Department of Agriculture 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-08069
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Proposed California Federal Milk Marketing Order; Producer Ballots
Document Number: 2017-08033
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-04-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget for a new information collection: Proposed California Federal Milk Marketing Order; Referendum Procedures.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Potatoes From Mexico
Document Number: 2017-08028
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-21
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 potatoes from Mexico.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Citrus Canker; Interstate Movement of Regulated Nursery Stock and Fruit From Quarantined Areas
Document Number: 2017-08027
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-21
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 nursery stock and fruit from quarantined areas to prevent the spread of citrus canker.
Notice of Meeting of Expert Panel on Publication of Farm Operator Demographics
Document Number: 2017-07988
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announces a meeting of an Expert Panel on Publication of Farm Operator Demographic data obtained through the 2017 Census of Agriculture.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-07980
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Renewal of an Approved Information Collection (Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection)
Document Number: 2017-07906
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-19
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 request a renewal of the approved information collection regarding poultry slaughter inspection. The approval for this information collection will expire on September 30, 2017. There are no changes to the existing information collection.
Availability of an Environmental Assessment for the Field Release of Genetically Engineered Diamondback Moths
Document Number: 2017-07840
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is making available for public comment an environmental assessment prepared in connection with a permit application for the field release of diamondback moths that have been genetically engineered for repressible female lethality and to express red fluorescence as a marker. The purpose of the proposed field release is to assess the feasibility and efficacy of these moths in reducing populations of diamondback moths that are known plant pests and a serious threat to agriculture.
Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-07835
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (Recreation RAC) will meet in Decatur, Georgia. The Recreation RAC is authorized pursuant with the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004 (the Act) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA). Additional information concerning the Recreation RAC can be found by visiting the Recreation RAC's Web site at: http:// www.fs.usda.gov/main/r8/recreation/racs.
Pike/San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron/Comanche National Grasslands; Chaffee County Colorado; Browns Canyon National Monument Plan Assessment
Document Number: 2017-07797
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Notice of intent to start the assessment phase for The Browns Canyon National Monument Management PlanPike/San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron/Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) Plan amendment and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan update. An assessment report of ecological, social, and economic conditions and trends for Browns Canyon National Monument will be prepared for the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) Plan Amendment and Bureau of Land Management Resource Management Plan update.
Forest Resource Coordinating Committee
Document Number: 2017-07763
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Resource Coordinating Committee (Committee) will meet in Washington, DC. The Committee is established consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (FACA), and the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the Act). Committee information can be found at the following Web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/ coop/frcc/.
Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-07762
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory Committee (LTBFAC) will meet in South Lake Tahoe, California. The Committee is established pursuant to Executive Order 13057, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972. Additional information concerning the Committee can be found by visiting the Committee's Web site at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/ goto/ltbmu/LTFAC.
Sitka Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-07761
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Sitka Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Sitka, 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 the Act. RAC information can be found at the following Web site: http://cloudapps-usda-gov.force.com/FSSRS/ RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcwXAAS.
USDA Farmers Market Application; Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2017-07738
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval, from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection for USDA Farmers Market Application. Copies of this one-time yearly application form to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers Market may be obtained by calling the AMS Transportation and Marketing Program contact listed or visiting the Web site at www.usda.gov/farmersmarket.
Notice of Intent To Certify Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (Alabama); Request for Comments
Document Number: 2017-07702
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture
We are asking for comments on the quality of services provided by this Delegated State: Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (Alabama).
Opportunity for Designation in the Montana Area; Request for Comments on the Official Agency Servicing This Area
Document Number: 2017-07701
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The designation of the official agency listed below will end on June 30, 2017. We are asking persons or governmental agencies interested in providing official services in the areas presently served by this agency to submit an application for designation. In addition, we are asking for comments on the quality of services provided by the following designated agency: Montana Department of Agriculture (Montana).
Notice of Intent To Certify South Carolina Department of Agriculture (South Carolina); Request for Comments
Document Number: 2017-07700
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture
We are asking for comments on the quality of services provided by this Delegated State: South Carolina Department of Agriculture (South Carolina).
