[The Regulatory Plan and Unified Agenda of
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[Department of Agriculture Semiannual Regulatory Agenda]
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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Office of the Secretary

7 CFR Subtitle A, Chs. I-XI, XIV-XVIII, XX, XXVI-XXXVIII, XLI-XLII, L

9 CFR Chs. I-III

36 CFR Ch. II

41 CFR Ch. 4

Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, Fall 2010

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 Order 
12866 ``Regulatory Planning and 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.

    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 this edition of the USDA regulatory agenda, the most 
important significant regulatory actions and a Statement of 
Regulatory Priorities are included in the Regulatory Plan, which 
appears in both the online regulatory agenda and in part II of the 
Federal Register that includes the abbreviated regulatory agenda.

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) 720-1272.

Dated: September 21, 2010.

 Michael Poe,

Chief, Legislative and Regulatory Staff.

                               Agricultural Marketing Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
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175         National Organic Program, Sunset (2011) (Crops and Processing) (TM-07-0136)...........    0581-AC77
176         Wholesale Pork Reporting Program (Reg Plan Seq No. 1).................................    0581-AD07
177         National Organic Program, Periodic Pesticide Residue Testing..........................    0581-AD10
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


                                Agricultural Marketing Service--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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178         National Dairy Promotion and Research Program; Dairy Import Assessments, DA-08-0050       0581-AC87
            (Reg Plan Seq No. 2)..................................................................
179         National Organic Program: Amendments to the National List (Crops, Livestock, and          0581-AC91
            Processing) TM-09-0003................................................................
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


                                      Farm Service Agency--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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180         Emergency Forest Restoration Program..................................................    0560-AH89
181         Farm Loan Programs Loan Making Activities.............................................    0560-AI03
182         Conservation Loan Guarantee Program...................................................    0560-AI04
183         Loan Servicing; Farm Loan Programs....................................................    0560-AI05
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                                     Farm Service Agency--Completed Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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184         Biomass Crop Assistance Program.......................................................    0560-AH92
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                         Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
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185         Animal Welfare: Marine Mammals; Nonconsensus Language, and Interactive Programs           0579-AB24
            (Rulemaking Resulting From a Section 610 Review)......................................
186         Animal Welfare; Regulations and Standards for Birds (Reg Plan Seq No. 3)..............    0579-AC02
187         Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of Bovines and Bovine Products..........    0579-AC68
188         Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia; Interstate Movement and Import Restrictions on Certain      0579-AC74
            Live Fish.............................................................................
189         Scrapie in Sheep and Goats............................................................    0579-AC92
190         Plant Pest Regulations; Update of General Provisions (Reg Plan Seq No. 4).............    0579-AC98
191         Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Scrapie; Importation of Small Ruminants and Their    0579-AD10
            Germplasm, Products, and Byproducts...................................................
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


                          Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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192         Importation of Plants for Planting; Establishing a New Category of Plants for Planting    0579-AC03
            Not Authorized for Importation Pending Pest Risk Analysis (Rulemaking Resulting From a
            Section 610 Review) (Reg Plan Seq No. 7)..............................................
193         Citrus Canker; Compensation for Certified Citrus Nursery Stock........................    0579-AC05
194         Importation of Poultry and Poultry Products From Regions Affected With Highly             0579-AC36
            Pathogenic Avian Influenza............................................................
195         Handling of Animals; Contingency Plans................................................    0579-AC69
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


                          Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service--Long-Term Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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196         Phytophthora Ramorum; Quarantine and Regulations......................................    0579-AB82
197         Boll Weevil; Quarantine and Regulations...............................................    0579-AB91
198         Introduction of Organisms and Products Altered or Produced Through Genetic Engineering    0579-AC31
199         Animal Welfare; Climatic and Environmental Conditions for Transportation of Warm-         0579-AC41
            Blooded Animals Other Than Marine Mammals.............................................
200         Light Brown Apple Moth Quarantine.....................................................    0579-AC71
201         Citrus Greening and Asian Citrus Psyllid; Quarantine and Interstate Movement              0579-AC85
            Regulations...........................................................................
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                          Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service--Completed Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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202         Phytosanitary Certificates for Imported Fruits and Vegetables.........................    0579-AB18
203         Citrus Canker; Quarantine of the State of Florida.....................................    0579-AC07
204         Minimum Age Requirements for the Transport of Animals.................................    0579-AC14
205         Importation of Lemons From Northwest Argentina........................................    0579-AC79
206         Sirex Woodwasp; Quarantine and Regulations............................................    0579-AC86
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                                     Rural Housing Service--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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207         Guaranteed Single-Family Housing......................................................    0575-AC18
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                             Food Safety and Inspection Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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208         Mandatory Inspection of Catfish and Catfish Products (Reg Plan Seq No. 18)............    0583-AD36
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


                              Food Safety and Inspection Service--Final Rule Stage
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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209         Performance Standards for the Production of Processed Meat and Poultry Products;          0583-AC46
            Control of Listeria Monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Meat and Poultry Products (Reg Plan
            Seq No. 21)...........................................................................
210         Federal-State Interstate Shipment Cooperative Inspection Program (Reg Plan Seq No. 24)    0583-AD37
211         New Formulas for Calculating the Basetime, Overtime, Holiday, and Laboratory Services     0583-AD40
            Rates; Rate Changes Based on the Formulas; and Increased Fees for the Accredited
            Laboratory Program....................................................................
212         Changes to the Schedule of Operations Regulations.....................................    0583-AD42
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


