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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Office of the Secretary

2 CFR Subtitle B, Ch. IV

5 CFR Ch. LXXIII

7 CFR Subtitle A; Subtitle B, Chs. I-XI, XIV-XVIII, XX, XXV-
XXXVIII, XLII

9 CFR Chs. I-III

36 CFR Ch. II

48 CFR Ch. 4


Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, Spring 2013

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, USDA.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This agenda provides summary descriptions of significant and 
not significant regulations being developed in agencies of the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture (USDA) in conformance with Executive Orders 
(EO) 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review'' and 13563 ``Improving 
Regulation and Regulatory Review.'' The agenda also describes 
regulations affecting small entities as required by section 602 of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act, Public Law 96-354. This agenda also 
identifies regulatory actions that are being reviewed in compliance 
with section 610(c) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We invite public 
comment on those actions as well as any regulation consistent with 
Executive Order 13563.
    USDA has attempted to list all regulations and regulatory reviews 
pending at the time of publication except for minor and routine or 
repetitive actions, but some may have been inadvertently missed. There 
is no legal significance to the omission of an item from this listing. 
Also, the dates shown for the steps of each action are estimated and 
are not commitments to act on or by the date shown.
    USDA's complete regulatory agenda is available online at 
www.reginfo.gov. Because publication in the Federal Register is 
mandated for the regulatory flexibility agendas required by the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602), USDA's printed agenda 
entries include only:
    (1) Rules that are likely to have a significant economic impact on 
a substantial number of small entities; and
    (2) Rules identified for periodic review under section 610 of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on any 
specific entry shown in this agenda, please contact the person listed 
for that action. For general comments or inquiries about the agenda, 
please contact Michael Poe, Office of Budget and Program Analysis, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250, (202) 720-3257.

    Dated: April 24, 2013.
Michael Poe,
Chief, Legislative and Regulatory Staff.

           Agricultural Marketing Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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1.........................  National Organic Program,          0581-AD20
                             Organic Pet Food
                             Standards.
2.........................  National Organic Program;          0581-AD22
                             Sunset Review (2012) for
                             Sodium Nitrate.
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            Agricultural Marketing Service--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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3.........................  National Organic Program:          0581-AD17
                             Sunset Review for
                             Nutrient Vitamins and
                             Minerals.
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            Agricultural Marketing Service--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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4.........................  Mandatory Country of               0581-AD29
                             Origin Labeling of Beef,
                             Pork, Lamb, Chicken, Goat
                             Meat, Perishable
                             Agricultural Commodities,
                             Peanuts, Pecans,
                             Macadamia Nuts, Ginseng,
                             etc., LS-13-0004.
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                  Farm Service Agency--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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5.........................  Farm Loan Programs,                0560-AI14
                             Clarification and
                             Improvement.
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                 Farm Service Agency--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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6.........................  Microloan Operating Loans.         0560-AI17
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     Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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7.........................  Animal Welfare: Marine             0579-AB24
                             Mammals; Nonconsensus
                             Language and Interactive
                             Programs (Rulemaking
                             Resulting From a Section
                             610 Review).
8.........................  Scrapie in Sheep and Goats         0579-AC92
9.........................  Plant Pest Regulations;            0579-AC98
                             Update of General
                             Provisions.
10........................  Bovine Spongiform                  0579-AD10
                             Encephalopathy and
                             Scrapie; Importation of
                             Small Ruminants and Their
                             Germplasm, Products, and
                             Byproducts.
11........................  Importation of Beef From a         0579-AD41
                             Region in Brazil.
12........................  Domestic Regulation of             0579-AD49
                             Firewood.
13........................  Brucellosis and Bovine             0579-AD65
                             Tuberculosis; Update of
                             General Provisions.
14........................  Establishing a Performance         0579-AD71
                             Standard for Authorizing
                             the Importation and
                             Interstate Movement of
                             Fruits and Vegetables.
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      Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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15........................  Chronic Wasting Disease in         0579-AB35
                             Elk and Deer; Interstate
                             Movement Restrictions and
                             Payment of Indemnity.
16........................  Citrus Canker;                     0579-AC05
                             Compensation for
                             Certified Citrus Nursery
                             Stock.
17........................  Introduction of Organisms          0579-AC31
                             and Products Altered or
                             Produced Through Genetic
                             Engineering.
18........................  Importation of Poultry and         0579-AC36
                             Poultry Products From
                             Regions Affected With
                             Highly Pathogenic Avian
                             Influenza.
19........................  Bovine Spongiform                  0579-AC68
                             Encephalopathy;
                             Importation of Bovines
                             and Bovine Products.
20........................  Lacey Act Implementation           0579-AD11
                             Plan; Definitions for
                             Exempt and Regulated
                             Articles.
21........................  Importation of Live Dogs..         0579-AD23
22........................  Importation of Wood                0579-AD28
                             Packaging Material From
                             Canada.
23........................  Citrus Canker, Citrus              0579-AD29
                             Greening, and Asian
                             Citrus Psyllid;
                             Interstate Movement of
                             Regulated Nursery Stock.
24........................  Treatment of Firewood and          0579-AD60
                             Spruce Logs Imported From
                             Canada.
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      Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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25........................  Handling of Animals;               0579-AC69
                             Contingency Plans.
26........................  Agricultural Bioterrorism          0579-AD09
                             Protection Act of 2002;
                             Biennial Review and
                             Republication of the
                             Select Agent and Toxin
                             List; Amendments to the
                             Select Agent and Toxin
                             Regulations.
27........................  Animal Disease                     0579-AD24
                             Traceability.
28........................  Importation of Horses From         0579-AD31
                             Contagious Equine
                             Metritis-Affected
                             Countries.
29........................  Importation of Sand Pears          0579-AD42
                             From China.
30........................  Plum Pox Compensation.....         0579-AD58
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                 Rural Housing Service--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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31........................  Guaranteed Single-Family           0575-AC18
                             Housing.
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             Food and Nutrition Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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32........................  Child and Adult Care Food          0584-AE18
                             Program: Meal Pattern
                             Revisions Related to the
                             Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids
                             Act of 2010.
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              Food and Nutrition Service--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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33........................  National School Lunch and          0584-AE09
                             School Breakfast
                             Programs: Nutrition
                             Standards For All Foods
                             Sold in School, as
                             Required By the Healthy,
                             Hunger-Free Kids Act of
                             2010.