Opportunity for Designation in the Georgia Area; Request for Comments on the Official Agency Servicing This Area
Document Number: 2017-07699
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The designation of the official agency listed below will end on June 30, 2017. We are asking persons or governmental agencies interested in providing official services in the areas presently served by this agency to submit an application for designation. In addition, we are asking for comments on the quality of services provided by the following designated agency: Georgia Department of Agriculture (Georgia).
Designation for the Decatur, IN Area
Document Number: 2017-07686
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture
GIPSA is announcing the designation of Northeast Indiana Grain Inspection, Inc. (Northeast Indiana) to provide official services under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), as amended.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-07649
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-07566
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Superior National Forest; Minnesota; Application for Withdrawal
Document Number: 2017-07489
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Superior National Forest published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017, describing a submitted application to the Secretary of Interior proposing a withdrawal of approximately 234,328 acres of National Forest System (NFS) lands, for a 20-year term, within the Rainy River Watershed on the Superior National Forest from disposition under United States mineral and geothermal leasing laws, subject to valid existing rights. This proposal will also include an amendment to the Superior National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan to reflect this withdrawal. This notice extends the scoping comment period by 120 days. The purpose of the withdrawal request is protection of the natural resources and waters located on NFS lands from the potential adverse environmental impacts arising from exploration and development of fully Federally-owned minerals conducted pursuant to the mineral leasing laws within the Rainy River Watershed that flow into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Mining Protection Area (MPA) in northeastern Minnesota. The USFS acknowledges this proposed request subjects these NFS lands to temporary segregation for up to 2 years from entry under the United States mineral and geothermal leasing laws. The lands have been and will remain open to such forms of use and disposition as may be allowed by law on National Forest System lands including the disposition of mineral materials. The USFS recognizes that any segregation or withdrawal of these lands will be subject to valid existing rights and therefore inapplicable to private lands owned in fee, private mineral estates, and private fractional minerals interests. This notice also gives the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed request for withdrawal, and announces the opportunity for a future public meeting.
Information Collection; Request for Comment; National Visitor Use Monitoring
Document Number: 2017-07488
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-13
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 of a currently approved information collection, National Visitor Use Monitoring (0596-0110).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Recordkeeping of D-SNAP Benefit Issuance and Commodity Distribution for Disaster Relief
Document Number: 2017-07413
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-12
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 revision of a currently approved collection.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Child Nutrition Database
Document Number: 2017-07412
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-12
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 is a revision of a currently approved collection. This collection is the voluntary submission of data including nutrient data from the food industry to update and expand the Child Nutrition Database in support of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.
Revision of the Land Management Plan for the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas
Document Number: 2017-07407
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, located in central and east Texas, is initiating the first phase of the forest planning process pursuant to the 2012 National Forest System land management planning rule. This process will result in a revised land management plan (Forest Plan) which describes the strategic direction for management of forest and grassland resources on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas for the next ten to fifteen years. The planning process encompasses three stages: Assessment, plan revision, and monitoring. The first phase of the process, the assessment phase, is beginning on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas and involves assessing ecological, social, and economic conditions of the planning area, which is documented in an assessment report. The Forest is inviting the public to contribute to the development of the assessment. The Forest will be hosting public forums where the public will be invited to share information relevant to the assessment, including existing information, current trends, and local knowledge.
Scope of Sections 202(a) and (b) of the Packers and Stockyards Act
Document Number: 2017-07361
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-04-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
This proposed rule sets forth the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) intention to pursue one of several actions on the above titled Interim Final Rule (IFR) published in the Federal Register on December 20, 2016, by USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). USDA is asking the public to comment as to the possible actions USDA should take in regards to the disposition of the IFR. The IFR addresses the scope of sections 202(a) and (b) of the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, as amended and supplemented (P&S Act) in order to clarify that conduct or action may violate sections 202(a) and (b) of the P&S Act without adversely affecting, or having a likelihood of adversely affecting, competition. The IFR was originally set to take effect on February 21, 2017, and is now being extended to October 19, 2017.