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  Number                                                                                               Number
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213         Special Areas; State-Specific Inventoried Roadless Area Management: Colorado..........    0596-AC74
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                                  Office of the Secretary--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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214         Designation of Biobased Items for Federal Procurement, Round 7........................    0503-AA36
215         Designation of Biobased Items for Federal Procurement, Round 8........................    0503-AA39
216         Revised Program Guidelines............................................................    0503-AA40
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                                    Office of the Secretary--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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217         Voluntary Labeling Program for Designated Biobased Products...........................    0503-AA35
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Department of Agriculture (USDA)                    Proposed Rule Stage
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
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175. NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM, SUNSET (2011) (CROPS AND PROCESSING) (TM-
07-0136)

Legal Authority: 7 USC 6501

Abstract: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is amending 
regulations pertaining to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited 
Substances. As required by the National Organic Foods Production Act of 
1990, the allowed use of the 12 synthetic and non-synthetic substances 
in organic production and handling will expire on September 12, 2011. 
The AMS published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to make the 
public aware of this requirement. AMS believes that public comment is 
essential in the review process to determine whether these substances 
should continue to be allowed or prohibited in the production and 
handling of organic agricultural products.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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ANPRM                           03/14/08                    73 FR 13795
ANPRM Comment Period End        05/13/08
NPRM                            12/00/10
Final Action                    08/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Melissa R. Bailey, Director, Standards Division, 
Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Washington, 
DC 20250
Phone: 202 720-3252
Fax: 202 205-7808
Email: melissa.bailey@usda.gov

RIN: 0581-AC77
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176.  WHOLESALE PORK REPORTING PROGRAM

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 1 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 0581-AD07
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177.  NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM, PERIODIC PESTICIDE 
RESIDUE TESTING

Legal Authority: 7 USC 6501

Abstract: This rulemaking would amend sections of the NOP regulations 
which pertain to the inspection and testing of agricultural products to 
be sold or labeled as ``organic''. Specifically, this action would 
incorporate provisions to require that certifying agents conduct 
periodic residue testing of organic products to determine if the 
products contain pesticides in violation of the NOP regulations and, if 
so, the process by which violations are reported and enforcement 
actions should be taken.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            04/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Melissa R. Bailey, Director, Standards Division, 
Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Washington, 
DC 20250
Phone: 202 720-3252
Fax: 202 205-7808
Email: melissa.bailey@usda.gov

RIN: 0581-AD10
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Department of Agriculture (USDA)                       Final Rule Stage
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
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178. NATIONAL DAIRY PROMOTION AND RESEARCH PROGRAM; DAIRY IMPORT 
ASSESSMENTS, DA-08-0050

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 2 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 0581-AC87
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179. NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM: AMENDMENTS TO THE NATIONAL LIST (CROPS, 
LIVESTOCK, AND PROCESSING) TM-09-0003

Legal Authority: 7 USC 6517 and 6518

Abstract: The Agricultural Marketing Service is amending the National 
List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances contained in the National 
Organic Program regulations. This rule would add six new substances and 
remove one from the list.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            06/03/09                    74 FR 26591
NPRM Comment Period End         08/03/09
Final Action                    12/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Melissa R. Bailey, Director, Standards Division, 
Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Washington, 
DC 20250
Phone: 202 720-3252
Fax: 202 205-7808
Email: melissa.bailey@usda.gov

RIN: 0581-AC91
BILLING CODE 3410--02--S
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Department of Agriculture (USDA)                       Final Rule Stage
Farm Service Agency (FSA)
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180. EMERGENCY FOREST RESTORATION PROGRAM

Legal Authority: PL 110-246

Abstract: A new subpart will be added to the regulations in 7 CFR part 
701 to implement the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP), which 
was authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. EFRP will provide cost-share 
funding to owners of nonindustrial private forest land to restore the 
land after the land is damaged by a natural disaster. The damaged land 
must have had a tree cover immediately before the natural disaster.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Interim Rule                    11/17/10                    75 FR 70083

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Interim Final Rule Effective    11/17/10
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      01/18/11
Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

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-AH89
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181. FARM LOAN PROGRAMS LOAN MAKING ACTIVITIES

Legal Authority: PL 110-246

Abstract: The rule will implement the provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill 
that affect Farm Loan Programs (FLP) Loan Making Division (LMD); there 
is discretion involved in the implementation. The sections being 
implemented are: 5001, Direct Loans; 5005, Beginning Farmer or Rancher 
and Socially Disadvantaged Farmer or Rancher Contract Land Sales 
Program Down Payment Loan Program; 5101, Farming Experience as an 
Eligibility Requirement; 5201, Eligibility of Equine Farmers and 
Ranchers for Emergency Loans; 5301, Beginning Farmer and Rancher 
Individual Development Accounts Pilot Program; and 5501, Loans to 
Purchase Highly Fractionated Land.
A Beginning Farmer and Rancher Individual Development Accounts five-
year pilot program will be established in at least 15 States. The 
program entails FSA making grants to qualified nonprofit organizations 
who then deliver the program to eligible participants. Grantees must 
match 50 percent of the grant received. Under the program, qualified, 
low-income beginning farmers or prospective beginning farmers would 
establish saving accounts with a monthly deposit plan administered by 
the grantees. The program funds must match the participants' deposits 
at a minimum of 100 percent and a maximum of 200 percent. Participants 
must use the savings account funds toward the purchase of farmland, 
livestock, or similar farm start-up/operating expenses. The program 
must be operated by and in conjunction with FSA farm loan programs. The 
initial applications for the program must be approved no more than one 
year after the law is enacted. The program is not mandatory; an 
appropriation of up to $5 million annually is authorized to fund the 
program.
Individual tribal members will be allowed to qualify for Indian Land 
Acquisition loans.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            09/23/10                    75 FR 57866
NPRM Comment Period End         11/22/10
Final Rule                      05/00/11

