Request for an Extension of and Revision to a Currently Approved Information Collection, 44605-44606 [E6-12750]

Download as PDF 44605 Notices Federal Register Vol. 71, No. 151 Monday, August 7, 2006 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 Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES August 2, 2006. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. Comments regarding (a) whether the 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 burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (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 should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), OIRA_Submission@OMB.EOP.GOV or fax (202) 395–5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250– 7602. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720–8681. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:19 Aug 04, 2006 Jkt 208001 the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service [Docket No. LS–06–05] Title: Request for Release of Lien and/ or Approval of Sale. Omb Control Number: 0572–0041 Summary of Collection: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is a credit agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that makes mortgage loans and loan guarantees to finance electric, telecommunications, and water and waste facilities in rural areas. RUS manages loan programs in accordance with the Rural Electrification Act (RE Act) of 1936, 7 U.S.C. 901 et seq., as amended (RE Act). A 1949 amendment to the RE Act established the telephone program in RUS with the purpose of making loans to furnish and improve rural telephone service. Section 201 of the RE Act provides that loans shall not be made unless RUS finds and certifies that the security for the loan is reasonably adequate and that the loan will be repaid within the time agreed. In addition to providing loans and loan guarantees, one of RUS main objectives is to safeguard loan security until the loan is repaid. Need and Use of the Information: A borrower’s assets provide the security for a Government loan. The selling of assets reduces the security and increases the risk of loss to the Government. A borrower seeking permission to sell some of its assets uses RUS Form 793. The form contains detailed information regarding the proposed sale. If the information in Form 793 is not collected when capital assets are sold, the capital assets securing the Government’s loans could be liquidated and the Government’s security either eliminated entirely or diluted to an undesirable level. This increases the risk of loss to the Government in the case of a default. Description of Respondents: Not-forprofit institutions; State, Local or Tribal Government. Number of Respondents: 60. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 165. Request for an Extension of and Revision to a Currently Approved Information Collection Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. E6–12767 Filed 8–4–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Agricultural Marketing Service 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 approval from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection for the Seed Service Testing Program. DATES: Comments received by October 6, 2006 will be considered. Additional Information or Comments: Contact Richard C. Payne, Chief, Seed Regulatory and Testing Branch (SRTB), Livestock and Seed Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 801 Summit Crossing Place, Suite C, Gastonia, North Carolina 28054–2193; telephone (704) 810–8871 and Fax (704) 852–4109. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Seed Service Testing Program. OMB Number: 0581–0140. Expiration Date of Approval: May 31, 2007. Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: This information collection is necessary to conduct voluntary seed testing on a fee for service basis. The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq. authorizes the Secretary to inspect and certify the quality of agricultural products and collect such fees as reasonable to cover the cost of service rendered. Regulations for inspection and certification of quality of agricultural and vegetables seeds at 7 CFR Part 75. The purpose of the voluntary program is to promote efficient, orderly marketing of seeds, and assist in the development of new and expanding markets. Under the program, samples of agricultural and vegetable seeds E:\FR\FM\07AUN1.SGM 07AUN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 44606 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 151 / Monday, August 7, 2006 / Notices submitted to AMS are tested for factors such as purity and germination at the request of the applicant for the service. In addition, grain samples, submitted at the applicant’s request, by the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration are examined for the presence of certain weed and crop seed. A Federal Seed Analysis Certificate is issued giving the test results. Most of the seed tested under this program is scheduled for export. Many importing countries require a Federal Seed Analysis Certificate on U.S. seed. The only information collected is information needed to provide the service requested by the applicant. This includes information to identify the seed being tested, the seed treatment (if treated with a pesticide), the tests to be performed, and any other appropriate information required by the applicant to be on the Federal Seed Analysis Certificate. The number of seed companies applying for the seed testing service has decreased from 82 to 53 during the past 3 years due to a decrease in the number of companies exporting seed. The total number of samples received for testing has increased. Therefore, the average burden for information collection has increased for seed companies applying for the service. The information in this collection is used only by authorized AMS employees to track, test, and report results to the applicant. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average .25 hours per response. Respondents: Applicants for seed testing service. Estimated Number of Respondents: 53. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 51.4. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 681.0 hours. 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 the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:19 Aug 04, 2006 Jkt 208001 Comments may be sent to Richard C. Payne, Chief, Seed Regulatory and Testing Branch, LS, AMS, USDA, 801 Summit Crossing Place, Suite C, Gastonia, North Carolina 28054–2193 or by E-mail to richard.payne2@usda.gov. All comments received will be available for public inspection during regular business hours at the same address. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: August 1, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E6–12750 Filed 8–4–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket No. LS–06–04] Request for an Extension of and Revision to 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 approval from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension for and revision to a currently approved information collection for Federal Seed Act Labeling and Enforcement. DATES: Comments received by October 6, 2006 will be considered. Additional Information or Comments: Contact Richard C. Payne, Chief, Seed Regulatory and Testing Branch, Livestock and Seed Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 801 Summit Crossing Place, Suite C, Gastonia, North Carolina 28054–2193; telephone (704) 810–8871, fax (704) 852–4109. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Federal Seed Act Program. OMB Number: 0581–0026. Expiration Date of Approval: May 31, 2007. Type of Request: Extension and revision of currently approved information collection. Abstract: This information collection and recordkeeping requirements are necessary to conduct the Federal Seed Act (FSA) (7 U.S.C. 1551, et seq.) PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 program with respect to certain testing, labeling, and recordkeeping requirements of agricultural and vegetable seeds in interstate commerce. Regulations under the FSA appear at 7 CFR Part 201. The FSA, Title II, is a truth-in-labeling law that regulates agricultural and vegetable planting seed in interstate commerce. Seed subject to the FSA must be labeled with certain quality information and it requires that information to be truthful. The FSA prohibits the interstate shipment of falsely advertised seed and seed containing noxious-weed seeds that are prohibited from sale in the State into which the seed is being shipped. No unique forms are required for this information collection. The FSA requires seed in interstate commerce to be tested and labeled. Once in a State, seed must comply with the testing and labeling requirements of the State seed law. The same test and labeling required by the FSA nearly always satisfies the State’s testing and labeling requirements. Also the receiving, sales, cleaning, testing, and labeling records required by the FSA, are records that the shipper would normally keep in good business practice. The information obtained under this information collection is the minimum information necessary to effectively carry out the enforcement of the FSA. With the exception of the requirements for entering a new variety into a state seed certification program (set forth separately below), the information collection is entirely recordkeeping rather then reporting. Seed Testing and Labeling Estimate of Burden: Public reporting (recordkeeping) burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 14.38 hours per recordkeeper. Respondents (Record keepers): Interstate shippers and labelers of seed. Estimated Number of Respondents (Record keepers): 2,740. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent (Record keeper): Not Applicable. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents (Record keepers): 39,388 hours. Eligibility for Certification of New Varieties Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information (eligibility for certification of new varieties) is estimated to average 1 hour per response. Respondents: Entities seeking to enter new varieties into State seed certification programs. E:\FR\FM\07AUN1.SGM 07AUN1

