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Agriculture Department -- Rules of Practice and Procedures To Formulate or Amend a Marketing Agreement, a Marketing Order, or Certain Research and Promotion Orders2017-Dec-112017-26718The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting a final rule to amend the definition of ``judge'' in the rules of practice and procedure to formulate or amend a marketing agreement, marketing order, or certain research and promotion orders. The new definition adds a presiding official appointed by the Secretary, as well as an administrative law judge, as an official who may preside over the rulemaking hearing.
Agriculture Department -- Provisions for Removing Commodity Research and Promotion Board Members and Staff2016-Nov-232016-28050This proposal would amend the research and promotion orders-- or the regulations under the orders--overseen by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to provide uniform authority for the removal of board members and staff who fail to perform their duties or who engage in dishonest actions or willful misconduct. The removal provisions in 13 of the orders would be modified to allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action necessary to ensure the boards can continue to fulfill their intended purposes with minimal disruption. Removal provisions would be added to the six orders that do not currently provide for such action.
Agriculture Department -- Exemption of Organic Products From Assessment Under a Commodity Promotion Law2015-Dec-312015-32517This rule implements the provisions of section 10004 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 and modifies the organic assessment exemption regulations under 23 Federal marketing orders and 22 research and promotion programs (commodity promotion programs). This rule amends the current regulations to allow persons that produce, handle, market, process, manufacture, feed, or import ``organic'' and ``100 percent organic'' products to be exempt from paying assessments associated with commodity promotion activities, including paid advertising, conducted under a commodity promotion program administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), regardless of whether the person requesting the exemption also produces, handles, markets, processes, manufactures, feeds, or imports conventional or nonorganic products. Currently, only persons that exclusively produce and market products certified as 100 percent organic are eligible for an exemption from assessments under commodity promotion programs. This rule expands the exemption to cover all ``organic'' and ``100 percent organic'' products certified under the National Organic Program regardless of whether the person requesting the exemption also produces, handles, markets, processes, manufactures, feeds, or imports conventional or nonorganic products.
Agriculture Department -- Exemption of Organic Products From Assessment Under a Commodity Promotion Law2014-Dec-162014-29280This proposal would modify the organic assessment exemption regulations under 23 Federal marketing orders and 22 research and promotion programs. The current regulations would be amended to allow persons that produce, handle, market, or import certified organic products to be exempt from paying assessments associated with commodity promotion activities, including paid advertising, conducted under a commodity promotion program administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The exemption would cover all ``organic'' and ``100 percent organic'' products certified under the National Organic Program regardless of whether the person requesting the exemption also produces, handles, markets, or imports conventional or nonorganic products. Currently, only persons that exclusively produce and market products certified as 100 percent organic are eligible for an exemption from assessments under commodity promotion programs. The authority for this proposal is in section 10004 of the Agricultural Act of 2014.
Agriculture Department -- Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Amendment No. 2 to Change the Name of the U.S.A. Cultivated Blueberry Council and Increase Membership; Correction2006-Dec-2606-9862The Agricultural Marketing Service published in the Federal Register on August 7, 2006, a final rule that changed the title of the U.S.A. Cultivated Blueberry Council (USACBC) to the ``U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council'' (Council) and added a member and alternate to represent the state of Washington. However, inaccurate amendatory language was used to make the change to the Council's name. In addition, an incorrect acronym used in Sec. 1218.78 prevented its removal and replacement and a heading preceding Sec. 1218.40 in the final rule was published with a repetitive word. This document corrects the error.
Agriculture Department -- Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Amendment No. 2 To Change the Name of the U.S.A. Cultivated Blueberry Council and Increase Membership2006-Aug-076-12760This final rule changes the title of the U.S.A. Cultivated Blueberry Council to the ``U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council'' (Council). The purpose of this change is to avoid any confusion in the industry regarding the specific type of blueberry and industry segment represented by the Council. Additionally, this change makes the name of the Council consistent with industry nomenclature, and adds one member and alternate to the Council to represent the state of Washington--the sixth largest highbush blueberry producing state.
Agriculture Department -- Exempting Organic Producers From Assessment by Research and Promotion Programs2005-Jan-1405-573This final rule amends all 17 commodity research and promotion orders and/or rules and regulations to exempt any person receiving and handling solely 100 percent organic products from paying assessments to any research and promotion program administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). To obtain an exemption, the person must operate under an approved organic system plan authorized by the National Organic Program (NOP) and produce and market only products that are eligible for a 100 percent organic label under the NOP. A separate final rule to exempt any person producing and marketing solely 100 percent organic products from paying assessments for market promotion activities under certain marketing order programs administered by AMS is also being published in today's Federal Register.
Agriculture Department -- Proposed Rule To Exempt Organic Producers From Assessment by Research and Promotion Programs2004-Apr-2604-9259This proposed rule would exempt any person producing and marketing solely 100 percent organic products from paying assessments to any research and promotion program administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). A proposed rule to exempt any person producing and marketing solely 100 percent organic products from paying assessments to certain marketing order programs administered by AMS was published previously in the Federal Register.
Agriculture Department -- Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Amendment No. 2 To Change the Name of the U.S.A. Cultivated Blueberry Council and Increase Membership2003-Mar-1203-5844The purpose of this rule is to seek comments on changing the title of the U.S.A. Cultivated Blueberry Council to the ``U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council'' (Council) to help avoid any further confusion in the industry regarding the specific type of blueberry and industry segment represented by the Council, and to make the name of the Council consistent with industry nomenclature and to add one member and alternate to the Council to represent the state of Washington-the sixth largest highbush blueberry producing state.
