CFR Title 7 Agriculture

CFR Title 7 – Agriculture

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2018-09-14Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCranberries 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; Proposed Amendment to Marketing Order 929 and Referendum OrderThis rulemaking proposes an amendment to Marketing Order No. 929, which regulates the handling of cranberries grown in the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long...2018-19834"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-09-14/pdf/2018-19834.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/14/2018-19834/cranberries-grown-in-the-states-of-massachusetts-rhode-island-connecticut-new-jersey-wisconsinThis rulemaking proposes an amendment to Marketing Order No. 929, 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. The Cranberry Marketing Committee (Committee), recommended adding authority to accept contributions from domestic sources for research and development activities authorized under the marketing order and that would be free from any encumbrances as to their use by the donor.
2018-09-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentEstablishing a Performance Standard for Authorizing the Importation and Interstate Movement of Fruits and VegetablesWe are amending our regulations governing the importation of fruits and vegetables by broadening our existing performance standard to provide for approval of all new fruits and vegetables for importation into the United States using a notice-based...2018-19984"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-09-14/pdf/2018-19984.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/14/2018-19984/establishing-a-performance-standard-for-authorizing-the-importation-and-interstate-movement-ofWe are amending our regulations governing the importation of fruits and vegetables by broadening our existing performance standard to provide for approval of all new fruits and vegetables for importation into the United States using a notice-based process. We are also removing the region- or commodity-specific phytosanitary requirements currently found in these regulations. Likewise, we are making an equivalent revision of the performance standard in our regulations governing the interstate movement of fruits and vegetables from Hawaii and the U.S. territories (Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and removing the commodity- specific phytosanitary requirements from those regulations. This action will allow for the approval of requests to authorize the importation or interstate movement of new fruits and vegetables in a manner that enables a more flexible and responsive regulatory approach to evolving pest situations in both the United States and exporting countries. It will not, however, alter the science-based process in which the risk associated with importation or interstate movement of a given fruit or vegetable is evaluated or the manner in which risks associated with the importation or interstate movement of a fruit or vegetable are mitigated.
2018-09-14Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentDesignation of Product Categories for Federal ProcurementThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing to amend the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement (Guidelines) to add 30 sections that will designate the product categories within which biobased products would be...2018-19681"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-09-14/pdf/2018-19681.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/14/2018-19681/designation-of-product-categories-for-federal-procurementThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing to amend the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement (Guidelines) to add 30 sections that will designate the product categories within which biobased products would be afforded procurement preference by Federal agencies and their contractors. These 30 product categories contain finished products that are made, in large part, from intermediate ingredients that have been proposed for designation for Federal procurement preference. USDA is also proposing minimum biobased contents for each of these product categories. Additionally, USDA is proposing to amend the existing designated product categories of general purpose de-icers, firearm lubricants, laundry products, and water clarifying agents.
2018-09-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCranberries Grown in States of Massachusetts, et al.; Establishment of 2018-19 Seasonal Volume RegulationThis rule implements a recommendation to establish a grower allotment percentage for the 2018-19 crop year and allows for the diversion of processed products from that year under the marketing order for cranberries grown in the production area (Order)....2018-19825"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-09-12/pdf/2018-19825.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/12/2018-19825/cranberries-grown-in-states-of-massachusetts-et-al-establishment-of-2018-19-seasonal-volumeThis rule implements a recommendation to establish a grower allotment percentage for the 2018-19 crop year and allows for the diversion of processed products from that year under the marketing order for cranberries grown in the production area (Order). This action also specifies handlers subject to the regulation, revises the definition of outlets for excess fruit, revises dates by which certain actions are due, and establishes exemptions to the action.
2018-09-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Decreased Assessment Rate for Processed PearsThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Processed Pear Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for ``summer/fall'' varieties of pears for canning for the 2018-2019 and subsequent fiscal periods. The...2018-19683"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-09-12/pdf/2018-19683.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/12/2018-19683/pears-grown-in-oregon-and-washington-decreased-assessment-rate-for-processed-pearsThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Processed Pear Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for ``summer/fall'' varieties of pears for canning for the 2018-2019 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
2018-09-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCommon Crop Insurance Regulations; Sugar Beet Crop Insurance ProvisionsThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Sugar Beet Crop Insurance Provisions (Crop Provisions). The intended effect of this action is to update existing policy provisions and definitions to better...2018-19152"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-09-10/pdf/2018-19152.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/10/2018-19152/common-crop-insurance-regulations-sugar-beet-crop-insurance-provisionsThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Sugar Beet Crop Insurance Provisions (Crop Provisions). The intended effect of this action is to update existing policy provisions and definitions to better reflect current agricultural practices. The changes will be effective for the 2019 and succeeding crop years in states with a November 30 contract change date and for the 2020 and succeeding crop years in all other states.
2018-09-05RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAnnouncement Process for Rural Utilities Service Grant ProgramsThe Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is issuing a final rule to conform with newly implemented uniform posting requirements for federal grants, so that interested applicants need only search one federal posting site on grant opportunities.2018-19199"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-09-05/pdf/2018-19199.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/05/2018-19199/announcement-process-for-rural-utilities-service-grant-programsThe Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is issuing a final rule to conform with newly implemented uniform posting requirements for federal grants, so that interested applicants need only search one federal posting site on grant opportunities.
2018-08-31Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSingle Family Housing Direct and Guaranteed Loan ProgramsThrough this action, the Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) is proposing to amend its regulations for the direct and guaranteed single family housing loan and grant programs.2018-18683"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-31/pdf/2018-18683.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/31/2018-18683/single-family-housing-direct-and-guaranteed-loan-programsThrough this action, the Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) is proposing to amend its regulations for the direct and guaranteed single family housing loan and grant programs.
2018-08-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAgricultural Trade Promotion ProgramThe Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is issuing a new regulation to implement the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP). The ATP provides assistance to U.S. agricultural industries to conduct activities that promote U.S. agricultural commodities...2018-18870"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-30/pdf/2018-18870.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/30/2018-18870/agricultural-trade-promotion-programThe Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is issuing a new regulation to implement the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP). The ATP provides assistance to U.S. agricultural industries to conduct activities that promote U.S. agricultural commodities in foreign markets for commodities impacted by tariffs, including activities that address existing or potential non-tariff barriers to trade. This rule specifies, among other things, eligibility requirements, activities eligible for reimbursement, contribution requirements, and application procedures for the ATP. This rule also proposes a new information collection for required program information. Specific program requirements will be set forth in future Notices of Funds Availability (NOFAs) announced through the Grants.gov website.
2018-08-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMarket Facilitation ProgramThe Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is issuing a new regulation to implement the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). MFP provides payments to producers with commodities that have been significantly impacted by actions of foreign governments resulting...2018-18842"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-30/pdf/2018-18842.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/30/2018-18842/market-facilitation-programThe Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is issuing a new regulation to implement the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). MFP provides payments to producers with commodities that have been significantly impacted by actions of foreign governments resulting in the loss of traditional exports. This rule specifies the eligibility requirements, payment calculations, and application procedures for MFP. The details for specific commodities and the relevant application start dates will be announced in subsequent notices of funds availability (NOFAs).
2018-08-28Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Increased Assessment Rate for Fresh PearsThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Fresh Pear Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2018-2019 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless...2018-18552"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-28/pdf/2018-18552.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/28/2018-18552/pears-grown-in-oregon-and-washington-increased-assessment-rate-for-fresh-pearsThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Fresh Pear Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2018-2019 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
2018-08-27RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentIrish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Increased Assessment Rate for Area No. 2This rule implements a recommendation from the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for Area No. 2 for the 2018-2019 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate will remain in effect...2018-18560"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-27/pdf/2018-18560.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/27/2018-18560/irish-potatoes-grown-in-colorado-increased-assessment-rate-for-area-no-2This rule implements a recommendation from the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for Area No. 2 for the 2018-2019 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
2018-08-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOranges and Grapefruit Grown in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; Decreased Assessment RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2018-19 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely...2018-18363"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-24/pdf/2018-18363.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/24/2018-18363/oranges-and-grapefruit-grown-in-the-lower-rio-grande-valley-in-texas-decreased-assessment-rateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2018-19 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
2018-08-23Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSingle Family Housing Guaranteed Loan ProgramThe Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) proposes to make several changes to the single-family housing guaranteed loan program (SFHGLP) regulations to streamline the loss claim process for lenders who have acquired title to property through voluntary...2018-18089"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-23/pdf/2018-18089.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/23/2018-18089/single-family-housing-guaranteed-loan-programThe Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) proposes to make several changes to the single-family housing guaranteed loan program (SFHGLP) regulations to streamline the loss claim process for lenders who have acquired title to property through voluntary liquidation or foreclosure; clarify that lenders must comply with applicable laws, including those within the purview of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and better align loss mitigation policies with those in the mortgage industry.
2018-08-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCranberries Grown in States of Massachusetts, et al.; Establishment of Handler Diversion and Reporting Requirements and New Information Collection; CorrectionThe Agricultural Marketing Service is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on July 12, 2018. The document implemented new information collection and reporting requirements for a handler diversion under the Cranberry marketing...2018-18039"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-22/pdf/2018-18039.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/22/2018-18039/cranberries-grown-in-states-of-massachusetts-et-al-establishment-of-handler-diversion-and-reportingThe Agricultural Marketing Service is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on July 12, 2018. The document implemented new information collection and reporting requirements for a handler diversion under the Cranberry marketing order (Order).
