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

2019 Rates Charged for AMS Services
Document Number: 2019-08701
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the 2019 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 2019 regular, overtime, holiday, and laboratory services rates will be applied at the beginning of the crop year, fiscal year or as required by law 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. This year more than half of AMS user fee rates will remain unchanged or will decrease, but increases are necessary to many fees to cover costs. For consistency, audit fees will now be the same for all commodities at $115.00 per hour.
National Organic Program: Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances for 2017 NOSB Recommendations (Livestock and Handling)
Document Number: 2019-08700
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-30
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule amends the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) section of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). This rule adds elemental sulfur to the National List for use in organic livestock production and reclassifies potassium acid tartrate from a non- agricultural substance to an agricultural substance and requires the organic form of the ingredient when commercially available. This rule also corrects the amendatory instructions to ensure proper placement of the regulatory text.
Notice of Intent To Seek Renewal of an Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-08690
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-30
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and applicable regulations of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), this notice announces the intention of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to seek reinstatement of the ARS Animal Health National Program Assessment Survey. This voluntary information collection will give the beneficiaries of ARS research the opportunity to provide input on the impact of research conducted by ARS in the last national program cycle for each respective national program. This input will be used in planning the research agenda for the next 5-year program cycle.
Notice of Intent To Seek OMB Approval To Collect Information: Forms Pertaining to the Scientific Peer Preview of ARS Research Projects
Document Number: 2019-08689
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-30
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
The proposed information collection requirement described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and OMB implementing regulations. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-08677
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program
Document Number: 2019-08624
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Farm Service Agency (FSA), on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), is announcing the availability of funding under the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) for eligible certified organic producers and handlers. FSA is also announcing the opportunity for State Agencies to apply for grant agreements to administer the OCCSP program in fiscal year (FY) 2019. State Agencies that establish agreements for FY 2019 may be given the opportunity to extend their agreements and receive additional funds to administer the program in future years. Through this notice, FSA is providing the requirements for producers and handlers to apply for OCCSP payments, and for State Agencies to establish agreements to receive funds in order to provide cost share assistance to eligible producers and handlers.
South Branch Potomac River Subwatershed of the Potomac River Watershed, Highland County, Virginia and Pendleton and Grant Counties, West Virginia
Document Number: 2019-08598
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS gives notice of the deauthorization of Federal funding for the South Branch Potomac River Subwatershed of the Potomac River Watershed project, Highland County, Virginia and Pendleton and Grant Counties, West Virginia, effective November 29, 2018.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-08584
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling of Covered Commodities: Notice of Request for Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-08579
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-29
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 a renewal and revision to the currently approved information collection of the Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) of Covered Commodities.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-08572
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
The Public Health Information System (PHIS) Export Component Fee
Document Number: 2019-08547
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing that starting June 1, 2019, it will assess a fee to exporters that choose to apply for export certificates electronically through the export component of the Agency's Public Health Information System (PHIS). FSIS is only using the PHIS export component for a limited number of countries at this time.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-08496
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 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).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-08491
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request To Revise an Approved Information Collection: Public Health Information System
Document Number: 2019-08451
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-26
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 revise the approved information collection for the FSIS Public Health Information System (PHIS) so that FSIS can make periodic updates to the numbering system on the Meat and Poultry Export Certificate of Wholesomeness (FSIS Form 9060-5). The approval for this information collection will expire on January 31, 2021. FSIS is making no changes to the burden estimate.
Notice of Intent To Renew a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-08438
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
In accordance with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations that implement the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) intention to request Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the revision and extension of a currently approved information collection for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).
User Fees for Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Services
Document Number: 2019-08394
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
On May 13, 2016, the Air Transport Association of America filed suit against the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), claiming APHIS' 2015 final rule setting fee structures for its Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI) program (Docket No. APHIS- 2013-0021, effective December 28, 2015) violated the Administrative Procedure Act. In its March 28, 2018 Order, the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia rejected challenges based on the calculations and methods for setting the fees and APHIS' adoption of the final rule. However, the Court also held that APHIS improperly relied on an expired provision in the relevant statute to justify its ability to levy a fee to support a reserve account. In so doing, the Court did ``not evaluate or rule on the agency's current argument that it has authority to fund a reserve'' pursuant to other statutory authority. In this clarification to the final rule, APHIS clarifies that, while we accept the court's holding that congressional authority under one specific provision of the statute to maintain a reasonable balance in the reserve account expired in 2002, this expiration does not abrogate our authority to collect for a reserve, as that authorization is written into other provisions of the statute. This interpretation is consistent with APHIS' long-standing precedent as set forth in prior rulemakings. The agency is only seeking comments related to the legal authority for the reserve component of AQI User Fee Program and is not reexamining any other aspect of the program at this time, including the AQI User Fee calculation.
