7 CFR 2.79 - Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
(a)Delegations. Pursuant to § 2.22(a)(1), (a)(5) and (a)(8), subject to reservations in § 2.22(b)(1), the following delegations of authority are made by the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs to the Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service:
(1) Exercise the functions of the Secretary of Agriculture contained in the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended ( 7 U.S.C. 1621- 1627b), including payments to State Departments of Agriculture in connection with cooperative marketing service projects under section 204(b) ( 7 U.S.C. 1623(b)), but excepting matters otherwise assigned.
(2) Conduct marketing efficiency research and development activities directly applicable to the conduct of the Wholesale Market Development Program, specifically:
(i) Studies of facilities and methods used in physical distribution of food and other farm products;
(ii) Studies designed to improve handling of all agricultural products as they are moved from farms to consumers; and
(3) Exercise the functions of the Secretary of Agriculture relating to the transportation activities contained in section 203(j) of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 ( 7 U.S.C. 1622(j)) as amended, but excepting matters otherwise assigned.
(4) Administer transportation activities under section 201 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938 ( 7 U.S.C. 1291).
(5) Apply results of economic research and operations analysis to evaluate transportation issues and to recommend revisions of current procedures.
(6) Serve as the focal point for all Department transportation matters including development of policies and strategies.
(7) Cooperate with other Departmental agencies in the development and recommendation of policies and programs for inland transportation of USDA and CCC-owned commodities in connection with USDA programs.
(8) Exercise the functions of the Secretary of Agriculture contained in the following legislation:
(xxii) Section 401(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 ( 7 U.S.C. 415e);
(xxiv) Wheat Research and Promotion Act ( 7 U.S.C. 1292 note), except as specified in § 2.43(a)(24);
(xxxv) Section 32 of the Act of August 24, 1935 ( 7 U.S.C. 612c), as supplemented by the Act of June 28, 1937 ( 15 U.S.C. 713c), and related legislation, except functions which are otherwise assigned relating to the domestic distribution and donation of agricultural commodities and products thereof following the procurement thereof;
(xxxvi) Procurement of agricultural commodities and other foods under section 6 of the National School Lunch Act of 1946, as amended ( 42 U.S.C. 1755);
(xxxvii) In carrying out the procurement functions in paragraphs (a)(8)(xxxv) and (xxxvi) of this section, the Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service shall, to the extent practicable, use the commodity procurement, handling, payment and related services of the Farm Service Agency;
(xxxviii) Act of May 23, 1908, regarding inspection of dairy products for export ( 21 U.S.C. 693);
(xl) The Watermelon Research and Consumer Information Act ( 7 U.S.C. 4901-4616), except as specified in § 2.43(a)(24);
(xliv) Section 213 of the Tobacco Adjustment Act of 1983, as amended ( 7 U.S.C. 511r);
(xlv) National Laboratory Accreditation Program ( 7 U.S.C. 138- 138i) with respect to laboratories accredited for pesticide residue analysis in fruits and vegetables and other agricultural commodities, except those laboratories analyzing only meat and poultry products;
(liii) Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 ( 7 U.S.C. 6501- 6522) provided that the Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service, will enter into agreements, as necessary, with the Administrator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, to provide inspection services;
(liv) Pesticide Recordkeeping ( 7 U.S.C. 136i-l) with the provision that the Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service, will enter into agreements, as necessary, with other Federal agencies;
(lviii) Commodity Promotion and Evaluation ( 7 U.S.C. 7401);
(lxiii) Farmers' Market Promotion Program ( 7 U.S.C. 2005).
(lxiv) National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program ( 7 U.S.C. 6523).
(lxv) Exemption of Certified Organic Products from Assessment ( 7 U.S.C. 7401).
(lxviii) Section 7407 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 ( 7 U.S.C. 5925c), with respect to the collection and distribution of comprehensive reporting of prices relating to organically produced agricultural products.
(lxx) Section 375 of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act ( 7 U.S.C. 2008j).
(lxxi) Section 101 of the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 ( 7 U.S.C. 1621 note).
(lxxii) Section 1502 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 ( 7 U.S.C. 8772).
(lxxiv) Section 10105 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 ( 7 U.S.C. 7655a).
(lxxv) Section 10107 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 ( 7 U.S.C. 1622b).
(lxxvii) Section 4213(c) of the Agricultural Act of 2014 ( 7 U.S.C. 1755b(c)).
(lxxviii) Section 12306 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 ( 7 U.S.C. 1632c).
(lxxix) Section 506 of the Trade and Development Act of 2000 ( 7 U.S.C. 7101 note).
