Department of Agriculture March 2019 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Elimination of the Requirement That Livestock Carcasses Be Marked “U.S. Inspected and Passed” at the Time of Inspection Within a Slaughter Establishment for Carcasses To Be Further Processed Within the Same Establishment
Document Number: 2019-04993
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
FSIS is amending the Federal meat inspection regulations to eliminate the requirement that livestock carcasses be marked with the official inspection legend at the time of inspection in a slaughter establishment, if the carcasses are to be further processed in the same establishment.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-04936
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-04935
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-State Administrative Expense Funds
Document Number: 2019-04928
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-18
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 collection is a revision of a currently approved collection for State administrative expense funds expended in the operation of the Child Nutrition Programs administered under the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.
Soybean Promotion, Research, and Information Program: Opportunity To Request a Referendum
Document Number: 2019-04925
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces that soybean producers may request a referendum to determine if producers want the Secretary to conduct a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order), as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act). Participation in the Request for Referendum is voluntary. Producers should participate only if they wish to request a referendum on the program. If at least 10 percent (not in excess of one-fifth of which may be producers in any one State) of the 515,008 eligible producers, as determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), participate in the Request for Referendum, a referendum will be held within 1 year from that determination. If results of the Request for Referendum indicate that a referendum is not supported, a referendum would not be conducted. The results of the Request for Referendum will be published in a Notice in the Federal Register.
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2019-04909
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the California Date Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate for the 2018-19 and subsequent crop years for California dates handled under Marketing Order 987. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-04868
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-04862
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-15
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 Swine Contract Library. OMB approved this information collection as OMB 0580-0021 under Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards (GIPSA). Due to the realignment of offices authorized by the Secretary's memorandum dated November 14, 2017, which eliminated the GIPSA as a standalone agency, the Swine Contract Library activities formerly part of GIPSA are now assigned a new OMB control number of 0581-0311.
Pecans Grown in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas; Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-04861
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-15
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 an extension for and revision to a currently approved information collection for Pecans Grown in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, Marketing Order No. 986.
Request for Renewal of OMB 0581-0125 Regulations Governing Inspection Certification of Fresh & Processed Fruits, Vegetables, & Other Products
Document Number: 2019-04859
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-15
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 (OMB) for the renewal of currently approved information collection of 0581-0125 Regulations Governing Inspection Certification of Fresh & Processed Fruits, Vegetables, & Other Products.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Sand Pears From China
Document Number: 2019-04858
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-15
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.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-04831
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Change in Committee Structure for Processed Pears
Document Number: 2019-04782
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-14
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule implements a recommendation from the Processed Pear Committee (Committee) to change the Committee's membership structure. This action removes the second alternate member position from the Committee structure, leaving ten member positions and one alternate position for each respective member.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-04780
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-14
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, for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection of the Seed Service Testing Program.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-04778
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-14
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 of the Federal Seed Act Labeling and Enforcement.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-04775
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-14
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 (OMB) for an extension of the currently approved information collection, ``Livestock, Poultry, and Grain Market News'' (OMB 0581-0033). This information collection is used to compile and generate market reports covering livestock, poultry, meat, eggs, grain, and their related products, as well as locally produced and marketed products.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-04764
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-04562
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Current and Anticipated Future Spectrum Requirements for Commercial Agriculture, Forestry, Mining, and Rural Manufacturing
Document Number: 2019-04540
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), invites comment on the radio spectrum requirements of commercial agriculture, forestry, mining, and rural manufacturing. The information received will advise USDA regarding non- Federal spectrum policy needs in rural settings and offer insight into the technology needs and potential applications in commercial agriculture.
Verdeca LLC; Availability of a Draft Plant Pest Risk Assessment and a Draft Environmental Assessment for Determination of Nonregulated Status of Soybean Genetically Engineered for Yield Increase and Resistance to Glufosinate
Document Number: 2019-04537
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-13
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 a draft plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) and a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the new plant variety HB4 soybean designated as event IND-00410-5, which has been genetically engineered for increased yield and resistance to the herbicide glufosinate. We are making the draft PPRA and draft EA available for public review and comment.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-04531
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-04524
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-04523
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Announcement of First Meeting of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and Request for Comments
Document Number: 2019-04543
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
The Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services announce the first meeting of the newly appointed 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (the Committee). This meeting will be open to the public. Additionally, this notice opens a public comment period that will remain open until early 2020, throughout the Committee's deliberations.
