federal meat inspection regulations to add Namibia to the list of countries eligible to export meat and meat products to the United States. FSIS has reviewed Namibia's laws, regulations, and inspection system as implemented, and has determined that they are equivalent to the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA), the regulations implementing this statute, and the United States food safety system for meat and meat products. Under this final rule, Namibia will only be able to export to the United States boneless (not ground) raw beef products, such as primal cuts, chuck, blade, and beef trimmings, processed in certified Namibian establishments, because FSIS only assessed Namibia's meat inspection system with respect to these products. Namibia would need to submit additional information for FSIS to review before FSIS would allow Namibia to export other beef product or product from other types of livestock to the United States. All products that Namibia exports to the United States will be subject to reinspection at United States ports-of-entry by FSIS inspectors.
General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan
Document Number: 2016-16461
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are giving notice that the Secretary of Agriculture has renewed the charter of the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (Committee) for a 2-year period. The Secretary of Agriculture has determined that the Committee is necessary and in the public interest.
Notice of Availability of Proposed Changes to the National Poultry Improvement Plan Program Standards
Document Number: 2016-16460
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that proposed changes to the National Poultry Improvement Plan Program Standards are available for review and comment.
Revision of Land and Resource Management Plan for the Santa Fe National Forest; Counties of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Taos, New Mexico; Correction
Document Number: 2016-16431
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service is correcting the comment due date in a document that published in the Federal Register of June 30, 2016 (81 FR 4261), revising the Land and Resource Management Plan (hereafter referred to as the forest plan) for the Santa Fe National Forest.
Southern Arizona Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2016-14582
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Southern Arizona Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Tucson, Arizona. 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:// www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/specialprojects/racweb.
Importation of Lemons From Northwest Argentina
Document Number: 2016-16363
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-07-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are extending the comment period for a proposed rule to allow the importation of lemons from northwest Argentina into the continental United States. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; Order Amending Marketing Order 989
Document Number: 2016-16335
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-07-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule amends Marketing Order No. 989 (order), which regulates the handling of raisins produced from grapes grown in California. The amendments approved by producers in the referendum were proposed by the Raisin Administrative Committee (Committee) which is comprised of producers and handlers of raisins and responsible for the local administration of the order. The changes will allow the Committee to borrow from a commercial lending institution and authorize the establishment of a monetary reserve equal to up to one year's budgeted expenses. Allowing the Committee to utilize these customary business practices will help improve administration of the order.
Grapes Grown in a Designated Area of Southeastern California; Order Amending Marketing Order 925
Document Number: 2016-16330
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-07-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule amends Marketing Agreement and Order No. 925 (order), which regulates the handling of table grapes grown in a designated area of southeastern California. The amendments approved by producers in the referendum were proposed by the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee (Committee), which is responsible for the local administration of the order. The new amendments to the order will increase term lengths for Committee members and alternates from one to four fiscal periods and allow new members and alternates to agree to accept their nominations prior to selection by the Secretary. These amendments are intended to increase the Committee's effectiveness and bolster industry participation in Committee activities. The amendment proposed by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) that would add authority for periodic continuance referenda was not approved in the referendum.
Council for Native American Farming and Ranching
Document Number: 2016-16320
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture
This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching, a public advisory committee of the Office of Tribal Relations. Notice of the meetings are provided in accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2). This will be the third meeting held during fiscal year 2016 and will consist of, but not be limited to: Hearing public comments, update of USDA programs and activities, and discussion of committee priorities. This meeting will be open to the public.
Wrangell-Petersburg Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2016-16292
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Wrangell-Petersburg Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet by videoconference in Wrangell, Alaska and Petersburg, Alaska. The Committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) (Pub. L. 110-343) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C. App. 2). 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 meetings are open to the public. Additional information concerning the Committee can be found by visiting the Committee's Web site at: http://cloudapps-usda-gov.force.com/FSSRS/ RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcwHAAS.
Kenai Peninsula-Anchorage Borough Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2016-16205
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Kenai Peninsula-Anchorage Borough Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Girdwood, Alaska. 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://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/specialprojects/racweb.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-16179
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
Notice of Request To Renew an Approved Information Collection (Accredited Laboratory Contact Update Form)
Document Number: 2016-16160
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to renew the approved information collection regarding the accredited laboratory contact update form. The approval for this information collection will expire on December 31, 2016.
Notice of Request To Renew an Approved Information Collection (Industry Responses to Noncompliance Records)
Document Number: 2016-16159
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to renew the approved information collection regarding industry responses to noncompliance records. The approval for this information collection will expire on December 31, 2016.
Siskiyou County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2016-16084
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Siskiyou County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Yreka, 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. RAC information can be found at the following Web site: http://cloudapps- usda-gov.force.com/FSSRS/RAC_Meeting_Page?id=a2zt00000004CyPA AU.
Notice of a Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-16048
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, this notice announces the Department's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the Export Sales Reporting program.
Notice of a Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-16047
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, this notice announces the Foreign Agricultural Service's intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the regulation providing for the issuance of certificates of quota eligibility (CQEs) required to enter sugar and sugar-containing products under the tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) into the United States.