Agriculture Department -- Rules of Practice and Procedure Governing Proceedings Under Research, Promotion, and Education Programs2002-Jul-0202-16477The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is amending the Rules of Practice and Procedure Governing Proceedings under Research, Promotion, and Education Programs to make the headings for Part 1200 and its subparts more reflective of the programs covered by them; to delete inapplicable statutes from one subpart and to add three statutes to the other subpart; to redesignate subpart headings; to arrange the definitions in each subpart in alphabetical order; and to remove an incorrect citation. This rule also makes several minor and non-substantive changes for clarity and uniformity of style. These changes will make the rules of practice more accurate and easier to follow.
Agriculture Department -- Rules of Practice2002-Mar-1102-5368The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is amending the Rules of Practice Governing Proceedings on Petitions To Modify or To Be Exempted From Marketing Orders and the Rules of Practice Governing Proceedings on Petitions To Modify or To Be Exempted From Research, Promotion and Education Programs. AMS also is amending the Rules of Practice and Procedure Governing Proceedings To Formulate Marketing Agreements and Marketing Orders and the Rules of Practice and Procedure Governing Proceedings To Formulate and Amend an Order. This final rule amends the Rules of Practice Governing Proceedings on Petitions To Modify or To Be Exempted From Marketing Orders and the Rules of Practice Governing Proceedings on Petitions To Modify or To Be Exempted From Research, Promotion and Education Programs: To provide that transcripts and exhibits do not have to be kept on file in the Office of the Hearing Clerk during the active status of a proceeding; to provide that transcripts may be obtained at the cost of duplication; to provide that the date of filing an appeal petition is the date the appeal petition is filed with the Hearing Clerk; to eliminate the postmark as an effective date of filing documents or papers; to provide that when the time for filing a document or paper expires on a Saturday, the time allowed for filing the document or paper shall be extended to include the following business day; and to provide that the time for filing a motion to dismiss or an answer is within 30 days after the service of the petition. This rule also amends the Rules of Practice and Procedure Governing Proceedings To Formulate Marketing Agreements and Marketing Orders and the Rules of Practice and Procedure Governing Proceedings To Formulate and Amend an Order to provide that: Transcripts may be obtained at the cost of duplication; to eliminate the postmark as an effective date of filing documents or papers; to provide that when the time for filing a document or paper expires on a Saturday, the time allowed for filing the document or paper shall be extended to include the following business day. AMS also is making a number of minor and non-substantive changes for clarity and uniformity of style. These amendments are necessary in order to expedite proceedings and save the United States and those who participate in the proceedings time and money.
Agriculture Department -- Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Amendment No. 12001-Jul-1701-17767This rule changes the title of the U.S.A. Blueberry Council to the ``U.S.A. Cultivated Blueberry Council'' (Council). The purpose of this change is to avoid confusion in the industry and to clarify that only cultivated blueberries are covered by this program.
Agriculture Department -- Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Amendment No. 1 to Revise the Name of the Program2000-Sep-2100-24219The purpose of this rule is to seek comments on changing the title of the Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order to the ``Promotion, Research, and Information Order for Cultivated Blueberries'' and the title for the U.S.A. Blueberry Council (USABC) to the ``U.S.A. Cultivated Blueberry Council (USACBC).'' In addition, this rule would change every reference to blueberries in the Order to ``cultivated blueberries.'' The purpose of these changes is to help avoid confusion in the industry regarding the types of blueberries covered by the program.
Agriculture Department -- Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order2000-Jul-1700-17956This rule establishes a Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order) under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996. Under the Order, cultivated blueberry producers and importers will pay an assessment of $12 per ton, which will be paid to the U.S.A. Blueberry Council (USABC). Producers and importers of less than 2,000 pounds of fresh and processed cultivated blueberries annually will be exempt from the assessment. First handlers will remit the assessments to the USABC. The USABC will use the funds collected to conduct a generic program of promotion, research, consumer information, and industry information to maintain and expand markets for cultivated blueberries. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA or the Department) conducted a referendum among eligible producers and importers of cultivated blueberries to determine whether they favor the implementation of the Order. The Order was approved by a majority of those voting who also represented a majority of the pounds of cultivated blueberries represented in the referendum.
Agriculture Department -- Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Reopening and Extension of Voting Period2000-Apr-0400-8297This action reopens and extends the voting period for the referendum during which cultivated blueberry producers and importers will vote on whether the Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order will become effective. The voting period has been extended an additional 21 days to conclude on April 14, 2000, rather than on March 24, 2000. This action will better facilitate voter participation.
Agriculture Department -- Proposed Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order2000-Feb-1500-3405This proposed rule would establish an industry-funded promotion, research, and information program for cultivated blueberries. A proposed program--the Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order)--was submitted to USDA by the North American Blueberry Council, Inc. Under the Order, blueberry producers and importers would pay an assessment of $12 per ton, which would be paid to the proposed U.S.A. Blueberry Council. Producers and importers of less than 2,000 pounds of fresh and processed blueberries annually would be exempt from the assessment. The proposed program would be implemented under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 (Act). In addition, the USDA is announcing that a referendum will be conducted among eligible blueberry producers and importers to determine whether they favor the implementation of the program.
Agriculture Department -- Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Referendum Procedures2000-Feb-1500-3404The purpose of this rule is to establish procedures which the Department of Agriculture (USDA or the Department) will use in conducting a referendum to determine whether the issuance of the proposed Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order) is favored by the blueberry industry. The Order will be implemented if it is approved by a majority of producers and importers who also represent a majority of the volume of blueberries represented in the referendum. These procedures would also be used for any subsequent referendum under the Order, if it is approved in the initial referendum. The Order is being published in a separate document. This proposed program would be implemented under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 (Act).
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