Notice of Request for an Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 69529-69530 [E6-20395]

Download as PDF 69529 Notices Federal Register Vol. 71, No. 231 Friday, December 1, 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 Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket No. FV06–33–1NC] Notice of Request for an Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES1 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 to a currently approved information collection for the Export Fruit Acts covering exports of apples and grapes. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by January 30, 2007 to be assured of consideration. Additional Information or Comments: Contact Valerie L. Emmer-Scott, Marketing Specialist, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC, 20250–0237; telephone (202) 205–2829 or Fax (202) 720–8938, or e-mail: moab.docketclerk@usda.gov. Small businesses may request information on this notice by contacting Jay Guerber, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC, 20250–0237; telephone (202) 720–2491, Fax: (202) 720–8938, or e-mail: Jay.Guerber@usda.gov. Title: Export Fruit Regulations—Export Apple Act (7 CFR Part 33) and the Export Grape and Plum Act (7 CFR Part 35). OMB Number: 0581–0143. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:50 Nov 30, 2006 Jkt 211001 Expiration Date of Approval: August 31, 2007. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: Fresh apples and grapes grown in the United States shipped to any foreign destination must meet minimum quality and other requirements established by regulations issued under the Export Apple Act (7 U.S.C. 581–590) and the Export Grape and Plum Act (7 U.S.C. 591–599) (Acts). Currently, plums are not regulated under the Act. The regulations issued under the Export Apple Act cover exports of fresh apples grown in the United States and shipped to foreign destinations. The regulations issued under the Export Grape and Plum Act cover exports of fresh grapes grown in the United States and shipped to foreign destinations, except Canada and Mexico. Certain limited quantity provisions may exempt some shipments and exporters from this information collection. The Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to oversee the implementation of the Acts and issue regulations regarding that activity. The information collection requirements in this request are essential to carry out the intent and administration of the Acts. Both Acts were designed to promote foreign trade in the export of apples, grapes and plums grown in the United States; to protect the reputation of the U.S.-grown commodities; and to prevent deception or misrepresentation of the quality of such products moving in foreign commerce. The Acts have been in effect since 1933 (apples) and 1960 (grapes). The regulations issued under the Acts (7 CFR 33.11 for apples, and 35.12 for grapes) require that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officially inspect and certify that each export shipment of fresh apples and grapes is in compliance with quality and shipping requirements effective under the Acts. Shipments are inspected and certified by Federal or Federal-State Inspection Service (FSIS) inspectors. FSIS is administered by USDA. The information collection requirements in this request impose the minimum burden necessary to effectively administer the Acts. The information collection burden for this action is primarily in the form of recordkeeping. Export Form Certificates PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (certificates) issued by Federal or FSIS inspectors are used to facilitate the export process. The certificates are not completed by the exporters or carriers and are not filed with USDA. The certificates are retained by each exporter, and third party carrier which ships the commodity, to verify their compliance with the Acts. There are an estimated 80 exporters of apples and grapes and an estimated 20 carriers which transport those shipments. Pursuant to the Acts, exporters and carriers must retain inspection certificates for three (3) years. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average .25 hours per response. Recordkeepers: Apple and grape exporters and carriers. Estimated Number of Recordkeepers: 100. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 25 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 Docket Clerk, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Fax: (202) 720–8938; or e-mail: moab.docketclerk@usda.gov. Comments should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be available for public inspection during regular business hours at the same address, or can be viewed at: http:// www.ams.usda.gov/fv/moab.html. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request E:\FR\FM\01DEN1.SGM 01DEN1 69530 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 231 / Friday, December 1, 2006 / Notices for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: November 28, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E6–20395 Filed 11–30–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2006–0184] Public Meeting; Veterinary Biologics Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Advance notice of public meeting and request for suggested agenda topics. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES1 AGENCY: SUMMARY: We are issuing this notice to inform producers and users of veterinary biological products, and other interested individuals, that we will be holding our 14th public meeting to discuss regulatory and policy issues related to the manufacture, distribution, and use of veterinary biological products. We are planning the meeting agenda and are requesting suggestions for topics of general interest to producers and other interested individuals. DATES: The public meeting will be held Wednesday, March 28, and Thursday, March 29, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. each day. ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held in the Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on agenda topics, contact Dr. Byron E. Rippke, Director, Policy, Evaluation, and Licensing, Center for Veterinary Biologics, Veterinary Services, APHIS, 510 South 17th Street, Suite 104, Ames, IA 50010– 8197; phone (515) 232–5785, fax (515) 232–7120, or e-mail CVB@aphis.usda.gov. For registration information, contact Ms. Gera Ashton at the same address and fax number; phone (515) 232–5785 extension 127; or e-mail Gera.A.Ashton@aphis.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Since 1989, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has held 13 public meetings in Ames, IA, on veterinary biologics. The meetings provide an opportunity for the exchange of information between APHIS representatives, producers and users of veterinary biological products, and VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:50 Nov 30, 2006 Jkt 211001 other interested individuals. APHIS is in the process of planning the agenda for the 14th such meeting, which will be held March 28 and 29, 2007. The agenda for the meeting is not yet complete. The theme for this year’s meeting is influenza. Topics that have been suggested include: (1) Avian, swine, and equine influenza related topics; (2) pandemic influenza preparedness and related issues; (3) conditional licenses for canine influenza vaccines; (4) influenza diagnostics (rapid and otherwise); and (5) Veterinary Services and Center for Veterinary Biologics related issues. Before finalizing the agenda, APHIS is seeking suggestions for additional meeting topics from the interested public. We would also like to invite interested individuals to use this meeting to present their ideas and suggestions concerning the licensing, manufacturing, testing, distribution, and regulation of products designed to diagnose, prevent, or treat animal diseases. Please submit suggested meeting topics and proposed presentation titles to Dr. Byron E. Rippke (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT above) on or before December 18, 2006. For proposed presentations, please include the name(s) of the presenter(s) and the approximate amount of time that will be needed for each presentation. After the agenda is finalized, APHIS will announce the agenda topics in the Federal Register. or the privatization of sterile fly production to provide backup capacity for our sterile fruit fly programs and emergency needs. APHIS recognizes the need to maintain a backup for sterile fruit fly production to respond to emergency outbreaks when they occur, and to ensure current preventive release programs in California, Florida, and Texas remain effective. In this notice, we are soliciting the submission of information from interested persons regarding potential sites for the production of sterile fruit flies or alternate sources of those flies. We will consider all submissions of information that we receive on or before January 2, 2007. DATES: Any information should be submitted, in writing, to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. ADDRESSES: Mr. Michael B. Stefan, Director, Fruit Fly Exclusion and Detection Programs, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 137, Riverdale, MD 20737–1229; (301) 734– 4387. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background AGENCY: On February 17, 2006, we published in the Federal Register (71 FR 8563, Docket No. APHIS–2006–0007) a notice 1 advising the public we had prepared a draft document titled ‘‘Exotic Fruit Fly Strategic Plan FY 2006–2010’’ and made it available to the public for review and comment. Appendix A of that document discussed the potential actions we could take in response to the closing of the sterile Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) production facility in Waimanalo, HI. The following options were presented: (1) Do not replace the facility; (2) build a new production facility in Hawaii; (3) partner with California Department of Food and Agriculture to expand their sterile fruit fly production facility in Hawaii; or (4) build a multispecies facility in the continental United States or on foreign soil. Most of the comments we received on the draft strategic plan agreed on the need for a multispecies exotic fruit fly facility to provide backup capacity for our sterile fruit fly programs and emergency needs. Additionally, several SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is exploring options for the construction of a multispecies exotic fruit fly facility and/ 1 To view the draft strategic plan and the comments we received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, click on the ‘‘Advanced Search’’ tab, and select ‘‘Docket Search.’’ In the Docket ID field, enter APHIS–2006–0007, then click on ‘‘Submit.’’ Clicking on the Docket ID link in the search results page will produce a list of all documents in the docket. Done in Washington, DC, this 22nd day of November 2006. W. Ron DeHaven, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. E6–20391 Filed 11–30–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2006–0126] Request for Information; Potential Sites for a Sterile Fruit Fly Production Facility or Potential Alternate Sources of Sterile Fruit Flies Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\01DEN1.SGM 01DEN1

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Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 231 / Friday, December 1, 2006 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket No. FV06-33-1NC]


Notice of Request for 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 to a currently 
approved information collection for the Export Fruit Acts covering 
exports of apples and grapes.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by January 30, 2007 to 
be assured of consideration.
