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Title 7Subtitle BChapter ISubchapter APart 29 → Subpart F


Title 7: Agriculture
PART 29—TOBACCO INSPECTION


Subpart F—Policy Statement and Regulations Governing the Identification and Certification of Nonquota Tobacco Produced and Marketed in a Quota Area


Contents

definitions

§29.9201   Terms defined.
§29.9202   Approved receiving station.
§29.9203   Certification.
§29.9204   Crop-lot.
§29.9205   Identification number (farm serial number).
§29.9206   Inspection.
§29.9207   Nonquota tobacco.
§29.9208   Permissive inspection.
§29.9209   Lot.
§29.9210   Office of inspection.

policy statement

§29.9221   Policy statement.

administration

§29.9231   Administration.
§29.9232   Where certification is available.
§29.9233   When certification will be made.
§29.9234   Who may obtain certification.
§29.9235   How to make application.
§29.9236   Form of application.
§29.9237   When application deemed filed.
§29.9238   When application may be rejected.
§29.9239   When application may be withdrawn.
§29.9240   Responsibilities of applicant.
§29.9241   Accessibility of tobacco.

fees and charges

§29.9251   Fees and charges.

certifying procedures

§29.9261   Procedure to be followed.
§29.9262   Issuance of certificates.
§29.9263   Tobacco classification certificate.
§29.9264   Forms.
§29.9265   Disposition of certificate.
§29.9266   Changes or alterations.

preclusion

§29.9281   Preclusion.

Link to an amendment published at 85 FR 7444, Feb. 10, 2020.

Authority: Pub. L. 97-98, 95 Stat. 1266, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1314f).

Source: 47 FR 8980, Mar. 3, 1982, unless otherwise noted.

definitions

§29.9201   Terms defined.

As used in this subpart and in all instructions, forms, and documents in connection therewith, the words and phrases hereinafter defined shall have the indicated meanings so assigned.

§29.9202   Approved receiving station.

Points approved by the Director at which tobacco is offered for marketing or shipment into commerce including tobacco auction warehouses, packing houses, prizeries, or places where tobacco is handled or stored.

§29.9203   Certification.

The documentation of class or type, weight, or other tobacco characteristics as required in §29.9263.

§29.9204   Crop-lot.

The assemblage of individual lots representing the season's production of each kind or type of nonquota tobacco produced on an individual farm.

§29.9205   Identification number (farm serial number).

The serial number assigned to an individual farm by the appropriate office of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.

§29.9206   Inspection.

The examination by an inspector of a lot or crop-lot of tobacco to make determinations necessary for proper certification.

§29.9207   Nonquota tobacco.

Any kind or type of tobacco not subject to production and/or marketing limitations or restrictions under regulations issued by the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.

§29.9208   Permissive inspection.

Permissive inspection consists of inspecting and certificating tobacco, upon the request of an interested party.

§29.9209   Lot.

A pile, basket, bulk, package, or other definite unit.

§29.9210   Office of inspection.

A field office of the inspection service of the Tobacco Division.

policy statement

§29.9221   Policy statement.

Public Law 97-98 enacted on December 22, 1981, amended section 320 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, to preserve the effectiveness of the tobacco program by discouraging the production of tobacco not under quota in states where tobacco farmers have elected to comply with marketing quotas. Under the amendment, any tobacco represented by the producer as nonquota which is produced in a state where producers have approved marketing quotas shall be determined to be subject to marketing quotas for the quota tobacco produced in that state having the highest price support, with the specific exemptions provided for in section 320(b) and set out in 7 CFR parts 724, 725, and 726 of these regulations. The regulations in this subpart set out procedures for requesting a Tobacco Classification Certificate which would certify that the inspected tobacco is readily and distinguishably different from all kinds of quota tobacco, as determined through application of the standards for inspection and identification of tobacco.

administration

§29.9231   Administration.

The Director, Tobacco Division, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC, 20250, is charged with the supervision of the Division and the performance of all duties assigned thereto in the administration of the act. The conduct of all services and the licensing or employment of inspection/grading/sampling personnel under these regulations shall be accomplished without discrimination as to race, color, creed, sex, or national origin. Information concerning such administration may be obtained from the Director.

§29.9232   Where certification is available.

Nonquota tobacco may be inspected and certified by class or type, upon request of an interested party, when the tobacco is displayed at an approved receiving station where the tobacco is accessible to the inspector.

§29.9233   When certification will be made.

Certification services for the nonquota tobacco shall be made when inspectors are available and such sales will not interfere with scheduled sales on designated auction markets.

§29.9234   Who may obtain certification.

Certification of nonquota tobacco may be requested by an interested party (applicant) by filing an application in accordance with §§29.9236 and 29.9237.

§29.9235   How to make application.

Application for certification by class or type of nonquota tobacco shall be made to the office of inspection, not less than 14 days before the date of requested certification. The application shall be in writing and signed by the applicant.

§29.9236   Form of application.