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-AI03
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182. CONSERVATION LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM

Legal Authority: PL 110-246

Abstract: The rule will implement the provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill 
that affect Farm Loan Programs (FLP) Loan Making Division (LMD); there 
is discretion in how several of the provisions are implemented. The 
section being implemented is 5002, Conservation Loan and Loan 
Guarantee. Implementation of this provision will create a new direct 
and guaranteed loan program directed at assisting farmers in 
implementing conservation practices.
The rule establishes a new loan and loan guarantee program to finance 
qualifying conservation projects. All guarantees will be at 75 percent 
of the loan amount. The applicant must have an acceptable conservation 
plan that includes the project(s) to be financed. Preference is given 
to beginning farmer and socially disadvantaged applicants, conversion 
to sustainable or organic production practices, and compliance with 
highly erodible land conservation requirements. Eligibility for the 
program is not restricted to those who cannot get credit elsewhere. The 
program is not mandatory; appropriations are authorized.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Interim Rule                    09/03/10                    75 FR 54005
Interim Rule Comment Period End 11/02/10
Final Rule                      05/00/11

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-AI04
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183. LOAN SERVICING; FARM LOAN PROGRAMS

Legal Authority: PL 110-246

Abstract: The 2008 Farm Bill requires several changes to the Farm 
Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan Program (FLP) loan servicing 
regulations. An overall plan will be established to insure that 
borrowers can be transitioned to private credit in the shortest 
timeframe practicable. At present, FSA monitors the status of all 
borrowers to determine if graduation is possible. The 2008 Farm Bill 
emphasizes this responsibility and insures that FSA uses all the tools 
available to graduate borrowers to commercial credit as soon as they 
can financially do so. In 2007, over 2,500 direct borrowers (about 3.7 
percent of the portfolio) graduated to commercial credit. FSA believes 
graduation will continue in the 3 to 5 percent range and is dependant 
on the overall farm economy.
The right of an FSA borrower-owner to purchase leased property under 
Homestead Protection will be extended beyond the borrower-owner to the 
immediate family. Currently, FSA only has 38 properties in Homestead 
Protection.
Acceleration and foreclosure will be suspended on borrowers who file a 
claim of program discrimination against the Department or have a claim

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pending. Interest accrual and offset will also be suspended during the 
time of the moratorium. If the borrower does not prevail in the claim, 
the interest, which would have accrued during the moratorium, will be 
due and offset on the account will be reestablished.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            08/07/09                    74 FR 39565
NPRM Comment Period End         10/06/09
Final Rule                      12/00/10

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-AI05
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Department of Agriculture (USDA)                      Completed Actions
Farm Service Agency (FSA)
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184. BIOMASS CROP ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Legal Authority: PL 110-246

Abstract: A new regulation was added to implement the Biomass Crop 
Assistance Program (BCAP) as required by the 2008 Farm Bill. We will 
collaborate with USDA/Rural Development (RD), private industry and 
agricultural and forest land owners to support the evaluation and 
selection of BCAP project areas. BCAP project areas must include a 
commitment to use local production; evidence of sufficient equity (if 
the facility is not operational at the time of proposal); anticipated 
economic impacts; opportunities for local ownership; the participation 
rate by beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers; the 
impact on soil, water, and related resources; and the variety in 
biomass production approaches. FSA will partner with RD, which has 
capability and responsibility, including the potential for providing 
funding for proposed biomass conversion facility, regarding BCAP 
project area evaluation and selection. After BCAP project area 
selection, FSA, acting on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation 
(CCC), may enter into contracts with BCAP project area producers for a 
term of up to 5 years for annual and perennial crops, and up to 15 
years for woody biomass.

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

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Final Action                    10/27/10                    75 FR 66201

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-AH92
BILLING CODE 3410--05--S
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Department of Agriculture (USDA)                    Proposed Rule Stage
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
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185. ANIMAL WELFARE: MARINE MAMMALS; NONCONSENSUS LANGUAGE, AND 
INTERACTIVE PROGRAMS (RULEMAKING RESULTING FROM A SECTION 610 REVIEW)

Legal Authority: 7 USC 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 include standards affecting variances, indoor facilities, 
outdoor facilities, space requirements, and water quality, as well as 
swim-with-the-dolphin programs. 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

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           05/30/02                    67 FR 37731
ANPRM Comment Period End        07/29/02
NPRM                            12/00/10
NPRM Comment Period End         02/00/11

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: 301 734-7833

RIN: 0579-AB24
_______________________________________________________________________

186. ANIMAL WELFARE; REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS FOR BIRDS

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 3 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 0579-AC02
_______________________________________________________________________

187. BOVINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY; IMPORTATION OF BOVINES AND BOVINE 
PRODUCTS

Legal Authority: 7 USC 450; 7 USC 1622; 7 USC 7701 to 7772; 7 USC 8301 
to 8317; 21 USC 136 and 136a; 31 USC 9701

