CFR Title 7 Agriculture

CFR Title 7 – Agriculture

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05/07/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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...2018-09501FR-Doc-2018-09501Policy-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.
05/04/2018Proposed 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...2018-09389FR-Doc-2018-09389National-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.
05/01/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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...2018-09168FR-Doc-2018-09168Revisions-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.
04/30/2018Proposed 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...2018-08991FR-Doc-2018-08991National-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.
04/27/2018Proposed 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,...2018-08526FR-Doc-2018-08526Cranberries-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.
04/27/2018Proposed 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...2018-08528FR-Doc-2018-08528Cranberries-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.
04/23/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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...2018-08424FR-Doc-2018-08424Oranges-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.
04/20/2018Proposed 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...2018-08251FR-Doc-2018-08251Importation-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.
04/20/2018Proposed 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...2018-08249FR-Doc-2018-08249Almonds-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.
04/20/2018Proposed 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...2018-08250FR-Doc-2018-08250Importation-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.
04/17/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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, 2017.2018-08016FR-Doc-2018-08016Common-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.
04/17/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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, 2017.2018-08017FR-Doc-2018-08017Common-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.
04/13/2018Proposed 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...2018-07719FR-Doc-2018-07719National-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.
04/06/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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...2018-07073FR-Doc-2018-07073Importation-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.
04/06/2018Proposed 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...2018-06973FR-Doc-2018-06973Marketing-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.
04/06/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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.2018-06882FR-Doc-2018-06882Subpart-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.
04/06/2018Proposed 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...2018-06968FR-Doc-2018-06968Mango-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.
04/04/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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...2018-06883FR-Doc-2018-06883Tomatoes-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.
04/04/2018Proposed 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...2018-06877FR-Doc-2018-06877Olives-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.
04/04/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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...2018-06874FR-Doc-2018-06874Oranges-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.
04/04/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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...2018-06867FR-Doc-2018-06867National-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).
04/04/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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...2018-06875FR-Doc-2018-06875Cranberries-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.
04/03/2018Proposed 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...2018-06726FR-Doc-2018-06726Oranges-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.
04/03/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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...2018-06519FR-Doc-2018-06519Food-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.''
04/02/2018Proposed 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...2018-06167FR-Doc-2018-06167Milk-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.
03/30/2018Proposed 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...2018-06283FR-Doc-2018-06283Peanut-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.
03/30/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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,...2018-06520FR-Doc-2018-06520Supplemental-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.''
03/30/2018Proposed 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...2018-06286FR-Doc-2018-06286Milk-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.
03/29/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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...2018-06282FR-Doc-2018-06282Oranges-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.
03/29/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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...2018-06289FR-Doc-2018-06289Importation-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.
03/29/2018Proposed 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...2018-06288FR-Doc-2018-06288Importation-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.
03/23/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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, 2018.2018-06000FR-Doc-2018-06000Common-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.
03/23/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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)...2018-05999FR-Doc-2018-05999Truth-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.
03/19/2018Proposed 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).2018-05543FR-Doc-2018-05543Proposed-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).
03/19/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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...2018-05466FR-Doc-2018-05466Revision-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.
03/19/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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,...2018-05541FR-Doc-2018-05541Hispanic-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.
03/19/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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...2018-05424FR-Doc-2018-05424Restructuring-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.
03/16/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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 two technical corrections that are necessary.2018-05319FR-Doc-2018-05319Guaranteed-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 two technical corrections that are necessary.
03/16/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentChristmas Tree Promotion Research, and Information Order; ReferendumThis document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible producers and importers of Christmas trees to determine whether they favor continuance of the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national Christmas tree...2018-05313FR-Doc-2018-05313Christmas-Tree-Promotion-Research-And-Information-Order-ReferendumThis document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible producers and importers of Christmas trees to determine whether they favor continuance of the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national Christmas tree research and promotion program.
03/16/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCatastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement; Area Risk Protection Insurance Regulations; and the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Basic ProvisionsThis document contains necessary amendments to address corrections in the final rule with request for comments for the Catastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement, the Area Risk Protection Insurance Basic Provisions, and the Common Crop Insurance Policy...2018-05391FR-Doc-2018-05391Catastrophic-Risk-Protection-Endorsement-Area-Risk-Protection-Insurance-Regulations-And-The-CommonThis document contains necessary amendments to address corrections in the final rule with request for comments for the Catastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement, the Area Risk Protection Insurance Basic Provisions, and the Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions which published in the Federal Register on November 24, 2017.
03/16/2018RuleDEPARTMENT 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...2018-05315FR-Doc-2018-05315Fees-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.
03/15/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Campanula spp. Plants for Planting in Approved Growing Media From Denmark Into the United StatesWe are amending the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting by authorizing the importation of Campanula spp. plants for planting from Denmark in approved growing media into the United States, subject to a systems approach. The...2018-05267FR-Doc-2018-05267Importation-Of-Campanula-Spp-Plants-For-Planting-In-Approved-Growing-Media-From-Denmark-Into-TheWe are amending the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting by authorizing the importation of Campanula spp. plants for planting from Denmark in approved growing media into the United States, subject to a systems approach. The systems approach will include measures that are currently specified in the regulations as generally applicable to all plants for planting authorized importation into the United States in approved growing media. This action will allow for the importation of Campanula spp. plants for planting from Denmark in approved growing media, while providing protection against the introduction of plant pests.
03/14/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCivil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment for 2018This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) civil monetary penalty regulations by making inflation adjustments as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.2018-04832FR-Doc-2018-04832Civil-Monetary-Penalty-Inflation-Adjustment-For-2018This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) civil monetary penalty regulations by making inflation adjustments as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.
03/14/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico; Decreased Assessment RateThe Department of Agriculture adopts as final, without change, an interim rule that implemented a recommendation from the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent...2018-05144FR-Doc-2018-05144Pistachios-Grown-In-California-Arizona-And-New-Mexico-Decreased-Assessment-RateThe Department of Agriculture adopts as final, without change, an interim rule that implemented a recommendation from the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent production years and administrative revisions to the subpart headings to bring the language into conformance with the Office of Federal Register requirements.
03/14/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentHoney Packers and Importers Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order; Change in Producer Eligibility Requirements and Implementation of Charges for Past Due AssessmentsThis rule revises the eligibility requirements for producer representatives on the Honey Packers and Importers Board (Board) and prescribes late payment and interest charges on past due assessments under the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS)...2018-05063FR-Doc-2018-05063Honey-Packers-And-Importers-Research-Promotion-Consumer-Education-And-Industry-Information-OrderThis rule revises the eligibility requirements for producer representatives on the Honey Packers and Importers Board (Board) and prescribes late payment and interest charges on past due assessments under the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulation regarding a national research and promotion program for honey and honey products. This rule reduces the minimum production requirement for producers to serve on the Board and thereby allow more producers to be eligible to serve on the Board. This rule also prescribes late payment and interest charges on past due assessments to help facilitate program administration.
03/13/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Organic Program (NOP); Organic Livestock and Poultry PracticesThis final rule withdraws the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service. The existing organic livestock and poultry...2018-05029FR-Doc-2018-05029National-Organic-Program-Nop-Organic-Livestock-And-Poultry-PracticesThis final rule withdraws the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service. The existing organic livestock and poultry regulations remain effective.
03/09/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentDistance Learning and Telemedicine Grant ProgramThe Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter referred to as RUS or the Agency, is confirming the final rule published in the Federal Register on November 27, 2017,...2018-04659FR-Doc-2018-04659Distance-Learning-And-Telemedicine-Grant-ProgramThe Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter referred to as RUS or the Agency, is confirming the final rule published in the Federal Register on November 27, 2017, which amends its regulation for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program.
03/06/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentHiring Flexibility Under Professional StandardsThis proposed rule would add four flexibilities to the hiring standards for new school nutrition program directors in small local educational agencies (LEAs) and new school nutrition program State directors under the professional standards regulations...2018-04233FR-Doc-2018-04233Hiring-Flexibility-Under-Professional-StandardsThis proposed rule would add four flexibilities to the hiring standards for new school nutrition program directors in small local educational agencies (LEAs) and new school nutrition program State directors under the professional standards regulations for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. First, to address the hiring challenge faced by small LEAs, those with 2,499 or fewer students, this rule would require relevant food service experience rather than school nutrition program experience for new directors. Second, it would provide State agencies with discretion to consider volunteer or unpaid work as relevant food service experience for new school nutrition program directors in small LEAs. Third, to further assist LEAs with less than 500 students, this proposed rule would expand the existing regulatory flexibility which gives State agencies discretion to accept less than the required years of food service experience when an applicant for a new director position has the minimum required education. Fourth, this rule would also add flexibility to the hiring standards for State directors of school nutrition programs by considering applicants with either a bachelor's or a master's degree in specific, relevant fields. These proposed changes are expected to expand the pool of candidates qualified to serve as leaders in the school nutrition programs while continuing to ensure that school nutrition professionals are able to perform their duties effectively and efficiently.
03/01/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOnions Grown in South Texas; Proposed Amendment to Marketing Order 959This proposed rule invites comments on a proposed amendment to Marketing Order No. 959, which regulates the handling of onions grown in south Texas. The proposed amendment would reduce the size of the South Texas Onion Committee (Committee) and make...2018-04076FR-Doc-2018-04076Onions-Grown-In-South-Texas-Proposed-Amendment-To-Marketing-Order-959This proposed rule invites comments on a proposed amendment to Marketing Order No. 959, which regulates the handling of onions grown in south Texas. The proposed amendment would reduce the size of the South Texas Onion Committee (Committee) and make conforming and clarifying amendments as needed. The amendment would adjust the number of handlers and producers on the Committee to reflect a decrease in the number of onion producers and handlers in recent years.
03/01/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentGrapes Grown in a Designated Area of Southeastern California; Decreased Assessment RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2018 fiscal period and subsequent fiscal periods. This proposed rule also...2018-04010FR-Doc-2018-04010Grapes-Grown-In-A-Designated-Area-Of-Southeastern-California-Decreased-Assessment-RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2018 fiscal period and subsequent fiscal periods. This proposed rule also makes administrative revisions to the subpart headings to bring the language into conformance with the Office of Federal Register requirements.
02/23/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements and Services for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents; Advance Notice of Proposed RulemakingThe Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (the Act), limits the amount of time an able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD) can receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to 3 months in a 36-month period, unless the...2018-03752FR-Doc-2018-03752Supplemental-Nutrition-Assistance-Program-Requirements-And-Services-For-Able-Bodied-Adults-WithoutThe Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (the Act), limits the amount of time an able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD) can receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to 3 months in a 36-month period, unless the individual is working and/or participating in a work program half-time or more, or participating in workfare. The Act exempts individuals from the time limit for several reasons, including age, unfitness for work, or having a dependent child. The Act also provides State agencies with flexibility to request a waiver of this time limit if unemployment is high or the area does not have a sufficient number of jobs to provide employment. Moreover, the Act gives States discretion to exempt 15 percent of the individuals who would otherwise be subject to the time limit. The Department of Agriculture's (Department's) policy goal is to address food insecurity by providing supplemental food assistance and helping able-bodied SNAP participants move out of poverty and into work in a manner that is consistent with the structure and the intent of the Act. As described in Sections 2 and 6(d) of the Act, the goals of the program are to promote food security, self-sufficiency, well-being, and economic mobility. In this Notice, the Department is seeking public input to inform potential policy, program, and regulatory changes to more consistently advance this goal.
02/21/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPecans Grown in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas; Establishment of Reporting Requirements and New Information CollectionThis rule implements a recommendation made by the American Pecan Council (Council) to establish reporting requirements under the Federal marketing order for pecans (Order). These reporting requirements will enable collection of information from...2018-03500FR-Doc-2018-03500Pecans-Grown-In-The-States-Of-Alabama-Arkansas-Arizona-California-Florida-Georgia-Kansas-LouisianaThis rule implements a recommendation made by the American Pecan Council (Council) to establish reporting requirements under the Federal marketing order for pecans (Order). These reporting requirements will enable collection of information from handlers on: Pecans received; pecans purchased outside the United States; shipments and inventory of pecans; pecans exported by country of destination; and pecans exported for shelling and returned to the United States. This information will be used to provide important statistical reports to the industry, meet requirements under the Order, and to help guide future marketing efforts.
02/15/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCranberries Grown in States of Massachusetts, et al.; Establishment of Handler Diversion and Reporting Requirements and New Information CollectionThis proposed rule invites comments on the establishment of handler diversion and reporting requirements as recommended by the Cranberry Marketing Committee (Committee). This proposal would establish the procedures handlers would use to divert fruit...2018-02441FR-Doc-2018-02441Cranberries-Grown-In-States-Of-Massachusetts-Et-Al-Establishment-Of-Handler-Diversion-And-ReportingThis proposed rule invites comments on the establishment of handler diversion and reporting requirements as recommended by the Cranberry Marketing Committee (Committee). This proposal would establish the procedures handlers would use to divert fruit through disposal or into noncompetitive outlets. The reporting requirements would support the diversion procedures by providing the necessary documentation to help ensure compliance when a volume regulation is established. This proposal also announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of a new information collection.
02/14/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentFees for Official Inspection and Official Weighing Services Under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA)USDA, on behalf of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the fee schedule for official inspection and weighing services performed under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), as amended, in order to comply with FGIS regulations...2018-02884FR-Doc-2018-02884Fees-For-Official-Inspection-And-Official-Weighing-Services-Under-The-United-States-Grain-StandardsUSDA, on behalf of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the fee schedule for official inspection and weighing services performed under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), as amended, in order to comply with FGIS regulations and the Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015, and publishing the annual review of Schedule A fees calculation and the resulting fees that went into effect on January 1, 2018.
02/12/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentStandardizing Phytosanitary Treatment Regulations: Approval of Cold Treatment and Irradiation Facilities; Cold Treatment Schedules; Establishment of Fumigation and Cold Treatment Compliance AgreementsWe are amending the phytosanitary treatment regulations to establish generic criteria that would allow for the approval of new cold treatment facilities in the Southern and Western States of the United States. These criteria, if met, will allow us to...2018-02694FR-Doc-2018-02694Standardizing-Phytosanitary-Treatment-Regulations-Approval-Of-Cold-Treatment-And-IrradiationWe are amending the phytosanitary treatment regulations to establish generic criteria that would allow for the approval of new cold treatment facilities in the Southern and Western States of the United States. These criteria, if met, will allow us to approve new cold treatment facilities without rulemaking and facilitate the importation of fruit requiring cold treatment while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of pests of concern into the United States. We are also amending the fruit cutting and inspection requirements in the cold treatment regulations in order to expand cutting and inspection to commodities that have been treated for a wider variety of pests of concern. This action will provide for a greater degree of phytosanitary protection. We are also adding requirements concerning the establishment of compliance agreements for U.S. entities that operate fumigation facilities. Finally, we are harmonizing language concerning State compliance with facility establishment and parameters for the movement of consignments from the port of entry or points of origin in the United States to the treatment facility in the irradiation treatment regulations with language in the cold treatment regulations. These actions will serve to codify and make enforceable existing procedures concerning compliance agreements for these facilities.
02/12/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSoftwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order; Continuance ReferendumThis document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible domestic (U.S.) manufacturers and importers of softwood lumber to determine whether they favor continuance of the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a...2018-02485FR-Doc-2018-02485Softwood-Lumber-Research-Promotion-Consumer-Education-And-Industry-Information-Order-ContinuanceThis document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible domestic (U.S.) manufacturers and importers of softwood lumber to determine whether they favor continuance of the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national softwood lumber research and promotion program.
02/08/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentGeneral Administrative Regulations; Subpart L-Reinsurance Agreement-Standards for Approval; Regulations for the 2019 and Subsequent Reinsurance YearsThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) proposes to revise the General Administrative Regulations; Subpart L--Reinsurance Agreement--Standards for Approval; Regulations for the 2019 and Subsequent Reinsurance Years. The intended effect of this...2018-02489FR-Doc-2018-02489General-Administrative-Regulations-Subpart-L-Reinsurance-Agreement-Standards-For-ApprovalThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) proposes to revise the General Administrative Regulations; Subpart L--Reinsurance Agreement--Standards for Approval; Regulations for the 2019 and Subsequent Reinsurance Years. The intended effect of this action is to clarify and improve Subpart L to better align with the existing Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) and Livestock Price Reinsurance Agreement (LPRA) and to eliminate language that is no longer relevant.
02/06/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPerishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA): Guidance on Growers' Trust Protection Eligibility and Clarification of \u201cWritten Notification\u201dThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), is amending the regulations under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA or Act) to enhance clarity and improve the administration and enforcement of the PACA....2018-02066FR-Doc-2018-02066Perishable-Agricultural-Commodities-Act-Paca-Guidance-On-Growers-Trust-Protection-Eligibility-AndThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), is amending the regulations under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA or Act) to enhance clarity and improve the administration and enforcement of the PACA. The revisions will provide greater direction to the industry as to how growers and other principals that employ selling agents may preserve their PACA trust rights. The revisions will also clarify the definition of ``written notification'' as the term is used in 6(b) of the PACA, and the jurisdiction of USDA to investigate alleged PACA violations.
02/06/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentProposed California Federal Milk Marketing OrderThis document announces a delay of the California Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) rulemaking proceeding and the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to await the U.S. Supreme Court decision on a related legal matter prior to proceeding...2018-02386FR-Doc-2018-02386Proposed-California-Federal-Milk-Marketing-OrderThis document announces a delay of the California Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) rulemaking proceeding and the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to await the U.S. Supreme Court decision on a related legal matter prior to proceeding further with this rulemaking.
02/06/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSupplemental Requirements for Importation of Fresh Citrus From Colombia Into the United StatesWe are notifying the public of our decision to supplement our requirements governing the importation of fresh sweet orange, grapefruit, mandarin, clementine, and tangerine fruit from Colombia into the United States and are requesting public comment on...2018-02382FR-Doc-2018-02382Supplemental-Requirements-For-Importation-Of-Fresh-Citrus-From-Colombia-Into-The-United-StatesWe are notifying the public of our decision to supplement our requirements governing the importation of fresh sweet orange, grapefruit, mandarin, clementine, and tangerine fruit from Colombia into the United States and are requesting public comment on these changes. We have determined that, in order to mitigate the current pest risks posed by the importation of these commodities from Colombia into the United States, it is necessary to supplement the phytosanitary requirements now in place with additional requirements. This action will help to protect the United States against plant pests while allowing the resumption of imports of fresh sweet orange, grapefruit, mandarin, clementine, and tangerine fruit from Colombia, which were suspended in 2016 due to the discovery of new plant pests in South America.
02/05/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMarketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Revision of the Salable Quantity and Allotment Percentage for Class 3 (Native) Spearmint Oil for the 2017-2018 Marketing YearThis rule implements a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to revise the quantity of Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during the 2017-2018...2018-02264FR-Doc-2018-02264Marketing-Order-Regulating-The-Handling-Of-Spearmint-Oil-Produced-In-The-Far-West-Revision-Of-TheThis rule implements a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to revise the quantity of Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during the 2017-2018 marketing year, which began on June 1, 2017. This rule increases the Native spearmint oil salable quantity and the allotment percentage. This rule also contains formatting changes to subpart references to bring the language into conformance with the Office of Federal Register requirements.
01/31/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCommon Crop Insurance Regulations; Nursery Crop Insurance ProvisionsThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Nursery Crop Insurance Provisions. The intended effect of this action is to clarify existing policy provisions, increase risk management choices allowed by the...2018-01964FR-Doc-2018-01964Common-Crop-Insurance-Regulations-Nursery-Crop-Insurance-ProvisionsThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Nursery Crop Insurance Provisions. The intended effect of this action is to clarify existing policy provisions, increase risk management choices allowed by the policy provisions, and expand availability to more producers. The changes will be effective for the 2019 and succeeding crop years.
01/31/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentWatermelon Research and Promotion Plan; Redistricting and Importer RepresentationThis rule realigns the production districts for producer and handler membership on the National Watermelon Promotion Board (Board) under the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national research and promotion program for...2018-01802FR-Doc-2018-01802Watermelon-Research-And-Promotion-Plan-Redistricting-And-Importer-RepresentationThis rule realigns the production districts for producer and handler membership on the National Watermelon Promotion Board (Board) under the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulations regarding a national research and promotion program for watermelons. This rule also adds four importer seats to the Board. These changes were recommended by the Board after a review of the production volume in each district as well as assessments paid by importers. This action is necessary to provide for the equitable representation of producers, handlers, and importers on the Board.
01/31/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentApricots Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Decreased Assessment RateThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule an interim rule that implemented a recommendation from the Washington Apricot Marketing Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017-2018 and subsequent...2018-01801FR-Doc-2018-01801Apricots-Grown-In-Designated-Counties-In-Washington-Decreased-Assessment-RateThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule an interim rule that implemented a recommendation from the Washington Apricot Marketing Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017-2018 and subsequent fiscal periods. The interim rule was necessary to allow the Committee to reduce its financial reserve while still providing adequate funding to meet program expenses. This final rule also makes administrative revisions to the subpart headings to bring the language into conformance with the Office of Federal Register requirements.
01/30/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Orchids in Growing Media From TaiwanWe are amending the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting to add orchid plants of the genus Dendrobium from Taiwan to the list of plants that may be imported into the United States in an approved growing medium, subject to...2018-01737FR-Doc-2018-01737Importation-Of-Orchids-In-Growing-Media-From-TaiwanWe are amending the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting to add orchid plants of the genus Dendrobium from Taiwan to the list of plants that may be imported into the United States in an approved growing medium, subject to specified growing, inspection, and certification requirements. We are taking this action in response to a request from the Taiwanese Government and after determining that the plants could be imported, under certain conditions, without resulting in the introduction into, or the dissemination within, the United States of a quarantine plant pest or noxious weed.
01/22/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Delay of the Revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human SubjectsIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory...2018-00997FR-Doc-2018-00997Federal-Policy-For-The-Protection-Of-Human-Subjects-Delay-Of-The-Revisions-To-The-Federal-Policy-ForIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised policy, reflected in both final rules, is described here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' The 2018 Requirements are scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). This interim final rule delays the effective date and general compliance date of the 2018 Requirements to July 19, 2018. The federal departments and agencies listed in this document are in the process of developing a proposed rule to further delay implementation of the 2018 Requirements. The limited implementation delay accomplished by this interim final rule both provides additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements, and additional time for the departments and agencies listed in this document to seek input from interested stakeholders through a notice and comment rulemaking process that allows for public engagement on the proposal for a further implementation delay.
01/19/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentWithdrawal of Certain Proposed Rules and Other Proposed Actions; CorrectionThis document contains a correction to the withdrawal published on January 4, 2018, titled, Withdrawal of Certain Proposed Rules and Other Proposed Actions. The document incorrectly stated that the proposed rule published on July 15, 2016, under the...2018-00893FR-Doc-2018-00893Withdrawal-Of-Certain-Proposed-Rules-And-Other-Proposed-Actions-CorrectionThis document contains a correction to the withdrawal published on January 4, 2018, titled, Withdrawal of Certain Proposed Rules and Other Proposed Actions. The document incorrectly stated that the proposed rule published on July 15, 2016, under the title Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information; Beef Promotion and Research; Amendments To Allow Redirection of State Assessments to the National Program; Technical Amendments (Soybean Promotion) is not considered a candidate for final action at this time. This document corrects that statement and makes it known that this rulemaking remains under review.
01/17/2018Proposed 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...2017-28170FR-Doc-2017-28170Meeting-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.
