Public Meetings, Congressional Hearings, Calls for Comments

 FOOD & AGRICULTURE 

  • Grain prices tumbled to their lowest levels in years last Friday, extending a weeks-long rout after the USDA projected that supplies will significantly exceed expectations. Read more 
  • A $30.2 billion natural resources bill cleared the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday after a spirited, sometimes brass knuckle fight over dozens of Republican riders challenging President Barack Obama's environmental and wildlife agenda. Read more 
  • A bipartisan bill was introduced July 16 that would alleviate concerns raised by a broad range of futures market participants - including farmers and ranchers, grain merchants and futures brokers - regarding the so-called "residual interest" provision in a rule finalized last fall by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Read more 
  • Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Reps. Lois Capps (D-CA) and Grace Meng (D-NY) are calling for a ban on Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to harden plastics and commonly found in food packaging. Read more 
  • The USDA is backing down from a GMO disclosure rule that would have provided state regulators with critical information about the genetically modified organisms that farmers use to spray their crops. Read more 
  • Last week, ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's promoted a special flavor, "Food Fight Fudge Brownie," on Capitol Hill, to support labeling mandates for genetically modified food. The company committed earlier this year to phasing out any ingredients in its products derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  Read more
  • Cargill announced this week that it will stop using antibiotics for growth promotion in raising its turkeys. Read more  
  • Food & Water Watch (FWW) continues to prod the USDA about shortages of food safety inspectors. Read more 
  • A member of Congress and several food and worker safety groups are calling for the USDA to publicly release a copy of a proposed rule that would dramatically change how chickens and turkeys are inspected in U.S. slaughterhouses. Read more
  • Nutrition standards for school lunches have turned into one of the most contentious issues in this year's appropriations debate. The lunch standards helped prompt House leaders to abruptly pull the Agriculture spending bill from the House floor last month, and they are shaping up as a potentially big vote in the Senate too. Read more
  • School officials try healthier cafeteria options. Read more
  • White House asked to stay away from school nutrition summit. Read more 
  • Record U.S. soybean production spurs storage space crunch. Read more 
  • The American Farm Bureau Federation says last Friday's crop report from USDA presents a mixed bag of projections on top crops grown by the nation's farmers. Read more
  • In 2010, eggs produced by farms owned by Jack DeCoster in Iowa sickened at least 2,000 people with Salmonella. The companies recalled 550 million eggs nationwide. In June, 2014, Austin "Jack" DeCoster, 79, and Peter DeCoster, 50, agreed to pay $7 million in fines and forfeitures as part of a federal criminal case. Read more
  • Some butterflies would enjoy added protections under proposed rules from the Obama administration. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced Monday it is considering designating a critical habitat for the endangered Mount Charleston blue butterfly. Read more
  • The USDA submitted a draft final version of its Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review last Thursday. Read more
  • California's agricultural industry is facing $1 billion in lost revenue this year from the state's worst drought in decades and could pay about $500 million for additional groundwater pumping, a new study said. Read more
  • An ethanol plant in Nebraska corn country is pumping out fuel made from sugar beets, and corn farmers are suing to stop it - a small-town dispute that offers an unusual take on the debate over the market-distorting impact of sugar and corn subsidies. Read more 
  • After a months-long investigation, Harvest Public Media and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found that in all, at least 600 groups lobbied on the Farm Bill and associated issues during the drafting process, between 2012 and the first part of 2014. Read more

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  • Less than one week after ceasing operations, Crumbs Bake Shop has unveiled a Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan that includes a prearranged sale to a group fronted by celebrity investor Marcus Lemonis. Read more
  • Bojangles' Restaurants Inc. opened its 600th location of Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits earlier this month, a milestone toward the company's goal of reaching 1,000 units by 2020 and $1 billion in annual systemwide sales it projects to hit by the third quarter of this year. Read more
  • Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don't tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is necessary to help consumers make healthy choices at the supermarket. They'd like to see labels on the front of packages and a clearer statement of which ingredients are good and which should be avoided. Read more
  • A proposal to overhaul nutrition labels on packaged foods sold in the United States does not go far enough to influence consumer choices and reduce obesity, a former FDA commissioner said in an article published on Wednesday. Read more 
  • The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would ease requirements for a veterinarian to dispense controlled substances. Read more 
  • U.S. Agriculture Rural Development Administrator for Rural Housing Services and Community Facilities Tony Hernandez announced $4.3 million to expand health care services and create local jobs in eastern Kentucky. The funds will increase hospital capacity, expand health care services, and create continued economic opportunity in the region. Read more
  • The FDA announced the availability of updated data for its Total Diet Study (TDS), an ongoing program that measures levels of certain chemical contaminants and nutrients in foods. The newly available data provide findings from foods collected from 2006 to 2011. Read more
  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of more than $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states and an additional $1.25 million for nine wood energy projects. Read more
  • Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is investing $263.3 million to help modernize and improve the reliability of rural electric systems in eight states. Read more 
  • The USDA announced that approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance, making certification more accessible than ever for small certified producers and handlers. Read more
  • The USDA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of 10 projects that are being awarded funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower, and biobased products. Read more

