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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 167 / Monday, August 31, 2009 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection cprice-sewell on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service, Department of Agriculture. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Fruits, Nuts, and Specialty Crops Surveys. Revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sample design, minor changes in questionnaire design and an anticipated increase in response rates. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by October 30, 2009 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0039, by any of the following methods: • E-mail: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include docket number above in the subject line of the message. • Fax: (202) 720–6396. • Mail: Mail any paper, disk, or CD– ROM submissions to: David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250– 2024. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Hand deliver to: David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–2024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720–4333. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Fruits, Nuts, and Specialty Crops Surveys. OMB Control Number: 0535–0039. Expiration Date of Approval: January 31, 2010. Type of Request: To revise and extend a currently approved information collection for a period of three years. Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is to collect, prepare and issue State and national estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition; as well as economic VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:57 Aug 28, 2009 Jkt 217001 statistics, environmental statistics related to agriculture and also to conduct the Census of Agriculture. The Fruits, Nuts, and Specialty Crops survey program collects information on acreage, yield, production, price, and value of citrus and noncitrus fruits and nuts and other specialty crops in States with significant commercial production. The program provides data needed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other government agencies to administer programs and to set trade quotas and tariffs. Producers, processors, other industry representatives, State Departments of Agriculture, and universities also use forecasts and estimates provided by these surveys. Authority: These data will be collected under authority of 7 U.S.C. 2204(a). Individually identifiable data collected under this authority are governed by section 1770 of the Food Security Act of 1985 as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2276, which requires USDA to afford strict confidentiality to non-aggregated data provided by respondents. This Notice is submitted in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–113) and Office of Management and Budget regulations at 5 CFR part 1320 (60 FR 44978, August 29, 1995). NASS also complies with OMB Implementation Guidance, ‘‘Implementation Guidance for Title V of the E-Government Act, Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA),’’ Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 115, June 15, 2007, p. 33376. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this information collection is based on 73 individual surveys with expected responses of 4–30 minutes and frequency of 1–12 times per year. Estimated number of responses per respondent is 1.6. Respondents: Producers, processors, and handlers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 60,000. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 13,000 hours. Copies of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, at (202) 690– 2388. Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) 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; (b) 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; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44817 the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, technological or other forms of information technology collection methods. All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record and be summarized in the request for OMB approval. Signed at Washington, DC, August 11, 2009. Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently 
Approved Information Collection

AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service, Department of 
Agriculture.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics 
Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently 
approved information collection, the Fruits, Nuts, and Specialty Crops 
Surveys. Revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the 
size of the target population, sample design, minor changes in 
questionnaire design and an anticipated increase in response rates.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by October 30, 2009 to 
be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
0039, by any of the following methods:
     E-mail: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include docket number 
above in the subject line of the message.
     Fax: (202) 720-6396.
     Mail: Mail any paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions to: 
David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20250-2024.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Hand deliver to: David Hancock, 
NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South 
Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph T. Reilly, Associate 
Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, (202) 720-4333.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Fruits, Nuts, and Specialty Crops Surveys.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0039.
    Expiration Date of Approval: January 31, 2010.
    Type of Request: To revise and extend a currently approved 
information collection for a period of three years.
    Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural 
Statistics Service (NASS) is to collect, prepare and issue State and 
national estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and 
disposition; as well as economic statistics, environmental statistics 
related to agriculture and also to conduct the Census of Agriculture.
    The Fruits, Nuts, and Specialty Crops survey program collects 
information on acreage, yield, production, price, and value of citrus 
and noncitrus fruits and nuts and other specialty crops in States with 
significant commercial production. The program provides data needed by 
the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other government agencies to 
administer programs and to set trade quotas and tariffs. Producers, 
processors, other industry representatives, State Departments of 
Agriculture, and universities also use forecasts and estimates provided 
by these surveys.

    Authority:  These data will be collected under authority of 7 
U.S.C. 2204(a). Individually identifiable data collected under this 
authority are governed by section 1770 of the Food Security Act of 
1985 as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2276, which requires USDA to afford strict 
confidentiality to non-aggregated data provided by respondents. This 
Notice is submitted in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-113) and Office of Management and Budget 
regulations at 5 CFR part 1320 (60 FR 44978, August 29, 1995). NASS 
also complies with OMB Implementation Guidance, ``Implementation 
Guidance for Title V of the E-Government Act, Confidential 
Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 
(CIPSEA),'' Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 115, June 15, 2007, p. 
33376.

    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this information 
collection is based on 73 individual surveys with expected responses of 
4-30 minutes and frequency of 1-12 times per year. Estimated number of 
responses per respondent is 1.6.
    Respondents: Producers, processors, and handlers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 60,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 13,000 hours.
    Copies of this information collection and related instructions can 
be obtained without charge from David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, 
at (202) 690-2388.
    Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) 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; (b) 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; (c) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, technological or other forms of information 
technology collection methods.
    All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record 
and be summarized in the request for OMB approval.

    Signed at Washington, DC, August 11, 2009.
Joseph T. Reilly,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. E9-20924 Filed 8-28-09; 8:45 am]
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