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Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License
Document Number: 2017-16657
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-08
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 Zoetis, LLC, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, an exclusive license to U.S. Patent No. 8,765,141, ``DEVELOPMENT OF A MARKER FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE VIRUS VACCINE CANDIDATE THAT IS ATTENUATED IN THE NATURAL HOST'', issued on July 1, 2014, and U.S. Patent No. 9,180,179, ``DEVELOPMENT OF A MARKER FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE VIRUS VACCINE CANDIDATE THAT IS ATTENUATED IN THE NATURAL HOST'', issued on November 10, 2015.
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; Order Amending Marketing Order 929
Document Number: 2017-16656
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-08-08
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Notice is hereby given that a referendum to amend Marketing Order and Agreement No. 929 (order), which regulates 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, did not meet the minimum voting requirements for approval. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended, hereinafter referred to as the ``Act'' requires, in part, that a proposed amendment to the cranberries order must be approved by two-thirds of producers voting, or by those voting in the referendum representing at least two-thirds of the volume of cranberries, as well as by processors who have frozen or canned more than 50 percent of the volume of cranberries within the production area. Processors representing only 18 percent of the volume of cranberries within the production area voted in the referendum. Because a minimum of 50 percent of the volume of cranberries processed within the production area is required in order to pass, the referendum did not pass and the proposed amendment will not be implemented. The amendment, which was proposed by the Cranberry Marketing Committee (Committee), would have authorized the Committee to receive and expend voluntary contributions from domestic sources.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2017-16655
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Business-Cooperative Service intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the Repowering Assistance Program (OMB No. 0570-0066).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-16641
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-16544
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Fresno and Madera Counties Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-16428
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Fresno and Madera Counties Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Clovis, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Act.
Fresno and Madera Counties Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-16427
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Fresno and Madera Counties Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Clovis, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Act.
Announcement of Requirements and Registration for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (I-FAST) Prize Competition
Document Number: 2017-16342
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is announcing the I-FAST prize competition (the ``I-FAST Competition'' or the ``Competition'') to develop and implement the Innovations in Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (I-FAST) Program. USDA NIFA will partner with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) to provide entrepreneurship training to USDA NIFA grantees under this I-FAST pilot program. The goals are to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from NIFA supported academic research. Selected USDA NIFA I-FAST project teams will have the opportunity to concurrently participate in the educational programs with NSF I-Corps awardees. Over a period of six months the USDA NIFA supported teams in the I-FAST program will learn what it will take to achieve an economic impact with their particular innovation. The final goal of the I-FAST Competition is to facilitate technology transfer of innovations that can make an impact in the marketplace and the global economy.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-16337
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-16334
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Proposed New Fee Site
Document Number: 2017-16310
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Hiawatha National Forest is proposing new camping fees for the Grand Island National Recreation Area. The following sites are included in the new fee proposal: Channel Marker, Loon Call, Bermuda, Little Dune 1, Little Dune 2, Little Duck, and Driftwood campsites would be $10.00 per night. Gamefence, Hardwood, Hemlock, and Duck Lake campsites would be $8.00 per night. The proposed fee for Murray Bay and Juniper Flats Group Sites would be $30.00 per night. Fees are being proposed based on the level of amenities and services provided, cost of operations and maintenance, and market assessment of each site. Fees are necessary to ensure continued operation, maintenance, and improvements of these facilities. Final fee adjustments will be determined based upon further analysis and public comment.
West Virginia Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-16308
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The West Virginia Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Elkins, West Virginia. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Act. RAC information can be found at the following Web site: https://cloudapps-usda- gov.secure.force.com/FSSRS/RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcuqAAC.
Huron-Manistee Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-16305
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Huron-Manistee Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Mio, Michigan. The RAC is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the RAC is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Act.
West Virginia Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-16304
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The West Virginia Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Elkins, West Virginia. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Act. RAC information can be found at the following Web site: https://cloudapps-usda- gov.secure.force.com/FSSRS/RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcuqAAC.
Fresno and Madera Counties Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-16303
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Fresno and Madera Counties Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Clovis, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Act.