01/17/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Organic Program; Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops, Livestock and Handling)This proposed rule would amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) provisions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture...2017-28172FR-Doc-2017-28172National-Organic-Program-Amendments-To-The-National-List-Of-Allowed-And-Prohibited-Substances-CropsThis proposed rule would amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) provisions of the U.S. 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 change the use restrictions for seventeen substances allowed for organic production or handling on the National List: Micronutrients; chlorhexidine; parasiticides; fenbendazole; moxidectin; xylazine; lidocaine; procaine; methionine; excipients; alginic acid; flavors; carnauba wax; chlorine; cellulose; colors; and, glycerin. This rule also proposes to add sixteen new substances on the National List to be allowed in organic production or handling: Hypochlorous acid; magnesium oxide; squid byproducts; activated charcoal; calcium borogluconate; calcium propionate; injectable vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes; kaolin pectin; mineral oil; propylene glycol; acidified sodium chlorite; zinc sulfate; potassium lactate; and, sodium lactate. In addition, this proposed rule would list the botanical pesticide, rotenone, as a prohibited substance in organic crop production. Finally, this proposed rule would remove ivermectin as an allowed parasiticide for use in organic livestock production.
01/05/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOnions Grown in South Texas; Increased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the South Texas Onion Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.05 to $0.065 per 50-pound equivalent of onions handled under the...2017-28504FR-Doc-2017-28504Onions-Grown-In-South-Texas-Increased-Assessment-RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the South Texas Onion Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.05 to $0.065 per 50-pound equivalent of onions handled under the Marketing Order (Order). The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
01/05/2018RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Increased Assessment Rate for Processed PearsThis rule implements a recommendation from the Processed Pear Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2017-2018 and subsequent fiscal periods from $7.00 to $8.00 per ton of ``summer/fall'' pears for canning. The...2017-28505FR-Doc-2017-28505Pears-Grown-In-Oregon-And-Washington-Increased-Assessment-Rate-For-Processed-PearsThis rule implements a recommendation from the Processed Pear Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2017-2018 and subsequent fiscal periods from $7.00 to $8.00 per ton of ``summer/fall'' pears for canning. 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.
01/02/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentTart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.; Revision of Exemption RequirementsThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to revise the exemption provisions under the Marketing Order for tart cherries (Order). This rule changes the number of years that new product,...2017-28167FR-Doc-2017-28167Tart-Cherries-Grown-In-The-States-Of-Michigan-Et-Al-Revision-Of-Exemption-RequirementsThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to revise the exemption provisions under the Marketing Order for tart cherries (Order). 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 would also permit 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. These changes are intended to encourage handlers to participate in new product, new market and market expansion activities, expand demand, and make the approval process more efficient. This proposal also contains a formatting change to subpart references to bring the language into conformance with the Office of Federal Register requirements.
01/02/2018Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCranberries Grown in States of Massachusetts, et al.; Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2017-18 Crop Year for CranberriesThis proposed rule invites comments on 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 would establish the proportion of...2017-28169FR-Doc-2017-28169Cranberries-Grown-In-States-Of-Massachusetts-Et-Al-Free-And-Restricted-Percentages-For-The-2017-18This proposed rule invites comments on 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 would establish the proportion of cranberries from the 2017-18 crop which may be handled and allow for the disposal of 2017-18 processed cranberry products. It would also establish a minimum quantity exemption and an exemption for handlers with no carryover inventory, exempt organically grown cranberries, and define outlets for restricted fruit. This action would adjust supply to more closely meet market demand, improve grower and handler returns and reduce inventory. This proposal also contains a formatting change to subpart references to bring the language into conformance with the Office of Federal Register requirements.
12/29/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentHazelnuts Grown in Oregon and Washington; Increased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Hazelnut Marketing Board (Board) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2017-2018 and subsequent marketing years from $0.005 to $0.006 per pound of hazelnuts handled under the Marketing Order...2017-28171FR-Doc-2017-28171Hazelnuts-Grown-In-Oregon-And-Washington-Increased-Assessment-RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Hazelnut Marketing Board (Board) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2017-2018 and subsequent marketing years from $0.005 to $0.006 per pound of hazelnuts handled under the Marketing Order (Order). The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
12/27/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCommon Crop Insurance Regulations; California Avocado Crop Insurance ProvisionsThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Common Crop Insurance Regulations to provide California Avocado insurance. The provisions will be used in conjunction with the Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions (Basic Provisions),...2017-27895FR-Doc-2017-27895Common-Crop-Insurance-Regulations-California-Avocado-Crop-Insurance-ProvisionsThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Common Crop Insurance Regulations to provide California Avocado insurance. The provisions will be used in conjunction with the Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions (Basic Provisions), which contain standard terms and conditions common to most crop programs. The intended effect of this action is to convert the California Avocado pilot crop insurance program to a regulatory insurance program for the 2020 and succeeding crop years.
12/27/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCommon Crop Insurance Regulations; Cultivated Clam Crop Insurance ProvisionsThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Common Crop Insurance Regulations to provide Cultivated Clam insurance. The provisions will be used in conjunction with the Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions (Basic Provisions), which...2017-27894FR-Doc-2017-27894Common-Crop-Insurance-Regulations-Cultivated-Clam-Crop-Insurance-ProvisionsThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Common Crop Insurance Regulations to provide Cultivated Clam insurance. The provisions will be used in conjunction with the Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions (Basic Provisions), which contain standard terms and conditions common to most crop programs. The intended effect of this action is to convert the Cultivated Clam pilot crop insurance program to a regulatory insurance program for the 2019 and succeeding crop years.
12/22/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentHoney Packers and Importers Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order; Change in Producer Eligibility Requirements and Implementation of Charges for Past Due AssessmentsThis proposal invites comments on revising the eligibility requirements for producer representatives on the Honey Packers and Importers Board (Board) and prescribing late payment and interest charges on past due assessments under the Agricultural...2017-27526FR-Doc-2017-27526Honey-Packers-And-Importers-Research-Promotion-Consumer-Education-And-Industry-Information-OrderThis proposal invites comments on revising the eligibility requirements for producer representatives on the Honey Packers and Importers Board (Board) and prescribing late payment and interest charges on past due assessments under the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) regulation regarding a national research and promotion program for honey and honey products. The Board administers the regulations with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This proposal would reduce the minimum production requirement for producers to serve on the Board from 150,000 to 50,000 pounds annually and thereby allow more producers to be eligible to serve on the Board. This proposal would also prescribe late payment and interest charges on past due assessments to help facilitate program administration. Both of these actions were unanimously recommended by the Board.
12/20/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRules of Practice and Procedures To Formulate or Amend a Marketing Agreement or a Marketing Order, or Certain Research and Promotion Orders; CorrectionThis document contains a correction to the final rule which was published on December 11, 2017. In the final rule, the Regulatory Information Number (RIN) appears as RIN 0581-AD74. This number is incorrect. The correct number is 0581-AD76. This...2017-27401FR-Doc-2017-27401Rules-Of-Practice-And-Procedures-To-Formulate-Or-Amend-A-Marketing-Agreement-Or-A-Marketing-Order-OrThis document contains a correction to the final rule which was published on December 11, 2017. In the final rule, the Regulatory Information Number (RIN) appears as RIN 0581-AD74. This number is incorrect. The correct number is 0581-AD76. This document corrects the final rule.
12/18/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Organic Program (NOP); Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices-WithdrawalThis proposed rule sets forth the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA or Department) intention to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017, by USDA's Agricultural...2017-27316FR-Doc-2017-27316National-Organic-Program-Nop-Organic-Livestock-And-Poultry-Practices-WithdrawalThis proposed rule sets forth the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA or Department) intention to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017, by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The OLPP final rule amends the organic livestock and poultry production requirements in the USDA organic regulations by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions; and expands and clarifies existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices and mammalian living conditions. The OLPP final rule was originally set to take effect on March 20, 2017. The effective date has been extended to May 14, 2018 under separate actions.
12/14/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCatastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement; Area Risk Protection Insurance Regulations; and the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Basic ProvisionsThis final rule amends the United States Department of Agriculture regulations to conform to the changes regarding conservation compliance made by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) to its regulations in Catastrophic Risk Protection...C1-2017-25330FR-Doc-C1-2017-25330https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/14/C1-2017-25330/catastrophic-risk-protection-endorsement-area-risk-protection-insurance-regulations-and-the-common 
12/11/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRules of Practice and Procedures To Formulate or Amend a Marketing Agreement, a Marketing Order, or Certain Research and Promotion OrdersThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting a final rule to amend the definition of ``judge'' in the rules of practice and procedure to formulate or amend a marketing agreement, marketing...2017-26718FR-Doc-2017-26718Rules-Of-Practice-And-Procedures-To-Formulate-Or-Amend-A-Marketing-Agreement-A-Marketing-Order-OrThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting a final rule to amend the definition of ``judge'' in the rules of practice and procedure to formulate or amend a marketing agreement, marketing order, or certain research and promotion orders. The new definition adds a presiding official appointed by the Secretary, as well as an administrative law judge, as an official who may preside over the rulemaking hearing.
12/11/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentTomatoes Grown in Florida; Decreased Assessment RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee) for a decrease in the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal periods of tomatoes grown in Florida, handled under the marketing...2017-26373FR-Doc-2017-26373Tomatoes-Grown-In-Florida-Decreased-Assessment-RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee) for a decrease in the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal periods of tomatoes grown in Florida, handled under the marketing order (Order). The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated. This proposed rule also makes administrative revisions to the subpart headings to bring the language into conformance with the Office of Federal Register requirements.
12/11/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMilk in the Florida Marketing Area; Notification of HearingA public hearing is being held, on an emergency basis, to consider a proposal submitted by Southeast Milk, Inc., Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., Premier Milk, Inc., Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc., and Lone Star Milk...2017-26632FR-Doc-2017-26632Milk-In-The-Florida-Marketing-Area-Notification-Of-HearingA public hearing is being held, on an emergency basis, to consider a proposal submitted by Southeast Milk, Inc., Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., Premier Milk, Inc., Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc., and Lone Star Milk Producers, L.C. The proposal seeks a temporary supplemental charge on Class I milk to provide emergency reimbursement to handlers and producers for costs incurred as a result of market disruptions stemming from Hurricane Irma in September 2017 which caused extensive damage in the United States.
12/11/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMilk in the Florida Marketing Area; Supplemental Notification of HearingA public hearing is being held, on an emergency basis, to consider a proposal submitted by Southeast Milk, Inc., Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., Premier Milk, Inc., Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc., and Lone Star Milk...2017-26717FR-Doc-2017-26717Milk-In-The-Florida-Marketing-Area-Supplemental-Notification-Of-HearingA public hearing is being held, on an emergency basis, to consider a proposal submitted by Southeast Milk, Inc., Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., Premier Milk, Inc., Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc., and Lone Star Milk Producers, L.C. This supplemental notice extends the hearing from December 12, 2017, through December 14, 2017, in order to provide adequate public notification.
12/05/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentInflation Catch-Up Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalty AmountsThis final rule amends USDA's civil monetary penalty regulations by making inflation adjustments as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. USDA also removes one obsolete civil monetary penalty (CMP)...2017-26194FR-Doc-2017-26194Inflation-Catch-Up-Adjustment-Of-Civil-Monetary-Penalty-AmountsThis final rule amends USDA's civil monetary penalty regulations by making inflation adjustments as mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. USDA also removes one obsolete civil monetary penalty (CMP) regulation previously authorized under a statute that is no longer current law.
12/04/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPecans Grown in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas; Establishment of Reporting Requirements and New Information CollectionThis proposed rule invites comments on the establishment of reporting requirements under the Federal marketing order for pecans (Order). These reporting requirements would enable collection of information from handlers on: Pecans received; pecans...2017-25738FR-Doc-2017-25738Pecans-Grown-In-The-States-Of-Alabama-Arkansas-Arizona-California-Florida-Georgia-Kansas-LouisianaThis proposed rule invites comments on the establishment of reporting requirements under the Federal marketing order for pecans (Order). These reporting requirements would enable collection of information from handlers on: Pecans received; pecans purchased outside the United States; shipments and inventory of pecans; pecans exported by country of destination; and pecans exported for shelling and returned to the United States. This information would be used to provide important statistical reports to the industry, meet requirements under the Order, and to help guide future marketing efforts. This proposal also announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget of a new information collection.
12/04/2017Proposed 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 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.09 to $0.02 per 7/10-bushel carton or equivalent of...2017-25737FR-Doc-2017-25737Oranges-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 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.09 to $0.02 per 7/10-bushel carton or equivalent of oranges and grapefruit handled under the Marketing Order (Order). The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated. This proposed rule also makes administrative revisions to the subpart headings to bring the language into conformance with the Office of Federal Register requirements.
12/01/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMarketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Revision of the Salable Quantity and Allotment Percentage for Class 3 (Native) Spearmint Oil for the 2017-2018 Marketing YearThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to revise the quantity of Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during...2017-25965FR-Doc-2017-25965Marketing-Order-Regulating-The-Handling-Of-Spearmint-Oil-Produced-In-The-Far-West-Revision-Of-TheThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to revise the quantity of Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during the 2017-2018 marketing year, which began on June 1, 2017. This proposal would increase the Native spearmint oil salable quantity and the allotment percentage. The Committee recommended this action for the purpose of avoiding extreme fluctuations in supplies and prices and to help maintain stability in the Far West spearmint oil market. This proposal also contains a formatting change to subpart references to bring the language into conformance with the Office of the Federal Register requirements.
11/30/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentChild Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium RequirementsThis interim final rule extends through school year 2018-2019 three menu planning flexibilities currently available to many Child Nutrition Program operators, giving them near-term certainty about Program requirements and more local control to serve...2017-25799FR-Doc-2017-25799Child-Nutrition-Programs-Flexibilities-For-Milk-Whole-Grains-And-Sodium-RequirementsThis interim final rule extends through school year 2018-2019 three menu planning flexibilities currently available to many Child Nutrition Program operators, giving them near-term certainty about Program requirements and more local control to serve nutritious and appealing meals to millions of children nationwide. These flexibilities include: Providing operators the option to offer flavored, low-fat (1 percent fat) milk in the Child Nutrition Programs; extending the State agencies' option to allow individual school food authorities to include grains that are not whole grain-rich in the weekly menu offered under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP); and retaining Sodium Target 1 in the NSLP and SBP. This interim final rule addresses significant challenges faced by local operators regarding milk, whole grains and sodium requirements and their impact on food development and reformulation, menu planning, and school food service procurement and contract decisions. The comments from the public on the long-term availability of these three flexibilities will help inform the development of a final rule, which is expected to be published in fall 2018 and implemented in school year 2019-2020.
11/29/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Fresh Mango Fruit From Vietnam Into the Continental United StatesWe are amending the regulations to allow the importation of fresh mango fruit from Vietnam into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, fresh mango fruit from Vietnam will be subject to a systems approach that includes orchard or...2017-25764FR-Doc-2017-25764Importation-Of-Fresh-Mango-Fruit-From-Vietnam-Into-The-Continental-United-StatesWe are amending the regulations to allow the importation of fresh mango fruit from Vietnam into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, fresh mango fruit from Vietnam will be subject to a systems approach that includes orchard or packinghouse requirements, irradiation treatment, and port of entry inspection. The fruit will also be required to be imported in commercial consignments and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Vietnam with an additional declaration stating that the consignment was inspected and found free of Macrophoma mangiferae and Xanthomonas campestris pv. mangiferaeindicae. This action will allow for the importation of fresh mango fruit from Vietnam while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant pests into the continental United States.
11/28/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentWalnuts Grown in California; Decreased Assessment RateThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that implemented a recommendation from the California Walnut Board (Board) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent...2017-25736FR-Doc-2017-25736Walnuts-Grown-In-California-Decreased-Assessment-RateThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that implemented a recommendation from the California Walnut Board (Board) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent marketing years from $0.0465 to $0.0400 per kernelweight pound of assessable walnuts. The Board is comprised of growers and handlers of walnuts and locally administers the Marketing Order that regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California. The Board also has a public member who has no financial interest in walnut production or handling.
11/28/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPecans Grown in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas; Establishment of Reporting Requirements and New Information CollectionThis rule implements a recommendation made by the American Pecan Council (Council) to establish reporting requirements under the Federal marketing order for pecans (Order). The Council locally administers the Order and is comprised of growers and...2017-25735FR-Doc-2017-25735Pecans-Grown-In-The-States-Of-Alabama-Arkansas-Arizona-California-Florida-Georgia-Kansas-LouisianaThis rule implements a recommendation made by the American Pecan Council (Council) to establish reporting requirements under the Federal marketing order for pecans (Order). The Council locally administers the Order and is comprised of growers and handlers of pecans operating within the production area and one public member. This action requires all pecan handlers to submit two forms to the Council: one for inter-handler transfers and another that includes year-end inventory and pecans handled throughout the year. The Council will use this information to facilitate assessment collection and provide valuable reports to the industry, including the annual marketing policy required by the Order.
11/27/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentDistance Learning and Telemedicine Loan and Grant ProgramsThe Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a Rural Development Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter referred to as RUS or the Agency, is issuing a final rule to streamline, revise, and update the Distance Learning and...2017-25266FR-Doc-2017-25266Distance-Learning-And-Telemedicine-Loan-And-Grant-ProgramsThe Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a Rural Development Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter referred to as RUS or the Agency, is issuing a final rule to streamline, revise, and update the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program, to minimize the burden of applying for and awarding grants. The Agency's goal is to reduce the regulatory burden on grant applicants and to ensure that grant funds are awarded for projects with the most demonstrable need. The Agency will follow this final rule affording the public an opportunity to comment with a subsequent final rule.
11/24/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCatastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement; Area Risk Protection Insurance Regulations; and the Common Crop Insurance Regulations, Basic ProvisionsThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Catastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement, the Area Risk Protection Insurance Basic Provisions, and the Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions to revise and clarify policy provisions and...2017-25330FR-Doc-2017-25330Catastrophic-Risk-Protection-Endorsement-Area-Risk-Protection-Insurance-Regulations-And-The-CommonThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Catastrophic Risk Protection Endorsement, the Area Risk Protection Insurance Basic Provisions, and the Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions to revise and clarify policy provisions and reduce burden on producers choosing to insure their crops. The changes to the policy made in this rule are applicable for the 2018 and succeeding crop years for all crops with a 2018 contract change date on or after the effective date of the rule, and for the 2019 and succeeding crop years for all crops with a 2018 contract change date prior to the effective date of the rule.
11/21/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Pummelos Grown in Florida and Imported Grapefruit; Change in Size Requirements for GrapefruitThis rule implements a recommendation from the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee) to relax the minimum size requirements currently prescribed for grapefruit under the marketing order for oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and pummelos grown in...2017-25209FR-Doc-2017-25209Oranges-Grapefruit-Tangerines-And-Pummelos-Grown-In-Florida-And-Imported-Grapefruit-Change-In-SizeThis rule implements a recommendation from the Citrus Administrative Committee (Committee) to relax the minimum size requirements currently prescribed for grapefruit under the marketing order for oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and pummelos grown in Florida (Order). The Committee locally administers the Order and is comprised of producers and handlers operating within the production area and one public member. This rule relaxes the minimum size requirement for grapefruit from 3\\5/16\\ inches in diameter to 3 inches in diameter. This rule will maximize shipments by allowing more grapefruit to be shipped to the fresh market and will help reduce the losses sustained by the grapefruit industry during the September 2017 hurricane in Florida. The corresponding change in the grapefruit import regulation is required under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937.
11/16/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Pummelos Grown in Florida; Change in Size Requirements for OrangesThis rule implements 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)....2017-24701FR-Doc-2017-24701Oranges-Grapefruit-Tangerines-And-Pummelos-Grown-In-Florida-Change-In-Size-Requirements-For-OrangesThis rule implements 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). The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of growers and handlers operating within the production area and one public member. This rule relaxes the minimum size requirements for oranges from 2\\8/16\\ inches to 2\\4/16\\ inches in diameter. This rule will maximize shipments by allowing more oranges to be shipped to the fresh market and help reduce the losses sustained by the citrus industry during the September 2017 hurricane in Florida. This rule also contains a formatting change to subpart references to bring the Order language into conformance with Office of Federal Register's guidelines.
11/14/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Organic Program (NOP); Organic Livestock and Poultry PracticesThe United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is delaying the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017 (OLPP final rule), until...2017-24675FR-Doc-2017-24675National-Organic-Program-Nop-Organic-Livestock-And-Poultry-PracticesThe United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is delaying the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017 (OLPP final rule), until May 14, 2018.
11/13/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMatching Funds Requirements for Agricultural Research and Extension Capacity Funds at 1890 Land-Grant Institutions and 1862 Land-Grant Institutions in Insular AreasThe National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) withdraws the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (RIN 0524-AA25) published on April 29, 2003. In addition, NIFA proposes to revise its regulations for the purpose of implementing the statutory amendments...2017-24327FR-Doc-2017-24327Matching-Funds-Requirements-For-Agricultural-Research-And-Extension-Capacity-Funds-At-1890The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) withdraws the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (RIN 0524-AA25) published on April 29, 2003. In addition, NIFA proposes to revise its regulations for the purpose of implementing the statutory amendments applicable to the 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.
11/07/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered OrganismsWe are withdrawing a proposed rule that would have revised our regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. We are taking this action after considering the comments...2017-24202FR-Doc-2017-24202Importation-Interstate-Movement-And-Environmental-Release-Of-Certain-Genetically-EngineeredWe are withdrawing a proposed rule that would have revised our regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. We are taking this action after considering the comments we received following the publication of the proposed rule.
11/03/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRules of Practice and Procedure Governing Formal Rulemaking Proceedings Instituted by the SecretaryThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting a final rule to establish rules of practice and procedure governing formal rulemaking proceedings instituted by the Secretary. This final rule applies to rulemakings that are not subject to the...2017-23877FR-Doc-2017-23877Rules-Of-Practice-And-Procedure-Governing-Formal-Rulemaking-Proceedings-Instituted-By-The-SecretaryThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting a final rule to establish rules of practice and procedure governing formal rulemaking proceedings instituted by the Secretary. This final rule applies to rulemakings that are not subject to the rules of practice and procedure for the promulgation of, or an amendment to, marketing orders or research and promotion orders.
11/02/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentBlack Stem Rust; Additions of Rust-Resistant Species and VarietiesOn September 5, 2017, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published a direct final rule. The direct final rule notified the public of our intention to amend the black stem rust quarantine and regulations by adding 15 varieties to the list of...2017-23897FR-Doc-2017-23897Black-Stem-Rust-Additions-Of-Rust-Resistant-Species-And-VarietiesOn September 5, 2017, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published a direct final rule. The direct final rule notified the public of our intention to amend the black stem rust quarantine and regulations by adding 15 varieties to the list of rust-resistant Berberis species and varieties and 2 varieties to the list of rust- resistant Mahonia species and varieties. We received two comments, which are addressed in this document.
11/02/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentGuaranteed LoanmakingThis rule establishes a de minimis quantity exemption threshold under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) regulations regarding a national research and promotion program for softwood lumber. In response to a...2017-23912FR-Doc-2017-23912Guaranteed-Loanmaking 
10/25/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMulti-Family Housing Program Requirements To Reduce Financial Reporting RequirementsThe Rural Housing Service (RHS) is revising its existing regulations regarding financial reporting. This action is necessary to align RHS requirements with those of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) utilizing a...2017-23082FR-Doc-2017-23082Multi-Family-Housing-Program-Requirements-To-Reduce-Financial-Reporting-RequirementsThe Rural Housing Service (RHS) is revising its existing regulations regarding financial reporting. This action is necessary to align RHS requirements with those of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) utilizing a risk-based threshold reporting which will reduce the burden on the borrower to produce multiple financial reports; focus on high-risk properties; and, reduce the financial cost of reporting on properties.