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34........................  Certification of                   0584-AE15
                             Compliance With Meal
                             Requirements for the
                             National School Lunch
                             Program Under the
                             Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids
                             Act of 2010.
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         Food Safety and Inspection Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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35........................  Performance Standards for          0583-AC46
                             the Production of
                             Processed Meat and
                             Poultry Products.
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          Food Safety and Inspection Service--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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36........................  Mandatory Inspection of            0583-AD36
                             Catfish and Catfish
                             Products.
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                   Forest Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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37........................  National Forest System             0596-AD05
                             Invasive Species
                             Management Handbook.
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                    Forest Service--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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38........................  Land Management Planning           0596-AD06
                             Rule Policy.
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    Office of Procurement and Property Management--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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39........................  Designation of Biobased            0599-AA16
                             Items for Federal
                             Procurement, Round 10.
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

Proposed Rule Stage

1. National Organic Program, Organic Pet Food Standards

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 6501
    Abstract: The National Organic Program (NOP) is establishing 
national standards governing the marketing of organically produced 
agricultural products. In 2004, the National Organic Standards Board 
(NOSB) initiated the development of organic pet food standards, which 
had not been incorporated into the NOP regulations, by forming a task 
force which included pet food manufacturers, organic consultants, etc. 
Collectively, these experts drafted organic pet food standards 
consistent with the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, Food and Drug 
Administration requirements, and the Association of American Feed 
Control Officials (AAFCO) Model Regulations for Pet and Specialty Pet 
Food. The AAFCO regulations are scientifically-based regulations for 
voluntary adoption by State jurisdictions to ensure the safety, quality 
and effectiveness of feed. In November 2008, the NOSB approval a final 
recommendation for organic pet food standards incorporating the 
provisions drafted by the pet food task force.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/00/13  .......................
Final Action........................   09/00/14  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Melissa R Bailey, Director, Standards Division, 
Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, 14th & 
Independence Avenue SW., Rm. 2646--South Building, Washington, DC 
20250. Phone: 202 720-3252. Fax: 202 205-7808. Email: 
melissa.bailey@usda.gov.
    RIN: 0581-AD20

2. National Organic Program; Sunset Review (2012) for Sodium Nitrate

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 6501
    Abstract: This action proposes to amend the listing for sodium 
nitrate on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances as 
part of the 2012 Sunset Review process. Consistent with the 
recommendation from the National Organic Standards Board, this 
amendment would prohibit the use of the substance in its entirety from 
organic crop production.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/00/13  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Melissa R. Bailey, Director, Standards Division, 
Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, 14th & 
Independence Avenue SW., Rm. 2646--South Building, Washington, DC 
20250, Phone: 202 720-3252. Fax: 202 205-7808. Email: 
melissa.bailey@usda.gov.
    RIN: 0581-AD22

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

Final Rule Stage

3. National Organic Program: Sunset Review for Nutrient Vitamins and 
Minerals

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 6501
    Abstract: This action renews the listing for nutrient vitamins and 
minerals on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances 
(National List) as part of the 2012 Sunset Review process. Consistent 
with the recommendation from the National Organic Standards Board 
(NOSB), this action ensures that the U.S. organic industry can continue 
using vitamins and minerals in organic products (e.g., the addition of 
Vitamin A and D in organic milk, the addition of B vitamins in organic 
cereal). Under this action, the status quo will remain in effect such 
that nutrients currently used in organic products can continue to be 
used until the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) addresses any 
changes in their allowance through a final rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/12/12  77 FR 1980
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/12/12  .......................
Interim Final Rule..................   09/27/12  77 FR 59287
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      10/21/12  .......................
 End.
Final Action........................   12/00/13  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Melissa R Bailey, Director, Standards Division, 
Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, 14th & 
Independence Avenue SW., Rm. 2646--South Building, Washington, DC 
20250, Phone: 202 720-3252. Fax: 202 205-7808, Email: 
melissa.bailey@usda.gov.
    RIN: 0581-AD17

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULture (USDA)

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

Completed Actions

4.  Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling of Beef, Pork, Lamb, 
Chicken, Goat Meat, Perishable Agricultural Commodities, Peanuts, 
Pecans, Macadamia Nuts, Ginseng, etc., LS-13-0004

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.
    Abstract: The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 
Farm Bill) (Pub. L. 107-171), the 2002 Supplemental Appropriations Act 
(2002 Appropriations) (Pub. L. 107-206), and the Food, Conservation and 
Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) (Pub. L. 110-234) amended the 
Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (Act) (7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.) to 
require retailers to notify their customers of the country of origin of 
covered commodities. Covered commodities include muscle cuts of beef 
(including veal), lamb, chicken, goat, and pork; ground beef, ground 
lamb, ground chicken, ground goat, and ground pork; wild and farm-
raised fish and shellfish; perishable agricultural commodities; 
macadamia nuts; pecans; ginseng; and peanuts.
    AMS published a final rule for all covered commodities on January 
15, 2009, which took effect on March 16, 2009. The Department proposes 
to amend the COOL regulations to modify the labeling provisions for 
muscle cut covered commodities as a result of the recent World Trade 
Organization dispute and to make other minor modifications to enhance 
the overall operation of the program.
    Timetable:

 
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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/12/13  78 FR 15645
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/11/13  .......................
Final Rule Effective................   05/23/13  .......................
Final Rule..........................   05/24/13  78 FR 31367
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Erin Morris, Department of Agriculture, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, 14th and Independence Avenue SW., Room 
3071--South Building, Washington, DC 20250, Phone: 202 690-4024. Email: 
erin.morris@ams.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0581-AD29
BILLING CODE 3410-02-P

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULture (USDA)

Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Final Rule Stage

5. Farm Loan Programs, Clarification and Improvement

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 7 U.S.C. 1989
    Abstract: The rule will amend Farm Loan Programs (FLP) regulations 
for loan servicing including the following areas:
    --Real estate appraisals;
    --Lease, subordination, and disposition of security; and
    --Conservation contracts.
    FSA is also making technical and conforming amendments. The 
amendments are technical corrections, clarifications, and procedural 
improvements that will allow FSA to further streamline normal servicing 
activities and reduce burden on borrowers while still protecting the 
loan security.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/13/12  77 FR 22444
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/12/12  .......................
Final Action........................   07/00/13  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Deirdre Holder, Director, Regulatory Review Group, 
Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0572, Phone: 202 205-5851. Fax: 202 
720-5233. Email: deirdre.holder@wdc.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0560-AI14

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULture (USDA)

Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Completed Actions

6. Microloan Operating Loans

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1946; 5 U.S.C. 301; 7 U.S.C. 1989
    Abstract: This action is complete. The rule established a new small 
loan category within the existing direct Operating Loan Program 
regulations. The microloan program is expected to serve the unique 
operating needs of very small family farm operations. The intended 
effect is to make the Operating Loan Program more widely available and 
attractive to smaller operators through reduced application

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requirements, more timely application processing, and added flexibility 
in meeting the managerial ability eligibility requirement.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   01/17/13  78 FR 3828
Final Rule Effective................   01/17/13  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Deirdre Holder, Phone: 202 205-5851, Fax: 202 720-
5233, Email: deirdre.holder@wdc.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0560-AI17

BILLING CODE 3410-05-P

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Proposed Rule Stage

7. Animal Welfare: Marine Mammals; Nonconsensus Language and 
Interactive Programs (Rulemaking Resulting From a Section 610 Review)

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2131 to 2159
    Abstract: The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates the humane 
handling, care, treatment, and transportation of certain marine mammals 
under the Animal Welfare Act. The present standards for these animals 
have been in effect since 1979 and amended in 1984. During this time, 
advances have been made and new information has been developed with 
regard to the housing and care of marine mammals. This rulemaking 
addresses marine mammal standards on which consensus was not reached 
during negotiated rulemaking conducted between September 1995 and July 
1996. These actions appear necessary to ensure that the minimum 
standards for the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation 
of marine mammals in captivity are based on current general, industry, 
and scientific knowledge and experience.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   05/30/02  67 FR 37731
ANPRM Comment Period End............   07/29/02  .......................
NPRM................................   07/00/13  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/00/13  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Barbara Kohn, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Animal 
Care, Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 84, Riverdale, MD 20737-1234, Phone: 301 
851-3751.
    RIN: 0579-AB24

8. Scrapie in Sheep and Goats

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317
    Abstract: This rulemaking would amend the scrapie regulations by 
changing the risk groups and categories established for individual 
animals and for flocks. It would simplify, reduce, or remove certain 
recordkeeping requirements. This action would provide designated 
scrapie epidemiologists with more alternatives and flexibility when 
testing animals in order to determine flock designations under the 
regulations. It would also make the identification and recordkeeping 
requirements for goat owners consistent with those for sheep owners. 
These changes would affect sheep and goat producers and State 
governments.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/00/13  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/00/13  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes
    Agency Contact: Diane Sutton, National Scrapie Program Coordinator, 
Ruminant Health Programs, NCAHP, VS, Department of Agriculture, Animal 
and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 43, 
Riverdale, MD 20737-1235, Phone: 301 851-3509.
    RIN: 0579-AC92

9. Plant Pest Regulations; Update of General Provisions

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 2260; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 
7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 to 7786; 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8817; 19 U.S.C. 136; 21 
U.S.C. 111; 21 U.S.C. 114a; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 42 
U.S.C. 4331 and 4332.
    Abstract: We are proposing to revise our regulations regarding the 
movement of plant pests. We are proposing to regulate the movement of 
not only plant pests, but also biological control organisms and 
associated articles. We are proposing risk-based criteria regarding the 
movement of biological control organisms, and are proposing to 
establish regulations to allow the 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 and to establish 
regulations governing the biocontainment facilities in which plant 
pests, biological control organisms, and associated articles are held. 
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, facilitate the 
movement of regulated organisms and articles in a manner that also 
protects U.S. agriculture, and address gaps in the current regulations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Intent To Prepare an         10/20/09  74 FR 53673
 Environmental Impact Statement.
Notice Comment Period End...........   11/19/09  .......................
NPRM................................   11/00/13  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/00/14  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Shirley Wager-Page, Chief, Pest Permitting Branch, 
Plant Health Programs, PPQ, Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 131, Riverdale, MD 
20737-1236, Phone: 301 851-2323.
    RIN: 0579-AC98

10. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Scrapie; Importation of Small 
Ruminants and Their Germplasm, Products, and Byproducts

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 1622; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 
7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 to 7786; 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 
136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701
    Abstract: This rulemaking would amend the bovine spongiform 
encephalopathy (BSE) and scrapie regulations regarding the importation 
of live sheep, goats, and wild ruminants and their embryos, semen, 
products, and byproducts. The proposed scrapie revisions regarding the 
importation of sheep, goats, and susceptible wild ruminants for other 
than immediate slaughter are similar to those recommended by the World 
Organization for Animal Health in restricting the importation of such 
animals to those from scrapie-free regions or certified scrapie-free 
flocks.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/00/13
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Peter Merrill, Assistant Director, Technical Trade 
Services, National Center for Import and Export, VS, Department of 
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River 
Road, Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-3300.
    RIN: 0579-AD10

11. Importation of Beef From a Region in Brazil

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 
to 7786; 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701.
    Abstract: This rulemaking would amend the regulations governing the 
importation of certain animals, meat, and other animal products by 
allowing, under certain conditions, the importation of fresh (chilled 
or frozen) beef from a region in Brazil (the States of Bahia, Distrito 
Federal, Espirito Santo, Goias, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas 
Gerais, Parana, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Rondonia, Sao Paulo, 
Sergipe, and Tocantis). Based on the evidence in a recent risk 
assessment, we have determined that fresh (chilled or frozen) beef can 
be safely imported from those Brazilian States provided certain 
conditions are met. This action would provide for the importation of 
beef from the designated region in Brazil into the United States while 
continuing to protect the United States against the introduction of 
foot-and-mouth disease.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/00/13
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Silvia Kreindel, Senior Staff Veterinarian, 
Regionalization Evaluation Services Staff, NCIE, VS, Department of 
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River 
Road, Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-3313.
    RIN: 0579-AD41

