WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Thursday said it would publish a proposed rule to revise fees for administering Quality Systems Verification Programs (Q.S.V.P.).

The proposed rule would establish a separate user-fee schedule for the Q.S.V.P. and expand the scope of the program to include all agricultural products and services within the responsibility of the Livestock and Seed Program.

These products and services include livestock, meat, meat products, seed and feedstuffs. Also included are the processes involving the production of these products, agricultural product data storage, product traceability and identification.

The proposed rule sets forth a fee of $108 per hour to cover the costs of providing these services.

The proposed rule was scheudled to be published in the April 7, 2005, Federal Register. Comments must be received by close of business May 9, 2005.

Comments may be sent to the following address: James L. Riva, Chief, Audit, Review, and Compliance Branch, AMS Livestock and Seed Program, USDA STOP 0294, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-0248; via e-mail to ARCBranch@usda.gov; or via fax to (202) 690-1038.

Comments should reference the data and page number of the Federal Register issue in which the proposed rule appears. Comments will be posted at http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsg/rulemaking.htm.