10/24/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico; Decreased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee) for a decrease in the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent production years from $0.0010 to $0.0001 per pound of assessed weight...2017-22711FR-Doc-2017-22711Pistachios-Grown-In-California-Arizona-And-New-Mexico-Decreased-Assessment-RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee) for a decrease in the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent production years from $0.0010 to $0.0001 per pound of assessed weight pistachios handled under the marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of pistachios operating within the area of production, and a public member. Assessments upon pistachio handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The production year begins September 1 and ends August 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
10/20/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMinimum Quality and Handling Standards for Domestic and Imported Peanuts Marketed in the United States; Change to the Quality and Handling RequirementsThis rule implements a recommendation from the Peanut Standards Board (Board) to revise the minimum quality and handling standards for domestic and imported peanuts marketed in the United States (Standards). The Board advises the Secretary of...2017-22712FR-Doc-2017-22712Minimum-Quality-And-Handling-Standards-For-Domestic-And-Imported-Peanuts-Marketed-In-The-UnitedThis rule implements a recommendation from the Peanut Standards Board (Board) to revise the minimum quality and handling standards for domestic and imported peanuts marketed in the United States (Standards). The Board advises the Secretary of Agriculture regarding potential changes to the Standards and is comprised of producers and industry representatives. This action relaxes the allowance for damaged kernels in farmers stock peanuts when determining segregation. This change increases the allowance for damaged kernels under Segregation 1 from not more than 2.49 percent to not more than 3.49 percent. The requirements for Segregation 2 are also adjusted to reflect this change. The Board recommended this change to align the incoming standards with recent changes to the outgoing quality standards and to help increase returns to producers.
10/06/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentEducation Programs or Activities Receiving or Benefitting From Federal Financial AssistanceThis rule updates the regulations required for the enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended (commonly referred to as ``Title IX'') for financial assistance from the Department of Agriculture. Title IX prohibits...2017-20869FR-Doc-2017-20869Education-Programs-Or-Activities-Receiving-Or-Benefitting-From-Federal-Financial-AssistanceThis rule updates the regulations required for the enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended (commonly referred to as ``Title IX'') for financial assistance from the Department of Agriculture. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. The regulation provides guidance to recipients of Federal financial assistance who administer education programs or activities. The changes made by this rule will promote consistency in the enforcement of Title IX for USDA financial assistance recipients.
10/05/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRegulations Issued Under Authority of the Export Apple Act and Export Grapes and Plums; Changes to Export Reporting Requirements; WithdrawalThis document withdraws a proposed rule to change the reporting of export certificate information under regulations issued pursuant to the Export Apple Act and the Export Grape and Plum Act. After reviewing and considering the comments received, the...2017-21183FR-Doc-2017-21183Regulations-Issued-Under-Authority-Of-The-Export-Apple-Act-And-Export-Grapes-And-Plums-Changes-ToThis document withdraws a proposed rule to change the reporting of export certificate information under regulations issued pursuant to the Export Apple Act and the Export Grape and Plum Act. After reviewing and considering the comments received, the agency has decided not to proceed with this action.
10/03/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Fresh Persimmons From New Zealand Into the United StatesWe are amending the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh persimmons from New Zealand into the United States. As a condition of entry, the persimmons must be produced in accordance with a...2017-21185FR-Doc-2017-21185Importation-Of-Fresh-Persimmons-From-New-Zealand-Into-The-United-StatesWe are amending the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh persimmons from New Zealand into the United States. As a condition of entry, the persimmons must be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for orchard certification, orchard pest control, post-harvest safeguards, fruit culling, traceback, sampling, and treatment with either hot water or modified atmosphere treatment. The persimmons will also have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that they were produced under, and meet all the components of, the systems approach and were inspected and found to be free of quarantine pests in accordance with the requirements. This action allows the importation of fresh persimmons from New Zealand while continuing to protect against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.
09/29/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRaisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; Secretary's Decision and Referendum Order on Proposed Amendments to Marketing Order No. 989This decision proposes amendments to Marketing Order No. 989 (order), which regulates the handling of raisins produced from grapes grown in California and provides producers with the opportunity to vote in a referendum to determine if they favor the...2017-20347FR-Doc-2017-20347Raisins-Produced-From-Grapes-Grown-In-California-Secretarys-Decision-And-Referendum-Order-OnThis decision proposes amendments to Marketing Order No. 989 (order), which regulates the handling of raisins produced from grapes grown in California and provides producers with the opportunity to vote in a referendum to determine if they favor the changes. Five amendments proposed by the Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC or Committee), the agency responsible for local administration of the order, would: Authorize production research; establish new nomination procedures for independent producer member and alternate member seats; add authority to regulate quality; add authority to establish different regulations for different markets; and add a continuance referenda requirement. In addition, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposed to: Remove order language pertaining to volume regulation and reserve pool authority; establish term limits for Committee members; and, to make any such changes as may be necessary to the order to conform to any amendment that may be adopted, or to correct minor inconsistencies and typographical errors. These proposed amendments would update the order to reflect changes in the industry and potential future changes, and would improve the operation and administration of the order.
09/28/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentHazelnuts Grown in Oregon and Washington; Secretary's Decision and Referendum Order on Proposed Amendments to Marketing Order No. 982This decision proposes amendments to Marketing Order No. 982 (order), which regulates the handling of hazelnuts grown in Oregon and Washington, and provides growers with the opportunity to vote in a referendum to determine if they favor the changes....2017-19920FR-Doc-2017-19920Hazelnuts-Grown-In-Oregon-And-Washington-Secretarys-Decision-And-Referendum-Order-On-ProposedThis decision proposes amendments to Marketing Order No. 982 (order), which regulates the handling of hazelnuts grown in Oregon and Washington, and provides growers with the opportunity to vote in a referendum to determine if they favor the changes. Two amendments are proposed by the Hazelnut Marketing Board (Board), which is responsible for local administration of the order. The proposed amendments would add both the authority to regulate quality for the purpose of pathogen reduction and the authority to establish different regulations for different markets. In addition, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposed to make any such changes as may be necessary to the order to conform to any amendment that may result from the public hearing. The proposals would aid in pathogen reduction and the industry's ability to meet the needs of different market destinations.
09/27/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentWatermelon Research and Promotion Plan; Redistricting and Importer RepresentationThis proposal invites comments on realigning the production districts under the Watermelon Research and Promotion Plan (Plan) for producer and handler membership on the National Watermelon Promotion Board (Board), and adding four importer seats to the...2017-20610FR-Doc-2017-20610Watermelon-Research-And-Promotion-Plan-Redistricting-And-Importer-RepresentationThis proposal invites comments on realigning the production districts under the Watermelon Research and Promotion Plan (Plan) for producer and handler membership on the National Watermelon Promotion Board (Board), and adding four importer seats to the Board. The Board administers the Plan with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These changes were recommended by the Board after a review of the production volume in each district as well as assessments paid by importers. This action is necessary to provide for the equitable representation of producers, handlers and importers on the Board. The Plan requires that such a review be conducted every 5 years. This action would increase the number of importer seats from 8 to 12, thereby increasing the number of Board members from 37 to a total of 41: 14 producers, 14 handlers, 12 importers, and one public member.
09/19/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOnions Grown in South Texas; Increased Assessment RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the South Texas Onion Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.05 to $0.065 per 50-pound equivalent of onions...2017-19690FR-Doc-2017-19690Onions-Grown-In-South-Texas-Increased-Assessment-RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the South Texas Onion Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.05 to $0.065 per 50-pound equivalent of onions handled under the marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of onions operating within the area of production. Assessments upon onion handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
09/19/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentWater and Waste Loans and GrantsThe Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is revising the regulation used to process water and waste disposal loans and grants to remove the reference to the 11-GO Bond Buyer...2017-19839FR-Doc-2017-19839Water-And-Waste-Loans-And-GrantsThe Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is revising the regulation used to process water and waste disposal loans and grants to remove the reference to the 11-GO Bond Buyer Index. This change will allow the Agency to respond to changes in indices and potentially reduce the budget authority necessary to fund the program.
09/19/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPecans Grown in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas; Establishment of Assessment RatesThis rule implements a recommendation from the American Pecan Council (Council) to establish the initial assessment rates for the 2016-17 and subsequent fiscal years at $0.03 per pound for improved varieties, $0.02 per pound for native and seedling...2017-19554FR-Doc-2017-19554Pecans-Grown-In-The-States-Of-Alabama-Arkansas-Arizona-California-Florida-Georgia-Kansas-LouisianaThis rule implements a recommendation from the American Pecan Council (Council) to establish the initial assessment rates for the 2016-17 and subsequent fiscal years at $0.03 per pound for improved varieties, $0.02 per pound for native and seedling varieties, and $0.02 per pound for substandard pecans handled under the pecan marketing order (order). The Council locally administers the order and is comprised of growers and handlers of pecans operating within the production area and a public member. Assessments upon pecan handlers will be used by the Council to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal year begins October 1 and ends September 30. The assessment rates will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
09/18/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Increased Assessment Rate for Processed PearsThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Processed Pear Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2017-2018 and subsequent fiscal periods from $7.00 to $8.00 per ton of ``summer/fall'' pears for...2017-19615FR-Doc-2017-19615Pears-Grown-In-Oregon-And-Washington-Increased-Assessment-Rate-For-Processed-PearsThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Processed Pear Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2017-2018 and subsequent fiscal periods from $7.00 to $8.00 per ton of ``summer/fall'' pears for canning. The Committee locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of growers, handlers, and processors of processed pears grown in Oregon and Washington. Assessments upon processed pear handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the marketing order. The fiscal period begins July 1 and ends June 30. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended or terminated.
09/15/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentApricots Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Decreased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Washington Apricot Marketing Committee (Committee) for a decrease in the assessment rate established for the 2017-2018 and subsequent fiscal periods from $1.40 to $1.00 per ton of apricots handled. The...2017-19553FR-Doc-2017-19553Apricots-Grown-In-Designated-Counties-In-Washington-Decreased-Assessment-RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Washington Apricot Marketing Committee (Committee) for a decrease in the assessment rate established for the 2017-2018 and subsequent fiscal periods from $1.40 to $1.00 per ton of apricots handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of growers and handlers of apricots operating within the area of production. Assessments upon apricot handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
09/14/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Orchids in Growing Media From the Republic of Korea Into the Continental United StatesWe are amending the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting to add orchid plants of the genera Phalaenopsis and Cymbidium from the Republic of Korea to the list of plants that may be imported into the continental United States in...2017-19519FR-Doc-2017-19519Importation-Of-Orchids-In-Growing-Media-From-The-Republic-Of-Korea-Into-The-Continental-UnitedWe are amending the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting to add orchid plants of the genera Phalaenopsis and Cymbidium from the Republic of Korea to the list of plants that may be imported into the continental United States in an approved growing medium, subject to specified growing, inspection, and certification requirements. We are taking this action in response to a request from the Republic of Korea and after determining that the plants could be imported under certain conditions without resulting in the introduction into, or the dissemination within, the United States of a plant pest or noxious weed.
09/12/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Fresh Persimmon With Calyxes From Japan Into the United StatesWe are amending the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh persimmon with calyxes from Japan into the United States. As a condition of entry, the persimmon must be produced in accordance with a...2017-19226FR-Doc-2017-19226Importation-Of-Fresh-Persimmon-With-Calyxes-From-Japan-Into-The-United-StatesWe are amending the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh persimmon with calyxes from Japan into the United States. As a condition of entry, the persimmon must be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for orchard certification, orchard pest control, post-harvest safeguards, fruit culling, traceback, and sampling. The persimmons will also have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that they were produced under, and meet all the components of, the agreed upon systems approach and were inspected and found to be free of quarantine pests. This action will allow the importation of fresh persimmons with calyxes from Japan while continuing to protect against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.
09/05/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentBlack Stem Rust; Additions of Rust-Resistant Species and VarietiesWe are amending the black stem rust quarantine and regulations by adding 15 varieties to the list of rust-resistant Berberis species and varieties and 2 varieties to the list of rust-resistant Mahonia species and varieties. This action will allow for...2017-18712FR-Doc-2017-18712Black-Stem-Rust-Additions-Of-Rust-Resistant-Species-And-VarietiesWe are amending the black stem rust quarantine and regulations by adding 15 varieties to the list of rust-resistant Berberis species and varieties and 2 varieties to the list of rust-resistant Mahonia species and varieties. This action will allow for the interstate movement of these newly developed varieties without unnecessary restrictions.
09/05/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCotton Board Rules and Regulations: Adjusting Supplemental Assessment on Imports (2017 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...2017-18758FR-Doc-2017-18758Cotton-Board-Rules-And-Regulations-Adjusting-Supplemental-Assessment-On-Imports-2017-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 2016.
09/05/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentTart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin; Modification of Allocation of AssessmentsThis rule implements a recommendation from the Tart Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to increase the portion of assessments allocated to research and promotion activities from $0.005 to $0.0065 per pound of tart cherries and decrease the...2017-18756FR-Doc-2017-18756Tart-Cherries-Grown-In-The-States-Of-Michigan-New-York-Pennsylvania-Oregon-Utah-Washington-AndThis rule implements a recommendation from the Tart Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to increase the portion of assessments allocated to research and promotion activities from $0.005 to $0.0065 per pound of tart cherries and decrease the portion allocated to administrative expenses from $0.0025 to $0.001 per pound of tart cherries handled under the marketing order (order). This rule also corrects the allocation numbers from $0.006 per pound for research and promotion activities and $0.0015 per pound for administrative expenses as stated in the proposed rule based on a comment received. The overall assessment rate remains unchanged at $0.0075 per pound of tart cherries. The Board locally administers the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of tart cherries operating within the area of production, and one public member. Assessments upon tart cherry handlers are used by the Board to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins October 1 and ends September 30. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
08/22/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentU.S. Standards for Grades of Shelled Walnuts and Walnuts in the ShellThis rule revises the U.S. Standards for Grades of Shelled Walnuts and the U.S. Standards for Grades of Walnuts in the Shell issued under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1946. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of...2017-17641FR-Doc-2017-17641Us-Standards-For-Grades-Of-Shelled-Walnuts-And-Walnuts-In-The-ShellThis rule revises the U.S. Standards for Grades of Shelled Walnuts and the U.S. Standards for Grades of Walnuts in the Shell issued under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1946. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is amending the color requirements to include red-colored walnuts. In addition, AMS is removing the ``Unclassified'' section. These revisions will modernize the standards to more accurately represent today's marketing practices and to meet growing consumer demand by providing greater marketing flexibility.
08/22/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentUnited States Standards for Grades of Frozen OnionsThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is establishing voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Onions. The grade standards provide a common language for trade, a means of measuring value in the...2017-17642FR-Doc-2017-17642United-States-Standards-For-Grades-Of-Frozen-OnionsThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is establishing voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Onions. The grade standards provide a common language for trade, a means of measuring value in the marketing of frozen onions, and guidance on the effective use of frozen onions.
08/18/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentHazelnuts Grown in Oregon and Washington; Increased Assessment RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the2017-17488FR-Doc-2017-17488Hazelnuts-Grown-In-Oregon-And-Washington-Increased-Assessment-RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the
08/15/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCotton Research and Promotion Program: Procedures for Conduct of Sign-Up PeriodThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making corrections to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) by revising the authority citation for its regulation, Cotton Research and Promotion. In a final rule published in the Federal Register on June 24,...2017-17143FR-Doc-2017-17143Cotton-Research-And-Promotion-Program-Procedures-For-Conduct-Of-Sign-Up-PeriodThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making corrections to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) by revising the authority citation for its regulation, Cotton Research and Promotion. In a final rule published in the Federal Register on June 24, 2015, changes were inadvertently made to remove a legal citation from the authority citation and to erroneously include an unnecessary authority citation after a section in AMS regulations. This document corrects those errors.
08/15/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Hass Avocados From ColombiaWe are amending the regulations to allow the importation of fresh Hass avocado fruit from Colombia into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, fresh Hass avocado fruit from Colombia will have to be produced in accordance with a systems...2017-17211FR-Doc-2017-17211Importation-Of-Hass-Avocados-From-ColombiaWe are amending the regulations to allow the importation of fresh Hass avocado fruit from Colombia into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, fresh Hass avocado fruit from Colombia will have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes orchard and packinghouse requirements and port of entry inspection. The fruit will also be required to be imported in commercial consignments and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Colombia with an additional declaration stating that the fruit has been produced in accordance with the requirements. This action will allow for the importation of fresh Hass avocado fruit from Colombia while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant pests into the continental United States.
08/14/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentProposed California Federal Milk Marketing Order; Documents for Official NoticeThis document announces the intention of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to take Official Notice of documents related to the California Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) rulemaking proceeding. This document invites interested parties to...2017-17100FR-Doc-2017-17100Proposed-California-Federal-Milk-Marketing-Order-Documents-For-Official-NoticeThis document announces the intention of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to take Official Notice of documents related to the California Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) rulemaking proceeding. This document invites interested parties to submit comments on whether the documents are relevant to the material issues of the proceeding.
08/09/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRules of Practice Governing Formal Adjudicatory Proceedings Instituted by the Secretary Under Various StatutesThis final rule amends the scope and applicability of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) uniform rules of practice governing adjudicatory proceedings to include actions initiated under subtitles B and D of the Agricultural Marketing Act of...2017-16786FR-Doc-2017-16786Rules-Of-Practice-Governing-Formal-Adjudicatory-Proceedings-Instituted-By-The-Secretary-UnderThis final rule amends the scope and applicability of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) uniform rules of practice governing adjudicatory proceedings to include actions initiated under subtitles B and D of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (1946 Act).
08/08/2017RuleDEPARTMENT 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; Order Amending Marketing Order 929Notice is hereby given that a referendum to amend Marketing Order and Agreement No. 929 (order), which regulates the handling of cranberries grown in the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota,...2017-16656FR-Doc-2017-16656Cranberries-Grown-In-The-States-Of-Massachusetts-Rhode-Island-Connecticut-New-Jersey-WisconsinNotice is hereby given that a referendum to amend Marketing Order and Agreement No. 929 (order), which regulates the handling of cranberries grown in the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York, did not meet the minimum voting requirements for approval. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended, hereinafter referred to as the ``Act'' requires, in part, that a proposed amendment to the cranberries order must be approved by two-thirds of producers voting, or by those voting in the referendum representing at least two-thirds of the volume of cranberries, as well as by processors who have frozen or canned more than 50 percent of the volume of cranberries within the production area. Processors representing only 18 percent of the volume of cranberries within the production area voted in the referendum. Because a minimum of 50 percent of the volume of cranberries processed within the production area is required in order to pass, the referendum did not pass and the proposed amendment will not be implemented. The amendment, which was proposed by the Cranberry Marketing Committee (Committee), would have authorized the Committee to receive and expend voluntary contributions from domestic sources.
07/21/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentWalnuts Grown in California; Decreased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the California Walnut Board (Board) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent marketing years from $0.0465 to $0.0400 per kernelweight pound of assessable walnuts. The Board is...2017-15304FR-Doc-2017-15304Walnuts-Grown-In-California-Decreased-Assessment-RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the California Walnut Board (Board) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017-18 and subsequent marketing years from $0.0465 to $0.0400 per kernelweight pound of assessable walnuts. The Board is comprised of growers and handlers of walnuts and locally administers the marketing order that regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California. The Board also has a public member who has no financial interest in walnut production or handling. Assessments upon walnut handlers are used by the Board to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The marketing year begins September 1 and ends August 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
07/21/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPecans Grown in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas; Establishment of Reporting Requirements and New Information CollectionThis proposed rule invites comments on the establishment of reporting requirements under the Federal marketing order for pecans (order). The American Pecan Council (Council) locally administers the order and is comprised of growers and handlers of...2017-15305FR-Doc-2017-15305Pecans-Grown-In-The-States-Of-Alabama-Arkansas-Arizona-California-Florida-Georgia-Kansas-LouisianaThis proposed rule invites comments on the establishment of reporting requirements under the Federal marketing order for pecans (order). The American Pecan Council (Council) locally administers the order and is comprised of growers and handlers of pecans operating within the production area and a public member. This action would require all pecan handlers to submit two forms to the Council: One for inter-handler transfers and another that includes year-end inventory and pecans handled throughout the year. The Council would use this information to facilitate assessment collection and provide valuable reports to the industry, including the annual marketing policy required by the order. This proposal also announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of a new information collection.
07/06/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Organic Program (NOP); Sunset 2017 Amendments to the National ListThis final rule amends the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) organic regulations, to prohibit the use of 8 substances in organic production and handling after June 27,...2017-14006FR-Doc-2017-14006National-Organic-Program-Nop-Sunset-2017-Amendments-To-The-National-ListThis final rule amends the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) organic regulations, to prohibit the use of 8 substances in organic production and handling after June 27, 2017: Lignin sulfonate (for use as a floating agent); furosemide; magnesium carbonate; and the nonorganic forms of chia, dillweed oil, frozen galangal, frozen lemongrass, and chipotle chile peppers. This action also renews 3 substances on the National List to continue to allow nonorganic forms of inulin-oligofructose enriched, Turkish bay leaves, and whey protein concentrate in organic products. This action addresses eleven recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following its October 2015 meeting. These recommendations pertain to the NOSB's 2017 sunset review of a portion of the substances on the National List.
07/06/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSweet Onions Grown in the Walla Walla Valley of Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon; Decreased Assessment RateThe Department of Agriculture is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that implemented a recommendation from the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017 and...2017-14177FR-Doc-2017-14177Sweet-Onions-Grown-In-The-Walla-Walla-Valley-Of-Southeast-Washington-And-Northeast-Oregon-DecreasedThe Department of Agriculture is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that implemented a recommendation from the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.22 to $0.10 per 50-pound bag or equivalent of sweet onions handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of producers and handlers of sweet onions operating within the area of production along with one public member. The interim rule was necessary to allow the Committee to reduce its financial reserve while still providing adequate funding to meet program expenses.
06/27/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCommon Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions (7 CFR 457.8)The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes the Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions (Basic Provisions) and makes amendments to the final rule, with request for comment, published in the Federal Register on June 22, 2016, that...2017-13242FR-Doc-2017-13242Common-Crop-Insurance-Policy-Basic-Provisions-7-Cfr-4578The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes the Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions (Basic Provisions) and makes amendments to the final rule, with request for comment, published in the Federal Register on June 22, 2016, that clarified and revised the policy definition of ``practical to replant'' and ``replanted crop,'' and policy provisions regarding double cropping. The changes to the policy made in this rule are applicable for the 2018 and succeeding crop years for all crops with a contract change date on or after the effective date of the rule, and for the 2019 and succeeding crop years for all crops with a contract change date prior to the effective date of the rule.
06/26/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentTart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.; Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2016-17 Crop Year for Tart CherriesThis rule implements a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to establish free and restricted percentages for the 2016-17 crop year under the marketing order for tart cherries grown in the states of Michigan, New York,...2017-13241FR-Doc-2017-13241Tart-Cherries-Grown-In-The-States-Of-Michigan-Et-Al-Free-And-Restricted-Percentages-For-The-2016-17This rule implements a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to establish free and restricted percentages for the 2016-17 crop year under the marketing order for tart cherries grown in the states of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin (order). The Board locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of producers and handlers of tart cherries operating within the production area, and a public member. This action establishes the proportion of tart cherries from the 2016 crop which may be handled in commercial outlets at 71 percent free and 29 percent restricted. These percentages should stabilize marketing conditions by adjusting supply to meet market demand and help improve grower returns.
06/23/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentGrapes Grown in a Designated Area of Southeastern California and Imported Table Grapes; Removing Varietal ExemptionsThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee (Committee) to remove varietal exemptions from the regulations established under the California table grape marketing order (order) and the...2017-13173FR-Doc-2017-13173Grapes-Grown-In-A-Designated-Area-Of-Southeastern-California-And-Imported-Table-Grapes-RemovingThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the California Desert Grape Administrative Committee (Committee) to remove varietal exemptions from the regulations established under the California table grape marketing order (order) and the table grape import regulation (import regulation). The order regulates the handling of table grapes grown in a designated area of southeastern California and is administered locally by the Committee. The import regulation is authorized under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended, and regulates the importation of table grapes into the United States. In conjunction with this proposed rule, administrative exemptions that were previously granted for other varieties of imported grapes, including those that are genetically related to the four varieties exempted under the order's regulations and import regulation, would be removed.