12. Domestic Regulation of Firewood

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 to 7786.
    Abstract: This rulemaking would require that commercial firewood 
destined to be moved interstate be affixed with a label on which the 
county and State, or counties and States, in which the wood from which 
the firewood was produced was harvested, the site at which the firewood 
was produced, what phytosanitary treatment, if any, the firewood has 
received, and contact information for reporting detections of suspected 
plant pests are prominently and legibly displayed. We would also 
require firewood producers, distributors, and retailers to retain 
records regarding the manufacturing, purchase, and sale of the 
firewood. Although the movement of commercial firewood in interstate 
commerce can be a pathway for numerous plant pests, this movement is 
currently largely unregulated. This action would aid in preventing the 
further dissemination of plant pests within the United States through 
the interstate movement of firewood.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/00/13
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/00/14
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Paul Chaloux, National Program Manager, Emergency 
and Domestic Programs, PPQ, Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 137, Riverdale, MD 
20737-1236, Phone: 301 851-2064.
    RIN: 0579-AD49

13. Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis; Update of General Provisions

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1622; 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317; 15 U.S.C. 
1828; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701.
    Abstract: This rulemaking would consolidate the regulations 
governing bovine tuberculosis (TB), currently found in 9 CFR part 77, 
and those governing brucellosis, currently found in 9 CFR part 78. As 
part of this consolidation, we are proposing to transition the TB and 
brucellosis programs away from a state status system based on disease 
prevalence. Instead, States and tribes would implement an animal health 
plan that identifies sources of the diseases within the State or tribe 
and specifies mitigations to address the risk posed by these sources. 
The consolidated regulations would also set forth standards for 
surveillance, epidemiological investigations, and affected herd 
management that must be incorporated into each animal health plan, with 
certain limited exceptions; conditions for the interstate movement of 
cattle, bison, and captive cervids; and conditions for APHIS approval 
of tests for bovine TB or brucellosis. Finally, the rulemaking would 
revise the import requirements for cattle and bison to make these 
requirements clearer and assure that they more effectively mitigate the 
risk of introduction of the diseases into the United States.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/00/13
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/00/14
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Langston Hull, National Center for Import and 
Export, Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737, Phone: 301 851-
3300.
    C. William Hench, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Ruminant Health 
Programs, National Center for Animal Health Programs, VS, Department of 
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 2150 Centre 
Avenue, Building B-3E20, Ft. Collins, CO 80526, Phone: 970 494-7378.
    RIN: 0579-AD65

14.  Establishing a Performance Standard for Authorizing the 
Importation and Interstate Movement of Fruits and Vegetables

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 
to 7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a.
    Abstract: This rulemaking would amend our regulations governing the 
importations of fruits and vegetables by broadening our existing 
performance standard to provide for approval of all new fruits and 
vegetables for importation into the United States using a notice-based 
process. It would also remove the region- or commodity-specific 
phytosanitary requirements currently found in these regulations. 
Likewise, we are proposing an equivalent revision of the performance 
standard in our regulations governing the interstate movements of 
fruits and vegetables from Hawaii and the U.S. territories (Guam, 
Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and 
the removal of commodity-specific phytosanitary requirements from those 
regulations. This proposal would allow for the approval of requests

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to authorize the importation or interstate movement of new fruits and 
vegetables in a manner that enables a more flexible and responsive 
regulatory approach to evolving pest situations in both the United 
States and exporting countries. It would not, however, alter the 
science-based process in which the risk associated with importation or 
interstate movement of a given fruit or vegetable is evaluated or the 
manner in which risks associated with the importation or interstate 
movement of a fruit or vegetable are mitigated.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/00/13
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Matthew Rhoads, Associate Executive Director, Plant 
Health Programs, PPQ, Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 131, Riverdale, MD 
20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-2133.
    RIN: 0579-AD71

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Final Rule Stage

15. Chronic Wasting Disease in Elk and Deer; Interstate Movement 
Restrictions and Payment of Indemnity

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317; 21 U.S.C. 111 to 113; 21 
U.S.C. 120 and 121; 21 U.S.C. 125; 21 U.S.C. 134(b)
    Abstract: This rulemaking establishes a herd certification program 
and requirements for the interstate movement of farmed or captive deer, 
elk, and moose and authorizes the payment of indemnity, subject to 
availability of funds, for the depopulation of farmed or captive deer, 
elk, and moose that have been infected with, or exposed to, chronic 
wasting disease (CWD).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   02/08/02  67 FR 5925
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      04/09/02
 End.
NPRM................................   12/24/03  68 FR 74513
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/23/04
Final Rule..........................   07/21/06  71 FR 41682
Delay of Effective Date.............   09/08/06  71 FR 52983
Final Rule Effective................   10/19/06
Notice of Receipt of Petitions and     11/03/06  71 FR 64650
 Request for Comments.
Comment Period End..................   12/04/06
Comment Period Extended.............   11/21/06  71 FR 67313
Comment Period End..................   01/03/07
NPRM Supplemental Proposal..........   03/31/09  74 FR 14495
NPRM Supplemental Proposal Comment     06/01/09
 Period End.
Interim Final Rule..................   06/13/12  77 FR 35542
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      07/13/12
 End.
Interim Final Rule Effective........   08/13/12
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      07/20/12  77 FR 42625
 Reopened.
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      08/13/12
 End.
Final Rule..........................   10/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Patrice Klein, Senior Staff Veterinarian, National 
Center for Animal Health Programs, VS, Department of Agriculture, 
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 43, 
Riverdale, MD 20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-3435.
    RIN: 0579-AB35

16. Citrus Canker; Compensation for Certified Citrus Nursery Stock

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 to 7786
    Abstract: This action follows a rulemaking that established 
provisions under which eligible commercial citrus nurseries could, 
subject to the availability of appropriated funds, receive payments for 
certified citrus nursery stock destroyed to control citrus canker. The 
payment of these funds was necessary in order to reduce the economic 
effects on affected commercial citrus nurseries that had certified 
citrus nursery stock destroyed to control citrus canker.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   06/08/06  71 FR 33168
Interim Final Rule Effective........   06/08/06
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      08/07/06
 End.
Affirmation of Interim Rule.........   11/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lynn Evans-Goldner, National Program Manager, Plant 
Health Programs, PPQ, Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 160, Riverdale, MD 
20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-2286.
    RIN: 0579-AC05

