Agricultural Marketing Service June 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-12698
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-28
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 an extension for and revision to a currently approved information collection for Dried Prunes Produced in California-Prune Handler Compensation Survey, Marketing Order 993.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-12697
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-28
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 an extension for and revision to a currently approved information collection for Dried Prunes Produced in California-Prune Dehydrator Survey, Marketing Order 993.
Almonds Grown in California; Revision to Requirements Regarding Credit for Promotion and Advertising
Document Number: 05-12623
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule revises the requirements regarding credit for promotion and advertising activities under the administrative rules and regulations of the California almond marketing order (order). The order regulates the handling of almonds grown in California and is administered locally by the Almond Board of California (Board). The order is funded through the collection of assessments from almond handlers. Under the order, handlers may receive credit towards their assessment obligation for certain expenditures for marketing promotion activities, including paid advertising. This rule revises the requirements regarding the activities for which handlers may receive such credit. The changes will expand the credit allowed for certain promotional activities, and help to clarify and simplify the current regulations.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-12621
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-27
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 a currently approved information collection in support of the shell egg surveillance portion of the Regulations for the Inspection of Eggs7 CFR part 57.
Apricots Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 05-12620
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Washington Apricot Marketing Committee (Committee) for the 2005-2006 and subsequent fiscal periods from $2.50 per ton to $1.00 per ton of fresh apricots handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of apricots grown in designated counties in Washington. Authorization to assess apricot handlers enables the Committee to incur expenses that are reasonable and necessary to administer the program. The fiscal period begins April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended or terminated.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 05-12619
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Area No. 3 Colorado Potato Administrative Committee (Committee) for the 2005-2006 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.03 to $0.02 per hundredweight of potatoes. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of potatoes grown in Colorado. Authorization to assess Colorado potato handlers enables the Committee to incur expenses that are reasonable and necessary to administer the program. The fiscal period begins July 1 and ends June 30. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Milk in the Arizona-Las Vegas Marketing Area; Partial Decision on Proposed Amendments to Marketing Agreement and to Order
Document Number: 05-12618
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document proposes to adopt as a final rule, order language contained in the interim final rule published in the Federal Register on March 1, 2005, concerning pooling provisions of the Arizona-Las Vegas Federal milk order. This document also sets forth the final decision of the Department and is subject to approval by producers. Specifically, the final decision adopts an amendment that would continue to amend the Producer milk provision which will eliminate the ability to simultaneously pool the same milk on the Arizona-Las Vegas milk order and any State-operated milk order that has marketwide pooling. Other proposals considered at the hearing regarding producer-handlers were addressed in a separate partial recommended decision issued on April 7, 2005.
Avocados Grown in South Florida; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 05-12617
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule increases the assessment rate established for the Avocado Administrative Committee (Committee) for the 2005-06 and subsequent fiscal years from $0.20 to $0.27 per 55-pound bushel container or equivalent of avocados handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of avocados grown in South Florida. Authorization to assess avocado handlers enables the Committee to incur expenses that are reasonable and necessary to administer the program. The fiscal year began April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate remains in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Avocados Grown in South Florida; Changes in Container and Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 05-12616
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule changes the container and reporting requirements currently prescribed under the marketing order for avocados grown in South Florida. The marketing order regulates the handling of avocados grown in South Florida and is administered locally by the Avocado Administrative Committee (Committee). This rule prohibits the handling of fresh market avocados in 20 bushel plastic field bins to destinations inside the production area. This rule also requires handlers to provide, at the time of inspection, information regarding the number of avocados packed per container (count per container). These changes are expected to help reduce packing costs and facilitate the distribution of useful marketing information.
Hops Produced in WA, OR, ID and CA; Proposed Marketing Agreement and Order No. 991; Termination of Proceeding on Proposed Marketing Agreement and Order
Document Number: 05-12258
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This action terminates the proceeding to establish a marketing agreement and order for hops grown in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a public hearing in October 2003 to receive evidence on a program proposed by the Hop Marketing Order Proponent Committee (Proponent Committee), a group of industry members in support of an order. The proposed program would have authorized volume control measures in the form of producer allotments to regulate the marketing of alpha acid in hops in the production area. In addition, the proposed order would have allowed for reserve pooling of excess production of alpha acid and would have provided for production research, marketing research and development projects to promote the marketing, distribution and consumption or efficient production of hops. After the hearing sessions, USDA received numerous comments, briefs and additional arguments expressing widely divergent views on the promulgation of a marketing order for hops. After careful consideration of the entire rulemaking record, USDA is unable to conclude that the proposal currently under consideration would tend to effectuate the declared policy of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended (7 U.S.C. 601-674), hereinafter referred to as the ``Act.'' Accordingly, USDA is hereby terminating the proceeding.
Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee
Document Number: 05-12257
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The purpose of this notice is to notify all interested parties that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will hold a Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (Committee) meeting that is open to the public. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the Committee to examine the full spectrum of issues faced by the fruit and vegetable industry and to provide suggestions and ideas to the Secretary of Agriculture on how USDA can tailor its programs to meet the fruit and vegetable industry's needs. This notice sets forth the schedule and location for the meeting.
