Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection, 12463-12464 [2014-04850]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 43 / Wednesday, March 5, 2014 / Notices Notice and request for comments. ACTION: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Research Service Agricultural Research Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, intends to grant to Arkion Life Sciences LLC of New Castle, Delaware, an exclusive license to U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 13/755,671, ‘‘ULTRAVIOLET STRATEGY FOR AVIAN REPELLENCY’’, filed on January 31, 2013. SUMMARY: Comments must be received on or before April 4, 2014. ADDRESSES: Send comments to: USDA, ARS, Office of Technology Transfer, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Rm. 4–1174, Beltsville, Maryland 20705–5131. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: June Blalock of the Office of Technology Transfer at the Beltsville address given above; telephone: 301–504–5989. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Government’s patent rights in this invention are assigned to the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture. It is in the public interest to so license this invention as Arkion Life Sciences LLC of New Castle, Delaware has submitted a complete and sufficient application for a license. The prospective exclusive license will be royalty-bearing and will comply with the terms and conditions of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7. The prospective exclusive license may be granted unless, within thirty (30) days from the date of this published Notice, the Agricultural Research Service receives written evidence and argument which establishes that the grant of the license would not be consistent with the requirements of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7. DATES: Mojdeh Bahar, Assistant Administrator. [FR Doc. 2014–04881 Filed 3–4–14; 8:45 am] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3410–03–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Economic Research Service Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection AGENCY: Economic Research Service, USDA. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:13 Mar 04, 2014 Jkt 232001 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Economic Research Service’s intention to request approval for a new information collection for the study of ‘‘Census of Users of the National Plant Germplasm System.’’ This is a new collection to provide information on usage and expectations of future use among requestors of genetic resources from USDA’s National Plant Germplasm System. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 5, 2014 to be assured of consideration. Additional Information or Comments: Address all comments concerning this notice to Kelly Day Rubenstein, Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Mail Stop 1800, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Kelly Day Rubenstein at 202–694– 4847 or via email to kday@ers.usda.gov. For further information contact Kelly Day Rubenstein at the address above, or telephone 202–694–5515. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Census of Users of the National Plant Germplasm System. OMB Number: 0536–XXXX. Expiration Date of Approval: Three years from approval date. Type of Request: New information collection. Abstract: The Census of Users of the National Plant Germplasm System will solicit data from the 7,207 institutional representatives who requested germplasm (i.e., living tissue from which plants can be grown) for any of ten crops including beans, barley, cotton, maize, sorghum, squash, soybeans, potato, rice, and wheat from the National Plant Germplasm System over a five year period. Each respondent will be asked to provide information via a web-based questionnaire. Legislative authority for the planned data collection is 7 U.S.C. 2204(a) and 7 U.S.C. 2661. The information to be collected by the ‘‘Census of Users of the National Plant Germplasm System’’ is necessary to assess and understand the types and varieties of germplasm needed by breeders and other scientists in both the public and private sectors. This study will provide data not currently available to program officials and researchers, thereby broadening the scope of economic analyses of genetic enhancement, and in turn, enhancing R&D and productivity research at the SUMMARY: Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12463 Economic Research Service (ERS), the National Plant Germplasm System, and the National Germplasm Resource Laboratory. The database would contain a wealth of empirical information on germplasm use in breeding and research. This includes information by specific crops (e.g., the use of landraces in corn breeding, the search for biotic tolerance in wheat); the quantity of germplasm by type and purpose; institutional needs for germplasm (both public and private); and requestors’ anticipated future use. This information will also assess biological traits that are needed for adaptation to climate change. Agriculture is highly geographyspecific, given that growing regions vary by rainfall and temperature conditions, pest and disease pressures, and soil types. Accordingly, plant breeders work to develop unique varieties for different geographic locations. As a result, each requestor of NPGS germplasm is likely to have one characteristic—geographic location—which is unique and important to that institution’s use of this germplasm, particularly in the context of global climate change. Moreover, it would be difficult to get adequate representation of the matrix of crops, germplasm types, and locations for some smaller crops (e.g., squash) without conducting a census of all germplasm requestors to the NPGS for any of the ten crops. A web-based instrument will be used for information collection. It will be kept as simple and respondent-friendly as possible. Responses are voluntary. The study instrument is based on a mailed paper-based instrument used in the 2000 study, ‘‘Demand for Genetic Resources from the National Plant Germplasm System.’’ It was jointly developed by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Auburn University’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, the National Germplasm Resources Lab of the National Plant Germplasm System, and the Economic Research Service. The instrument used in the 2000 study was administered by IFPRI and Auburn University and had a response rate of 35%. Study design for currently proposed study is consistent with that of the 2000 study in order to make comparisons across time. The frame for this census comprises all germplasm requestors to the NPGS for any of the ten crops in the last five years. Although the NPGS provided germplasm to any requestor free of cost, it also informed potential requestors and received their consent, at the time of a request was made, that their information could be used for activities relating to the service E:\FR\FM\05MRN1.SGM 05MRN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 12464 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 43 / Wednesday, March 5, 2014 / Notices that they had requested. Several measures will be taken to support the response rate for the proposed information collection: • Information will be collected via the internet rather than by mail. This data collection mode is more convenient for intended respondents and will allow for rapid follow up with nonrespondents. • This information collection will be cosponsored by the National Germplasm Resources Laboratory of USDA, which is familiar to the recipients as it is the agency that provided the requested germplasm. • A well planned recruitment protocol will include sending the instrument with a cover letter from a senior staff member of the National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, who will be an individual familiar to many of the recipients. It also includes up to three reminder emails to nonrespondents. Should the response rate fall below 80%, a non-response bias study will be conducted. The web-based instrument was pretested for ease of use by fewer than 9 germplasm requestors from USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the average time spent completing the forms was 11 minutes. Information from the Census of Users of the National Plant Germplasm System will be used for statistical purposes only and reported only in aggregate or statistical form. A public use data file will be created from this information collection. ERS does not intend to invoke CIPSEA or any other data protection statute for this collection, because it will not collect any sensitive or personal identifiable information. Estimate of Burden: In order to answer our research question about the use of germplasm for adaptation to climate change, a census is needed to pinpoint geo-spatial demand for germplasm. Thus, all 7,207 requestors of germplasm will be asked to fill out a web instrument once during a one month data collection period; nonrespondents will receive three reminder emails. 80% of requestors are assumed to provide a response to one of the four emailed instruments. The estimated time of response is to average 0.197 hour. This average includes time spent to complete questionnaire and reading reminder emails. 20% will be nonrespondents and will incur less than 1 minute of time to read the material. Thus, response times are estimated adding an additional minute for each reminder sent, for a total of four minutes for requestors who never respond. These estimates of respondent burden are based on pretesting by ARS scientists, VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:13 Mar 04, 2014 Jkt 232001 conducted by the National Germplasm Resources Laboratory of the National Plant Germplasm System. Type of Respondents: Respondents includes all individuals or institutions who requested germplasm for any of the aforesaid ten crops from the National Plant Germplasm System over the five year period as defined by this information collection. Estimated Total Number of Respondents: 7,207. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,231.2 hours. Comments: All written comments received will be available for public inspection in the Resource Center of the Economic Research Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday) at 355 E St. SW., Room 04P33, Washington, DC 20024–4221. 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. 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. Date: February 19, 2014. Mary Bohman, Administrator, Economic Research Service. [FR Doc. 2014–04850 Filed 3–4–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–18–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed collection; Comment Request—Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Store Applications, Forms FNS–252, FNS–252–E, FNS–252–FE, FNS–252–R, FNS–252–2 and FNS–252–C Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on the proposed collection. This is a revision of a currently approved collection in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and concerns Retail Store Applications (Forms FNS–252; FNS– 252–E; FNS–252–R; FNS–252–2; and FNS–252–C). DATES: Written comments must be received on or before May 5, 2014. ADDRESSES: 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 shall 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: Shelly Pierce, Chief, Retailer Administration Branch, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Retailer Policy and Management Division, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 438, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may be faxed to the attention of Ms. Pierce at (703) 305–1863 or via email to: RPMDHQ-WEB@fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. All written comments will be open for public inspection at the FNS office located at 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 438, Alexandria, Virginia 22302, during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday). All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will be a matter of public record. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of this information collection should be directed to Shelly Pierce at RPMDHQ-WEB@fns.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—Store Applications. E:\FR\FM\05MRN1.SGM 05MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Economic Research Service


Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection

AGENCY: Economic Research 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 Economic Research 
Service's intention to request approval for a new information 
collection for the study of ``Census of Users of the National Plant 
Germplasm System.'' This is a new collection to provide information on 
usage and expectations of future use among requestors of genetic 
resources from USDA's National Plant Germplasm System.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 5, 2014 to be 
assured of consideration.
    Additional Information or Comments: Address all comments concerning 
this notice to Kelly Day Rubenstein, Resource and Rural Economics 
Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
Mail Stop 1800, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20250. 
Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Kelly Day 
Rubenstein at 202-694-4847 or via email to kday@ers.usda.gov. For 
further information contact Kelly Day Rubenstein at the address above, 
or telephone 202-694-5515.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Census of Users of the National Plant Germplasm System.
    OMB Number: 0536-XXXX.
    Expiration Date of Approval: Three years from approval date.
    Type of Request: New information collection.
    Abstract: The Census of Users of the National Plant Germplasm 
System will solicit data from the 7,207 institutional representatives 
who requested germplasm (i.e., living tissue from which plants can be 
grown) for any of ten crops including beans, barley, cotton, maize, 
sorghum, squash, soybeans, potato, rice, and wheat from the National 
Plant Germplasm System over a five year period. Each respondent will be 
asked to provide information via a web-based questionnaire. Legislative 
authority for the planned data collection is 7 U.S.C. 2204(a) and 7 
U.S.C. 2661.
    The information to be collected by the ``Census of Users of the 
National Plant Germplasm System'' is necessary to assess and understand 
the types and varieties of germplasm needed by breeders and other 
scientists in both the public and private sectors. This study will 
provide data not currently available to program officials and 
researchers, thereby broadening the scope of economic analyses of 
genetic enhancement, and in turn, enhancing R&D and productivity 
research at the Economic Research Service (ERS), the National Plant 
Germplasm System, and the National Germplasm Resource Laboratory. The 
database would contain a wealth of empirical information on germplasm 
use in breeding and research. This includes information by specific 
crops (e.g., the use of landraces in corn breeding, the search for 
biotic tolerance in wheat); the quantity of germplasm by type and 
purpose; institutional needs for germplasm (both public and private); 
and requestors' anticipated future use. This information will also 
assess biological traits that are needed for adaptation to climate 
change. Agriculture is highly geography- specific, given that growing 
regions vary by rainfall and temperature conditions, pest and disease 
pressures, and soil types. Accordingly, plant breeders work to develop 
unique varieties for different geographic locations. As a result, each 
requestor of NPGS germplasm is likely to have one characteristic--
geographic location--which is unique and important to that 
institution's use of this germplasm, particularly in the context of 
global climate change. Moreover, it would be difficult to get adequate 
representation of the matrix of crops, germplasm types, and locations 
for some smaller crops (e.g., squash) without conducting a census of 
all germplasm requestors to the NPGS for any of the ten crops.
    A web-based instrument will be used for information collection. It 
will be kept as simple and respondent-friendly as possible. Responses 
are voluntary. The study instrument is based on a mailed paper-based 
instrument used in the 2000 study, ``Demand for Genetic Resources from 
the National Plant Germplasm System.'' It was jointly developed by 
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Auburn 
University's Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, 
the National Germplasm Resources Lab of the National Plant Germplasm 
System, and the Economic Research Service. The instrument used in the 
2000 study was administered by IFPRI and Auburn University and had a 
response rate of 35%. Study design for currently proposed study is 
consistent with that of the 2000 study in order to make comparisons 
across time. The frame for this census comprises all germplasm 
requestors to the NPGS for any of the ten crops in the last five years. 
Although the NPGS provided germplasm to any requestor free of cost, it 
also informed potential requestors and received their consent, at the 
time of a request was made, that their information could be used for 
activities relating to the service

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that they had requested. Several measures will be taken to support the 
response rate for the proposed information collection:
     Information will be collected via the internet rather than 
by mail. This data collection mode is more convenient for intended 
respondents and will allow for rapid follow up with non-respondents.
     This information collection will be cosponsored by the 
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory of USDA, which is familiar to 
the recipients as it is the agency that provided the requested 
germplasm.
     A well planned recruitment protocol will include sending 
the instrument with a cover letter from a senior staff member of the 
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, who will be an individual 
familiar to many of the recipients. It also includes up to three 
reminder emails to non-respondents.
    Should the response rate fall below 80%, a non-response bias study 
will be conducted. The web-based instrument was pretested for ease of 
use by fewer than 9 germplasm requestors from USDA Agricultural 
Research Service (ARS) and the average time spent completing the forms 
was 11 minutes.
    Information from the Census of Users of the National Plant 
Germplasm System will be used for statistical purposes only and 
reported only in aggregate or statistical form. A public use data file 
will be created from this information collection. ERS does not intend 
to invoke CIPSEA or any other data protection statute for this 
collection, because it will not collect any sensitive or personal 
identifiable information.
    Estimate of Burden: In order to answer our research question about 
the use of germplasm for adaptation to climate change, a census is 
needed to pinpoint geo-spatial demand for germplasm. Thus, all 7,207 
requestors of germplasm will be asked to fill out a web instrument once 
during a one month data collection period; non-respondents will receive 
three reminder emails. 80% of requestors are assumed to provide a 
response to one of the four emailed instruments. The estimated time of 
response is to average 0.197 hour. This average includes time spent to 
complete questionnaire and reading reminder emails. 20% will be non-
respondents and will incur less than 1 minute of time to read the 
material. Thus, response times are estimated adding an additional 
minute for each reminder sent, for a total of four minutes for 
requestors who never respond. These estimates of respondent burden are 
based on pretesting by ARS scientists, conducted by the National 
Germplasm Resources Laboratory of the National Plant Germplasm System.
    Type of Respondents: Respondents includes all individuals or 
institutions who requested germplasm for any of the aforesaid ten crops 
from the National Plant Germplasm System over the five year period as 
defined by this information collection.
    Estimated Total Number of Respondents: 7,207.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,231.2 hours.
    Comments: All written comments received will be available for 
public inspection in the Resource Center of the Economic Research 
Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday 
through Friday) at 355 E St. SW., Room 04P33, Washington, DC 20024-
4221. 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. 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.

    Date: February 19, 2014.
Mary Bohman,
Administrator, Economic Research Service.
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