Notice of Request for an Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 16325-16326 [E7-6246]

Download as PDF 16325 Notices Federal Register Vol. 72, No. 64 Wednesday, April 4, 2007 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shethir Riva, Chief, Research and Promotion, Cotton Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–0224, telephone (202) 720–3193, facsimile (202) 690– 1718, or e-mail at Shethir.riva@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket No: AMS–07–0044; CN–07–002] Notice of Request for an Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. Notice and request for comments. ACTION: 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 Cotton Classification and Market News Service. Comments received by June 4, 2007 will be considered. Additional Information or Comments: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this proposal to Shethir Riva, Chief, Research and Promotion, Cotton Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–0224. Comments should be submitted in triplicate. Comments may also be submitted electronically through www.regulations.gov. All comments should reference the docket number and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be made available for public inspection at Cotton Program, AMS, USDA, Room 2639–S, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250 during regular business hours. A copy of this notice may be found at https:// www.ams.usda.gov/cotton/ rulemaking.htm. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:47 Apr 03, 2007 Jkt 211001 Title: Cotton Classification and Market News Service. OMB Number: 0581–0009. Expiration Date of Approval: September 30, 2007. Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection. Abstract: The Cotton Classification and Market News Service program provides market information on Cotton prices, quality, stocks, demand and supply to growers, ginners, merchandisers, textile mills and the public for their use in making sound business decisions. The Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act U.S.C. 471–476, authorizes and directs the Secretary of Agriculture to: (a) Collect and publish annually, statistics or estimates concerning the grades and staple lengths of stocks of cotton, known as the carryover, on hand on the 1st of August each year in warehouses and other establishments of every character in the continental U.S., and following such publication each year, to publish at intervals, in his/her discretion, his/her estimate of the grades and staple length of cotton of the current crop (7 U.S.C. 471); (b) Collect, authenticate, publish and distribute by radio, mail, or otherwise, timely information of the market supply, demand, location, and market prices of cotton (7 U.S.C. 473b). The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627, authorizes and directs the Secretary of Agriculture to collect and disseminate 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 bringing about a balance between production and utilization of agricultural products. The information collection requirements in this request are essential to carry out the intent of the Acts and to provide the cotton industry PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the type of information they need to make sound business decisions. The information collected is the minimum required. Information is requested from growers, cooperatives, merchants, manufacturers, and other government agencies. This includes information on cotton, cottonseed and cotton linters. The information collected is used only by authorized employees of the USDA, AMS. The Cotton Industry is the primary user of the compiled information and AMS and other government agencies are secondary users. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.13 hours per response. Respondents: Cotton Merchandisers, Textile Mills, Ginners. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,066. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 8.55. Estimated Number of Responses: 9,116.13. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,161.25. 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 Shethir Riva, Chief, Research and Promotion, Cotton Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–0224. 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. E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1 16326 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 64 / Wednesday, April 4, 2007 / Notices Dated: March 29, 2007. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E7–6246 Filed 4–3–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket No. DA–07–04] Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 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 and revision to a currently approved information collection for report forms under the Federal milk marketing order program. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by June 4, 2007 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the Internet at https:// www.regulations.gov or to the Office of the Deputy Administrator, Dairy Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 2968 South, Stop 0225, Washington, DC 20250–0225. Comments should make reference to the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments will be made available for public inspection in the above office during regular business hours. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact William F. Newell, Chief, Order Operations Branch, Dairy Programs, (202) 690–2375, FAX: (202) 720–2454. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Report Forms Under Federal Milk Orders (From Milk Handlers and Milk Marketing Cooperatives). OMB Number: 0581–0032. Expiration Date of Approval: September 30, 2007. Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: Federal milk marketing order regulations authorized under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended (7 U.S.C. 601–674), require milk handlers to report in detail the receipts and utilization of milk and VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:57 Apr 03, 2007 Jkt 211001 milk products handled at each of their plants that are regulated by a Federal order. The data are needed to administer the classified pricing system and related requirements of each Federal order. A Federal milk marketing order (hereinafter, Order) is a regulation issued by the Secretary of Agriculture that places certain requirements on the handling of milk in the area it covers. Each Order is established under the authority of the Act. The Order requires that handlers of milk for a marketing area pay not less than certain minimum class prices according to how the milk is used. These prices are established under each Order after a public hearing at which evidence is received on the supply and demand conditions for milk in the market. An Order requires that payments for milk be pooled and paid to individual farmers or cooperative associations of farmers on the basis of a uniform or average price. Thus, all eligible farmers (producers) share in the market wide use-values of milk by regulated handlers. Milk Orders help ensure adequate supplies of milk and dairy products for consumers and adequate returns to producers. The Orders also provide for the public dissemination of market statistics and other information for the benefit of producers, handlers, and consumers. Formal rulemaking amendments to the Orders must be approved in referenda conducted by the Secretary. During 2006, 52,725 dairy farmers delivered over 120 billion pounds of milk to handlers regulated under the milk orders. This volume represents 67 percent of all milk marketed in the U.S. and 68 percent of the milk of bottling quality (Grade A) sold in the country. The value of this milk delivered to Federal milk order handlers at minimum order blend prices was nearly $16.0 billion. Producer deliveries of milk used in Class I products (mainly fluid milk products) totaled 45 billion pounds—38 percent of total producer deliveries. More than 239 million Americans reside in Federal milk order marketing areas—80 percent of the total U.S. population. Each Order is administered by a market administrator who is an agent of the Secretary of Agriculture. The market administrator is authorized to levy assessments on regulated handlers to carry out the market administrator’s duties and responsibilities under the Orders. Additional duties of the market administrators are to prescribe reports required of each handler, to assure that handlers properly account for milk and milk products, and to assure that such handlers pay producers and associations PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of producers according to the provisions of the Order. The market administrator employs a staff that verifies handlers’ reports by examining records to determine that the required payments are made to producers. Most reports required from handlers are submitted monthly to the market administrator. The forms used by the market administrators are required by the respective Orders that are authorized by the Act. The forms are used to establish: The quantity of milk received by handlers, the pooling status of the handler, the class-use of the milk used by the handler, and the butterfat content and amounts of other components of the milk. The forms covered under this information collection require the minimum information necessary to effectively carry out the requirements of the Orders, and their use is necessary to fulfill the intent of the Act as expressed in the Orders and in the rules and regulations issued under the Orders. The information collected is used only by authorized employees of the market administrator and authorized representatives of the USDA, including AMS Dairy Programs’ headquarters staff. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1.07 hours per response. Respondents: Milk handlers and milk marketing cooperatives. Estimated Number of Respondents: 740. Estimated Number of Responses: 20,565. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 28. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 21,818 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. 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. E:\FR\FM\04APN1.SGM 04APN1

