Department of Agriculture 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Environmental Monitoring
Document Number: 2017-09467
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-10
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 an extension of approval of an information collection associated with environmental monitoring.
Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities
Document Number: 2017-09415
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
This rule updates the list of institutions that are granted Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACU) certification by the Secretary and are eligible for HSACU programs for the period starting October 1, 2016, and ending September 30, 2017.
National Organic Program (NOP); Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Second Proposed Rule
Document Number: 2017-09410
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-05-10
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule sets forth the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) intention to pursue one of several actions on the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule (FR) published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017, by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). USDA is asking the public to comment on the possible actions USDA should take in regards to the disposition of the FR. The FR amends the organic livestock and poultry production requirements in the USDA organic regulations by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions; and expands and clarifies existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices and mammalian living conditions. The FR was originally set to take effect on March 20, 2017, and is now being extended to November 14, 2017.
National Organic Program (NOP); Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices
Document Number: 2017-09409
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-10
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is delaying the effective date of the rule published on January 19, 2017, for an additional six months to November 14, 2017, to allow time for further consideration by USDA. The effective date for this rule was initially March 20, 2017, and was subsequently delayed to May 19, 2017, by a document published in the Federal Register on February 9, 2017. The final rule amends the organic livestock and poultry production requirements by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions; and expands and clarifies existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices and mammalian living conditions.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2017-09406
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Appeals Division's request for an extension to a currently approved information collection for Customer Service Survey.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-09396
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-09389
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Tomatoes With Stems From the Republic of Korea
Document Number: 2017-09353
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-09
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 tomatoes with stems from the Republic of Korea.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Fresh Baby Kiwi From Chile
Document Number: 2017-09352
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-09
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 baby kiwi from Chile into the continental United States.
2017 Rates Charged for AMS Services
Document Number: 2017-09350
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-09
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the 2017 rates it will charge for voluntary grading, inspection, certification, auditing and laboratory services for a variety of agricultural commodities including meat and poultry, fruits and vegetables, eggs, dairy products, and cotton and tobacco. The 2017 regular, overtime, holiday, and laboratory services rates will be applied at the beginning of the crop year, fiscal year or as required by law (June 1 for most cotton programs) depending on the commodity. Other starting dates are added to this notice based on cotton industry practices. This action establishes the rates for user-funded programs based on costs incurred by AMS.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-09313
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for a Reinstatement of an Information Collection; National Animal Health Monitoring System; Beef 2017 Study
Document Number: 2017-09253
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-08
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 the reinstatement of an information collection to support the National Animal Health Monitoring System's Beef 2017 Study.
Announcement of the Record of Decision for the Rosemont Copper Project
Document Number: 2017-09241
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service, USDA, is issuing this notice to advise the public that the Coronado National Forest Supervisor is expected to sign the Record of Decision for the Rosemont Copper Project.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-09210
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Determination; Changes to the National Poultry Improvement Plan Program Standards
Document Number: 2017-09141
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are updating the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Program Standards document. In a previous notice, we made available to the public for review and comment proposed changes to the NPIP Program Standards document to establish new biosecurity principles, amend testing procedures for Mycoplasma, clarify laboratory procedures for Salmonella, add new diagnostic tests for Mycoplasma and Salmonella, and reduce confusion between references to the regulations and the Program Standards.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-09138
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 2017-09124
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-05
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 strawberry described in U.S. Plant Patent Application Serial No. 15/330,507, ``STRAWBERRY PLANT NAMED `MARY'S PEAK','' filed on September 29, 2016.
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 2017-09123
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-05
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. 15/330,508, ``BLACKBERRY PLANT NAMED `COLUMBIA SUNRISE','' filed on September 29, 2016.
Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-formula Federal Assistance Programs-General Award Administrative Provisions and Specific Administrative Provisions
Document Number: 2017-09045
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is publishing as a final rule, a set of general and specific administrative requirements applicable to competitive and non- competitive non-formula programs. The purpose of this final rule is to implement sections of the Agriculture Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79 or the 2014 Farm Bill), making it necessary to add a new section for centers of excellence by modifying Subparts A, B, C and D of the general administrative provisions. Although this final rule becomes effective on the date of publication, NIFA is requesting comments for a 30-day period as identified below.
United States Standards for Barley
Document Number: 2017-08942
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
The Department of Agriculture (USDA), Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is revising the U.S. Standards for Barley (barley standards) under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) by revising the definitions of other terms to remove Six-rowed Blue Malting barley and the reference to kernels with white aleurone layers. Further, GIPSA is revising the barley standards to add the factors injured-by mold and mold-damaged kernels to the subclass Six-rowed Malting barley. Finally, GIPSA is revising the grade requirements for Two-rowed Malting Barley and Six-rowed Malting barley, and removing those for Six-rowed Blue Malting barley.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Multi-Family Housing Program 2017 Industry Forums-Open Teleconference and/or Web Conference Meetings
Document Number: 2017-08885
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
This Notice announces a series of teleconferences and/or web conference meetings regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Multi-Family Housing program, which will be scheduled on a quarterly basis, but may be held more often at the Agency's discretion. This Notice also outlines suggested discussion topics for the meetings and is intended to notify the general public of their opportunity to participate in the teleconference and/or web conference meetings.