Abstract: This rulemaking would amend the regulations regarding the

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importation of bovines and bovine products. Under this rulemaking, 
countries would be classified as either negligible risk, controlled 
risk, or undetermined risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). 
Some commodities would be allowed importation into the United States 
regardless of the BSE classification of the country of export. Other 
commodities would be subject to importation restrictions or 
prohibitions based on the type of commodity and the BSE classification 
of the country. The criteria for country classification and commodity 
import would be closely aligned with those of the World Organization 
for Animal Health. This rulemaking would 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

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            02/00/11
NPRM Comment Period End         04/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: 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: 301 734-7837

RIN: 0579-AC68
_______________________________________________________________________

188. VIRAL HEMORRHAGIC SEPTICEMIA; INTERSTATE MOVEMENT AND IMPORT 
RESTRICTIONS ON CERTAIN LIVE FISH

Legal Authority: 7 USC 1622; 7 USC 8301 to 8317; 21 USC 136 and 136a; 
31 USC 9701

Abstract: We are establishing regulations to restrict the interstate 
movement and importation into the United States of live fish that are 
susceptible to viral hemorrhagic septicemia, a highly contagious 
disease of certain fresh and saltwater fish. Viral hemorrhagic 
septicemia has been detected in freshwater fish in several of the Great 
Lakes and related tributaries. The disease has been responsible for 
several large-scale die-offs of wild fish in the Great Lakes region. 
This action is necessary to prevent further introductions into, and 
dissemination within, the United States of viral hemorrhagic 
septicemia. This proposed rule replaces a previously published but not 
effective interim rule that contained substantially different 
restrictions on the interstate movement and importation of VHS-
susceptible live fish.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/09/08                    73 FR 52173
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/10/08
Interim Final Rule: Delay of 
Effective Date                  10/28/08                    73 FR 63867
Interim Final Rule Effective    01/09/09
Interim Final Rule: Delay of 
Effective Date                  01/02/09                        74 FR 1
NPRM                            12/00/10
NPRM Comment Period End         03/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Christa Speekmann, Import/Export Specialist, 
Aquaculture, National Center for Import and Export, VS, Department of 
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River 
Road, Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236
Phone: 301 734-8695

RIN: 0579-AC74
_______________________________________________________________________

189. SCRAPIE IN SHEEP AND GOATS

Legal Authority: 7 USC 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, increasing the use of genetic testing as a 
means of assigning risk levels to animals, reducing movement 
restrictions for animals found to be genetically less susceptible or 
resistant to scrapie, and simplifying, reducing, or removing 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 change the definition of high-risk animal, which 
will change the types of animals eligible for indemnity, and to pay 
higher indemnity for certain pregnant ewes and early maturing ewes. 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:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/00/11
NPRM Comment Period End         03/00/11

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: 301 734-6954

RIN: 0579-AC92
_______________________________________________________________________

190. PLANT PEST REGULATIONS; UPDATE OF GENERAL PROVISIONS

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 4 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 0579-AC98
_______________________________________________________________________

191. BOVINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY AND SCRAPIE; IMPORTATION OF SMALL 
RUMINANTS AND THEIR GERMPLASM, PRODUCTS, AND BYPRODUCTS

Legal Authority: 7 USC 450; 7 USC 1622; 7 USC 7701 to 7772; 7 USC 7781 
to 7786; 7 USC 8301 to 8317; 21 USC 136 and 136a; 31 USC 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. Some countries from which such imports would 
be allowed under this rule are currently those from which the 
importation of live sheep, goats, wild ruminants, their embryos, and 
ruminant products and byproducts are prohibited under existing BSE 
regulations. Some products would be allowed importation without 
restriction due to the inherent lack of BSE risk regarding the product. 
Certain other products and live animals would be

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allowed importation if it can be certified that the live animals or the 
animals from which the products were derived were born after 
implementation of an effective feed ban. 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:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/00/11
NPRM Comment Period End         05/00/11

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: 301 734-5677

RIN: 0579-AD10
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Agriculture (USDA)                       Final Rule Stage
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
_______________________________________________________________________

192. IMPORTATION OF PLANTS FOR PLANTING; ESTABLISHING A NEW CATEGORY OF 
PLANTS FOR PLANTING NOT AUTHORIZED FOR IMPORTATION PENDING PEST RISK 
ANALYSIS (RULEMAKING RESULTING FROM A SECTION 610 REVIEW)

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 7 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 0579-AC03
_______________________________________________________________________

193. CITRUS CANKER; COMPENSATION FOR CERTIFIED CITRUS NURSERY STOCK

Legal Authority: 7 USC 7701 to 7772; 7 USC 7781 to 7786

Abstract: This action follows a rulemaking that established provisions 
under which eligible commercial citrus nurseries may, subject to the 
availability of appropriated funds, receive payments for certified 
citrus nursery stock destroyed to eradicate or control citrus canker. 
The payment of these funds is necessary in order to reduce the economic 
effects on affected commercial citrus nurseries that have had certified 
citrus nursery stock destroyed to control citrus canker.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/08/06                    71 FR 33168
Interim Final Rule Effective    06/08/06
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      08/07/06
Final Action                    12/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Lynn E. Goldner, National Program Manager, Emergency 
and Domestic Programs, PPQ, Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 137, Riverdale, MD 
20737-1231
Phone: 301 734-7228