Notice of Request for Revision of Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-04439
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Foreign Agricultural Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) intention to request a revision from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a currently approved information collection process in support of the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program and the Market Access Program (MAP).
Availability of FSIS Guideline for Industry Response to Customer Complaints
Document Number: 2019-04350
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of and requesting comments on a guideline to assist the meat and poultry industry develop written programs for responding to consumer complaints about adulterated or misbranded meat and poultry products. FSIS developed this guideline in response to an increase in the number of recalls of meat and poultry products contaminated with foreign materials.
Federal Milk Marketing Orders-Amending the Class I Skim Milk Price Formula
Document Number: 2019-04347
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule amends the Class I skim milk price formula for milk pooled under Federal milk marketing orders (FMMO) as required by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). Under the amended price formula, the Class I skim milk price will be the simple average of the monthly advanced pricing factors for Class III and Class IV skim milk, plus $0.74 per cwt, plus the applicable adjusted Class I differential. Prior to this amendment, the Class I skim milk price was the higher of the two advanced pricing factors, plus the applicable adjusted Class I differential.
Christmas Tree Promotion Research, and Information Order; Referendum
Document Number: 2019-04344
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible producers and importers of Christmas trees to determine whether they favor continuance of the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national Christmas tree research and promotion program.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-04334
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Review of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service National Conservation Practice Standards
Document Number: 2019-04290
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) amended the Food Security Act of 1985, to require an expedited review of conservation practice standards, including engineering design specifications, that were in effect on December 19, 2018. NRCS will evaluate opportunities to increase flexibility in the conservation practice standards in a manner that ensures equivalent natural resource benefits. This notice announces that NRCS will be reviewing the national conservation practice standards in the National Handbook of Conservation Practices and is requesting comments from the public about how to improve the conservation practice standards.
Information Collection Request; Interpretations of Statutory and Regulatory Provisions and Written Interpretations of FCIC Procedures; Notice of Request for Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-04279
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
This notice announces a public comment period on the information collection requests (ICRs) associated with the interpretations of provisions of the Act or any regulation codified in the Code of Federal Regulations (Final Agency Determination) and interpretations of policy provision not codified in the Code of Federal Regulations or any procedure used in the administration of the Federal crop insurance program (FCIC interpretation).
Peanut Promotion, Research and Information Order; Continuance Referendum
Document Number: 2019-04277
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible producers of peanuts to determine whether they favor continuance of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) regulations regarding a national peanut research and promotion program.
Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Other Products Inspection, Certification and Standards and Processed Fruits and Vegetables, Processed Products Thereof, and Certain Other Processed Food Products; Removal of Power of Attorney and Other Administrative Changes
Document Number: 2019-01546
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule modifies regulations and standards issued pursuant to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 by removing references to power of attorney. Further, this rule modifies language to ensure consistency between the regulations and standards for fresh and processed fruits and vegetables. Power of Attorney is an outdated, cumbersome tool that increases the cost and record retention requirements for stakeholders when conducting business. We are making these changes to eliminate these requirements. This will allow us to provide services to our customers faster and without the financial and record retention burden. The functions of the Power of Attorney are currently done by a Supervisor or ``inspector in charge''.
Pecans Grown in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas; Revision of Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 2019-04232
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule revises the reporting requirements under the Federal marketing order for pecans. The revised reporting requirements will enable the American Pecan Council (Council) to collect information from handlers on the average handler price paid and the average shelled pecan yield. The Council will use this information to provide important statistical reports to the industry and meet requirements under the marketing order.
Administrative Changes to the Regulations Governing the National Veterinary Accreditation Program
Document Number: 2019-04166
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-03-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the regulations governing the National Veterinary Accreditation Program by clarifying the veterinary programs for which accredited veterinarians are authorized to perform duties under the Animal Health Protection Act. We are also proposing to add or revise certain definitions and terms used in the regulations. The changes we propose would update the program regulations.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-04121
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comments Request-Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Integrity Study
Document Number: 2019-04090
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-07
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 collection. The primary purpose of this study is to provide FNS with information about how the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is administered and monitored by State agencies and SFSP sponsors and sites, and identify common SFSP integrity challenges.
