[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 86 (Wednesday, May 5, 2010)]
[Page 24569]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-10561]



Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2010-0050]

Animal Traceability; Public Meetings

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of public meetings.


SUMMARY: This is a notice to inform the public of three upcoming 
meetings in Kansas City, MO, Riverdale, MD, and Denver, CO, to provide 
an opportunity for stakeholders to offer their input on the new 
framework being developed for animal disease traceability. Additional 
meetings are currently being planned and will be announced in a future 
notice. The meetings are being organized by the Animal and Plant Health 
Inspection Service.

DATES: The meetings will be held on May 11, May 13, and May 17, 2010, 
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting on May 11, 2010, will be held at the 
Holiday Inn Kansas City SE--Waterpark, 9103 East 39th Street, Kansas 
City, MO 64133. The public meeting on May 13, 2010, will be held at the 
USDA Center at Riverside, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD 20737. The 
public meeting on May 17, 2010, will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 
Denver International Airport, 15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver, CO 80239.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Neil Hammerschmidt, Program 
Manager, Animal Disease Traceability, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 
46, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-5571.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is 
currently developing a new, flexible framework for animal disease 
traceability in the United States. In keeping with its commitment to 
partnering with States, Tribal Nations, and industry to address many of 
the details of the infrastructure of this program, including possible 
regulations, the USDA took the initial step of hosting a State/Tribal 
forum on animal disease traceability in Kansas City, MO, on March 18 
and 19, 2010. Information on the proceedings of the State/Tribal forum 
is available to the public for review and comment at (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability/forum/index.shtml). We are now planning 
to host three public meetings to discuss animal disease traceability. 
The meetings have been set for Kansas City, MO, Riverdale, MD, and 
Denver, CO (see ADDRESSES).
    Tentative topics to be discussed at the upcoming meetings include:
    1. The framework for a proposed animal disease traceability rule.
    2. Specific details that would help form the animal disease 
traceability rule.
    Written statements on meeting topics, as well as on the proceedings 
of the March 2010 State/Tribal forum, may be filed with the USDA 
through May 31, 2010, via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at (http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2010-0050) or by sending them to the 
person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Please refer to 
Docket No. APHIS-2010-0050 when submitting your statements.
    Travel directions to the USDA Center at Riverside are available on 
the Internet at (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/general_info/directions_riverdale.shtml). Picture identification is required to 
gain access to the building. Parking is available next to the building 
for a $4 fee. The nearest Metro station is the College Park station on 
the Green Line, which is within walking distance.
    For the Denver meeting, there will be a free hotel shuttle to and 
from Denver International Airport.
    Done in Washington, DC, this 30\th\ day of April 2010.

Gregory L. Parham
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-10561 Filed 5-4-10; 7:19 am]