Scope of Sections 202(a) and (b) of the Packers and Stockyards Act
Document Number: 2017-07360
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-04-12
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 delaying the effective date of the rule published on December 20, 2016, for an additional six months to October 19, 2017, in response to a comment received from a national general farm organization that requested an extension of time and to allow time for further consideration by USDA. The effective date for this rule was originally February 21, 2017, and subsequently delayed to April 22, 2017, by a document published in the Federal Register on February 7, 2017. The interim final rule addresses the scope of sections 202(a) and (b) of the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, as amended and supplemented (P&S Act) in order to clarify that conduct or action may violate sections 202(a) and (b) of the P&S Act without adversely affecting, or having a likelihood of adversely affecting, competition.
Bayer CropScience LP.; Availability of Draft Environmental Assessment, Plant Pest Risk Similarity Assessment, Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact, and Preliminary Decision for an Extension of a Determination of Nonregulated Status of Canola Genetically Engineered for Male Sterility and Glufosinate-Ammonium Resistance
Document Number: 2017-07359
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has reached a preliminary decision to extend our determination of nonregulated status of InVigor[supreg] MS8 canola (hereinafter MS8 canola) to Bayer's canola event MS11 in response to a request from Bayer CropScience LP. MS11 canola has been genetically engineered for male sterility and resistance to the herbicide glufosinate-ammonium using the same mechanism of action as MS8 canola. We are making available for public comment our draft environmental assessment, preliminary regulatory determination, preliminary finding of no significant impact, and plant pest risk similarity assessment for the proposed determination of nonregulated status.
Monongahela National Forest; West Virginia; Proposed WB Xpress Project (FERC)
Document Number: 2017-07042
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended; the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended; and the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (NFMA), as amended; the Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR), and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) have participated as cooperating agencies with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the preparation of the WB XPress Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA addresses the impacts of the project and the proposal for authorization from the Forest Service to construct, operate, maintain, and eventually decommission a natural gas transmission pipeline that crosses National Forest System (NFS) lands. With this agency-specific Notice of Availability, the FS is announcing the opening of the FERC comment period. Comments submitted to the FERC concerning FS actions need to be timely and specific, showing a direct relationship to the proposal and include supporting reasons.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-07244
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Plant Variety Protection Board; Open Teleconference Meeting
Document Number: 2017-07214
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a meeting of the Plant Variety Protection Board (Board). The meeting is being held to discuss a variety of topics including, but not limited to, work and outreach plans, subcommittee activities, and proposals for procedure changes. The meeting is open to the public. This notice sets forth the schedule and location for the meeting.
Office of Communications; Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2017-07213
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Office of Communications to request approval for a new information collection for Event Appearance Requests for the Secretary or members of his staff.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-07144
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Comment Request: Form FNS-583, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training Program Activity Report
Document Number: 2017-07113
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, this notice invites the public and other public agencies to comment on a proposed information collection burden for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Employment and Training (E&T) Program, currently approved under OMB No. 0584-0339. This is an extension without revision of a currently approved collection. The burden estimate remains 21,889 hours.
Southern Gardens Citrus Nursery, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Permit for Release of Genetically Engineered Citrus tristeza virus
Document Number: 2017-07106
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are announcing to the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) evaluating the environmental impacts that may result from the potential approval of an application from Southern Gardens Citrus Nursery, LLC, seeking a permit for the environmental release of genetically engineered Citrus tristeza virus (CTV). The virus has been genetically engineered to express defensin proteins from spinach as an approach to manage citrus greening disease throughout the State of Florida. APHIS considers this genetically engineered CTV to be a biological control agent since it is a biological organism intended to help manage citrus greening disease. Issues to be addressed in the EIS include the potential environmental impacts to managed natural and non-agricultural lands, agricultural production systems, the physical environment, biological resources, human health, socioeconomics, federally listed threatened or endangered species, and cultural or historic resources. We are also requesting public comments to further delineate the scope of the alternatives and environmental impacts and issues to be included in this EIS.
Child Nutrition Programs: Income Eligibility Guidelines
Document Number: 2017-07043
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This notice announces the Department's annual adjustments to the Income Eligibility Guidelines to be used in determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals and free milk for the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program. The annual adjustments are required by section 9 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. The guidelines are intended to direct benefits to those children most in need and are revised annually to account for changes in the Consumer Price Index.
Meeting Notice of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board
Document Number: 2017-07024
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, and the Agricultural Act of 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces a meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.
