Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Revise and Extend an Information Collection, 23841-23842 [05-8983]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 86 / Thursday, May 5, 2005 / Notices USDA to afford strict confidentiality to non-aggregated data provided by respondents. Copies of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from Ginny McBride, NASS Clearance Officer, at (202) 720– 5778. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record and be summarized in the request for OMB approval. Signed at Washington, DC, March 24, 2005. Carol House, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 05–8982 Filed 5–2–05; 2:34 pm] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Revise and Extend an Information Collection National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) and Office of Management and Budget regulations at 5 CFR part 1320 (60 FR 44978, August 29, 1995), this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to seek approval to revise and extend a currently approved information collection, the Agricultural Resources Management Survey and Chemical Use Surveys. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by July 11, 2005 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Comments may be mailed to Ginny McBride, NASS Clearance VerDate jul<14>2003 13:10 May 04, 2005 Jkt 205001 Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250 or sent electronically to gmcbride@nass.usda.gov., or faxed to (202) 720–6396. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol House, Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720–4333. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Agricultural Resources Management Survey and Chemical Use Surveys. OMB Control Number: 0535–0218. Expiration Date of Approval: August 31, 2007. Type of Request: Intent to revise and extend a currently approved information collection. Abstract: One of the primary objectives of the National Agricultural Statistics Service is to provide high quality and timely estimates about the nation’s food supply and environment. In the Agricultural Resources Management Survey, Chemical Use Survey, and Post-harvest Chemical Use Survey, data are collected regarding chemical uses on field crops, fruit, and vegetable crops; the types and amounts of pesticides used on selected commodities after harvest and before being shipped to the consumer; and production expenses and income sources for farm operations. Information from these data collection efforts is used extensively by government agencies in planning, farm policy analysis, scientific research, and program administration. Data collection will be extended in 2005 to enable side-by-side comparison of the characteristics of traditional and organic dairy operations. The intent is to rotate the commodity of interest in future years to collect a comparable set of objective information on the economic, structural, and production characteristics of organic vs conventional operations. Organic soybeans will be targeted in 2006. NASS intends to request approval to continue a study integrating the Agricultural Resources Management Survey (ARMS) with the Conservation Effects Assessment Program (CEAP) Survey, OMB Control No. 0535–0245. An integrated questionnaire will be used to collect data for the two surveys sponsored by USDA’s Economic Research Service and National Agricultural Statistics Service, and National Resources Conservation Service, respectively. For 2005 surveys, four States will be involved in the PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23841 study: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Nebraska. The ARMS list samples for corn will be reduced allowing for replacement by CEAP survey samples planted with corn in 2005. The resulting overlap between the two surveys provides multiple-year data to study combining ARMS agricultural practices and farm cost and returns data with CEAP conservation effects data. Multiple year studies add value by directly linking environmental data with farm production practice, resource, economic, and farm household characteristics. CEAP–ARMS (1) serves an expanded set of interests across a broader set of multiple USDA users, (2) reduces respondent burden by eliminating survey overlap, and (3) enhances USDA’s ability to evaluate the true impacts of conservation programs by isolating program incentive impacts from impacts due to other farm programs and to non-conservation program factors, such as farm household and financial constraints, technology changes, market conditions, farm size, and weather conditions (Amber Waves, September 2004). CEAP–ARMS also allows USDA to maximize the use of its data across USDA programs, and thereby, enhance its ability to design and implement programs consistent with USDA resource and conservation policy goals. CEAP–ARMS will help address such questions as the differences in characteristics between conservation program participants and non-participants; how producer-based environmental stewardship affects program participation; what is its impact on program costs and benefits; and how and to what extent should incentive structures differ across types of participants, farm size, and environmental and conservation policy goals. Integration of the CEAP–ARMS surveys will be further evaluated by obtaining the unique identifier of the Common Land Unit as identified by the Farm Services Agency in one State. This additional effort to link environmental data with practice, economic, and household characteristics has the potential to reduce collection burden by enabling the use of existing biophysical information. These data will be collected under the authority of 7 U.S.C. 2204(a). Individually identifiable data collected under this authority are governed by Section 1770 of the Food Security Act of 1985, 7 U.S.C. 2276, which requires USDA to afford strict confidentiality to non-aggregated data provided by respondents. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 43 minutes. E:\FR\FM\05MYN1.SGM 05MYN1 23842 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 86 / Thursday, May 5, 2005 / Notices Respondents: Farms, Packers, Shippers, and Warehouses. Estimated Number of Respondents: 81,000. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 58,000 hours. Copies of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from Ginny McBride, NASS Clearance Officer, at (202) 720– 5778. Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record and be summarized in the request for OMB approval. Signed at Washington, DC, March 24, 2005. Carol House, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 05–8983 Filed 5–2–05; 2:35 pm] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Seek Reinstatement of an Information Collection National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) and Office of Management and Budget regulations at 5 CFR part 1320 (60 FR 44978, August 29, 1995), this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to seek approval to revise and reinstate an information collection, the Census of Aquaculture. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by July 11, 2005 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent to Ginny McBride, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, VerDate jul<14>2003 13:10 May 04, 2005 Jkt 205001 Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–2024 or to gmcbride@nass.usda.gov or faxed to (202) 720–6396. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol House, Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720–4333. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Census of Aquaculture. OMB Control Number: 0535–0237. Type of Request: Intent to revise and reinstate an information collection. Abstract: The 2005 Census of Aquaculture will encompass all operations in each State that produced and sold $1,000 or more of aquaculture or aquaculture products during 2005. The census will provide a comprehensive inventory of aquaculture farms and their production: Data on the number of farms, acreage, method of production, production and sales by aquaculture species, and sales outlets. Census data are used by farmers, their representatives, the government, and many other groups concerned with the aquaculture industry to evaluate new programs, disburse Federal funds, analyze market trends, and help determine the economic impact aquaculture has on the economy. The aquaculture census provides the only source of dependable, comparable data by State. Response to the census is mandatory. The National Agricultural Statistics Service will use the information collected only for statistical purposes and will publish the data only as tabulated totals. These data will be collected under the authority of 7 U.S.C. 2204(a). Individually identifiable data collected under this authority are governed by Section 1770 of the Food Security Act of 1985, 7 U.S.C. 2276, which requires USDA to afford strict confidentiality to non-aggregated data provided by respondents. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 30 minutes per positive response, 10 minutes per screen-out, and 2 minutes per refusal. Respondents: Farms. Estimated Number of Respondents: 9,000. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 4,500 hours. Copies of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from Ginny McBride, NASS Clearance Officer, at (202) 720– 5778. Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record and be summarized in the request for OMB approval. Signed at Washington, DC, March 24, 2005. Carol House, Associate Administrator. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Revise and Extend an 
Information Collection

AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. 
L. 104-13) and Office of Management and Budget regulations at 5 CFR 
part 1320 (60 FR 44978, August 29, 1995), this notice announces the 
intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to 
seek approval to revise and extend a currently approved information 
collection, the Agricultural Resources Management Survey and Chemical 
Use Surveys.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by July 11, 2005 to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be mailed to Ginny McBride, NASS Clearance 
Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South Building, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250 or sent electronically to 
gmcbride@nass.usda.gov., or faxed to (202) 720-6396.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carol House, Associate Administrator, 
National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, (202) 720-4333.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Agricultural Resources Management Survey and Chemical Use 
Surveys.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0218.
    Expiration Date of Approval: August 31, 2007.
    Type of Request: Intent to revise and extend a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: One of the primary objectives of the National 
Agricultural Statistics Service is to provide high quality and timely 
estimates about the nation's food supply and environment. In the 
Agricultural Resources Management Survey, Chemical Use Survey, and 
Post-harvest Chemical Use Survey, data are collected regarding chemical 
uses on field crops, fruit, and vegetable crops; the types and amounts 
of pesticides used on selected commodities after harvest and before 
being shipped to the consumer; and production expenses and income 
sources for farm operations. Information from these data collection 
efforts is used extensively by government agencies in planning, farm 
policy analysis, scientific research, and program administration.
    Data collection will be extended in 2005 to enable side-by-side 
comparison of the characteristics of traditional and organic dairy 
operations. The intent is to rotate the commodity of interest in future 
years to collect a comparable set of objective information on the 
economic, structural, and production characteristics of organic vs 
conventional operations. Organic soybeans will be targeted in 2006.
    NASS intends to request approval to continue a study integrating 
the Agricultural Resources Management Survey (ARMS) with the 
Conservation Effects Assessment Program (CEAP) Survey, OMB Control No. 
0535-0245. An integrated questionnaire will be used to collect data for 
the two surveys sponsored by USDA's Economic Research Service and 
National Agricultural Statistics Service, and National Resources 
Conservation Service, respectively. For 2005 surveys, four States will 
be involved in the study: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Nebraska. The 
ARMS list samples for corn will be reduced allowing for replacement by 
CEAP survey samples planted with corn in 2005. The resulting overlap 
between the two surveys provides multiple-year data to study combining 
ARMS agricultural practices and farm cost and returns data with CEAP 
conservation effects data. Multiple year studies add value by directly 
linking environmental data with farm production practice, resource, 
economic, and farm household characteristics. CEAP-ARMS (1) serves an 
expanded set of interests across a broader set of multiple USDA users, 
(2) reduces respondent burden by eliminating survey overlap, and (3) 
enhances USDA's ability to evaluate the true impacts of conservation 
programs by isolating program incentive impacts from impacts due to 
other farm programs and to non-conservation program factors, such as 
farm household and financial constraints, technology changes, market 
conditions, farm size, and weather conditions (Amber Waves, September 
2004). CEAP-ARMS also allows USDA to maximize the use of its data 
across USDA programs, and thereby, enhance its ability to design and 
implement programs consistent with USDA resource and conservation 
policy goals. CEAP-ARMS will help address such questions as the 
differences in characteristics between conservation program 
participants and non-participants; how producer-based environmental 
stewardship affects program participation; what is its impact on 
program costs and benefits; and how and to what extent should incentive 
structures differ across types of participants, farm size, and 
environmental and conservation policy goals. Integration of the CEAP-
ARMS surveys will be further evaluated by obtaining the unique 
identifier of the Common Land Unit as identified by the Farm Services 
Agency in one State. This additional effort to link environmental data 
with practice, economic, and household characteristics has the 
potential to reduce collection burden by enabling the use of existing 
biophysical information.
    These data will be collected under the authority of 7 U.S.C. 
2204(a). Individually identifiable data collected under this authority 
are governed by Section 1770 of the Food Security Act of 1985, 7 U.S.C. 
2276, which requires USDA to afford strict confidentiality to non-
aggregated data provided by respondents.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 43 minutes.

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    Respondents: Farms, Packers, Shippers, and Warehouses.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 81,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 58,000 hours.
    Copies of this information collection and related instructions can 
be obtained without charge from Ginny McBride, NASS Clearance Officer, 
at (202) 720-5778.
    Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of the agency, including whether the information will 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of 
the burden of the proposed collection of information including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record 
and be summarized in the request for OMB approval.

    Signed at Washington, DC, March 24, 2005.
Carol House,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 05-8983 Filed 5-2-05; 2:35 pm]
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