In the January 4, 2018, Federal Register, USDA announced its withdrawal of certain advance notice of proposed rulemakings and proposed rules that were either published in the Federal Register more than four years ago without subsequent action or determined to no longer be candidates for final action. USDA stated it is taking this action to reduce its regulatory backlog and focus its resources on higher priority actions. Some of the proposed rules that have been withdrawn are: the Foreign Agricultural Service's ("FAS") Quality Samples Program (71 FR 43992); FAS's Export Sales Reporting Program (78 FR 16819); APHIS's Viruses, Serums, Toxins, and Analogous Products, Detection of Avian Lymphoid Leukosis Virus (72 FR 4467); APHIS's Tuberculosis: Require Approved Herd Plans Prior to Payment of Indemnity (73 FR 43171); APHIS's Forfeiture Procedures Under the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act Amendments (78 FR 29659); AMS's Farmers' Market Promotion Program (76 FR 3046); AMS's Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Research and Promotion Program (78 FR 68297); AMS's Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information; Beef Promotion and Research; Amendments to Allow Redirection of State Assessments to the National Program; Technical Amendments (81 FR 45984); or USDA's Food and Nutrition Service ("FNS") National School Lunch Program: Reimbursement for snacks in after-school care programs (65 FR 60502).

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