Opportunity for Designation in the Urbana, Illinois; Sandusky, Michigan; Davenport, Iowa; Enid, Oklahoma; Keokuk, Iowa; Marshall, Michigan; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Fremont, Nebraska; Annapolis, Maryland; Amarillo, Texas; Cairo, Illinois; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Raleigh, North Carolina; Belmond, Iowa; and Ogden, Utah, Areas; Request for Comments on the Official Agencies Servicing This Area

Cited as:86 FR 10530
Court:Agricultural Marketing Service, Agriculture Department
Publication Date:22 Feb 2021
Record Number:2021-03468
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 33 (Monday, February 22, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 33 (Monday, February 22, 2021)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 10530-10531]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2021-03468]
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                Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 /
                Notices
                [[Page 10530]]
                DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
                Agricultural Marketing Service
                [Doc. No AMS-FGIS-20-0068]
                Opportunity for Designation in the Urbana, Illinois; Sandusky,
                Michigan; Davenport, Iowa; Enid, Oklahoma; Keokuk, Iowa; Marshall,
                Michigan; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Fremont, Nebraska; Annapolis, Maryland;
                Amarillo, Texas; Cairo, Illinois; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Raleigh,
                North Carolina; Belmond, Iowa; and Ogden, Utah, Areas; Request for
                Comments on the Official Agencies Servicing This Area
                AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.
                ACTION: Notice.
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                SUMMARY: The designations of the official agencies listed in
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below will end on the prescribed dates. We
                are asking persons or governmental agencies interested in providing
                official services in the areas presently served by these agencies to
                submit an application for designation. The Agricultural Marketing
                Service (AMS) encourages submissions from traditionally
                underrepresented individuals, organizations, and businesses to reflect
                the diversity of this industry. AMS encourages submissions from
                qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, age, sex, sexual
                orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability
                status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected
                by law. In addition, we are asking for comments on the quality of
                services provided by the following designated agencies: Champaign-
                Danville Grain Inspection Departments, Inc. (Champaign); Detroit Grain
                Inspection Service, Inc. (Detroit); Eastern Iowa Grain Inspection and
                Weighing Service, Inc. (Eastern Iowa); Enid Grain Inspection Company,
                Inc. (Enid); Keokuk Grain Inspection Service (Keokuk); Michigan Grain
                Inspection Services, Inc. (Michigan); Omaha Grain Inspection Service,
                Inc. (Omaha); Fremont Grain Inspection Department, Inc. (Fremont);
                Maryland Department of Agriculture (Maryland); Amarillo Grain Exchange,
                Inc. (Amarillo); Cairo Grain Inspection Agency, Inc. (Cairo); Louisiana
                Department of Agriculture and Forestry (Louisiana); North Carolina
                Department of Agriculture (North Carolina); D.R. Schaal Agency, Inc.
                (Schaal); and Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (Utah).
                DATES: Applications and comments must be received by March 24, 2021.
                ADDRESSES: Submit applications and comments concerning this Notice
                using any of the following methods:
                 To apply for Designation: Use FGISonline (https://fgisonline.ams.usda.gov) and then click on the Delegations/Designations
                and Export Registrations (DDR) link. You will need to obtain an
                FGISonline customer number and USDA eAuthentication username and
                password prior to applying.
                 To submit Comments: Go to Regulations.gov (http://www.regulations.gov). Instructions for submitting and reading comments
                are detailed on the site. Interested persons are invited to submit
                written comments concerning this notice. All comments must be submitted
                through the Federal e-rulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov
                and should reference the document number and the date and page number
                of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments submitted in
                response to this notice will be included in the record and will be made
                available to the public. Please be advised that the identity of the
                individuals or entities submitting comments will be made public on the
                internet at the address provided above.
                 Read Applications and Comments: All comments will be available for
                public inspection online at http://www.regulations.gov. If you would
                like to view the applications, please contact us at [email protected]
                (7 CFR 1.27(c)).
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joshua Diaz-Lopez, (816) 266-5240, or
                [email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The designations of the official agencies
                listed below will end on the prescribed dates:
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                 Headquarters
                 Official agency location and Designation end
                 telephone
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                Champaign-Danville Grain Urbana, IL, 217-344- 3/31/2021
                 Inspection Department. 9306.
                Detroit Grain Inspection Service, Sandusky, MI, 810- 3/31/2021
                 Inc. 404-3786.
                Eastern Iowa Grain Inspection Davenport, IA, 563- 3/31/2021
                 Company, Inc. 322-7149.