TRADE & INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURE NEWS

  • The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled against the United States in a trade dispute with China. The body has found US punitive duties slapped on some Chinese imports 'inconsistent' with global trade rules. Read more 
  • World food output is on track to meet the needs of a growing population after a decade punctuated by supply concerns, the OECD and U.N. food agency (FAO) said on Friday. Read more 
  • Japan should show "more flexibility" in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations for regional free trade, U.S. National Pork Producers Council Vice President Nick Giordano said Thursday. Read more
  • Globe-trotting GMO bananas arrive for their first test in Iowa. Read more 
  • An international team of researchers has discovered honey bee colonies in Newfoundland, Canada, that are free of the invasive parasites - like the Varroa mite - that affect honey bees elsewhere in the world. Read more 
  • Germany's fear of 'chlorine chicken' complicates U.S. trade talks. Read more  
  • Emerging economies are at odds with developed countries in negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, clashing over the reform of their state-run firms to ensure a fair playing field for foreign capital. Read more
  • Europeans store their eggs at room temperature, while Americans refrigerate them. This is something that inspires some American tourists on their return home to adapt a more Continental attitude to the storage of eggs. Bad idea. Read more
  • North Korea pushes farmers for more. Read more
  • JBS Foods, a subsidiary of Brazilian meat and poultry processor JBS SA, has signed a binding agreement with Ceu Azul Alimentos Ltda., and its related companies and individuals, to acquire two poultry processing plants, including two feed mills and three incubators. Read more
  • U.S. officials confiscated 67 giant African snails at the Los Angeles International Airport on July 1, citing a triple threat to public health, agriculture and the economy. Read more 
  • General Mills inaugurated the company's first innovation, technology and quality center in China, signaling a commitment to drive greater innovation and investment in one of the company's largest growth markets.  Read more 
  • View the testimony of Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Michael Punke Before the House Committee on Ways & Means Subcommittee on Trade. 
  • The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has started a review of electronic trading hours in its cattle and hog contracts, it said on Tuesday, and trade sources said talks have focused on reducing hours to keep the contracts attractive. Read more 
  • The United States will insist that India and other World Trade Organization members stick to promises around a global deal to lower trade barriers and speed up the passage of goods through customs, a top trade official said on Wednesday. Read more
  • More pigs from Europe and Mexico could be heading to Japan, the world's largest pork importer, as a hog virus outbreak is driving up domestic prices, according to the country's Agriculture Ministry. Read more 
  • Australia's Senate has voted to repeal the carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters passed by the previous Labor government. Read more 
  • Mexico is restricting television advertising for high-calorie food and soft drinks, as part of its campaign against obesity, the government says. Read more 
  • The American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Milk Producers Federation this week endorsed a draft plan for allowing the U.S. and Canada to cope with an outbreak of a serious foreign animal contagion, such as foot-and-mouth disease, suggesting the plan is a template for similar strategies involving other important export markets.

The plan, drafted by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, calls for the United States and Canada to recognize each other's efforts to control an outbreak, while regionalizing how the outbreak is handled, so as to allow continued trade with disease-free areas of the country. Read more

  • South Korea will on Friday announce plans to scrap caps on rice imports from the start of 2015, instead managing shipments into the country using a system of steep tariffs, domestic media including the state Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday. Read more
  • An impasse between U.S.-based Monsanto Co and soybean buyers in Brazil over royalty payments on a new seed technology may complicate the country's sales of the upcoming oilseed crop. Read more
  • Brazil hopes that during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping it can boost ties with its biggest trade partner beyond the exchange of commodities for manufactured goods, but that may be wishful thinking. Read more
  • United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced that a WTO dispute settlement panel issued a mixed result, rejecting numerous claims brought by India in a challenge against U.S. trade remedy laws and determinations issued by the Department of Commerce regarding imports of certain steel products from India. Read more 
  • United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced that a WTO dispute settlement panel issued a mixed result in a broad challenge brought by China against various aspects of 17 separate countervailing duty investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Read more 

USDA REPORTS

WHITE HOUSE

  • Amid increasing Democratic opposition to expedited deportations of Central American minors, the president met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, while White House officials briefed senators on the administration's response to the surge. Read more
  • The president used stops in McLean, Va., and Wilmington, Del., to highlight technological innovations that improve transportation safety, as part of his broader push for highway funding. 