17. Introduction of Organisms and Products Altered or Produced Through 
Genetic Engineering

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 to 7786; 31 
U.S.C. 9701
    Abstract: This rulemaking will amend the regulations regarding the 
importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain 
genetically engineered organisms. This rule will affect persons 
involved in the importation, interstate movement, or release into the 
environment of genetically engineered plants and certain other 
genetically engineered organisms.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Intent to Prepare an         01/23/04  69 FR 3271
 Environmental Impact Statement.
Comment Period End..................   03/23/04
Notice of Availability of Draft        07/17/07  72 FR 39021
 Environmental Impact Statement.
Comment Period End..................   09/11/07
NPRM................................   10/09/08  73 FR 60007
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/24/08
Correction..........................   11/10/08  73 FR 66563
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   01/16/09  74 FR 2907
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/17/09
NPRM; Notice of Public Scoping         03/11/09  74 FR 10517
 Session.
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   04/13/09  74 FR 16797
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/29/09
Interim Final Rule..................   11/00/13

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Interim Final Rule Comment Period      12/00/13
 End.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Andrea Huberty, Branch Chief, Regulatory and 
Environmental Analysis, BRS, Department of Agriculture, Animal and 
Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 146, Riverdale, 
MD 20737-1236, Phone: 301 851-3880.
    RIN: 0579-AC31

18. Importation of Poultry and Poultry Products From Regions Affected 
With Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1622; 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317; 21 U.S.C. 
136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701
    Abstract: This rulemaking will amend the regulations concerning the 
importation of animals and animal products to prohibit or restrict the 
importation of birds, poultry, and bird and poultry products from 
regions that have reported the presence in commercial birds or poultry 
of highly pathogenic avian influenza of any subtype. This action will 
supplement existing prohibitions and restrictions on articles from 
regions that have reported the presence of Newcastle disease or highly 
pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N1.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   01/24/11  76 FR 4046
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      03/25/11
 End.
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      05/03/11  76 FR 24793
 Reopened.
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      05/18/11
 Reopened End.
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      06/12/12  77 FR 34783
 Reopened.
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      07/12/12
 Reopened End.
Final Rule..........................   09/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Javier Vargas, Case Manager, National Center for 
Import and Export, VS, Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 38, Riverdale, MD 
20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-3300.
    RIN: 0579-AC36

19. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of Bovines and Bovine 
Products

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 1622; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 
7772; 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701
    Abstract: This rulemaking will amend the regulations regarding the 
importation of bovines and bovine products. This rulemaking will also 
address public comments received in response to a September 2008 
request for comments regarding certain provisions of an APHIS January 
2005 final rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/16/12  77 FR 15848
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/15/12
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   05/21/12  77 FR 29914
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End....   06/14/12
Final Rule..........................   09/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Betzaida Lopez, Staff Veterinarian, Technical Trade 
Services, National Center for Import and Export, VS, Department of 
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River 
Road, Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-3364.
    Christopher Robinson, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Technical Trade 
Services, National Center for Import and Export, VS, Department of 
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River 
Road, Unit 40, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-3300.
    RIN: 0579-AC68

20. Lacey Act Implementation Plan; Definitions for Exempt and Regulated 
Articles

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq.
    Abstract: In response to recent amendments to the Lacey Act, we are 
establishing definitions for the terms ``common cultivar'' and ``common 
food crop'' and several related terms. The amendments to the Act 
expanded its protections to a broader range of plant species, extended 
its reach to encompass products, including timber, that derive from 
illegally harvested plants, and require that importers submit a 
declaration at the time of importation for certain plants and plant 
products. Common cultivars and common food crops are among the 
categorical exemptions to the provisions of the Act. The Act does not 
define the terms ``common cultivar'' and ``common food crop'' but 
instead gives authority to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the 
U.S. Department of the Interior to define these terms by regulation. 
Our definitions specify which plants and plant products will be subject 
to the provisions of the Act, including the declaration requirement.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/04/10  75 FR 46859
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/04/10
Extension of Comment Period.........   10/29/10  75 FR 66699
Extension of Comment Period End.....   11/29/10
Final Rule..........................   07/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: George Balady, Staff Officer, Quarantine Policy 
Analysis and Support, PPQ, Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 60, Riverdale, MD 
20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-2240.
    RIN: 0579-AD11

21. Importation of Live Dogs

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2148
    Abstract: We are amending the regulations to implement an amendment 
to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act 
of 2008 added a new section to the AWA to restrict the importation of 
certain live dogs. Consistent with this amendment, this rule prohibits 
the importation of dogs, with limited exceptions, from any part of the 
world into the continental United States or Hawaii for purposes of 
resale, research, or veterinary treatment, unless the dogs are in good 
health, have received all necessary vaccinations, and are at least 6 
months of age. This action is necessary to implement the amendment to 
the AWA and will help to ensure the welfare of imported dogs.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/01/11  76 FR 54392
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/31/11
Final Rule..........................   09/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Gerald Rushin, Veterinary Medical Officer, Animal 
Care, Department of Agriculture,

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 84, 
Riverdale, MD 20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-3740.
    RIN: 0579-AD23

22. Importation of Wood Packaging Material From Canada

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 
to 7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a
    Abstract: This rulemaking will amend the regulations for the 
importation of unmanufactured wood articles to remove the exemption 
that allows wood packaging material from Canada to enter the United 
States without first meeting the treatment and marking requirements of 
the regulations that apply to wood packaging material from all other 
countries. This action is necessary in order to prevent the 
dissemination and spread of pests via wood packaging material from 
Canada.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/02/10  75 FR 75157
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/31/11
Final Rule..........................   09/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Tyrone Jones, Trade Director, Forestry 
Products, Phytosanitary Issues Management, PPQ, Department of 
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River 
Road, Unit 140, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-2344.
    RIN: 0579-AD28