2018-08-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCotton Board Rules and Regulations: Adjusting Supplemental Assessment on Imports (2018 Amendments)The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the Cotton Board Rules and Regulations, increasing the value assigned to imported cotton for the purposes of calculating supplemental assessments collected for use by the Cotton Research and...2018-17723"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-17/pdf/2018-17723.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/17/2018-17723/cotton-board-rules-and-regulations-adjusting-supplemental-assessment-on-imports-2018-amendmentsThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the Cotton Board Rules and Regulations, increasing the value assigned to imported cotton for the purposes of calculating supplemental assessments collected for use by the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. This amendment is required each year to ensure that assessments collected on imported cotton and the cotton content of imported products will be the same as those paid on domestically produced cotton. In addition, AMS is updating the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) statistical reporting numbers that were amended since the last assessment adjustment in 2017.
2018-08-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSeed Cotton Changes to Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) ProgramsThis rule revises the eligibility requirements, enrollment procedures, and payment calculation for ARC and PLC required to conform with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA). BBA amends the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill) to add seed...2018-17681"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-16/pdf/2018-17681.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/16/2018-17681/seed-cotton-changes-to-agriculture-risk-coverage-arc-price-loss-coverage-plc-programsThis rule revises the eligibility requirements, enrollment procedures, and payment calculation for ARC and PLC required to conform with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA). BBA amends the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill) to add seed cotton as a covered commodity and remove generic base acres from ARC and PLC. This rule also amends provisions to include seed cotton yields, allocation of generic base acres, election of ARC-County Option (ARC-CO) or PLC for seed cotton base acres, and enrollment for 2018. This rule also makes some minor, clarifying changes to the administration section.
2018-08-13Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentUnited States Standards for Grades of Processed VegetablesThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposes to revise the U.S. Standards for Grades of Canned Lima Beans, U.S. Standards for Grades of Canned Mushrooms, U.S. Standards for Grades of Pickles, and U.S....2018-17283"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-13/pdf/2018-17283.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/13/2018-17283/united-states-standards-for-grades-of-processed-vegetablesThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposes to revise the U.S. Standards for Grades of Canned Lima Beans, U.S. Standards for Grades of Canned Mushrooms, U.S. Standards for Grades of Pickles, and U.S. Standards for Grades of Green Olives. AMS is proposing to replace the term ``midget'' with ``petite'' in the canned lima bean, canned mushroom, and pickle standards, and to remove ``midget'' completely from the green olive standards as there is an alternative term. AMS is also proposing to replace the two-term grading system (dual nomenclature) with a single term to describe each quality level in the canned lima bean, canned mushroom, and green olive standards. Editorial changes would also be made to the grade standards that conform to recent changes made in other grade standards.
2018-08-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMeeting of the National Organic Standards BoardIn 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 assist the USDA in the...2018-16386"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-09/pdf/2018-16386.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/09/2018-16386/meeting-of-the-national-organic-standards-boardIn 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 assist the USDA in the development of standards for substances to be used in organic production and to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on any other aspects of the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA).
2018-07-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOnions Grown in South Texas; Proposed Amendments to Marketing Order 959 and Referendum OrderThis rulemaking proposes amendments to Marketing Order No. 959, which regulates the handling of onions grown in South Texas. The proposed amendments would reduce the size of the South Texas Onion Committee (Committee) and make conforming and clarifying...2018-15793"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-30/pdf/2018-15793.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/30/2018-15793/onions-grown-in-south-texas-proposed-amendments-to-marketing-order-959-and-referendum-orderThis rulemaking proposes amendments to Marketing Order No. 959, which regulates the handling of onions grown in South Texas. The proposed amendments would reduce the size of the South Texas Onion Committee (Committee) and make conforming and clarifying amendments as needed.
2018-07-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentIrish Potatoes Grown in Southeastern States; Termination of Marketing Order 953This proposed rule invites comments on the termination of the Federal marketing order regulating the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Southeastern states (Order). The Order has been suspended, at the industry's recommendation, since 2011. Because...2018-15890"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-25/pdf/2018-15890.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/25/2018-15890/irish-potatoes-grown-in-southeastern-states-termination-of-marketing-order-953This proposed rule invites comments on the termination of the Federal marketing order regulating the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Southeastern states (Order). The Order has been suspended, at the industry's recommendation, since 2011. Because the industry has not petitioned to have the Order reactivated, in accordance with the terms of the suspension, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing termination of the Order.
2018-07-25RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentReferendum Procedures Under the Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order and the Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Removal of Obsolete ReferencesThis direct final rule will make technical amendments to the Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Sorghum Order) and the Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Lamb Order) to remove obsolete and unnecessary provisions and to...2018-15893"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-25/pdf/2018-15893.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/25/2018-15893/referendum-procedures-under-the-sorghum-promotion-research-and-information-order-and-the-lambThis direct final rule will make technical amendments to the Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Sorghum Order) and the Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Lamb Order) to remove obsolete and unnecessary provisions and to make conforming changes affected by the amendatory language revisions.
2018-07-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentProcessed Raspberry Promotion, Research and Information Order; Continuance ReferendumThis document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible producers of raspberries for processing and importers of processed raspberries to determine whether they favor continuance of the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations...2018-15894"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-25/pdf/2018-15894.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/25/2018-15894/processed-raspberry-promotion-research-and-information-order-continuance-referendumThis document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible producers of raspberries for processing and importers of processed raspberries to determine whether they favor continuance of the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national processed raspberry research and promotion program.
2018-07-24RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMarketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for the 2018-2019 Marketing YearThis rule implements a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to establish salable quantities and allotment percentages of Class 1 (Scotch) and Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil for the 2018-2019 marketing...2018-15788"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-24/pdf/2018-15788.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/24/2018-15788/marketing-order-regulating-the-handling-of-spearmint-oil-produced-in-the-far-west-salable-quantitiesThis rule implements a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to establish salable quantities and allotment percentages of Class 1 (Scotch) and Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil for the 2018-2019 marketing year. This rule also removes references to past volume regulation no longer in effect.
2018-07-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSweet Onions Grown in the Walla Walla Valley of Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon; Proposed Amendments to the Marketing Order (No. 956)This proposed rule invites comments on proposed amendments to Marketing Order No. 956, which regulates the handling of sweet onions grown in the Walla Walla Valley of Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon. The proposed amendments would change the...2018-15792"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-24/pdf/2018-15792.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/24/2018-15792/sweet-onions-grown-in-the-walla-walla-valley-of-southeast-washington-and-northeast-oregon-proposedThis proposed rule invites comments on proposed amendments to Marketing Order No. 956, which regulates the handling of sweet onions grown in the Walla Walla Valley of Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon. The proposed amendments would change the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee's (Committee) size, quorum, and voting requirements. It would also change the staggered term limits so that one-half of the producer and handler member terms expire every two fiscal periods instead of one-third every three fiscal periods.
2018-07-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture Department2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity ProgramThe 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) will provide payments to eligible producers who suffered eligible crop, tree, bush, and vine losses resulting from hurricanes and wildfires that occurred in the 2017 calendar year, as...2018-15346"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-18/pdf/2018-15346.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/18/2018-15346/2017-wildfires-and-hurricanes-indemnity-programThe 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) will provide payments to eligible producers who suffered eligible crop, tree, bush, and vine losses resulting from hurricanes and wildfires that occurred in the 2017 calendar year, as authorized by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA). This rule specifies the administrative provisions, eligibility requirements, application procedures, and payment calculations for 2017 WHIP.
2018-07-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCranberries Grown in States of Massachusetts, et al.; Establishment of Handler Diversion and Reporting Requirements and New Information CollectionThis rule implements a recommendation to establish handler diversion and reporting requirements under the marketing order for cranberries grown in the production area (Order). This action establishes the procedures handlers use to divert fruit through...2018-14939"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-12/pdf/2018-14939.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/12/2018-14939/cranberries-grown-in-states-of-massachusetts-et-al-establishment-of-handler-diversion-and-reportingThis rule implements a recommendation to establish handler diversion and reporting requirements under the marketing order for cranberries grown in the production area (Order). This action establishes the procedures handlers use to divert fruit through disposal or into noncompetitive outlets. The reporting requirements support the diversion procedures by providing the necessary documentation to help ensure compliance when a volume regulation is established.
2018-07-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMango Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Reopening and Extension of Comment Period on Amendment To Include Frozen MangosNotice is hereby given that the comment period on the proposed rule to amend the Mango Promotion, Research, and Information Order to include frozen mangos is reopened and extended. Also, the comment period is extended for the frozen mangos information...2018-14940"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-12/pdf/2018-14940.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/12/2018-14940/mango-promotion-research-and-information-order-reopening-and-extension-of-comment-period-onNotice is hereby given that the comment period on the proposed rule to amend the Mango Promotion, Research, and Information Order to include frozen mangos is reopened and extended. Also, the comment period is extended for the frozen mangos information and collection requirements by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) which is necessary to include frozen mangos under the current program.
2018-07-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentDesignation of Product Categories for Federal ProcurementThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is amending the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement to add 12 sections that designate product categories within which biobased products will be afforded Federal procurement...2018-14594"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-10/pdf/2018-14594.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/10/2018-14594/designation-of-product-categories-for-federal-procurementThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is amending the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement to add 12 sections that designate product categories within which biobased products will be afforded Federal procurement preference by Federal agencies and their contractors.