RIN: 0579-AC05
_______________________________________________________________________

194. IMPORTATION OF POULTRY AND POULTRY PRODUCTS FROM REGIONS AFFECTED 
WITH HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA

Legal Authority: 7 USC 1622; 7 USC 8301 to 8317; 21 USC 136 and 136a

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 other than subtype H5N1. This 
action will supplement existing prohibitions and restrictions on 
articles from regions that have reported the presence of exotic 
Newcastle disease or highly pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N1. 
The new restrictions will be almost identical to those imposed on 
articles from regions with exotic Newcastle disease.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              12/00/10
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      02/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Julia Punderson, Senior Staff Veterinarian, NCIE, 
Animal Health Policy and Programs, VS, Department of Agriculture, 
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 38, 
Riverdale, MD 20737
Phone: 301 734-4356

RIN: 0579-AC36
_______________________________________________________________________

195. HANDLING OF ANIMALS; CONTINGENCY PLANS

Legal Authority: 7 USC 2131 to 2159

Abstract: This rulemaking will amend 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. These requirements are necessary 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.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/23/08                    73 FR 63085
NPRM Comment Period End         12/22/08
NPRM Comment Period Extended    12/19/08                    73 FR 77554
NPRM Comment Period End         02/20/09
Final Action                    01/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Jeanie Lin, National Emergency Programs Manager, Animal 
Care, Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection

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Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 84, Riverdale, MD 20737
Phone: 301 734-7833

RIN: 0579-AC69
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Agriculture (USDA)                      Long-Term Actions
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
_______________________________________________________________________

196. PHYTOPHTHORA RAMORUM; QUARANTINE AND REGULATIONS

Legal Authority: 7 USC 7701 to 7772; 7 USC 7781 to 7786

Abstract: The interim rule amended the Phytophthora ramorum regulations 
to make the regulations consistent with a Federal Order issued by APHIS 
in December 2004 that established restrictions on the interstate 
movement of nursery stock from nurseries in nonquarantined counties in 
California, Oregon, and Washington. This action also updated conditions 
for the movement of regulated articles of nursery stock from 
quarantined areas, as well as restricted the interstate movement of all 
other nursery stock from nurseries in quarantined areas. We also 
updated the list of plants regulated because of P. ramorum and the list 
of areas that are quarantined for P. ramorum and made other 
miscellaneous revisions to the regulations. These actions are necessary 
to prevent the spread of P. ramorum to noninfested areas of the United 
States. We will continue to update the regulations through additional 
rulemakings as new scientific information on this pathogen becomes 
available.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/27/07                     72 FR 8585
Interim Final Rule Effective    02/27/07
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/30/07
Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Prakash Hebbar
Phone: 301 734-5717

RIN: 0579-AB82
_______________________________________________________________________

197. BOLL WEEVIL; QUARANTINE AND REGULATIONS

Legal Authority: 7 USC 7701 to 7772; 7 USC 7781 to 7786

Abstract: This action would establish domestic boll weevil regulations 
that would restrict the interstate movement of regulated articles 
within regulated areas and from regulated areas into or through 
nonregulated areas in commercial cotton-producing States. The 
regulations would help prevent the artificial spread of boll weevil 
into noninfested areas of the United States and the reinfestation of 
areas from which the boll weevil has been eradicated.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/31/06                    71 FR 63707
NPRM Comment Period End         01/02/07
NPRM Comment Period Extended    12/20/06                    71 FR 76224
NPRM Comment Period End         02/01/07


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: William Grefenstette
Phone: 301 734-8676

RIN: 0579-AB91
_______________________________________________________________________

198. INTRODUCTION OF ORGANISMS AND PRODUCTS ALTERED OR PRODUCED THROUGH 
GENETIC ENGINEERING

Legal Authority: 7 USC 7701 to 7772; 7 USC 7781 to 7786; 31 USC 9701

Abstract: This rulemaking would revise the regulations regarding the 
importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain 
genetically engineered organisms in order to bring the regulations into 
alignment with provisions of the Plant Protection Act. The revisions 
would also update the regulations in response to advances in genetic 
science and technology and our accumulated experience in implementing 
the current regulations. This is the first comprehensive review and 
revision of the regulations since they were established in 1987. This 
rule would affect persons involved in the importation, interstate 
movement, or release into the environment of genetically engineered 
plants and certain other genetically engineered organisms.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Intent to Prepare an 
Environmental Impact Statement  01/23/04                     69 FR 3271
Comment Period End              03/23/04
Notice of Availability of Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement  07/17/07                    72 FR 39021
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 
Session                         03/11/09                    74 FR 10517
NPRM Comment Period Reopened    04/13/09                    74 FR 16797
NPRM Comment Period End         06/29/09


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: John Turner
Phone: 301 734-5720

RIN: 0579-AC31
_______________________________________________________________________

199. ANIMAL WELFARE; CLIMATIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS FOR 
TRANSPORTATION OF WARM-BLOODED ANIMALS OTHER THAN MARINE MAMMALS

Legal Authority: 7 USC 2131 to 2159

Abstract: This rulemaking would amend the Animal Welfare Act 
regulations regarding transportation of live animals other than marine 
mammals by removing the current ambient temperature requirements for 
various stages in the transportation of those animals. The action would 
replace those requirements with a single performance standard under 
which the animals would be transported under climatic and environmental 
conditions that are

