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Download as PDF 23538 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 81 / Wednesday, April 27, 2011 / Notices SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Reinstate a Previously 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 a reinstatement, with changes, to a previously approved information collection, the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Survey. Revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by June 27, 2011 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0245, Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Survey, 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. WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:36 Apr 26, 2011 Jkt 223001 Title: Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Survey. OMB Control Number: 0535–0245. Type of Request: To reinstate a previous approval for an information collection for a period of three years. Abstract: The Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) was initiated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2003 as a multiagency effort to quantify the environmental effects of conservation practices on agricultural lands. As part of this assessment, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducted on-site interviews with farmers during 2003–2006 to document tillage and irrigation practices, application of fertilizer, manure, and pesticides, and use of conservation practices at sample points drawn from the Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) sampling frame. These data were linked through the NRI frame to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) soil survey, climate, and historical survey databases. The combined information was used to model the impact on soil and water resources and to estimate the benefits of conservation practices, including nutrient, sediment, and pesticide losses from farm fields, reductions in in-stream nutrient and sediment concentrations, and impacts on soil quality and erosion. USDA needs updated scientifically credible data on residue and tillage management, nutrient management, and conservation practices in order to quantify and assess current impacts of farming practices and to document changes since 2006. A pilot survey focused in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed is planned for the end of the 2011 crop year, with enumeration extending into February 2012. This survey will be called the ‘‘NRI Conservation Tillage and Nutrient Management Survey’’ (NRI–CTNMS). The survey questionnaire is modeled after the 2003–2006 CEAP surveys and will be administered through personal interviews of farm operators by trained National Association of State PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) enumerators. The pilot study will occur at 1,500 NRI points located in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Data collected will provide conservation tillage estimates and will be used to model impacts of conservation practices on the larger environment. The summarized results of the NRI–CTNMS will be made available in a web-based format to agricultural producers and professionals, government officials, and the general public. Authority: The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS’s) participation in this agreement is authorized under the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act of 1977, 16 U.S.C. 2001– 2009, as amended, Economy Act U.S.C. 1535. NRCS contracted with NASS to collect and compile this data for them. 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, Pub. L. 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 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),’’ 72 FR 33362–01, Jun. 15, 2007. Estimate of Burden: Burden will be approximately 10 minutes for a first visit to verify operator of the NRI point, and 70 minutes at a second visit for the interview. (It may be possible to complete both during the same visit). Respondents: Farmers and Ranchers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,500. Frequency of Responses: Potentially, 2 times for each respondent. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 1,720 hours (based on an overall response rate of approximately 80%). E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 81 / Wednesday, April 27, 2011 / Notices public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before June 27, 2011. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to Cynthia Hollingsworth, Bureau of the Census, Room 8K047, Washington, DC 20233, (301) 763–3655 (or via the Internet at cynthia.davis.hollingsworth @census.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Signed at Washington, DC, April 7, 2011. Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator. I. Abstract The Commodity Flow Survey, a component of the Economic Census, is the only comprehensive source of multimodal, system-wide data on the volume and pattern of goods movement in the United States. These data are used by government analysts and policy makers at the Federal, State and local levels to estimate the future demand for transportation services and facilities; assess the adequacy of our current transportation infrastructure to accommodate the future demand; and to evaluate the economic, social and environmental impacts of transportation flows. The data also are used extensively by academics, researchers, economic planning organizations, and the business community. The Commodity Flow Survey is cosponsored by the Bureau of [FR Doc. 2011–9976 Filed 4–26–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Commodity Flow Survey U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:36 Apr 26, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Transportation Statistics, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation. The survey provides data on the movement of commodities in the United States from their origin to destination. The survey produces summary statistics on value, tons, ton-miles and average miles by commodity, industry, and mode of transportation. The Census Bureau will publish these shipment characteristics for the nation, census regions and divisions, states, and CFS defined geographical areas. Primary strategies for reducing respondent burden in the Commodity Flow Survey include: Employing a stratified random sample of business establishments, requesting data on a limited sample of shipment records from each establishment, accepting estimates of shipping activity, and providing the opportunity for establishments to report electronically. II. Method of Collection The Commodity Flow Survey will be sent to a sample of business establishments in mining, manufacturing, wholesale, and select retail and services industries. The survey also will cover auxiliary establishments (i.e., warehouses and managing offices) of multiestablishment companies. Each selected establishment will receive four questionnaires, one during each calendar quarter of 2012. On each questionnaire, an establishment will be asked to report data for approximately 20–30 shipments for a predefined reporting week. Respondents may report via paper questionnaire or via secure electronic reporting. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0932. Form Number: CFS 1000 (2012), CFS 2000 (2012). Type of Review: Regular submission. E:\FR\FM\27APN1.SGM 27APN1 EN27AP11.000</GPH> Copies of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from the NASS Clearance Officer, by calling (202) 720– 2248 or by e-mail ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. 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. 23539

