Agriculture

  • Notice of Opportunity To Submit Content Request for the 2022 Census of Agriculture

    AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice and request for stakeholder input.


    SUMMARY: The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is currently accepting stakeholder feedback in the form of content requests for the 2022 Census of Agriculture. This census is required by law under the Census of Agriculture Act of 1997.

    DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by July 25, 2019 to be assured of consideration.

    ADDRESSES: Requests must address items listed in comments section below. Please submit requests online at www.nass.usda.gov/go/aginput or via mail to: USDA-NASS, Census of Agriculture Program, Room 6351, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250.

    If you have any questions, send an email to nass.aginputcounts@.usda.gov or call 1-800-727-9540.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hubert Hamer, Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720-2707, Fax: (855) 493-0445, or email: nass.oa@usda.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-06-25/html/2019-13432.htm

  • Council on Environmental Quality

  • Draft National Environmental Policy Act Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).

    ACTION: Draft guidance; request for comment.


    SUMMARY: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is publishing draft guidance on how National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and documentation should address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This Draft National Environmental Policy Act Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, if finalized, would replace the final guidance CEQ issued on August 1, 2016, titled "Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews," which was withdrawn effective April 5, 2017 for further consideration pursuant to Executive Order 13783 of March 28, 2017, "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth."

    DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before July 26, 2019.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number CEQ-2019-0002 through the Federal eRulemaking portal at https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from https://www.regulations.gov. CEQ may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (e.g., audio, video) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make.

    Comments may also be submitted by mail. Send your comments to: Council on Environmental Quality, 730 Jackson Place, NW, Washington, DC 20503, Attn: Docket No. CEQ-2019-0002.

    The draft guidance is also available on the CEQ websites at https://www.whitehouse.gov/ceq/initiatives/ and www.nepa.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edward A. Boling, Associate Director for the National Environmental Policy Act, Council on Environmental Quality, 730 Jackson Place, NW, Washington, DC 20503. Telephone: (202) 395-5750.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-06-26/html/2019-13576.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 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended by the Agricultural Act of 2014. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation. This notice announces the meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.

    DATES: June 26, 2019 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown, 200 South Pattee, Missoula, MT 59802.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Ian Rowe, Designated Federal Official for the Committee, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585; at (202) 586-7720 or Email: Ian.Rowe@EE.Doe.Gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-06-24/html/2019-13318.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 29 Draft Recovery Plan Revisions for 42 Species Across the United States

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; opening of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce for public review and comment the availability of 29 draft recovery plan revisions, which update recovery criteria for 42 endangered or threatened species located in 11 States (Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, and South Carolina) and 4 unincorporated territories (Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands). We are updating recovery criteria to better assist in determining when an endangered species has recovered to the point that it may be reclassified as threatened, or that the protections afforded by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), are no longer necessary and the species may be removed from the Act's protections. We request review of these draft recovery plan revisions and comments from local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the public.

    DATES: In order to be considered, comments on the draft recovery plan revisions must be received on or before July 29, 2019.

    ADDRESSES:

    Reviewing documents: If you wish to review these draft recovery plan revisions, you may obtain copies from the website addresses listed in the table provided in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. You may also request copies of draft recovery plan revisions by contacting the individuals listed in the table provided in this notice, relevant to each species or recovery plan, or both.

    Submitting comments: If you wish to comment, see the table provided in this notice and you may submit your comments by one of the following methods:

    1. You may submit written comments and materials to each field office mailing address for the species in which you are interested;

    2. You may hand-deliver written comments to each field office, in the table at the identified address, for the species in which you are interested; or

    3. You may send comments by email to the identified contact person's email address in the table, for each species. Please include "Amended Recovery Plan Comments" in the subject line.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on a particular species, contact the appropriate person listed in the table for each species in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Individuals who are hearing impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-06-27/html/2019-13708.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 29 Draft Recovery Plan Revisions for 43 Species in the Pacific, Southwest, and Southeast Regions of the United States

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notice of availability; opening of public comment period.


    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability for public review and comment of 29 draft recovery plan revisions, which update recovery criteria for 43 endangered or threatened species located in 16 States (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas), two unincorporated territories (the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the French West Indies, and Mexico. We are updating recovery criteria to better assist in determining when an endangered species has recovered to the point that it may be reclassified as threatened, or that the protections afforded by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), are no longer necessary and the species may be removed from the Act's protections. We request review of these draft recovery plan revisions and invite comments from local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the public.

    DATES: We must receive comments on the draft recovery plan revisions on or before July 29, 2019.

    ADDRESSES:

    Reviewing documents: If you wish to review these draft recovery plan revisions, you may obtain copies from the website addresses listed in the table in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. You may also request copies of the draft recovery plan revisions by contacting the individuals listed in the table.

    Submitting comments: If you wish to comment, see the table in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION and submit your comments by one of the following methods:

    1. U.S. Mail or hand-delivery: You may submit written comments and materials to the appropriate field office mailing address for the species in which you are interested;

    2. Email: You may send comments by email to the identified contact person's email address in the table, for each species. Please include "Draft Recovery Plan Revision Comments" in the subject line.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on a particular species, contact the appropriate person listed in the table for that species in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Individuals who are hearing impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-06-27/html/2019-13713.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Sunshine Act Meeting; National Science Board

    The National Science Board's Committee on National Science and Engineering Policy (SEP), pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n- 5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    TIME & DATE: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EDT.

    PLACE: This meeting will be held by teleconference at the National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. An audio link will be available for the public. Members of the public must contact the Board Office to request the public audio link by sending an email to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference.

    STATUS: Open.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Chair's opening remarks; presentation on the outline and plans for the new statutory deliverable for Science and Engineering Indicators 2020, "The State of U.S. Science & Engineering"; discussion on plans for this new "summary report."

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Point of contact for this meeting is: Reba Bandyopadhyay (rbandyop@nsf.gov), 703/292-7000.

    Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings/notices.jsp#sunshine. Please refer to the National Science Board website www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-06-24/html/2019-13463.htm

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