Re-Establishment of the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching
Document Number: 2016-16099
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing the re- establishment of the advisory Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (Council). The purpose of this advisory council is to provide recommendations to the Secretary on how to eliminate barriers to Native American participation in USDA programs. The Council will discuss issues related to the participation of Native American farmers and ranchers in USDA programs and transmit recommendations concerning any changes to regulations or internal guidance or other measures. The Council is necessary and in the public interest. The USDA is seeking nominations for individuals to be considered Council members. Candidates who wish to be considered for membership on the Council for Native American Farmers and Ranchers should submit an AD-755 application form and resume to the Secretary of Agriculture. Cover letters should be addressed to the Secretary of Agriculture. The application form can be found at: http://www.usda.gov/documents/ OCIO_AD_755_Master_2012.pdf.
Community Facility Loans
Document Number: 2016-16005
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-07-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is amending regulations on Community Facility Direct Loans to enable the Agency to make loans to eligible lenders who would then in turn re-loan those funds to applicants for projects that are eligible under the Community Facilities Direct Loan program.
Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for Loans to Re-Lenders Under the Community Facility Loan Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016
Document Number: 2016-16003
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) has amended the Community Facility Direct Loan regulations to enable the Agency to make loans to qualified Re-lenders who will loan those funds to Applicants primarily for projects in or serving persistent poverty counties or high poverty areas that are eligible under the Community Facility Loan Program.
Request for Nominations of Members for the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board and Specialty Crop Committee
Document Number: 2016-15851
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., the United States Department of Agriculture announces the solicitation for nominations to fill vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board and its subcommittees. There are 7 vacancies on the NAREE Advisory Board, 3 vacancies on the Specialty Crop Committee, 4 vacancies on the National Genetics Advisory Council, and 6 vacancies on the Citrus Disease Committee.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Irradiation Phytosanitary Treatment of Imported Fruits and Vegetables
Document Number: 2016-15706
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-01
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 an extension of approval of an information collection associated with regulations for the use of irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment of imported fruits and vegetables.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Fruit From Thailand Into the United States
Document Number: 2016-15705
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-01
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 fruit from Thailand.
Importation of Bone-In Ovine Meat From Uruguay
Document Number: 2016-15625
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-07-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the regulations governing the importation of certain animals, meat, and other animal products by allowing, under certain conditions, the importation of bone-in ovine meat from Uruguay. Based on the evidence in a risk assessment that we have prepared, we believe that bone-in ovine meat can safely be imported from Uruguay provided certain conditions are met. This proposal would provide for the importation of bone-in ovine meat from Uruguay into the United States, while continuing to protect the United States against the introduction of foot-and-mouth disease.
Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement Program
Document Number: 2016-15537
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-07-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
This document establishes rules to govern the award of funds by the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to recipients under the USDA Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement Program (USDA LRP Program). Section 3206 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, as amended by the Agricultural Act of 2014, provides that the Secretary of Agriculture will provide grants to, or enter into cooperative agreements with, eligible organizations to implement field-based projects that consist of local or regional procurements of eligible commodities in developing countries to provide development assistance and respond to food crises and disasters. The intended effects of the USDA LRP Program are to support development activities aimed at strengthening the trade capacity of food-insecure developing countries and to address the cause of chronic food insecurity. The regulation also addresses how emergency programming will be addressed.
Environmental Impact Statements: Tongass National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment
Document Number: 2016-15353
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture
M. Earl Stewart, the Forest Supervisor for the Tongass National Forest, Alaska Region, has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the Tongass National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment. The draft ROD selects Alternative Five. The FEIS, draft ROD, and Forest Plan are available on the forest's Web site at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/R10/Tongass/PlanAmend. A hardcopy and further information is available by contacting the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. The draft ROD is subject to objection under 36 CFR part 219, subpart B. A written notice of objection, including any attachments, must be submitted (regular mail, express delivery, messenger service, fax, email, or hand delivery) within 60 days of the publication date of this notice in the newspapers of record, the Juneau Empire and the Ketchikan Daily News. The newspaper notice is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection (36 CFR 219.56(b)(3)). An electronic scan of this notice will be posted on the Web site noted above. Those wishing to object to the draft ROD should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. Any objection must be submitted to the Alaska Regional Forester, Beth Pendleton, who is the Objection Reviewing Officer, at one of the addresses listed in the ADDRESSES section below. The objection process provides an opportunity for members of the public who have participated in the planning process for the forest plan amendment to have any unresolved concerns reviewed by the Forest Service prior to a final decision by the Responsible Official. Under 36 CFR 219.53(a), objections will be accepted only from those individuals or organizations who have previously submitted substantive formal comments related to this amendment of the Tongass Forest Plan during the opportunities for public comment provided for this amendment. Objections must be based on previously submitted substantive comments attributed to the objector, unless the objection concerns an issue that arose after the opportunities for public comment. (36 CFR 219.53(a)). In addition, objections must meet the content requirements of 36 CFR 219.54(c), which can be found in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All objections are open to public inspection and will be published in the newspapers of record and posted to the Forest Service Web site (http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/R10/Tongass/PlanAmend).