06/23/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentIrish Potatoes Grown in Certain Designated Counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon; Decreased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Potato Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017-2018 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.0025 to $0.002 per hundredweight of potatoes handled....2017-13174FR-Doc-2017-13174Irish-Potatoes-Grown-In-Certain-Designated-Counties-In-Idaho-And-Malheur-County-Oregon-DecreasedThis rule implements a recommendation from the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Potato Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017-2018 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.0025 to $0.002 per hundredweight of potatoes handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of potatoes grown in certain designated counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon. Assessments upon potato handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
06/21/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Tree Tomatoes From Ecuador Into the Continental United StatesWe are proposing to amend 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 would have to be produced in accordance with a systems...2017-12944FR-Doc-2017-12944Importation-Of-Tree-Tomatoes-From-Ecuador-Into-The-Continental-United-StatesWe are proposing to amend 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 would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that would include 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 would allow the importation of tree tomatoes from Ecuador while continuing to protect against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.
06/21/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Fresh Pomegranate Fruit From Turkey Into the Continental United StatesWe are proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of commercial consignments into the continental United States of fresh pomegranate fruit from Turkey. As a condition of entry, fresh pomegranate fruit from Turkey...2017-12943FR-Doc-2017-12943Importation-Of-Fresh-Pomegranate-Fruit-From-Turkey-Into-The-Continental-United-StatesWe are proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of commercial consignments into the continental United States of fresh pomegranate fruit from Turkey. As a condition of entry, fresh pomegranate fruit from Turkey would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that would include grove registration, sanitation, and pest control measures; packinghouse registration and procedures designed to exclude quarantine pests; cold treatment; and procedures for packing, storing, and shipping the pomegranate fruit. In addition, consignments would have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Turkey. This proposed rule would allow for the importation of fresh pomegranates from Turkey into the continental United States while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant pests.
06/20/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Fresh Pitahaya Fruit From Ecuador Into the Continental United StatesWe are amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of fresh pitahaya fruit into the continental United States from Ecuador. As a condition of entry, the fruit will have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach...2017-12802FR-Doc-2017-12802Importation-Of-Fresh-Pitahaya-Fruit-From-Ecuador-Into-The-Continental-United-StatesWe are amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of fresh pitahaya fruit into the continental United States from Ecuador. As a condition of entry, the fruit will have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for fruit fly trapping, pre-harvest inspections, approved production sites, and packinghouse procedures designed to exclude quarantine pests. The fruit will also be required to be imported in commercial consignments and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Ecuador stating that the consignment was produced and prepared for export in accordance with the requirements of the systems approach. This action will allow for the importation of fresh pitahaya fruit from Ecuador while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.
06/20/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Campanula Spp. Plants for Planting in Approved Growing Media From Denmark to the United StatesWe are proposing to amend the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting to authorize the importation of Campanula spp. plants for planting from Denmark in approved growing media into the United States, subject to a systems approach....2017-12801FR-Doc-2017-12801Importation-Of-Campanula-Spp-Plants-For-Planting-In-Approved-Growing-Media-From-Denmark-To-TheWe are proposing to amend the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting to authorize the importation of Campanula spp. plants for planting from Denmark in approved growing media into the United States, subject to a systems approach. The systems approach would consist of measures that are currently specified in the regulations as generally applicable to all plants for planting authorized importation into the United States in approved growing media. This proposed rule would allow for the importation of Campanula spp. plants for planting from Denmark in approved growing media, while providing protection against the introduction of plant pests.
06/16/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentBeef Promotion and Research; ReapportionmentThis final rule adjusts representation on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board), established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act), to reflect changes in domestic cattle inventories and changes in levels of...2017-12528FR-Doc-2017-12528Beef-Promotion-And-Research-ReapportionmentThis final rule adjusts representation on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board), established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act), to reflect changes in domestic cattle inventories and changes in levels of imported cattle, beef, and beef products that have occurred since the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) last reapportioned the Board in July 2014. These adjustments are required by the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) and will result in a decrease in Board membership from 100 to 99, effective with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) appointments for terms beginning early in the year 2018.
06/13/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPecans Grown in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas; Establishment of Assessment RatesThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the American Pecan Council (Council) to establish the initial assessment rates for the 2016-2017 and subsequent fiscal years at $0.03 per pound for improved varieties, $0.02 per pound for native...2017-12031FR-Doc-2017-12031Pecans-Grown-In-The-States-Of-Alabama-Arkansas-Arizona-California-Florida-Georgia-Kansas-LouisianaThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the American Pecan Council (Council) to establish the initial assessment rates for the 2016-2017 and subsequent fiscal years at $0.03 per pound for improved varieties, $0.02 per pound for native and seedling varieties, and $0.02 for substandard pecans handled under the pecan marketing order (order). The Council administers the order and is comprised of growers and handlers of pecans operating within the production area and a public member. Assessments upon pecan handlers would be used by the Council to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal year begins October 1 and ends September 30. The assessment rates would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
06/12/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSuspension of Supervision Fee Assessment Under the United States Grain Standards ActThe Department of Agriculture (USDA), Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is suspending the fees that it charges for the supervision of official inspection and weighing services performed by delegated States and/or...2017-12032FR-Doc-2017-12032Suspension-Of-Supervision-Fee-Assessment-Under-The-United-States-Grain-Standards-ActThe Department of Agriculture (USDA), Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is suspending the fees that it charges for the supervision of official inspection and weighing services performed by delegated States and/or designated agencies under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA).
06/12/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentHazelnuts Grown in Oregon and Washington; Recommended Decision and Opportunity To File Written Exceptions to Proposed Amendment of Marketing Order No. 982This recommended decision proposes amendments to Marketing Order No. 982 (order), which regulates the handling of hazelnuts grown in Oregon and Washington. The proposed amendments are based on the record of a public hearing held on October 18, 2016, in...2017-11946FR-Doc-2017-11946Hazelnuts-Grown-In-Oregon-And-Washington-Recommended-Decision-And-Opportunity-To-File-WrittenThis recommended decision proposes amendments to Marketing Order No. 982 (order), which regulates the handling of hazelnuts grown in Oregon and Washington. The proposed amendments are based on the record of a public hearing held on October 18, 2016, in Wilsonville, Oregon. Two amendments are proposed by the Hazelnut Marketing Board (Board), which is responsible for local administration of the order. The proposed amendments would add both the authority to regulate quality for the purpose of pathogen reduction and the authority to establish different regulations for different markets. In addition, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposed to make any such changes as may be necessary to the order to conform to any amendment that may result from the public hearing. The proposals are intended to aid in pathogen reduction and meet the needs of different market destinations.
06/07/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentGuaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing Regulations; CorrectionThis document contains a correction to the final rule published in the Federal Register on June 3, 2016, entitled ``Guaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing Regulations.'' The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is an agency within the Rural...2017-11736FR-Doc-2017-11736Guaranteed-Loanmaking-And-Servicing-Regulations-CorrectionThis document contains a correction to the final rule published in the Federal Register on June 3, 2016, entitled ``Guaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing Regulations.'' The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is an agency within the Rural Development mission area of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) responsible for administering the Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program. The B&I Guaranteed Loan Program is authorized by the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act and provides loan guarantees to banks and other approved lenders to finance private businesses located in rural areas.
05/31/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRaisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; Recommended Decision and Opportunity To File Written Exceptions to Proposed Amendment of Marketing Order No. 989This recommended decision proposes amendments to Marketing Order No. 989 (order), which regulates the handling of raisins grown in California. Five amendments are proposed by the Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC or Committee), which is responsible...2017-09242FR-Doc-2017-09242Raisins-Produced-From-Grapes-Grown-In-California-Recommended-Decision-And-Opportunity-To-FileThis recommended decision proposes amendments to Marketing Order No. 989 (order), which regulates the handling of raisins grown in California. Five amendments are proposed by the Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC or Committee), which is responsible for local administration of the order. These proposed amendments would: Authorize production research; establish new nomination procedures for independent producer member and alternate member seats; add authority to regulate quality; add authority to establish different regulations for different markets; and add a continuance referenda requirement. In addition, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposed two amendments. These amendments would remove order language pertaining to volume regulation and reserve pool authority and would establish term limits for Committee members. In addition, AMS proposed to make any such changes as may be necessary to the order to conform to any amendment that may result from the hearing. These proposed amendments are intended to update the order to reflect changes in the industry and potential future changes, and to improve the operation and administration of the order.
05/30/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSoftwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order; De Minimis Quantity Exemption ThresholdThis action proposes to establish a de minimis quantity exemption threshold under the Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order (Order). The Order is administered by the Softwood Lumber Board (Board) with...2017-10997FR-Doc-2017-10997Softwood-Lumber-Research-Promotion-Consumer-Education-And-Industry-Information-Order-De-MinimisThis action proposes to establish a de minimis quantity exemption threshold under the Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order (Order). The Order is administered by the Softwood Lumber Board (Board) with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In response to a 2016 federal district court decision, USDA conducted a new analysis to determine a reasonable and appropriate de minimis threshold. Based on that analysis contained herein, this proposal would establish the de minimis quantity threshold at 15 million board feet (mmbf) and entities manufacturing (and domestically shipping) or importing less than 15 mmbf per year would be exempt from paying assessments under the Order.
05/30/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentBeef Promotion and Research Rules and RegulationsThis final rule amends the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act) by adding six Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes for imported veal and veal products and updating assessment...2017-10986FR-Doc-2017-10986Beef-Promotion-And-Research-Rules-And-RegulationsThis final rule amends the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act) by adding six Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes for imported veal and veal products and updating assessment levels for imported veal and veal products based on revised determinations of live animal equivalencies. In addition to the foregoing, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the Order's definition of ``Imported beef or beef products'' by deleting its reference to tariff numbers that are no longer in use and obsolete.
05/26/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentWalnuts Grown in California; Proposed Amendment to Marketing Order 984 and Referendum OrderThis rule proposes one amendment to Marketing Order No. 984 (order), which regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California, and provides growers with the opportunity to vote in a referendum to determine if they favor the change. This amendment...2017-10676FR-Doc-2017-10676Walnuts-Grown-In-California-Proposed-Amendment-To-Marketing-Order-984-And-Referendum-OrderThis rule proposes one amendment to Marketing Order No. 984 (order), which regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California, and provides growers with the opportunity to vote in a referendum to determine if they favor the change. This amendment was proposed by the California Walnut Board (Board), which is responsible for the local administration of the order and is comprised of walnut growers and handlers operating within the production area. The amendment would authorize the Board to borrow from a commercial lending institution to fund operations and marketing/research expenses. This proposed amendment is intended to reflect a customary business practice that will provide greater flexibility to the Board while increasing its effectiveness.
05/25/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMarketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for the 2017-2018 Marketing YearThis final rule implements a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to establish the quantity of spearmint oil produced in the Far West, by class, that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of,...2017-10679FR-Doc-2017-10679Marketing-Order-Regulating-The-Handling-Of-Spearmint-Oil-Produced-In-The-Far-West-Salable-QuantitiesThis final rule implements a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to establish the quantity of spearmint oil produced in the Far West, by class, that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during the 2017-2018 marketing year, which begins on June 1, 2017. The Far West production area includes the states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and designated parts of Nevada and Utah. The Committee locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of spearmint oil producers operating within the area of production. This action establishes salable quantities and allotment percentages for Class 1 (Scotch) spearmint oil of 774,645 pounds and 36 percent, respectively, and for Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil of 1,075,051 pounds and 44 percent, respectively. The Committee recommended these salable quantities and allotment percentages to help maintain stability in the spearmint oil market.
05/25/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMinimum Quality and Handling Standards for Domestic and Imported Peanuts Marketed in the United States; Change to the Quality and Handling RequirementsThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Peanut Standards Board (Board) to revise the minimum quality and handling standards for domestic and imported peanuts marketed in the United States (Standards). The Board advises the...2017-10680FR-Doc-2017-10680Minimum-Quality-And-Handling-Standards-For-Domestic-And-Imported-Peanuts-Marketed-In-The-UnitedThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Peanut Standards Board (Board) to revise the minimum quality and handling standards for domestic and imported peanuts marketed in the United States (Standards). The Board advises the Secretary of Agriculture regarding potential changes to the Standards and is comprised of producers and industry representatives. This action would relax the allowance for damaged kernels in farmers stock peanuts when determining segregation. This change would increase the allowance for damaged kernels under Segregation 1 from not more than 2.49 percent to not more than 3.49 percent. The requirements for Segregation 2 would also be adjusted to reflect this change. The Board recommended this change to align the incoming standards with recent changes to the outgoing quality standards and to help increase returns to producers.
05/25/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentChanges to Reporting and Notification Requirements and Other Clarifying Changes for Imported Fruits, Vegetables, and Specialty CropsThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that updated reporting and notification requirements associated with, and made clarifying changes to, the fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop import...2017-10678FR-Doc-2017-10678Changes-To-Reporting-And-Notification-Requirements-And-Other-Clarifying-Changes-For-Imported-FruitsThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that updated reporting and notification requirements associated with, and made clarifying changes to, the fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop import regulations for certain commodities regulated under section 608(e) (hereinafter referred to as ``8e'') of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. The interim rule shifted the exempt reporting requirement for imported tomatoes destined for noncommercial outlets for experimental purposes from the tomato import regulations to the safeguard procedures section of the vegetable import regulations. In addition, the pistachio import regulations were updated by removing reference to a paper-based notification of entry process. Other administrative changes were made to several of the 8e regulations to replace outdated information. These changes to the import regulations support the International Trade Data System (ITDS), a system that streamlines and automates the filing of import and export information by the trade.
05/25/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAsian Longhorned Beetle: Update List of Regulated ArticlesWe are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) regulations by removing plants of the genus Celtis, which we have determined not to be a host plant of ALB, from the list of regulated...2017-10675FR-Doc-2017-10675Asian-Longhorned-Beetle-Update-List-Of-Regulated-ArticlesWe are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) regulations by removing plants of the genus Celtis, which we have determined not to be a host plant of ALB, from the list of regulated articles. As a result of the interim rule, there are no longer any restrictions on the movement of Celtis spp. plants from areas quarantined for ALB.
05/25/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentTart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin; Modification of Allocation of AssessmentsThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Tart Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to increase the portion of assessments allocated to research and promotion activities from $0.005 to $0.006 per pound of tart cherries and...2017-10677FR-Doc-2017-10677Tart-Cherries-Grown-In-The-States-Of-Michigan-New-York-Pennsylvania-Oregon-Utah-Washington-AndThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Tart Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to increase the portion of assessments allocated to research and promotion activities from $0.005 to $0.006 per pound of tart cherries and decrease the portion allocated to administrative expenses from $0.0025 to $0.0015 per pound of tart cherries handled under the marketing order (order). The overall assessment rate would remain unchanged at $0.0075 per pound of tart cherries. The Board locally administers the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of tart cherries operating within the area of production, and one public member. Assessments upon tart cherry handlers are used by the Board to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins October 1 and ends September 30. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
05/10/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentHispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and UniversitiesThis rule 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, 2016, and ending September...2017-09415FR-Doc-2017-09415Hispanic-Serving-Agricultural-Colleges-And-UniversitiesThis rule 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, 2016, and ending September 30, 2017.
05/10/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Organic Program (NOP); Organic Livestock and Poultry PracticesThe United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is delaying the effective date of the rule published on January 19, 2017, for an additional six months to November 14, 2017, to allow time for further consideration by...2017-09409FR-Doc-2017-09409National-Organic-Program-Nop-Organic-Livestock-And-Poultry-PracticesThe United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is delaying the effective date of the rule published on January 19, 2017, for an additional six months to November 14, 2017, to allow time for further consideration by USDA. The effective date for this rule was initially March 20, 2017, and was subsequently delayed to May 19, 2017, by a document published in the Federal Register on February 9, 2017. The final rule amends the organic livestock and poultry production requirements by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions; and expands and clarifies existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices and mammalian living conditions.
05/10/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Organic Program (NOP); Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Second Proposed RuleThis proposed rule sets forth the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) intention to pursue one of several actions on the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule (FR) published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017, by USDA's...2017-09410FR-Doc-2017-09410National-Organic-Program-Nop-Organic-Livestock-And-Poultry-Practices-Second-Proposed-RuleThis proposed rule sets forth the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) intention to pursue one of several actions on the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule (FR) published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017, by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). USDA is asking the public to comment on the possible actions USDA should take in regards to the disposition of the FR. The FR amends the organic livestock and poultry production requirements in the USDA organic regulations by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions; and expands and clarifies existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices and mammalian living conditions. The FR was originally set to take effect on March 20, 2017, and is now being extended to November 14, 2017.
05/05/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCompetitive and Noncompetitive Non-formula Federal Assistance Programs-General Award Administrative Provisions and Specific Administrative ProvisionsThe National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is publishing as a final rule, a set of general and specific administrative requirements applicable to competitive and non- competitive non-formula programs. The purpose of this final rule is to...2017-09045FR-Doc-2017-09045Competitive-And-Noncompetitive-Non-Formula-Federal-Assistance-Programs-General-Award-AdministrativeThe National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is publishing as a final rule, a set of general and specific administrative requirements applicable to competitive and non- competitive non-formula programs. The purpose of this final rule is to implement sections of the Agriculture Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79 or the 2014 Farm Bill), making it necessary to add a new section for centers of excellence by modifying Subparts A, B, C and D of the general administrative provisions. Although this final rule becomes effective on the date of publication, NIFA is requesting comments for a 30-day period as identified below.
05/03/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentUnited States Standards for BarleyThe Department of Agriculture (USDA), Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is revising the U.S. Standards for Barley (barley standards) under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) by revising the definitions of other...2017-08942FR-Doc-2017-08942United-States-Standards-For-BarleyThe Department of Agriculture (USDA), Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is revising the U.S. Standards for Barley (barley standards) under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) by revising the definitions of other terms to remove Six-rowed Blue Malting barley and the reference to kernels with white aleurone layers. Further, GIPSA is revising the barley standards to add the factors injured-by mold and mold-damaged kernels to the subclass Six-rowed Malting barley. Finally, GIPSA is revising the grade requirements for Two-rowed Malting Barley and Six-rowed Malting barley, and removing those for Six-rowed Blue Malting barley.
04/27/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentEnvironmental Policies and Procedures; CorrectionsThe Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, and Farm Service Agency published a document in the Federal Register on March 2, 2016 (81 FR 11000), entitled ``Environmental Policies and Procedures.'' The rule...2017-08529FR-Doc-2017-08529Environmental-Policies-And-Procedures-CorrectionsThe Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, and Farm Service Agency published a document in the Federal Register on March 2, 2016 (81 FR 11000), entitled ``Environmental Policies and Procedures.'' The rule replaced two existing rules relating to the Agencies' procedures for implementing NEPA. These corrections will replace references in several paragraphs to one of the former rules, 7 CFR part 1940, subpart G, which is now obsolete.
04/21/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentProposed California Federal Milk Marketing Order; Producer BallotsIn accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget for a new information collection: Proposed California...2017-08033FR-Doc-2017-08033Proposed-California-Federal-Milk-Marketing-Order-Producer-BallotsIn accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget for a new information collection: Proposed California Federal Milk Marketing Order; Referendum Procedures.
04/03/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentFarm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) Program; Portable Storage Facilities and Reduced Down Payment for FSFL Microloans; CorrectionThe Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers the FSFL Program on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). In the final rule that was published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2016, a word was inadvertently removed from the regulations. This...2017-06449FR-Doc-2017-06449Farm-Storage-Facility-Loan-Fsfl-Program-Portable-Storage-Facilities-And-Reduced-Down-Payment-ForThe Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers the FSFL Program on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). In the final rule that was published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2016, a word was inadvertently removed from the regulations. This document reinserts that word back into the regulation.
03/31/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMarketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for the 2017-2018 Marketing YearThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to establish the quantity of spearmint oil produced in the Far West, by class, that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf...2017-06335FR-Doc-2017-06335Marketing-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 the quantity of spearmint oil produced in the Far West, by class, that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during the 2017-2018 marketing year, which begins on June 1, 2017. The Far West production area includes the states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and designated parts of Nevada and Utah. The Committee locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of spearmint oil producers operating within the area of production, and a public member. This action would establish salable quantities and allotment percentages for Class 1 (Scotch) spearmint oil of 774,645 pounds and 36 percent, respectively, and for Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil of 1,075,051 pounds and 44 percent, respectively. The Committee recommended these salable quantities and allotment percentages to help maintain stability in the spearmint oil market.
03/27/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCompetitive and Noncompetitive Non-Formula Federal Assistance Programs-Specific Administrative Provisions for the Veterinary Services Grants ProgramThe National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is publishing a final rule for the Veterinary Services Grants Program. NIFA's development of these regulations serves to enhance its accountability and to standardize procedures across the Federal...2017-05931FR-Doc-2017-05931Competitive-And-Noncompetitive-Non-Formula-Federal-Assistance-Programs-Specific-AdministrativeThe National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is publishing a final rule for the Veterinary Services Grants Program. NIFA's development of these regulations serves to enhance its accountability and to standardize procedures across the Federal assistance programs it administers while providing transparency to the public.
03/24/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Lemons From Northwest Argentina; Stay of RegulationsOn December 23, 2016, we published a final rule amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of lemons from northwest Argentina into the continental United States under certain conditions. In a document published on January...2017-05877FR-Doc-2017-05877Importation-Of-Lemons-From-Northwest-Argentina-Stay-Of-RegulationsOn December 23, 2016, we published a final rule amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of lemons from northwest Argentina into the continental United States under certain conditions. In a document published on January 25, 2017, we stayed the regulations for 60 days ending March 27, 2017. In this document, we are issuing an additional stay of those regulations.
03/23/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentU.S. Standards for Grades of Shelled Walnuts and Walnuts in the ShellNotice is hereby given that Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is reopening the comment period on the proposed rule that invited comments on the revision of the U.S. Standards for Grades of Shelled Walnuts and U.S. Standards for Grades of Walnuts in...2017-04805FR-Doc-2017-04805Us-Standards-For-Grades-Of-Shelled-Walnuts-And-Walnuts-In-The-ShellNotice is hereby given that Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is reopening the comment period on the proposed rule that invited comments on the revision of the U.S. Standards for Grades of Shelled Walnuts and U.S. Standards for Grades of Walnuts in the Shell published in the Federal Register on November 25, 2016. The comment period for this proposed rule closed on January 24, 2017. The changes are intended to modernize the standards, and meet consumer demands by providing greater marketing flexibility.
03/21/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentTart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.; Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2016-17 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 2016-17 crop year under the marketing order for tart cherries grown in the states of...2017-05484FR-Doc-2017-05484Tart-Cherries-Grown-In-The-States-Of-Michigan-Et-Al-Free-And-Restricted-Percentages-For-The-2016-17This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to establish free and restricted percentages for the 2016-17 crop year under the marketing order for tart cherries grown in the states of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin (order). The Board locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of producers and handlers of tart cherries operating within the production area, and a public member. This action would establish the proportion of tart cherries from the 2016 crop which may be handled in commercial outlets at 71 percent free and 29 percent restricted. These percentages should stabilize marketing conditions by adjusting supply to meet market demand and help improve grower returns.
03/21/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Organic Program: USDA Organic RegulationsThis document addresses the 2017 sunset review submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) through the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following the NOSB's...2017-05480FR-Doc-2017-05480National-Organic-Program-Usda-Organic-RegulationsThis document addresses the 2017 sunset review submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) through the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following the NOSB's April 2015 and October 2015 meetings. The 2017 sunset review pertains to the NOSB's sunset review of 198 substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Consistent with the NOSB's sunset review, this publication provides notice on the renewal of 187 substances on the National List, and completes the 2017 National List sunset review for these renewed substances.
