[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 206 (Thursday, October 28, 2021)]
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[FR Doc No: 2021-23462]

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Agricultural Marketing Service

[Document No. AMS-ST-21-0082]

Plant Variety Protection Board Meeting on December 14, 2021

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the 
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a meeting of the 
Plant Variety Protection Board (Board). The meeting is being held to 
discuss a variety of topics including, but not limited to, regulation 
updates, subcommittee activities, and program activities. The meeting 
is open to the public. This notice sets forth the schedule and location 
for the meeting.

DATES: Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be conducted through teleconference.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffery Haynes, Commissioner, Plant 
Variety Protection Office, USDA, AMS, Science and Technology Program; 
Telephone: (202) 720-1066; or Email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the provisions of section 10(a) 
of the FACA (5 U.S.C., Appendix 2), this notice informs the public that 
the Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO) is sponsoring a meeting of 
the Board on December 6, 2021. The Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) 
(7 U.S.C. 2321 et seq.) provides legal protection in the form of 
intellectual property rights to developers of new varieties of plants. 
A certificate of Plant Variety Protection is awarded to an owner of a 
crop variety after an examination shows that it is new, distinct from 
other varieties, genetically uniform and stable through successive 
generations. The term of protection is 20 years for most crops and 25 
years for trees and vines. The PVPA also provides for a statutory Board 
(7 U.S.C. 2327). The Board is composed of 14 individuals who are 
experts in various areas of development and represent the seed industry 
sector, academia and government. The duties of the Board are to: (1) 
Advise the Secretary concerning the adoption of rules and regulations 
to facilitate the proper administration of the FACA; (2) provide 
advisory counsel to the Secretary on appeals concerning decisions on 
applications by the PVP Office and on requests for emergency public-
interest compulsory licenses; and (3) advise the Secretary on any other 
matters under the Regulations and Rules of Practice and on all 
questions under Section 44 of the FACA, ``Public Interest in Wide 
Usage'' (7 U.S.C. 2404).
    Meeting Agenda: The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the 
PVPO 2021 and 2022 program activities, the electronic application 
system, and the working group update. The Board plans to discuss 
program activities that encourage the development of new plant 
varieties. The meeting will be open to the public. Those wishing to 
participate are encouraged to pre-register by November 29, 2021, by 
contacting Jeffery Haynes, Commissioner, at Telephone: (202) 720-1066; 
or Email: [email protected].
    Meeting Accommodation: The meeting at USDA will provide reasonable 
accommodation to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. If 
you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this public 
meeting, please notify Jeffery Haynes at: Telephone: (202) 720-1066; or 
Email: [email protected].
    Determinations for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-
by-case basis. Minutes of the meeting will be available for public 
review 30 days following the meeting on the internet at http://www.ams.usda.gov/PVPO.

    Dated: October 25, 2021.
Cikena Reid,
USDA Committee Management Officer, White House Liaison Office, Office 
of the Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2021-23462 Filed 10-27-21; 8:45 am]