2018-07-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentLacey Act Implementation Plan: De Minimis ExceptionThe Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended the Lacey Act to provide, among other things, that importers submit a declaration at the time of importation for certain plants and plant products. The declaration requirement of the Lacey Act...2018-14630"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-09/pdf/2018-14630.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/09/2018-14630/lacey-act-implementation-plan-de-minimis-exceptionThe Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended the Lacey Act to provide, among other things, that importers submit a declaration at the time of importation for certain plants and plant products. The declaration requirement of the Lacey Act became effective on December 15, 2008, and enforcement of that requirement is being phased in. We are proposing to establish an exception to the declaration requirement for products containing a minimal amount of plant materials. This action would relieve the burden on importers while continuing to ensure that the declaration requirement fulfills the purposes of the Lacey Act. We are also proposing that all Lacey Act declarations be submitted within 3 business days of importation.
2018-07-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentLacey Act Implementation Plan: Composite Plant MaterialsThe Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 amended the Lacey Act to provide, among other things, that importers submit a declaration at the time of importation for certain plants and plant products. The declaration requirements of the Lacey Act...2018-14625"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-09/pdf/2018-14625.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/09/2018-14625/lacey-act-implementation-plan-composite-plant-materialsThe Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 amended the Lacey Act to provide, among other things, that importers submit a declaration at the time of importation for certain plants and plant products. The declaration requirements of the Lacey Act became effective on December 15, 2008, and enforcement of those requirements is being phased in. We are soliciting public comment on regulatory options that could address certain issues that have arisen with the implementation of the declaration requirement for composite plant materials.
2018-07-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentHandling of Almonds Grown in CaliforniaThis proposed rule invites comments on proposed amendments to Marketing Order No. 981, which regulates the handling of almonds grown in California. The proposed amendments would change the dates associated with the process to nominate members to the...2018-14512"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-06/pdf/2018-14512.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/06/2018-14512/handling-of-almonds-grown-in-californiaThis proposed rule invites comments on proposed amendments to Marketing Order No. 981, which regulates the handling of almonds grown in California. The proposed amendments would change the dates associated with the process to nominate members to the Almond Board of California (Board) as well as the start of the term of office of members of the Board. The proposed amendments would also add authority to allow future revisions of the nomination methods and term of office start date through the development of regulations using informal rulemaking.
2018-07-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOranges and Grapefruit Grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; Changing of Container RequirementsThis proposed rule invites comments on a recommendation to change the container requirements under the marketing order for oranges and grapefruit grown in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. This action would remove five containers from the list of...2018-14511"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-06/pdf/2018-14511.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/06/2018-14511/oranges-and-grapefruit-grown-in-lower-rio-grande-valley-in-texas-changing-of-container-requirementsThis proposed rule invites comments on a recommendation to change the container requirements under the marketing order for oranges and grapefruit grown in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. This action would remove five containers from the list of authorized containers and add seven new containers to the list. This change would also modify the descriptions of two authorized containers.
2018-07-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSoybean Promotion and Research: Amend the Order To Adjust Representation on the United Soybean BoardThis proposed rule would adjust the number of members on the United Soybean Board (Board) to reflect changes in production levels that have occurred since the Board was last reapportioned in 2015. As required by the Soybean Promotion, Research, and...2018-14507"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-06/pdf/2018-14507.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/06/2018-14507/soybean-promotion-and-research-amend-the-order-to-adjust-representation-on-the-united-soybean-boardThis proposed rule would adjust the number of members on the United Soybean Board (Board) to reflect changes in production levels that have occurred since the Board was last reapportioned in 2015. As required by the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act), membership on the Board is reviewed every 3 years and adjustments are made accordingly. This proposed change would result in an increase in Board membership for five States, increasing the total number of Board members from 73 to 78. These changes would be reflected in the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order) and would be effective for the 2019 appointment process.
2018-07-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCountry of Origin Labeling of Packed HoneyAMS published a final rule in the Federal Register on January 4, 2011, amending the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) governing inspection and certification of processed fruits, vegetables, and miscellaneous products regarding Country of Origin...2018-14509"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-06/pdf/2018-14509.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/06/2018-14509/country-of-origin-labeling-of-packed-honeyAMS published a final rule in the Federal Register on January 4, 2011, amending the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) governing inspection and certification of processed fruits, vegetables, and miscellaneous products regarding Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) of Packed Honey. This document clarifies obligations for a honey packer regarding country of origin labeling.
2018-07-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentTart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.; Revision of Exemption RequirementsThis rule implements a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to revise the exemption provisions for tart cherries grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. This rule changes the...2018-14516"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-06/pdf/2018-14516.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/06/2018-14516/tart-cherries-grown-in-the-states-of-michigan-et-al-revision-of-exemption-requirementsThis rule implements a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to revise the exemption provisions for tart cherries grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. This rule changes the number of years that new product, new market development, and market expansion projects are eligible for handler diversion credit. This action also permits handlers to apply for previously awarded projects if the original handler has not begun the project within a year of approval and provides an expedited approval option for some market expansion activities. This final rule also contains a formatting change to subpart references to bring the language into conformance with the Office of Federal Register requirements.
2018-07-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Pummelos Grown in Florida; Increased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee) for an increase of the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless...2018-14514"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-06/pdf/2018-14514.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/06/2018-14514/oranges-grapefruit-tangerines-and-pummelos-grown-in-florida-increased-assessment-rateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee) for an increase of the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
2018-07-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentGuaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing Regulations; CorrectionsOn June 3, 2016, the Rural Business-Cooperative Service promulgated changes to its Guaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing Regulations. Following final implementation of this final rule, RBS found that conforming amendments for adoption for the Rural...2018-14170"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-02/pdf/2018-14170.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/02/2018-14170/guaranteed-loanmaking-and-servicing-regulations-correctionsOn June 3, 2016, the Rural Business-Cooperative Service promulgated changes to its Guaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing Regulations. Following final implementation of this final rule, RBS found that conforming amendments for adoption for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) had not been included. This technical correction makes amendments to allow REAP to continue to use procedures and forms from the revised Guaranteed program.
2018-06-29Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentUnited States Standards for CornThe United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments from the public regarding the United States (U.S.) Standards for Corn under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA). To ensure that...2018-14017"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-29/pdf/2018-14017.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/29/2018-14017/united-states-standards-for-cornThe United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments from the public regarding the United States (U.S.) Standards for Corn under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA). To ensure that standards and official grading practices remain relevant, AMS invites interested parties to comment on whether the current corn standards and grading practices need to be changed.
2018-06-29Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentUnited States Standards for CanolaThe United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments from the public regarding the United States (U.S.) Standards for Canola under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA). To ensure that...2018-14016"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-29/pdf/2018-14016.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/29/2018-14016/united-states-standards-for-canolaThe United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments from the public regarding the United States (U.S.) Standards for Canola under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA). To ensure that standards and official grading practices remain relevant, AMS invites interested parties to comment on whether the current canola standards and grading practices need to be changed.
2018-06-29Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentUnited States Standards for SoybeansThe United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments from the public regarding the United States (U.S.) Standards for Soybeans under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA). To ensure that...2018-14015"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-29/pdf/2018-14015.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/29/2018-14015/united-states-standards-for-soybeansThe United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking comments from the public regarding the United States (U.S.) Standards for Soybeans under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA). To ensure that standards and official grading practices remain relevant, AMS invites interested parties to comment on whether the current soybean standards and grading practices need to be changed.
2018-06-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPhytophthora ramorum; Regulated Areas, Regulated Establishments, and Testing ProtocolsWe are proposing to amend the Phytophthora ramorum regulations to remove regulated areas for P. ramorum from the regulations, as well as all regulatory requirements specific to such areas. We are proposing to amend the regulations by revising the...2018-13560"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-25/pdf/2018-13560.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/25/2018-13560/phytophthora-ramorum-regulated-areas-regulated-establishments-and-testing-protocolsWe are proposing to amend the Phytophthora ramorum regulations to remove regulated areas for P. ramorum from the regulations, as well as all regulatory requirements specific to such areas. We are proposing to amend the regulations by revising the inspection and sampling requirements for certain nurseries that are in areas quarantined for P. ramorum and that ship regulated nursery stock interstate. We are proposing to change the nature of the inspection and sampling requirements to have them take into consideration additional potential sources of P. ramorum inoculum at the nurseries. Finally, we are proposing to establish conditions under which we would regulate nurseries located outside of the quarantined areas for P. ramorum, if sources of P. ramorum inoculum are detected at those nurseries and the nurseries ship certain articles interstate. These changes would provide regulatory relief to nurseries in areas that are regulated for P. ramorum, while also ensuring that nurseries that may pose a risk of disseminating P. ramorum through the interstate movement of regulated nursery stock are subject to measures that address this risk.
2018-06-20RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAlmonds Grown in California; Revision to the Adjusted Kernel Weight ComputationThis final rule implements a recommendation from the Almond Board of California (Board) to revise the adjusted kernel weight computation currently prescribed under the Marketing Order for almonds grown in California. In addition, this action allows...2018-13272"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-20/pdf/2018-13272.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/20/2018-13272/almonds-grown-in-california-revision-to-the-adjusted-kernel-weight-computationThis final rule implements a recommendation from the Almond Board of California (Board) to revise the adjusted kernel weight computation currently prescribed under the Marketing Order for almonds grown in California. In addition, this action allows adjustments to the calculated percentages for foreign material, excess moisture, or inedible kernels so that the sum of the percentages for the specified measurements equals 100 percent.