Information Collection; Fire & Aviation Management Medical Qualifications Program
Document Number: 2019-08390
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-26
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 with revisions to the information collection, Fire & Aviation Management Medical Qualifications Program. With this extension, the Agency has changed the name of the information collection to Fire & Aviation Management Medical Qualifications Program.
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): 2019/2020 Income Eligibility Guidelines
Document Number: 2019-08389
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (``Department'') announces adjusted income eligibility guidelines to be used by State agencies in determining the income eligibility of persons applying to participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). These income eligibility guidelines are to be used in conjunction with the WIC Regulations.
Notice of Request for Reinstatement of an Information Collection; National Animal Health Monitoring System; Swine 2020 Study
Document Number: 2019-08351
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-25
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 conduct the National Animal Health Monitoring System's Swine 2020 Study.
Feasibility Study on Livestock Dealer Statutory Trust
Document Number: 2019-08350
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), is soliciting comments on the feasibility of establishing a livestock dealer statutory trust.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-08344
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Information Collection: Application for Transportation, Utility Systems, Telecommunications and Facilities on Federal Lands and Property
Document Number: 2019-08320
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-25
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 new information collection related to the Application for Transportation, Utility Systems, Telecommunications and Facilities on Federal Lands and Property.
Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Revision of the Salable Quantity and Allotment Percentage for Class 3 (Native) Spearmint Oil for the 2018-2019 Marketing Year
Document Number: 2019-08180
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the quantity of Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during the 2018-2019 marketing year. The Committee recommended this action to ensure that the Native spearmint oil market is adequately supplied through the end of the current marketing year.
Olives Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2019-08179
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-04-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the California Olive Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2019 fiscal year and subsequent fiscal years. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order; Reallocation of Council Membership
Document Number: 2019-08177
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule reallocates the membership of the Mushroom Council (Council) under the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national research and promotion program for mushrooms. The Council administers the regulations with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This rule was recommended by the Council after a review of the geographic distribution of the volume of mushroom production throughout the United States and the volume of imports. This rule revises the number of Council members in two of the four geographic regions under the program. This action is necessary to provide for equitable representation of producers and importers on the Council.
Tomatoes Grown in Florida; Redistricting and Reapportionment of Producer Districts
Document Number: 2019-08173
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-04-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee) to redistrict and reapportion producer representation on the Committee currently prescribed under the marketing order for tomatoes grown in Florida. This action would reduce the number of districts from four to two and reapportion producer membership on the Committee to provide equitable representation from both districts.
Office of the Chief Financial Officer; Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Collection
Document Number: 2019-08130
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Office of the Chief Financial Officer intention to request an extension and revision of a currently approved collection.
Broadband Pilot Program-ReConnect Program
Document Number: 2019-08176
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announced its general policy and application procedures for funding under the eConnectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect Program) in a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and solicitation of applications on December 14, 2018 in the Federal Register and amended the application window closing dates in a notice published on February 25, 2019 in the Federal Register. The Reconnect Program will provide loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas. This Notice announces the opening date for the ReConnect Program application windows.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-08168
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) invites comments on this information collection for which RUS intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-08144
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-08142
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the above-named Agencies to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of debt settlement of Community Facilities and Direct Business Program Loans and Grants.
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 2019-08123
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-23
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 AGROSOURCE, INC. of Tequesta, Florida, an exclusive license to U.S. Patent No. 9,629,362, ``METHODS FOR KILLING INSECTS USING METHYL BENZOATE,'' issued on APRIL 25, 2017.
Notice of Solicitation of Applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2019; Amendment
Document Number: 2019-08118
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (the Agency) published a notice in the Federal Register on August 3, 2018, announcing the acceptance of applications for funds available under the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) provides funding for the program for FY 2019 and expands the eligible technology definition. This notice provides an amendment to Section III. Eligibility Information, subsection C. Eligible Projects, to include the definition.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-08091
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-08053
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 2019-08019
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-22
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 Huvepharma EOOD of Sofia, Bulgaria, an exclusive license for an experimental African Swine Fever vaccine claimed in U.S. Patent No. 9,463,234, ``ATTENUATED AFRICAN SWINE FEVER VIRUS STRAIN INDUCES PROTECTION AGAINST CHALLENGE WITH HOMOLOGOUS VIRULENT PARENTAL VIRUS GEORGIA 2007 ISOLATE'', issued on October 11, 2016.
Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 2019-08018
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-22
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 KIM-C1, LLC of Fresno, California an exclusive license to U.S. Patent No. 7,634,870, ``CYTOKININ ENHANCEMENT OF COTTON,'' issued on December 22, 2009.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-08006
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Summer Food Service Program
Document Number: 2019-07941
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-19
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 information collection for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which allows for the successful operation of SFSP.
