Agricultural Marketing Service June 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

National Organic Program: Request for an Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-15626
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-28
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 the currently approved information collection National Organic Program (NOP) Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements.
Potato Research and Promotion Plan; Amend the Administrative Committee Structure and Delete the Board's Mailing Address
Document Number: 2013-15578
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposal invites comments on amending the structure of the Administrative Committee (Committee) of the U.S. Potato Board (Board) and deleting the Board's mailing address from the Potato Research and Promotion Plan. The Plan is administered by the Board with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Under the Plan, there are seven Committee Vice-Chairperson positions. The Board has recommended that these positions be increased to nine. This proposed change is intended to facilitate increased involvement in the Board's leadership opportunities. Further, the Board's office is being relocated and the address must be changed in the Plan. The deletion of the Board's mailing address from the Plan would require no further amendment to the Plan if the Board's office is relocated again.
Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-15562
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-28
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 for an extension and revision of a currently approved information collection for Fruit and Vegetable Market News.
Increase in Fees for Voluntary Federal Dairy Grading and Inspection Services
Document Number: 2013-15331
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-27
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule increases the fees for voluntary Federal dairy grading and inspection services. The fees will increase 10 percent effective August 2013 and an additional 10 percent effective February 2014. The fees applicable to European Union Health Certification Program derogation requests are unchanged. Dairy grading and inspection services are voluntary and are financed in their entirety through user fees assessed to participants using the program. Despite the adoption of technologies that have improved services, additional changes in operations that enhanced efficiencies, and reduced employee numbers, increases in salaries, technology investments, and general inflation have more than offset savings resulting in the need to increase fees. AMS estimates the fee increase will result in an overall cost increase to the industry of less than $0.0004 per pound of dairy product graded.
Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection for Voluntary Grading of Poultry Products and Rabbit Products
Document Number: 2013-14722
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-21
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 in support of the Regulations for Voluntary Grading of Poultry Products and Rabbit Products7 CFR Part 70.
Peanut Standards Board
Document Number: 2013-14714
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-20
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill) requires the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a Peanut Standards Board (Board) for the purpose of advising the Secretary on quality and handling standards for domestically produced and imported peanuts. The initial Board was appointed by the Secretary and announced on December 5, 2002. USDA seeks nominations for individuals to be considered for selection as Board members for terms of office ending June 30, 2016. Selected nominees would replace three producer and three industry representatives who currently serve on the Board and have terms of office that end June 30, 2013. Also, one individual would fill a currently vacant industry position for a term of office ending June 30, 2015. The Board consists of 18 members representing producers and the industry. USDA values diversity. In an effort to obtain diversity among candidates, USDA encourages the nomination of men and women of all racial and ethnic groups and persons with a disability.
Plant Variety Protection Board; Open Teleconference Meeting
Document Number: 2013-14713
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-20
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This notice is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend an open meeting of the Plant Variety Protection Board.
Sweet Onions Grown in the Walla Walla Valley of Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon; Continuance Referendum
Document Number: 2013-14709
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-20
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible producers of sweet onions in the Walla Walla Valley of southeast Washington and northeast Oregon, to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of sweet onions produced in the production area.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Modification of the General Cull and Handling Regulation for Area No. 2
Document Number: 2013-14175
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-14
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This interim rule modifies the size requirements for potatoes handled under the Colorado potato marketing order, Area No. 2 (order). The order regulates the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Colorado and is administered locally by the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, Area No. 2 (Committee). This action revises the 1-inch minimum to 1\3/4\-inch maximum diameter size allowance for U.S. Commercial and better grade potatoes contained in the order's handling regulation for Area 2 to \3/4\-inch minimum to 1\5/8\-inch maximum diameter. In addition, this action revises the minimum size requirement under the order's general cull regulation to \3/4\-inch diameter. As required under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, this action also revises the size requirements for imported round type potatoes, other than red-skinned varieties. This change is expected to facilitate the handling and marketing of the Area No. 2 potato crop, provide producers and handlers with increased returns, and offer consumers increased potato purchasing options.
Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection With Additional Merge of Additional Collection: Regulations Governing Inspection and Certification of Fresh and Processed Fruits, Vegetables and other Products
Document Number: 2013-13829
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-11
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service published a document in the Federal Register on May 13, 2013 [78 FR 32030] concerning request for approval from the Office of Management and Budget for an Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection With Additional Merge of Additional Collection: Regulations Governing Inspection and Certification of Fresh and Processed Fruits, Vegetables and other Products. The document contained errors.