23. Citrus Canker, Citrus Greening, and Asian Citrus Psyllid; 
Interstate Movement of Regulated Nursery Stock

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 to 7786
    Abstract: This rulemaking will amend the regulations governing the 
interstate movement of regulated articles from areas quarantined for 
citrus canker, citrus greening, and/or Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) to 
allow the movement of regulated nursery stock under a certificate to 
any area within the United States. In order to be eligible to move 
regulated nursery stock, a nursery must enter into a compliance 
agreement with APHIS that specifies the conditions under which the 
nursery stock must be grown, maintained, and shipped. It will also 
amend the regulations that allow the movement of regulated nursery 
stock from an area quarantined for ACP, but not for citrus greening, to 
amend the existing regulatory requirements for the issuance of limited 
permits for the interstate movement of the nursery stock. We made these 
changes on an immediate basis in order to provide nursery stock 
producers in areas quarantined for citrus canker, citrus greening, or 
ACP with the ability to ship regulated nursery stock to markets within 
the United States that would otherwise be unavailable to them due to 
the prohibitions and restrictions contained in the regulations while 
continuing to provide adequate safeguards to prevent the spread of the 
three pests into currently unaffected areas of the United States.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   04/27/11  76 FR 23449
Interim Final Rule Effective........   04/27/11
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      06/27/11
 End.
Final Rule..........................   07/00/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lynn Evans-Goldner, National Program Manager, Plant 
Health Programs, PPQ, Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 160, Riverdale, MD 
20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-2286.
    RIN: 0579-AD29

24. Treatment of Firewood and Spruce Logs Imported From Canada

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 
to 7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a
    Abstract: This rulemaking will amend the regulations to require 
firewood of all species imported from Canada, including treated lumber 
(furniture scraps) sold as kindling, and all spruce logs imported from 
Nova Scotia to be heat-treated and to be accompanied by either a 
certificate of treatment or an attached commercial treatment label. 
This action is necessary on an immediate basis to prevent the 
artificial spread of pests including emerald ash borer, Asian 
longhorned beetle, gypsy moth, European spruce bark beetle, and brown 
spruce longhorn beetle to noninfested areas of the United States and to 
prevent further introductions of these pests into the United States.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   09/00/13
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      11/00/13
 End.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Tyrone Jones, Trade Director, Forestry 
Products, Phytosanitary Issues Management, PPQ, Department of 
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River 
Road, Unit 140, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-2344.
    RIN: 0579-AD60

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Completed Actions

25. Handling of Animals; Contingency Plans

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2131 to 2159
    Abstract: This rulemaking amends the Animal Welfare Act regulations 
to add requirements for contingency planning and training of personnel 
by research facilities and by dealers, exhibitors, intermediate 
handlers, and carriers. We are taking this action because we believe 
all licensees and registrants should develop a contingency plan for all 
animals regulated under the Animal Welfare Act in an effort to better 
prepare for potential disasters. This action will heighten the 
awareness of licensees and registrants regarding their responsibilities 
and help ensure a timely and appropriate response should an emergency 
or disaster occur.
    Completed:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   12/31/12  77 FR 76815
Final Rule Effective................   01/30/13
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jeanie Lin, Phone: 919 855-7100.
    RIN: 0579-AC69

26. Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002; Biennial Review 
and Republication of the Select Agent and Toxin List; Amendments to the 
Select Agent and Toxin Regulations

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 8401
    Abstract: In 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 implements the findings of the third biennial review of

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the list. In addition, we are reorganizing the list of select agents 
and toxins based on the relative potential of each select agent or 
toxin to be misused to adversely affect human, plant, or animal health. 
Such tiering of the list allows for the optimization of security 
measures for those select agents or toxins that present the greatest 
risk of deliberate misuse with the most significant potential for mass 
casualties or devastating effects to the economy, critical 
infrastructure, or public confidence. We are also making a number of 
amendments to the regulations, including the addition of definitions 
and clarification of language concerning security, training, biosafety, 
biocontainment, and incident response. These changes will increase the 
usability of the select agent regulations as well as provide for 
enhanced program oversight.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   10/05/12  77 FR 61056
Final Rule Effective................   12/04/12  .......................
Remaining Provisions of Final Rule     04/03/13  .......................
 Effective.
Notice: Agency Information             02/15/13  78 FR 11138
 Collection Activities; OMB Approval
 Received.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Charles L Divan, Phone: 301 851-2219.
    RIN: 0579-AD09

27. Animal Disease Traceability

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317
    Abstract: This rulemaking amends the regulations to establish 
minimum national official identification and documentation requirements 
for the traceability of livestock moving interstate. Under this 
rulemaking, unless specifically exempted, livestock belonging to 
species covered by the regulations that are moved interstate must be 
officially identified and accompanied by minimal documentation. These 
regulations specify approved forms of official identification for each 
species but allow the livestock covered under this rulemaking to be 
moved interstate with another form of identification, if agreed upon by 
animal health officials in the shipping and receiving States or Tribes. 
The purpose of this rulemaking is to improve our ability to trace 
livestock in the event that disease is found.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   01/09/13  78 FR 2040
Final Rule Effective................   03/11/13  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Neil Hammerschmidt, Phone: 301 851-3539.
    RIN: 0579-AD24

28.  Importation of Horses From Contagious Equine Metritis--
Affected Countries

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1622; 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317; 21 U.S.C. 
136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701
    Abstract: We are adopting as a final rule, with changes, an interim 
rule that amended the regulations regarding the importation of horses 
from countries affected with contagious equine metritis (CEM) by 
incorporating an additional certification requirement for imported 
horses 731 days of age or less and adding new testing protocols for 
test mares and imported stallions and mares more than 731 days of age. 
This document revises certain CEM-testing requirements for imported 
stallions and mares, and for test mares, that were amended in the 
interim rule. The interim rule was necessary to provide additional 
safeguards against the introduction of CEM through the importation of 
affected horses.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   03/25/11  76 FR 16683
Interim Final Rule Effective........   03/25/11  .......................
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      05/24/11  .......................
 End.
Interim Final Rule; Delay of           05/31/11  76 FR 31220
 Enforcement.
Interim Final Rule; Delay of           08/23/11  76 FR 52547
 Enforcement and Reopening of
 Comment Period.
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      09/07/11  .......................
 End.
Final Rule..........................   02/11/13  78 FR 9577
Final Rule Effective................   03/13/13  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ellen Buck, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Equine 
Imports, National Center for Import and Export, VS, Department of 
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River 
Road, Unit 36, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231, Phone: 301 851-3361.
    RIN: 0579-AD31

