Agriculture

  • Stakeholder Listening Opportunity for Priorities in Research, Education and Extension

    AGENCY: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of listening sessions and stakeholder feedback opportunities.


    SUMMARY: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture announces its stakeholder listening initiative "NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives." This stakeholder listening opportunity informs the research, extension and education priorities of NIFA, which has the mission of investing in and advancing agricultural research, education and extension to solve societal challenges. For the purpose of this opportunity, Agriculture is defined broadly and includes research, extension, and education in food, fiber, forestry, range, nutritional and social sciences, including food safety and positive youth development. NIFA's investments in transformative science directly support the long-term prosperity and global pre-eminence of U.S. agriculture. This listening opportunity allows stakeholders to provide feedback on the following questions: "When considering all of agriculture, what is the greatest challenge that should be addressed through NIFA's research, education, and extension?", "In your field, what is the most-needed breakthrough in science/technology that would advance your agricultural enterprise?" and, "What is your top priority in food and agricultural research, extension, or education that NIFA should address?"

    This effort to obtain input regarding the challenges, needed breakthroughs, and priorities will be carried out through online and in-person submission mechanisms. Stakeholder input received from the two mechanisms is treated equally. The challenges, needed breakthroughs, and priorities identified by this effort will be evaluated in conjunction with input from NIFA staff. This information will be critical for NIFA's evaluation of existing science emphasis areas and to identify investment opportunities and gaps in the current portfolio of programs. The information obtained through this iterative analysis and synthesis will help to ensure the strategic positioning and relevancy of NIFA's investments in advancing agricultural research, education and extension.

    DATES:

    (A) Online Input: Submission of online stakeholder input to the target questions will be open upon publishing of this Notice through 5 p.m. Eastern time November 30, 2018.

    (B) In-person Listening Sessions: Four listening sessions, each a full day, will be organized throughout the United States to obtain input from all stakeholders, including small institutions, local business and other stakeholder groups. The listening sessions will take place on October 11, 2018, October 18, 2018, October 25, 2018, and November 1, 2018. Each session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and is scheduled to end no later than 5:00 p.m. Each session will include a presentation of the goals and background information on NIFA programs, followed by comments from stakeholders. Each registered speaker will receive 5 minutes to share their comments with the Agency. If time allows after all comments from registered speakers are made, unscheduled speakers will be allowed 5 minutes to present their comments to the Agency. The length of the sessions will be adjusted according to numbers of participants seeking to provide input. All parties interested in attending an in-person listening session must RSVP no later than one week prior to the scheduled session. These sessions will be webcast and transcribed. Information about registering for the in-person session, providing written comments and viewing the webcast can be found at https://nifa.usda.gov/nifalistens.

    Registration: The website, https://nifa.usda.gov/nifalistens, includes instructions on submitting written comments and registering to attend or speak at the in-person listening sessions. All parties interested in attending an in-person listening session must RSVP no later than one week prior to the scheduled session. The number of attendees and oral commenters is limited due to time and space constraints (see below). Oral commenter slots will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. All interested stakeholders, regardless of attendance, are welcome to submit written comments.

    Comments: Written comments are due by 5 p.m. Eastern time November 30, 2018. Written comments must be submitted electronically through https://nifa.usda.gov/nifalistens or emailed to NIFAlistens@nifa.usda.gov.

    ADDRESSES: The in-person listening sessions will take place at conference facilities in Hartford, CT (October 11, 2018), New Orleans, LA (October 18, 2018), Minneapolis, MN (October 25, 2018), and Albuquerque, NM (November 1, 2018).

    All parties interested in attending an in-person listening session must RSVP no later than one week prior to the scheduled session they wish to attend.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Megan Haidet, Program Specialist, NIFA, at 202-401-6617, email NIFAlistens@nifa.usda.gov, or visit https://nifa.usda.gov/nifalistens for detailed information about providing written comments, joining the in-person sessions remotely, or registering to speak at an in-person session.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-08-27/html/2018-18535.htm

  • Commerce

  • Science Advisory Board; Solicitation for Members of the NOAA Science Advisory Board

    AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of solicitation for members of the NOAA Science Advisory Board.


    SUMMARY: NOAA is soliciting nominations for members of the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB is the only Federal Advisory Committee with the responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans, Atmosphere, and NOAA Administrator on long- and short-range strategies for research, education, and application of science to resource management and environmental assessment and prediction. The SAB consists of approximately fifteen members reflecting the full breadth of NOAA's areas of responsibility and assists NOAA in maintaining a complete and accurate understanding of scientific issues critical to the agency's missions.