2018-06-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSingle Family Housing Guaranteed Loan ProgramThe Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) proposes to amend the current regulation for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) on the subject of Single Close Combination Construction to Permanent Loans. The Agency proposes to amend...2018-13154"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-20/pdf/2018-13154.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/20/2018-13154/single-family-housing-guaranteed-loan-programThe Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) proposes to amend the current regulation for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) on the subject of Single Close Combination Construction to Permanent Loans. The Agency proposes to amend the regulation to provide increased flexibility in loan terms that affect the costs of interim construction financing and the viability of combination construction to permanent loans on the secondary market in a manner which will enable more lenders to make these combination construction to permanent loans to SFHGLP borrowers. Specifically, the Agency proposes to: Allow and define a maximum interest rate for interim construction financing that is different than the underlying rate; allow for the escrow or reserve of regularly scheduled principal, interest, taxes and insurance (PITI) payments; and remove the requirement for loan modification or re-amortization once construction is complete.
2018-06-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard; CorrectionThis document contains corrections to the proposed rule published on May 4, 2018, regarding a new national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard. Corrections are made to the notice of proposed rule making's (NPRM) Initial Regulatory...2018-13155"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-20/pdf/2018-13155.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/20/2018-13155/national-bioengineered-food-disclosure-standard-correctionThis document contains corrections to the proposed rule published on May 4, 2018, regarding a new national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard. Corrections are made to the notice of proposed rule making's (NPRM) Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis to clarify that the proposed rule, if finalized, is not expected to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, but that comments are sought on the analysis and that USDA is not certifying that the proposed rule would have no significant adverse impact on a substantial number of small businesses.
2018-06-20RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOlives Grown in California; Decreased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the California Olive Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2018 fiscal period for olives grown in California. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless...2018-13271"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-20/pdf/2018-13271.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/20/2018-13271/olives-grown-in-california-decreased-assessment-rateThis rule implements a recommendation from the California Olive Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2018 fiscal period for olives grown in California. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
2018-06-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Six Month Delay of the General Compliance Date of Revisions While Allowing the Use of Three Burden-Reducing Provisions During the Delay PeriodIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, a number of federal departments and agencies revised to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (often referred to as the ``Common Rule''), which each department and agency adopted into...2018-13187"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-19/pdf/2018-13187.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/19/2018-13187/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-six-month-delay-of-the-general-compliance-dateIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, a number of federal departments and agencies revised to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (often referred to as the ``Common Rule''), which each department and agency adopted into regulations in its part of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same changes in a final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised Common Rule was scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of the same date. By an interim final rule issued on January 17, 2018 and published in the Federal Register on January 22, 2018, federal departments and agencies delayed the effective date and the general compliance date for the revised Common Rule for a 6-month period, until July 19, 2018. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an interim final rule adopting the same regulatory changes on January 26, 2018. The revised Common Rule, including technical amendments made by the January 22, 2018 interim final rule, is referred to here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' On April 20, 2018, the federal departments and agencies listed here published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposing and seeking comments as to whether the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements should be delayed for an additional 6-month period. The NPRM also proposed and sought comments on whether to allow regulated entities to implement certain burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements in specified circumstances during such continued delay period. Through this final rule, we are adopting the proposals described in the April 20, 2018 NPRM. This rule delays the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for an additional 6-month period, until January 21, 2019. As a result of this delay, regulated entities will be required, with an exception, to continue to comply with the requirements of the pre-2018 version of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the ``pre-2018 Requirements'') until January 21, 2019. The one exception to this general rule is that institutions will be permitted (but not required) to implement, for certain research, three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements during the delay period (July 19, 2018, through January 20, 2019). Those three provisions are: The revised definition of ``research,'' which deems certain activities not to be research covered by the Common Rule; the elimination of the requirement for annual continuing review with respect to certain categories of research; and the elimination of the requirement that institutional review boards (IRBs) review grant applications or other funding proposals related to the research. Institutions taking advantage of the three-burden reducing provisions must comply with all other pre-2018 Requirements during the delay period. The three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements can only be implemented during the delay period with respect to studies initiated prior to January 21, 2019 that will transition to compliance with the revised Common Rule. Any study that implements these three burden-reducing provisions during the delay period must, beginning on January 21, 2019, comply with all of the 2018 Requirements for the balance of the study's duration.
2018-06-15Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Fresh Avocado Fruit From Continental Ecuador Into the Continental United StatesWe are proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation into the continental United States of fresh avocado fruit from continental Ecuador. As a condition of entry, fresh avocado fruit from continental Ecuador would...2018-12827"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-15/pdf/2018-12827.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/15/2018-12827/importation-of-fresh-avocado-fruit-from-continental-ecuador-into-the-continental-united-statesWe are proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation into the continental United States of fresh avocado fruit from continental Ecuador. As a condition of entry, fresh avocado fruit from continental Ecuador would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that would include production site registration, field sanitation, packinghouse procedures designed to exclude the quarantine pests, and procedures for packing, storing, and shipping the avocado fruit. The fruit would also have to be imported in commercial consignments, with each consignment identified throughout its movement from place of production to port of entry in the continental United States. The systems approach for all fresh avocado fruit from continental Ecuador, except Hass avocados, would also have to include production site pest control measures. Consignments would have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Ecuador certifying that the fruit was produced in accordance with the systems approach. This proposed rule would allow for the importation of fresh avocados from continental Ecuador into the continental United States while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of quarantine pests.
2018-06-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPeanut Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Change in Assessment Rate ComputationThis rule changes the assessment rate computation under the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national research and promotion program (program) for U.S. peanuts. This rule changes the basis for assessment under the...2018-12731"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-14/pdf/2018-12731.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/14/2018-12731/peanut-promotion-research-and-information-order-change-in-assessment-rate-computationThis rule changes the assessment rate computation under the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national research and promotion program (program) for U.S. peanuts. This rule changes the basis for assessment under the regulations from value to volume (per ton). Two rates of assessment are established instead of using the formula currently specified in the regulations. This rule also updates the definition for ``fiscal year'' specified in the regulations to reflect current practices.
2018-06-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRules of Practice and Procedure Governing Marketing Orders and Marketing Agreements, and Research, Promotion, and Information ProgramsThis rule amends the Rules of Practice governing Marketing Orders and Marketing Agreements (MOMA), and Research, Promotion, and Information (R&P) programs overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to...2018-12722"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-14/pdf/2018-12722.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/14/2018-12722/rules-of-practice-and-procedure-governing-marketing-orders-and-marketing-agreements-and-researchThis rule amends the Rules of Practice governing Marketing Orders and Marketing Agreements (MOMA), and Research, Promotion, and Information (R&P) programs overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to include a definition of the term ``mail''. It also modifies an authority citation to ensure all appropriate authorities are included.
2018-06-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentInspection Application RequirementsThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the inspection, certification and standards requirements for fresh fruits, vegetables and other products and processed fruits and vegetables,...2018-12538"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-12/pdf/2018-12538.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/12/2018-12538/inspection-application-requirementsThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the inspection, certification and standards requirements for fresh fruits, vegetables and other products and processed fruits and vegetables, processed products and certain other processed food products by adding an option to allow for electronic submissions of inspection applications. The interim rule also eliminated outdated terminology that referenced submission of inspection applications by telegraph.
2018-06-11Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentUSDA Departmental Freedom of Information Act RegulationsThe United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing revisions to its current regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The revisions in this notice are modeled, in part, after the template published by the Department...2018-11868"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-11/pdf/2018-11868.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/11/2018-11868/usda-departmental-freedom-of-information-act-regulationsThe United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing revisions to its current regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The revisions in this notice are modeled, in part, after the template published by the Department of Justice Office of Information Policy and will streamline USDA's FOIA processing procedures, include current cost figures to be used in calculating fees but, most importantly, incorporate changes brought about by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 and the OPEN Government Act of 2007.
2018-06-08RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMilk in California; Federal Milk Marketing Order PromulgationThis final rule establishes a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) regulating the handling of milk in California. This final rule issues a marketing order incorporating the entire state of California and adopts the same dairy product classification and...2018-12245"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-08/pdf/2018-12245.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/08/2018-12245/milk-in-california-federal-milk-marketing-order-promulgationThis final rule establishes a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) regulating the handling of milk in California. This final rule issues a marketing order incorporating the entire state of California and adopts the same dairy product classification and pricing provisions used throughout the current FMMO system. The California FMMO provides for the recognition of producer quota as administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. More than the required number of producers for the California marketing area have approved the issuance of the order. This final rule also announces AMS's intention to merge the information collection forms used to conduct the producer referendum with the reporting forms used in the other dairy marketing orders.
2018-06-04RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Tree Tomatoes From Ecuador Into the Continental United StatesWe are amending the fruit and vegetable regulations to allow the importation of tree tomatoes from Ecuador into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, the tree tomatoes must be produced in accordance with a systems approach that...2018-11890"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-04/pdf/2018-11890.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/04/2018-11890/importation-of-tree-tomatoes-from-ecuador-into-the-continental-united-statesWe are amending the fruit and vegetable regulations to allow the importation of tree tomatoes from Ecuador into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, the tree tomatoes must be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for importation in commercial consignments, registration and monitoring of places of production, field monitoring and pest control practices, trapping, and inspection for quarantine pests by the national plant protection organization of Ecuador. This action will allow the importation of tree tomatoes from Ecuador while continuing to protect against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.