Application for inspection and certification of class or type of nonquota tobacco shall include the following information;

(a) The date of the application;

(b) The producer's certification of the type of the tobacco, the crop year when produced, and where produced;

(c) The name and post office address of the applicant;

(d) The financial interest of the applicant in the tobacco;

(e) The exact nature of the service desired;

(f) A statement that the tobacco is (1) in commerce, as defined in the act, or (2) entering such commerce; and

(g) Such other necessary information as the Director may require.

§29.9237   When application deemed filed.

An application shall be deemed filed when delivered to the office of inspection. When an application is filed, the date and time of filing shall be recorded by the official receiving it.

§29.9238   When application may be rejected.

An application may be rejected (a) for noncompliance with the act or the regulations in this subpart, or (b) when it is not practicable to provide the service. All expenses incurred in connection with an application rejected for noncompliance with the act or the regulations in this subpart shall be paid by the applicant as provided in §29.124 of subpart B of this part.

§29.9239   When application may be withdrawn.

An application may be withdrawn at any time before the requested service is rendered. Payment of expenses incurred in connection therewith shall be paid by the applicant as provided in §29.124 and subpart B of this part.

§29.9240   Responsibilities of applicant.

Any applicant requesting class or type certification on nonquota tobacco produced in a quota area, shall obtain from the appropriate county office of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service a certificate showing the acreage of nonquota tobacco grown on each affected farm and the identification number. It shall also be the responsibility of the applicant to:

(a) Make available to the inspector any or all information required by the inspector for completion of the Tobacco Classification Certificate,

(b) Make the tobacco accessible to the inspector, and

(c) Surrender to the inspector at time of certification a copy of the ASCS certificate and sale bill.

§29.9241   Accessibility of tobacco.

All tobacco to be inspected and certified by class or type upon application shall be made accessible by the applicant for proper examination, including any necessary display in proper light for determination of grade, class, type, or other characteristics or for drawing of samples. Each croplot shall be displayed at an approved receiving station in a continuous and orderly sequence with no other quota, nonquota, or other producer's tobacco in between. The lots shall be arranged in rows 18 inches apart with the leaves of adjacent lots not touching within the rows. Coverings shall be removed by the applicant in such manner as may be prescribed by the inspector.

fees and charges

§29.9251   Fees and charges.

Fees and charges for inspection and certification services shall comprise the cost of salaries, travel, per diem, and related expenses to cover the costs of performing the service. Fees shall be for actual time required to render the service calculated to the nearest 30-minute period. The hourly rate shall be $47.40. The overtime rate for service performed outside the inspector's regularly scheduled tour of duty shall be $53.70. The rate of $64.45 shall be charged for work performed on Sundays and holidays.

[56 FR 41922, Aug. 26, 1991, as amended at 66 FR 28361, May 23, 2001]

certifying procedures

§29.9261   Procedure to be followed.

In certifications based on permissive inspection of nonquota tobacco produced in a state where any quota tobacco is produced, the inspector shall use the Official Standard Grades for all types of quota tobacco. The inspector shall determine by inspecting each lot in the crop-lot whether the crop-lot can be certified as the nonquota tobacco requested by the applicant. If the inspector determines upon inspection that any individual lot in the crop-lot meets the specifications of any grade of any quota tobacco, no certificate will be issued on any tobacco in the crop-lot.

§29.9262   Issuance of certificates.

A “Tobacco Classification Certificate” may be issued upon request of an applicant for nonquota tobacco certified in accordance with §29.9261. The Tobacco Classification Certificate will be supplied by the inspection office.

§29.9263   Tobacco classification certificate.

Each tobacco classification certificate shall show:

(a) The caption “Tobacco Classification Certificate”;

(b) Whether it is an original, first, second, or other copy;

(c) The number of the certificate;

(d) The sale bill identification number;

(e) The location of the tobacco at the time of inspection and certification;

(f) The date of certification;

(g) The class or type of tobacco;

(h) The number of lots in the crop-lot;

(i) The weight of each lot;

(j) The signature of the inspector and,

(k) Such additional information as may be required by the Director.

§29.9264   Forms.

Each certificate issued under this regulation shall:

(a) Show that it was issued under the Tobacco Inspection Act;

(b) Be in a form approved for the purpose by the Director, and

(c) Embody within it, written or printed terms with respect to the particular kind of service, all applicable information required by §29.9263. Each certificate may also contain any information, not inconsistent with the act and the regulations in this subpart, as may be approved or required by the Director. The Director may, in his discretion, specify or limit the period in which a certificate shall be valid.

§29.9265   Disposition of certificate.

Distribution of the Tobacco Classification Certificate shall be limited to the provisions of this section. The original certificate and one copy shall be delivered or mailed to the applicant or his agent. One copy and the copy of the ASCS certificate shall be forwarded by the inspector to the Division or office of inspection.

§29.9266   Changes or alterations.

No change or alteration shall be made in the weight or other identification of a lot on the Tobacco Classification Certificate after the certification of class or type, and any such change or alteration shall constitute and be construed as a change or alteration in the certificate issued or authorized under the act.

preclusion

§29.9281   Preclusion.

The provisions of this subpart shall not preclude the application of other administrative remedies or the institution of criminal proceedings in appropriate cases as provided by the act.

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