03/21/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentIrish Potatoes Grown in Certain Designated Counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon; Decreased Assessment RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Potato Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017-2018 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.0025 to $0.002 per hundredweight of...2017-05482FR-Doc-2017-05482Irish-Potatoes-Grown-In-Certain-Designated-Counties-In-Idaho-And-Malheur-County-Oregon-DecreasedThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Potato Committee (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2017-2018 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.0025 to $0.002 per hundredweight of potatoes handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order which regulates the handling of potatoes grown in certain designated counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon. Assessments upon potato handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
03/15/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentTomatoes Grown in Florida; Increased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee) for an increase in the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.03 to $0.035 per 25-pound carton of tomatoes handled under the...2017-04979FR-Doc-2017-04979Tomatoes-Grown-In-Florida-Increased-Assessment-RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee) for an increase in the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.03 to $0.035 per 25-pound carton of tomatoes handled under the marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers of tomatoes operating within the area of production. Assessments upon Florida tomato handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
03/03/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentUnited States Standards for Grades of Frozen OnionsNotice is hereby given that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is reopening the comment period for the document inviting comments on a proposal to create new United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Onions and request for comments published...2017-04079FR-Doc-2017-04079United-States-Standards-For-Grades-Of-Frozen-OnionsNotice is hereby given that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is reopening the comment period for the document inviting comments on a proposal to create new United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Onions and request for comments published in the Federal Register on November 23, 2016. The comment period for this document closed on January 23, 2017. The grade standards would provide a common language for trade, a means of measuring value in the marketing of frozen onions, and guidance on the effective use of frozen onions.
03/01/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Student Eligibility, Convicted Felons, Lottery and Gambling, and State Verification Provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014; Extension of Comment PeriodThe Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is re-opening the comment period for the proposed rule published December 1, 2016. The proposed action would implement four sections of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill),...2017-03713FR-Doc-2017-03713Supplemental-Nutrition-Assistance-Program-Student-Eligibility-Convicted-Felons-Lottery-And-GamblingThe Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is re-opening the comment period for the proposed rule published December 1, 2016. The proposed action would implement four sections of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill), affecting eligibility, benefits, and program administration requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Section 4007 clarifies that participants in a SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) program are eligible for benefits if they are enrolled or participate in specific programs that will assist SNAP recipients in obtaining the skills needed for the current job market. Section 4008 prohibits anyone convicted of Federal aggravated sexual abuse, murder, sexual exploitation and abuse of children, sexual assault, or similar State laws, and who are also not in compliance with the terms of their sentence or parole or are a fleeing felon, from receiving SNAP benefits. Section 4009 prohibits households containing a member with substantial lottery and gambling winnings from receiving SNAP benefits, until the household meets the allowable financial resources and income eligibility requirements of the program. Section 4009 also provides that State SNAP agencies are required, to the maximum extent practicable, to establish cooperative agreements with gaming entities in the State to identify SNAP recipients with substantial winnings. Section 4015 requires all State agencies to have a system in place to verify income, eligibility and immigration status.
02/27/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSweet Onions Grown in the Walla Walla Valley of Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon; Decreased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee (Committee) for a decrease in the assessment rate established for the 2017 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.22 to $0.10 per 50-pound bag or equivalent of...2017-03714FR-Doc-2017-03714Sweet-Onions-Grown-In-The-Walla-Walla-Valley-Of-Southeast-Washington-And-Northeast-Oregon-DecreasedThis rule implements a recommendation from the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee (Committee) for a decrease in the assessment rate established for the 2017 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.22 to $0.10 per 50-pound bag or equivalent of sweet onions handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of producers and handlers of sweet onions operating within the area of production along with one public member. Assessments upon sweet onion handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins January 1 and ends December 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
02/27/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOrganic Research, Promotion, and Information OrderNotice is hereby given that Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is extending the comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5746), until April 19, 2017. The proposed rule invited comments on the...2017-03825FR-Doc-2017-03825Organic-Research-Promotion-And-Information-OrderNotice is hereby given that Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is extending the comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5746), until April 19, 2017. The proposed rule invited comments on the proposed establishment of an industry-funded research, promotion, and information program for certified organic products. The proposed rule also announced the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intent to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of new information collection requirements to implement the program. This document extends the comment period for the proposed rule by 30 days.
02/27/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOrganic Research, Promotion, and Information Order; Referendum ProceduresNotice is hereby given that Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is extending the comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5438), until April 19, 2017. The proposed rule invited comments on the...2017-03824FR-Doc-2017-03824Organic-Research-Promotion-And-Information-Order-Referendum-ProceduresNotice is hereby given that Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is extending the comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5438), until April 19, 2017. The proposed rule invited comments on the proposed procedures for conducting a referendum to determine whether the issuance of a proposed Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order (proposed Order) is favored by certified organic producers, certified organic handlers, and importers of certified organic products. The procedures would also be used for any subsequent referendum under the proposed Order. This proposed rule also announced the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intent to request approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of new information collection requirements to implement the program. The proposed Order was published separately in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5746).
02/27/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRevisions and Clarifications in Requirements for the Processing of Donated Foods; Extension of Comment PeriodThe Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is extending the comment period for this proposed rule. This rule proposes to revise and clarify requirements for the processing of donated foods in order to: Incorporate successful processing options tested in...2017-03560FR-Doc-2017-03560Revisions-And-Clarifications-In-Requirements-For-The-Processing-Of-Donated-Foods-Extension-OfThe Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is extending the comment period for this proposed rule. This rule proposes to revise and clarify requirements for the processing of donated foods in order to: Incorporate successful processing options tested in demonstration projects, ensure accountability for donated foods provided for processing, and increase program efficiency. The rule would require multi-State processors to enter into National Processing Agreements to process donated foods into end products, permit processors to substitute commercially purchased beef and pork of U.S. origin and of equal or better quality for donated beef and pork, and would increase 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.
02/23/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRegulations Issued Under Authority of the Export Apple Act and Export Grapes and Plums; Changes to Export Reporting RequirementsNotice is hereby given that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is reopening the comment period on the proposed rule to change the reporting of export certificate information under regulations issued pursuant to the Export Apple Act (7 CFR part...2017-03555FR-Doc-2017-03555Regulations-Issued-Under-Authority-Of-The-Export-Apple-Act-And-Export-Grapes-And-Plums-Changes-ToNotice is hereby given that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is reopening the comment period on the proposed rule to change the reporting of export certificate information under regulations issued pursuant to the Export Apple Act (7 CFR part 33) and the Export Grape and Plum Act (7 CFR part 35). The proposed rule would require shippers of apples and grapes exported from the United States to electronically enter an Export Form Certificate number or a USDA- defined exemption code into the Automated Export System (AES). This rule would also define ``shipper,'' shift the current file retention requirement from carriers to shippers, and require shippers to provide, upon request, copies of the certificates to AMS. The proposed rule would also remove obsolete regulations and make clarifying changes. It also announced AMS' intention to request revision to a currently approved information collection for exported apples and grapes.
02/21/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentDesignation of Product Categories for Federal ProcurementThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending by 30 days the deadline to submit comments on the proposed rule to designate 12 product categories for federal procurement, which was published on January 13, 2017 (82 FR 4206) under the authority...2017-03288FR-Doc-2017-03288Designation-Of-Product-Categories-For-Federal-ProcurementThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending by 30 days the deadline to submit comments on the proposed rule to designate 12 product categories for federal procurement, which was published on January 13, 2017 (82 FR 4206) under the authority of section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (the 2002 Farm Bill), as amended by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill), and further amended by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), 7 U.S.C. 8102. The 60-day comment period in the proposed rule is scheduled to end on March 14, 2017. The extended comment period will now close on April 13, 2017. In this proposed rule, USDA is proposing to amend the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement (Guidelines) to add 12 sections that will designate the product categories within which biobased products would be afforded procurement preference by Federal agencies and their contractors.
02/21/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Eligibility, Certification, and Employment and Training Provisions of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008; Extension of Effective Dates and Comment PeriodConsistent with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, to the heads of executive departments and agencies from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review'', the Department of Agriculture's Food and...2017-03337FR-Doc-2017-03337Supplemental-Nutrition-Assistance-Program-Snap-Eligibility-Certification-And-Employment-And-TrainingConsistent with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, to the heads of executive departments and agencies from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review'', the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is extending the effective dates and comment period for this rule, which was published January 6, 2017 and implements provisions of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) affecting the eligibility, benefits, certification, and employment and training (E&T) requirements for applicant or participant households in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
02/17/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentBeef Promotion and Research; ReapportionmentNotice is hereby given that the comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017 (82 FR 4203), is extended until April 13, 2017. The proposed rule invited comments on proposed adjustments to representation on...2017-03251FR-Doc-2017-03251Beef-Promotion-And-Research-ReapportionmentNotice is hereby given that the comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017 (82 FR 4203), is extended until April 13, 2017. The proposed rule invited comments on proposed adjustments to representation on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board) to reflect recent changes in domestic cattle inventories and levels of imported cattle, beef, and beef products. The proposed adjustment would decrease Board membership from 100 to 99.
02/17/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRevisions to Inspection Application RequirementsNotice is hereby given that the comment period for the interim rule on revisions to inspection application requirements is extended until March 23, 2017. The rule invited comments on amendments to the inspection requirements for fresh and processed...2017-03256FR-Doc-2017-03256Revisions-To-Inspection-Application-RequirementsNotice is hereby given that the comment period for the interim rule on revisions to inspection application requirements is extended until March 23, 2017. The rule invited comments on amendments to the inspection requirements for fresh and processed fruits, vegetables, and other products that added an option for electronic inspection application submissions. The rule also updated terminology in the regulations to reflect the use of modern technology in common use by the industry.
02/17/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Organic Program (NOP); Sunset 2017 Amendments to the National ListNotice is hereby given that the comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017, is extended until April 19, 2017. The rule invited comments on recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture...2017-03250FR-Doc-2017-03250National-Organic-Program-Nop-Sunset-2017-Amendments-To-The-National-ListNotice is hereby given that the comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017, is extended until April 19, 2017. The rule invited comments on recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following their October 2015 meeting. The proposed rule would remove eleven substances from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) for use in organic production and handling.
02/17/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRegulations Under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA): Growers' Trust Protection Eligibility and Clarification of \u201cWritten Notification\u201dNotice is hereby given that the comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2016 (81 FR 90255), is extended until March 15, 2017. The rule invited comments on proposed amendments to the regulations under the...2017-03252FR-Doc-2017-03252Regulations-Under-The-Perishable-Agricultural-Commodities-Act-Paca-Growers-Trust-ProtectionNotice is hereby given that the comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2016 (81 FR 90255), is extended until March 15, 2017. The rule invited comments on proposed amendments to the regulations under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) that would clarify how growers and other principals may preserve their PACA trust rights. The proposed amendments would also provide guidance on the type of notification required to initiate U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigations of alleged PACA violations.
02/17/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAddition of Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling Requirements for VenisonNotice is hereby given that the comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017 (82 FR 4198), is extended until April 13, 2017. The proposed rule invited comments on proposed amendments to the Country of...2017-03255FR-Doc-2017-03255Addition-Of-Mandatory-Country-Of-Origin-Labeling-Requirements-For-VenisonNotice is hereby given that the comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017 (82 FR 4198), is extended until April 13, 2017. The proposed rule invited comments on proposed amendments to the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation to add muscle cuts of venison and ground venison to mandatory COOL requirements.
02/16/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAgricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Biennial Review and Republication of the Select Agent and Toxin List; Amendments to the Select Agent and Toxin Regulations; Delay of Effective DateOn January 19, 2017, we published a final rule amending the select agent and toxin regulations in several ways, including the addition of provisions to address the inactivation of select agents, provisions addressing biocontainment and biosafety, and...2017-03125FR-Doc-2017-03125Agricultural-Bioterrorism-Protection-Act-Of-2002-Biennial-Review-And-Republication-Of-The-SelectOn January 19, 2017, we published a final rule amending the select agent and toxin regulations in several ways, including the addition of provisions to address the inactivation of select agents, provisions addressing biocontainment and biosafety, and clarification of regulatory language concerning security, training, incident response, and records. In this document, we are delaying the effective date of that final rule.
02/14/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMilk in California; Recommended Decision and Opportunity To File Written Exceptions on Proposal To Establish a Federal Milk Marketing OrderThis Recommended Decision proposes the issuance of a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) regulating the handling of milk in California. The proposed FMMO incorporates the entire state of California and would adopt the same dairy product classification...2017-02732FR-Doc-2017-02732Milk-In-California-Recommended-Decision-And-Opportunity-To-File-Written-Exceptions-On-Proposal-ToThis Recommended Decision proposes the issuance of a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) regulating the handling of milk in California. The proposed FMMO incorporates the entire state of California and would adopt the same dairy product classification and pricing provisions used throughout the current FMMO system. The proposed FMMO provides for the recognition of producer quota as administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. This proposed rule also announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intent to request approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of new information collection requirements to implement the order.
02/14/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSweet Cherries Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Continuance ReferendumThis document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible Washington sweet cherry growers to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of sweet cherries grown in designated counties in Washington.2017-02904FR-Doc-2017-02904Sweet-Cherries-Grown-In-Designated-Counties-In-Washington-Continuance-ReferendumThis document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible Washington sweet cherry growers to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of sweet cherries grown in designated counties in Washington.
02/13/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPlant Pest Regulations; Update of ProvisionsWe are extending the comment period for our proposed rule that would revise our regulations regarding the movement of plant pests to propose criteria regarding the movement and environmental release of biological control organisms, and to establish...2017-02871FR-Doc-2017-02871Plant-Pest-Regulations-Update-Of-ProvisionsWe are extending the comment period for our proposed rule that would revise our regulations regarding the movement of plant pests to propose criteria regarding the movement and environmental release of biological control organisms, and to establish regulations to allow the importation and movement in interstate commerce of certain types of plant pests without restriction by granting exceptions from permitting requirements for those pests. The proposal would also revise our regulations regarding the movement of soil. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
02/10/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Hass Avocados From ColombiaWe are extending the comment period for a proposed rule to allow the importation of Hass avocados from Colombia into the continental United States. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.2017-02781FR-Doc-2017-02781Importation-Of-Hass-Avocados-From-ColombiaWe are extending the comment period for a proposed rule to allow the importation of Hass avocados from Colombia into the continental United States. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
02/10/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered OrganismsWe are extending the comment period for our proposed rule that would revise our regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms in order to update the regulations in...2017-02783FR-Doc-2017-02783Importation-Interstate-Movement-And-Environmental-Release-Of-Certain-Genetically-EngineeredWe are extending the comment period for our proposed rule that would revise our regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms in order to update the regulations in response to advances in genetic engineering and understanding of the plant pest and noxious weed risk posed by genetically engineered organisms, thereby reducing burden for regulated entities whose organisms pose no plant pest or noxious weed risks. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
02/09/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Organic Program (NOP); Organic Livestock and Poultry PracticesConsistent with the Memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled, ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action delays the effective date for 60 days for the rule, Organic Livestock and Poultry...2017-02608FR-Doc-2017-02608National-Organic-Program-Nop-Organic-Livestock-And-Poultry-PracticesConsistent with the Memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled, ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action delays the effective date for 60 days for the rule, Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices. This rule, published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017, amends the organic livestock and poultry production requirements by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions; and expands and clarifies existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices and mammalian living conditions. The rule was originally set to take effect on March 20, 2017.
01/25/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Lemons From Northwest Argentina; Stay of RegulationsOn December 23, 2016, we published a final rule amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of lemons from northwest Argentina into the continental United States under certain conditions. In this document, we are issuing a...2017-01773FR-Doc-2017-01773Importation-Of-Lemons-From-Northwest-Argentina-Stay-Of-RegulationsOn December 23, 2016, we published a final rule amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of lemons from northwest Argentina into the continental United States under certain conditions. In this document, we are issuing a stay of those regulations for 60 days.
01/23/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRegulations Issued Under Authority of the Export Apple Act and Export Grapes and Plums; Changes to Export Reporting RequirementsNotice is hereby given that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is reopening the comment period on the proposed rule to change the reporting of export certificate information under regulations issued pursuant to the Export Apple Act and the Export...2017-01417FR-Doc-2017-01417Regulations-Issued-Under-Authority-Of-The-Export-Apple-Act-And-Export-Grapes-And-Plums-Changes-ToNotice is hereby given that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is reopening the comment period on the proposed rule to change the reporting of export certificate information under regulations issued pursuant to the Export Apple Act and the Export Grape and Plum Act until March 24, 2017. The proposed rule would require shippers of apples and grapes exported from the United States to electronically enter an Export Form Certificate number or a USDA-defined exemption code into the Automated Export System (AES). This rule would also define ``shipper,'' shift the current file retention requirement from carriers to shippers, and require shippers to provide, upon request, copies of the certificates to AMS. The proposed rule would also remove obsolete regulations and make clarifying changes. It also announced AMS' intention to request revision to a currently approved information collection for exported apples and grapes.
01/19/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human SubjectsThe departments and agencies listed in this document announce revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was originally promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This final rule...2017-01058FR-Doc-2017-01058Federal-Policy-For-The-Protection-Of-Human-SubjectsThe departments and agencies listed in this document announce revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was originally promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This final rule is intended to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators. These revisions are an effort to modernize, simplify, and enhance the current system of oversight.
01/19/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAlmonds Grown in California; Change in Quality Control RequirementsThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule implementing a recommendation from the Almond Board of California (Board) that relaxed the quality control requirements prescribed under the California...2017-00589FR-Doc-2017-00589Almonds-Grown-In-California-Change-In-Quality-Control-RequirementsThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule implementing a recommendation from the Almond Board of California (Board) that relaxed the quality control requirements prescribed under the California almond marketing order (order). The Board locally administers the order and is comprised of growers and handlers operating within California. The interim rule relaxed incoming quality requirements by increasing the inedible kernel tolerance from 0.50 percent to 2 percent. This relaxation decreases California almond handlers' disposition obligation. This change also allows handlers more flexibility in their operations while continuing to maintain quality control and ensuring compliance with the order's requirements.
01/19/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPlant Pest Regulations; Update of ProvisionsWe are proposing to revise our regulations regarding the movement of plant pests. We are proposing criteria regarding the movement and environmental release of biological control organisms, and are proposing to establish regulations to allow the...2017-00532FR-Doc-2017-00532Plant-Pest-Regulations-Update-Of-ProvisionsWe are proposing to revise our regulations regarding the movement of plant pests. We are proposing criteria regarding the movement and environmental release of biological control organisms, and are proposing to establish regulations to allow the importation and movement in interstate commerce of certain types of plant pests without restriction by granting exceptions from permitting requirements for those pests. We are also proposing to revise our regulations regarding the movement of soil. This proposed rule replaces a previously published proposed rule, which we are withdrawing as part of this document. This proposal would clarify the factors that would be considered when assessing the risks associated with the movement of certain organisms and facilitate the movement of regulated organisms and articles in a manner that also protects U.S. agriculture.
01/19/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentIrish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Continuance ReferendumThis document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible Washington potato producers to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington.2017-01022FR-Doc-2017-01022Irish-Potatoes-Grown-In-Washington-Continuance-ReferendumThis document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible Washington potato producers to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington.
01/19/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Organic Program (NOP); Organic Livestock and Poultry PracticesThe United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the organic livestock and poultry production requirements by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living...2017-00888FR-Doc-2017-00888National-Organic-Program-Nop-Organic-Livestock-And-Poultry-PracticesThe United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending the organic livestock and poultry production requirements by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions; and expanding and clarifying existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices and mammalian living conditions.
01/19/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAgricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Biennial Review and Republication of the Select Agent and Toxin List; Amendments to the Select Agent and Toxin RegulationsIn accordance with the Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002, we are amending and republishing the list of select agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to animal or plant health, or to animal or plant products....2017-00857FR-Doc-2017-00857Agricultural-Bioterrorism-Protection-Act-Of-2002-Biennial-Review-And-Republication-Of-The-SelectIn accordance with the Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002, we are amending and republishing the list of select agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to animal or plant health, or to animal or plant products. The Act requires the biennial review and republication of the list of select agents and toxins and the revision of the list as necessary. This action will amend the regulations in several ways, including the addition of provisions to address the inactivation of select agents, provisions addressing biocontainment and biosafety, and clarification of regulatory language concerning security, training, incident response, and records. These changes will increase the usability of the select agent regulations as well as providing for enhanced program oversight. After carefully considering the technical input of subject matter experts and recommendations from Federal advisory groups, we have decided not to finalize the proposed changes to the contents of the list of select agents and toxins at this time. In a companion document published in this issue of the Federal Register, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made parallel regulatory changes.
01/19/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered OrganismsAPHIS is proposing to revise its regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms in order to update the regulations in response to advances in genetic engineering and...2017-00858FR-Doc-2017-00858Importation-Interstate-Movement-And-Environmental-Release-Of-Certain-Genetically-EngineeredAPHIS is proposing to revise its regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms in order to update the regulations in response to advances in genetic engineering and understanding of the plant pest and noxious weed risk posed by genetically engineered (GE) organisms, thereby reducing burden for regulated entities whose organisms pose no plant pest or noxious weed risks. This would be the first comprehensive revision of the regulations since they were established in 1987.
01/18/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Organic Program (NOP); Sunset 2017 Amendments to the National ListThis proposed rule would address recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following their October 2015 meeting. These recommendations pertain to the 2017 Sunset Review of...2017-00586FR-Doc-2017-00586National-Organic-Program-Nop-Sunset-2017-Amendments-To-The-National-ListThis proposed rule would address recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following their October 2015 meeting. These recommendations pertain to the 2017 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would remove eleven substances from the National List for use in organic production and handling.
01/18/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOrganic Research, Promotion, and Information OrderThis rulemaking proposes the establishment of an industry- funded promotion, research, and information program for certified organic products. The purpose of the program would be to strengthen the position of certified organic products in the...2017-00601FR-Doc-2017-00601Organic-Research-Promotion-And-Information-OrderThis rulemaking proposes the establishment of an industry- funded promotion, research, and information program for certified organic products. The purpose of the program would be to strengthen the position of certified organic products in the marketplace, support research to benefit the organic industry, and improve access to information and data across the organic sector. The proposed program, the Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order (proposed Order), was submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Under the proposed Order, certified producers (producers) and certified handlers (handlers) with gross sales in excess of $250,000 for the previous marketing year of certified organic agricultural commodities would pay an assessment of one-tenth of one percent of net organic sales. Importers importing greater than $250,000 in transaction value of organic products for the previous marketing year would pay an assessment of one-tenth of one percent of the transaction value of certified organic products reported to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs or CBP). Producers, handlers, and importers that fall below these thresholds could choose to pay assessments into the program as a ``voluntarily assessed'' entity. The proposed program would be implemented under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 (the Act) and would be administered by a board of assessment payers and one public member appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary). An initial referendum would be held among mandatorily and voluntarily assessed entities (i.e. domestic producers, handlers, and importers) to determine whether they favor implementation of the program prior to it going into effect. This proposed rule also announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intent to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of new information collection requirements to implement the program.
01/18/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOrganic Research, Promotion, and Information Order; Referendum ProceduresThis proposed rule invites comments on procedures for conducting a referendum to determine whether the issuance of a proposed Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order (proposed Order) is favored by certified organic producers, certified...2017-00599FR-Doc-2017-00599Organic-Research-Promotion-And-Information-Order-Referendum-ProceduresThis proposed rule invites comments on procedures for conducting a referendum to determine whether the issuance of a proposed Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order (proposed Order) is favored by certified organic producers, certified organic handlers, and importers of certified organic products. The organic market includes a range of agricultural commodities such as fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, poultry, breads, grains, snack foods, condiments, beverages, and packaged and prepared foods, as well as non-food items such as fiber (linen and clothing), personal care products, pet food, and flowers. The procedures would also be used for any subsequent referendum under the proposed Order. The proposed Order is being published separately in this issue of the Federal Register. This document also announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intent to request approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of new information collection requirements to implement the program.