Hiring Flexibility Under Professional Standards; Correction
Document Number: 2019-04073
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This document contains a correction to the final rule published in the Federal Register on March 1, 2019, ``Hiring Flexibility Under Professional Standards.''
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-04022
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) invites comments on this information collection for Single Family Housing Direct Loans and Grants programs, for which the Agency intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested. The collection involves the use of Form 410-8 ``Application Reference Letter.'' The form will be used to obtain information about an applicant's credit history that might not appear on a credit report and to provide clarification on the promptness of applicant's payments on debts which enables Rural Housing Service to make better creditworthiness decisions.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-04021
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection, Correction
Document Number: 2019-04020
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to seek reinstatement of the 2019 Organic Survey. Response to this survey will be mandatory.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-03962
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture
2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session on Hemp
Document Number: 2019-03912
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-05
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In preparing to implement the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will host a listening session for initial public input about a new program to regulate hemp production. The listening session will provide interested parties with an opportunity to assist the Agency's future rulemaking efforts by sharing their views on how the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) can partner with agriculture agencies representing states, territories, and Indian tribes to implement a nationwide program for overseeing the production of industrial hemp.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Fresh Andean Blackberry and Raspberry Fruit From Ecuador Into the Continental United States
Document Number: 2019-03859
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-05
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 importation of fresh Andean blackberry and raspberry fruit from Ecuador into the continental United States.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Wooden Handicrafts From China
Document Number: 2019-03858
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-05
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 wooden handicrafts from China.
Environmental Impact Statement for Predator Damage Management in Idaho
Document Number: 2019-03834
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service plans to prepare an environmental impact statement analyzing alternatives for predator damage management in Idaho.
Amendments to the Pale Cyst Nematode Regulations
Document Number: 2019-03673
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-03-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the domestic quarantine regulations for pale cyst nematode by adding procedures that would allow persons to review and comment on the protocols for regulating and deregulating quarantine and associated areas. As part of this proposal, we are making the protocols publicly available. We are proposing these actions in response to a court order requiring the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to facilitate public input into the development of protocols for deregulating fields for pale cyst nematode. The changes we propose would make the protocols more accessible and give persons the opportunity to comment on their development.
Reauthorization of Dairy Forward Pricing Program
Document Number: 2019-03600
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule reauthorizes the Dairy Forward Pricing Program (DFPP) in accordance with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). Establishing new contracts under the DFPP has been prohibited since the expiration of the program on September 30, 2018. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized the program to allow handlers to enter into new contracts until September 30, 2023. Any forward contract entered prior to the September 30, 2023, deadline is subject to a September 30, 2026, expiration date.
Notice of Continued Suspension of Supervision Fee Assessment Under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA)
Document Number: 2019-03597
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing Service
The Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has determined the suspension of the assessment of fees for supervision of official inspection and weighing services performed by delegated States and/or designated agencies under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) will continue through December 31, 2020.
Hiring Flexibility Under Professional Standards
Document Number: 2019-03524
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-03-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This final rule adds four flexibilities to the hiring standards for new school nutrition program directors in small local educational agencies (LEAs) and new State directors of school nutrition programs under the Professional Standards regulations for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. First, to address hiring challenges faced by small LEAs, which are those with 2,499 or fewer students, this rule requires relevant food service experience rather than school nutrition program experience for new school nutrition program directors. Second, it provides State agencies with discretion to consider documented volunteer or unpaid work as relevant experience for new school nutrition program directors in LEAs with 2,499 or fewer students. Third, it gives State agencies discretion to accept less than the required years of food service experience when an applicant for a new director position in an LEA with fewer than 500 students has the minimum required education. Lastly, this rule adds flexibility to the hiring standards for State directors of school nutrition programs by allowing State agencies to consider applicants with either a bachelor's or advanced degree in specified fields. These changes are expected to expand the pool of candidates qualified to serve as leaders in the school nutrition programs while continuing to ensure that school nutrition professionals are able to perform their duties effectively and efficiently.