Davy Crockett-Sam Houston Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-16302
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Davy Crockett-Sam Houston Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Ratcliff, Texas. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Act. RAC information can be found at the following Web site: http://cloudapps-usda-gov.force.com/ FSSRS/RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcvhAAC.
Solicitation of Input From Stakeholder and Public Listening Session Regarding: Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA); The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA); The Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS); The Higher Education Challenge Grants Program (HEC)
Document Number: 2017-16262
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
As part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) strategy to successfully meet the needs of its stakeholders, NIFA will host a virtual listening session. The focus of the listening session is to gather stakeholder input regarding capacity building grants for Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA); The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA); The Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS); The Higher Education Challenge Grants Program (HEC). NIFA is particularly interested in achieving the most impact and identifying suggested priorities in these programs.
Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) and the National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program: Stakeholder and Public Listening Session
Document Number: 2017-16259
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
As part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) strategy to successfully meet the needs of its stakeholders, NIFA will host a virtual listening session. The focus of the listening session is to gather stakeholder input for the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) and the National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program Request for Applications (RFA) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. NIFA is particularly interested achieving the most impact and identifying suggested priorities in these workforce development programs.
Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC): Notice of Intent To Renew Charter and Call for Nominations
Document Number: 2017-16202
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-02
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC) was established to examine the full spectrum of fruit and vegetable issues and provide recommendations and ideas to the Secretary of Agriculture on how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) can tailor programs to better meet the needs of the fruit and vegetable industry. Through this Notice, USDA is announcing the following: Its intent to renew the Charter of the FVIAC, which expires on July 28, 2017; its call for nominations to fill ten (10) upcoming vacancies for appointments in 2017, and its call for nominations for a pool of candidates to fill future unexpected vacancies in any of the position categories should that occur.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2017-16183
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Business-Cooperative Service's (RBS) intention to revise a currently approved information collection in support of the program for the Annual Survey of Farmer Cooperatives, as authorized in the Cooperative Marketing Act of 1926.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-16146
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Umpqua and Diamond Lake Districts, Umpqua National Forest, Oregon, Calf Copeland Restoration Project
Document Number: 2017-16129
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Calf and Copeland Creek are major tributaries to the North Umpqua River and lie in the very center of the Umpqua National Forest. The 51,650 acre planning area is within a mixed-severity fire regime landscape in which the steep slopes and canyons historically tended to burn hot while the benches and ridges tended towards high-frequency, low-severity fire. As a consequence, the benches and ridges developed open stands of mixed-age Douglas-fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and incense-cedar. Fire suppression and past timber harvest have converted these areas to overstocked stands of predominately young Douglas-fir and white fir that are rapidly choking out the pine and leaving the entire landscape at risk to uncharacteristic wildfire. The Umpqua National Forest has witnessed a sharp increase in wildfire over the last couple of decades. During this period, tens of thousands of acres have burned within the planning area and the immediately adjacent watersheds, about 20,000 acres of which were stand replacement fire within habitat for the northern spotted owl. This project proposes a combination of timber harvest, non- commercial thinning, and prescribed fire to reduce stem densities and improve the fuel profiles in plantations as well as in older stands with sugar or ponderosa pine. The project also proposes to create strategically placed shaded fuel breaks along roads to help manage wildfire to reduce the risk of stand replacement fire in the remaining late-successional and old-growth stands. Finally, the project would provide log placement in lower Calf Creek to improve stream conditions, restore two wetlands and possibly decommission or close roads to improve watershed conditions.
Davy Crockett-Sam Houston Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-16128
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Davy Crockett-Sam Houston Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Ratcliff, Texas. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Act. RAC information can be found at the following Web site: http://cloudapps-usda-gov.force.com/ FSSRS/RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcvhAAC.
Columbia County Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-16127
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Columbia County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Dayton, Washington. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Act.
West Virginia Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-16126
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The West Virginia Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Elkins, West Virginia. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Act. RAC information can be found at the following Web site: https://cloudapps-usda- gov.secure.force.com/FSSRS/RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcuqAAC.
