Notice of Invitation for Nominations to the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics, 40323-40324 [2012-16671]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 131 / Monday, July 9, 2012 / Notices (7 CFR part 1b), and (4) APHIS’ NEPA Implementing Procedures (7 CFR part 372). Done in Washington, DC, this 29th day of June 2012. Kevin Shea, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2012–16799 Filed 7–6–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–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 Mink Survey. Revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target population and/or questionnaire length. The target population will be pulled from positive historical data, trade magazines, or grower’s association’s lists. The questionnaire that NASS is planning to use is the same as what was used in previous years. Any changes to the questionnaire would result from requests by industry data users. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by September 7, 2012 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0212, by any of the following methods: • Email: 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 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:20 Jul 06, 2012 Jkt 226001 Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720–4333. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Mink Survey. OMB Control Number: 0535–0212. Expiration Date of Approval: October 31, 2012. Type of Request: Intent to Seek Approval to Revise and Extend an Information Collection for 3 years. Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural Statistics Service is to prepare and issue State and national estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition. The Mink Survey collects data on the number of mink pelts produced, the number of females bred, and the number of mink farms. Mink estimates are used by the federal government to calculate total value of sales and total cash receipts, by State governments to administer fur farm programs and health regulations, and by universities in research projects. The current expiration date for this docket is October 31, 2012. NASS intends to request that the Mink Survey be approved for another 3 years. 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, (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),’’ 72 FR 33362, Jun. 15, 2007. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 10 minutes per response. NASS plans to mail out publicity materials with the questionnaires to inform producers of the importance of this survey. NASS will also use multiple mailings, followed up with phone and personal enumeration to increase response rates and to minimize data collection costs. Respondents: Farmers and ranchers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 350. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 90 hours. Copies of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, at ombofficer@nass.usda.gov or at (202) 690–2388. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40323 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, June 19, 2012. Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2012–16673 Filed 7–6–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Invitation for Nominations to the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), USDA. ACTION: Solicitation of Nominations to the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, this notice announces an invitation from the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture for nominations to the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics. On June 5, 2012, the Secretary of Agriculture renewed the Advisory Committee charter for a two-year term to expire on June 5, 2014. The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the scope, timing, content, etc., of the periodic censuses and surveys of agriculture, other related surveys, and the types of information to obtain from respondents concerning agriculture. The Committee also prepares recommendations regarding the content of agriculture reports and presents the views and needs for data of major suppliers and users of agriculture statistics. DATES: Written nominations must be received on or before July 27, 2012. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\09JYN1.SGM 09JYN1 40324 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 131 / Monday, July 9, 2012 / Notices You may submit nominations by any of the following methods: • Email: Scan the completed form and email to: hq_dapp@nass.usda.gov. • Fax: (202) 690–1311. • Mail: Nominations should be mailed to Hubert Hamer, Chair, Agricultural Statistics Board, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 5029 South Building, Washington, DC 20250– 2010. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Hand deliver to: Hubert Hamer, Chair, Agricultural Statistics Board, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 5029 South Building, Washington, DC 20250– 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hubert Hamer, Chair, Agricultural Statistics Board, National Agricultural Statistics Service, (202) 690–8141. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Each person nominated to serve on the committee is required to submit the following form: AD–755 (Advisory Committee Membership Background Information, OMB Number 0505–0001), available on the Internet at http:// www.usda.gov/documents/ OCIO_AD_755_Master_2012.pdf. This form may also be requested by telephone, fax, or email using the information above. Completed forms may be faxed to the number above, mailed, or completed and emailed directly from the Internet site. For more information on the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics, see the NASS Web site at http:// www.nass.usda.gov. Along the top of the homepage click on the tab titled ‘‘About NASS’’. The ‘‘Advisory Committee on Agricultural Statistics’’ button is along the right column. The Committee draws on the experience and expertise of its members to form a collective judgment concerning agriculture data collected and the statistics issued by NASS. This input is vital to keep current with shifting data needs in the rapidly changing agricultural environment and keeps NASS informed of emerging issues in the agriculture community that can affect agriculture statistics activities. The Committee, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, consists of 20 members representing a broad range of disciplines and interests, including, but not limited to, producers, representatives of national farm organizations, agricultural economists, rural sociologists, farm policy analysts, sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:20 Jul 06, 2012 Jkt 226001 educators, State agriculture representatives, and agriculture-related business and marketing experts. Members serve staggered 2-year terms, with terms for half of the Committee members expiring in any given year. Nominations are being sought for 20 open Committee seats. Members can serve up to 3 terms for a total of 6 consecutive years. The Chairperson of the Committee shall be elected by members to serve a 1-year term. Equal opportunity practices, in line with USDA policies, will be followed in all membership appointments to the Committee. To ensure that the recommendations of the Committee have taken into account the needs of the diverse groups served by USDA, membership will include to the extent possible, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent the needs of all racial and ethnic groups, women and men, and persons with disabilities. The duties of the Committee are solely advisory. The Committee will make recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture with regards to the agricultural statistics programs of NASS, and such other matters as it may deem advisable, or which the Secretary of Agriculture; Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics; or the Administrator of NASS may request. The Committee will meet at least annually. All meetings are open to the public. Committee members are reimbursed for official travel expenses only. Send questions, comments, and requests for additional information to the email address, fax number, or address listed above. Signed at Washington, DC, June 22, 2012. Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service. [FR Doc. 2012–16671 Filed 7–6–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Rural Utilities Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by September 7, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michele Brooks, Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, USDA Rural Utilities Service, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., STOP 1522, Room 5162, South Building, Washington, DC 20250–1522. Telephone: (202) 690–1078. FAX: (202) 720–8435. Email: michele.brooks@wdc.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) regulation (5 CFR 1320) implementing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13) requires that interested members of the public and affected agencies have an opportunity to comment on information collection and recordkeeping activities (see 5 CFR 1320.8(d)). This notice identifies an information collection that RUS is submitting to OMB for extension. 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, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to: Michele Brooks, Director, Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, USDA Rural Utilities Service, STOP 1522, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250–1522. FAX: (202) 720–8435. Email: michele.brooks@wdc.usda.gov. Title: Lien Accommodations and Subordinations, 7 CFR 1717, Subparts R & S. OMB Control Number: 0572–0100. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Abstract: The Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (RE Act), as amended (7 U.S.C. 901 et seq.), authorizes and empowers the Administrator of Rural Utilities Service to make loans in the several United States and Territories of the United States for rural electrification and the furnishing of electric energy to E:\FR\FM\09JYN1.SGM 09JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 131 (Monday, July 9, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 40323-40324]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16671]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Invitation for Nominations to the Advisory Committee on 
Agriculture Statistics

AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), USDA.

ACTION: Solicitation of Nominations to the Advisory Committee on 
Agriculture Statistics.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 
U.S.C. App. 2, this notice announces an invitation from the Office of 
the Secretary of Agriculture for nominations to the Advisory Committee 
on Agriculture Statistics.
    On June 5, 2012, the Secretary of Agriculture renewed the Advisory 
Committee charter for a two-year term to expire on June 5, 2014. The 
purpose of the Committee is to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on 
the scope, timing, content, etc., of the periodic censuses and surveys 
of agriculture, other related surveys, and the types of information to 
obtain from respondents concerning agriculture. The Committee also 
prepares recommendations regarding the content of agriculture reports 
and presents the views and needs for data of major suppliers and users 
of agriculture statistics.

DATES: Written nominations must be received on or before July 27, 2012.

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ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations by any of the following methods:
     Email: Scan the completed form and email to: hq_dapp@nass.usda.gov.
     Fax: (202) 690-1311.
     Mail: Nominations should be mailed to Hubert Hamer, Chair, 
Agricultural Statistics Board, National Agricultural Statistics 
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., 
Room 5029 South Building, Washington, DC 20250-2010.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Hand deliver to: Hubert Hamer, 
Chair, Agricultural Statistics Board, National Agricultural Statistics 
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., 
Room 5029 South Building, Washington, DC 20250-2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hubert Hamer, Chair, Agricultural 
Statistics Board, National Agricultural Statistics Service, (202) 690-
8141.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Each person nominated to serve on the 
committee is required to submit the following form: AD-755 (Advisory 
Committee Membership Background Information, OMB Number 0505-0001), 
available on the Internet at http://www.usda.gov/documents/OCIO_AD_755_Master_2012.pdf. This form may also be requested by telephone, 
fax, or email using the information above. Completed forms may be faxed 
to the number above, mailed, or completed and emailed directly from the 
Internet site.
    For more information on the Advisory Committee on Agriculture 
Statistics, see the NASS Web site at http://www.nass.usda.gov. Along 
the top of the homepage click on the tab titled ``About NASS''. The 
``Advisory Committee on Agricultural Statistics'' button is along the 
right column.
    The Committee draws on the experience and expertise of its members 
to form a collective judgment concerning agriculture data collected and 
the statistics issued by NASS. This input is vital to keep current with 
shifting data needs in the rapidly changing agricultural environment 
and keeps NASS informed of emerging issues in the agriculture community 
that can affect agriculture statistics activities.
    The Committee, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, consists 
of 20 members representing a broad range of disciplines and interests, 
including, but not limited to, producers, representatives of national 
farm organizations, agricultural economists, rural sociologists, farm 
policy analysts, educators, State agriculture representatives, and 
agriculture-related business and marketing experts.
    Members serve staggered 2-year terms, with terms for half of the 
Committee members expiring in any given year. Nominations are being 
sought for 20 open Committee seats. Members can serve up to 3 terms for 
a total of 6 consecutive years. The Chairperson of the Committee shall 
be elected by members to serve a 1-year term.
    Equal opportunity practices, in line with USDA policies, will be 
followed in all membership appointments to the Committee. To ensure 
that the recommendations of the Committee have taken into account the 
needs of the diverse groups served by USDA, membership will include to 
the extent possible, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent 
the needs of all racial and ethnic groups, women and men, and persons 
with disabilities.
    The duties of the Committee are solely advisory. The Committee will 
make recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture with regards to 
the agricultural statistics programs of NASS, and such other matters as 
it may deem advisable, or which the Secretary of Agriculture; Under 
Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics; or the Administrator 
of NASS may request. The Committee will meet at least annually. All 
meetings are open to the public. Committee members are reimbursed for 
official travel expenses only.
    Send questions, comments, and requests for additional information 
to the email address, fax number, or address listed above.

    Signed at Washington, DC, June 22, 2012.
Joseph T. Reilly,
Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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