                Enid Grain Inspection Company.... Enid, OK, 580-233- 3/31/2021
                 1122.
                Keokuk Grain Inspection Service.. Keokuk, IA, 319-524- 3/31/2021
                 4695.
                Michigan Grain Inspection Marshall, MI, 269- 3/31/2021
                 Services, Inc. 781-2711.
                Omaha Grain Inspection Service, Council Bluffs, IA, 3/31/2021
                 Inc. 712-256-2590.
                Fremont Grain Inspection Fremont, NE, 402- 6/30/2021
                 Department, Inc. 721-1270.
                Maryland Department of Annapolis, MD, 410- 6/30/2021
                 Agriculture. 841-5769.
                Amarillo Grain Exchange, Inc..... Amarillo, TX, 806- 9/30/2021
                 372-8511.
                Cairo Grain Inspection Agency, Cairo, IL, 618-734- 9/30/2021
                 Inc. 0689.
                Louisiana Department of Baton Rouge, LA, 9/30/2021
                 Agriculture and Forestry. 318-428-0116.
                North Carolina Department of Raleigh, NC, 919- 9/30/2021
                 Agriculture. 733-4491.
                D.R. Schaal Agency, Inc.......... Belmond, IA, 641- 9/30/2021
                 444-3122.
                Utah Department of Agriculture Ogden, UT, 801-392- 9/30/2021
                 and Food. 2292.
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                 Section 7(f) of the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA)
                authorizes the Secretary to designate a qualified applicant to provide
                official services in a specified area after determining that the
                applicant is better able than any other applicant to provide such
                official services (7 U.S.C. 79(f)). Under section 7(g) of the USGSA,
                designations of official agencies are effective for no longer than five
                years, unless terminated by the Secretary, and may be renewed according
                to the criteria and procedures prescribed in section 7(f) of the USGSA.
                Areas Open for Designation
                 Champaign, Detroit, Eastern Iowa, Enid, Keokuk, Michigan and Omaha:
                Areas of designation include Wisconsin and parts of Michigan, Illinois,
                Iowa, Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio and Nebraska. Please see the March
                29, 2016, issue of the Federal Register (81 FR 17428-17431) for
                descriptions of the areas open for designation.
                 Maryland and Fremont: Areas of designation include Maryland and
                parts of Iowa and Nebraska. Please see the March 29, 2016, issue of the
                Federal Register (81 FR 17431-17432) for descriptions of the areas open
                for designation.
                 Amarillo, Cairo, Louisiana, and Utah: Areas of designation include
                Louisiana; Utah; and parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kentucky, and
                Tennessee. Please see the July 1, 2015, issue of the Federal Register
                (80 FR 37581 (only with respect to Utah)) and the August 24, 2016,
                issue of the Federal Register (81 FR 57882-57885) for descriptions of
                the areas open for designation.
                 North Carolina and Schaal: Areas of designation include New Jersey,
                South Carolina, New York, Georgia, North Carolina, and parts of Iowa
                and Minnesota. Please see the June 3, 2020, issue of the Federal
                Register (85 FR 34160-34161) for descriptions of the areas open for
                designation.
                Opportunity for Designation
                 Interested persons or governmental agencies may apply for
                designation to provide official services in the geographic areas of the
                official agencies specified above under the provisions of section 7(f)
                of the USGSA and 7 CFR 800.196. Designation in the specified geographic
                areas for Champaign, Detroit, Eastern Iowa, Enid, Keokuk, Michigan and
                Omaha begins April 1, 2021. Designation in the specified geographic
                areas for Fremont and Maryland begins July 1, 2021. Designation in the
                specified geographic areas for Amarillo, Cairo, Louisiana, North
                Carolina, Schaal, and Utah begins October 1, 2021. To apply for
                designation or to request more information on the geographic areas
                serviced by these official agencies, contact Joshua Diaz-Lopez at the
                address listed above.
                Request for Comments
                 We are publishing this Notice to provide interested persons the
                opportunity to comment on the quality of services provided by the
                Champaign, Detroit, Eastern Iowa, Enid, Keokuk, Michigan, Omaha,
                Fremont, Maryland, Amarillo, Cairo, Louisiana, North Carolina, Schaal,
                and Utah official agencies. In the designation process, we are
                particularly interested in receiving comments citing reasons and
                pertinent data supporting or objecting to the designation of the
                applicant(s). Such comments should be submitted through the Federal e-
                rulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov.
                 We consider applications, comments, and other available information
                when determining which applicants will be designated.
                 Authority: 7 U.S.C. 71-87k.
                Bruce Summers,
                Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
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