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[FR Doc No: E6-12750]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket No. LS-06-05]


Request for an Extension of and Revision to 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 approval from the Office of 
Management and Budget, for an extension of and revision to the 
currently approved information collection for the Seed Service Testing 
Program.

DATES: Comments received by October 6, 2006 will be considered.
    Additional Information or Comments: Contact Richard C. Payne, 
Chief, Seed Regulatory and Testing Branch (SRTB), Livestock and Seed 
Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, 801 Summit Crossing Place, Suite C, Gastonia, North 
Carolina 28054-2193; telephone (704) 810-8871 and Fax (704) 852-4109.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Seed Service Testing Program.
    OMB Number: 0581-0140.
    Expiration Date of Approval: May 31, 2007.
    Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: This information collection is necessary to conduct 
voluntary seed testing on a fee for service basis. The Agricultural 
Marketing Act of 1946, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq. authorizes the 
Secretary to inspect and certify the quality of agricultural products 
and collect such fees as reasonable to cover the cost of service 
rendered. Regulations for inspection and certification of quality of 
agricultural and vegetables seeds at 7 CFR Part 75.
    The purpose of the voluntary program is to promote efficient, 
orderly marketing of seeds, and assist in the development of new and 
expanding markets. Under the program, samples of agricultural and 
vegetable seeds

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submitted to AMS are tested for factors such as purity and germination 
at the request of the applicant for the service. In addition, grain 
samples, submitted at the applicant's request, by the Grain Inspection, 
Packers, and Stockyards Administration are examined for the presence of 
certain weed and crop seed. A Federal Seed Analysis Certificate is 
issued giving the test results. Most of the seed tested under this 
program is scheduled for export. Many importing countries require a 
Federal Seed Analysis Certificate on U.S. seed.
    The only information collected is information needed to provide the 
service requested by the applicant. This includes information to 
identify the seed being tested, the seed treatment (if treated with a 
pesticide), the tests to be performed, and any other appropriate 
information required by the applicant to be on the Federal Seed 
Analysis Certificate.
    The number of seed companies applying for the seed testing service 
has decreased from 82 to 53 during the past 3 years due to a decrease 
in the number of companies exporting seed. The total number of samples 
received for testing has increased. Therefore, the average burden for 
information collection has increased for seed companies applying for 
the service.
    The information in this collection is used only by authorized AMS 
employees to track, test, and report results to the applicant.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average .25 hours per response.
    Respondents: Applicants for seed testing service.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 53.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 51.4.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 681.0 hours.
    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 the use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology. Comments may be sent to Richard C. Payne, 
Chief, Seed Regulatory and Testing Branch, LS, AMS, USDA, 801 Summit 
Crossing Place, Suite C, Gastonia, North Carolina 28054-2193 or by E-
mail to richard.payne2@usda.gov. All comments received will be 
available for public inspection during regular business hours at the 
same address.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public 
record.

    Dated: August 1, 2006.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. E6-12750 Filed 8-4-06; 8:45 am]
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