(9) Furnish, on request, copies of programs, pamphlets, reports, or other publications for missions or programs as may otherwise be delegated or assigned to the Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service and charge user fees therefore, as authorized by section 1121 of the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981, as amended by section 1769 of the Food Security Act of 1985, 7 U.S.C. 2242a.
(10) Collect, summarize, and publish data on the production, distribution, and stocks of sugar.
(11) With respect to land and facilities under his or her authority, exercise the functions delegated to the Secretary by Executive Order 12580, 3 CFR, 1987 Comp., p. 193, under the following provisions of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (“the Act”), as amended:
(i) Sections 104 (a), (b), and (c)(4) of the Act ( 42 U.S.C. 9604 (a), (b), and (c)(4)), with respect to removal and remedial actions in the event of release or threatened release of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant into the environment;
(ii) Sections 104(e)-(h) of the Act ( 42 U.S.C. 9604(e)-(h)), with respect to information gathering and access requests and orders; compliance with Federal health and safety standards and wage and labor standards applicable to covered work; and emergency procurement powers;
(iii) Section 104(i)(11) of the Act ( 42 U.S.C. 9604(i)(11)), with respect to the reduction of exposure to significant risk to human health;
(iv) Section 104(j) of the Act ( 42 U.S.C. 9604(j)), with respect to the acquisition of real property and interests in real property required to conduct a remedial action;
(v) The first two sentences of section 105(d) of the Act ( 42 U.S.C. 9605(d)), with respect to petitions for preliminary assessment of a release or threatened release;
(vi) Section 105(f) of the Act ( 42 U.S.C. 9605(f)), with respect to consideration of the availability of qualified minority firms in awarding contracts, but excluding that portion of section 105(f) pertaining to the annual report to Congress;
(vii) Section 109 of the Act ( 42 U.S.C. 9609), with respect to the assessment of civil penalties for violations of section 122 of the Act ( 42 U.S.C. 9622), and the granting of awards to individuals providing information;
(viii) Section 111(f) of the Act ( 42 U.S.C. 9611(f)), with respect to the designation of officials who may obligate money in the Hazardous Substances Superfund;
(ix) Section 113(k) of the Act ( 42 U.S.C. 9613(k)), with respect to establishing an administrative record upon which to base the selection of a response action and identifying and notifying potentially responsible parties;
(x) Section 116(a) of the Act ( 42 U.S.C. 9616(a)), with respect to preliminary assessment and site inspection of facilities;
(xi) Sections 117(a) and (c) of the Act ( 42 U.S.C. 9617 (a) and (c)), with respect to public participation in the preparation of any plan for remedial action and explanation of variances from the final remedial action plan for any remedial action or enforcement action, including any settlement or consent decree entered into;
(xii) Section 119 of the Act ( 42 U.S.C. 9119), with respect to indemnifying response action contractors;
(xiii) Section 121 of the Act ( 42 U.S.C. 9621), with respect to cleanup standards; and
(12) With respect to facilities and activities under his or her authority, to exercise the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture pursuant to section 1-102 related to compliance with applicable pollution control standards and section 1-601 of Executive Order 12088, 3 CFR, 1978 Comp., p. 243, to enter into an inter-agency agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, or an administrative consent order or a consent judgment in an appropriate State, interstate, or local agency, containing a plan and schedule to achieve and maintain compliance with applicable pollution control standards established pursuant to the following:
(i) Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, as further amended by the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments, and the Federal Facility Compliance Act ( 42 U.S.C. 6901et seq.);
(ii) Federal Water Pollution Prevention and Control Act, as amended ( 33 U.S.C. 1251et seq.);
(iii) Safe Drinking Water Act, as amended ( 42 U.S.C. 300fet seq.);
(iv) Clean Air Act, as amended ( 42 U.S.C. 7401et seq.);
(v) Noise Control Act of 1972, as amended ( 42 U.S.C. 4901et seq.);
(vi) Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended ( 15 U.S.C. 2601et seq.);
(vii) Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, as amended ( 7 U.S.C. 136et seq.); and
(viii) Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 ( 42 U.S.C. 9601et seq.).
(14) Assist the Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service with implementing section 3205 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 ( 22 U.S.C. 7112 note) regarding the Consultative Group to Eliminate the Use of Child Labor and Forced Labor in Imported Agricultural Products.
(15) Assist the Administrator, Economic Research Service with implementing section 10016 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 regarding locally or regionally produced agricultural food products ( 7 U.S.C. 2204h).