Agricultural Marketing Service May 25, 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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 2004-2005 Marketing Year
Document Number: 05-10441
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, the provisions of three interim final rules that increased the quantity of Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil produced in the Far West that handlers may purchase from, or handle for, producers during the 2004-2005 marketing year. This rule continues in effect the actions that increased the Native spearmint oil salable quantity by an additional 580,024 pounds from 773,474 pounds to 1,353,498 pounds, and the allotment percentage by an additional 27 percent from 36 percent to 63 percent. The Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee), the agency responsible for local administration of the marketing order for spearmint oil produced in the Far West, unanimously recommended this rule to avoid extreme fluctuations in supplies and prices and to help maintain stability in the Far West spearmint oil market.
Grapes Grown in a Designated Area of Southeastern California and Imported Table Grapes; Proposed Change in Regulatory Periods
Document Number: 05-10440
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-05-25
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would revise the regulatory periods when minimum grade, size, quality, and maturity requirements apply to southeastern California grapes under Marketing Order No. 925 (order), and to imported grapes under the table grape import regulation. The current regulatory periods for both domestic and imported grapes are April 20 through August 15 of each year. The California Desert Grape Administrative Committee (Committee), which locally administers the order, unanimously recommended changing the date when these requirements expire for grapes grown in California to July 10 because few grapes are normally shipped after that date. A corresponding change for imported table grapes is required under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. The Desert Grape Growers League of California (the ``League'') requested that the beginning date of the regulatory period for imported table grapes be changed from April 20 to April 1. The League requested this change to prevent the marketing of grape imports that do not meet the California grape order's grade, size, quality, and maturity requirements. The Act provides authority for such change. If implemented, the regulatory period for domestic grapes would be April 1-July 10 so both sets of requirements apply during the same time period. This proposed rule also would clarify the maturity (soluble solids) requirements for southeastern California and imported Flame Seedless variety grapes.
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