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Information Collections: Clauses and Forms for Operating Plans and Agreements for Powerline Facility Operation and Maintenance, Inspections, and Vegetation Management and Clause for Vegetation Management Pilot Program Projects
Document Number: 2021-10125
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments on two new information collections, Forms and Clauses for Operating Plans and Agreements for Powerline Facility Operation and Maintenance, Inspections, and Vegetation Management and Clause for Vegetation Management Pilot Program Projects.
Hood and Willamette Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2021-10107
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Hood and Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will be meeting virtually. 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 U.S. Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information, can be found at the following website: https:// www.fs.usda.gov/main/willamette/workingtogether/advisorycommi ttees.
Hood and Willamette Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2021-10106
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Hood and Willamette Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will be meeting virtually. 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 U.S. Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the mentioned Act. The meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to make funding recommendations on an array of new project proposals. Additional RAC information, including the meeting agenda and the meeting summary/minutes can be found at the following website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/willamette/workingtogether/ advisorycommittees.
Ketchikan Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2021-10103
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Ketchikan Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a virtual meeting by phone and/or video conference. 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 Title II of the Act as well as make recommendations on recreation fee proposals for sites on the Tongass National Forest within the Ketchikan Borough, consistent with the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.
Northern Utah Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2021-10102
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Northern Utah Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a virtual meeting by phone and/or video conference. 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 Title II of the Act as well as make recommendations on recreation fee proposals for sites on Ashley and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests, consistent with the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. RAC information and virtual meeting information can be found at the following website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/ashley/ and https:// www.fs.usda.gov/uwcnf.
Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Fresh Mango Fruit From Colombia Into the United States
Document Number: 2021-10042
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that we have prepared a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with importation of fresh mango fruit from Colombia into the United States. Based on the analysis, we have determined that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of fresh mango fruit from Colombia. We are making the pest risk analysis available to the public for review and comment.
Dried Prunes Produced in California; Increased Assessment Rate
Document Number: 2021-10018
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-05-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Prune Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2020-21 and subsequent crop years. The proposed assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
National Organic Program; Origin of Livestock; Reopening of Comment Period
Document Number: 2021-09978
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-05-12
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is reopening the comment period on our April 28, 2015, proposed rule to amend the origin of livestock requirements for dairy animals under the USDA organic regulations. We are reopening the proposed rule's comment period for 60 days to give all interested parties an opportunity to comment on whether AMS should prohibit the movement of transitioned cows in organic dairy production as part of the final rule. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they are already incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in any future final rule.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer
Document Number: 2021-09916
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-11
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 this proposed information collection. This is a revision of a currently approved information collection for Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) for the reporting burden associated with administering P-EBT.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-09826
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Information Collection: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
Document Number: 2021-09806
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the renewal of a currently approved information collection, Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-09798
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustments for 2021
Document Number: 2021-09542
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-05-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's civil monetary penalty regulations by making inflation adjustments as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-09690
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Activity Changes; Comment Period Reopened
Document Number: 2021-09642
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-05-07
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is providing an additional 60 days for public comments on the proposed rule that would amend the Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order). During the February 22, 2021, through March 24, 2021, comment period, AMS received two comments requesting additional time to analyze a potential volume threshold that would allow low-volume market agencies to be eligible for flexibilities to the proposed assessment remittance process. Such flexibilities would allow for very small, low-volume market agencies to utilize quarterly or yearly remittances, as opposed to the proposed monthly remittance process. The proposed flexibilities would reduce the regulatory burden for affected market agencies.
Addition of Republic of Korea to the List of Regions Affected With African Swine Fever
Document Number: 2021-09568
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that we have added the Republic of Korea (South Korea) to the list of regions that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services considers to be affected with African swine fever (ASF). We have taken this action because of confirmation of ASF in the Republic of Korea.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study-2 (WIC ITFPS-2) Year 9 Extension
Document Number: 2021-09488
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-05
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 this proposed information collection. This collection is a revision of the currently approved collection for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices 2 Study (ITFPS-2) [OMB Control Number 0584-0580]. The revision is to extend data collection on the original cohort of study participants by one more interview around their 9th birthday, which is four years after the end of their period of eligibility for WIC services. It also seeks to collect administrative data from WIC State agencies to examine the WIC participation patterns of participants who enrolled in the study but discontinued their participation during the first 5 years of the study (i.e., during the period of time when study children would be categorically eligible for WIC).
