Notice of Intent to Seek Approval to Conduct an Information Collection, 23795-23796 [E7-8241]


[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 83 (Tuesday, May 1, 2007)]
[Pages 23795-23796]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office []
[FR Doc No: E7-8241]



Risk Management Agency

Notice of Intent to Seek Approval to Conduct an Information 

AGENCY: Risk Management Agency, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the intention of the Risk Management Agency to request 
approval for the collection of information in support of the agency's 
mission under section 522(d) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act to 
develop and implement risk management tools for producers of 
agricultural commodities through partnership agreements.

DATES: Written comments on this notice will be accepted until close of 
business, July 2, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to 
Virginia Guzman, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Non-
Insurance Programs Branch, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, Risk 
Management Agency, 6501 Beacon Drive, Mail Stop 813, Kansas City, MO 
64133. Written comments may also be submitted electronically to:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Virginia Guzman at the Kansas City, MO 
address listed above, telephone (816) 926-6343.

    Title: Risk Management Tools for Drought.
    OMB Number: 0563-NEW.
    Type of Request: New Information Collection.
    Abstract: The Risk Management Agency intends to collect information 
for purposes of the development of non-insurance risk management tools 
and assessment of the tools. Information collection for this study is 
required for

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the purposes of (1) understanding the risk and impacts of drought on 
agricultural producers; (2) identifying information needed by producers 
to assist them in their decision making; (3) tool development, and (4) 
on-going evaluation and testing of the developed tools. The information 
collection will be conducted through telephone interviews, mail 
questionnaires, in-person surveys, focus groups and Web-based 
questionnaires. Results of this collection will be used to develop, 
revise and improve the risk management tools. We are asking the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve this information collection 
activity for 3 years.
    The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public 
concerning the information collection activities. These comments will 
help us:
    1. Evaluate 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. Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collection information;
    3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other collection technologies, e.g. 
permitting electronic submission of responses.
    Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for this collection 
of information is estimated to average 3 to 15 minutes per response, 
depending on the survey.
    Respondents/Affected Entities: Agricultural Producers, and 
individuals and organizations involved in education and assistance to 
agricultural producers, including Cooperative Extension Specialists, 
government officials, and businesses in the agricultural sector.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 5,470.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 4,935.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 547 hours.
    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.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on April 24, 2007.
Eldon Gould,
Manager, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.
[FR Doc. E7-8241 Filed 4-30-07; 8:45 am]