01/17/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Hass Avocados From ColombiaWe are reopening the comment period for a proposed rule to allow the importation of Hass avocados from Colombia into the continental United States. We are also notifying the public of the availability of a revised pest risk assessment and risk...2017-00672FR-Doc-2017-00672Importation-Of-Hass-Avocados-From-ColombiaWe are reopening the comment period for a proposed rule to allow the importation of Hass avocados from Colombia into the continental United States. We are also notifying the public of the availability of a revised pest risk assessment and risk management document associated with the proposed rule. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
01/13/2017Proposed 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 12 sections that will designate 12 product categories composed of intermediate ingredient and...2016-31128FR-Doc-2016-31128Designation-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 12 sections that will designate 12 product categories composed of intermediate ingredient and feedstock materials within which biobased products would be afforded procurement preference by Federal agencies and their contractors. USDA is also proposing minimum biobased contents for each of these product categories.
01/13/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAddition of Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling Requirements for VenisonThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to amend the country of origin labeling (COOL) regulation to add muscle cuts of venison and ground venison to mandatory COOL requirements. AMS is issuing this proposed rule to conform to amendments to...2017-00588FR-Doc-2017-00588Addition-Of-Mandatory-Country-Of-Origin-Labeling-Requirements-For-VenisonThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to amend the country of origin labeling (COOL) regulation to add muscle cuts of venison and ground venison to mandatory COOL requirements. AMS is issuing this proposed rule to conform to amendments to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (Act) as mandated by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill), that added muscle cuts of venison and ground venison to the list of covered commodities subject to mandatory COOL.
01/13/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentBeef Promotion and Research; ReapportionmentThis proposed rule would adjust representation on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board), established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act), to reflect changes in domestic cattle inventories since January 1, 2013,...2017-00587FR-Doc-2017-00587Beef-Promotion-And-Research-ReapportionmentThis proposed rule would adjust representation on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board), established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act), to reflect changes in domestic cattle inventories since January 1, 2013, as well as changes in levels of imported cattle, beef, and beef products that have occurred since December 31, 2012, which were the cut-off dates for data used by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) when the Board was last reapportioned in July 2014. These adjustments are required by the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) and, if adopted, would result in a decrease in Board membership from 100 to 99, effective with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) appointments for terms beginning early in the year 2018.
01/09/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentLocal School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010; Approval of Information Collection RequestThe final rule titled Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was published on July 29, 2016. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared the associated information collection requirements (ICR)...2016-31954FR-Doc-2016-31954Local-School-Wellness-Policy-Implementation-Under-The-Healthy-Hunger-Free-Kids-Act-Of-2010-ApprovalThe final rule titled Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was published on July 29, 2016. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared the associated information collection requirements (ICR) on September 12, 2016. This document announces approval of the ICR.
01/06/2017RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Eligibility, Certification, and Employment and Training Provisions of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008This final rule implements provisions of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) affecting the eligibility, benefits, certification, and employment and training (E&T) requirements for applicant or participant households in the Supplemental...2016-30663FR-Doc-2016-30663Supplemental-Nutrition-Assistance-Program-Snap-Eligibility-Certification-And-Employment-And-TrainingThis final rule implements provisions of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) affecting the eligibility, benefits, certification, and employment and training (E&T) requirements for applicant or participant households in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The rule amends the SNAP regulations to: Exclude military combat pay from the income of SNAP households; raise the minimum standard deduction and the minimum benefit for small households; eliminate the cap on the deduction for dependent care expenses; index resource limits to inflation; exclude retirement and education accounts from countable resources; clarify reporting requirements under simplified reporting; permit States to provide transitional benefits to households leaving State-funded cash assistance programs; allow States to establish telephonic and gestured signature systems; permit States to use E&T funds to provide job retention services; and update requirements regarding the E&T funding cycle. These provisions are intended to more accurately reflect needs, reduce barriers to participation, and improve efficiency in the administration of the program. This rule also replaces outdated language in SNAP certification regulations with the new program name and updates procedures for accessing SNAP benefits in drug and alcohol treatment centers and group living arrangements with use of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. This rule provides States with regulatory options for conducting telephone interviews in lieu of face-to-face interviews and for averaging student work hours. Finally, the Department is issuing an interim final rule (with a request for additional comment) that will require that drug and alcohol treatment and group living arrangements (GLA) centers to: Submit completed change report forms to the State agency when a resident leaves the center; notify the State agency within 5 days when the center is not able to provide the resident with their EBT card at departure; and return EBT cards to residents with pro-rated benefits based up on the date of their departure.
01/05/2017Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRevisions and Clarifications in Requirements for the Processing of Donated FoodsThis rule proposes to revise and clarify requirements for the processing of donated foods in order to: Incorporate successful processing options tested in demonstration projects, ensure accountability for donated foods provided for processing, and...2016-31561FR-Doc-2016-31561Revisions-And-Clarifications-In-Requirements-For-The-Processing-Of-Donated-FoodsThis rule proposes to revise and clarify requirements for the processing of donated foods in order to: Incorporate successful processing options tested in demonstration projects, ensure accountability for donated foods provided for processing, and increase program efficiency. The rule would require multi-State processors to enter into National Processing Agreements to process donated foods into end products, permit processors to substitute commercially purchased beef and pork of U.S. origin and of equal or better quality for donated beef and pork, and would increase 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.
12/30/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentFees for Official Inspection and Official Weighing Services Under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA)The Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is announcing the fee schedule for official inspection and weighing services performed under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), as amended,...2016-31350FR-Doc-2016-31350Fees-For-Official-Inspection-And-Official-Weighing-Services-Under-The-United-States-Grain-StandardsThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is announcing the fee schedule for official inspection and weighing services performed under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), as amended, in order to comply with amendments to the USGSA made by the Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015. The USGSA provides GIPSA with the authority to charge and collect reasonable fees to cover the costs of performing official services and the costs associated with managing the program. This action publishes the annual review of fees in Schedule A and the resulting fees that will be effective January 1, 2017.
12/30/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico; Decreased Assessment RateThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that implemented a recommendation from the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for pistachios...2016-31532FR-Doc-2016-31532Pistachios-Grown-In-California-Arizona-And-New-Mexico-Decreased-Assessment-RateThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that implemented a recommendation from the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for pistachios grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico for the 2016-2017 and subsequent production years from $0.0035 to $0.0010 per pound of assessed weight pistachios handled under the marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of pistachios operating within the area of production. The interim rule was necessary to allow the Committee to reduce its financial reserve while still providing adequate funding to meet program expenses.
12/23/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAvailability of Information to the PublicThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of Inspector General (OIG) amends its regulation relating to the availability of its information to the public. The amendments are necessary to update its regulation in order to reflect reorganizations...2016-30803FR-Doc-2016-30803Availability-Of-Information-To-The-PublicThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of Inspector General (OIG) amends its regulation relating to the availability of its information to the public. The amendments are necessary to update its regulation in order to reflect reorganizations within OIG.
12/23/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Lemons From Northwest ArgentinaWe are amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of lemons from northwest Argentina into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, lemons from northwest Argentina would have to be produced in accordance with...2016-31013FR-Doc-2016-31013Importation-Of-Lemons-From-Northwest-ArgentinaWe are amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of lemons from northwest Argentina into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, lemons from northwest Argentina would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for importation in commercial consignments; registration and monitoring of places of production and packinghouses; pest-free places of production; grove sanitation, monitoring, and pest control practices; treatment with a surface disinfectant; lot identification; and inspection for quarantine pests by the Argentine national plant protection organization. Additionally, lemons from northwest Argentina will have to be harvested green and within a certain time period, or treated for Mediterranean fruit fly in accordance with an approved treatment schedule. Lemons from northwest Argentina will also be required to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the lemons have been inspected and found to be free of quarantine pests and were produced in accordance with the requirements. This action allows for the importation of lemons from northwest Argentina into the United States while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of quarantine pests.
12/22/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentLocal School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010This document contains technical corrections to the Code of Federal Regulations regarding the final rule published in the Federal Register on July 29, 2016, ``Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.''2016-30861FR-Doc-2016-30861Local-School-Wellness-Policy-Implementation-Under-The-Healthy-Hunger-Free-Kids-Act-Of-2010This document contains technical corrections to the Code of Federal Regulations regarding the final rule published in the Federal Register on July 29, 2016, ``Local School Wellness Policy Implementation Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.''
12/21/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentUnited States Standards for Grades of Canned VegetablesThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is revising 18 U.S. grade standards for canned vegetables issued on or before August 3, 1998. AMS is replacing the two-term grading system (dual nomenclature) with a...2016-30619FR-Doc-2016-30619United-States-Standards-For-Grades-Of-Canned-VegetablesThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is revising 18 U.S. grade standards for canned vegetables issued on or before August 3, 1998. AMS is replacing the two-term grading system (dual nomenclature) with a single term to describe each quality level for the grade standards identified in this document. Terms using the letter grade will be retained and the descriptive term will be eliminated. For example, grade standards using the term ``U.S. Grade A'' or ``U.S. Fancy'' will be revised to use only the term ``U.S. Grade A.'' Likewise, grade standards using the term ``U.S. Grade B'' or ``U.S. Extra Standard'' will be revised to use the single term ``U.S. Grade B.'' These changes will bring the grade standards in line with the present quality levels being marketed today and provide guidance in the effective use of these products. Editorial changes will also be made to the grade standards that conform to recent changes made in other grade standards.
12/21/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRevisions to Inspection Application RequirementsThis rule amends 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 (7 CFR parts 51 and 52) by...2016-30570FR-Doc-2016-30570Revisions-To-Inspection-Application-RequirementsThis rule amends 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 (7 CFR parts 51 and 52) by adding an option to allow for electronic submissions of inspection applications. This rule also eliminates outdated terminology referencing submission of inspection applications by telegraph.
12/21/2016Proposed 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 rule proposes an amendment to Marketing Order No. 929 (order), which regulates the handling of cranberries grown in the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long...2016-30571FR-Doc-2016-30571Cranberries-Grown-In-The-States-Of-Massachusetts-Rhode-Island-Connecticut-New-Jersey-WisconsinThis rule proposes an amendment to Marketing Order No. 929 (order), which regulates the handling of cranberries grown in the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in the State of New York. The amendment is based on a proposal made by the Cranberry Marketing Committee (Committee), which is responsible for the local administration of the order. The amendment would authorize the Committee to receive and expend voluntary contributions from domestic sources. Contributed funds would be used solely for research and development activities authorized under the order and would be free from any encumbrances as to their usage by the donor.
12/21/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOrganization, Functions, and Delegations of AuthorityThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of Inspector General (OIG) amends its regulation relating to organization, functions, and delegations of authority. The amendments are necessary to reflect reorganizations within OIG.2016-29976FR-Doc-2016-29976Organization-Functions-And-Delegations-Of-AuthorityThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of Inspector General (OIG) amends its regulation relating to organization, functions, and delegations of authority. The amendments are necessary to reflect reorganizations within OIG.
12/20/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program PromotionThis final rule implements Section 4018 of the Agricultural Act of 2014. Section 4018 created new limitations on the use of Federal funds authorized in the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (FNA), for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...2016-30621FR-Doc-2016-30621Supplemental-Nutrition-Assistance-Program-PromotionThis final rule implements Section 4018 of the Agricultural Act of 2014. Section 4018 created new limitations on the use of Federal funds authorized in the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (FNA), for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) promotion and outreach activities. Specifically, Section 4018 of the 2014 Farm Bill prohibits the use of Federal funds appropriated in the FNA from being used for: recruitment activities designed to persuade an individual to apply for SNAP benefits; television, radio, or billboard advertisements that are designed to promote SNAP benefits and enrollment; or agreements with foreign governments designed to promote SNAP benefits and enrollment. The prohibition on using funds appropriated under the FNA for television, radio, or billboard advertisements does not apply to Disaster SNAP. Section 4018 also prohibits any entity that receives funds under the FNA from compensating any person engaged in outreach or recruitment activities based on the number of individuals who apply to receive SNAP benefits. Lastly, Section 4018 modifies Section 16(a)(4) of the FNA to prohibit the Federal government from paying administrative costs associated with recruitment activities designed to persuade an individual to apply for program benefits or that promote the program through television, radio, or billboard advertisements. This final rule also impacts the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), both of which receive funding and/or foods authorized under the FNA.
12/20/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCherries Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Increased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-2017 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.15 to $0.25 per ton of Washington cherries handled. The...2016-30302FR-Doc-2016-30302Cherries-Grown-In-Designated-Counties-In-Washington-Increased-Assessment-RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-2017 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.15 to $0.25 per ton of Washington cherries handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of growers and handlers of cherries operating within the production area. Assessments upon cherry handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the marketing order. The fiscal period begins April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended or terminated.
12/20/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAlmonds Grown in California; Increased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Almond Board of California (Board) for an increase of the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 through the 2018-19 crop years from $0.03 to $0.04 per pound of almonds handled under the marketing...2016-30264FR-Doc-2016-30264Almonds-Grown-In-California-Increased-Assessment-RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Almond Board of California (Board) for an increase of the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 through the 2018-19 crop years from $0.03 to $0.04 per pound of almonds handled under the marketing order (order). Of the $0.04 per pound assessment, 60 percent (or $0.024 per pound) is available as credit-back for handlers who conduct their own promotional activities. The assessment rate will return to $0.03 for the 2019-20 and subsequent crop years, and the amount available for handler credit- back will return to $0.018 per pound (60 percent). The Board locally administers the order and is comprised of growers and handlers of almonds grown in California. Assessments upon almond handlers are used by the Board to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The crop year began on August 1 and ends on July 31. The $0.04 assessment rate will remain in effect until July 31, 2019. Beginning August 1, 2019, the assessment rate will return to $0.03 and will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated. Two comments period were provided to interested individuals. Comments will be addressed later in this document.
12/20/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentDomestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, California; Decreased Assessment RateThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that implemented a recommendation from the California Date Administrative Committee (committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the...2016-30303FR-Doc-2016-30303Domestic-Dates-Produced-Or-Packed-In-Riverside-County-California-Decreased-Assessment-RateThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that implemented a recommendation from the California Date Administrative Committee (committee) to decrease the assessment rate established for the committee for the 2016-17 and subsequent crop years from $0.10 to $0.05 per hundredweight of dates handled under the marketing order (order). The committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of dates operating within the area of production. The interim rule was necessary to allow the committee to reduce its financial reserve while still providing adequate funding to meet program expenses.
12/19/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentWalnuts Grown in California; Increased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the California Walnut Board (Board) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent marketing years from $0.0379 to $0.0465 per kernelweight pound of assessable walnuts. The Board...2016-30307FR-Doc-2016-30307Walnuts-Grown-In-California-Increased-Assessment-RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the California Walnut Board (Board) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent marketing years from $0.0379 to $0.0465 per kernelweight pound of assessable walnuts. The Board locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of growers and handlers of walnuts operating within the area of production. Assessments upon walnut handlers are used by the Board to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The marketing year began on September 1 and ends August 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
12/15/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentEnhancing Retailer Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS or the Agency) is updating Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or the Program) regulations pertaining to the eligibility criteria for retail food stores to participate in the Program by finalizing a...2016-29837FR-Doc-2016-29837Enhancing-Retailer-Standards-In-The-Supplemental-Nutrition-Assistance-Program-SnapThe Food and Nutrition Service (FNS or the Agency) is updating Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or the Program) regulations pertaining to the eligibility criteria for retail food stores to participate in the Program by finalizing a proposed rule that was published on February 17, 2016. The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill) amended the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (the Act) to increase the requirement that certain SNAP authorized retail food stores have available on a continuous basis at least three varieties of items in each of four staple food categories, to a mandatory minimum of seven varieties. The 2014 Farm Bill also amended the Act to increase, for certain SNAP authorized retail food stores, the minimum number of staple food categories in which perishable foods are required from two to three. This final rule codifies these mandatory requirements. In addition, FNS is codifying several other discretionary changes to the existing eligibility criteria. The first is to address depth of stock by establishing a minimum of three stocking units per staple food variety. The rule also amends the definitions of ``staple food,'' ``retail food store,'' and ``ineligible firms'', and defines the term ``firm'' as discussed in the Supplementary Information. Finally, this rule allows FNS to consider the need for food access when making a SNAP authorization determination for applicant firms that fail to meet certain authorization requirements and reaffirms FNS's authority to disclose to the public certain information about retailers who have violated SNAP rules.
12/14/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRegulations Under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA): Growers' Trust Protection Eligibility and Clarification of \u201cWritten Notification\u201dThe U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), is proposing to amend the regulations under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA or Act) to enhance clarity and improve the administration and enforcement of...2016-29983FR-Doc-2016-29983Regulations-Under-The-Perishable-Agricultural-Commodities-Act-Paca-Growers-Trust-ProtectionThe U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), is proposing to amend the regulations under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA or Act) to enhance clarity and improve the administration and enforcement of the PACA. The proposed revisions to the regulations would provide greater direction to the industry of how growers and other principals that employ selling agents may preserve their PACA trust rights. The proposed revisions would further provide greater direction to the industry on the definition of ``written notification'' and the jurisdiction of USDA to investigate alleged PACA violations.
12/14/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAmendment to the Egg Research and Promotion Rules and Regulations To Update Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, and Information ProvisionsThis final rule amends the Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Publications, and Product Formulations (IP) language of the Egg Research and Promotion Rules and Regulations (Regulations) to conform with commodity research and promotion program orders...2016-29988FR-Doc-2016-29988Amendment-To-The-Egg-Research-And-Promotion-Rules-And-Regulations-To-Update-Patents-CopyrightsThis final rule amends the Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Publications, and Product Formulations (IP) language of the Egg Research and Promotion Rules and Regulations (Regulations) to conform with commodity research and promotion program orders created under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 (1996 Act).
12/13/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Photo Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card Implementation RequirementsThe Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is updating the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or ``Program'') regulations to set implementation parameters, prerequisites and operational standards required of State agencies that intend to...2016-29841FR-Doc-2016-29841Supplemental-Nutrition-Assistance-Program-Photo-Electronic-Benefit-Transfer-Ebt-Card-ImplementationThe Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is updating the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or ``Program'') regulations to set implementation parameters, prerequisites and operational standards required of State agencies that intend to implement the photo Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card option provided under Section 7(h)(9) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (``the Act''). The updated regulations establish procedures to ensure State implementation is consistent with all Federal requirements as they relate to photo EBT cards, including establishing procedures to ensure: Any other appropriate member of the household or authorized representative (including any individual permitted by the household to purchase food on its behalf) who is not pictured on the photo EBT card may use the card; placing photos on EBT cards does not affect the eligibility process and does not impose additional conditions of eligibility or adversely impact the ability of appropriate household members to access the nutrition assistance they need. Failure by a State agency to adhere to the provisions of this rule may result in penalties, including loss of federal funding. The rule will also codify several other program updates to reflect the current operations of the program.
12/13/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentProvisions for Removing Commodity Research and Promotion Board Members and StaffNotice is hereby given that the comment period on proposed amendments to the provisions for removal of board and council members or staff of the research and promotion orders--or the regulations under the orders--overseen by the Agricultural Marketing...2016-29852FR-Doc-2016-29852Provisions-For-Removing-Commodity-Research-And-Promotion-Board-Members-And-StaffNotice is hereby given that the comment period on proposed amendments to the provisions for removal of board and council members or staff of the research and promotion orders--or the regulations under the orders--overseen by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is extended to December 23, 2016. The proposed rule would provide uniform authority for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to initiate action to remove board members and staff who fail to perform their duties or who engage in dishonest actions or willful misconduct. Such action is necessary to ensure the boards can continue to fulfill their intended purposes with minimal disruption.
12/06/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentChanges to Reporting Requirements-Vegetable and Specialty Crop Import Regulations; and Other Clarifying Changes-Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crop Import RegulationsThis proposed rule would change the reporting requirements for certain Irish potatoes, tomatoes, and onions regulated under Sec. 608(e) of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (section 8e of the Act) by requiring importers of those...2016-29016FR-Doc-2016-29016Changes-To-Reporting-Requirements-Vegetable-And-Specialty-Crop-Import-Regulations-And-OtherThis proposed rule would change the reporting requirements for certain Irish potatoes, tomatoes, and onions regulated under Sec. 608(e) of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (section 8e of the Act) by requiring importers of those regulated commodities that have been certified by a designated governmental inspection service other than the Federal or Federal-State Inspection Service as meeting 8e requirements to provide the inspection certificate number and a copy of the certificate to AMS (currently, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is the only entity so designated). In addition, the pistachio import regulations would be changed to provide for the electronic filing of aflatoxin test results and to eliminate a requirement to report the disposition of reworked or failed lots of pistachios. Other changes would be made to several of the 8e regulations to remove or replace outdated information. These changes would allow AMS to confirm that section 8e regulatory requirements are being met and would also support the International Trade Data System (ITDS), a key White House economic initiative that will automate the filing of import and export information by the trade.
12/06/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentDairy Tariff-Rate Quota Import Licensing ProgramThis final rule amends the Dairy Tariff-Rate Quota Import Licensing Program to clarify that for the purposes of the Dairy Tariff- Rate Quota Import Licensing Program, U.S. Customs and Border Protection import entries submitted electronically, as well...2016-28384FR-Doc-2016-28384Dairy-Tariff-Rate-Quota-Import-Licensing-ProgramThis final rule amends the Dairy Tariff-Rate Quota Import Licensing Program to clarify that for the purposes of the Dairy Tariff- Rate Quota Import Licensing Program, U.S. Customs and Border Protection import entries submitted electronically, as well as on paper, are acceptable.
12/05/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRegulations Issued Under Authority of the Export Apple Act and Export Grapes and Plums; Changes to Export Reporting RequirementsThis proposed rule would change the reporting of export certificate information under regulations issued pursuant to the Export Apple Act (7 CFR part 33) and the Export Grape and Plum Act (7 CFR part 35). This change would require shippers of apples...2016-29017FR-Doc-2016-29017Regulations-Issued-Under-Authority-Of-The-Export-Apple-Act-And-Export-Grapes-And-Plums-Changes-ToThis proposed rule would change the reporting of export certificate information under regulations issued pursuant to the Export Apple Act (7 CFR part 33) and the Export Grape and Plum Act (7 CFR part 35). This change would require shippers of apples and grapes exported from the United States to electronically enter an Export Form Certificate number or a USDA-defined exemption code into the Automated Export System (AES). This rule would also define ``shipper,'' shift the current file retention requirement from carriers to shippers, and require shippers to provide, upon request, copies of the certificates to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). These changes would enable AMS to track exported apple and grape shipments to ensure that exports meet inspection and certification requirements. This action is also required to support the International Trade Data System (ITDS), a key White House economic initiative that will automate the filing of export and import information by the trade. This proposal would also remove obsolete regulations and make clarifying changes. It also announces AMS' intention to request revision to a currently approved information collection for exported apples and grapes.
12/05/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentChanges to Reporting and Notification Requirements and Other Clarifying Changes for Imported Fruits, Vegetables, and Specialty CropsThis rule updates reporting and notification requirements associated with, and makes clarifying changes to, the fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop import regulations for certain commodities regulated under section 608(e) (hereinafter referred to as...2016-29022FR-Doc-2016-29022Changes-To-Reporting-And-Notification-Requirements-And-Other-Clarifying-Changes-For-Imported-FruitsThis rule updates reporting and notification requirements associated with, and makes clarifying changes to, the fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop import regulations for certain commodities regulated under section 608(e) (hereinafter referred to as ``8e'') of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. The updates include shifting the exempt reporting requirement for imported tomatoes destined for noncommercial outlets for experimental purposes from the tomato import regulations to the safeguard procedures section of the vegetable import regulations. In addition, the pistachio import regulations will be updated by removing reference to a paper-based notification of entry process. Other administrative changes will be made to several of the 8e regulations to replace outdated information. These changes to the import regulations support the International Trade Data System (ITDS), a key White House economic initiative that will streamline and automate the filing of import and export information by the trade.