2018-06-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentGeneral Administrative Regulations; Administrative Remedies for Non-ComplianceThis document contains necessary amendments to address corrections in the General Administrative Regulations; Administrative Remedies for Non-Compliance regulations which contain outdated references.2018-11799"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-01/pdf/2018-11799.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/01/2018-11799/general-administrative-regulations-administrative-remedies-for-non-complianceThis document contains necessary amendments to address corrections in the General Administrative Regulations; Administrative Remedies for Non-Compliance regulations which contain outdated references.
2018-06-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSimplified Cost Accounting and Other Actions To Reduce Paperwork in the Summer Food Service ProgramThis final rule amends the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) regulations to incorporate statutory changes mandated by Section 738 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, which extends simplified cost accounting and reporting procedures to SFSP...2018-11806"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-01/pdf/2018-11806.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/01/2018-11806/simplified-cost-accounting-and-other-actions-to-reduce-paperwork-in-the-summer-food-service-programThis final rule amends the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) regulations to incorporate statutory changes mandated by Section 738 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, which extends simplified cost accounting and reporting procedures to SFSP sponsors in all States, and eliminates the cost comparison requirements for determining payments to sponsors. In addition, this rule makes several discretionary changes to improve administrative efficiency and reduce paperwork in the management of the SFSP. Finally, this rule amends the National School Lunch Program regulations to create consistency among the Child Nutrition Programs with regard to notice procedures. The intended effect of this rule is to simplify and streamline Program administration while ensuring Program integrity.
2018-05-24RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPolicy on Audits of RUS Borrowers and GranteesThe Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is correcting a final rule with request for comment that appeared in the Federal Register on May 7, 2018, and is extending the comment period and delaying the effective date. The document amended regulations regarding...2018-11108"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-24/pdf/2018-11108.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/24/2018-11108/policy-on-audits-of-rus-borrowers-and-granteesThe Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is correcting a final rule with request for comment that appeared in the Federal Register on May 7, 2018, and is extending the comment period and delaying the effective date. The document amended regulations regarding its Policy on Audits to incorporate 2011 revisions to the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the clarified audit standards issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in 2011, and Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, Subpart F, Audit Requirements, issued by the Office of Management and Budget on December 26, 2013, and adopted by USDA on December 26, 2014. The document also expanded and clarified the regulations to: Include grant recipients, amend peer review requirements, amend reporting requirements, expand the options for the electronic filing of audits, and clarify a number of existing audit requirements, and amended the title to reflect this change.
2018-05-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentIrish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Increased Assessment Rate for Area No. 2This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for Area No. 2 for the 2018-2019 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate would...2018-11084"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-24/pdf/2018-11084.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/24/2018-11084/irish-potatoes-grown-in-colorado-increased-assessment-rate-for-area-no-2This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for Area No. 2 for the 2018-2019 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
2018-05-24RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Environmental Policy Act Implementing ProceduresWe are amending the regulations that set out our National Environmental Policy Act implementing procedures. The amendments include clarifying the categories of actions for which we would normally complete an environmental impact statement or an...2018-11083"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-24/pdf/2018-11083.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/24/2018-11083/national-environmental-policy-act-implementing-proceduresWe are amending the regulations that set out our National Environmental Policy Act implementing procedures. The amendments include clarifying the categories of actions for which we would normally complete an environmental impact statement or an environmental assessment for an action, as well as updating examples of categorically excluded actions and setting out an environmental documentation process that could be used in emergencies. The changes will serve to update the regulations and improve their clarity and effectiveness.
2018-05-23Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Bioengineered Food Disclosure StandardThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the availability of an informational webinar regarding the proposed National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS or standard). The proposed standard would require food manufacturers and...2018-11025"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-23/pdf/2018-11025.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/23/2018-11025/national-bioengineered-food-disclosure-standardThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the availability of an informational webinar regarding the proposed National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS or standard). The proposed standard would require food manufacturers and other entities that label foods for retail sale to disclose information about bioengineered food and bioengineered food ingredients. The pre-recorded webinar will provide an overview of the background, provisions, and potential impacts of the proposed standard. Establishment and implementation of the new standard is required by recent amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946.
2018-05-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentConservation Program Recipient ReportingThe Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued regulatory guidance to agencies to establish requirements for Federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients that are necessary for the implementation of the Federal Funding...2018-10641"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-18/pdf/2018-10641.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/18/2018-10641/conservation-program-recipient-reportingThe Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued regulatory guidance to agencies to establish requirements for Federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and subrecipients that are necessary for the implementation of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (the Transparency Act). Since FY 2011, NRCS included the requirements identified in each of the NRCS conservation program regulations that involve an award of Federal financial assistance. Section 766 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 amended the Food Security Act of 1985 to exempt producers and landowners participating in NRCS conservation programs from the Transparency Act regulations. Therefore, NRCS is removing specific reference to the Transparency Act regulations in its conservation program regulations where such requirements affect its conservation program agreements with producers and landowners.
2018-05-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentGeneral Regulations for Federal Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crop Marketing Agreements and Orders; Authority To Meet Via Electronic CommunicationsThis rule amends the general regulations for Federal fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop marketing agreements and marketing orders (orders) and allows such programs to conduct meetings and vote using electronic means of communication.2018-10487"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-17/pdf/2018-10487.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/17/2018-10487/general-regulations-for-federal-fruit-vegetable-and-specialty-crop-marketing-agreements-and-ordersThis rule amends the general regulations for Federal fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop marketing agreements and marketing orders (orders) and allows such programs to conduct meetings and vote using electronic means of communication.
2018-05-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRevision of Delegations of Authority and Commodity Credit Corporation Board of Directors Meeting RequirementsThe Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to delegate functions, powers, and duties as the Secretary deems appropriate. This document amends the existing delegations of authority by adding and modifying certain delegations, as explained in the...2018-10133"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-14/pdf/2018-10133.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/14/2018-10133/revision-of-delegations-of-authority-and-commodity-credit-corporation-board-of-directors-meetingThe Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to delegate functions, powers, and duties as the Secretary deems appropriate. This document amends the existing delegations of authority by adding and modifying certain delegations, as explained in the Supplementary Information section below. In addition, it repeals regulations governing meetings of the Commodity Credit Corporation Board of Directors.
2018-05-14Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOrganic Research, Promotion, and Information Order; Termination of Rulemaking ProceedingThis action terminates a rulemaking proceeding that proposed to establish a national research and promotion program for certified organic products under authority of the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996 (1996 Act). The program...2018-10131"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-14/pdf/2018-10131.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/14/2018-10131/organic-research-promotion-and-information-order-termination-of-rulemaking-proceedingThis action terminates a rulemaking proceeding that proposed to establish a national research and promotion program for certified organic products under authority of the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996 (1996 Act). The program was proposed by the proponent group, the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Based on uncertain industry support for and outstanding substantive issues with the proposed program, USDA is terminating the proceeding.
2018-05-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMatching Funds Requirements for Agricultural Research and Extension Capacity Funds at 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, Including Central State University, Tuskegee University, and West Virginia State University, and at 1862 Land-Grant Institutions in Insular AreasThis final rule amends National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) regulations for the purpose of implementing the statutory amendments applicable to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) matching requirements for Federal...2018-10015"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-11/pdf/2018-10015.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/11/2018-10015/matching-funds-requirements-for-agricultural-research-and-extension-capacity-funds-at-1890This final rule amends National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) regulations for the purpose of implementing the statutory amendments applicable to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) matching requirements for Federal agricultural research and extension capacity (formula) funds for 1890 land-grant institutions (LGUs), including Central State University, Tuskegee University, and West Virginia State University, and 1862 land-grant institutions in insular areas, and to remove the term ``qualifying educational activities.'' These matching requirements were amended by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act; the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008; and the Agricultural Act of 2014.
2018-05-11Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentTart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.; Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2017-18 Crop Year for Tart CherriesThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to establish free and restricted percentages for the 2017-18 crop year under the Marketing Order for tart cherries grown in the states of...2018-10083"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-11/pdf/2018-10083.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/11/2018-10083/tart-cherries-grown-in-the-states-of-michigan-et-al-free-and-restricted-percentages-for-the-2017-18This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to establish free and restricted percentages for the 2017-18 crop year under the Marketing Order for tart cherries grown in the states of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. This action would establish the proportion of tart cherries from the 2017 crop which may be handled in commercial outlets. This action should stabilize marketing conditions by adjusting supply to meet market demand and help improve grower returns.
2018-05-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMilk in the Florida Marketing Area; Order Amending the OrderThis final rule amends the Florida Federal milk marketing order (FMMO) to adopt a temporary assessment on Class I milk. Assessment revenue will be disbursed to handlers and producers who incurred extraordinary marketing losses and expenses due to...2018-10085"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-11/pdf/2018-10085.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/11/2018-10085/milk-in-the-florida-marketing-area-order-amending-the-orderThis final rule amends the Florida Federal milk marketing order (FMMO) to adopt a temporary assessment on Class I milk. Assessment revenue will be disbursed to handlers and producers who incurred extraordinary marketing losses and expenses due to Hurricane Irma in September 2017. More than the required number of producers for the Florida marketing area have approved the issuance of the final order as amended.
