Agricultural Marketing Service January 23, 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Regulations Issued Under Authority of the Export Apple Act and Export Grapes and Plums; Changes to Export Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 2017-01417
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is reopening the comment period on the proposed rule to change the reporting of export certificate information under regulations issued pursuant to the Export Apple Act and the Export Grape and Plum Act until March 24, 2017. The proposed rule would require shippers of apples and grapes exported from the United States to electronically enter an Export Form Certificate number or a USDA-defined exemption code into the Automated Export System (AES). This rule would also define ``shipper,'' shift the current file retention requirement from carriers to shippers, and require shippers to provide, upon request, copies of the certificates to AMS. The proposed rule would also remove obsolete regulations and make clarifying changes. It also announced AMS' intention to request revision to a currently approved information collection for exported apples and grapes.
U.S. Standards for Grades of Catfish and Catfish Products
Document Number: 2017-01413
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This Notice informs the public that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will not proceed with the development of voluntary U.S. Standards for Grades of Catfish and Catfish Products at this time.