Cotton Classing, Testing and Standards: Notice of Request for an Extension and Revision to a Currently Approved Information Collection, 52128-52129 [2013-20436]

Download as PDF 52128 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 163 / Thursday, August 22, 2013 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shethir M. Riva, Chief, Research and Promotion Staff, Cotton and Tobacco Programs, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406, telephone (540) 361– 2726, facsimile (540) 361–1199, or email at Shethir.Riva@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Reporting and Recording Requirements for 7 CFR Part 29. OMB Number: 0581–0056. Expiration Date of Approval: January 31, 2014. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The Tobacco Inspection Act (7 U.S.C. 511–511s) requires that all tobacco sold at designated auction markets in the U.S. be inspected and graded. The Appropriations Act (7 U.S.C. 511s note) requires that all tobacco eligible for price support in the U.S. be inspected and graded. The Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004 (7 U.S.C. 518–519a) eliminated price supports and marketing quotas for all tobacco beginning with the 2005 crop year. Mandatory inspection and grading of domestic and imported tobacco was eliminated as well as the mandatory pesticide testing of imported tobacco and the tobacco market news program. The Tobacco Inspection Act also provides for interested parties to request inspection, pesticide testing, and grading services on a permissive basis. The information collection requirements authorized for the programs under the Tobacco Inspection Act and the Appropriations Act include: application for inspection of tobacco, application and other information used in the approval of new auction markets or the extension of services to designated tobacco markets, and the information required to be provided in connection with auction and nonauction sales. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1.60 hours per response. Respondents: Primarily tobacco companies, tobacco manufacturers, import inspectors, and small businesses or organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 50 Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 48 Estimated Number of Responses: 2,415 Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 3,851 Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:07 Aug 21, 2013 Jkt 229001 of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) 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; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments also may be sent to Shethir M. Riva, Chief, Research and Promotion Staff, Cotton and Tobacco Programs, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406. All comments received will be available for public inspection during regular business hours at the same address or through www.regulations.gov. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: August 16, 2013. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2013–20439 Filed 8–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [AMS–CN–13–0044] Cotton Classing, Testing and Standards: Notice of Request for an Extension and Revision to a Currently Approved Information Collection Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension and revision to the currently approved information collection entitled Cotton Classing, Testing, and Standards. DATES: Comments received by October 21, 2013 will be considered. Additional Information or Comments: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 proposal to: Shethir M. Riva, Chief, Research and Promotion Staff, Cotton and Tobacco Programs, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406, or email at Shethir.Riva@ams.usda.gov. Comments should be submitted in triplicate. Comments may also be submitted electronically through www.regulations.gov. All comments should reference the AMS–CN–13– 0044. All comments received will be made available for public inspection through www.regulations.gov or at Cotton and Tobacco Programs, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406 during regular business hours. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shethir M. Riva, Chief, Research and Promotion Staff, Cotton and Tobacco Programs, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406, telephone (540) 361– 2726, facsimile (540) 361–1199, or email at Shethir.Riva@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Cotton Classing, Testing, and Standards. OMB Number: 0581–0008. Expiration Date of Approval: January 31, 2014. Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection. Abstract: Information solicited is used by the USDA to administer and supervise activities associated with the classification or grading of cotton, cotton linters, and cottonseed based on official USDA Standards. The information requires personal data, such as name, type of business, address, and description of classification services requested. These programs are conducted under the United States Cotton Standards Act (7 U.S.C. 51b), the Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act of 1927 (7 U.S.C. 473c), and the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1622h) and regulations appear at 7 CFR part 28. The information collection requirements in this request are essential to carry out the intent of the Acts and to provide the cotton industry the type of information they need to make sound business decisions. The information collected is the minimum required. Information is requested from growers, cooperatives, merchants, manufacturers, and other government agencies. The information collected is used only by authorized employees of the USDA, AMS. The cotton industry is the primary user of the compiled information and AMS and other E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 163 / Thursday, August 22, 2013 / Notices government agencies are secondary users. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.07 hours per response. Respondents: Cotton merchants, warehouses, and gins Estimated Number of Respondents: 993 Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.91 Estimated Number of Responses: 1,893 Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 141.30 Comments are invited on: (1) 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; (2) 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; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Shethir M. Riva, Chief, Research and Promotion Staff, Cotton and Tobacco Programs, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406, or email at Shethir.Riva@ ams.usda.gov. All comments received will be available for public inspection during regular business hours at the same address or at www.regulations.gov. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: August 16, 2013. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2013–20436 Filed 8–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [AMS–CN–13–0045] Cotton Classification and Market News Service: Notice of Request for an Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:07 Aug 21, 2013 Jkt 229001 Notice and request for comments. ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection Cotton Classification and Market News Service. DATES: Comments received by October 21, 2013 will be considered. Additional Information or Comments: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this proposal to Shethir M. Riva, Chief, Research and Promotion Staff, Cotton and Tobacco Programs, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406. Comments should be submitted in triplicate. Comments may also be submitted electronically through www.regulations.gov. All comments should reference AMS–CN–13–0045. All comments received will be made available for public inspection at www.regulations.gov or at the Cotton and Tobacco Programs, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406, during regular business hours. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shethir M. Riva, Chief, Research and Promotion Staff, Cotton and Tobacco Programs, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406, telephone (540) 361– 2726, facsimile (540) 361–1199, or email at Shethir.Riva@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Cotton Classification and Market News Service. OMB Number: 0581–0009. Expiration Date of Approval: January 31, 2014. Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection. Abstract: The Cotton Classification and Market News Service program provides market information on cotton prices, quality, stocks, demand and supply to growers, ginners, merchandisers, textile mills and the public for their use in making sound business decisions. The Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act (7 U.S.C. 471–476), authorizes and directs the Secretary of Agriculture to: (a) Collect and publish annually, statistics or estimates concerning the grades and staple lengths of stocks of cotton, known as the carryover, on hand on the 1st of August each year in warehouses and other SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52129 establishments of every character in the continental U.S., and following such publication each year, to publish at intervals, in his/her discretion, his/her estimate of the grades and staple length of cotton of the current crop (7 U.S.C. 471) and (b) Collect, authenticate, publish and distribute by radio, mail, or otherwise, timely information of the market supply, demand, location, and market prices of cotton (7 U.S.C. 473b). The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621–1627) authorizes and directs the Secretary of Agriculture to collect and disseminate marketing information, including adequate outlook information on a market-area basis, for the purpose of anticipating and meeting consumer requirements, aiding in the maintenance of farm income, and bringing about a balance between production and utilization of agricultural products. The information collection requirements in this request are essential to carry out the intent of the Acts and to provide the cotton industry the type of information they need to make sound business decisions. The information collected is the minimum required. Information is requested from growers, cooperatives, merchants, manufacturers, and other government agencies. This includes information on cotton, cottonseed and cotton linters. The information collected is used only by authorized employees of the USDA, AMS. The cotton industry is the primary user of the compiled information and AMS and other government agencies are secondary users. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.12 hours per response. Respondents: Cotton Merchandisers, Textile Mills, Ginners. Estimated Number of Respondents: 826 Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 6.37. Estimated Number of Responses: 5,260 Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 652.72 Comments are invited on: (1) 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; (2) 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; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[AMS-CN-13-0044]


Cotton Classing, Testing and Standards: Notice of Request for an 
Extension and Revision to a Currently Approved Information Collection

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing 
Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of 
Management and Budget, for an extension and revision to the currently 
approved information collection entitled Cotton Classing, Testing, and 
Standards.

DATES: Comments received by October 21, 2013 will be considered.
    Additional Information or Comments: Interested persons are invited 
to submit written comments concerning this proposal to: Shethir M. 
Riva, Chief, Research and Promotion Staff, Cotton and Tobacco Programs, 
AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 
22406, or email at Shethir.Riva@ams.usda.gov. Comments should be 
submitted in triplicate. Comments may also be submitted electronically 
through www.regulations.gov. All comments should reference the AMS-CN-
13-0044. All comments received will be made available for public 
inspection through www.regulations.gov or at Cotton and Tobacco 
Programs, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, 
Virginia, 22406 during regular business hours.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shethir M. Riva, Chief, Research and 
Promotion Staff, Cotton and Tobacco Programs, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside 
Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406, telephone (540) 
361-2726, facsimile (540) 361-1199, or email at 
Shethir.Riva@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Cotton Classing, Testing, and Standards.
    OMB Number: 0581-0008.
    Expiration Date of Approval: January 31, 2014.
    Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved 
Information Collection.
    Abstract: Information solicited is used by the USDA to administer 
and supervise activities associated with the classification or grading 
of cotton, cotton linters, and cottonseed based on official USDA 
Standards. The information requires personal data, such as name, type 
of business, address, and description of classification services 
requested. These programs are conducted under the United States Cotton 
Standards Act (7 U.S.C. 51b), the Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act 
of 1927 (7 U.S.C. 473c), and the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 
U.S.C. 1622h) and regulations appear at 7 CFR part 28.
    The information collection requirements in this request are 
essential to carry out the intent of the Acts and to provide the cotton 
industry the type of information they need to make sound business 
decisions. The information collected is the minimum required. 
Information is requested from growers, cooperatives, merchants, 
manufacturers, and other government agencies.
    The information collected is used only by authorized employees of 
the USDA, AMS. The cotton industry is the primary user of the compiled 
information and AMS and other

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government agencies are secondary users.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.07 hours per response.
    Respondents: Cotton merchants, warehouses, and gins
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 993
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.91
    Estimated Number of Responses: 1,893
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 141.30
    Comments are invited on: (1) 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; (2) 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; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways 
to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who 
are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology. Comments may be sent to Shethir M. Riva, 
Chief, Research and Promotion Staff, Cotton and Tobacco Programs, AMS, 
USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 
22406, or email at Shethir.Riva@ams.usda.gov. All comments received 
will be available for public inspection during regular business hours 
at the same address or at www.regulations.gov.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public 
record.

    Dated: August 16, 2013.
Rex A. Barnes,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-20436 Filed 8-21-13; 8:45 am]
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