2018-05-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentWalnuts Grown in California; Order Amending Marketing Order 984This final rule amends Marketing Order No. 984, which regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California. The amendment, which was proposed by the California Walnut Board (Board), was approved by growers in the referendum. This action authorizes the...2018-10106"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-11/pdf/2018-10106.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/11/2018-10106/walnuts-grown-in-california-order-amending-marketing-order-984This final rule amends Marketing Order No. 984, which regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California. The amendment, which was proposed by the California Walnut Board (Board), was approved by growers in the referendum. This action authorizes the Board to borrow from a commercial lending institution to fund operations and marketing/research expenses for the program.
2018-05-09RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentGrapes Grown in a Designated Area of Southeastern California; Decreased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2018 fiscal period for grapes grown in a designated area of southeastern California. The...2018-09817"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-09/pdf/2018-09817.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/09/2018-09817/grapes-grown-in-a-designated-area-of-southeastern-california-decreased-assessment-rateThis rule implements a recommendation from the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2018 fiscal period for grapes grown in a designated area of southeastern California. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
2018-05-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentIrish Potatoes Grown in Certain Designated Counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon; Modification of Handling RegulationsThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Potato Committee (Committee) to revise the varietal classifications that determine the size requirements for Irish potatoes grown in certain designated counties of Idaho,...2018-09820"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-09/pdf/2018-09820.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/09/2018-09820/irish-potatoes-grown-in-certain-designated-counties-in-idaho-and-malheur-county-oregon-modificationThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Potato Committee (Committee) to revise the varietal classifications that determine the size requirements for Irish potatoes grown in certain designated counties of Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon. As provided under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, the proposed modification would also apply to all imported long type Irish potatoes. This proposed rule would also make administrative revisions to the subpart headings to bring the language into conformance with the Office of Federal Register requirements.
2018-05-07RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPolicy on Audits of RUS Borrowers and GranteesThe Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is amending its regulations regarding its Policy on Audits to incorporate 2011 revisions to the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the...2018-09501"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-07/pdf/2018-09501.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/07/2018-09501/policy-on-audits-of-rus-borrowers-and-granteesThe Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is amending its regulations regarding its Policy on Audits to incorporate 2011 revisions to the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the clarified audit standards issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in 2011, and Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, Subpart F, Audit Requirements, issued by the Office of Management and Budget on December 26, 2013, and adopted by USDA on December 26, 2014. RUS is also expanding and clarifying its regulations to: include grant recipients, amend its peer review requirements, amend its reporting requirements, expand the options for the electronic filing of audits, and clarify a number of existing audit requirements, and is amending the title to reflect this change.
2018-05-04Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Bioengineered Food Disclosure StandardA recent amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 requires the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) to establish the national mandatory bioengineered (BE) food disclosure standard. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing a new...2018-09389"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-04/pdf/2018-09389.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/04/2018-09389/national-bioengineered-food-disclosure-standardA recent amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 requires the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) to establish the national mandatory bioengineered (BE) food disclosure standard. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing a new rule that would require food manufacturers and other entities that label foods for retail sale to disclose information about BE food and BE food ingredient content. The proposed rule is intended to provide a mandatory uniform national standard for disclosure of information to consumers about the BE status of foods. AMS seeks comments on the proposed rule. This proposed rule also announces AMS' intent to request approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of new information collection and recordkeeping requirements to implement the proposed BE food disclosure standard.
2018-05-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRevisions and Clarifications in Requirements for the Processing of Donated FoodsThis rule revises and clarifies requirements for the processing of donated foods in order to: Incorporate successful processing options tested in demonstration projects into the regulations, ensure accountability for donated foods provided for...2018-09168"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-01/pdf/2018-09168.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/01/2018-09168/revisions-and-clarifications-in-requirements-for-the-processing-of-donated-foodsThis rule revises and clarifies requirements for the processing of donated foods in order to: Incorporate successful processing options tested in demonstration projects into the regulations, ensure accountability for donated foods provided for processing, increase program efficiency and integrity, and support vendor and State operability. The rule requires multi-State processors to enter into National Processing Agreements to process donated foods into end products, permits processors to substitute commercially purchased beef and pork of U.S. origin and of equal or better quality for donated beef and pork, and streamlines and modernizes oversight of inventories of donated foods at processors. The rule also revises regulatory provisions in plain language, to make them easier to read and understand.
2018-04-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Organic Program; Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances for 2017 NOSB Recommendations (Livestock and Handling)This proposed rule would amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) section of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of...2018-08991"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-30/pdf/2018-08991.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/30/2018-08991/national-organic-program-proposed-amendments-to-the-national-list-of-allowed-and-prohibitedThis proposed rule would amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) section of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). This rule proposes to: Add elemental sulfur to the National List for use in organic livestock production; and, reclassify potassium acid tartrate from a non- agricultural substance to an agricultural substance and require the organic form of the ingredient when commercially available.
2018-04-27Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCranberries 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; Proposed Amendment to Marketing OrderThis proposed rule invites comments on a proposed amendment to Marketing Order No. 929, which regulates the handling of cranberries grown in the States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon,...2018-08526"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-27/pdf/2018-08526.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/27/2018-08526/cranberries-grown-in-the-states-of-massachusetts-rhode-island-connecticut-new-jersey-wisconsinThis proposed rule invites comments on a proposed amendment to Marketing Order No. 929, 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. The Cranberry Marketing Committee (Committee), recommended adding authority to accept contributions from domestic sources. Contributed funds would be used solely for research and development activities authorized under the marketing order and would be free from any encumbrances as to their usage by the donor.
2018-04-27Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCranberries Grown in States of Massachusetts, et al.; Establishment of 2018-19 Seasonal Volume RegulationThis proposed rule invites comments on a recommendation to establish a grower allotment percentage for the 2018-19 crop year under the marketing order for cranberries grown in the production area (Order). This proposed action would limit the quantity...2018-08528"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-27/pdf/2018-08528.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/27/2018-08528/cranberries-grown-in-states-of-massachusetts-et-al-establishment-of-2018-19-seasonal-volumeThis proposed rule invites comments on a recommendation to establish a grower allotment percentage for the 2018-19 crop year under the marketing order for cranberries grown in the production area (Order). This proposed action would limit the quantity of cranberries from the 2018-19 crop a handler may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, growers, and would allow for the diversion of processed products from that year. This proposed action would also specify handlers subject to the regulation, revise the definition of outlets for excess fruit, revise dates by which certain actions are due, and establish exemptions to the proposed action.
2018-04-23RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines and Pummelos Grown in Florida and Imported Grapefruit; Change of Size Requirements for GrapefruitThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule implementing a recommendation from the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee) to relax the minimum size requirements currently prescribed under the...2018-08424"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-23/pdf/2018-08424.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/23/2018-08424/oranges-grapefruit-tangerines-and-pummelos-grown-in-florida-and-imported-grapefruit-change-of-sizeThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule implementing a recommendation from the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee) to relax the minimum size requirements currently prescribed under the marketing order for oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and pummelos grown in Florida and the grapefruit import regulation. The interim rule relaxed the minimum size requirement for domestic shipments and imports of grapefruit from 3 \5/16\ inches to 3 inches in diameter.
2018-04-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Peppers From the Republic of Korea; Mesh Screening SizeWe are proposing to amend the regulations that allow the importation of peppers from the Republic of Korea to increase the mesh size of the screening over vent openings from 0.6 mm to 1.6 mm, and to require the use of colored sticky traps as an...2018-08250"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-20/pdf/2018-08250.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/20/2018-08250/importation-of-peppers-from-the-republic-of-korea-mesh-screening-sizeWe are proposing to amend the regulations that allow the importation of peppers from the Republic of Korea to increase the mesh size of the screening over vent openings from 0.6 mm to 1.6 mm, and to require the use of colored sticky traps as an additional measure for pest monitoring. We have determined that, when used alongside other mitigations in the regulations, there is no additional pest risk related to the change in mesh size. This action would modify the conditions under which peppers from the Republic of Korea may be imported into the continental United States while continuing to protect against the introduction of quarantine pests.
2018-04-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Fresh Cape Gooseberry Fruit From Ecuador to the Continental United StatesWe are proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of fresh cape gooseberry fruit from Ecuador into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, fresh cape gooseberry fruit from Ecuador would be subject...2018-08251"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-20/pdf/2018-08251.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/20/2018-08251/importation-of-fresh-cape-gooseberry-fruit-from-ecuador-to-the-continental-united-statesWe are proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of fresh cape gooseberry fruit from Ecuador into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, fresh cape gooseberry fruit from Ecuador would be subject to a systems approach that would include requirements for establishment of pest-free places of production and the labeling of boxes prior to shipping. Fresh cape gooseberry fruit from non pest-free places of production would have to undergo approved cold treatment or irradiation. The fresh cape gooseberry fruit would also have to be imported in commercial consignments and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Ecuador certifying that the fruit has been produced in accordance with the systems approach. Fresh cape gooseberry fruit that does not meet the conditions of the systems approach would be allowed to be imported into the continental United States subject to treatment. This action would allow for the importation of fresh cape gooseberry fruit from Ecuador into the continental United States while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant pests.
2018-04-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAlmonds Grown in California; Adjusted Kernel Weight ComputationThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Almond Board of California (Board) to revise the adjusted kernel weight computation currently prescribed under the Marketing Order for almonds grown in California. In addition, this action...2018-08249"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-20/pdf/2018-08249.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/20/2018-08249/almonds-grown-in-california-adjusted-kernel-weight-computationThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Almond Board of California (Board) to revise the adjusted kernel weight computation currently prescribed under the Marketing Order for almonds grown in California. In addition, this action would allow adjustments to the calculated percentages for foreign material, excess moisture, or inedible kernels so that the sum of the percentages for the specified measurements would equal 100 percent.
