Notice of Request for Revision to an Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 42024 [05-14387]

Download as PDF 42024 Notices Federal Register Vol. 70, No. 139 Thursday, July 21, 2005 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket No. FV05–502–N] Notice of Request for Revision to an Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection for Fruit and Vegetable Market News. DATES: Comments received by September 19, 2005, will be considered. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR COMMENTS: Contact Terry C. Long, Chief; Fruit and Vegetable Market News Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS–USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop– 0238, Washington, DC 20250–0238; telephone: (202) 720–2175, fax: (202) 720–0547. All comments will be available for public inspection at this address during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Fruit and Vegetable Market News. OMB Number: 0581–0006. Expiration Date of Approval: May 31, 2006. Type of Request: Revision to an extension of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: Collection and dissemination of information for fruit, vegetable and ornamental production and to facilitate trading by providing a price base used by producers, wholesalers, and retailers to market product. VerDate jul<14>2003 19:42 Jul 20, 2005 Jkt 205001 The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621, et seq.), section 203(g) directs and authorizes the collection and dissemination of marketing information including adequate outlook information, on a market area basis, for the purpose of anticipating and meeting consumer requirements, aiding in the maintenance of farm income and to bring about a balance between production and utilization. The fruit and vegetable industry provides information on a voluntary basis, and is gathered through confidential telephone and face-to-face interviews by market reporters. Reporters request supplies, demand, and prices of over 400 fresh fruit, vegetable, nut ornamental, and other specialty crops. The fruit and vegetable market news reports are used by academia, but are primarily used by the fruit, vegetable and ornamental trade, which includes packers, processors, brokers, retailers, and producers. The fruit and vegetable industry requested that the Department of Agriculture issue price and supply market reports for commodities of regional, national and international significance in order to assist them in making immediate production and marketing decisions and as a guide to the amount of product in the supply channel. Many government agencies use the reports to make their market outlook projections. Data from these reports is included in the information forwarded to the Secretary’s office and staff, as needed, to keep them appraised of the current market conditions and movement of fruit, vegetable, and ornamental commodities in the United States. Economists at most major agricultural colleges and universities use the reports to make both short and long term market projections. The data is used extensively by consulting firms and private economists to aid them in determining available supplies and current pricing. The information is collected, compiled, and disseminated by an impartial third party, in a manner which protects the confidentiality of the reporter. Further, since the Government is a purchaser of fruits and vegetables, a system to monitor the collection and reporting of data is needed. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average .033 hours per response. Respondents: Fruit, vegetable, and ornamental industry, or other for-profit businesses, individuals or households, farms. Estimated Number of Respondents: 18,174. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 200. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 119,787. Comments are invited on: (1) 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; (2) 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; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) 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. Comments may be sent to: Terry C. Long, Chief, Fruit and Vegetable Market News Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS–USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop0238, Washington, DC 20250–0238. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Dated: July 18, 2005. Kenneth C. Clayton, Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 05–14387 Filed 7–20–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket Number FV–04–303] United States Standards for Grades of Field Grown Leaf Lettuce AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. E:\FR\FM\21JYN1.SGM 21JYN1

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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules 
or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings 
and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, 
delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency 
statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
appearing in this section.

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Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 139 / Thursday, July 21, 2005 / 
Notices

[[Page 42024]]



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket No. FV05-502-N]


Notice of Request for Revision to an Extension of a Currently 
Approved Information Collection

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing 
Service's (AMS) intention to request an extension for a currently 
approved information collection for Fruit and Vegetable Market News.

DATES: Comments received by September 19, 2005, will be considered.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR COMMENTS:  Contact Terry C. Long, Chief; 
Fruit and Vegetable Market News Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, 
AMS-USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop-0238, Washington, DC 
20250-0238; telephone: (202) 720-2175, fax: (202) 720-0547. All 
comments will be available for public inspection at this address during 
the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Fruit and Vegetable Market News.
    OMB Number: 0581-0006.
    Expiration Date of Approval: May 31, 2006.
    Type of Request: Revision to an extension of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: Collection and dissemination of information for fruit, 
vegetable and ornamental production and to facilitate trading by 
providing a price base used by producers, wholesalers, and retailers to 
market product.
    The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621, et seq.), 
section 203(g) directs and authorizes the collection and dissemination 
of marketing information including adequate outlook information, on a 
market area basis, for the purpose of anticipating and meeting consumer 
requirements, aiding in the maintenance of farm income and to bring 
about a balance between production and utilization.
    The fruit and vegetable industry provides information on a 
voluntary basis, and is gathered through confidential telephone and 
face-to-face interviews by market reporters. Reporters request 
supplies, demand, and prices of over 400 fresh fruit, vegetable, nut 
ornamental, and other specialty crops.
    The fruit and vegetable market news reports are used by academia, 
but are primarily used by the fruit, vegetable and ornamental trade, 
which includes packers, processors, brokers, retailers, and producers. 
The fruit and vegetable industry requested that the Department of 
Agriculture issue price and supply market reports for commodities of 
regional, national and international significance in order to assist 
them in making immediate production and marketing decisions and as a 
guide to the amount of product in the supply channel.
    Many government agencies use the reports to make their market 
outlook projections. Data from these reports is included in the 
information forwarded to the Secretary's office and staff, as needed, 
to keep them appraised of the current market conditions and movement of 
fruit, vegetable, and ornamental commodities in the United States. 
Economists at most major agricultural colleges and universities use the 
reports to make both short and long term market projections. The data 
is used extensively by consulting firms and private economists to aid 
them in determining available supplies and current pricing.
    The information is collected, compiled, and disseminated by an 
impartial third party, in a manner which protects the confidentiality 
of the reporter. Further, since the Government is a purchaser of fruits 
and vegetables, a system to monitor the collection and reporting of 
data is needed.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average .033 hours per response.
    Respondents: Fruit, vegetable, and ornamental industry, or other 
for-profit businesses, individuals or households, farms.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 18,174.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 200.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 119,787.
    Comments are invited on: (1) 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; (2) 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; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) 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. Comments may be sent to: Terry 
C. Long, Chief, Fruit and Vegetable Market News Branch, Fruit and 
Vegetable Programs, AMS-USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop-0238, 
Washington, DC 20250-0238.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of 
public record.

    Dated: July 18, 2005.
Kenneth C. Clayton,
Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 05-14387 Filed 7-20-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-02-P