The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published two documents in the Federal Register today.
- Direct Final Rule – AMS is amending the Cotton Board Rules and Regulations, decreasing the value assigned to imported cotton for the purposes of calculating supplemental assessments collected for use by the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. This amendment is required each year to assure that assessments collected on imported cotton and the cotton content of imported products will be the same as those paid on domestically produced cotton.
This direct final rule is effective August 25, 2014, without further action or notice, unless significant adverse comment is received by July 28, 2014. If significant adverse comment is received, AMS will publish a timely withdrawal of this amendment in the Federal Register.
- Proposed Rule – This proposed rule is a companion to AMS’s direct final rule amending the Cotton Board Rules and Regulations. AMS is publishing this amendment as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the agency is contemplated by statute and required by regulation in 7 CFR 1205.510 and anticipates no significant adverse comment. AMS has explained its reasons in the preamble of the direct final rule. If AMS receives no significant adverse comment during the comment period, no further action on this proposed rule will be taken. If, however, AMS receives significant adverse comment, AMS will withdraw the direct final rule and it will not take effect. In that case, AMS will address all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. AMS will not institute a second comment period on this rule. Any parties interested in commenting must do so during this comment period.
Comments must be received on or before July 28, 2014.