Saguache-Upper Rio Grande Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-16125
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Saguache-Upper Rio Grande Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Monte Vista, Colorado. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Act. RAC information can be found at the following Web site: https://cloudapps- usda-gov.secure.force.com/FSSRS/RAC_Page?id=001t00000086exUAA Q.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-16020
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Food Distribution Program: Value of Donated Foods From July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018
Document Number: 2017-15971
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This notice announces the national average value of donated foods or, where applicable, cash in lieu of donated foods, to be provided in school year 2018 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) for each lunch served by schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and for each lunch and supper served by institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs, National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates
Document Number: 2017-15956
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This Notice announces the annual adjustments to the ``national average payments,'' the amount of money the Federal Government provides States for lunches, afterschool snacks, and breakfasts served to children participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs; to the ``maximum reimbursement rates,'' the maximum per lunch rate from Federal funds that a State can provide a school food authority for lunches served to children participating in the National School Lunch Program; and to the rate of reimbursement for a half-pint of milk served to non-needy children in a school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program for Children. The payments and rates are prescribed on an annual basis each July. The annual payments and rates adjustments for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs reflect changes in the Food Away From Home series of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers. The annual rate adjustment for the Special Milk Program reflects changes in the Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products.
Child and Adult Care Food Program: National Average Payment Rates, Day Care Home Food Service Payment Rates, and Administrative Reimbursement Rates for Sponsoring Organizations of Day Care Homes for the Period July 1, 2017 Through June 30, 2018
Document Number: 2017-15950
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
This notice announces the annual adjustments to the national average payment rates for meals and snacks served in child care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, at-risk afterschool care centers, and adult day care centers; the food service payment rates for meals and snacks served in day care homes; and the administrative reimbursement rates for sponsoring organizations of day care homes, to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. Further adjustments are made to these rates to reflect the higher costs of providing meals in the States of Alaska and Hawaii. The adjustments contained in this notice are made on an annual basis each July, as required by the laws and regulations governing the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Bayer CropScience LP: Determination of Nonregulated Status of Canola Genetically Engineered for Male Sterility and Glufosinate-Ammonium Resistance
Document Number: 2017-15949
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public of our determination to extend the nonregulated status of InVigor[supreg] MS8 canola (hereinafter MS8 canola) to Bayer CropSciences LP's (Bayer) canola event MS11 which has been genetically engineered for male sterility and resistance to the herbicide glufosinate-ammonium using the same mechanism of action as Bayer's MS8 canola. Our determination is based on our evaluation of data submitted by Bayer in its petition for a determination of nonregulated status, our analysis of publically available scientific data, and comments received from the public on the petition for nonregulated status and its associated environmental assessment and plant pest risk similarity assessment. This notice also announces the availability of our written determination and finding of no significant impact.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Toolkit Intervention Submission Form and Scoring Tool
Document Number: 2017-15899
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-28
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 a proposed information collection, which will use two new forms. The purpose of the SNAP-Ed Toolkit Intervention Submission Form and Scoring Tool is to provide a uniform and transparent method for submission, review, and scoring of nutrition education, physical activity promotion, and obesity prevention interventions for possible inclusion in the SNAP-Ed Strategies and Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States (Toolkit). The Toolkit was developed to assist State agencies in locating evidence-based interventions for their implementation of SNAP-Ed programming. The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (The Act) Sec. 28(c)(3)(A) requires that States use evidence-based interventions. These forms will allow FNS to increase the selection of interventions available in the Toolkit, increase innovation in service delivery using interventions which reflect up-to-date research, and respond to intervention developer requests to be included in the Toolkit.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-15805
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-15804
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing for Fiscal Year 2017
Document Number: 2017-15626
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) announces the timeframe to submit pre-applications for Section 514 Farm Labor Housing (FLH) loans and Section 516 FLH grants for the construction of new off-farm FLH units and related facilities for domestic farm laborers and for the purchase and substantial rehabilitation of an existing non-FLH property. The intended purpose of these loans and grants is to increase the number of available housing units for domestic farm laborers. This Notice describes the method used to distribute funds, the application process, and submission requirements. RHS will publish on its Web site, http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs- services/farm-labor-housing-direct-loans-grants, the amount of funding available in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 based on current appropriations. The Agency will assign additional points to pre-applications for projects based in or serving census tracts with poverty rates greater than or equal to 20 percent over the last 30 years. This emphasis will support Rural Development's mission of improving the quality of life for rural Americans and commitment to directing resources to those who most need them.