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appropriate for their welfare. The regulations currently require that 
ambient temperatures be maintained within certain ranges during 
transportation, but animals may be transported at ambient temperatures 
below the minimum temperatures if their consignor provides a 
certificate signed by a veterinarian certifying that the animals are 
acclimated to temperatures lower than the minimum temperature. This 
proposal would make acclimation certificates for live animals other 
than marine mammals unnecessary. This rulemaking does not address 
marine mammals due to their unique requirements for care and handling. 
We believe that establishing a single performance standard would ensure 
that warm-blooded animals other than marine mammals are transported in 
climatic and environmental conditions that are not detrimental to their 
welfare while allowing for variations in climatic and environmental 
conditions that are suitable for individual animals.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/03/08                      73 FR 413
NPRM Comment Period End         03/03/08
NPRM Comment Period Reopened    03/18/08                    73 FR 14403
NPRM Comment Period End         04/17/08


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Gerald Rushin
Phone: 301 734-0954

RIN: 0579-AC41
_______________________________________________________________________

200. LIGHT BROWN APPLE MOTH QUARANTINE

Legal Authority: 7 USC 7701 to 7772; 7 USC 7781 to 7786

Abstract: We are quarantining 16 counties in California and the entire 
State of Hawaii because of the light brown apple moth and restricting 
the interstate movement of regulated articles from the quarantined 
areas. This action is necessary on an emergency basis to prevent the 
spread of the light brown apple moth into noninfested areas of the 
United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule               To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Andrea Simao
Phone: 301 734-0930

RIN: 0579-AC71
_______________________________________________________________________

201. CITRUS GREENING AND ASIAN CITRUS PSYLLID; QUARANTINE AND INTERSTATE 
MOVEMENT REGULATIONS

Legal Authority: 7 USC 7701 to 7772; 7 USC 7781 to 7786; 21 USC 136 and 
136a

Abstract: This rulemaking establishes regulations that designate the 
States of Florida and Georgia, Puerto Rico, two parishes in Louisiana, 
and two counties in South Carolina as quarantined areas for citrus 
greening and Alabama, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Louisiana, 
Mississippi, Texas, three counties in South Carolina, portions of one 
county in Arizona, and all of three and portions of an additional three 
counties in California as quarantined areas for Asian citrus psyllid, a 
vector of a bacterium that causes citrus greening. It also establishes 
restrictions on the interstate movement of regulated articles from the 
quarantined areas, as well as treatments under which Asian Citrus 
psyllid host material may be moved interstate from a quarantined area. 
These actions follow the discovery of citrus greening and/or Asian 
citrus psyllid in the quarantined areas, and are necessary in order to 
prevent the spread of the disease and its vector to noninfested areas 
of the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Availability of an Environmental 
Assessment                      09/09/09                    74 FR 46409
Environmental Assessment Comment 
Period End                      11/09/09
Interim Final Rule              06/17/10                    75 FR 34322
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      08/16/10


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Patrick J. Gomes
Phone: 919 855-7313

RIN: 0579-AC85
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Agriculture (USDA)                      Completed Actions
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
_______________________________________________________________________

202. PHYTOSANITARY CERTIFICATES FOR IMPORTED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Legal Authority: 7 USC 450; 7 USC 7701 to 7772; 7 USC 7781 to 7786; 21 
USC 136 and 136a

Abstract: Currently APHIS does not require a phytosanitary certificate 
to accompany fruits and vegetables imported into the United States 
except for certain fruits and vegetables grown in designated foreign 
regions. This rule will require that a phytosanitary certificate 
accompany noncommercial consignments of fresh fruits and vegetables 
imported into the United States by air passengers.

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Withdrawn: Canceled by the 
Program                         07/09/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Evelia Sosa
Phone: 301 734-8295

RIN: 0579-AB18
_______________________________________________________________________

203. CITRUS CANKER; QUARANTINE OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA

Legal Authority: 7 USC 7701 to 7772; 7 USC 7781 to 7786

Abstract: This action follows an interim rule that amended the citrus 
canker regulations to list the entire State of Florida as a quarantined 
area for citrus canker and amended the requirements for the movement of 
regulated articles from Florida now that the eradication of citrus 
canker in Florida is no longer being carried out as an objective. It 
also amended the regulations to allow regulated articles

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that would not otherwise be eligible for interstate movement to be 
moved to a port for immediate export. These changes were necessary in 
light of the Department's determination that the established 
eradication program was no longer a scientifically feasible option to 
address citrus canker.

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Withdrawn: No Action Anticipated 
Within the Next 12 Months       08/10/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Stephen Poe
Phone: 301 734-4387

RIN: 0579-AC07
_______________________________________________________________________

204. MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE TRANSPORT OF ANIMALS

Legal Authority: 7 USC 2131 to 2159

Abstract: This rulemaking would amend the Animal Welfare Act 
regulations by adding minimum age and weaning requirements for the 
transport in commerce of animals. The regulations currently contain 
such requirements for dogs and cats, but no corresponding ones for 
other regulated animals, despite the risks associated with the early 
transport of these species. The rule would also provide an exemption to 
allow animals to be transported without their mothers for medical 
treatment and for scientific research before reaching the minimum age 
and weaning requirement, provided certain conditions are met. 
Establishing minimum age requirements for the transport of animals and 
providing for the transport of animals that have not met the minimum 
age requirements are necessary to help ensure the humane treatment of 
these animals.