    Additional Information or Comments: Contact Valerie L. Emmer-Scott, 
Marketing Specialist, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and 
Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 
0237, Washington, DC, 20250-0237; telephone (202) 205-2829 or Fax (202) 
720-8938, or e-mail: moab.docketclerk@usda.gov.
    Small businesses may request information on this notice by 
contacting Jay Guerber, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit 
and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 
0237, Washington, DC, 20250-0237; telephone (202) 720-2491, Fax: (202) 
720-8938, or e-mail: Jay.Guerber@usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Export Fruit Regulations--Export 
Apple Act (7 CFR Part 33) and the Export Grape and Plum Act (7 CFR Part 
35).
    OMB Number: 0581-0143.
    Expiration Date of Approval: August 31, 2007.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Abstract: Fresh apples and grapes grown in the United States 
shipped to any foreign destination must meet minimum quality and other 
requirements established by regulations issued under the Export Apple 
Act (7 U.S.C. 581-590) and the Export Grape and Plum Act (7 U.S.C. 591-
599) (Acts). Currently, plums are not regulated under the Act. The 
regulations issued under the Export Apple Act cover exports of fresh 
apples grown in the United States and shipped to foreign destinations. 
The regulations issued under the Export Grape and Plum Act cover 
exports of fresh grapes grown in the United States and shipped to 
foreign destinations, except Canada and Mexico. Certain limited 
quantity provisions may exempt some shipments and exporters from this 
information collection. The Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to 
oversee the implementation of the Acts and issue regulations regarding 
that activity. The information collection requirements in this request 
are essential to carry out the intent and administration of the Acts. 
Both Acts were designed to promote foreign trade in the export of 
apples, grapes and plums grown in the United States; to protect the 
reputation of the U.S.-grown commodities; and to prevent deception or 
misrepresentation of the quality of such products moving in foreign 
commerce. The Acts have been in effect since 1933 (apples) and 1960 
(grapes).
    The regulations issued under the Acts (7 CFR 33.11 for apples, and 
35.12 for grapes) require that the U.S. Department of Agriculture 
(USDA) officially inspect and certify that each export shipment of 
fresh apples and grapes is in compliance with quality and shipping 
requirements effective under the Acts. Shipments are inspected and 
certified by Federal or Federal-State Inspection Service (FSIS) 
inspectors. FSIS is administered by USDA.
    The information collection requirements in this request impose the 
minimum burden necessary to effectively administer the Acts.
    The information collection burden for this action is primarily in 
the form of recordkeeping. Export Form Certificates (certificates) 
issued by Federal or FSIS inspectors are used to facilitate the export 
process. The certificates are not completed by the exporters or 
carriers and are not filed with USDA. The certificates are retained by 
each exporter, and third party carrier which ships the commodity, to 
verify their compliance with the Acts. There are an estimated 80 
exporters of apples and grapes and an estimated 20 carriers which 
transport those shipments. Pursuant to the Acts, exporters and carriers 
must retain inspection certificates for three (3) years.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average .25 hours per response.
    Recordkeepers: Apple and grape exporters and carriers.
    Estimated Number of Recordkeepers: 100.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 25 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 Docket Clerk, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, 
AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC 
20250-0237; Fax: (202) 720-8938; or e-mail: moab.docketclerk@usda.gov. 
Comments should reference the docket number and the date and page 
number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received 
will be available for public inspection during regular business hours 
at the same address, or can be viewed at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/
moab.html. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included 
in the request

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for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: November 28, 2006.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. E6-20395 Filed 11-30-06; 8:45 am]
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