12/01/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Student Eligibility, Convicted Felons, Lottery and Gambling, and State Verification Provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014The proposed action would implement four sections of the Agricultural Act of 2014, (2014 Farm Bill), affecting eligibility, benefits, and program administration requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Section 4007...2016-28520FR-Doc-2016-28520Supplemental-Nutrition-Assistance-Program-Student-Eligibility-Convicted-Felons-Lottery-And-GamblingThe proposed action would implement four sections of the Agricultural Act of 2014, (2014 Farm Bill), affecting eligibility, benefits, and program administration requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Section 4007 clarifies that participants in a SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) program are eligible for benefits if they are enrolled or participate in specific programs that will assist SNAP recipients in obtaining the skills needed for the current job market. Section 4008 prohibits anyone convicted of Federal aggravated sexual abuse, murder, sexual exploitation and abuse of children, sexual assault, or similar State laws, and who are also not in compliance with the terms of their sentence or parole or are a fleeing felon, from receiving SNAP benefits. Section 4009 prohibits households containing a member with substantial lottery and gambling winnings from receiving SNAP benefits, until the household meets the allowable financial resources and income eligibility requirements of the program. Section 4009 also provides that State SNAP agencies are required, to the maximum extent practicable, to establish cooperative agreements with gaming entities in the State to identify SNAP recipients with substantial winnings. Section 4015 requires all State agencies to have a system in place to verify income, eligibility and immigration status.
11/25/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentIrish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Modification of the Handling Regulation for Area No. 2This rule implements a recommendation from the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, Area No. 2 (Committee) to revise the grade requirement currently prescribed for 1\\1/2\\-inch minimum to 2\\1/4\\-inch maximum diameter (Size B) potatoes under the...2016-28252FR-Doc-2016-28252Irish-Potatoes-Grown-In-Colorado-Modification-Of-The-Handling-Regulation-For-Area-No-2This rule implements a recommendation from the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, Area No. 2 (Committee) to revise the grade requirement currently prescribed for 1\\1/2\\-inch minimum to 2\\1/4\\-inch maximum diameter (Size B) potatoes under the Colorado potato marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of potatoes operating within the area of production. This rule relaxes the current minimum grade requirement for Size B red potatoes from U.S. Commercial grade or better to U.S. No. 2 grade or better. Relaxing this grade requirement will allow area handlers to supply new markets with U.S. No. 2 grade Size B red potatoes and is expected to benefit producers, handlers, and consumers.
11/25/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentU.S. Standards for Grades of Shelled Walnuts and Walnuts in the ShellThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposes to revise the U.S. Standards for Grades of Shelled Walnuts and the U.S. Standards for Grades of Walnuts in the Shell. AMS proposes to include red colored walnuts....2016-28253FR-Doc-2016-28253Us-Standards-For-Grades-Of-Shelled-Walnuts-And-Walnuts-In-The-ShellThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposes to revise the U.S. Standards for Grades of Shelled Walnuts and the U.S. Standards for Grades of Walnuts in the Shell. AMS proposes to include red colored walnuts. In addition, AMS proposes to remove the ``Unclassified'' section. The changes will modernize the standards, and meet growing consumer demand by providing greater marketing flexibility.
11/25/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Continuance ReferendumThis document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible Oregon and Washington pear growers to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of pears grown in Oregon and Washington.2016-28256FR-Doc-2016-28256Pears-Grown-In-Oregon-And-Washington-Continuance-ReferendumThis document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible Oregon and Washington pear growers to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order regulating the handling of pears grown in Oregon and Washington.
11/25/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOlives Grown in California; Suspension and Revision of Incoming Size-Grade RequirementsThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that suspended the incoming size- grade authority under the California olive marketing order, which regulates the handling of olives in California. The...2016-28254FR-Doc-2016-28254Olives-Grown-In-California-Suspension-And-Revision-Of-Incoming-Size-Grade-RequirementsThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that suspended the incoming size- grade authority under the California olive marketing order, which regulates the handling of olives in California. The rule, which was recommended by the California Olive Committee (Committee), also made conforming changes to the corresponding size-grade requirements in the order's rules and regulations and two Committee forms. The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of olives operating within the area of production. The interim rule suspended the incoming size-grade authority of the marketing order and revised the corresponding size-grade requirements in the order's rules and regulations. The change is expected to benefit handlers because the current size-grading requirements hinder handler operations and flexibility, increase costs, and diminish their competitiveness.
11/23/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCommon Crop Insurance Regulations, Various Crop ProvisionsThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Small Grains Crop Insurance Provisions, Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions, Extra Long Staple Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions, Sunflower Seed Crop Insurance Provisions, Sugar Beet Crop Insurance...2016-27720FR-Doc-2016-27720Common-Crop-Insurance-Regulations-Various-Crop-ProvisionsThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amends the Small Grains Crop Insurance Provisions, Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions, Extra Long Staple Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions, Sunflower Seed Crop Insurance Provisions, Sugar Beet Crop Insurance Provisions, Hybrid Sorghum Seed Crop Insurance Provisions, Coarse Grains Crop Insurance Provisions, Safflower Crop Insurance Provisions, Popcorn Crop Insurance Provisions, Peanut Crop Insurance Provisions, Onion Crop Insurance Provisions, Tobacco Crop Insurance Provisions, Green Pea Crop Insurance Provisions, Dry Pea Crop Insurance Provisions, Rice Crop Insurance Provisions, Northern Potato Crop Insurance Provisions, Central and Southern Potato Crop Insurance Provisions, Dry Bean Crop Insurance Provisions, Hybrid Seed Corn Crop Insurance Provisions, Processing Sweet Corn Crop Provisions, Processing Bean Crop Insurance Provisions, Canola and Rapeseed Crop Insurance Provisions, Millet Crop Insurance Provisions, and Mustard Crop Insurance Provisions. The purpose of this final rule with comment is to update prevented planting coverage levels through the actuarial documents to improve actuarial considerations and coverage offered, program integrity, and to reduce vulnerability to program fraud, waste, and abuse. The changes to the Crop Provisions made in this rule are applicable for the 2017 and succeeding crop years for all crops with a 2017 contract change date on or after the effective date of the rule, and for the 2018 and succeeding crop years for all crops with a 2017 contract change date prior to the effective date of the rule.
11/23/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentResource Agency Hearings and Alternatives Development Procedures in Hydropower LicensesThe Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, and Commerce are jointly issuing final rules for procedures for expedited trial-type hearings and the consideration of alternative conditions and fishway prescriptions required by the Energy Policy Act of...2016-28063FR-Doc-2016-28063Resource-Agency-Hearings-And-Alternatives-Development-Procedures-In-Hydropower-LicensesThe Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, and Commerce are jointly issuing final rules for procedures for expedited trial-type hearings and the consideration of alternative conditions and fishway prescriptions required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The hearings are conducted to expeditiously resolve disputed issues of material fact with respect to conditions or prescriptions developed for inclusion in a hydropower license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under the Federal Power Act. The final rules make no changes to existing regulations that have been in place since the revised interim rules were published on March 31, 2015, and took effect on April 30, 2015. At the time of publication of the revised interim rules, the Departments also requested public comments on additional ways the rules could be improved. The Departments now respond to the public comments received on the revised interim rules by providing analysis and clarifications in the preamble. The Departments have determined that no revisions to existing regulations are warranted at this time.
11/23/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentProvisions for Removing Commodity Research and Promotion Board Members and StaffThis proposal would amend the research and promotion orders-- or the regulations under the orders--overseen by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to provide uniform authority for the removal of board members and staff who fail to perform their...2016-28050FR-Doc-2016-28050Provisions-For-Removing-Commodity-Research-And-Promotion-Board-Members-And-StaffThis proposal would amend the research and promotion orders-- or the regulations under the orders--overseen by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to provide uniform authority for the removal of board members and staff who fail to perform their duties or who engage in dishonest actions or willful misconduct. The removal provisions in 13 of the orders would be modified to allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action necessary to ensure the boards can continue to fulfill their intended purposes with minimal disruption. Removal provisions would be added to the six orders that do not currently provide for such action.
11/23/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentUnited States Standards for Grades of Frozen OnionsThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments on its proposal to create new United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Onions. The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) petitioned AMS to...2016-28255FR-Doc-2016-28255United-States-Standards-For-Grades-Of-Frozen-OnionsThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments on its proposal to create new United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Onions. The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) petitioned AMS to develop new grade standards for frozen onions. AMS has received additional industry comments on several discussion drafts of the proposed standards. The grade standards would provide a common language for trade, a means of measuring value in the marketing of frozen onions, and guidance on the effective use of frozen onions.
11/23/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRaisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California and Imported Raisins; Removal of LanguageThis rule removes language from the California raisin marketing order's minimum grade standards and the import regulations' grade and size requirements. The marketing order regulates the handling of raisins produced from grapes grown in California, and...2016-28251FR-Doc-2016-28251Raisins-Produced-From-Grapes-Grown-In-California-And-Imported-Raisins-Removal-Of-LanguageThis rule removes language from the California raisin marketing order's minimum grade standards and the import regulations' grade and size requirements. The marketing order regulates the handling of raisins produced from grapes grown in California, and is administered locally by the Raisin Administrative Committee (committee). The change to the import regulations is required under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended. Recently, the U.S. Standards for Grades of Processed Raisins (standards) were amended to remove the word ``midget.'' This rule makes the marketing order and the import regulations consistent with the amended standards.
11/23/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentTomatoes Grown in Florida; Increased Assessment RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.03 to $0.035 per 25-pound carton of tomatoes handled...2016-28259FR-Doc-2016-28259Tomatoes-Grown-In-Florida-Increased-Assessment-RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Florida Tomato Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.03 to $0.035 per 25-pound carton of tomatoes handled under the marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers of tomatoes operating within the area of production. Assessments upon Florida tomato handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
11/18/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund and Agriculture Wool Apparel Manufacturers Trust FundThis final rule makes amendments to the final rule, with request for comments, published in the Federal Register on March 9, 2015, that established regulations for the Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund (Agriculture Pima Trust) and the Agriculture Wool...2016-27661FR-Doc-2016-27661Pima-Agriculture-Cotton-Trust-Fund-And-Agriculture-Wool-Apparel-Manufacturers-Trust-FundThis final rule makes amendments to the final rule, with request for comments, published in the Federal Register on March 9, 2015, that established regulations for the Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund (Agriculture Pima Trust) and the Agriculture Wool Apparel Manufacturers Trust Fund (Agriculture Wool Trust) programs. This final rule is amended based on comments received and to add details for the Refund of Duties Paid on Imports of Certain Wool Products (Wool Duty Refund) payment. The administration of the Wool Duty Refund payment was transferred to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) beginning in calendar year (CY) 2016 and assigned to the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). It was previously administered by the Customs and Border Protection Agency of the Department of Homeland Security.
11/17/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Civil Rights Update to the Federal-State AgreementThe proposed action would update civil rights assurance language contained in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations on the Federal-State Agreement (FSA). The rule does not contain any new requirements and would codify protections...2016-27604FR-Doc-2016-27604Supplemental-Nutrition-Assistance-Program-Civil-Rights-Update-To-The-Federal-State-AgreementThe proposed action would update civil rights assurance language contained in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations on the Federal-State Agreement (FSA). The rule does not contain any new requirements and would codify protections already required by Federal law and existing policy.
11/07/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAmendments to Quality Systems Verification Programs and Conforming ChangesThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to amend its regulations to better reflect the current needs of Quality Systems Verification Program (QSVP) activities and to implement changes created by the merger of the AMS Livestock and Seed...2016-25690FR-Doc-2016-25690Amendments-To-Quality-Systems-Verification-Programs-And-Conforming-ChangesThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to amend its regulations to better reflect the current needs of Quality Systems Verification Program (QSVP) activities and to implement changes created by the merger of the AMS Livestock and Seed Program and the AMS Poultry Programs. These proposed changes include amending the Livestock, Meat, and Other Agricultural Commodities QSVP to expand the commodities under the QSVP to include those authorized under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (hereafter referred to as ``the Act''), remove reference to ``Livestock, Meat, and Other Commodities'' in the title, more clearly identify and define the types of programs and services offered under QSVP, and make other technical and administrative changes. Simultaneously, AMS proposes to make conforming changes to the regulations pertaining to the Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs and Voluntary Grading of Poultry Products and Rabbit Products to remove references to audit activities.
11/01/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentChild and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010; CorrectionsThis document contains technical corrections to the final rule published in the Federal Register on April 25, 2016, ``Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.''2016-26339FR-Doc-2016-26339Child-And-Adult-Care-Food-Program-Meal-Pattern-Revisions-Related-To-The-Healthy-Hunger-Free-Kids-ActThis document contains technical corrections to the final rule published in the Federal Register on April 25, 2016, ``Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.''
11/01/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRequirements for the Distribution and Control of Donated Foods and the Emergency Food Assistance Program: Implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2014This document contains corrections to the final rule published in the Federal Register on April 19, 2016, ``Requirements for the Distribution and Control of Donated Foods--The Emergency Food Assistance Program: Implementation of the Agricultural Act of...2016-26329FR-Doc-2016-26329Requirements-For-The-Distribution-And-Control-Of-Donated-Foods-And-The-Emergency-Food-AssistanceThis document contains corrections to the final rule published in the Federal Register on April 19, 2016, ``Requirements for the Distribution and Control of Donated Foods--The Emergency Food Assistance Program: Implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2014.''
10/27/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Hass Avocados From ColombiaWe are proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of Hass avocados from Colombia into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, Hass avocados from Colombia would have to be produced in accordance...2016-26033FR-Doc-2016-26033Importation-Of-Hass-Avocados-From-ColombiaWe are proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of Hass avocados from Colombia into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, Hass avocados from Colombia would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that would include requirements for importation in commercial consignments; registration and monitoring of places of production and packinghouses; pest-free places of production; grove sanitation, monitoring, and pest control practices; lot identification; and inspection for quarantine pests by the Colombian national plant protection organization. Additionally, avocados from Colombia would be required to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the avocados have been produced in accordance with the proposed requirements. This action would allow for the importation of Hass avocados from Colombia into the continental United States while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant pests.
10/27/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Orchids in Growing Media From TaiwanWe are proposing to amend the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting to add orchid plants of the genus Dendrobium from Taiwan to the list of plants that may be imported into the United States in an approved growing medium, subject...2016-26031FR-Doc-2016-26031Importation-Of-Orchids-In-Growing-Media-From-TaiwanWe are proposing to amend the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting to add orchid plants of the genus Dendrobium from Taiwan to the list of plants that may be imported into the United States in an approved growing medium, subject to specified growing, inspection, and certification requirements. We are taking this action in response to a request from the Taiwanese Government and after determining that the plants could be imported, under certain conditions, without resulting in the introduction into, or the dissemination within, the United States of a plant pest or noxious weed.
10/27/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentApricots Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Increased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Washington Apricot Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.75 to $1.40 per ton of Washington apricots handled under...2016-25694FR-Doc-2016-25694Apricots-Grown-In-Designated-Counties-In-Washington-Increased-Assessment-RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Washington Apricot Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.75 to $1.40 per ton of Washington apricots handled under the marketing order. The Committee, which is composed of growers and handlers, locally administers the order which regulates the handling of apricots grown in designated counties in Washington. Assessments upon apricot handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
10/25/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOranges and Grapefruit Grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; Increased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee) for an increase of the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.08 to $0.09 per 7/10-bushel carton or equivalent of...2016-25681FR-Doc-2016-25681Oranges-And-Grapefruit-Grown-In-Lower-Rio-Grande-Valley-In-Texas-Increased-Assessment-RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee) for an increase of the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.08 to $0.09 per 7/10-bushel carton or equivalent of oranges and grapefruit handled under the marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order, and is comprised of producers and handlers of oranges and grapefruit operating within the area of production. Assessments upon orange and grapefruit handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
10/21/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentEZ Guarantee Program and Micro Lender Program (MLP) StatusThe Farm Service Agency (FSA) is amending the guaranteed Farm Loan Programs (FLP) regulations to implement an EZ Guarantee Program and establish an additional lender status. The EZ Guarantee Program will help lenders reduce costs of underwriting and...2016-25492FR-Doc-2016-25492Ez-Guarantee-Program-And-Micro-Lender-Program-Mlp-StatusThe Farm Service Agency (FSA) is amending the guaranteed Farm Loan Programs (FLP) regulations to implement an EZ Guarantee Program and establish an additional lender status. The EZ Guarantee Program will help lenders reduce costs of underwriting and servicing loans to help meet the unique financing needs of small farm operations. The intended effects of the rule are to make guaranteed loan programs more widely available and attractive to small farm operations and the lenders who work with those farm operations through a more flexible underwriting analysis process, reduced application requirements, and faster FSA approval. In addition, FSA is amending the regulations to make a technical correction related to chattel appraisal appeals related to both guaranteed and direct loans.
10/18/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNew Equipment Contract, RUS Contract Form 395 for Telecommunications and Broadband BorrowersThe Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter referred to as RUS or the Agency, is issuing a final rule to streamline the contractual process for equipment procurement by replacing...2016-24945FR-Doc-2016-24945New-Equipment-Contract-Rus-Contract-Form-395-For-Telecommunications-And-Broadband-BorrowersThe Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter referred to as RUS or the Agency, is issuing a final rule to streamline the contractual process for equipment procurement by replacing type-specific equipment contracts, RUS Forms 397, 398, 525, 545, and associated documents (Forms 231, 396, 396a, 517, 525a, 744, 752a, 754, and addenda) with a new, unified Equipment Contract, RUS Contract Form 395 and associated close-out documents (Forms 395a, 395b, 395c and 395d) and by removing construction standards RUS Forms 397b, 397c, 397d, 397f, 397g, 397h. On October 1, 2015, RUS published a Request for Comments in the Federal Register, to establish a new equipment contract and associated policies for Telecommunications and Broadband Borrowers, Equipment Contract, RUS Contract Form 395 (RUS Contract Form 395).
10/18/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAgricultural Conservation Easement ProgramNRCS published an interim rule, with request for comments, on February 27, 2015, to implement the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) that was authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014. NRCS received 1,055 comments from 102 respondents...2016-24504FR-Doc-2016-24504Agricultural-Conservation-Easement-ProgramNRCS published an interim rule, with request for comments, on February 27, 2015, to implement the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) that was authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014. NRCS received 1,055 comments from 102 respondents to the interim rule. In this document, NRCS responds to comments, makes adjustments to the rule in response to some of the comments received, and issues a final rule for ACEP implementation.
10/11/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentGeneral Administrative Policy for Non-Assistance Cooperative AgreementsThis final rule amends ARS regulations and adopts the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance entitled, ``Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards,'' as the uniform guidance within the REE...2016-23884FR-Doc-2016-23884General-Administrative-Policy-For-Non-Assistance-Cooperative-AgreementsThis final rule amends ARS regulations and adopts the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance entitled, ``Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards,'' as the uniform guidance within the REE mission area on the use, award, and administration of non-assistance cooperative agreements awarded pursuant to National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977. It thereby gives regulatory effect to the OMB guidance.
09/30/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOranges and Grapefruit Grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; Relaxation of Container and Pack RequirementsThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule implementing a recommendation from the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee) that relaxed the container and pack requirements prescribed under the...2016-23502FR-Doc-2016-23502Oranges-And-Grapefruit-Grown-In-Lower-Rio-Grande-Valley-In-Texas-Relaxation-Of-Container-And-PackThe Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule implementing a recommendation from the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee) that relaxed the container and pack requirements prescribed under the marketing order for oranges and grapefruit grown in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas (order). The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of Texas citrus operating within the area of production. The interim rule added the word ``approximate'' to the size specifications of three regulated containers to make the language consistent with other containers specified under the order. This change provides uniformity in the descriptions of containers and helps prevent potential compliance violations stemming from slight variations in container dimensions.
09/30/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentHazelnuts Grown in Oregon and Washington; Hearing on Proposed Amendment of Marketing Order No. 982Notice is hereby given of a public hearing to receive evidence on proposed amendments to Marketing Order No. 982 (order), which regulates the handling of hazelnuts grown in Oregon and Washington. Two amendments are proposed by the Hazelnut Marketing...2016-23669FR-Doc-2016-23669Hazelnuts-Grown-In-Oregon-And-Washington-Hearing-On-Proposed-Amendment-Of-Marketing-Order-No-982Notice is hereby given of a public hearing to receive evidence on proposed amendments to Marketing Order No. 982 (order), which regulates the handling of hazelnuts grown in Oregon and Washington. Two amendments are proposed by the Hazelnut Marketing Board (Board), which is responsible for local administration of the order. The proposed amendments would add both the authority to regulate quality and the authority to establish different regulations for different markets. In addition, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to make any such changes as may be necessary to the order to conform to any amendment that may result from the hearing. The proposals are intended to aid in pathogen reduction and meet the needs of different market destinations.
09/29/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: 2008 Farm Bill Provisions on Clarification of Split Issuance; Accrual of Benefits and Definition ChangesThe Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is proposing changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issuance regulations in accordance with the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, Public Law 110-234 (``the 2008 Farm Bill''). The...2016-22860FR-Doc-2016-22860Supplemental-Nutrition-Assistance-Program-2008-Farm-Bill-Provisions-On-Clarification-Of-SplitThe Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is proposing changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issuance regulations in accordance with the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, Public Law 110-234 (``the 2008 Farm Bill''). The proposal would implement several provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill to: Clarify that monthly SNAP benefits must be issued in one lump sum; require SNAP accounts to be inactive for a minimum of 6 months before taking benefits off-line; require benefits taken off-line to be restored within 48 hours of the recipient's request; and require permanent expungement of unused benefits after 12 months of account inactivity. This proposal also addresses the requirement to notify households when benefits are taken off-line. Finally, FNS is updating SNAP definitions in 7 CFR part 271, to reflect the Program's new name and the issuance of benefits through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) systems.
09/28/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMethodology and Formulas for Allocation of Loan and Grant Program Funds; CorrectionThis document contains a correction to 7 CFR part 1940, subpart L, ``Methodology and Formulas for Allocation of Loan and Grant Program Funds'' to provide reference to the Rural Business Development Program, which replaced the Rural Business Enterprise...2016-23228FR-Doc-2016-23228Methodology-And-Formulas-For-Allocation-Of-Loan-And-Grant-Program-Funds-CorrectionThis document contains a correction to 7 CFR part 1940, subpart L, ``Methodology and Formulas for Allocation of Loan and Grant Program Funds'' to provide reference to the Rural Business Development Program, which replaced the Rural Business Enterprise Grant program and the Rural Business Opportunity Grant program.
09/28/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRegulatory Implementation of Office of Management and Budget's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal AwardsThis rule amends FNS regulations to implement the Department of Agriculture final guidance of USDA-specific requirements in the Federal Agency Regulations for Grants and Agreements.2016-21760FR-Doc-2016-21760Regulatory-Implementation-Of-Office-Of-Management-And-Budgets-Uniform-Administrative-RequirementsThis rule amends FNS regulations to implement the Department of Agriculture final guidance of USDA-specific requirements in the Federal Agency Regulations for Grants and Agreements.
09/22/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentFacility Guarantee ProgramThis final rule amends the regulations used to administer the Facility Guarantee Program (FGP). Under the FGP, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) may issue payment guarantees in connection with sales of goods or U.S. services to establish or...2016-22367FR-Doc-2016-22367Facility-Guarantee-ProgramThis final rule amends the regulations used to administer the Facility Guarantee Program (FGP). Under the FGP, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) may issue payment guarantees in connection with sales of goods or U.S. services to establish or improve agricultural-related facilities in emerging markets to expand exports of U.S. agricultural commodities or products. This final rule incorporates statutory changes from the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 and modifications intended to reduce the burden on participants and improve program efficiency and effectiveness. Certain revisions will ensure the FGP is operated in compliance with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits. Additionally, this final rule incorporates significant changes previously made to the regulations for the Export Credit Guarantee Program (GSM-102) that are also applicable to the FGP.