2018-04-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCommon Crop Insurance Regulations; California Avocado Crop Insurance ProvisionsThis document contains necessary amendments to apply a technical correction to the final rule with request for comments for the California Avocado Crop Insurance Provisions which published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2017.2018-08016"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-17/pdf/2018-08016.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/17/2018-08016/common-crop-insurance-regulations-california-avocado-crop-insurance-provisionsThis document contains necessary amendments to apply a technical correction to the final rule with request for comments for the California Avocado Crop Insurance Provisions which published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2017.
2018-04-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCommon Crop Insurance Regulations; Cultivated Clam Crop Insurance ProvisionsThis document contains necessary amendments to apply a technical correction to the final rule with request for comments for the Cultivated Clam Crop Insurance Provisions which published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2017.2018-08017"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-17/pdf/2018-08017.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/17/2018-08017/common-crop-insurance-regulations-cultivated-clam-crop-insurance-provisionsThis document contains necessary amendments to apply a technical correction to the final rule with request for comments for the Cultivated Clam Crop Insurance Provisions which published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2017.
2018-04-13Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Organic Program (NOP); Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops, Livestock and Handling); Reopening of Comment PeriodThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on January 18, 2018, which describes 35 amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops, Livestock and Handling). The public comment...2018-07719"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-13/pdf/2018-07719.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/13/2018-07719/national-organic-program-nop-amendments-to-the-national-list-of-allowed-and-prohibited-substancesThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on January 18, 2018, which describes 35 amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops, Livestock and Handling). The public comment period closed on March 19, 2018. This document reopens the comment period on the proposed rule for an additional 30 days. Multiple stakeholders requested that AMS extend the comment period to provide more time to develop comments on the proposed rule.
2018-04-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMango Promotion, Research and Information Order; Amendment To Include Frozen MangosThis proposed rule invites comments on amending the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a fresh mango national research and promotion program to include frozen mangos as a covered commodity. Additionally, this proposal...2018-06968"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-06/pdf/2018-06968.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/06/2018-06968/mango-promotion-research-and-information-order-amendment-to-include-frozen-mangosThis proposed rule invites comments on amending the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a fresh mango national research and promotion program to include frozen mangos as a covered commodity. Additionally, this proposal announces AMS' intent to request approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of new information collection requirements necessary to include frozen mangos under the program.
2018-04-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Lemons From Chile Into the Continental United StatesWe are amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to list lemon (Citrus limon (L.) Burm. f.) from Chile as eligible for importation into the continental United States subject to a systems approach. Under this systems approach, the fruit will have...2018-07073"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-06/pdf/2018-07073.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/06/2018-07073/importation-of-lemons-from-chile-into-the-continental-united-statesWe are amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to list lemon (Citrus limon (L.) Burm. f.) from Chile as eligible for importation into the continental United States subject to a systems approach. Under this systems approach, the fruit will have to be grown in a place of production that is registered with the Government of Chile and certified as having a low prevalence of Brevipalpus chilensis. The fruit will have to undergo pre-harvest sampling at the registered production site under the direction of Chile's national plant protection organization. Following post-harvest processing, the fruit will have to be inspected in Chile at an APHIS-approved inspection site. Each consignment of fruit will have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the fruit had been found free of B. chilensis based on field and packinghouse inspections. This final rule will allow for the safe importation of lemons from Chile using mitigation measures other than fumigation with methyl bromide.
2018-04-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMarketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for the 2018-2019 Marketing YearThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to establish salable quantities and producer allotments of Class 1 (Scotch) and Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil produced in...2018-06973"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-06/pdf/2018-06973.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/06/2018-06973/marketing-order-regulating-the-handling-of-spearmint-oil-produced-in-the-far-west-salable-quantitiesThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to establish salable quantities and producer allotments of Class 1 (Scotch) and Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil produced in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and designated parts of Nevada and Utah (the Far West) for the 2018-2019 marketing year. Salable quantities and allotment percentages help maintain stability in the Far West spearmint oil market. This proposed rule would also remove references to past volume regulation no longer in effect.
2018-04-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSubpart Nomenclature Change; Technical AmendmentThis document makes nomenclature changes to subpart headings in the Agricultural Marketing Service's regulations to bring the language into conformance with the Office of the Federal Register requirements.2018-06882"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-06/pdf/2018-06882.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/06/2018-06882/subpart-nomenclature-change-technical-amendmentThis document makes nomenclature changes to subpart headings in the Agricultural Marketing Service's regulations to bring the language into conformance with the Office of the Federal Register requirements.
2018-04-04RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCranberries Grown in States of Massachusetts, et al.; Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2017-18 Crop Year for CranberriesThis rule implements a recommendation to establish free and restricted percentages for the 2017-18 crop year under the marketing order for cranberries grown in the production area (Order). This action establishes the proportion of cranberries from the...2018-06875"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-04/pdf/2018-06875.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/04/2018-06875/cranberries-grown-in-states-of-massachusetts-et-al-free-and-restricted-percentages-for-the-2017-18This rule implements a recommendation to establish free and restricted percentages for the 2017-18 crop year under the marketing order for cranberries grown in the production area (Order). This action establishes the proportion of cranberries from the 2017-18 crop which may be handled and allows for the disposal of 2017-18 processed cranberry products. It also establishes a minimum quantity exemption and an exemption for handlers with no carryover inventory, exempts organically grown cranberries, and defines outlets for restricted fruit. This action adjusts supply to more closely meet market demand, improves grower and handler returns and reduces inventory. This final rule also contains formatting changes to subpart references to bring the language into conformance with the Office of the Federal Register requirements.
2018-04-04RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentTomatoes Grown in Florida; Decreased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee) for a decrease of the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal periods for tomatoes grown in Florida, handled under the Marketing Order. The...2018-06883"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-04/pdf/2018-06883.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/04/2018-06883/tomatoes-grown-in-florida-decreased-assessment-rateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee) for a decrease of the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal periods for tomatoes grown in Florida, handled under the Marketing Order. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated. This rule also makes administrative revisions to the subpart headings to bring the language into conformance with the Office of Federal Register requirements.
2018-04-04RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Pummelos Grown in Florida; Change in Size Requirements for OrangesThe Department of Agriculture adopts as final without change, an interim rule implementing a recommendation from the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee) to relax the minimum size requirements currently prescribed under the Marketing Order for...2018-06874"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-04/pdf/2018-06874.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/04/2018-06874/oranges-grapefruit-tangerines-and-pummelos-grown-in-florida-change-in-size-requirements-for-orangesThe Department of Agriculture adopts as final without change, an interim rule implementing a recommendation from the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee) to relax the minimum size requirements currently prescribed under the Marketing Order for oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and pummelos grown in Florida (Order). This final rule also continues in effect administrative revisions to the subpart heading to bring the language into conformance with the Office of Federal Register requirements.
2018-04-04RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Organic Program: USDA Organic RegulationsThis document announces the renewal of 17 substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) organic regulations. This document reflects the outcome of the 2018 sunset...2018-06867"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-04/pdf/2018-06867.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/04/2018-06867/national-organic-program-usda-organic-regulationsThis document announces the renewal of 17 substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) organic regulations. This document reflects the outcome of the 2018 sunset review process and addresses the recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary), through the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
2018-04-04Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOlives Grown in California; Decreased Assessment RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the California Olive Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2018 fiscal year and subsequent fiscal years. The assessment rate would remain in effect...2018-06877"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-04/pdf/2018-06877.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/04/2018-06877/olives-grown-in-california-decreased-assessment-rateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the California Olive Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2018 fiscal year and subsequent fiscal years. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
2018-04-03Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Pummelos Grown in Florida; Increased Assessment RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely...2018-06726"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-03/pdf/2018-06726.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/03/2018-06726/oranges-grapefruit-tangerines-and-pummelos-grown-in-florida-increased-assessment-rateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
2018-04-03RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentFood and Nutrition Service Regulatory Implementation of Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; CorrectionThis document contains technical corrections to the Code of Federal Regulations regarding the Final rule published in the Federal Register on September 28, 2016, ``Food and Nutrition Service Regulatory Implementation of Office of Management and...2018-06519"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-03/pdf/2018-06519.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/03/2018-06519/food-and-nutrition-service-regulatory-implementation-of-office-of-management-and-budgets-uniformThis document contains technical corrections to the Code of Federal Regulations regarding the Final rule published in the Federal Register on September 28, 2016, ``Food and Nutrition Service Regulatory Implementation of Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.''
2018-04-02Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMilk in California; Proposal To Establish a Federal Milk Marketing OrderThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes the issuance of a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) regulating the handling of milk in California. This proposed rule proposes adoption of a California FMMO incorporating the entire state of...2018-06167"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-02/pdf/2018-06167.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/02/2018-06167/milk-in-california-proposal-to-establish-a-federal-milk-marketing-orderThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes the issuance of a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) regulating the handling of milk in California. This proposed rule proposes adoption of a California FMMO incorporating the entire state of California and would adopt the same dairy product classification and pricing provisions used throughout the current FMMO system. The proposed California FMMO provides for the recognition of producer quota as administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. This proposed FMMO is subject to producer approval by referendum.