Lynn Canal Icy-Strait Resource Advisory Committee; Meeting
Document Number: 2021-09457
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Lynn Canal-Icy Strait (LCIS) Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a virtual meeting by phone and/or video conference. 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 Title II of the Act. The committee also makes recommendations on recreation fee proposals for sites on the Tongass National Forest within boroughs associated with the LCIS RAC, consistent with the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. General RAC information can be found at the following website: http:// www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/specialprojects/racweb.
Daniel Boone Resource Advisory Committee; Meeting
Document Number: 2021-09456
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Daniel Boone Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a virtual meeting by phone and/or video conference. 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 Title II of the Act. RAC information and virtual meeting information can be found at the following website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/ dbnf/workingtogether/advisorycommittees.
Wenatchee-Okanogan Resource Advisory Committee; Meetings
Document Number: 2021-09455
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Wenatchee-Okanogan Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a series of virtual meetings by phone and/or video conference. 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 Title II of the Act as well as make recommendations on recreation fee proposals for sites on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest within Okanogan, Chelan, Kittitas, and Yakima Counties, consistent with the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. RAC information and virtual meeting information can be found at the following website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/okawen/workingtogether/ advisorycommittees.
Newspapers Used for Publication of Legal Notices by the Intermountain Region: Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and Wyoming
Document Number: 2021-09454
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
This notice lists the newspapers that will be used by the ranger districts, forests and regional office of the Intermountain Region to publish legal notices. The intended effect of this action is to inform interested members of the public which newspapers the Forest Service will use to publish notices of proposed actions and notices of decision. This will provide the public with constructive notice of Forest Service proposals and decisions, provide information on the procedures to comment, object or appeal, and establish the date that the Forest Service will use to determine if comments or appeals/ objection were timely.
Newspapers Used for Publication of Legal Notices by the Rocky Mountain Region: Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Parts of South Dakota and Wyoming
Document Number: 2021-09453
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
This notice lists the newspapers that will be used by the ranger districts, districts, forests, and regional office of the Rocky Mountain Region to publish legal notices. The intended effect of this action is to inform interested members of the public which newspapers the Forest Service will use to publish notices of proposed actions and notices of decision. This will provide the public with constructive notice of Forest Service proposals and decisions, provide information on the procedures to comment, object or appeal, and establish the date that the Forest Service will use to determine if comments or appeals/ objections were timely.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-09361
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Lacey Act Declaration Requirement; Plants and Plant Products
Document Number: 2021-09033
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-03
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 a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection required by the Lacey Act for the importation of certain plants and plant products.
Northern Potato Crop Insurance-Quality Endorsement; Northern Potato Crop Insurance-Processing Quality Endorsement; Potato Crop Insurance-Certified Seed Endorsement; and Northern Potato Crop Insurance-Storage Coverage Endorsement
Document Number: 2021-08955
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-04-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Northern Potato Crop InsuranceQuality Endorsement; Northern Potato Crop InsuranceProcessing Quality Endorsement; Potato Crop Insurance Certified Seed Endorsement; and Northern Potato Crop InsuranceStorage Coverage Endorsement. The intended effect of this action is to specify that the premium is only applicable for planted acreage under these Endorsements. The Endorsements are designed to protect against losses associated with the final harvested crop (potatoes). For example, the Northern Potato Crop InsuranceStorage Coverage Endorsement extends crop insurance coverage for potatoes that have been harvested and are in storage. Acreage prevented from planting would not need coverage that is specifically designed for a final harvested crop. FCIC is revising the Endorsements to specify that the additional premium (for the Endorsements) is only applicable for planted acreage. The changes to the policies made in this rule are applicable for the 2022 and succeeding crop years for crops with a contract change date on or after April 30, 2021.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-08981
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Forage Seeding Crop Insurance Provisions
Document Number: 2021-08953
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-04-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Forage Seeding Crop Insurance Provisions. The intended effect of this action is to clarify that producers are able to purchase or change insurance coverage on spring seeded forage until the spring sales closing date if they did not plant any insurable fall seeded forage in the same crop year. The changes are to be effective for the 2022 and succeeding crop years.
Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Collect Information
Document Number: 2021-08937
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-29
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, this notice announces the National Agricultural Library's (NAL) intent to request an extension of currently approved information collection form related to the Animal Welfare Information Center's (AWIC) workshop, Meeting the Information Requirementsof the Animal Welfare Act. This workshop registration form requests the following information from participants: contact information, current profession and professional experience, affiliation, basic demographic information, and database searching experience. Participants include principal investigators, members of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees, animal care technicians, facility managers, veterinarians, and administrators of animal use programs.
Bayer; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Determination of Nonregulated Status for Maize Developed Using Genetic Engineering for Dicamba, Glufosinate, Quizalofop, and 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid Resistance, With Tissue-Specific Glyphosate Resistance Facilitating the Production of Hybrid Maize Seed
Document Number: 2021-08879
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) plans to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding a request from Bayer seeking a determination of nonregulated status for maize developed using genetic engineering for dicamba, glufosinate, quizalofop, and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid resistance with tissue-specific glyphosate resistance facilitating the production of hybrid maize seed. APHIS is requesting public comment to help identify alternatives, and relevant information, studies, and/ or analyses APHIS should consider in the EIS.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-08821
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-08754
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-08732
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Toolkit Intervention Submission Form and Scoring Tool
Document Number: 2021-08707
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is publishing for public comment a summary of a proposed information collection. This is a revision of a currently approved collection.
Rural Energy for America Program
Document Number: 2021-05286
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-04-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS and/or Agency), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter referred to as the Agency, is publishing this final rule for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The intent of this rule is to remove the provisions relating to guaranteed loans and to make other revisions to enhance program delivery and customer service for the REAP program. Program enhancements that support a greater distribution of funds as well as processing and servicing clarifications are also being incorporated into this update.
U.S. National Arboretum Notice of Intent To Renew Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-08627
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-26
Agency: Agricultural Research Service, Department of Agriculture
The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks comments on the intent of the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA) to renew an information collection that expires October 31, 2021. The collection is conducted to obtain information about uses of the facilities, grounds, programs, and services, including information pertaining to the collection of fees for educational programs and workshops, use of the grounds and facilities, and commercial photography and cinematography. Fees generated are used to defray USNA expenses or to promote the USNA mission.
J.R. Simplot Co.: Determination of Nonregulated Status for Z6 Potatoes With Late Blight Protection, Low Acrylamide Potential, Lowered Reducing Sugars, and Reduced Black Spot
Document Number: 2021-08625
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are notifying the public that we have extended our determination of nonregulated status of J.R. Simplot Company's (Simplot's) W8 potato to event Z6 (hereafter Z6 potato). Z6 potato has been developed using genetic engineering for late blight protection, low acrylamide potential, lowered reducing sugars, and reduced black spot using the same construct and method of transformation as W8 potato. Our decision was based on our evaluation of data submitted by Simplot in its request for an extension of a determination of nonregulated status, an analysis of other scientific data, and comments received from the public in response to a previous notice announcing our preliminary determination.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-08589
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-08579
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Hiawatha Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2021-08524
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Hiawatha Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a virtual meeting by phone and/or video conference. 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 Title II of the Act as well as make recommendations on recreation fee proposals for sites on the Hiawatha National Forest, consistent with the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. RAC information and virtual meeting information can be found at the following website: www.fs.usda.gov/main/hiawatha/workingtogether/advisorycommitt ees.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-08462
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest; Utah; Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2021-08441
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has proposed transportation improvements in and near Little Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake City, Utah. Some activities for the proposed action and alternatives would occur on what are currently National Forest System (NFS) lands managed under the 2003 Wasatch-Cache National Forest plan (Forest Plan). This notice is to ensure all persons and entities interested in activities on NFS lands and the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest are aware of the March 9, 2018 Notice of Intent (NOI), March 5, 2019 Revised NOI, and May 15, 2019 Revised NOI published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on behalf of UDOT for preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed transportation improvements.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Certain Designated Counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon; Modification of Handling Regulations
Document Number: 2021-08408
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-04-23
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule invites comments on a recommendation from the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Potato Committee (Committee) to revise the size requirements for Irish potatoes grown in certain designated counties of Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon. The Committee recommended this action to improve the handling and marketing of Idaho- Eastern Oregon potatoes and increase returns to producers.