CONGRESS

  • The House approved on a 367-55 vote a $10.9 billion Highway Trust Fund bill authored by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., which would be funded through $6.4 billion in gains from pension-smoothing, $3.5 billion from customs fees, and $1 billion from a special fund dedicated to addressing leaking underground storage tanks. Read more
  • Legislation that would have required private employers to provide contraception coverage to women who could lose it as a result of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling failed to advance in the Senate amid Republican opposition, falling four votes short of the required 60. Read more
  • Forty-three ambassadorial nominees are awaiting Senate confirmation-a backlog that Secretary of State John Kerry says leaves the nation "without our strongest voice on the ground every day in more than 25 percent of the world." 

POLITICS

  • Alabama conservative activist Gary Palmer won the 6th District GOP runoff over state Rep. Paul DeMarco, and will face Democrat Avery Wise in November for the safely Republican seat currently held by Rep. Spencer Bachus. Read more
  • Former Baptist minister Mark Walker defeated Rockingham County prosecutor Phil Berger Jr., in the GOP runoff for the 6th District seat of Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., and will face Democrat Laura Field in the general election. Read more 
  • Attorneys for Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel plan to file a legal challenge to the results of his runoff against Sen. Thad Cochran within 10 days. Read more 

BUDGET & ECONOMY

  • Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen told members of the Senate Banking Committee that while the labor market is improving, "a high degree of monetary policy accommodation remains appropriate" until it becomes clear that the economy is on a solid footing. 
  • The BRICS emerging markets-Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa-agreed to launch a $100 billion fund dedicated to combating financial crises, and invest in the New Development Bank, which will offer infrastructure loans throughout the developing world. Read more
  • The Congressional Budget Office projects that by 2039, the federal budget deficit will reach 6.5 percent of the gross domestic product-a larger share than in any year from 1947 to 2008-while federal debt held by the public will reach 106 percent of GDP, up from the current 74 percent. Read more 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • A Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members crashed near Grabovo, in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian officials suggested the aircraft could have been shot down, and called for an investigation. Read more
  • The Ukrainian government accused Russia of shooting down a fighter jet in Ukrainian airspace late Wednesday, while the Kremlin denied involvement. Read more
  • Obama announced new sanctions aimed at preventing some Russian companies-including oil and gas producers-from obtaining long-term loans from American debt markets. Read more
  • The Pentagon estimates that there are now as many as 12,000 Russian troops along that country's border with Ukraine.  

HEALTH CARE

  • Following an anthrax scare in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention labs in Georgia last month, officials released a report Friday finding that labs in Atlanta improperly sent potentially deadly pathogens to other labs in five different incidents in the past 10 years. The agency halted operations in some labs as a result, and lawmakers slammed CDC Director Thomas Frieden on Wednesday on how the agency let poor handling of deadly pathogens continue in labs, despite years of warnings. Read more
  • Officials at the Food and Drug Administration announced that more than 300 other vials containing influenza, dengue, Q fever, rickettsia, and other possible viruses were found along with the six smallpox vials in the unused NIH storage room. Read more
  • All Senate Democrats voted in support of their bill to reverse the Hobby Lobby decision and require employers to cover contraception regardless of their religious beliefs, but the final vote of 56-43 fell short of the 60 needed to end debate and bring the measure to a vote. Read more

FOOD SAFETY 

July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 

Food and Nutrition Service Child and Adult Care Food Program: National Average Payment Rates, Day Care Home; Food Service Payment Rates, and Administrative Reimbursement Rates for Sponsoring Organizations of Day Care Homes for the Period July 1, 2014 Through June 30, 2015 
SUMMARY: This notice announces the annual adjustments to the national average payment rates for meals and snacks served in child care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, at-risk afterschool care centers, and adult day care centers; the food service payment rates for meals and snacks served in day care homes; and the administrative reimbursement rates for sponsoring organizations of day care homes, to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-16/html/2014-16718.htm 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
Food and Nutrition Service National School Lunch, Special Milk, and School Breakfast Programs: National Average Payments/Maximum Reimbursement Rates  
SUMMARY: This Notice announces the annual adjustments to the "national [[Page 41533]] average payments,'' the amount of money the Federal Government provides States for lunches, afterschool snacks and breakfasts served to children participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs; to the "maximum reimbursement rates,'' the maximum per lunch rate from Federal funds that a State can provide a school food authority for lunches served to children participating in the National School Lunch Program; and to the rate of reimbursement for a half-pint of milk served to non-needy children in a school or institution which participates in the Special Milk Program for Children. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-16/html/2014-16719.htm 