Announcement of Application Deadlines and Requirements for Section 313A Guarantees for Bonds and Notes Issued for Utility Infrastructure Loans for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019
Document Number: 2019-07900
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the application window and requirements and $750 million in loan funding that is available for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 under the Guarantees for Bonds and Notes Issued for utility infrastructure loans (the 313A Program) authorized under the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, as amended (the RE Act), and related terms. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill), enacted on December 20, 2018, amended Section 313A of the RE Act. Applications under this NOSA will be considered under the new statutory provisions. Those provisions supersede any prior inconsistent policy, regulation or guidance. The Farm Bill instructs RUS to continue to carry out this program under a Notice until new regulations are implemented. RUS is developing regulatory changes to implement new Farm Bill provisions related to this program and others. This NOSA implements the new 313A Program provisions until further notice or regulation. Under the 313A Program, in accordance with the Farm Bill, the Federal Financing Bank (FFB) will make loans to the selected applicant(s) and RUS will guarantee the applicant(s)'s repayment of the loans to FFB. The Farm Bill amended the RE Act to allow selected applicants to use the proceeds of loan funds made available under this NOSA for the 313A Program to make utility infrastructure loans (which includes broadband loans) or to refinance, subject to certain limitations, bonds or notes issued for such purposes to an applicant that has at any time received, or is eligible to receive, a loan under the RE Act. In addition, the Farm Bill amendments to the RE Act removed the prohibition against the use of proceeds of loan funds made available under the 313A Program for projects for the generation of electricity.
United States Standards for Grades of Processed Vegetables
Document Number: 2019-07899
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-19
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is revising the U.S. Standards for Grades of Canned Lima Beans, U.S. Standards for Grades of Canned Mushrooms, U.S. Standards for Grades of Pickles, and U.S. Standards for Grades of Green Olives. AMS is replacing the term ``midget'' with ``petite'' in the canned lima bean, canned mushroom, and pickle standards, and removing ``midget'' completely from the green olive standards as there is an alternative term. AMS is also replacing the two-term grading system (dual nomenclature) with a single term to describe each quality level in the canned lima bean, canned mushroom, and green olive standards. Editorial changes are also being made to the grade standards that conform to recent changes made in other grade standards.
Information Collection: Forest Service Law Enforcement & Investigations Ride-Along Program
Document Number: 2019-07856
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-19
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 the information collection, Forest Service Law Enforcement & Investigations Ride-Along Program.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-07813
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 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).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
Document Number: 2019-07811
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-18
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 proposed information collection. This collection is an extension, without change, of a currently approved collection to collect qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient and timely manner. The Food and Nutrition Service created this generic information collection in 2016 as part of a Federal Government-wide effort to streamline the process for seeking feedback from the public on service delivery.
Cranberries Grown in the States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York; Continuance Referendum
Document Number: 2019-07810
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-04-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible cranberry producers to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of cranberries grown in the States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York.
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland; WY; Thunder Basin National Grassland Plan Amendment
Document Number: 2019-07809
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Thunder Basin National Grassland (Grassland) will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the 2020 Thunder Basin National Grassland Plan Amendment. The Grassland proposes to amend prairie dog management direction in the Land and Resource Management Plan, including changes to management area boundaries and changes to grassland-wide, geographic area, and management area plan components that pertain to prairie dogs, short-stature prairie habitat, and associated species management.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-07806
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which the Agency intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Pummelos Grown in Florida and Imported Grapefruit; Change in Grade and Size Requirements
Document Number: 2019-07801
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-18
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee) to revise the grade and size requirements currently prescribed under the marketing order for oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and pummelos grown in Florida. This rule removes the grade and size requirements for Ambersweet and Temple oranges, and simplifies the tables outlining the grade and size requirements for interstate and export shipments. A corresponding change will be made to the grapefruit import regulation as required under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937.
Phytophthora ramorum; Regulated Areas, Regulated Establishments, and Testing Protocols
Document Number: 2019-07798
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the Phytophthora ramorum regulations to remove regulated areas for P. ramorum from the regulations, as well as all regulatory requirements specific to such areas. We are revising the inspection and sampling requirements for certain nurseries that are in areas quarantined for P. ramorum and that ship regulated nursery stock interstate to have them take into consideration additional potential sources of P. ramorum inoculum at the nurseries. Finally, we are establishing conditions under which we would regulate nurseries located outside of the quarantined areas for P. ramorum, if sources of P. ramorum inoculum are detected at those nurseries and the nurseries ship certain articles interstate. These changes will provide regulatory relief to nurseries in areas that are regulated for P. ramorum, while also ensuring that nurseries that may pose a risk of disseminating P. ramorum through the interstate movement of regulated nursery stock are subject to measures that address this risk.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-07666
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-17
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 request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Vegetable Surveys Program. Revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length. Some of the vegetable production surveys will incorporate sampling of the total population of producers, while the processing surveys will involve a total enumeration of the entire population. Changes are being made to the commodities and States included in this group of surveys based on the comprehensive program review, which took place following the completion of the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Changes are also being made to some of the questionnaires to accommodate changes in the industry and to make the questionnaires easier for the respondent to complete. This should help to reduce respondent burden and improve the overall response rates.