    DATES: Nominations should be sent to the web address specified below and must be received by October 15, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: Applications should be submitted electronically to noaa.sab.newmembers@noaa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301-734-1156, Fax: 301- 713-1459, Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov); or visit the NOAA SAB website at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-08-29/html/2018-18663.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

    AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that a meeting is scheduled to be held for the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (Advisory Council). The meeting will be open to the public; a public comment session will be held during the meeting. Pre-registration is required for members of the public who wish to attend the meeting and who wish to participate in the public comment session. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting and/or send in their public comment via email should send an email to CARB@hhs.gov. Registration information is available on the website http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/ and must be completed by September 19, 2018; all in-person attendees must pre-register by this date. Additional information about registering for the meeting and providing public comment can be obtained at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/ on the Meetings page.

    DATES: The meeting is scheduled to be held on September 26, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET (times are tentative and subject to change). The confirmed times and agenda items for the meeting will be posted on the website for the Advisory Council at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/ when this information becomes available. Pre-registration for attending the meeting in person is required to be completed no later than September 19, 2018; public attendance at the meeting is limited to the available space.

    ADDRESSES: This public meeting is being held at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, 75 East State Street, Columbus, OH, 43215. The meeting can also be accessed through a live webcast on the day of the meeting. For more information, visit http://www.hhs.gov/ash/carb/.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jomana Musmar, Acting Designated Federal Officer, Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic- Resistant Bacteria, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Room 715H, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201. Phone: (202) 690-5566; email: CARB@hhs.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-08-27/html/2018-18483.htm

  • National Cancer Institute; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting. The meeting will also be videocast and can be accessed from the NIH Videocasting and Podcasting website (http://videocast.nih.gov/ ).

    Name of Committee: National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee.

    Date: November 7, 2018.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Strategic Discussion of NCI's Clinical and Translational Research Programs.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, C-Wing, 6th Floor, Room 6 and 7, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Sheila A. Prindiville, MD, MPH, Director, Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 6W136, Rockville, MD 20850, 240-276-6173, prindivs@mail.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/ctac/ctac.htm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-08-28/html/2018-18545.htm

  • National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors; Announcement of Meeting; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the next meeting of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC). The BSC, a federally chartered, external advisory group composed of scientists from the public and private sectors, will review and provide advice on programmatic activities. This meeting is by webcast only and is open to the public. Registration is requested for oral comment and is required to access the webcast. Information about the meeting and registration are available at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165.

    DATES:

    Meeting: October 9, 2018; 1:00--4:00 p.m. (EDT).

    Written Public Comment Submissions: Deadline is October 1, 2018.

    Oral Comments: Deadline is October 1, 2018.

    Registration to view the webcast: Deadline October 9, 2018.

    Registration to view the meeting via the webcast is required.

    ADDRESSES:

    Meeting Webpage: The preliminary agenda, registration, and other meeting materials are at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165.

    Webcast: The meeting will be webcast; the URL will be provided to those who register for viewing.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Mary Wolfe, Designated Federal Official for the BSC, Office of Liaison, Policy and Review, Division of NTP, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, K2-03, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Phone: 984-287-3209, Fax: 301-451-5759, Email: wolfe@niehs.nih.gov. Hand Deliver/Courier address: 530 Davis Drive, Room K2130, Morrisville, NC 27560.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-08-30/html/2018-18778.htm

  • Interior

  • Announcement of Public Meetings: North American Wetlands Conservation Council; Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Advisory Group

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of meetings.


    SUMMARY: The North American Wetlands Conservation Council will meet to select North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposals for recommendation to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission). The Council will consider Canada, Mexico, and U.S. Standard grant proposals. The Advisory Group for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) grants program (Advisory Group) also will meet. The Advisory Group will discuss the strategic direction and management of the NMBCA program. Both meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may present oral or written statements.

    DATES: Council Meeting: December 12, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time. Advisory Group Meeting: December 11, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time.

    Participation: If you wish to participate in the meeting via calling in, making a presentation, or submitting information beforehand, contact the Council Coordinator (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) no later than December 5, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: Meeting Location: Both meetings will take place at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, 1133 15th Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20005. If you are interested in presenting information at the meeting or participating via telephone, contact the Council Coordinator by the date specified in DATES.

    Submitting Information: Comments must be submitted by the date specified in DATES by one of the following methods:

    U.S. mail or hand-delivery: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: MB, Falls Church, VA 22041; or Email: dbhc@fws.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Mott, Council/Advisory Group Coordinator, by phone at 703-358-1784; by email at dbhc@fws.gov; or by U.S. mail at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: MB, Falls Church, VA 22041. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800- 877-8339 during normal business hours. Also, FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-08-27/html/2018-18461.htm

  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

    ACTION: Meeting notice.


    SUMMARY: The Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary is announcing a public meeting of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) Trustee Council's Public Advisory Committee.

    DATES: September 26, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. AKST.

    ADDRESSES: Glenn Olds Hall Conference Room, 4210 University Drive, Anchorage, Alaska.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Philip Johnson, Department of the Interior, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, 1689 "C" Street, Suite 119, Anchorage, Alaska, (907) 271-5011.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-08-28/html/2018-18537.htm

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