09/21/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentDomestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, California; Decreased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the California Date Administrative Committee (committee) for a decrease in the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent crop years from $0.10 to $0.05 per hundredweight of dates handled. The...2016-22745FR-Doc-2016-22745Domestic-Dates-Produced-Or-Packed-In-Riverside-County-California-Decreased-Assessment-RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the California Date Administrative Committee (committee) for a decrease in the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent crop years from $0.10 to $0.05 per hundredweight of dates handled. The committee locally administers the marketing order, which regulates the handling of dates produced or packed in Riverside County, California. Assessments upon date handlers are used by the committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The crop year begins October 1 and ends September 30. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
09/21/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCherries Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Increased Assessment RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-2017 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.15 to $0.25 per ton of Washington...2016-22740FR-Doc-2016-22740Cherries-Grown-In-Designated-Counties-In-Washington-Increased-Assessment-RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-2017 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.15 to $0.25 per ton of Washington cherries handled. The Committee locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of growers and handlers of cherries operating within the production area. Assessments upon cherry handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the marketing order. The fiscal period begins April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended or terminated.
09/16/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRaisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California and Imported Raisins; Removal of LanguageThis proposed rule invites comments on a recommendation by the Raisin Administrative Committee (Committee) to the remove the term ``midget'' from the minimum grade standards of the California raisin marketing order (order). The marketing order...2016-22270FR-Doc-2016-22270Raisins-Produced-From-Grapes-Grown-In-California-And-Imported-Raisins-Removal-Of-LanguageThis proposed rule invites comments on a recommendation by the Raisin Administrative Committee (Committee) to the remove the term ``midget'' from the minimum grade standards of the California raisin marketing order (order). The marketing order regulates the handling of raisins produced from grapes grown in California, and is administered locally by the Committee. Recently, the U.S. Standards for Grades of Processed Raisins (standards) were amended to remove the word ``midget.'' The proposed change would make the marketing order consistent with the amended standards. Furthermore, this rule would make a corresponding change to the raisin import regulation as required by the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended, when changes are made to the size, grade, maturity, or quality requirements of the order.
09/16/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAmendment to the Definition of \u201cCondition\u201d and Prerequisite Requirement for Shell Eggs Eligible for Grading and Certification Stated in the Regulations Governing the Voluntary Grading of Shell EggsThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will amend the Regulations Governing the Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs to clarify the definition of ``condition'' and revise the prerequisite requirement for shell eggs eligible for voluntary USDA grading and...2016-22246FR-Doc-2016-22246Amendment-To-The-Definition-Of-Condition-And-Prerequisite-Requirement-For-Shell-Eggs-Eligible-ForThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will amend the Regulations Governing the Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs to clarify the definition of ``condition'' and revise the prerequisite requirement for shell eggs eligible for voluntary USDA grading and certification.
09/16/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentWalnuts Grown in California; Proposed Amendment to Marketing OrderThis proposed rule invites public comments on a proposed amendment to Marketing Order No. 984, which regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California. The California Walnut Board (Board), which is responsible for the local administration of the...2016-22247FR-Doc-2016-22247Walnuts-Grown-In-California-Proposed-Amendment-To-Marketing-OrderThis proposed rule invites public comments on a proposed amendment to Marketing Order No. 984, which regulates the handling of walnuts grown in California. The California Walnut Board (Board), which is responsible for the local administration of the order and is comprised of walnut producers and handlers operating within the production area, recommended an amendment that would authorize the Board to borrow from a commercial lending institution to fund operations and marketing/research expenses. Allowing the Committee to utilize this customary business practice would provide flexibility for the Board while increasing its effectiveness.
09/16/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentTart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.; Revision of Optimum Supply Requirements and Establishment of Inventory Release ProceduresThis rule implements recommendations from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to add inventory release procedures and revise optimum supply provisions under the marketing order for tart cherries grown in the States of Michigan, New York,...2016-22258FR-Doc-2016-22258Tart-Cherries-Grown-In-The-States-Of-Michigan-Et-Al-Revision-Of-Optimum-Supply-Requirements-AndThis rule implements recommendations from the Cherry Industry Administrative Board (Board) to add inventory release procedures and revise optimum supply provisions under the marketing order for tart cherries grown in the States of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin (order). The Board locally administers the order and is comprised of growers and handlers operating within the area of production. This final rule establishes procedures for releasing inventory from reserves and increases the maximum carry-out volume available when calculating optimum supply from 20 million pounds to 100 million pounds. These changes provide clear procedures should an inventory release be necessary and provides more flexibility when calculating optimum supply.
09/16/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentWalnuts Grown in California; Increased Assessment RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the California Walnut Board (Board) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent marketing years from $0.0379 to $0.0465 per kernelweight pound of assessable...2016-22249FR-Doc-2016-22249Walnuts-Grown-In-California-Increased-Assessment-RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the California Walnut Board (Board) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent marketing years from $0.0379 to $0.0465 per kernelweight pound of assessable walnuts. The Board locally administers the marketing order and is comprised of growers and handlers of walnuts operating within the area of production. Assessments upon walnut handlers are used by the Board to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The marketing year begins September 1 and ends August 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
09/16/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico; Decreased Assessment RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee) for a decrease in the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent production years from $0.0035 to $0.0010 per pound of assessed weight...2016-22248FR-Doc-2016-22248Pistachios-Grown-In-California-Arizona-And-New-Mexico-Decreased-Assessment-RateThis rule implements a recommendation from the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee) for a decrease in the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent production years from $0.0035 to $0.0010 per pound of assessed weight pistachios handled under the marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of pistachios operating within the area of production. Assessments upon pistachio handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The production year begins September 1 and ends August 31. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
09/14/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees; CorrectionThe Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of June 9, 2016 (81 FR 37121). The document confirmed the interim rule which amends the...2016-21958FR-Doc-2016-21958Rural-Broadband-Access-Loans-And-Loan-Guarantees-CorrectionThe Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of June 9, 2016 (81 FR 37121). The document confirmed the interim rule which amends the Agency's regulation for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (Broadband Loan Program).
09/13/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Dairy Promotion and Research ProgramThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) hereby gives notice that no changes will be made to the current distribution of domestic National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (Dairy Board) members in 12 regions as outlined in Section 1150.131(b) of the...2016-21841FR-Doc-2016-21841National-Dairy-Promotion-And-Research-ProgramThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) hereby gives notice that no changes will be made to the current distribution of domestic National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (Dairy Board) members in 12 regions as outlined in Section 1150.131(b) of the Dairy Research and Promotion Order (Dairy Order). The Dairy Order provides that the Dairy Board shall review the geographic distribution of milk production throughout the United States (U.S.) and, if warranted, shall recommend to the Secretary a reapportionment of the regions and/or modification of the number of domestic members from the regions in order to better reflect the geographic distribution of milk production volumes in the U.S. The number of domestic Dairy Board members was last modified in 2011 based on 2010 U.S. milk production.
09/12/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentFood for Progress ProgramThe Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) revises the regulations governing the award of agricultural commodities to recipients under the Food for Progress Program. This revision is necessary to clarify requirements for applicants for, and recipients of,...2016-21343FR-Doc-2016-21343Food-For-Progress-ProgramThe Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) revises the regulations governing the award of agricultural commodities to recipients under the Food for Progress Program. This revision is necessary to clarify requirements for applicants for, and recipients of, awards under the Food for Progress Program and to inform interested parties that the OMB guidance on Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, as supplemented by USDA regulations, applies to awards under the Food for Progress Program other than awards to foreign public entities. The revised regulations will enable applicants and recipients to better understand program requirements and the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), on behalf of CCC, to more effectively implement the Food for Progress Program.
09/12/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAlmonds Grown in California; Increased Assessment RateNotice is hereby given that the comment period on the proposed rule to increase the assessment rate for California almonds under Marketing Order No. 981 (order) is reopened until October 12, 2016. The proposed rule would implement a recommendation from...2016-21851FR-Doc-2016-21851Almonds-Grown-In-California-Increased-Assessment-RateNotice is hereby given that the comment period on the proposed rule to increase the assessment rate for California almonds under Marketing Order No. 981 (order) is reopened until October 12, 2016. The proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Almond Board of California (Board) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 through the 2018-19 crop years from $0.03 to $0.04 per pound of almonds handled under the marketing order (order). Of the $0.04 per pound assessment, 60 percent (or $0.024 per pound) would be available as credit-back for handlers who conduct their own promotional activities.
09/12/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentMcGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition ProgramThe Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) revises the regulations governing the award of agricultural commodities and financial and technical assistance to recipients under the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition...2016-21347FR-Doc-2016-21347Mcgovern-Dole-International-Food-For-Education-And-Child-Nutrition-ProgramThe Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) revises the regulations governing the award of agricultural commodities and financial and technical assistance to recipients under the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition (McGovern-Dole) Program. This revision is necessary to clarify requirements for applicants for, and recipients of, awards under the McGovern-Dole Program and to inform interested parties that the OMB guidance on Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, as supplemented by USDA regulations, applies to awards under the McGovern-Dole Program other than awards to foreign public entities. The revised regulations will enable applicants and recipients to better understand program requirements and FAS to more effectively implement the McGovern-Dole Program.
08/30/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Fresh Persimmon With Calyxes From Japan Into the United StatesWe are proposing to amend the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh persimmon with calyxes from Japan into the United States. As a condition of entry, the persimmons would have to be produced...2016-20724FR-Doc-2016-20724Importation-Of-Fresh-Persimmon-With-Calyxes-From-Japan-Into-The-United-StatesWe are proposing to amend the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh persimmon with calyxes from Japan into the United States. As a condition of entry, the persimmons would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that would include requirements for orchard certification, orchard pest control, post-harvest safeguards, fruit culling, traceback, and sampling. The persimmons would also have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that they were produced under, and meet all the components of, the agreed upon systems approach and were inspected and found to be free of quarantine pests in accordance with the proposed requirements. This action would allow the importation of fresh persimmons with calyxes from Japan while continuing to protect against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.
08/30/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSoftwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order; Revision of Time Frame for Continuance ReferendaThis interim rule invites comments on revising the time frame for continuance referenda under the Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order (Order). The Order is administered by the Softwood Lumber Board...2016-20805FR-Doc-2016-20805Softwood-Lumber-Research-Promotion-Consumer-Education-And-Industry-Information-Order-Revision-OfThis interim rule invites comments on revising the time frame for continuance referenda under the Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order (Order). The Order is administered by the Softwood Lumber Board (Board) with oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Order requires USDA to conduct a continuance referendum five years after the program took effect (2011). This action revises this time frame from five years (2016) to no later than seven years (2018). This will allow time for USDA to complete a separate rulemaking action on the Order's exemption threshold. That rulemaking is being initiated in response to a federal district court decision in Resolute Forest Products Inc., v. USDA, et al. (Resolute). Once USDA completes that action, a continuance referendum will be conducted. The results of the exemption threshold rulemaking could impact who votes in the referendum and who pays assessments under the Order.
08/30/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Organic Program: Notice of Interim Instruction on Material ReviewThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the availability of an interim instruction document intended for use by accredited certifying agents. The interim instruction document is entitled: NOP 3012: Material Review. This instruction...2016-20806FR-Doc-2016-20806National-Organic-Program-Notice-Of-Interim-Instruction-On-Material-ReviewThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the availability of an interim instruction document intended for use by accredited certifying agents. The interim instruction document is entitled: NOP 3012: Material Review. This instruction specifies the criteria and process that USDA accredited organic certifying agents (certifiers) must follow when approving substances for use in organic production and handling. This instruction is directed at certifiers, who must meet certain terms and conditions as part of their accreditation. The AMS invites interested parties to submit comments about this instruction document.
08/26/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Lemons From Chile Into the Continental United StatesWe are reopening the comment period for our proposed rule that would amend 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...2016-20506FR-Doc-2016-20506Importation-Of-Lemons-From-Chile-Into-The-Continental-United-StatesWe are reopening the comment period for our proposed rule that would amend 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. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
08/26/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAgriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Federal Grants Program-General Administration ProvisionsThe National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is publishing as a final rule a revision to the general administrative guidelines applicable to the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive grant program. The purpose of this...2016-18422FR-Doc-2016-18422Agriculture-And-Food-Research-Initiative-Competitive-Federal-Grants-Program-General-AdministrationThe National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is publishing as a final rule a revision to the general administrative guidelines applicable to the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive grant program. The purpose of this final rule is to implement the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative commodity board provision added by section 7404 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 making it necessary to modify the AFRI regulations.
08/26/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Fresh Persimmons From New Zealand Into the United StatesWe are proposing to amend the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh persimmons from New Zealand into the United States. As a condition of entry, the persimmons would have to be produced in...2016-20508FR-Doc-2016-20508Importation-Of-Fresh-Persimmons-From-New-Zealand-Into-The-United-StatesWe are proposing to amend the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh persimmons from New Zealand into the United States. As a condition of entry, the persimmons would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that would include requirements for orchard certification, orchard pest control, post harvest safeguards, fruit culling, traceback, sampling, and treatment with either hot water or modified atmosphere treatment. The persimmons would also have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that they were produced under, and meet all the components of, the systems approach and were inspected and found to be free of quarantine pests in accordance with the proposed requirements. This action would allow the importation of fresh persimmons from New Zealand while continuing to protect against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.
08/26/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Fresh Raspberry Fruit From Morocco Into the Continental United StatesWe are proposing to amend the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh raspberry fruit from Morocco into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, the raspberries would have to be...2016-20507FR-Doc-2016-20507Importation-Of-Fresh-Raspberry-Fruit-From-Morocco-Into-The-Continental-United-StatesWe are proposing to amend the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh raspberry fruit from Morocco into the continental United States. As a condition of entry, the raspberries would have to be produced under a systems approach to mitigate for the fungus Monilinia fructigena and would have to be inspected prior to exportation from Morocco and found free of this pest. The raspberries would have to be imported in commercial consignments only, produced at registered places of production, and field inspected for signs of M. fructigena infection no more than 30 days prior to harvest in registered packinghouses. The raspberries would also have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the conditions for importation have been met. Raspberry consignments would be subject to further inspection at the port of entry into the continental United States. This action would allow the importation of raspberries from Morocco while continuing to protect against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.
08/23/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAmendment to the Beef Promotion and Research Rules and RegulationsThis proposed rule would amend the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act) to add six Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) codes for imported veal and veal products and update assessment...2016-20098FR-Doc-2016-20098Amendment-To-The-Beef-Promotion-And-Research-Rules-And-RegulationsThis proposed rule would amend the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act) to add six Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) codes for imported veal and veal products and update assessment levels for imported veal and veal products based on revised determinations of live animal equivalencies.
08/23/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentApricots Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; Increased Assessment RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Washington Apricot Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.75 to $1.40 per ton of Washington apricots...2016-20096FR-Doc-2016-20096Apricots-Grown-In-Designated-Counties-In-Washington-Increased-Assessment-RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Washington Apricot Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.75 to $1.40 per ton of Washington apricots handled under the marketing order. The Committee, which is composed of growers and handlers, locally administers the order which regulates the handling of apricots grown in designated counties in Washington. Assessments upon apricot handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins April 1 and ends March 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
08/23/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCivil Monetary PenaltiesThe Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) is implementing its civil monetary penalty provision. Currently, the Agency is limited to severe actions, such as acceleration and foreclosure, as a remedy for non-monetary compliance violations, actions that...2016-19954FR-Doc-2016-19954Civil-Monetary-PenaltiesThe Rural Housing Service (RHS or Agency) is implementing its civil monetary penalty provision. Currently, the Agency is limited to severe actions, such as acceleration and foreclosure, as a remedy for non-monetary compliance violations, actions that may not be in the best interest of the government. New Civil Monetary Penalties regulations will enable the Agency to target the non-monetary default issues and elicit compliance by the borrower without such a drastic step as foreclosure. By implementing procedures for Civil Monetary Penalties, the Agency will be provided an important tool to enforce compliance with the regulations.
08/17/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentOranges and Grapefruit Grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; Increased Assessment RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.08 to $0.09 per 7/10-bushel carton or equivalent of...2016-19624FR-Doc-2016-19624Oranges-And-Grapefruit-Grown-In-Lower-Rio-Grande-Valley-In-Texas-Increased-Assessment-RateThis proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Texas Valley Citrus Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2016-17 and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.08 to $0.09 per 7/10-bushel carton or equivalent of oranges and grapefruit handled under the marketing order (order). The Committee locally administers the order and is comprised of producers and handlers of oranges and grapefruit operating within the area of production. Assessments upon orange and grapefruit handlers are used by the Committee to fund reasonable and necessary expenses of the program. The fiscal period begins August 1 and ends July 31. The assessment rate would remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.
08/17/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentAlmonds Grown in California; Change in Quality Control RequirementsThis rule implements a recommendation from the Almond Board of California (Board) to change the quality control requirements currently prescribed under the California almond marketing order (order). The order regulates the handling of almonds grown in...2016-19625FR-Doc-2016-19625Almonds-Grown-In-California-Change-In-Quality-Control-RequirementsThis rule implements a recommendation from the Almond Board of California (Board) to change the quality control requirements currently prescribed under the California almond marketing order (order). The order regulates the handling of almonds grown in California. The Board locally administers the order and is comprised of growers and handlers operating within California. This rule relaxes incoming quality requirements by increasing the inedible kernel tolerance from 0.50 percent to 2 percent. This relaxation decreases California almond handlers' disposition obligation. This change also allows handlers more flexibility in their operations while continuing to maintain quality control and ensuring compliance with the order's requirements.
08/16/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentPistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico; Continuance ReferendumThis document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible producers of pistachios grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order that regulates the handling of pistachios...2016-19531FR-Doc-2016-19531Pistachios-Grown-In-California-Arizona-And-New-Mexico-Continuance-ReferendumThis document directs that a referendum be conducted among eligible producers of pistachios grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico to determine whether they favor continuance of the marketing order that regulates the handling of pistachios produced in the production area.
08/16/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentGuaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing Regulations; CorrectionThis document contains corrections to the final rule published in the Federal Register of June 3, 2016, entitled ``Guaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing Regulations.''2016-19430FR-Doc-2016-19430Guaranteed-Loanmaking-And-Servicing-Regulations-CorrectionThis document contains corrections to the final rule published in the Federal Register of June 3, 2016, entitled ``Guaranteed Loanmaking and Servicing Regulations.''
08/12/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentNational Dairy Promotion and Research Program; Amendments to the OrderThis final rule amends the Dairy Promotion and Research Order (Dairy Order). The amendment modifies the number of National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (Dairy Board) importer members. The total number of importer members would be reduced from 2...2016-19140FR-Doc-2016-19140National-Dairy-Promotion-And-Research-Program-Amendments-To-The-OrderThis final rule amends the Dairy Promotion and Research Order (Dairy Order). The amendment modifies the number of National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (Dairy Board) importer members. The total number of importer members would be reduced from 2 members to 1 member, and the domestic Dairy Board members would remain the same at 36. The Dairy Order requires that at least once every three years, after the initial appointment of importer members on the Dairy Board, the Secretary shall review the average volume of domestic production of dairy products compared to the average volume of imports of dairy products into the United States during the previous three years, and, on the basis of that review, if warranted, reapportion the importer representation on the Dairy Board to reflect the proportional shares of the United States market served by domestic production and imported dairy products.
08/12/2016Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentImportation of Orchids in Growing Media From the Republic of Korea Into the Continental United StatesWe are proposing to amend the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting to add orchid plants of the genera Phalaenopsis and Cymbidium from the Republic of Korea to the list of plants that may be imported into the continental United...2016-19224FR-Doc-2016-19224Importation-Of-Orchids-In-Growing-Media-From-The-Republic-Of-Korea-Into-The-Continental-UnitedWe are proposing to amend the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting to add orchid plants of the genera Phalaenopsis and Cymbidium from the Republic of Korea to the list of plants that may be imported into the continental United States in an approved growing medium, subject to specified growing, inspection, and certification requirements. We are taking this action in response to a request from the Republic of Korea and after determining that the plants could be imported under certain conditions, without resulting in the introduction into, or the dissemination within, the United States of a plant pest or noxious weed.
08/12/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentSubmission of Policies, Provisions of Policies, Rates of Premium, and Non-Reinsured Supplemental PoliciesThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes the General Administrative Regulation--Subpart V--Submission of Policies, Provisions of Policies, Rates of Premium, and Non-Reinsured Supplemental Policies. The intended effect of this action is...2016-18743FR-Doc-2016-18743Submission-Of-Policies-Provisions-Of-Policies-Rates-Of-Premium-And-Non-Reinsured-SupplementalThe Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes the General Administrative Regulation--Subpart V--Submission of Policies, Provisions of Policies, Rates of Premium, and Non-Reinsured Supplemental Policies. The intended effect of this action is to incorporate legislative changes to the Federal Crop Insurance Act (Act) stemming from the Agricultural Act of 2014, clarify existing regulations, lessen the burden on submitters of crop insurance policies, provisions of policies, or rates of premium under section 508(h) of the Act, provide guidance on the submission and payment for concept proposals under section 522 of the Act, provide provisions for submission and approval of index-based weather plans of insurance as authorized by section 523(i) of the Act, and to incorporate changes that are consistent with those made in the Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions (Basic Provisions).
08/11/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentLivestock Mandatory Reporting: Reauthorization of Livestock Mandatory Reporting and Revision of Swine and Lamb Reporting RequirementsOn April 2, 2001, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) implemented the Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) program as required by the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 1999 (1999 Act). The LMR program was...2016-19040FR-Doc-2016-19040Livestock-Mandatory-Reporting-Reauthorization-Of-Livestock-Mandatory-Reporting-And-Revision-Of-SwineOn April 2, 2001, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) implemented the Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) program as required by the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 1999 (1999 Act). The LMR program was reauthorized in October 2006 and September 2010. On September 30, 2015, the Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015 (2015 Reauthorization Act) reauthorized the LMR program for an additional 5 years until September 30, 2020, and directed the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) to amend the LMR swine reporting requirements. This final rule incorporates the swine reporting revisions contained within the 2015 Reauthorization Act and a minor revision to the lamb reporting requirements under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, USDA Livestock Mandatory Reporting regulations.
08/09/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCommon Crop Insurance Regulations, Basic ProvisionsThis document contains a correction to the link in the definition of ``limited resource farmer'' that is currently provided in the CFR.2016-18751FR-Doc-2016-18751Common-Crop-Insurance-Regulations-Basic-ProvisionsThis document contains a correction to the link in the definition of ``limited resource farmer'' that is currently provided in the CFR.
08/09/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentRemoval of Program To Assess Organic Certifying Agencies in 7 CFR Part 37This final rule informs the public that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is removing the Program to Assess Organic Certifying Agencies from the Code of Federal Regulations. This action...2016-18436FR-Doc-2016-18436Removal-Of-Program-To-Assess-Organic-Certifying-Agencies-In-7-Cfr-Part-37This final rule informs the public that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is removing the Program to Assess Organic Certifying Agencies from the Code of Federal Regulations. This action removes unnecessary regulations from the CFR. Since the publication of the organic regulations, the Program to Assess Organic Certifying Agencies is no longer applicable or necessary.
08/09/2016RuleDEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTUREAgriculture DepartmentCommon Crop Insurance Regulations; Texas Citrus Fruit Crop Insurance Provisions; CorrectionThis document contains corrections to the final regulation which was published June 13, 2016 (81 FR 38061-38067). The regulation, as here pertinent, related to the insurance of Texas Citrus Fruit.2016-18748FR-Doc-2016-18748Common-Crop-Insurance-Regulations-Texas-Citrus-Fruit-Crop-Insurance-Provisions-CorrectionThis document contains corrections to the final regulation which was published June 13, 2016 (81 FR 38061-38067). The regulation, as here pertinent, related to the insurance of Texas Citrus Fruit.
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