July 1, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
Food and Nutrition Service Food Distribution Program: Value of Donated Foods From July 1, 2014 Through June 30, 2015  
SUMMARY: This notice announces the national average value of donated foods or, where applicable, cash in lieu of donated foods, to be provided in school year 2015 (July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015) for each lunch served by schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and for each lunch and supper served by institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-15/html/2014-16550.htm 

July 7, 2014
INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Citric Acid and Certain Citrate Salts From Canada and China; Notice of Commission Determination To Conduct Full Five-Year Reviews  
SUMMARY: The Commission hereby gives notice that it will proceed with full reviews pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1675(c)) to determine whether revocation of the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on citric acid and certain citrate salts from Canada and China would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-18/html/2014-16930.htm 

July 14, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Certain Frozen Fish Fillets From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Preliminary Intent To Rescind Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review; 2012-2013 
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce ("the Department'') is conducting a new shipper review ("NSR'') of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen fish fillets from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam ("Vietnam''). 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-14/html/2014-16422.htm 

July 15, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE  
Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp From Thailand: Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2013-2014  
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) is rescinding the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from Thailand for the period February 1, 2013, through January 31, 2014.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-15/html/2014-16591.htm 

August 11, 2014
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY   Labeling of Pesticide Products and Devices for Export; Clarification of Requirements  
SUMMARY: EPA is proposing to amend the regulations that pertain to the labeling of pesticide products and devices that are intended solely for export. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-11/html/2014-16274.htm 

September 12, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Health and Diet Survey, as Used by the Food and Drug Administration   
SUMMARY: The FDA is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the Agency. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-14/html/2014-16384.htm 
  
September 15, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request--Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training Study  
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on the proposed information collection. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-15/html/2014-16586.htm   

September 16, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE  
Importation of Apples From China
SUMMARY: We are proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of fresh apples (Malus pumila) from China into the continental United States. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-18/html/2014-16923.htm  

MEETINGS

July 17 & July 31, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 

National Institute of Food and Agriculture Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding Centers of Excellence, Implementation  
SUMMARY: As part of the NIFA strategy to successfully implement Section 7214 of Public Law 113-79, the Agricultural Act of 2014, NIFA is soliciting stakeholder input on how it will provide priority to Centers of Excellence in the receipt of funding from its competitive research or extension programs. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-15/html/2014-16614.htm 

July 30, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR  
Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council 
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a public meeting of the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (Council). 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-15/html/2014-16541.htm 

September 29 & 30, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 
Food Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory of the FDA. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-17/html/2014-16777.htm 

MARKETING

July 17, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE  
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, California; Revision of Assessment Requirements  
SUMMARY: This rule revises the rules and regulations of the California date marketing order (order) to impose interest and late payment charges on overdue handler assessments. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-16/html/2014-16637.htm 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE  
Oranges and Grapefruit Grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas and Imported Oranges; Change in Size Requirements for Oranges
SUMMARY: The USDA is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that relaxed the minimum size prescribed for oranges under the marketing order for oranges and grapefruit grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas (order) and the orange import regulation. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-16/html/2014-16638.htm  

July 21, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE  
Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington and Imported Potatoes; Modification of the Handling Regulations, Reporting Requirements, and Import Regulations for Red Types of Potatoes  
SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that exempted red types of potatoes from minimum quality, maturity, pack, marking, and inspection requirements of the Washington potato marketing order and the potato import regulation for the 2013-2014 and subsequent fiscal periods. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-16/html/2014-16635.htm 

OTHER ITEMS

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY  
Registration Review; Pesticide Dockets Opened for Review and Comment; Correction   
SUMMARY: EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of June 25, 2014, concerning the opening for public comment period for several registration reviews. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-16/html/2014-16570.htm 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 
Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations; Correction   
SUMMARY: EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register of June 11, 2014, concerning receipt of requests to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-16/html/2014-16457.htm 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES  
Small Entity Compliance Guide: Requirements for the Submission of Data Needed To Calculate User Fees for Domestic Manufacturers and Importers of Tobacco Products; Availability  
SUMMARY: The FDA is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry entitled "Requirements for the Submission of Data Needed to Calculate User Fees for Domestic Manufacturers and Importers of Tobacco Products--Small Entity Compliance Guide'' for a final rule published in the Federal Register of July 10, 2014. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-16/html/2014-16590.htm 