2018-03-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPeanut Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Change in Assessment Rate ComputationThis proposal invites comments on changing the assessment rate computation under the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national research and promotion program for U.S. peanuts. This proposal would change the basis for...2018-06283"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-30/pdf/2018-06283.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/30/2018-06283/peanut-promotion-research-and-information-order-change-in-assessment-rate-computationThis proposal invites comments on changing the assessment rate computation under the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national research and promotion program for U.S. peanuts. This proposal would change the basis for assessment under the regulations from value to volume (per ton). Two rates of assessment would be established instead of using a formula currently specified in the regulations. This proposal would also update the definition for ``fiscal year'' specified in the regulations to reflect current practices.
2018-03-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Eligibility, Certification, and Employment and Training Provisions of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008; CorrectionThis document contains technical corrections to the Code of Federal Regulations regarding the final rule and interim final rule published in the Federal Register on January 6, 2017, ``Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Eligibility,...2018-06520"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-30/pdf/2018-06520.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/30/2018-06520/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap-eligibility-certification-and-employment-and-trainingThis document contains technical corrections to the Code of Federal Regulations regarding the final rule and interim final rule published in the Federal Register on January 6, 2017, ``Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Eligibility, Certification, and Employment and Training Provisions of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008.''
2018-03-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMilk in the Florida Marketing Area; Decision on Proposed Amendments to Marketing Agreement and OrderThis document proposes to adopt, on an emergency basis, amendments to the Florida Federal milk marketing order (FMMO) that would implement a temporary assessment on Class I milk. Revenues collected through the assessment would be disbursed to handlers...2018-06286"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-30/pdf/2018-06286.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/30/2018-06286/milk-in-the-florida-marketing-area-decision-on-proposed-amendments-to-marketing-agreement-and-orderThis document proposes to adopt, on an emergency basis, amendments to the Florida Federal milk marketing order (FMMO) that would implement a temporary assessment on Class I milk. Revenues collected through the assessment would be disbursed to handlers and producers who incurred extraordinary marketing losses and expenses due to Hurricane Irma, which caused considerable market disruptions in September 2017.
2018-03-29Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Pummelo From Thailand Into the Continental United StatesWe are proposing to amend the regulations to allow the importation of fresh pummelo fruit from Thailand into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, fresh pummelo fruit from Thailand would be subject to a systems approach that would...2018-06288"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-29/pdf/2018-06288.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/29/2018-06288/importation-of-pummelo-from-thailand-into-the-continental-united-statesWe are proposing to amend the regulations to allow the importation of fresh pummelo fruit from Thailand into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, fresh pummelo fruit from Thailand would be subject to a systems approach that would include irradiation treatment, packinghouse processing requirements, and port of entry inspection. The fruit would also be required to be imported in commercial consignments and be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Thailand. This action would allow for the importation of fresh pummelo fruit from Thailand while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant pests into the continental United States.
2018-03-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Fresh Cherimoya Fruit From Chile Into the United StatesWe are amending the regulations to allow the importation of fresh cherimoya fruit from Chile into the continental United States in accordance with a systems approach as an alternative to the current required treatment. Commercial consignments of fresh...2018-06289"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-29/pdf/2018-06289.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/29/2018-06289/importation-of-fresh-cherimoya-fruit-from-chile-into-the-united-statesWe are amending the regulations to allow the importation of fresh cherimoya fruit from Chile into the continental United States in accordance with a systems approach as an alternative to the current required treatment. Commercial consignments of fresh cherimoya fruit are currently authorized entry into all ports of the United States from Chile subject to a mandatory soapy water and wax treatment. The systems approach includes requirements for production site registration, low pest prevalence area certification, post-harvest processing, and inspection at the packinghouse. The fruit will also be required to be imported in commercial consignments and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the consignment was produced in accordance with the regulations. Fresh cherimoya fruit that does not meet the conditions of the systems approach or is imported into locations outside the continental United States will continue to be allowed to be imported into the United States subject to the current soapy water and wax treatment. This will allow for the importation of fresh cherimoya fruit from Chile while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant pests into the continental United States.
2018-03-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOranges and Grapefruit Grown in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; Decreased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal periods for oranges and grapefruit handled under Marketing Order 906. The...2018-06282"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-29/pdf/2018-06282.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/29/2018-06282/oranges-and-grapefruit-grown-in-the-lower-rio-grande-valley-in-texas-decreased-assessment-rateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal periods for oranges and grapefruit handled under Marketing Order 906. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated. This rule also makes administrative revisions to the subpart headings of the Order.
2018-03-23RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentTruth in Lending-Real Estate Settlement ProceduresThe Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) will obsolete (and reserve) the Truth in Lending--Real Estate Settlement Procedures regulation to ensure compliance with the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)...2018-05999"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-23/pdf/2018-05999.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/23/2018-05999/truth-in-lending-real-estate-settlement-proceduresThe Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) will obsolete (and reserve) the Truth in Lending--Real Estate Settlement Procedures regulation to ensure compliance with the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) Integrated Mortgage Disclosures rule, commonly referred to as the TRID rule. This direct final rule will eliminate the functionally obsolete regulation in order to ensure compliance with the TRID rule, as the standard to follow.
2018-03-23RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCommon Crop Insurance Regulations; Nursery Crop Insurance ProvisionsThis document contains necessary amendments to apply a technical correction to the final rule with request for comments for the Nursery Crop Insurance Provisions which published in the Federal Register on January 31, 2018.2018-06000"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-23/pdf/2018-06000.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/23/2018-06000/common-crop-insurance-regulations-nursery-crop-insurance-provisionsThis document contains necessary amendments to apply a technical correction to the final rule with request for comments for the Nursery Crop Insurance Provisions which published in the Federal Register on January 31, 2018.
2018-03-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRevision of Delegation of Authority for the State Executive Director (SED) for the Farm Loan ProgramsThis document amends the delegations of authority from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Deputy Administrator of Farm Loan Programs (FLP). The change will specify that the Deputy Administrator redelegates certain authority to the State Executive Directors...2018-05466"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-19/pdf/2018-05466.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/19/2018-05466/revision-of-delegation-of-authority-for-the-state-executive-director-sed-for-the-farm-loan-programsThis document amends the delegations of authority from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Deputy Administrator of Farm Loan Programs (FLP). The change will specify that the Deputy Administrator redelegates certain authority to the State Executive Directors (SED). The change will also specify that SEDs may redelegate the authority to a Farm Loan Chief, Farm Loan Specialist, District Director, Farm Loan Manager, Senior Farm Loan Officer, Farm Loan Officer, Loan Analyst, Loan Resolution Specialist, or Program Technician to perform loan activities. This will ensure that certain loan documents can be signed off locally instead of requiring the FLP Deputy Administrator to have to sign off on certain loan documents.
2018-03-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentHispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACU) Certification ProcessThis amendment to NIFA regulations updates the list of institutions that are granted Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACU) certification by the Secretary and are eligible for HSACU programs for the period starting October 1,...2018-05541"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-19/pdf/2018-05541.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/19/2018-05541/hispanic-serving-agricultural-colleges-and-universities-hsacu-certification-processThis amendment to NIFA regulations updates the list of institutions that are granted Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACU) certification by the Secretary and are eligible for HSACU programs for the period starting October 1, 2017, and ending September 30, 2018.
2018-03-19Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentProposed California Federal Milk Marketing OrderThis document announces the ratification of the evidentiary record of the California Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) rulemaking proceeding by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Judicial Officer (JO).2018-05543"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-19/pdf/2018-05543.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/19/2018-05543/proposed-california-federal-milk-marketing-orderThis document announces the ratification of the evidentiary record of the California Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) rulemaking proceeding by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Judicial Officer (JO).
2018-03-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRestructuring of Regulations on the Importation of Plants for PlantingWe are restructuring the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting. In the new structure, restrictions on the importation of specific types of plants for planting will no longer be found in the regulations, but instead will be found...2018-05424"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-19/pdf/2018-05424.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/19/2018-05424/restructuring-of-regulations-on-the-importation-of-plants-for-plantingWe are restructuring the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting. In the new structure, restrictions on the importation of specific types of plants for planting will no longer be found in the regulations, but instead will be found in the Plants for Planting Manual. We will make changes to the restrictions in the manual after taking public comment through notices published in the Federal Register. As part of this restructuring, we are grouping together restrictions in the plants for planting regulations that apply to the importation of most or all plants for planting, and we are adding general requirements for the development of integrated pest risk management measures that we may use to mitigate the risk associated with the importation of a specific type of plants for planting. We are also amending our foreign quarantine regulations to remove various provisions regarding the importation of specific types of plants for planting that are not currently subject to the general plants for planting regulations; these provisions will also be found in the Plants for Planting Manual. This action does not make any major changes to the restrictions that currently apply to the importation of plants for planting. These changes will make restrictions on the importation of specific types of plants for planting easier for readers to find and less cumbersome for us to change.
2018-03-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentFees for Official Inspection and Official Weighing Services Under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA); CorrectionThis document corrects an error introduced into our regulations by a final rule that was published in the February 14, 2018, Federal Register. The final rule used the Roman numeral (v) consecutively in a table. This document corrects the table by...2018-05315"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-16/pdf/2018-05315.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/16/2018-05315/fees-for-official-inspection-and-official-weighing-services-under-the-united-states-grain-standardsThis document corrects an error introduced into our regulations by a final rule that was published in the February 14, 2018, Federal Register. The final rule used the Roman numeral (v) consecutively in a table. This document corrects the table by renumbering the last six items in the table.
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