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Withdrawn: No Action Anticipated 
Within the Next 12 Months       08/10/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Barbara Kohn
Phone: 301 734-7833

RIN: 0579-AC14
_______________________________________________________________________

205. IMPORTATION OF LEMONS FROM NORTHWEST ARGENTINA

Legal Authority: 7 USC 450; 7 USC 7701 to 7772; 7 USC 7781 to 7786; 21 
USC 136 and 136a

Abstract: This rulemaking would amend the fruits and vegetables 
regulations to allow the importation of lemons from northwest Argentina 
into the continental United States. Lemons from northwest Argentina 
would be required to be imported in commercial consignments, produced 
and packed under specified conditions, treated with a surface 
disinfectant and inspected for quarantine pests before shipping, and 
accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate. This action would allow for 
the importation of lemons from northwest Argentina into the United 
States while continuing to provide protection against the introduction 
of quarantine pests.

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Withdrawn: No Action Anticipated 
Within the Next 12 Months       08/18/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Meredith Jones
Phone: 301 734-7467

RIN: 0579-AC79
_______________________________________________________________________

206. SIREX WOODWASP; QUARANTINE AND REGULATIONS

Legal Authority: 7 USC 7701 to 7772; 7 USC 7781 to 7786; 21 USC 136 and 
136a

Abstract: This rulemaking will quarantine counties in Michigan, New 
Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Vermont because of the Sirex 
woodwasp and establish restrictions on the interstate movement of 
regulated articles from these quarantined areas. This action is 
necessary on an emergency basis to prevent the artificial spread of 
this plant pest to noninfested areas of the United States.

Completed:
________________________________________________________________________

Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Withdrawn: Canceled by the 
Program                         07/09/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Lynn Evans-Goldner
Phone: 301 734-7228

RIN: 0579-AC86
BILLING CODE 3410--34--S
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Agriculture (USDA)                       Final Rule Stage
Rural Housing Service (RHS)
_______________________________________________________________________

207. GUARANTEED SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSING

Legal Authority: 5 USC 301; 7 USC 1989; 42 USC 1480

Abstract: The Guaranteed Single-Family Housing program will provide 
better clarity and consistency within the program. The action is taken 
to update the regulations to current mortgage industry standards and 
provide more guidance on program oversight and monitoring.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/15/99                    64 FR 70124
NPRM Comment Period End         02/14/00
Final Action                    12/00/10
Final Action Effective          01/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Joaquin Tremols, Acting Director, Single-Family Housing 
Guaranteed Loan Division, Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing 
Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0784, Washington, DC 20250
Phone: 202 720-1465
Fax: 202 205-2476
Email: joaquin.tremols@wdc.usda.gov

RIN: 0575-AC18
BILLING CODE 3410--XV--S

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_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Agriculture (USDA)                    Proposed Rule Stage
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
_______________________________________________________________________

208. MANDATORY INSPECTION OF CATFISH AND CATFISH PRODUCTS

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 18 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 0583-AD36
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Agriculture (USDA)                       Final Rule Stage
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
_______________________________________________________________________

209. PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF PROCESSED MEAT AND 
POULTRY PRODUCTS; CONTROL OF LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES IN READY-TO-EAT MEAT 
AND POULTRY PRODUCTS

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 21 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 0583-AC46
_______________________________________________________________________

210. FEDERAL-STATE INTERSTATE SHIPMENT COOPERATIVE INSPECTION PROGRAM

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 24 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 0583-AD37
_______________________________________________________________________

211. NEW FORMULAS FOR CALCULATING THE BASETIME, OVERTIME, HOLIDAY, AND 
LABORATORY SERVICES RATES; RATE CHANGES BASED ON THE FORMULAS; AND 
INCREASED FEES FOR THE ACCREDITED LABORATORY PROGRAM

Legal Authority: 7 USC 1621 et seq; 21 USC 601 et seq; 21 USC 451 et 
seq; 21 USC 1031 et seq

Abstract: FSIS is amending its regulations to establish formulas for 
calculating the rates that it charges meat and poultry establishments, 
egg products plants, and importers and exporters for providing 
voluntary, overtime, and holiday inspection, and identification, 
certification, and laboratory services. FSIS will publish the rates 
annually in Federal Register notices prior to the start of each 
calendar year and will apply them on the first FSIS pay period at the 
beginning of the calendar year. The Agency is also increasing the 
codified flat annual fee for its Accredited Laboratory Program for FY 
2012 and FY 2013.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/08/09                    74 FR 51800
NPRM Comment Period End         11/09/09
Final Action                    12/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Rachel Edelstein, Director, Policy Issuances Division, 
Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250
Phone: 202 720-0399
Fax: 202 690-0486
Email: rachel.edelstein@fsis.usda.gov

RIN: 0583-AD40
_______________________________________________________________________

212.  CHANGES TO THE SCHEDULE OF OPERATIONS 
REGULATIONS

Legal Authority: 21 USC 601 ; 21 USC 451

Abstract: FSIS is proposing to amend the meat, poultry products, and 
egg products regulations pertaining to the schedule of operations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/09/10                    75 FR 47726
NPRM Comment Period End         09/08/10
Final Action                    12/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Rachel Edelstein, Director, Policy Issuances Division, 
Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250
Phone: 202 720-0399
Fax: 202 690-0486
Email: rachel.edelstein@fsis.usda.gov

RIN: 0583-AD42
BILLING CODE 3410--DM--S
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Agriculture (USDA)                    Proposed Rule Stage
Forest Service (FS)
_______________________________________________________________________