Notice of Request for Extension or Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Correction
Document Number: 2017-08847
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture published a document in the Federal Register of April 24, 2017, to request a renewal to a currently approved information collection for race, ethnicity, and gender along with comments. The document contained the wrong OMB number.
Guarantee Fee Rates for Guaranteed Loans for Fiscal Year 2017; Maximum Portion of Guarantee Authority Available for Fiscal Year 2017; Annual Renewal Fee for Fiscal Year 2017
Document Number: 2017-08790
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
This notice helps to improve applicants' awareness of the Guarantee Fee rates for Guaranteed Loans for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, Maximum Portion of Guarantee Authority Available for FY 2017, Annual Renewal Fee for FY 2017 when applying for guaranteed loans under the Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program. The Agency has the authority to charge a guarantee fee and an annual renewal fee for loans made under the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program. Pursuant to that authority, and subject to the current Continuing Resolution, the Agency is establishing an initial guarantee fee rate of 3 percent and an annual renewal fee rate of one-half of 1 percent for the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program. The initial guarantee fee is paid at the time the Loan Note Guarantee is issued. The annual renewal fee is paid by the lender to the Agency once a year. Payment of the annual renewal fee is required in order to maintain the enforceability of the guarantee.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-08788
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture
National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee; Notice of Solicitation for Membership
Document Number: 2017-08733
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are giving notice that the Secretary of Agriculture is soliciting nominations for the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of Animals and Animal Products
Document Number: 2017-08728
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-28
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 activities to prevent the introduction of bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the United States.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Credit Account Approval for Reimbursable Services
Document Number: 2017-08727
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-28
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 credit account approval for reimbursable services.
Notice of Request for Reinstatement of an Information Collection; Importation of Ruminant and Swine Hides, Bird Trophies, and Deer Hides
Document Number: 2017-08605
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-28
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 reinstatement of an information collection associated with the importation of ruminant and swine hides, bird trophies, and deer hides.
General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan; Meeting
Document Number: 2017-08601
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are giving notice of a meeting of the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-08594
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board
Document Number: 2017-08556
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board (Board) will meet in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Board is established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974, the National Forest Management Act of 1976, and the Federal Public Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Additional information concerning the Board, including the meeting summary/minutes, can be found by visiting the Board's Web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/blackhills/workingtogether/ advisorycommittees.
National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule
Document Number: 2017-08555
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule Committee (Committee) will meet in Houston, Texas. Attendees may also listen via webinar and conference call. The Committee operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Committee information can be found by visiting the Committee's Web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/ main/planningrule/committee.
Environmental Policies and Procedures; Corrections
Document Number: 2017-08529
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-04-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, and Farm Service Agency published a document in the Federal Register on March 2, 2016 (81 FR 11000), entitled ``Environmental Policies and Procedures.'' The rule replaced two existing rules relating to the Agencies' procedures for implementing NEPA. These corrections will replace references in several paragraphs to one of the former rules, 7 CFR part 1940, subpart G, which is now obsolete.
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, Palouse Ranger District; Idaho; Moose Creek Project
Document Number: 2017-08496
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Palouse Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests (NCF) is gathering information to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to identify and assess potential impacts on the environment as a result of the Moose Creek Project in Latah County, Idaho. The proposed action would use timber harvest and fuels treatment in the West Fork Potlatch River subwatershed in an overarching effort to improve forest health, reduce the risk of potential catastrophic wildfires, and provide for long-term social, ecological, and economic sustainability.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-08418
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Revision of Land Management Plan for Gila National Forest; Counties of Catron, Grant, Hidalgo, and Sierra, New Mexico
Document Number: 2017-08407
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
As directed by the National Forest Management Act, the USDA Forest Service is revising the Gila National Forest's Land Management Plan (hereafter referred to as Forest Plan) through development of an associated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This notice describes the documents available for review and how to obtain them; summarizes the needs for change to the existing Forest Plan; provides information concerning public participation and collaboration, including the process for submitting comments; provides an estimated schedule for the planning process, including the time available for comments, and includes the names and addresses of agency contacts who can provide additional information.
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, Palouse Ranger District; Idaho; Little Boulder Project
Document Number: 2017-08406
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Little Boulder project was released for public scoping in November 2014. The anticipated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis level at that time was an environmental assessment. Upon further environmental impact analysis, the responsible official decided to proceed with an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze and disclose any significant effects which may result from the proposed action. Those who submitted comments in response to the initial scoping request within the allotted timeframe already have standing to object. To establish standing to object, comments may still be submitted in response to this notice no later than 30 days from May 26, 2017 OR by providing comments during the 45-day comment period following distribution of the draft EIS.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-08359
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-08324
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 199, 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).
Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2017-08323
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Rural Business-Cooperative Service gives notice that it is requesting from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of a revision to a currently approved information collection for the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-08315
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-08291
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Reinstatement of an Information Collection; National Animal Health Reporting System
Document Number: 2017-08208
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-24
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 the reinstatement of an information collection associated with the National Animal Health Reporting System.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Fresh Pomegranates From Chile
Document Number: 2017-08207
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-24
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 pomegranates from Chile into the continental United States.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Phytophthora Ramorum; Quarantine and Regulations
Document Number: 2017-08206
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-24
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 interstate movement of regulated articles to prevent the spread of Phytophthora ramorum.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-08190
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-08166
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Extension or Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2017-08151
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights to request a renewal to a currently approved information collection for race, ethnicity, and gender along with comments.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-08135
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-08073
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture