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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service Title: Livestock, Poultry, Grain and Meat Market News OMB Control Number: 0581–0033 Summary of Collection: The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, (60 Stat. 1087–1091, as amended: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627, (AMA) legislates that USDA shall ‘‘collect and disseminate marketing information . . . ’’ and ‘‘ . . . collect, tabulate, and disseminate statistics on marketing agricultural products, including, but not restricted to statistics on marketing supplies, storage, stocks, quantity, quality, and condition of such products in various positions in the marketing channel, use of such products, and shipments and unloads thereof.’’ The mission of Market New is to provide current unbiased, factual information to all members of the Nation’s agricultural industry, from farm to retailer. This notice announces the merger of 0581–0005 ‘‘Grain Market News,’’ and 0581–0154 ‘‘Livestock and Meat Market News’’ into this revised renewal submission of 0581–0033 creating a single collection and re-titled ‘‘Livestock, Poultry, Grain and Meat Market News’’ (LPGMN). Need and Use of the Information: Information is used by the private sector to make economic decisions to establish market values for application in contracts or settlement value, and to address specific concerns or issues related to trade agreements and disputes as well as being used by educational institutions, specifically, agricultural colleges and universities. Government agencies such as the Foreign Agricultural Service, Economic Research Service and the National Agricultural Statistics Service use market news data in the performance of their missions. LPGMN reports provide interested segments of the market chain and the general public with unbiased comprehensive livestock, poultry, meat, eggs, wool and grain market data which Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES August 7, 2013. The Department of Agriculture will submit the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 on or after the date of publication of this notice. Comments regarding (a) Whether the 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 burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (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 should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC; New Executive Office Building, 725—17th Street NW., Washington, DC, 20503. Commenters are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax (202) 395–5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250– 7602. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received by September 12, 2013. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720–8681. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:31 Aug 12, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 helps equalize the competitive position of all market participants. The absence of these data would deny primary and secondary users information that otherwise would be available to aid them in their production and marketing decisions, analyses, research and knowledge of current market conditions. The omission of these data could adversely affect prices, supply, and demand. Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit; Farms Number of Respondents: 2,668 Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Weekly; Monthly Total Burden Hours: 14,747 Agricultural Marketing Service Title: Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 1999 OMB Control Number: 0581–0186 Summary of Collection: The Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 1999 (Pub. L. 106–78; 7 U.S.C. 1635–1636h) mandates the reporting of information on prices and quantities of livestock and livestock products. Under this program, certain livestock packers, livestock product processors and importers meeting certain criteria, including size as measured by annual slaughter are required to report market information to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of AMS. USDA’s market news provides all market participants, including producers, with the information necessary to make intelligent and informed marketing decisions. AMS is merging associated burden and form LS–89 approved under information collection 0581–0279, ‘‘Livestock Mandatory Reporting Program, Establishment of the Reporting Regulations for Wholesale Pork’’ into the 0581–0186 revised renewal submission. Need and Use of the Information: The information collected and recordkeeping requirements will serve as the basis for livestock and livestock product market news reports utilized by the industry for marketing purposes. The reports are used by other Government agencies to evaluate market conditions and calculate price levels. Economists at major agricultural colleges and universities use the reports to make short and long-term market projections. The information is reported up to three times daily and once weekly E:\FR\FM\13AUN1.SGM 13AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 13, 2013 / Notices and is only available directly from those entities required to report under the Act. Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit; Number of Respondents: 422 Frequency of Responses: Reporting; Weekly; Other (Daily) Total Burden Hours: 23,766 Agricultural Marketing Service ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2013–19504 Filed 8–12–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:31 Aug 12, 2013 Jkt 229001 Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2011–0031] Notice of Decision To Authorize the Importation of Fresh Pitayas and Pomegranates From Mexico Into the Continental United States Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Title: Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) OMB Control Number: 0581–0240 Summary of Collection: The FederalState Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) operates pursuant to the authority of the Agricultural Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621, et.seq.). Section 204(b) authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to make available funds to State Departments of Agriculture, State bureaus and departments of markets, State agricultural experiment stations, and other appropriate State agencies for cooperative projects in marketing service and in marketing research to effectuate the purposes of title II of the Agricultural Act of 1946. FSMIP provides matching grants on a competitive basis to enable States to explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the U.S. marketing system. Need and Use of the Information: The information collection requirements in this request are needed to implement the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP). The information will be used by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to establish the entity’s eligibility for participation, the suitability of the budget for the proposed project, and compliance with applicable Federal regulations. Description of Respondents: State, Local or Tribal Government Number of Respondents: 80 Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Annually; Semi-annually Total Burden Hours: 5,363 Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE We are advising the public of our decision to authorize the importation into the continental United States of fresh pitayas and pomegranates from Mexico. Based on the findings of pest risk analyses, which we made available to the public for review and comment through a previous notice, we believe that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of fresh pitayas and pomegranates from Mexico. DATES: As of August 13, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Marc Phillips, Senior Regulatory Policy Specialist, Regulations, Permits, and Import Manuals, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737–1231; (301) 851–2114. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background Under the regulations in ‘‘Subpart— Fruits and Vegetables’’ (7 CFR 319.56– 1 through 319.56–58, referred to below as the regulations), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits or restricts the importation of fruits and vegetables into the United States from certain parts of the world to prevent plant pests from being introduced into and spread within the United States. Section 319.56–4 of the regulations contains a performance-based process for approving the importation of commodities that, based on the findings of a pest risk analysis (PRA), can be safely imported subject to one or more of the designated phytosanitary measures listed in paragraph (b) of that section. Under that process, APHIS publishes a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the PRA that evaluates the risks associated with the importation of a particular fruit or vegetable. Following the close of the 60-day comment period, APHIS may authorize the importation of PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49251 the fruit or vegetable subject to the identified designated measures if: (1) No comments were received on the PRA; (2) the comments on the PRA revealed that no changes to the PRA were necessary; or (3) changes to the PRA were made in response to public comments, but the changes did not affect the overall conclusions of the analysis and the Administrator’s determination of risk. In accordance with that process, we published a notice1 in the Federal Register on August 2, 2011 (76 FR 46268–46269, Docket No. APHIS–2011– 0031), in which we announced the availability, for review and comment, of PRAs that evaluate the risks associated with the importation into the continental United States of fresh pitayas and pomegranates from Mexico. We solicited comments on the notice for 60 days ending on October 3, 2011. We received three comments by that date. They were from a State agricultural agency, a foreign trade association, and a foreign governmental organization. The comments are discussed below by topic. One commenter who opposed the action stated that pitayas and pomegranates from Mexico are hosts for several species of economically important fruit flies, specifically Anastrepha species and Mediterranean fruit fly, as well as other surface-feeding arthropods that could be an economic threat to agriculture in the commenter’s State. In particular, the commenter stated that irradiation at the proposed absorbed dose of 150 Gy does not fully remove the possible risk of introduction of exotic fruit flies. Prior to approving the proposed 150 Gy dose, APHIS reviewed scientific evidence on the effectiveness of this dose. The importation of other commodities treated with this dose without the introduction or dissemination of plant pests demonstrates the effectiveness of the proposed 150 Gy dose as a mitigation. The commenter also stated that the required proposed irradiation does not mitigate the risk of the surface-feeding species of arthropods. The commenter asked that shipments not be permitted entry into his State until the shipping protocol has had sufficient time to demonstrate the effectiveness of the cited mitigation measures. As noted in the risk management documents (RMDs) for both pitayas and pomegranates, the proposed mitigation for surface feeders on these commodities is not irradiation, but 1 To view the notice, the PRA, and the comments we received, go to http://www.regulations.gov/# !docketDetail;D=APHIS–2011–0031. E:\FR\FM\13AUN1.SGM 13AUN1

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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules 
or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings 
and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, 
delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency 
statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

August 7, 2013.
    The Department of Agriculture will submit the following information 
collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 on or after the date 
of publication of this notice. Comments regarding (a) Whether the 
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 
burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information 
to be collected; (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 should 
be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information 
and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New 
Executive Office Building, Washington, DC; New Executive Office 
Building, 725--17th Street NW., Washington, DC, 20503. Commenters are 
encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental 
Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-
7602.
    Comments regarding these information collections are best assured 
of having their full effect if received by September 12, 2013. Copies 
of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720-8681.
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information 
unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB 
control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to 
respond to the collection of information that such persons are not 
required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays 
a currently valid OMB control number.

Agricultural Marketing Service

    Title: Livestock, Poultry, Grain and Meat Market News
    OMB Control Number: 0581-0033
    Summary of Collection: The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, (60 
Stat. 1087-1091, as amended: 7 U.S.C. 1621-1627, (AMA) legislates that 
USDA shall ``collect and disseminate marketing information . . . '' and 
`` . . . collect, tabulate, and disseminate statistics on marketing 
agricultural products, including, but not restricted to statistics on 
marketing supplies, storage, stocks, quantity, quality, and condition 
of such products in various positions in the marketing channel, use of 
such products, and shipments and unloads thereof.'' The mission of 
Market New is to provide current unbiased, factual information to all 
members of the Nation's agricultural industry, from farm to retailer.
    This notice announces the merger of 0581-0005 ``Grain Market 
News,'' and 0581-0154 ``Livestock and Meat Market News'' into this 
revised renewal submission of 0581-0033 creating a single collection 
and re-titled ``Livestock, Poultry, Grain and Meat Market News'' 
(LPGMN).
    Need and Use of the Information: Information is used by the private 
sector to make economic decisions to establish market values for 
application in contracts or settlement value, and to address specific 
concerns or issues related to trade agreements and disputes as well as 
being used by educational institutions, specifically, agricultural 
colleges and universities. Government agencies such as the Foreign 
Agricultural Service, Economic Research Service and the National 
Agricultural Statistics Service use market news data in the performance 
of their missions. LPGMN reports provide interested segments of the 
market chain and the general public with unbiased comprehensive 
livestock, poultry, meat, eggs, wool and grain market data which helps 
equalize the competitive position of all market participants. The 
absence of these data would deny primary and secondary users 
information that otherwise would be available to aid them in their 
production and marketing decisions, analyses, research and knowledge of 
current market conditions. The omission of these data could adversely 
affect prices, supply, and demand.
    Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit; Farms
    Number of Respondents: 2,668
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Weekly; Monthly
    Total Burden Hours: 14,747

Agricultural Marketing Service

    Title: Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 1999
    OMB Control Number: 0581-0186
    Summary of Collection: The Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 
1999 (Pub. L. 106-78; 7 U.S.C. 1635-1636h) mandates the reporting of 
information on prices and quantities of livestock and livestock 
products. Under this program, certain livestock packers, livestock 
product processors and importers meeting certain criteria, including 
size as measured by annual slaughter are required to report market 
information to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
AMS. USDA's market news provides all market participants, including 
producers, with the information necessary to make intelligent and 
informed marketing decisions.
    AMS is merging associated burden and form LS-89 approved under 
information collection 0581-0279, ``Livestock Mandatory Reporting 
Program, Establishment of the Reporting Regulations for Wholesale 
Pork'' into the 0581-0186 revised renewal submission.
    Need and Use of the Information: The information collected and 
recordkeeping requirements will serve as the basis for livestock and 
livestock product market news reports utilized by the industry for 
marketing purposes. The reports are used by other Government agencies 
to evaluate market conditions and calculate price levels. Economists at 
major agricultural colleges and universities use the reports to make 
short and long-term market projections. The information is reported up 
to three times daily and once weekly

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and is only available directly from those entities required to report 
under the Act.
    Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit;
    Number of Respondents: 422
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting; Weekly; Other (Daily)
    Total Burden Hours: 23,766

Agricultural Marketing Service

    Title: Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP)
    OMB Control Number: 0581-0240
    Summary of Collection: The Federal-State Marketing Improvement 
Program (FSMIP) operates pursuant to the authority of the Agricultural 
Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621, et.seq.). Section 204(b) authorizes the 
Secretary of Agriculture to make available funds to State Departments 
of Agriculture, State bureaus and departments of markets, State 
agricultural experiment stations, and other appropriate State agencies 
for cooperative projects in marketing service and in marketing research 
to effectuate the purposes of title II of the Agricultural Act of 1946. 
FSMIP provides matching grants on a competitive basis to enable States 
to explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural 
products and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving 
the efficiency and performance of the U.S. marketing system.
    Need and Use of the Information: The information collection 
requirements in this request are needed to implement the Federal-State 
Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP). The information will be used by 
the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to establish the entity's 
eligibility for participation, the suitability of the budget for the 
proposed project, and compliance with applicable Federal regulations.
    Description of Respondents: State, Local or Tribal Government
    Number of Respondents: 80
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Annually; Semi-annually
    Total Burden Hours: 5,363

Charlene Parker,
Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-19504 Filed 8-12-13; 8:45 am]
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