213. SPECIAL AREAS; STATE-SPECIFIC INVENTORIED ROADLESS AREA MANAGEMENT: 
COLORADO

Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined

Abstract: On April 11, 2007, Governor of Colorado Ritter submitted a 
petition under the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 
U.S.C. 553(e)) and Agriculture Department regulation (7 CFR 1.28) to 
promulgate regulations, in cooperation with the State, for the 
management of inventoried roadless areas within the State of Colorado. 
After review and recommendation by the Roadless Area Conservation 
National Advisory Committee, the Secretary accepted the Governor's 
petition and initiated a proposed rulemaking for inventoried roadless 
areas in Colorado. The proposed rulemaking would manage Colorado's 
inventoried roadless areas by prohibiting road building and tree 
cutting, with some exceptions, on 4.1 million acres of inventoried 
roadless areas in Colorado. The 4.1 million acres reflect the most 
updated IRA boundaries for Colorado, which incorporate planning rule 
revisions since 2001 on several Colorado national forests. Inventoried 
roadless areas that

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are allocated to ski area special uses (approximately 10,000 acres) 
would also be removed from roadless designation. Road construction and 
reconstruction plus timber harvesting would be prohibited in 
inventoried roadless areas, with some exceptions, on the Arapaho-
Roosevelt, Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre, Gunnison, Manti-La Sal, Pike-San 
Isabel, Rio Grande, Routt, San Juan, and White River National Forests 
in Colorado. Exceptions to the prohibitions would be allowed for 
certain health, safety, valid existing rights, resource protection, and 
ecological management needs.
Web site: http://roadless.fs.fed.us

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/25/08                    73 FR 43544
NPRM Comment Period End         10/23/08
Second NPRM                     01/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Lorrie Parker, Regulatory Analyst, Department of 
Agriculture, Forest Service, ATTN: ORMS, D&R Branch, 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-0003
Phone: 202 205-6560
Fax: 202 205-6539
Email: lsparker@fs.fed.us

RIN: 0596-AC74
BILLING CODE 3410--11--S
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Agriculture (USDA)                    Proposed Rule Stage
Office of the Secretary (AgSEC)
_______________________________________________________________________

214. DESIGNATION OF BIOBASED ITEMS FOR FEDERAL PROCUREMENT, ROUND 7

Legal Authority: PL 110-246

Abstract: Designates bath products; concrete and asphalt cleaners, 
including microbial and non-microbial concrete and asphalt cleaners as 
subcategories; corrosion removers; dishwashing detergents; floor 
cleaners and protectors; hair cleaning products, including shampoos and 
conditioners as subcategories; microbial cleaners; oven and grill 
cleaners; slide way lubricants; and thermal shipping containers, 
including durable and non-durable thermal shipping containers as 
subcategories.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/23/10                    75 FR 71492
NPRM Comment Period End         01/24/11
Final Action                    06/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Ron Buckhalt, Manager, BioPreferred Program, Office of 
Procurement and Policy Management, Department of Agriculture, 361 
Reporters Building, 300 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20250
Phone: 202 205-4008
Fax: 202 720-8972
Email: ronb.buckhalt@da.usda.gov

RIN: 0503-AA36
_______________________________________________________________________

215. DESIGNATION OF BIOBASED ITEMS FOR FEDERAL PROCUREMENT, ROUND 8

Legal Authority: PL 110-246

Abstract: Designates an additional 15 groups of biobased products for 
preferred procurement.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Ron Buckhalt, Manager, BioPreferred Program, Office of 
Procurement and Policy Management, Department of Agriculture, 361 
Reporters Building, 300 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20250
Phone: 202 205-4008
Fax: 202 720-8972
Email: ronb.buckhalt@da.usda.gov

RIN: 0503-AA39
_______________________________________________________________________

216. REVISED PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Legal Authority: PL 110-246

Abstract: The 2008 Farm Bill requires USDA to address how the 
BioPreferred Program will designate complex products and intermediate 
materials and feed stocks and make other changes to update program 
guidelines.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Ron Buckhalt, Manager, BioPreferred Program, Office of 
Procurement and Policy Management, Department of Agriculture, 361 
Reporters Building, 300 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20250
Phone: 202 205-4008
Fax: 202 720-8972
Email: ronb.buckhalt@da.usda.gov

RIN: 0503-AA40
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Department of Agriculture (USDA)                       Final Rule Stage
Office of the Secretary (AgSEC)
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217. VOLUNTARY LABELING PROGRAM FOR DESIGNATED BIOBASED PRODUCTS

Legal Authority: PL 110-246

Abstract: The purpose of the program is to provide a ``USDA Certified 
Biobased Product'' label for use on biobased products meeting certain 
criteria to be established in the proposed rule, to specify those 
criteria for gaining use of the label, establish a system to make the 
label available to manufacturers and vendors of biobased products, and 
to establish the labeling program.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            07/31/09                    74 FR 38296

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NPRM Comment Period End         09/29/09
Final Action                    12/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Ron Buckhalt, Manager, BioPreferred Program, Office of 
Procurement and Policy Management, Department of Agriculture, 361 
Reporters Building, 300 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20250
Phone: 202 205-4008
Fax: 202 720-8972
Email: ronb.buckhalt@da.usda.gov

RIN: 0503-AA35
[FR Doc. 2010-30451 Filed 12-17-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-90-S