United States Standards for Grades of Snap Beans
Document Number: 05-12256
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is withdrawing the notice soliciting comments on its proposal to amend the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Snap Beans. After reviewing and considering the comments received, the Agency has decided not to proceed with this action.
United States Standards for Grades of Persian (Tahiti) Limes
Document Number: 05-12255
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given that the comment period on possible revisions to the United States Standards for Grades of Persian (Tahiti) Limes is reopened and extended.
Kiwifruit Grown in California; Relaxation of Pack Requirements for Kiwifruit Grown in California
Document Number: 05-12254
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule invites comments on revisions to the pack requirements for California kiwifruit under the California kiwifruit marketing order (order). The order regulates the handling of kiwifruit grown in California and is administered locally by the Kiwifruit Administrative Committee (Committee). This rule would require that kiwifruit marked as size 39 or 42 not vary in diameter by more than \3/ 8\ inch, regardless of pack type. In addition, the three tables currently under the pack regulation would be consolidated into one. By allowing handlers to utilize a single table for kiwifruit size designations and size variation tolerances regardless of pack or container, this rule is expected to simplify requirements for the industry, reduce handler packing costs, increase grower returns, and increase flexibility in handler packing operations.
Change in Minimum Quality and Handling Standards For Domestic and Imported Peanuts Marketed in the United States
Document Number: 05-12156
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule would change the peanut quality and handling standards (Standards) to require that domestic and imported peanuts be dried to 18 percent moisture or less prior to inspection and to 10.49 percent or less prior to storing or milling. Virginia-type peanuts used for seed must be dried to 18 percent or less prior to inspection and to 11.49 percent or less prior to storing or milling. The Standards and the Peanut Standards Board (Board) were established by the Department of Agriculture (USDA), pursuant to section 1308 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. The Board suggested changing the peanut quality and handling standards to allow handlers and importers to receive or acquire high moisture peanuts to promote the development of new drying technologies, increase efficiencies and reduce costs to the industry.
United States Standards for Grades of Dewberries and Blackberries
Document Number: 05-12155
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), prior to undertaking research and other work associated with revising official grade standards, is soliciting comments on the need for possible revisions of the United States Standards for Grades of Dewberries and Blackberries. At a 2003 meeting with the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, AMS was asked to review the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grade standards for usefulness in serving the industry. As a result AMS has identified the color requirement for possible revision. Additionally, AMS is seeking comments regarding any other revisions that may be necessary to better serve the industry.
United States Standards for Grades of Kale
Document Number: 05-12154
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is revising the United States Standards for Grades of Kale. Specifically, AMS is revising the standards to allow percentages to be determined by count rather than weight and the application of tolerances for packages which contain less than 15 specimens. Additionally, AMS is revising the standards to allow the standards to be used for kale leaves and bunches of leaves in addition to kale plants. The revisions will bring the standards for kale in-line with current marketing practices, thereby improving their usefulness in serving the industry.
National Organic Program, Sunset Review
Document Number: 05-12007
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-17
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
As required by the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA), the allowed use of 165 synthetic and non-synthetic substances in organic production and handling will expire on October 21, 2007. In addition, prohibitions on the use of 9 non-synthetic substances will expire in organic production on October 21, 2007. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is publishing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to make the public aware of this OFPA requirement. AMS believes that public comment is essential in the review process to determine whether these substances should continue to be allowed or prohibited in the production and handling of organic agricultural products.
Almonds Grown in California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 05-12006
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-06-17
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule would increase the assessment rate established for the Almond Board of California (Board) for the 2005-06 and subsequent crop years from $0.025 to $0.030 per pound of almonds received. Of the $0.030 per pound assessment, 60 percent (or $0.018 per pound) would be available as credit-back for handlers who conduct their own promotional activities. The Board locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of almonds grown in California. Authorization to assess almond handlers enables the Board to incur expenses that are reasonable and necessary to administer the program. The crop year begins August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 05-12005
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-17
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule increases the assessment rate established for the State of Washington Potato Committee (Committee) for the 2005-2006 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.002 to $0.0035 per hundredweight of potatoes handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington. Authorization to assess potato handlers enables the Committee to incur expenses that are reasonable and necessary to administer the program. The fiscal period begins July 1 and ends June 30. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Request for an Extension of and Revision to a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-11024
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-03
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 for the Farmers Market Questionnaire.
Onions Grown in Certain Designated Counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, OR; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 05-11023
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-03
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule decreases the assessment rate established for the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee (Committee) for the 2005-2006 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.105 to $0.10 per hundredweight of onions handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of onions grown in designated counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon. Authorization to assess onion handlers enables the Committee to incur expenses that are reasonable and necessary to administer the program. The fiscal period begins July 1 and ends June 30. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Milk in the Upper Midwest Marketing Area; Interim Order Amending the Order
Document Number: 05-10835
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-06-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This order amends certain features of the pooling standards and transportation credit provisions of the Upper Midwest (UMW) milk marketing order on an interim basis. More than the required number of producers in the UMW marketing area have approved the issuance of the interim order as amended.