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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. 72, No. 64 / Wednesday, April 4, 2007 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket No: AMS-07-0044; CN-07-002]


Notice of Request for an Extension and Revision 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 approval from the Office of 
Management and Budget, for an extension of and revision to the 
currently approved information collection Cotton Classification and 
Market News Service.

DATES: Comments received by June 4, 2007 will be considered.
    Additional Information or Comments: Interested persons are invited 
to submit written comments concerning this proposal to Shethir Riva, 
Chief, Research and Promotion, Cotton Program, Agricultural Marketing 
Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-0224. 
Comments should be submitted in triplicate. Comments may also be 
submitted electronically through www.regulations.gov. All comments 
should reference the docket number and page number of this issue of the 
Federal Register. All comments received will be made available for 
public inspection at Cotton Program, AMS, USDA, Room 2639-S, 1400 
Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250 during regular business 
hours. A copy of this notice may be found at https://www.ams.usda.gov/
cotton/rulemaking.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shethir Riva, Chief, Research and 
Promotion, Cotton Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, 1400 
Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-0224, telephone (202) 720-
3193, facsimile (202) 690-1718, or e-mail at Shethir.riva@usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Cotton Classification and Market News Service.
    OMB Number: 0581-0009.
    Expiration Date of Approval: September 30, 2007.
    Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved 
Information Collection.
    Abstract: The Cotton Classification and Market News Service program 
provides market information on Cotton prices, quality, stocks, demand 
and supply to growers, ginners, merchandisers, textile mills and the 
public for their use in making sound business decisions. The Cotton 
Statistics and Estimates Act U.S.C. 471-476, authorizes and directs the 
Secretary of Agriculture to: (a) Collect and publish annually, 
statistics or estimates concerning the grades and staple lengths of 
stocks of cotton, known as the carryover, on hand on the 1st of August 
each year in warehouses and other establishments of every character in 
the continental U.S., and following such publication each year, to 
publish at intervals, in his/her discretion, his/her estimate of the 
grades and staple length of cotton of the current crop (7 U.S.C. 471); 
(b) Collect, authenticate, publish and distribute by radio, mail, or 
otherwise, timely information of the market supply, demand, location, 
and market prices of cotton (7 U.S.C. 473b). The Agricultural Marketing 
Act of 1946, 7 U.S.C. 1621-1627, authorizes and directs the Secretary 
of Agriculture to collect and disseminate 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 bringing about a balance between 
production and utilization of agricultural products.
    The information collection requirements in this request are 
essential to carry out the intent of the Acts and to provide the cotton 
industry the type of information they need to make sound business 
decisions. The information collected is the minimum required. 
Information is requested from growers, cooperatives, merchants, 
manufacturers, and other government agencies. This includes information 
on cotton, cottonseed and cotton linters.
    The information collected is used only by authorized employees of 
the USDA, AMS. The Cotton Industry is the primary user of the compiled 
information and AMS and other government agencies are secondary users.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.13 hours per response.
    Respondents: Cotton Merchandisers, Textile Mills, Ginners.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,066.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 8.55.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 9,116.13.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,161.25.
    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 Shethir Riva, Chief, 
Research and Promotion, Cotton Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, 
USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-0224. 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.


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    Dated: March 29, 2007.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
 [FR Doc. E7-6246 Filed 4-3-07; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-02-P