• Innovative Technologies and Practices for the Agriculture Innovation Agenda

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Agriculture (USDA).

    ACTION: Request for written stakeholder input.

    SUMMARY: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is requesting comments and suggestions on the most innovative technologies and practices that can be readily deployed across U.S. agriculture to meet USDA's goal of increasing agricultural production by 40 percent to meet the needs of the global population in 2050 while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half. This effort is a part of USDA's Agriculture Innovation Agenda (AIA), USDA's commitment to the continued success of American farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers in the face of current and future challenges. Note: Technologies and practices that have potential to address these AIA goals, but that need substantial development or research before deployment, were captured in the recent USDA request for written stakeholder input published in the Federal Register on April 1, 2020, and open for comment until August 1st, 2020.

    DATES: We will consider comments that we receive by November 9, 2020. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

    ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments on this notice. You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

    Federal Rulemaking Portal: Go to and follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail: Diane Gelburd, Ph.D.; Deputy Chief for Science and Technology, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; Room 5113, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250. In your comment, specify the docket ID USDA-2020-0008.

    Comments will be available for viewing online at Comments received will be posted without change, including any personal information provided. In addition, comments will be available for public inspection at the above address during business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diane Gelburd; (202) 720-4527; or email

  • Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Animals and Poultry, Animal and Poultry Products, Certain Animal Embryos, Semen, and Zoological Animals

    AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection; comment request.

    SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the importation of animals and poultry, animal and poultry products, certain animal embryos, semen, and zoological animals.

    DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before November 9, 2020.

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

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2020-0080.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2020-0080, 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!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2020- 0080 or in our reading room, which is located in Room 1620 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: For information on animals and poultry, animal and poultry products, certain animal embryos, and zoological animals, contact Dr. Bettina Helm, Senior Staff Veterinarian, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-3300. For more information about the information collection process, contact Mr. Joseph Moxey, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2483.

  • Request for Nominations to the Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research

    AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.

    ACTION: Notice of request for nominations to the Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research.

    SUMMARY: The Secretary of Agriculture invites nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for a 2-year term on the Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research, typically referred to as the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) established by the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 to provide recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on agricultural air quality issues. This notice solicits nominations for membership on AAQTF.


    Applicable: September 8, 2020.

    Nominations due: We will consider nominations that are postmarked by November 9, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Submit nominations to Greg Zwicke, Designated Federal Officer, Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, West National Technology Support Center, 2150 Centre Avenue, Building A, Suite 314B, Fort Collins, CO 80526; or sent by email to:

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Greg Zwicke; telephone: (970) 295- 5621; email:

  • Commerce

  • Evaluation of National Estuarine Research Reserve; Public Meeting; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: Office for Coastal Management (OCM), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting and opportunity to comment.

    SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office for Coastal Management will hold a public meeting to solicit comments on the performance evaluation of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve.

    DATES: NOAA will consider all written comments received by October 23, 2020. A virtual public meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 12 p.m. EDT.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments on the national estuarine research reserve NOAA intends to evaluate by emailing Carrie Hall, Evaluator, NOAA Office for Coastal management at Timely comments received by the Office for Coastal Management are considered part of the public record and may be publicly accessible. Any personal information (e.g., name, address) submitted voluntarily by the sender may also be publicly accessible. NOAA will accept anonymous comments.

    You may also provide public comments during the virtual public meeting, which is being held Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 12 p.m. EDT. To participate in the virtual public meeting, registration is required at least two hours in advance by Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at 10 a.m. EDT. Advance registration is available via the following website: You may participate online or by phone. If you would like to provide comment during the public meeting, please select "yes" during the online registration. The line-up of speakers will be based on the date and time of registration.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Hall, Evaluator, NOAA Office for Coastal Management by email at or by phone at (240) 533-0730. Copies of the previous evaluation findings, reserve management plan, and reserve site profile may be viewed and downloaded on the internet at A copy of the evaluation notification letter and most recent progress report may be obtained upon request by contacting Carrie Hall.

  • Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Amended Notice of Meeting

    Notice is hereby given of a change in the meeting of the Council of Councils, September 11, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 04:55 p.m., virtual meeting which was published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2020, 85 FR 50033.

    The meeting notice is amended to change the afternoon open session meeting end time as follows: The afternoon open session will now be held from 2:15 p.m. to 5:25 p.m.

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Regulations for Designating Critical Habitat

    AGENCY: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), propose to amend portions of our regulations that implement section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The proposed revisions set forth a process for excluding areas of critical habitat under section 4(b)(2) of the Act, which mandates our consideration of the impacts of designating critical habitat and permits exclusions of particular areas following a discretionary exclusion analysis. We want to articulate clearly when and how FWS will undertake an exclusion analysis, including identifying a non-exhaustive list of categories of potential impacts for FWS to consider. The proposed rulemaking would respond to applicable Supreme Court case law, reflect agency experience, codify some current agency practices, and make some modifications to current agency practice. The intended effect of this proposed rule is to provide greater transparency and certainty for the public and stakeholders.

    DATES: We will accept comments from all interested parties until October 8, 2020. Please note that if you are using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES below), the deadline for submitting an electronic comment is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on this date.

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

    (1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: In the Search box, enter FWS-HQ-ES-2019-0115, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, in the Search panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rules link to locate this document. You may submit a comment by clicking on "Comment Now!"

    (2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-HQ-ES-2019-0115; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS:JAO/1N, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    We request that you send comments only by the methods described above. We will post all comments on This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see Public Comments below for more information).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DOI, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, Washington, DC 20240, telephone 202/208- 4646. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf, call the Federal Relay Service at 800/877-8339.

  • National Science Foundation

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; National Science Foundation-Managed Honor Awards

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice.

    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to renew this collection. In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance of this collection for no longer than 3 years.

    DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by November 9, 2020 to be assured consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. Send comments to the address below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite W18200, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone (703) 292-7556; or send email to Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including Federal holidays).

  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces the following meeting:

    Name and Committee Code: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) 1173.

    Date and Time: October 29, 2020; 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.; October 30, 2020; 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Virtual).

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Dr. Bernice Anderson, Senior Advisor and CEOSE Executive Secretary, Office of Integrative Activities (OIA); National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314; Contact Information: 703-292-8040/

    Minutes: Meeting minutes and other information may be obtained from the CEOSE Executive Secretary at the above address or the website at

    Purpose of Meeting: To study data, programs, policies, and other information pertinent to the National Science Foundation and to provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering.

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