Lincoln National Forest; New Mexico; South Sacramento Restoration Project
Document Number: 2017-06927
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Lincoln National Forest will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to document and publicly disclose environmental effects of its management strategy for restoring forest health on approximately 140,000 acres in the southern Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico. The restoration strategy would include a variety of management tools including mechanical methods and prescribed fire to achieve forest health and fuel reduction goals. The project will include additional measures to improve wildlife habitat and watershed health. The project will include adaptive management options that will allow for treatment flexibility based on site-specific conditions, needs, and objectives.
Notice of Request for Comments on Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2017-06856
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of Procurement and Property Management
This notice announces the Department of Agriculture, Departmental Management, Office of Procurement and Property Management's intention to request an extension and a revision to a currently approved information collection, Voluntary Labeling Program for Biobased Products for Federal Biobased Products Preferred Procurement Program.
Revision of Land and Resource Management Plan for the Tonto National Forest; Counties of Coconino, Gila, Maricopa, Pinal, and Yavapai, Arizona
Document Number: 2017-06788
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
As directed by the National Forest Management Act, the USDA Forest Service is revising the existing Tonto National Forest's Land and Resource 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 to 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Understanding the Anti-Fraud Measures of Large SNAP Retailers
Document Number: 2017-06669
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This is a new collection for the purpose of learning about the types of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) related fraud activity observed by large retailers and the methods they use to prevent fraud and minimize their losses. The goal of the information collection is to learn more about the types of SNAP fraud that occur in large retailer settings; document retailer practices to detect, deter, and deal with fraud (collectively known as loss prevention or loss prevention practices); and determine which practices could provide information that would help FNS in detecting and preventing SNAP fraud.
Lynn Canal-Icy Strait Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-06655
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Lynn Canal-Icy Strait Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Juneau, 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://cloudapps- usda-gov.force.com/FSSRS/RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcwQAAS.
Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board
Document Number: 2017-06654
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-04
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 (5 U.S.C. App. II), the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1600 et. seq.), the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 1612), and the Federal Public Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (Pub. L. 108-447). 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.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2017-06641
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-04
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval, from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection ``Laboratory Approval Programs.''
Determination of Regulatory Review Period for Purposes of Patent Extension; Lawsonia Intracellularis Bacterin Vaccine
Document Number: 2017-06640
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has determined the regulatory review period for Lawsonia Intracellularis Bacterin Vaccine and is publishing this notice of that determination as required by law. We have made this determination in response to the submission of an application to the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, Department of Commerce, for the extension of a patent that claims that veterinary biologic.
Animal Disease Traceability System; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2017-06639
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
This is to inform the public of upcoming meetings regarding the Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) system. These regional meetings will let the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service hear from the public, particularly from the cattle and bison sectors, about the successes and challenges of the current ADT framework and provide a venue for the exchange of ideas about ways to overcome these challenges and fill gaps in the existing system.
Information Collection Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Customer Feedback on the Farm Service Agency Service Delivery
Document Number: 2017-06594
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension with a revision of a currently approved information collection associated with the Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Customer Feedback on FSA Service Delivery. This option is a fast track for approval to streamline the timing to implement certain types of surveys and related collection of information. FSA uses the approval to cover the instruments of collection (such as a survey, a window pop-up survey, a focus group, or a comment card), which are designed to get customer feedback on FSA service delivery for various programs. This request for approval broadly addresses FSA's need for information about what our customers think of our services so that we can improve service delivery; specific information collection activities will be incorporated into the approval as the need for the information is identified. For example, when we implement a new program and provide information about the services for the program on our Web site, we may provide a voluntary customer service questionnaire about how well the program is working for our customers, specifically within the area of customer service. FSA is requesting to increase the number of respondents in the fast track approval due to an anticipated increase in the number of customer respondents responding to customer service surveys that will be sent to a broader scope and greater number of FSA customers.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-06582
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling
Document Number: 2017-06523
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Office of Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) are sponsoring a public meeting on April 7, 2017. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) positions to be discussed at the 38th Session of the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), taking place in Budapest, Hungary, between May 8 and 12, 2017. The Administrator and Acting Deputy Under Secretary, Office of Food Safety, Office of Food Safety and the FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties with the opportunity to obtain background information on the 38th Session of the CCMAS and to address items on the agenda.