March 11, 2004
The U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
today announced that it is seeking public comments on a draft
document outlining the risks associated with importing soybean
products from countries affected by soybean rust, an air-borne,
fungal pathogen not found in the continental United States.
The document, entitled "Status of Scientific Evidence on Risks
Associated with the Introduction into the Continental United
States of Phakopsora pachyrhizi with Imported Soybean Grain,
Seed and Meal," informs researchers and decisionmakers about the
biology of the disease; the probability of introduction via
grain, seed or meal; the consequences of introduction; and the
uncertainty associated with current information.
In addition to general comments, APHIS officials are seeking
responses to the following questions:
conditions at harvest and during cleaning, drying, storage or
transport would change the risk of introducing Phakopsora
pachyrhizi, Asian soybean rust, with imported soybean, grain,
seed and meal?
2. Is there additional specific information on industry and
agricultural practices that would affect the risk of
introducing the soybean rust pathogen with imported soybean
grain, seed and meal?
3. Are most soybeans grown in areas infested with soybean rust
sprayed with fungicides? How effective is this control?
4. What other practical treatments could be used to address
the risk of introducing the soybean rust pathogen in imported
soybean grain, seed and meal?
5. Is there any other information APHIS should consider in
determining the risk of introducing soybean rust with imported
soybean grain, seed and meal?
Consideration will be given to
comments received on or before April 12. Comments may be
submitted by postal mail, commercial delivery, e-mail or via
Internet. If postal mail or commercial delivery is used, send an
original and three copies to Docket No. 04-019-1, Regulatory
Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3C71, 4700 River
Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, Md. 20737-1238. If e-mail is used,
address comments to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments must be contained in
the body the message; do not send attached files. Please include
your name and address in the body of the message and use "Docket
No. 04-019-1", on the subject line. To submit comments online,
http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for
locating this docket and submitting comments.
Comments may also be reviewed at USDA, South Building, Room
1141, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington,
D.C., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday,
except holidays. Persons wishing to view the documents are
requested to call ahead on (202) 690-2817 to facilitate entry
into the reading room.
This notice is scheduled for publication in the March 12 Federal
Register. APHIS documents published in the Federal Register and
related information, including the names of organizations and
individuals who have commented on APHIS dockets, are available
on the Internet at