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The Code of Federal Regulations is a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. The Code is divided into 50 titles which represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each title is divided into chapters which usually bear the name of the issuing agency. Each chapter is further subdivided into parts covering specific regulatory areas.


Each volume of the Code is revised at least once each calendar year and issued on a quarterly basis approximately as follows:

Title 1 through Title 16..

Title 17 through Title 27..........

Title 28 through Title 41.

Title 42 through Title 50....................

as of January 1

as of April 1 as of July 1

as of October 1

The appropriate revision date is printed on the cover of each volume.


The contents of the Federal Register are required to be judicially noticed (44 U.S.C. 1507). The Code of Federal Regulations is prima facie evidence of the text of the original documents (44 U.S.C. 1510).


The Code of Federal Regulations is kept up to date by the individual issues of the Federal Register. These two publications must be used together to determine the latest version of any given rule.

To determine whether there have been any amendments since the revision date of the Code volume in which the user is interested (in this case, January 2, 1979) the following two lists must be consulted: the "List of CFR Sections Affected (LSA)" issued monthly and the "Cumulative List of Parts Affected" which appears daily in the Federal Register. These two lists will refer the user to the Federal Register page where he may find the latest amendment of any given rule.


Each volume of the Code contains amendments published in the Federal Register since the last revision of that volume of the Code. Source citations for the regulations are referred to by volume number and page number of the Federal Register and date of publication. Publication dates and effective dates are usually not the same and care must be exercised by the user in determining the actual effective date. In instances where the effective date is beyond the cut-off date for the Code a note has been inserted to reflect the future effective date.

Provisions that become obsolete before the revision date stated on the cover of each volume are not carried. Code users may find the text of provisions in effect on a given date in the past by using the appropriate numerical list of sections affected. For the period before January 1, 1964, the user should consult the "List of Sections Affected, 1949-1963" published in a separate volume. For the period beginning January 1, 1964, a "List of CFR Sections Affected" is published at the end of each CFR volume.


A subject index to the Code of Federal Regulations which is revised annually as of July 1, is contained in a separate volume entitled CFR INDEX AND FINDING AIDS. This volume contains the Parallel Table of Statutory Authorities and Agency Rules (Table I), and Acts Requiring Publication in the Federal Register (Table III). A list of CFR Titles, Chapters, and Parts, ar alphabetical list of CFR subtitles and chapters, and lists of current and superseded CFR volumes are also included in this volume.

An index to the text of Presidential documents appears at the end of each compilation of Title 3, The President.

The Federal Register Index is issued monthly, quarterly, and annually. This index is based on a consolidation of the "Contents" entries in the daily Federal Register.

A List of CFR Sections Affected (LSA) is published monthly, keyed to the revision dates of the 50 CFR titles.


Inquiries concerning technical aspects of the Code should be addressed to the Director, Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, Washington, D.C. 20408 (telephone 202-5235240). Sales are handled exclusively by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.

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Title 7-AGRICULTURE is composed of fifteen volumes. The parts in these volumes are arranged in the following order: Parts 0-52, Parts 53-209, Parts 210699, Parts 700-899, Parts 900-944, Parts 945-980, Parts 981-999, Parts 1000-1059, Parts 1060-1119, Parts 1120-1199, Parts 1200-1499, Parts 1500-2799, Parts 28002851, Part 2852, and Parts 2853-end. The contents of these volumes represent all current regulations codified under this title of the CFR as of January 1, 1979.

An alphabetical list of U.S. standards for grades of processed fruits, vegetables and certain other products appears in the Finding Aids section of the volume containing Part 2852.

The Food and Nutrition Service current regulations in the volume containing Parts 210-699, include the Child Nutrition Programs and the Food Stamp Program. This volume also contains regulations of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, and includes a list of counties and crops eligible for insurance as appendices to § 401.101.

All marketing agreements and orders for fruits, vegetables and nuts appear in the three volumes containing Parts 900-999. All marketing agreements and orders for milk appear in the three volumes containing Parts 1000-1199. Part 900-General Regulations is carried as a note in each of the five volumes containing Parts 945-1199, and Part 1000-General Provisions of Federal Milk Marketing Orders is carried as a note in each of the two volumes containing Parts 1060-1199, as a convenience to the user.

Redesignation tables are also carried in the Finding Aids section in each of the nine volumes containing Parts 945-end.

The Code of Federal Regulations is published under the editorial direction of Martha B. Girard, assisted by Pearl Einhorn. For this volume, Gertrude E. Belton was Chief Editor.

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