Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 30536-30537 [E7-10522]

Download as PDF 30536 Notices Federal Register Vol. 72, No. 105 Friday, June 1, 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. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket No. AMS–FV–07–0074; FV07–901– 1NC] Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. hsrobinson on PROD1PC76 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 generic information collection for vegetables and specialty crop marketing order programs. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by July 31, 2007. 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, room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Tel: (202) 205–2829, Fax: (202) 720–8938, or e-mail: moab.docketclerk@usda.gov, or Internet: https://www.regulations.gov. Comments should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular business hours, or can be viewed at: https://www.regulations.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, room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250–0237; telephone (202) 720–2491, VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:10 May 31, 2007 Jkt 211001 Fax: (202) 720–8938, or e-mail: Jay.Guerber@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Vegetable and Specialty Crop Marketing Orders. OMB Number: 0581–0178. Expiration Date of Approval: October 31, 2007. Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: Marketing order programs provide an opportunity for producers of fresh fruit, vegetables, and specialty crops, in specified production areas, to work together to solve marketing problems that cannot be solved individually. This notice covers the following marketing order program citations: 7 CFR parts 932, 945, 946, 947, 948, 953, 955, 956, 958, 959, 966, 981, 982, 984, 985, 987, 989, 993, and 999. Order regulations help ensure adequate supplies of high quality products for consumers and adequate returns to producers. Under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (Act), as amended (7 U.S.C. 601–674), industries enter into marketing order programs. The Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) is authorized to oversee the order operations and issue regulations recommended by a committee or board of representatives from each commodity industry. The information collection requirements in this request are essential to carry out the intent of the Act, to provide the respondents the type of service they request, and to administer the marketing order programs. Under the Act, orders may authorize the following: Production and marketing research including paid advertising, volume regulations, reserves, including pools and producer allotments, container regulations, and quality control. Assessments are levied on handlers regulated under the marketing orders. Also pursuant to Section 8e of the Act, importers of raisins, dates, and dried prunes are required to submit certain information. Several forms are required to be filed by USDA to enable its administration of each program. These include forms covering the selection process for industry members to serve on a marketing orders committee or board and ballots used in referenda to amend or continue marketing order programs. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Under Federal marketing orders, producers and handlers are nominated by their peers to serve as representatives on a committee or board which administers each program. Nominees must provide information on their qualifications to serve on the committee or board. Nominees are selected by the Secretary. Formal rulemaking amendments must be approved in referenda conducted by USDA and the Secretary. For the purposes of this action, ballots are considered information collections and are subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act. If an order is amended, handlers are asked to sign an agreement indicating their willingness to abide by the provisions of the amended order. Some forms are required to be filed with the committee or board. The orders and their rules and regulations authorize the respective commodities committees and boards, the agencies responsible for local administration of the orders, to require handlers and producers to submit certain information. Much of the information is compiled in aggregate and provided to the respective industries to assist in marketing decisions. The committees and boards have developed forms as a means for persons to file required information relating to supplies, shipments, and dispositions of their respective commodities, and other information needed to effectively carry out the purpose of the Act and their respective orders, and these forms are utilized accordingly. 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 the rules and regulations issued under the orders. The information collected is used only by authorized employees of the committees and boards and authorized representatives of the USDA, including AMS, Fruit and Vegetable Programs regional and headquarters’ staff. Authorized committee/board employees are the primary users of the information and AMS is the secondary user. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.10 hours per response. E:\FR\FM\01JNN1.SGM 01JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 105 / Friday, June 1, 2007 / Notices hsrobinson on PROD1PC76 with NOTICES Respondents: Producers, handlers, processors, dehydrators, cooperatives, manufacturers, importers, and public members. Estimated Number of Respondents: 20,626. Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 174,142. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 8.47. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 17,498.50 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 through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments should reference this docket number and the appropriate marketing order, and be mailed to the Docket Clerk, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 0237, room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Fax: (202) 720–8938; or email: moab.docketclerk@usda.gov or www.regulations.gov. Comments should also reference the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be available for public inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular USDA business hours at 1400 Independence Ave., SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC, room 1406–S, or can be viewed at: https://www.regulations.gov. 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: May 25, 2007. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E7–10522 Filed 5–31–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:10 May 31, 2007 Jkt 211001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–FV–07–0079; FV–07–326] Notice of Request for an Extension 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 (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension and revision to a currently approved information collection for Regulations Governing Inspection and Certification of Processed Fruits and Vegetables and Related Products. DATES: Comments may be submitted on or before July 31, 2007. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR COMMENTS: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this notice to Terry B. Bane, Processed Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 0247, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250– 0247; fax (202) 690–1527; or e-mail terry.bane@usda.gov. 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 the Office of the Branch Chief, Processed Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 0247, Washington, DC 20250–0247, telephone (202) 720–4693, during regular business hours. A copy of this notice may also be found at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ ppbdocklist.htm. The ‘‘Domestic Origin Verification System’’ (DOVS) audit program is a user-fee service, available to suppliers, processors, and any financially interested party. It is designed to provide validation of the applicant’s domestic origin verification system prior to bidding on contracts to supply food products to the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Domestic SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30537 Feeding programs, and/or may be conducted after a contract is award. DOVS was established to evaluate prospective applicants’ systems for assurance that only domestic products are delivered to under USDA contracts, and to establish procedures for applicant system evaluations as well as acceptance and rejection criteria. Title: ‘‘Regulations Governing Inspection and Certification of Processed Fruits and Vegetables and Related Products—7 CFR 52.’’ OMB Number: 0581–0234. Expiration Date of Approval: October 31, 2007. Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection. Abstract: The Agricultural Marketing Act (AMA) of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621–et seq.) The AMA directs and authorizes the Department to develop standards of quality, grades, grading programs, and other services to facilitate trading of agricultural products and assure consumers of quality products, which are graded and identified under USDA programs. Section 203(h) of the AMA specifically directs and authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to inspect, certify, and identify the grade, class, quality, quantity, and condition of agricultural products under such rules and regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, including assessment and collection of fees for the cost of the service. The regulations for such services for processed fruits and vegetables and related products may be found at 7 CFR part 52. AMS also provides other types of voluntary services under the same regulations, e.g., contract and specification acceptance services, facility assessment services, and certifications of quantity and quality. Grading services are available on a resident basis or a lot-fee basis. Respondents may request resident service on a continuous basis or on an as-needed basis. The user (user-fee) pays for the service. The AMA and these regulations do not mandate the use of these services; they are provided only to those entities that request or apply for a specific service. In order for the Agency to satisfy those requests for service, the Agency must request certain information from those who apply for service. The information collected is used only by Agency personnel and is used to administer services requested by the respondents. The affected public may include any partnership, association, business trust, corporation, organized group, and State, County, or Municipal government, and any authorized agent that has a financial E:\FR\FM\01JNN1.SGM 01JNN1

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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. 105 / Friday, June 1, 2007 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket No. AMS-FV-07-0074; FV07-901-1NC]


Notice of Request for 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 an extension for and revision to a 
currently approved generic information collection for vegetables and 
specialty crop marketing order programs.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by July 31, 2007.
    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, room 1406-S, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Tel: (202) 205-2829, Fax: 
(202) 720-8938, or e-mail: moab.docketclerk@usda.gov, or Internet: 
https://www.regulations.gov. Comments should reference the docket number 
and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and 
will be made available for public inspection in the Office of the 
Docket Clerk during regular business hours, or can be viewed at: http:/
/www.regulations.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, room 1406-S, Washington, DC 20250-0237; telephone (202) 720-2491, 
Fax: (202) 720-8938, or e-mail: Jay.Guerber@usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Vegetable and Specialty Crop Marketing Orders.
    OMB Number: 0581-0178.
    Expiration Date of Approval: October 31, 2007.
    Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: Marketing order programs provide an opportunity for 
producers of fresh fruit, vegetables, and specialty crops, in specified 
production areas, to work together to solve marketing problems that 
cannot be solved individually. This notice covers the following 
marketing order program citations: 7 CFR parts 932, 945, 946, 947, 948, 
953, 955, 956, 958, 959, 966, 981, 982, 984, 985, 987, 989, 993, and 
999. Order regulations help ensure adequate supplies of high quality 
products for consumers and adequate returns to producers. Under the 
Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (Act), as amended (7 
U.S.C. 601-674), industries enter into marketing order programs. The 
Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) is authorized to oversee the order 
operations and issue regulations recommended by a committee or board of 
representatives from each commodity industry.
    The information collection requirements in this request are 
essential to carry out the intent of the Act, to provide the 
respondents the type of service they request, and to administer the 
marketing order programs. Under the Act, orders may authorize the 
following: Production and marketing research including paid 
advertising, volume regulations, reserves, including pools and producer 
allotments, container regulations, and quality control. Assessments are 
levied on handlers regulated under the marketing orders. Also pursuant 
to Section 8e of the Act, importers of raisins, dates, and dried prunes 
are required to submit certain information.
    Several forms are required to be filed by USDA to enable its 
administration of each program. These include forms covering the 
selection process for industry members to serve on a marketing orders 
committee or board and ballots used in referenda to amend or continue 
marketing order programs.
    Under Federal marketing orders, producers and handlers are 
nominated by their peers to serve as representatives on a committee or 
board which administers each program. Nominees must provide information 
on their qualifications to serve on the committee or board. Nominees 
are selected by the Secretary. Formal rulemaking amendments must be 
approved in referenda conducted by USDA and the Secretary. For the 
purposes of this action, ballots are considered information collections 
and are subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act. If an order is amended, 
handlers are asked to sign an agreement indicating their willingness to 
abide by the provisions of the amended order.
    Some forms are required to be filed with the committee or board. 
The orders and their rules and regulations authorize the respective 
commodities committees and boards, the agencies responsible for local 
administration of the orders, to require handlers and producers to 
submit certain information. Much of the information is compiled in 
aggregate and provided to the respective industries to assist in 
marketing decisions. The committees and boards have developed forms as 
a means for persons to file required information relating to supplies, 
shipments, and dispositions of their respective commodities, and other 
information needed to effectively carry out the purpose of the Act and 
their respective orders, and these forms are utilized accordingly.
    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 the rules and regulations issued 
under the orders.
    The information collected is used only by authorized employees of 
the committees and boards and authorized representatives of the USDA, 
including AMS, Fruit and Vegetable Programs regional and headquarters' 
staff. Authorized committee/board employees are the primary users of 
the information and AMS is the secondary user.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.10 hours per response.

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    Respondents: Producers, handlers, processors, dehydrators, 
cooperatives, manufacturers, importers, and public members.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 20,626.
    Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 174,142.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 8.47.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 17,498.50 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 through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    Comments should reference this docket number and the appropriate 
marketing order, and be mailed to the Docket Clerk, Fruit and Vegetable 
Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 0237, room 
1406-S, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Fax: (202) 720-8938; or e-mail: 
moab.docketclerk@usda.gov or www.regulations.gov. Comments should also 
reference the date and page number of this issue of the Federal 
Register. All comments received will be available for public inspection 
in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular USDA business hours at 
1400 Independence Ave., SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC, room 1406-S, or 
can be viewed at: https://www.regulations.gov.
    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: May 25, 2007.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. E7-10522 Filed 5-31-07; 8:45 am]
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