29.  Importation of Sand Pears From China

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 
to 7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a
    Abstract: This rulemaking amends the fruits and vegetables 
regulations to allow the importation of sand pears (Pyrus pyrifolia) 
from China into the United States. As a condition of entry, sand pears 
from areas in China in which the Oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera 
dorsalis) is not known to exist will have to be produced in accordance 
with a systems approach that includes requirements for registration of 
places of production and packinghouses, sourcing of pest-free 
propagative material, inspection for quarantine pests at set intervals 
by the national plant protection organization of China, bagging of 
fruit, safeguarding, labeling, and importation in commercial 
consignments. Sand pears from areas in China in which Oriental fruit 
fly is known to exist may be imported into the United States if, in 
addition to these requirements, the places of production and 
packinghouses have a monitoring system in place for Oriental fruit fly 
and the pears are treated with cold treatment. All sand pears from 
China will also be required to be accompanied by a phytosanitary 
certificate with an additional declaration stating that all conditions 
for the importation of the pears have been met and that the consignment 
of pears has been inspected and found free of quarantine pests. This 
action allows for the importation of sand pears from China into the 
United States while continuing to provide protection against the 
introduction of quarantine pests.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/16/11  76 FR 78168
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/14/12  .......................
Final Rule..........................   12/19/12  77 FR 75007
Final Rule Effective................   01/18/13  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Farrell Wise, Supervisory Agriculturist, Regulatory 
Coordination and Compliance, PPQ, Department of Agriculture, Animal and 
Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, 
MD 20737, Phone: 301 851-2280.
    RIN: 0579-AD42

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30.  Plum Pox Compensation

    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 to 7786
    Abstract: We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an 
interim rule that amended the plum pox regulations to provide for the 
payment of compensation to eligible owners of non-fruit-bearing 
ornamental tree nurseries and to increase the amount of compensation 
that may be paid to eligible owners of commercial stone fruit orchards 
and fruit tree nurseries whose trees are required to be destroyed in 
order to prevent the spread of plum pox. The interim rule also provided 
updated instructions for the submission of claims for compensation. 
These changes were necessary to provide adequate compensation to 
persons who are economically affected by the plum pox quarantine and 
the associated State and Federal eradication efforts.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   02/03/12  77 FR 5381
Interim Final Rule Effective........   02/03/12  .......................
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      04/03/12  .......................
 End.
Affirmation of Interim Final Rule...   09/21/12  77 FR 58469
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lynn Evans-Goldner, Plum Pox National Program 
Manager, Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 160, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231, Phone: 
301 851-2286.
    RIN: 0579-AD58
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Rural Housing Service (RHS)

Final Rule Stage

31. Guaranteed Single-Family Housing

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 7 U.S.C. 1989; 42 U.S.C. 1480
    Abstract: The Guaranteed Single-Family Housing Loan Program is 
taking the proposed action to implement authorities granted the 
Secretary of the USDA, in section 102 of the Supplemental 
Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-212, July 29, 2010). The intent 
of the annual fee is to make the SFHGLP subsidy neutral when used in 
conjunction with the one-time guarantee fee, thus eliminating the need 
for taxpayer support of the program.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/28/11  76 FR 66860
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/27/11  .......................
Final Action........................   09/00/13  .......................
Final Action Effective..............   11/00/13  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cathy Glover, Senior Loan Specialist, Department of 
Agriculture, Rural Housing Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 
0784, Washington, DC 02050-0784, Phone: 202 720-1460, Email: 
cathy.glover@wdc.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0575-AC18
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

Proposed Rule Stage

32. Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related 
to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-296
    Abstract: This proposal would implement section 221 of the Healthy, 
Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-296, the Act) which requires 
USDA to review and update, no less frequently than once every 10 years, 
requirements for meals served under the Child and Adult Care Food 
Program (CACFP) to ensure that meals are consistent with the most 
recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans and relevant nutrition science.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date             FR Cite
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NPRM...............................     09/00/13  ......................
NPRM Comment Period End............     11/00/13  ......................
                                    ------------------------------------
Next Action........................            To Be Determined
Undetermined.......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James F. Herbert, Regulatory Review Specialist, 
Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Alexandria, VA 
22302, Phone: 703 305-2572, Email: james.herbert@fns.usda.gov.
    Lynnette M. Williams, Chief, Planning and Regulatory Affairs 
Branch, Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, 
Alexandria, VA 22302, Phone: 703 605-4782, Email: 
lynnette.williams@fns.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0584-AE18

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

Final Rule Stage

33. National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs: Nutrition 
Standards for All Foods Sold in School, as Required by the Healthy, 
Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-296
    Abstract: This rule codifies the two provisions of the Healthy, 
Hunger-Free Kids Act (Pub. L. 111-296; the Act) under 7 CFR parts 210 
and 220. Section 203 requires schools participating in the National 
School Lunch Program to make available to children free of charge, as 
nutritionally appropriate, potable water for consumption in the place 
where meals are served during meal service. Section 208 requires the 
Secretary to promulgate proposed regulations to establish science-based 
nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools not later than 
December 13, 2011. The nutrition standards apply to all food sold 
outside the school meal programs, on the school campus, and at any time 
during the school day.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/08/13  78 FR 9530
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/09/13  .......................
Interim Final Rule..................   06/28/13  78 FR 39067
Interim Final Rule Effective........   08/27/13  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James F. Herbert, Regulatory Review Specialist, 
Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Alexandria, VA 
22302, Phone: 703 305-2572, Email: james.herbert@fns.usda.gov.
    Lynnette M. Williams, Chief, Planning and Regulatory Affairs 
Branch, Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, 
Alexandria, VA 22302, Phone: 703 605-4782, Email: 
lynnette.williams@fns.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0584-AE09

34. Certification of Compliance With Meal Requirements for the National 
School Lunch Program Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-296

