Agriculture

  • Availability of an Environmental Assessment for the Biological Control of Emerald Ash Borer

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared a draft environmental assessment relative to the control of emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis. The environmental assessment considers the effects of, and alternatives to, the field release of a parasitic wasp, Spathius galinae, into the continental United States for use as a biological control agent to reduce the severity of emerald ash borer infestations. We are making the environmental assessment available to the public for review and comment.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before March 16, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0094.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2014-0094, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737- 1238.

    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014- 0094 or in our reading room, which is located in Room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Shirley Wager-Pag[eacute], Assistant Director, Pest Permitting Branch, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-2323.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-12/html/2015-02914.htm

  • Board for International Food and Agricultural Development; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of the public meeting of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015 in the Association Multipurpose Room at the Association of Public and Land Grant University Offices, 1307 New York Avenue, Washington, DC. The meeting will be streamed live on the Internet. The link to the global live stream is on BIFAD's home page: http://www.usaid.gov/bifad.

    The central theme of this year's meeting will be Human and Institutional Capacity Development in Agricultural Innovation Systems. Dr. Brady Deaton, BIFAD Chair, will preside over the public business meeting, which will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. with opening remarks. At this public meeting, the Board will address old and new business and hear updates from USAID, the university community, and other experts on how human and institutional capacity development can support agricultural innovation systems.

    Starting at 9:15 a.m., Chairman Deaton will moderate a panel to inform BIFAD and the public of engagement of the USAID Bureau for Food Security on agriculture and nutrition dimensions of the global Ebola response. Presenters for this panel are Richard Greene, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Food Security and Meredith Soule, Division Chief, Country Strategies and Implementation, Bureau for Food Security.

    Starting at 10:00 a.m., Chairman Deaton will moderate a panel on the USAID/BIFAD/APLU Agricultural Exchange on Human and Institutional Capacity Development (AgExchange). BIFAD and USAID with support from the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) held a three day facilitated online discussion from November 17-20, 2014 around the topic Feeding the World in 2050: How Human and Institutional Capacity Development Can Support Agricultural Innovation Systems. The AgExchange, facilitated by Cultural Practice, was well-attended and brought together various stakeholders from around the world. Deborah Rubin from Cultural Practice will summarize and present the results of the BIFAD/USAID/APLU AgExchange. Responding to these results will be Gretchen Neisler, Director for Global Connection in Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Elon Gilbert, Vice Chairman, Rocky Mountain Biologicals, Inc.

    At 11:30 a.m., Chairman Deaton will moderate a half-hour public comment period. At 12:00 p.m. BIFAD Chair Brady Deaton will make closing remarks and adjourn the public meeting.

    Those wishing to attend the meeting or obtain additional information about BIFAD should contact Susan Owens, Executive Director and Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD in the Bureau for Food Security at USAID. Interested persons may write to her in care of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Ronald Reagan Building, Bureau for Food Security, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Room 2.09-067, Washington, DC 20523-2110 or telephone her at (202) 712-0218.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-10/html/2015-02666.htm

  • Commerce

  • Availability of Seats for National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils

    AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice and request for applications.


    SUMMARY: ONMS is seeking applications for vacant seats for 11 of its 13 national marine sanctuary advisory councils and for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council (advisory councils). Vacant seats, including positions (i.e., primary member and alternate), for each of the advisory councils are listed in this notice under Supplementary Information. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; views regarding the protection and management of marine or Great Lake resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members or alternates should expect to serve two- or three year terms, pursuant to the charter of the specific national marine sanctuary advisory council or the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council.

    DATES: Applications are due by March 31, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Application kits are specific to each advisory council. As such, application kits must be obtained from and returned to the council-specific addresses noted below.

    Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Michael Murray, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, University of California Santa Barbara, Ocean Science Education Building 514, MC 6155, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6155; (805) 893- 6418; email Michael.Murray@noaa.gov; or download application from http://channelislands.noaa.gov/sac/council_news.html.

    Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Beth Dieveney, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 33 East Quay Rd., Key West, FL 33040; (305) 809-4700 extension 228; email Beth.Dieveney@noaa.gov; or download application from http://floridakeys.noaa.gov/sac/welcome.html?s=sac.

    Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Shelley DuPuy, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 4700 Avenue U, Bldg. 216, Galveston, TX 77551; (409) 621-5151 extension 106; email Shelley.DuPuy@noaa.gov; or download application from http://flowergarden.noaa.gov/advisorycouncil/councilnews.html.

    Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Becky Shortland, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, 10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411; (912) 598- 2381; email Becky.Shortland@noaa.gov; or download application from http://graysreef.noaa.gov/management/sac/council_news.html.

    Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Leslie Abramson, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, 991 Marine Drive, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129; (415) 561-6622 extension 306; email Leslie.Abramson@noaa.gov; or download application from http://farallones.noaa.gov/manage/sac.html.

    Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Inouye Regional Center, ATTN: NOS/ONMS/Shannon Lyday, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; (808) 725-5905; email Shannon.Lyday@noaa.gov; or download application from http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/council/councilappaccepting.html.

    Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Shannon Ricles, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606; (757) 591-7328; email Shannon.Ricles@noaa.gov; or download application from http://monitor.noaa.gov.

    Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Erin Ovalle, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 99 Pacific Street, Building 455A, Monterey, CA 93940; (831) 647-4206; email Erin.Ovalle@noaa.gov; or download application from http://montereybay.noaa.gov/sac/2014/recruit/14v2/141114covlet.html.

    National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa Advisory Council: Joseph Paulin, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center, P.O. Box 4318, Pago Pago, AS 96799 (Utulei, American Samoa); (684) 633-6500; email Joseph.Paulin@noaa.gov; or download application from http://americansamoa.noaa.gov/about/samoa.html.

    Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council: Hoku Johnson, NOAA Inouye Regional Center, NOS/ONMS/ PMNM, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; (808) 725- 5800; email Hoku.Johnson@noaa.gov; or download application from http://www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/council/.

    Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Karlyn Langjahr, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, 115 East Railroad Ave., Suite 101, Port Angeles, WA 98362; (360) 457-6622 extension 31; email Karlyn.Langjahr@noaa.gov; or download application from http://olympiccoast.noaa.gov/involved/sac/sac_welcome.html.

    Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Jean Bauer, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 500 W. Fletcher Street, Alpena, Michigan 49707; (989) 356-8805 extension 13; email Jean.Bauer@noaa.gov; or download application from http://thunderbay.noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on a particular national marine sanctuary advisory council, please contact the individual identified in the Addresses section of this notice.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-13/html/2015-02792.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee; Request for Nominations to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Pesticide Programs is inviting nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC). The PPDC was chartered to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of issues concerning pesticide regulatory development and reform initiatives, evolving public policy and program implementation issues, and science issues associated with evaluating and reducing risks from pesticide use. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent: Environmental/public interest and animal rights groups; farm worker organizations; pesticide industry and trade associations; pesticide user, grower, and commodity groups; Federal/State/local and tribal governments; academia; and public health organizations. Vacancies are expected to be filled by early summer 2015. Sources in addition to this Federal Register notice may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    DATES: Nominations must be emailed or postmarked no later than March 16, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations electronically with the subject line "PPDC Membership 2015'' to zimmerman.dea@epa.gov. You may also submit nominations by mail to: Dea Zimmerman (LC-8J), PPDC Designated Federal Officer, Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604. Non-electronic submissions must follow the same format and contain the same information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dea Zimmerman, Designated Federal Officer for the PPDC, telephone number: (312) 353-6344; email address: zimmerman.dea@epa.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-13/html/2015-03054.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Announcement of a Draft NIH Policy on Dissemination of NIH-Funded Clinical Trial Information

    SUMMARY: On November 19, 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a request for public comments in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on a draft policy to promote broad and responsible dissemination of information on clinical trials funded by the NIH through registration and submission of summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov. See Guide notice NOT-OD-15-019 at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-019.html. NIH is publishing this notice in order to inform readers of the Federal Register about the draft policy and the opportunity to comment.

    DATES: The deadline for receiving comments on the draft policy is no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 23, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

    Email: clinicaltrials.disseminationpolicy@mail.nih.gov.

    Fax: 301-496-9839.

    Mail/Hand delivery/Courier: Office of Clinical Research and Bioethics Policy, Office of Science Policy, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Clinical Research and Bioethics Policy, Office of Science Policy, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-496- 9838, OCRBP-OSP@od.nih.gov.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-13/html/2015-02994.htm

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