Agriculture

  • Notice of Meeting of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force

    AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) will meet to continue discussions on critical air quality issues in relation to agriculture. Special emphasis will be placed on obtaining a greater understanding about the relationship between agricultural production and air quality. The meeting is open to the public, and a draft agenda is included in this notice.

    DATES: The AAQTF meeting will convene on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT, and Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. A public comment period will be held on August 21.

    Individuals wishing to make oral presentations should contact Greg Johnson at (503) 273-2424 or email: greg.johnson@por.usda.gov no later than August 6, 2014, and bring 35 copies of any material they would like distributed to the meeting.

    Written material intended for AAQTF member consideration prior to the meeting must be received by Greg Johnson, Designated Federal Official, USDA, NRCS, 1201 Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1000, Portland Oregon 97232 no later than August 6, 2014.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center, College Station, Texas (http://www.mscc.tamu.edu/aboutus/parking.html).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions and comments should be directed to Dr. Greg Johnson, Designated Federal Official, USDA, NRCS, 1201 Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1000, Portland Oregon 97232; telephone: (503) 273-2424; fax: (503) 273-2401; email: greg.johnson@por.usda.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-31/html/2014-17992.htm

  • Energy

  • Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES AND TIMES: August 19, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. August 20, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 E Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-1476; Email: Elliott.Levine@ee.doe.gov or Roy Tiley at (410) 997-7778 ext. 220; Email: rtiley@bcs-hq.com.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-28/html/2014-17723.htm

  • Expanding Bioeconomy

    AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy (DOE).

    ACTION: Notice of Open Meeting.


    SUMMARY: DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Program on behalf of the interagency Biomass Research and Development (R&D) Board today announces an open meeting and call for information to solicit information and viewpoints from interested parties on the challenges and opportunities of expanding the bioeconomy. This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting date due to logistical issues that had to be resolved prior to the meeting date.

    DATES: July 31, 2014 7:30 a.m.--5:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl., NW., Washington, DC 20001.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions may be directed to Alicia Lindauer, Designated Federal Official for the Workshop, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave SW., Washington, DC 20585, email alicia.lindauer@ee.doe.gov, 720-356-1356.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-28/html/2014-17713.htm

  • Interior

  • Open Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI)

    AGENCY: United States Geological Survey, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of an open meeting of the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI).


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the ACWI. This meeting is to discuss broad policy-related topics relating to national water initiatives, and the development and dissemination of water information, through reports from ACWI subgroups. The agenda will include updates from ACWI's various subcommittees; a report on the 9th National Monitoring Conference, which was held earlier this year in Cincinnati, Ohio; a presentation of the water chapter of the Third National Climate Assessment; and a report on the Hydrologic Frequency Analysis Work Group's progress on revising Bulletin 17B, Guidelines For Determining Flood Flow Frequency.

    The ACWI was established under the authority of the Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-92-01 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the ACWI is to provide a forum for water information users and professionals to advise the Federal Government on activities and plans that may improve the effectiveness of meeting the Nation's water information needs. Member organizations help to foster communications between the Federal and non-Federal sectors on sharing water information.

    Membership, limited to 35 organizations, represents a wide range of water resources interests and functions. Representation on the ACWI includes all levels of government, academia, private industry, and professional and technical societies. For more information on the ACWI, its membership, subgroups, meetings and activities, please see the Web site at: http://ACWI.gov.

    DATES: The formal meeting will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on August 19, 2014, and from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on August 20, 2014 (times are Eastern Daylight Time).

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the auditorium of the U.S. Geological Survey National Center, located at 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192. The meeting will also be accessible by teleconference and WebEx. There will also be a teleconference line and a WebEx internet link available for the use of those who cannot attend in person. Information on the teleconference and WebEx will be available on the ACWI Web site: http://acwi.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Wendy E. Norton, ACWI Executive Secretary and Chief, Water Information Coordination Program, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 417, Reston, VA 20192. Telephone 703-648-6810; Fax 703-648-5644; email wenorton@usgs.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-29/html/2014-17799.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Strategy for American Innovation

    ACTION: Notice of Request for Information.


    SUMMARY: The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council request public comments to provide input into an upcoming update of the Strategy for American Innovation, which helps to guide the Administration's efforts to promote lasting economic growth and competitiveness through policies that support transformative American innovation in products, processes, and services and spur new fundamental discoveries that in the long run lead to growing economic prosperity and rising living standards. These efforts include policies to promote critical components of the American innovation ecosystem, including scientific research and development (R&D), technical workforce, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, advanced manufacturing, and others. The strategy also provides an important framework to channel these Federal investments in innovation capacity towards innovative activity for specific national priorities. The public input provided through this notice will inform the deliberations of the National Economic Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, which are together responsible for publishing an updated Strategy for American Innovation.

    DATES: Responses must be received by September 23, 2014 to be considered.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods (email is preferred):

    Email: innovationstrategy@ostp.gov. Include [Strategy for American Innovation] in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: (202) 456-6040, Attn: Dan Correa.

    Mail: Attn: Dan Correa, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1650 Pennsylvania Ave NW., Washington, DC 20504. If submitting responses by mail, please allow sufficient time for mail processing and screening.

    Details: Response to this RFI is voluntary. Please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. Please be aware that your comments may be posted online. Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Federal Government to form a binding contract or issue a grant. Information obtained as a result of this notice may be used by the Federal Government for program planning on a non-attribution basis. The United States Government will not pay for response preparation, or for the use of any information contained in the response.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Correa, (202) 456-4444, innovationstrategy@ostp.gov, OSTP.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-29/html/2014-17761.htm

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