Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 6599-6600 [2011-2563]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 25 / Monday, February 7, 2011 / Notices You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0248, 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: Generic Clearance to Conduct Survey Research Studies. OMB Control Number: 0535–0248. Type of Request: To revise and extend a currently approved information collection for a period of three years. Abstract: The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for generic clearance that will allow NASS to rigorously develop, test, and evaluate its survey instruments and methodologies. The primary objectives of the National Agricultural Statistics Service are to prepare and issue State and national estimates of crop production, livestock production, economic statistics, and environmental statistics related to agriculture and to conduct the Census of Agriculture. This request is part of an on-going initiative to improve NASS surveys, as recommended by both its own guidelines and those of OMB. In the last decade, state-of-the art techniques have been increasingly instituted by NASS and other Federal agencies and are now routinely used to improve the quality and timeliness of survey data and analyses, while simultaneously reducing respondents’ cognitive workload and burden. The purpose of this generic clearance is to allow NASS to continue to adopt and use these state-of-the-art techniques to improve its current data collections on agriculture. They will also be used to aid in the development of new surveys. NASS envisions using a variety of survey improvement techniques, as emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:16 Feb 04, 2011 Jkt 223001 appropriate to the individual project under investigation. These include focus groups, cognitive and usability laboratory and field techniques, exploratory interviews, behavior coding, respondent debriefing, pilot surveys, and split-panel tests. Following standard OMB requirements NASS will submit a change request to OMB individually for each survey improvement project it undertakes under this generic clearance and provide OMB with a copy of the questionnaire (if one is used), and all other materials describing the project. These data will be collected under the 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, 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. 33362. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for these collections of information is estimated to average from 30 minutes to 2 hours per respondent, dependant upon the survey and the technique used to test for that particular survey. Respondents: Farmers, ranchers, farm managers, farm contractors, agribusinesses, and households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,300. Frequency of Responses: On occasion. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 4,950 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 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6599 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, January 20, 2011. Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2011–2562 Filed 2–4–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: 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 Organic Production Survey. Revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length. SUMMARY: Comments on this notice must be received by April 8, 2011 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0249, 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 DATES: E:\FR\FM\07FEN1.SGM 07FEN1 emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES 6600 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 25 / Monday, February 7, 2011 / Notices Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720–4333. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Organic Production Survey. OMB Control Number: 0535–0249. Expiration Date of Previous Approval: April 30, 2012. 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 prepare and issue State and national estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition as well as economic statistics, farm numbers, land values, on-farm pesticide usage, pest crop management practices, as well as the Census of Agriculture. In 2009, NASS conducted the 2008 Organic Production Survey (OMB # 0535–0249). This was originally designed to be conducted once every five years as a follow-on-survey to the Census of Agriculture. The USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) has made a formal agreement with NASS to conduct this as an annual survey. The pilot survey year would be 2012 for the reference period of 2011. The questionnaire would be similar to what was used in the 2009 survey. Some noticeable changes that would occur in the annual survey include the removal of the organic floriculture and nursery questions and some of the organic production practices questions. In their place we plan to incorporate more commodity specific questions that would be directed at different commodities each year. In the pilot year we plan to target organically grown apples and grapes. Each year as new target commodities are selected for this survey an update will be submitted to OMB containing the non-substantive changes. The census-based survey will include all known farm operators who produce organically certified crops and/or livestock. The survey will be conducted in all States. Some operational level data will be collected to use in classifying each operation for summary purposes. The majority of the questions will involve production data (acres planted, acres harvested, quantity harvested, quantity sold, value of sale, etc.), production expenses, and marketing practices. The pilot survey reference date will be the calendar year 2011. Approximately 15,000 operations will be contacted by mail in early January 2012, with a second mailing later in the month to non-respondents. Telephone and personal enumeration will be used VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:16 Feb 04, 2011 Jkt 223001 for remaining non-response follow up. The National Agricultural Statistics Service will publish summaries in October 2012 at both the State level and for each major organic commodity when possible. Some State level data may need to be published on regional or national level due to confidentiality rules. Under the 2008 Farm Bill (Pub. L. 110–246, Section 12023, Part D) some of the duties of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) are defined as ‘‘(i) IN GENERAL.—The Corporation shall submit to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate an annual report on progress made in developing and improving Federal crop insurance for organic crops, including—‘‘(I) the numbers and varieties of organic crops insured; ‘‘(II) the development of new insurance approaches; and ‘‘(III) the progress of implementing the initiatives required under this paragraph, including the rate at which additional price elections are adopted for organic crops.’’ Authority: These data will be collected under the 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, Public Law 104– 13 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) and Office of Management and Budget regulations at 5 CFR part 1320. 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. 33362. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 30 minutes per response. Respondents: Farmers and Ranchers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 15,000. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 7,900 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 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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, including 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, January 13, 2011. Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2011–2563 Filed 2–4–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [Docket 8–2011] Foreign-Trade Zone 53—Tulsa, OK; Application for Reorganization/ Expansion Under Alternative Site Framework An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board (the Board) by the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 53, requesting authority to reorganize and expand the zone under the alternative site framework (ASF) adopted by the Board (74 FR 1170–1173, 01/12/09 (correction 74 FR 3987, 01/22/ 09); 75 FR 71069–71070, 11/22/10). The ASF is an option for grantees for the establishment or reorganization of general-purpose zones and can permit significantly greater flexibility in the designation of new ‘‘usage-driven’’ FTZ sites for operators/users located within a grantee’s ‘‘service area’’ in the context of the Board’s standard 2,000-acre activation limit for a general-purpose zone project. The application was submitted pursuant to the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a– 81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally filed on February 1, 2011. FTZ 53 was approved by the Board on December 7, 1979 (Board Order 151, 44 FR 76382, 12/26/79), and expanded on September 16, 1993 (Board Order 655, E:\FR\FM\07FEN1.SGM 07FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 25 (Monday, February 7, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6599-6600]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-2563]