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    Abstract: This rule codifies section 201 of the Healthy, Hunger-
Free Kids Act (Pub. L. 111-296) under 7 CFR part 210 directing the 
Secretary to provide, additional 6 cents per lunch, adjusted annually 
for changes in the Consumer Price Index, for schools that are certified 
to be in compliance with the interim/final regulation, ``Nutrition 
Standards in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs,'' (77 FR 
4088, January 26, 2012). This rule establishes the compliance standards 
that State agencies will use to certify schools that are eligible to 
receive the rate increase.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   04/27/12  77 FR 25024
Interim Final Rule Effective........   07/01/12  .......................
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      07/26/12  .......................
 End.
Final Rule..........................   10/00/13  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James F. Herbert, Regulatory Review Specialist, 
Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Alexandria, VA 
22302, Phone: 703 305-2572, Email: james.herbert@fns.usda.gov.
    Lynnette M. Williams, Chief, Planning and Regulatory Affairs 
Branch, Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, 
Alexandria, VA 22302, Phone: 703 605-4782, Email: 
lynnette.williams@fns.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0584-AE15

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

Proposed Rule Stage

35. Performance Standards for the Production of Processed Meat and 
Poultry Products

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 451 et seq.; 21 U.S.C. 601 et seq.
    Abstract: FSIS is proposing to establish pathogen reduction 
performance standards for all ready-to-eat (RTE) and partially heat-
treated meat and poultry products. The performance standards spell out 
the objective level of pathogen reduction that establishments must meet 
during their operations in order to produce safe products, but allow 
the use of customized, plant-specific processing procedures other than 
those prescribed in their earlier regulations. With HACCP, food safety 
performance standards give establishments the incentive and flexibility 
to adopt innovative, science-based food safety processing procedures 
and controls, while providing objective, measurable standards that can 
be verified by Agency inspectional oversight. This set of performance 
standards will include and be consistent with standards already in 
place for certain ready-to-eat meat and poultry products.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/27/01  66 FR 12590
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/29/01  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   07/03/01  66 FR 35112
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   09/10/01  .......................
Interim Final Rule..................   06/06/03  68 FR 34208
Interim Final Rule Effective........   10/06/03  .......................
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      01/31/05  .......................
 End.
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   03/24/05  70 FR 15017
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End....   05/09/05  .......................
Affirmation of Interim Final Rule      06/00/14  .......................
 and Supplemental Proposed Rule.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Rachel Edelstein, Assistant Administrator, Office 
of Policy and Program Development, Department of Agriculture, Food 
Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., 350-E JWB, 
Washington, DC 20250, Phone: 202 205-0495, Fax: 202 720-2025, Email: 
rachel.edelstein@fsis.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0583-AC46

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

Final Rule Stage

36. Mandatory Inspection of Catfish and Catfish Products

    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 601 et seq.; Pub. L. 110-249, sec. 11016
    Abstract: The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 
110-246, sec. 11016), known as the 2008 Farm Bill, amended the Federal 
Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) to make catfish an amenable species under 
the FMIA. Amenable species must be inspected, so this rule will define 
inspection requirements for catfish. The regulations will define 
``catfish'' and the scope of coverage of the regulations to apply to 
establishments that process farm-raised species of catfish and to 
catfish and catfish products.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/24/11  76 FR 10433
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/24/11  .......................
Final Action........................   12/00/13  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Rachel Edelstein, Assistant Administrator, Office 
of Policy and Program Development, Department of Agriculture, Food 
Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., 350-E JWB, 
Washington, DC 20250, Phone: 202 205-0495, Fax: 202 720-2025, Email: 
rachel.edelstein@fsis.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0583-AD36

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Forest Service (FS)

Proposed Rule Stage

37. National Forest System Invasive Species Management Handbook

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 473 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 528 et seq.; 16 
U.S.C. 1600 et seq.
    Abstract: Management activities to address the threats and impacts 
of invasive species across the National Forest System are guided by a 
general, broad policy articulated in the proposed Forest Service Manual 
2900 (NFS Invasive Species Management). The specific requirements, 
standards, criteria, rules, and guidelines for Forest Service staff to 
effectively manage invasive species on NFS lands will be provided in a 
handbook which will tier to FSM 2900. The proposed handbook will be 
issued through the Directives system.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/00/14  .......................
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[[Page 44212]]

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: LaRenda C. King, Assistant Director, Directives and 
Regulations, Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, ATTN: ORMS, D&R 
Branch, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0003, Phone: 
202 205-6560, Email: larendacking@fs.fed.us.
    RIN: 0596-AD05

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Forest Service (FS)

Final Rule Stage

38. Land Management Planning Rule Policy

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 302; 16 U.S.C. 1604; 16 U.S.C. 1613
    Abstract: The Forest Service promulgated a new Land Management 
Planning rule in April 2012. This rule streamlined the Forest Service's 
paperwork requirements and expanded the public participation 
requirements for revising National Forest's Land Management Plans. The 
proposed directives will update the current directives, which provide 
Forest Service internal guidance on how to implement the 2012 planning 
rule. The directives will allow full implementation of the Land 
Management Planning rule, which will enable the Forest Service to 
reduce the time to revise expired plans from 4 to 5 years to 2 to 3 
years. These directives, once finalized, will enable the National 
Forests to revise their management plans under the new rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Proposed Rule.......................   02/27/13  78 FR 13316
Comment Period End..................   04/29/13  .......................
Final Rule..........................   02/00/14  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: LaRenda C. King, Assistant Director, Directives and 
Regulations, Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, ATTN: ORMS, D&R 
Branch, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0003, Phone: 
202 205-6560, Email: larendacking@fs.fed.us.
    RIN: 0596-AD06

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Office of Procurement and Property Management (OPPM)

Completed Actions

39. Designation of Biobased Items for Federal Procurement, Round 10

    Legal Authority: Public Law 110-246
    Abstract: Designates for preferred procurement: Adhesives; aircraft 
and boat cleaners; automotive care products; body care products-body 
powders; engine crankcase oil; exterior paints and coatings; facial 
care products; gasoline fuel additives; hair removal-depilatory 
products; metal cleaners and corrosion removers; microbial cleaning 
products; paint removers; paper products; sanitary tissues; water 
turbine bearing oils; and asphalt roofing materials--low slope.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/05/12  77 FR 72653
Final Rule..........................   06/11/13  78 FR 34867
Final Rule Effective................   06/11/13  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ron Buckhalt, Phone: 202 205-4008, Fax: 202 720-
8972, Email: ronb.buckhalt@dm.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0599-AA16

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