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Intent To Reinstate a Previously 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 a reinstatement, with changes, to a 
previously approved information collection, the Conservation Effects 
Assessment Project (CEAP) Survey. Revision to burden hours will be 
needed due to changes in the size of the target, sampling design, and/
or questionnaire length.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by June 27, 2011 to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
0245, Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Survey, 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: Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0245.
    Type of Request: To reinstate a previous approval for an 
information collection for a period of three years.
    Abstract: The Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) was 
initiated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2003 
as a multi-agency effort to quantify the environmental effects of 
conservation practices on agricultural lands. As part of this 
assessment, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 
conducted on-site interviews with farmers during 2003-2006 to document 
tillage and irrigation practices, application of fertilizer, manure, 
and pesticides, and use of conservation practices at sample points 
drawn from the Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) sampling frame. These 
data were linked through the NRI frame to the Natural Resources 
Conservation Service (NRCS) soil survey, climate, and historical survey 
databases. The combined information was used to model the impact on 
soil and water resources and to estimate the benefits of conservation 
practices, including nutrient, sediment, and pesticide losses from farm 
fields, reductions in in-stream nutrient and sediment concentrations, 
and impacts on soil quality and erosion.
    USDA needs updated scientifically credible data on residue and 
tillage management, nutrient management, and conservation practices in 
order to quantify and assess current impacts of farming practices and 
to document changes since 2006. A pilot survey focused in the 
Chesapeake Bay Watershed is planned for the end of the 2011 crop year, 
with enumeration extending into February 2012. This survey will be 
called the ``NRI Conservation Tillage and Nutrient Management Survey'' 
(NRI-CTNMS). The survey questionnaire is modeled after the 2003-2006 
CEAP surveys and will be administered through personal interviews of 
farm operators by trained National Association of State Departments of 
Agriculture (NASDA) enumerators. The pilot study will occur at 1,500 
NRI points located in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, 
Virginia, and West Virginia. Data collected will provide conservation 
tillage estimates and will be used to model impacts of conservation 
practices on the larger environment. The summarized results of the NRI-
CTNMS will be made available in a web-based format to agricultural 
producers and professionals, government officials, and the general 
public.

    Authority:  The Natural Resources Conservation Service's 
(NRCS's) participation in this agreement is authorized under the 
Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act of 1977, 16 U.S.C. 2001-
2009, as amended, Economy Act U.S.C. 1535. NRCS contracted with NASS 
to collect and compile this data for them. 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, Pub. L. 104-13 
(44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
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),'' 72 FR 33362-01, Jun. 15, 2007.
    Estimate of Burden: Burden will be approximately 10 minutes for a 
first visit to verify operator of the NRI point, and 70 minutes at a 
second visit for the interview. (It may be possible to complete both 
during the same visit).
    Respondents: Farmers and Ranchers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,500.
    Frequency of Responses: Potentially, 2 times for each respondent.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 1,720 hours (based on an overall 
response rate of approximately 80%).

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    Copies of this information collection and related instructions can 
be obtained without charge from the NASS Clearance Officer, by calling 
(202) 720-2248 or by e-mail ombofficer@nass.usda.gov.
    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, April 7, 2011.
Joseph T. Reilly,
Associate Administrator.
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