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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, USDA.

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 Organic Production Survey. 
Revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of 
the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 8, 2011 to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
0249, 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

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Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, (202) 720-4333.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Organic Production Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0249.
    Expiration Date of Previous Approval: April 30, 2012.
    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 prepare and issue State and national 
estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition as 
well as economic statistics, farm numbers, land values, on-farm 
pesticide usage, pest crop management practices, as well as the Census 
of Agriculture. In 2009, NASS conducted the 2008 Organic Production 
Survey (OMB  0535-0249). This was originally designed to be 
conducted once every five years as a follow-on-survey to the Census of 
Agriculture. The USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) has made a formal 
agreement with NASS to conduct this as an annual survey. The pilot 
survey year would be 2012 for the reference period of 2011. The 
questionnaire would be similar to what was used in the 2009 survey. 
Some noticeable changes that would occur in the annual survey include 
the removal of the organic floriculture and nursery questions and some 
of the organic production practices questions. In their place we plan 
to incorporate more commodity specific questions that would be directed 
at different commodities each year. In the pilot year we plan to target 
organically grown apples and grapes. Each year as new target 
commodities are selected for this survey an update will be submitted to 
OMB containing the non-substantive changes.
    The census-based survey will include all known farm operators who 
produce organically certified crops and/or livestock. The survey will 
be conducted in all States. Some operational level data will be 
collected to use in classifying each operation for summary purposes. 
The majority of the questions will involve production data (acres 
planted, acres harvested, quantity harvested, quantity sold, value of 
sale, etc.), production expenses, and marketing practices.
    The pilot survey reference date will be the calendar year 2011. 
Approximately 15,000 operations will be contacted by mail in early 
January 2012, with a second mailing later in the month to non-
respondents. Telephone and personal enumeration will be used for 
remaining non-response follow up. The National Agricultural Statistics 
Service will publish summaries in October 2012 at both the State level 
and for each major organic commodity when possible. Some State level 
data may need to be published on regional or national level due to 
confidentiality rules.
    Under the 2008 Farm Bill (Pub. L. 110-246, Section 12023, Part D) 
some of the duties of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) are 
defined as ``(i) IN GENERAL.--The Corporation shall submit to the 
Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the 
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate an 
annual report on progress made in developing and improving Federal crop 
insurance for organic crops, including--``(I) the numbers and varieties 
of organic crops insured; ``(II) the development of new insurance 
approaches; and ``(III) the progress of implementing the initiatives 
required under this paragraph, including the rate at which additional 
price elections are adopted for organic crops.''
    Authority: These data will be collected under the 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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) and Office of 
Management and Budget regulations at 5 CFR part 1320.
    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. 
33362.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 30 minutes per response.
    Respondents: Farmers and Ranchers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 15,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 7,900 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, including 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, January 13, 2011.
Joseph T. Reilly,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2011-2563 Filed 2-4-11; 8:45 am]
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