Notice of Intent To Review Online Homeownership Education Courses for Nationwide Use in the Single Family Housing Section 502 Direct Loan Program
Document Number: 2017-15625
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
First-time homebuyers seeking financing under the Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) Single Family Housing Section 502 Direct loan program are required to successfully complete an approved homeownership education course prior to loan closing. While homeownership education providers are generally approved by the Agency at the state level, there are currently two nationally approved online education providers. Through this notice the Agency will consider approving other online education providers on a national level in order to expand the Agency applicants' options and access to approved education providers.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; National Animal Health Monitoring System; Emergency Epidemiologic Investigations
Document Number: 2017-15575
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-25
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 an extension of approval for emergency epidemiologic investigations, an information collection to support the National Animal Health Monitoring System.
USDA Increases the Fiscal Year 2017 Raw Sugar Tariff-Rate Quota
Document Number: 2017-15572
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
The Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing notice of an increase in the fiscal year (FY) 2017 raw cane sugar tariff-rate quota (TRQ) of 244,690 metric tons raw value (MTRV).
Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program
Document Number: 2017-15497
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the second application window for fiscal year (FY) 2017 for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (the Broadband Program). Announcing a second application window within the current FY is a statutory requirement of the 2014 Farm Bill. This new procedure amends previous announcements related to this application window and is designed to improve loan application processing, better manage work flow, and encourage infrastructure investment and job creation in rural communities in need of improved broadband service. In addition to announcing this application window, RUS revises the minimum and maximum amounts for broadband loans for the second window for FY 2017. The agency has $115.2 million available in FY 2017 appropriated and carryover funds, and of this amount the agency expects that at least $60 million is available to fund applications received in this window. Further, the RUS typically solicits applications to under a Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) during the fiscal year. However, since a full year Appropriation Act for FY 2017 has been enacted, RUS is announcing the amount of funding currently available.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-15435
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Opportunity To Comment on the Applicants for the Georgia Area Consisting of the Entire State of Georgia
Document Number: 2017-15417
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
GIPSA requests comments on the applicants for designation to provide official weighing and official inspection services under the United States Grain Standards Act in the Georgia Area that was open for designation. Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) applied for the entire State of Georgia. D.R. Schaal Agency, Inc. (Schaal) applied for all or part of the State of Georgia.
Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming, Landscape Vegetation Analysis (LaVA) Project
Document Number: 2017-15322
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Forest Service is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) on its proposed treatment of 150,000 acres of insect- infested areas of the Medicine Bow National Forest (MBNF). The Forest Service believes this treatment is necessary to ensure the future health of the MBNF.
Notice of Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board
Document Number: 2017-15308
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing a meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to discuss the development of a proposal on aeroponics/bioponics/hydroponics.
Pecans Grown in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas; Establishment of Reporting Requirements and New Information Collection
Document Number: 2017-15305
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-07-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule invites comments on the establishment of reporting requirements under the Federal marketing order for pecans (order). The American Pecan Council (Council) locally administers the order and is comprised of growers and handlers of pecans operating within the production area and a public member. This action would require all pecan handlers to submit two forms to the Council: One for inter-handler transfers and another that includes year-end inventory and pecans handled throughout the year. The Council would use this information to facilitate assessment collection and provide valuable reports to the industry, including the annual marketing policy required by the order. This proposal also announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of a new information collection.
Walnuts Grown in California; Decreased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2017-15304
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-07-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule implements a recommendation from the California Walnut Board (Board) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent marketing years from $0.0465 to $0.0400 per kernelweight pound of assessable walnuts. The Board is comprised of growers and handlers of walnuts and locally administers the marketing order that regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California. The Board also has a public member who has no financial interest in walnut production or handling. Assessments upon walnut handlers are used by the Board to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The marketing year begins September 1 and ends August 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
Notice for Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2017-15297
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Rural Housing Service's (RHS) intent to reinstate a previously approved information collection in support of the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-15282
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-15272
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-15234
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-15205
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture