Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Revise and Extend a Currently Approved Information Collection, 52304-52305 [2011-21361]

Download as PDF 52304 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 162 / Monday, August 22, 2011 / Notices The meetings will be held September 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2011. Each meeting will be held 5–8 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at 650 Wolfpack Way, Flathead National Forest Office, Kalispell, MT. Written comments should be sent to Flathead National Forest, Attn: RAC, 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MT 59901. Comments may also be sent via e-mail to ckendall@fs.fed.us or via facsimile to 406–758–5351. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MT. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 406– 758–6485 to facilitate entry into the building. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Craig Kendall, Flathead National Forest, 406.758.6485. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting is open to the public. The following business will be conducted: presentation of project proposals and approval of projects. Persons who wish to bring related matters to the attention of the Committee may file written statements with the Committee staff before or after the meeting. Public input sessions will be provided and individuals who made written requests by three calendar days prior to the meeting will have the opportunity to address the Comittee at those sessions. Dated: August 15, 2011. Chip Weber, Forest Supervisor, Flathead National Forest. [FR Doc. 2011–21344 Filed 8–19–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Notice of Idaho Panhandle Resource Advisory Committee Meeting Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ACTION: Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463) and under the Secure Rural Schools and Community SelfDetermination Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 110– 343) the Idaho Panhandle Resource Advisory Committee will meet Friday, SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:16 Aug 19, 2011 Jkt 223001 September 16, 2011, at 9 a.m. in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for a business meeting. The business meeting is open to the public. September 16, 2011. The meeting location is the Idaho Panhandle National Forests’ Supervisor’s Office, located at 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815. DATES: ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maggie Pittman, Acting Forest Supervisor and Designated Federal Official, at (208) 765–7369. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting agenda will focus on reviewing proposals for forest projects and recommending funding during the business meeting. Dated: August 16, 2011. Maggie Pittman, Acting Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2011–21345 Filed 8–19–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Revise and Extend 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 Agricultural Resources Management Survey and Chemical Use Surveys. Revision to burden hours may 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 October 21, 2011 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0235, 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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: Agricultural Resources Management Survey and Chemical Use Surveys. OMB Control Number: 0535–0218. Expiration Date of Approval: December 31, 2011. Type of Request: Intent to revise and extend a currently approved information collection for a period of three years. Abstract: The Agricultural Resource Management Surveys (ARMS) are the primary source of information for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a broad range of issues related to: Production practices, costs and returns, pest management, chemical usage, and contractor expenses. Data is collected on both a whole farm level and on selected commodities. ARMS is the only source of information available for objective evaluation of many critical issues related to agriculture and the rural economy, such as: Whole farm finance data, including data sufficient to construct estimates of income for farms by type of operation, loan commodities, income for operator households, credit, structure, and organization; marketing information, and other economic data on input usage, production practices, and crop substitution possibilities. Data from ARMS are used to produce estimates of net farm income by type of commercial producer as required in 7 U.S.C. 7998 and estimates of enterprise production costs as required in 7 U.S.C. 1441(a). Data from ARMS are also used as weights in the development of the Prices Paid Index, a component of the Parity Index referred to in the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938. These indexes are used to calculate the annual Federal grazing fee rates as described in the Public Rangelands Improvement Act of 1978 and Executive Order 12,548 and as promulgated in regulations found at 36 CFR 222.51. In addition, ARMS is used to produce estimates of sector-wide production expenditures and other components of income that are used in constructing the estimates of income and value-added E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1 jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 162 / Monday, August 22, 2011 / Notices which are transmitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, by the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) for use in constructing economy-wide estimates of Gross Domestic Product. This transmittal of data, prepared using the ARMS, is undertaken to satisfy a 1956 agreement between the Office of Management and Budget and the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce that a single set of estimates be published on farm income. Chemical Use Surveys: Congress has mandated that NASS and ERS build nationally coordinated databases on agricultural chemical use and related farm practices; these databases are the primary vehicles used to produce specified environmental and economic estimates. The surveys will help provide the knowledge and technical means for producers and researchers to address on-farm environmental concerns in a manner that maintains agricultural productivity. 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, 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 (at 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 approximately 35 minutes per survey. Respondents: Farmers, ranchers, farm managers, farm contractors, and farm households. Estimated Number of Respondents: Approximately 85,000 respondents will be sampled each year. Over half of these respondents will be contacted more than one time in a single year. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: Approximately 73,000 hours per year. Copies of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from the NASS Clearance Officer, at (202) 690–2388 or at: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:16 Aug 19, 2011 Jkt 223001 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, on July 27, 2011. Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2011–21361 Filed 8–19–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Housing Service Notice of Funding Availability: Section 515 Multi-Family Housing Preservation Revolving Loan Fund (PRLF) Demonstration Program for Fiscal Year 2011 Rural Housing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Rural Housing Service of Rural Development previously announced the availability of funds and the timeframe to submit applications for loans to private non-profit organizations, and State and local housing finance agencies, to carry out a demonstration program to provide revolving loans for the preservation and revitalization of low-income MultiFamily Housing (MFH) in a Notice published November 9, 2010 (75 FR 68748). Rural Development did not receive sufficient applications to use all available funds. As a result, Rural Development is soliciting additional applications under this Notice. Housing that is assisted by this demonstration program must be financed by Rural Development through its MFH loan program under Sections 515, 514 and 516 of the Housing Act of 1949. The goals of this demonstration program will be achieved through loans made to intermediaries. The intermediaries will establish their programs for the purpose SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52305 of providing loans to ultimate recipients for the preservation and revitalization of low income Sections 515, 514 and 516 MFH as affordable housing. DATES: The deadline for receipt of all applications in response to this Notice is 5 p.m., Eastern Time, September 21, 2011. The application closing deadline is firm as to date and hour. Rural Development will not consider any application that is received after the closing deadline. Applicants intending to mail applications must provide sufficient time to permit delivery on or before the closing deadline. Acceptance by a post office or private mailer does not constitute delivery. Facsimile, electronic transmissions and postage due applications will not be accepted. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sherry Engel, Financial and Loan Analyst, Multi-Family Housing, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service, 4949 Kirschling Court, Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54481 or Timothy James, Financial and Loan Analyst, Multi-Family Housing, STOP 0781 (Room 1263–S), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–0781 or by telephone at: (715) 345–7677 or (202) 720–1610, TDD (302) 857–3585 or via e-mail at: sherry.engel@wdc.usda.gov or timothy.james@wdc.usda.gov. (Please note the phone numbers are not toll free numbers.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Paperwork Reduction Act Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501 (2005) et seq., the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) must approve all ‘‘collections of information’’ by Rural Development. The Act defines ‘‘collection of information’’ as a requirement for ‘‘answers to * * * identical reporting or recordkeeping requirements imposed on ten or more persons * * *.’’ (44 U.S.C. 3502(3)(A)) Because this Notice is expected to receive less than 10 respondents, the Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply. Programs Affected This program is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under Number 10.415. Overview The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111–80), October 21, 2009 provided funding for, and authorized Rural Development to, establish a revolving loan fund demonstration E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Revise and Extend 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 Agricultural Resources Management 
Survey and Chemical Use Surveys. Revision to burden hours may 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 October 21, 2011 to 
be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
0235, 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: Agricultural Resources Management Survey and Chemical Use 
Surveys.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0218.
    Expiration Date of Approval: December 31, 2011.
    Type of Request: Intent to revise and extend a currently approved 
information collection for a period of three years.
    Abstract: The Agricultural Resource Management Surveys (ARMS) are 
the primary source of information for the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture on a broad range of issues related to: Production 
practices, costs and returns, pest management, chemical usage, and 
contractor expenses. Data is collected on both a whole farm level and 
on selected commodities.
    ARMS is the only source of information available for objective 
evaluation of many critical issues related to agriculture and the rural 
economy, such as: Whole farm finance data, including data sufficient to 
construct estimates of income for farms by type of operation, loan 
commodities, income for operator households, credit, structure, and 
organization; marketing information, and other economic data on input 
usage, production practices, and crop substitution possibilities. Data 
from ARMS are used to produce estimates of net farm income by type of 
commercial producer as required in 7 U.S.C. 7998 and estimates of 
enterprise production costs as required in 7 U.S.C. 1441(a). Data from 
ARMS are also used as weights in the development of the Prices Paid 
Index, a component of the Parity Index referred to in the Agricultural 
Adjustment Act of 1938. These indexes are used to calculate the annual 
Federal grazing fee rates as described in the Public Rangelands 
Improvement Act of 1978 and Executive Order 12,548 and as promulgated 
in regulations found at 36 CFR 222.51.
    In addition, ARMS is used to produce estimates of sector-wide 
production expenditures and other components of income that are used in 
constructing the estimates of income and value-added

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which are transmitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of 
Economic Analysis, by the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) for use 
in constructing economy-wide estimates of Gross Domestic Product. This 
transmittal of data, prepared using the ARMS, is undertaken to satisfy 
a 1956 agreement between the Office of Management and Budget and the 
Departments of Agriculture and Commerce that a single set of estimates 
be published on farm income.
    Chemical Use Surveys: Congress has mandated that NASS and ERS build 
nationally coordinated databases on agricultural chemical use and 
related farm practices; these databases are the primary vehicles used 
to produce specified environmental and economic estimates. The surveys 
will help provide the knowledge and technical means for producers and 
researchers to address on-farm environmental concerns in a manner that 
maintains agricultural productivity.
    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, 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 (at 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 approximately 35 minutes per 
survey.
    Respondents: Farmers, ranchers, farm managers, farm contractors, 
and farm households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: Approximately 85,000 respondents 
will be sampled each year. Over half of these respondents will be 
contacted more than one time in a single year.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: Approximately 73,000 
hours per year.
    Copies of this information collection and related instructions can 
be obtained without charge from the NASS Clearance Officer, at (202) 
690-2388 or at: 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, on July 27, 2011.
Joseph T. Reilly,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2011-21361 Filed 8-19-11; 8:45 am]
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