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39 / Tuesday, February 28, 2006 / Notices

amended, directs and authorizes the into the standards for crowns and ‘‘Diameter’’ means the measurement
Secretary of Agriculture ‘‘To develop florets. across the bud cluster. With the
and improve standards of quality, The state agricultural representative inclusion of crowns and florets in the
condition, quantity, grade and commented that the U.S. Fancy grade standards, AMS is also proposing to add
packaging and recommend and should be eliminated. The continued same type to the requirements for the
demonstrate such standards in order to use of the U.S. Fancy grade for broccoli grades and define same type as: Lots
encourage uniformity and consistency and other commodities, reflects shall consist of broccoli with similar
in commercial practices.’’ The commodity marketing practices. type characteristics, i.e., bunched can
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is Therefore, AMS does not believe such a not be mixed with florets.
committed to carrying out this authority change is warranted. The commenter AMS will eliminate the unclassified
in a manner that facilitates the also stated there should be a separate category. This section is not a grade and
marketing of agricultural commodities ‘‘U.S. No. 1 Bunched,’’ ‘‘U.S. No. 1 only serves to show than no grade has
and makes copies of official standards Crowns,’’ and ‘‘U.S. No. 1 Florets’’ grade been applied to the lot. This section will
available upon request. The United and inclusion of a similar U.S. No. 2 be removed from all fresh fruit and
States Standards for Grades of Fruits grade. AMS believes that separate vegetable standards. It is no longer
and Vegetables not connected with grades would be redundant and are not considered necessary.
Federal Marketing Orders or U.S. Import necessary and will instead have the The official grades of broccoli covered
Requirements, no longer appear in the existing U.S. grades and other sections by these standards are determined by
Code of Federal Regulations, but are revised so the standards specifically the procedures set forth in the
maintained by USDA/AMS/Fruit and cover the broccoli styles of bunched, Regulations Governing Inspection,
Vegetable Programs. crowns, and florets. The commenter also Certification, and Standards of Fresh
AMS is proposing to revise the United proposed for crowns a three inch Fruits, Vegetables and Other Products
States Standards for Grades of Bunched minimum diameter with no maximum (51.1 to 51.61).
Italian Sprouting Broccoli using the size along with a stem length of This notice provides for a 60-day
procedures that appear in part 36, Title maximum two inches. The commenter comment period for interested parties to
7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 stated the size for florets as three inches comment on changes to the standards.
CFR part 36). These standards were last maximum diameter and stem length of Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627.
revised in 1943. one inch. AMS disagrees with the
commenter’s proposed sizes since they Dated: February 23, 2006.
Background Lloyd C. Day,
are not consistent with those sizes
On April 21, 2005, AMS published a marketed today. It was further suggested Administrator, Agricultural Marketing
notice in the Federal Register (70 FR the diameter and stem length should Service.
20730) soliciting comments for the have the option of meeting ‘‘unless [FR Doc. E6–2769 Filed 2–27–06; 8:45 am]
possible revision of the United States otherwise specified.’’ However, AMS BILLING CODE 3410–02–P
Standards for Grades of Bunched Italian believes that the commenter’s
Sprouting Broccoli. In response to this suggestion to add an ‘‘unless otherwise
notice, AMS received three comments specified’’ option for length of the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
on the proposed revision. One from an Fancy and U.S. No. 1 grades for the
agricultural trade association, one from styles of ‘‘Bunched,’’ ‘‘Crowns,’’ and Agricultural Marketing Service
a representative of an exporter of ‘‘Florets’’ has merit and this change is [Docket No: FV–06–331]
broccoli from Mexico, and one from a proposed.
state agriculture representative. The The state agricultural representative United States Standards for Grades of
comments are available by accessing the also recommended eliminating the Processed Raisins
AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site reference to ‘‘shoot’’ and adding
at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ language for the defect under the AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service,
fpbdocketlist.htm. ‘‘Damage’’ definition for overmaturity USDA.
The agricultural trade association and discoloration of bud clusters. AMS ACTION: Advance notice of proposed
supported including broccoli crowns disagrees and will keep the reference to rulemaking.
and had an interest in ‘‘revisiting the ‘‘shoot’’ because it is used in the
diameter as well as the length under SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing
reporting of size for bunched broccoli.
U.S. Fancy and No. 1’’ (for bunched AMS also believes that the current Service (AMS), prior to undertaking
broccoli). AMS has included crowns definition for ‘‘Damage’’ is sufficient for research and other work associated with
and florets in the proposed standard. determining the extent of overmaturity revising official grade standards, is
However, the commenter provided no and discoloration of bud clusters. soliciting comments on the petition to
specific suggestions for diameters and AMS is proposing to revise the title of change the United States Standards for
lengths for the U.S. Fancy and U.S. No. the standards to United States Standards Grades of Processed Raisins. AMS
1 grades of broccoli. Further, AMS for Grades of Italian Sprouting Broccoli. received a petition from the Raisin
believes that the current diameters and AMS is also proposing to revise the size Administrative Committee (RAC)
lengths for U.S. Fancy and U.S. No. 1 specification section to allow requesting that USDA revise the current
reflect current marketing practices. percentages to be determined ‘‘by grade standards to add to and also
Therefore, AMS has not proposed a weight’’ as well as ‘‘by count’’ when modify the wording for ‘‘TYPE I—
change to the existing requirements in fairly uniform, in order to increase the Seedless Raisins. The petitioner believes
these grades. efficiency of inspections. AMS is that revising the standards will provide
The representative for the exporter of proposing to add a definition for fairly for common language presently used by
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broccoli from Mexico noted the various uniform since it is referenced in the the industry.
styles of broccoli they market. AMS has standard but not defined. Additionally, DATES: Comments must be submitted on
taken into consideration the lengths and AMS is proposing to add definitions for or before May 1, 2006.
diameters provided for bunched and has the terms florets and crowns and ADDRESSES: Interested persons are
included similar lengths and diameters revising the definition for diameter to: invited to submit written comments

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concerning this notice. Comments must Dated: February 23, 2006. Estimate of Annual Burden: Public
be sent to Karen L. Kaufman, Lloyd C. Day, reporting burden for this collection of
Standardization Section, Processed Administrator, Agricultural Marketing information is estimated to average 90
Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Service. minutes per response.
Programs, Agricultural Marketing [FR Doc. E6–2770 Filed 2–27–06; 8:45 am] Respondents: Individuals or
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, BILLING CODE 3410–02–P
households, businesses or other for
1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room profit and farms.
0709, South Building; STOP 0247, Estimated Number of Respondents:
Washington, DC 20250; telephone (202) DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 34,008.
720–4693; fax (202) 690–1527, e-mail Estimated Number of Responses per
karen.kaufman@usda.gov. The United Farm Service Agency Respondent: 1.
States Standards for Grades of Processed Estimated Total Annual Burden on
Raisins is available either through the Request for Approval of a New Respondents: 51,012.
Information Collection; 2005 Section Comments are invited on the
address cited above or by accessing the
32 Hurricane Disaster Programs following: (a) Whether the collection of
AMS Web site on the Internet at http://
information is necessary for the proper
www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ppb.html. Any Farm Service Agency, USDA.
AGENCY: performance of the functions of the
comments received regarding the notice
Notice and Request for
ACTION: agency, including whether the
will be posted at that site. Comments
Comments. information will have practical utility;
also will be available for public
(b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate
inspection in the above office during SUMMARY: In accordance with the of burden, including the validity of the
regular business hours. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this methodology and assumptions used; (c)
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: notice announces the intent of the Farm ways to enhance the quality, utility and
Karen L. Kaufman, Telephone (202) Service Agency (FSA) to request a new clarity of the information to be
720–4693. information collection to be used in collected; (d) ways to minimize the
support of the 2005 Section 32 burden of the collection of information
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Hurricane Disaster Programs. These on those who are to respond, including
Background programs consist of the Hurricane through the use of appropriate
Indemnity Program (HIP), the Feed automated, electronic, mechanical, or
AMS received a petition from the Indemnity Program (FIP), the Livestock other technological collection
Raisin Administrative Committee Indemnity Program (LIP), and the Tree techniques or other forms of information
(RAC), requesting the revision of the Indemnity Program (TIP). technology. These comments should be
United States Standards for Grades of DATES: Comments on this notice must be sent to the Desk Officer of Agriculture,
Processed Raisins. These standards are receive on or before May 1, 2006 to be Office of Information and Regulatory
issued under the Agricultural Marketing assured consideration. Affairs, Office of Management and
Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621—1627) Budget, Washington, DC 20503, and to
The petitioner is requesting that Steven J. Peterson, USDA, Farm Service Steven J. Peterson, Branch Chief, USDA,
USDA revise the grade standards for Agency, Production, Emergencies and Farm Service Agency, Production,
section 52.1843 Summary of types Compliance Division, Disaster Emergencies and Compliance Division,
(varieties) of processed raisins for Type- Assistance Branch, 1400 Independence Disaster Assistance Branch, 1400
I Seedless Raisins. The revision would Avenue SW., STOP 0517, Washington, Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0517,
add the processed raisin type, ‘‘Vine- DC 20250–0517; Telephone (202) 720– Washington, DC 20250–0517.
dried (without the application of drying Comments will be summarized and
5172; Electronic mail:
chemicals or materials)’’ to the current included in the request for Office of
summary as well as modify the type for Management and Budget approval of the
‘‘Dipped, Vine-dried, or similarly SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: information collection. All comments
processed raisins’’ to ‘‘Dipped, Vine- Title: 2005 Section 32 Hurricane will also become a matter of public
dried, treated with drying chemicals or Disaster Assistance Programs. record.
materials or similarly processed OMB Control Number: 0560-NEW. Signed in Washington, DC on February 23,
raisins.’’ Type of Request: Request Approval of 2006.
a New Information Collection. Teresa C. Lasseter,
Prior to undertaking detailed work to
develop a proposal, AMS is soliciting Abstract: This information collection Administrator, Farm Service Agency.
comments on the petition to revise the will be used to make eligibility [FR Doc. E6–2813 Filed 2–27–06; 8:45 am]
U.S. Standards for Grades of Processed determinations on respondent’s requests
Raisins. for payments to supplement indemnities
or payments received under Federal
This notice provides for a 60-day crop insurance or the Noninsured Crop
comment period for interested parties to DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), in
comment on the petition to develop a addition to requests for payments to Food and Nutrition Service
proposed revision of the standards. compensate for losses of livestock,
Should AMS conclude that there is a livestock feed, trees, bushes, and vines, Agency Information Collection
need for changes to the standards, all of which resulted from one or more Activities: Proposed Collection;
detailed work could be undertaken as of five named hurricanes that occurred Comment Request; Negative QC
soon as possible and the eventual in 2005 in counties designated as Review Schedule; Status of Sample
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proposed revised standard would be primary under a Presidential disaster Selection and Completion
published in the Federal Register with declaration or Secretarial designation.
a request for comments in accordance AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service,
Travel time has been included in the USDA.
with 7 CFR part 36. Estimated Annual Burden on
ACTION: Notice.
Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Respondents.

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