United States Standards for Beans-Chickpeas
Document Number: 2021-08374
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing to add a new criterionCotyledon Damageto the chickpea/garbanzo bean damage factors in the Bean Inspection Handbook. The damage factors pertain to the class Chickpea/ Garbanzo Beans in the U.S. Standards for Beans under the United States Agricultural Marketing Act (AMA). Stakeholders in the bean processing/ handling industry suggested adding a criterion related to white chalky or wafer-like spots in the cotyledon, which can affect chickpea/ garbanzo bean flavor. This proposal is intended to update inspection procedures to ensure that the bean standards remain relevant to the market. AMS invites interested parties to comment on whether revising the inspection instructions to include the additional damage factor would facilitate the marketing of chickpea/garbanzo beans. This action would not revise or amend the Grade and Grade Requirements for Chickpea/Garbanzo Beans in the U.S. Standards for Beans.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-08339
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Grain Inspection Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2021-08336
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-22
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this constitutes notice of the upcoming meeting of the Grain Inspection Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee). The Advisory Committee meets no less than once annually to advise the Secretary on the programs and services delivered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) under the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Recommendations by the Advisory Committee help AMS meet the needs of its customers, who operate in a dynamic and changing marketplace.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-08322
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Agency Information Collection Activities: School Meals Operations Study: Evaluation of the COVID-19 Child Nutrition Waivers and Child Nutrition Programs
Document Number: 2021-08212
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-21
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 this proposed information collection. This collection is a revision of a currently approved collection for the School Meals Operations (SMO) Study (OMB control number 0584-0607, expiration date 08/31/2022) with updated survey instruments for school year (SY) 2021-2022. This study will collect data from State agencies and public school food authorities (SFAs), including disaggregated administrative data and data on the continued use and effectiveness of the CN COVID-19 waivers.
Supply Chains for the Production of Agricultural Commodities and Food Products
Document Number: 2021-08152
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-21
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
On February 24, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order on ``America's Supply Chains,'' which directs several Federal agency actions to secure and strengthen America's supply chains. One of these directions is for the Secretary of Agriculture (the Secretary) to submit, within one year, a report to the President that assesses the supply chains for the production of agricultural commodities and food products. This notice requests comments and information from the public to assist the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in preparing the report required by the Executive Order. Through this notice, USDA is also requesting public comment to inform our thinking regarding how stimulus relief programs and spending related to food supply chain resilience as authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) can help to increase durability and resilience within the U.S. food supply.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2021-08114
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Mink Survey. The target population will be pulled from the NASS List Frame of operations with positive historical data. The frame is updated with the names of new operations that are found in trade magazines or grower's association's lists. The questionnaires that NASS is planning to use are the same as what was used in previous years. Any additional changes to the questionnaires would result from requests by industry data users.
2021/2022 Rates Charged for AMS Services
Document Number: 2021-08069
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-20
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the 2021/2022 rates it will charge for voluntary grading, inspection, certification, auditing, and laboratory services for a variety of agricultural commodities including meat and poultry, fruits and vegetables, eggs, dairy products, rice, and cotton and tobacco. The 2021/2022 regular, overtime, holiday, and laboratory services rates will be applied at the beginning of the crop year, fiscal year or as required by law depending on the commodity. Other starting dates are added to this notice based on cotton industry practices. This action establishes the rates for user-funded programs based on costs incurred by AMS. This year, nearly two-thirds of AMS user fee rates will remain unchanged from the previous year and a few will decrease, but increases are necessary to many fees to cover costs.