July 11, 2014
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY  
Withdrawal of Labeling of Pesticide Products and Devices for Export  
SUMMARY: In the Federal Register of April 30, 2014, EPA published a direct final rule amending the regulations that pertain to the labeling of pesticide products and devices intended solely for export. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-11/html/2014-16275.htm 

July 15, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 
Current Good Manufacturing Practices, Quality Control Procedures, Quality Factors, Notification Requirements, and Records and Reports, for Infant Formula; Correction
SUMMARY: The FDA is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of June 10, 2014. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-15/html/2014-16476.htm 

July 16, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
Nondiscrimination in Programs or Activities Conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture  
SUMMARY: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA or Department) is amending its regulation on nondiscrimination in programs or activities conducted by the Department. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-16/html/2014-16325.htm 
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Coco alkyl dimethyl amines; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance  
SUMMARY: This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of coco alkyl dimethyl amines (CAS Reg. No. 61788-93-0) when used as an inert ingredient (emulsifier) in pesticide formulations applied to crops preharvest at a concentration not to exceed 0.5% by weight. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-16/html/2014-16463.htm 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY  
Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations  
SUMMARY: This notice announces EPA's order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 of Unit II., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-16/html/2014-16458.htm 

July 18, 2014
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY   
Zoxamide; Pesticide Tolerances  
SUMMARY: This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of zoxamide in or on onion, bulb, subgroup 3-07A. Gowan Company requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).  
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-18/html/2014-16807.htm 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY  
Polyoxyalkylated Trimethylopropanes; Tolerance Exemption  
SUMMARY: This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of polyoxyalkylated trimethylopropanes with 20 to 80 moles of ethylene and/or propylene oxide, fatty acid esters with C8 through C22 aliphatic alkanoic and/or alkenoic fatty acids, branched or linear, the resulting polyoxyalkylene trimethylopropane esters having a minimum molecular weight (MW) of 3,000 when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-18/html/2014-16836.htm 

August 4, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Opportunity To Submit Content Request for the 2017 Census of Agriculture  
SUMMARY: The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is currently accepting stakeholder feedback in the form of content requests for the 2017 Census of Agriculture. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-18/html/2014-16939.htm 

August 11, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
National Institute of Food and Agriculture Draft Guidance for Applicants for Competitive and Capacity Grants Administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture; Availability 
SUMMARY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance entitled "National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Federal Assistance Policy Guide.'' 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-14/html/2014-16398.htm 

September 8, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
Commodity Credit Corporation Farm Service Agency Notice of Availability of Draft Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Conservation Reserve Program  
SUMMARY: This notice announces that the Farm Service Agency (FSA), on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), completed a Draft Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SPEIS) to examine the potential environmental consequences associated with implementing changes to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) specified in the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), and assist in developing new regulations. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-15/html/2014-16711.htm 

September 9, 2014
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY  
Amitraz, Carfentrazone-ethyl, Ethephon, Malathion, Mancozeb, et al.; Proposed Tolerance Actions  
SUMMARY: EPA is proposing to revoke certain tolerances for the fungicides spiroxamine and triflumizole, the herbicides carfentrazone- ethyl and quizalofop ethyl; the insecticides amitraz, oxamyl, propetamphos, and spinosad; and the plant growth regulators ethephon and mepiquat.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-11/html/2014-16063.htm 

September 15, 2014
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE  
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Tomatoes From Spain, Chile, France, Morocco, and Western Sahara  
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of tomatoes from Spain, Chile, France, Morocco, and Western Sahara.  
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-15/html/2014-16531.htm 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE  
Cattle Fever Tick; Importation Requirements for Ruminants From Mexico  
SUMMARY: We are proposing to recognize the State of Sonora as a region in Mexico that is free of fever ticks. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-17/html/2014-16783.htm 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES  
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Quantitative Testing as Used by the Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products  
SUMMARY: The FDA is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the Agency. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-17/html/2014-16795.htm 

September 16, 2014
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY  
RFS Renewable Identification Number (RIN) Quality Assurance Program  
SUMMARY: Under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, producers and importers of renewable fuel generate Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) that are used by petroleum refiners and importers to demonstrate compliance with their renewable fuel volume obligations. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-18/html/2014-16487.htm 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Emergency Approval of New Information Collection for Examination of Cash Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) Benefits in Puerto Rico  
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces FNS' intention to request emergency approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-18/html/2014-16914.htm 

Call for Comments

IFT calls for comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  For details please refer to http://www.ift.org/public-policy-and-regulations/advocacy/ift-comments/call-for-comments.aspx.