National Organic Program Notice of Request for New Information Collection, 14658-14660 [2014-05809]

Download as PDF 14658 Notices Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 51 Monday, March 17, 2014 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 appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES March 10, 2014. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. 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), 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 within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720–8958. 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:45 Mar 14, 2014 Jkt 232001 displays a currently valid OMB control number. Food and Nutrition Service Title: Special Nutrition Program Operations Study—Year 3. OMB Control Number: 0584–0562. Summary Of Collections: The objective of the Special Nutrition Program Operations Study (SNPOS) is to collect timely data on policies, administrative, and operational issues on the Child Nutrition Programs. The ultimate goal of the study is to analyze these data and provide input for new legislation on Child Nutrition (CN) Programs as well as to provide pertinent technical assistance and training to program implementation staff. This study is necessary to implement Sec. 28(a)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. This legislation directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to carry out annual national performance assessments of the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program. Need and Use of the Information: The purpose of the study is to implement a modular data collection system and collect routine data on specific aspects of the child nutrition program, specifically on the program characteristics, administration, and operation of CN programs. The findings from this study will be used to identify program operational and policy issues, and topics for technical assistance and training. The information will be collected from a nationally representative sample of School Food Authorities Directors, State Child Nutrition Directors. Description of Respondents: State, Local, or Tribal Government. Number of Respondents: 1,941. Frequency of Responses: Reporting; Other (One time). Total Burden Hours: 3,345. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–05735 Filed 3–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–NOP–14–0023; NOP–14–04] National Organic Program Notice of Request for New 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 a new information collection: National Organic Program (NOP); Organic Certification Cost-Share Programs. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 16, 2014 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments concerning this notice. Comments should be submitted online at www.regulations.gov or sent to Melissa Bailey, Ph.D., Director, Standards Division, National Organic Program, AMS/USDA, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 2646–So., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250–0268. Written comments responding to this notice should be identified with the document number AMS–NOP–14–0023; NOP–14– 04. It is USDA’s intention to have all comments concerning this notice, including names and addresses when provided, regardless of submission procedure used, available for viewing on the Regulations.gov Internet site (http://www.regulations.gov). Comments submitted in response to this notice will also be available for viewing in person at USDA/AMS/National Organic Program, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 2646–So. Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (except official Federal holidays). Persons wanting to visit the USDA South Building to view comments received in response to this notice are requested to make an appointment in advance by calling (202) 720–3252. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17MRN1.SGM 17MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 51 / Monday, March 17, 2014 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Bailey, Ph.D., Director, Standards Division, Telephone: (202) 720–3252; Fax: (202) 205–7808. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: National Organic Program (NOP); Organic Certification Cost-Share Programs. OMB Number: 0581—NEW. Expiration Date of Approval: Three years from OMB approval date. Type of Request: New information collection. Abstract: The information collection requirements in this request are applied only to those State Departments of Agriculture and organic producers and handlers who voluntarily participate in one of two organic certification costshare programs: The National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program (NOCCSP) or the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. The NOCCSP is authorized under section 10606(d)(1) of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 7901 note), as amended by section 10004(c) of the Agriculture Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill; Pub. L. 113–79). Under this authority, USDA is authorized to provide organic certification cost-share assistance through 50 States, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. Territories (herein called ‘‘state agencies’’). The AMA is authorized under the Federal Crop Insurance Act (FCIA), as amended, (7 U.S.C. 1524). Under the applicable FCIA provisions, USDA is authorized to provide organic certification cost-share assistance through sixteen states: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. To prevent duplicate assistance payments, producers participating in the AMA program are not eligible to participate in the producer portion of the NOCCSP. Each program provides cost-share assistance, through participating state agencies, to organic producers and, in the case of NOCCSP, to organic handlers. Recipients must receive initial certification or continuation of certification to the USDA organic regulations (7 CFR part 205) from a USDA-accredited certifying agent. Reimbursement is currently available at 75 percent of an operation’s certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 per year. The information collected from these respondents is needed to ensure that program recipients are eligible for funding and comply with applicable program regulations. Data collected is VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:45 Mar 14, 2014 Jkt 232001 the minimum information necessary to effectively carry out the requirements of each program. In accordance with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations (5 CFR part 1320) that implement the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520) (PRA), the information collection requirements associated with the NOP have been previously approved by OMB and assigned OMB control number 0581– 0191. A new information collection package is being submitted to OMB for approval of 13,120 hours in total burden hours to cover this new collection for the two organic certification cost-share programs. Upon OMB’s approval of this new information collection, the NOP intends to merge this collection into currently approved OMB Control Number 0581–0191. In accordance with 5 CFR part 1320, we have included below a description of the collection and recordkeeping requirements and an estimate of the annual burden on entities who would be required to provide information through these costshare programs. Upon OMB’s approval of this new information collection, the NOP intends to merge this collection into currently approved OMB Control Number 0581–0191. State agencies who wish to participate in one or, if applicable, both of these organic certification cost-share programs must submit the following: (a) SF–424, ‘‘Application for Federal Assistance,’’ (approved under OMB collection number 4040–0004) is required to apply for federal assistance. (b) USDA/AMS–33 Face Page (Agreement Face Sheet). The Agreement Face Sheet sets forth the agreed upon responsibilities of AMS project work. It also indicates the agreed upon grant funding dollar amounts and the beginning date and ending date of the project work and the grant agreement. One copy of this Agreement Face Sheet is required to be returned to AMS with the date and grantee’s signature(s). Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information under (a) and (b) is estimated to average 2 hours per response. Respondents: State agencies. Estimated Number of Respondents: 56 (All 50 States, plus the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). Estimated Total Annual Responses: 56 responses. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1 response per respondent. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 112 hours. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14659 (c) SF–270, ‘‘Request for Advance or Reimbursement,’’ (approved under OMB collection number 0348–0004) is required whenever the grantees request an advance or reimbursement of Federal grant funds. AMS expects that at least 112 SF–270 forms (two per state agency) will be submitted per year. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 2 hours per response. Respondents: State agencies. Estimated Number of Respondents: 56. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 56 responses. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2 responses per respondent. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 224 hours. (d) SF–425, ‘‘Federal Financial Report,’’ (approved under OMB collection number 0348–0061) is required semi-annually to report grantee expenditures. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 4 hours per response. Respondents: State agencies. Estimated Number of Respondents: 56. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 56 responses. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2 responses per respondent. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 448 hours. (e) Narrative Report is required annually and describes program activities undertaken by the State agency and/or any sub-recipients throughout the funding period. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 2 hours per response. Respondents: State agencies. Estimated Number of Respondents: 56. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 56 responses. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1 response per respondent. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 112 hours. (f) Spreadsheet of Operations Reimbursed is required semi-annually and lists the producers receiving costshare payments within the reporting time period. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 2 hours per response. Respondents: State agencies. E:\FR\FM\17MRN1.SGM 17MRN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 14660 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 51 / Monday, March 17, 2014 / Notices Estimated Number of Respondents: 56. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 56 responses. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2 responses per respondent.. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 224 hours. Finally, in accordance with 7 CFR 3016.42, state departments of agriculture must retain all records relating to these organic cost-share programs for a period of three years after the final Federal Financial Report has been submitted to the Federal Agency, or until final resolution of any audit finding or litigation, whichever is later. Electronic records retention is acceptable. This is a part of normal business practice. (g) Producers and/or handlers who wish to participate in these organic certification cost-share programs must submit the following to a given state agency once per year: An application, proof of USDA organic certification, an itemized invoice showing expenses paid to a third-party certifying agent for certification services, and a W–9 tax form. Based on past program participation (7,245 participants in NOCCSP and 2,348 participants in AMA last fiscal year), we believe between 10,000 and 12,000 producers or handlers will participate in these programs. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response. Respondents: Organic producers or handlers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 12,000. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 12,000 responses. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1 response per respondent. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 12,000 hours. These programs will not be maintained by any other agency, therefore, the requested information will not be available from any other existing records. AMS is committed to compliance with the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA) (44 U.S.C. 3540 note), which requires Government agencies in general to provide the public the option of submitting information or transacting business electronically to the maximum extent possible. The SF– 424 can be completed electronically and is required to be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov. The SF–425 and SF–270 forms can be filled out electronically and submitted VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:45 Mar 14, 2014 Jkt 232001 electronically. The USDA/AMS–33 Face Page requires an original signature and must be submitted by mail. Producers typically will mail their application and associated documentation to the state agencies, though some agencies have streamlined paperwork submission through databases of producers and handlers in a given state. 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 Melissa Bailey, Ph.D., Director, Standards Division, National Organic Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave SW., Room 2648–S Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250; (202) 720–3252 and FAX (202) 205– 7808. All comments received will be available for public inspection during regular business hours at the same address. 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. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 6501–6522 Dated: February 28, 2014. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2014–05809 Filed 3–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meetings. AGENCY: ACTION: The El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Placerville, California. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110– SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the title II of the Act. The meetings are open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to review operational procedures, evaluate project proposals, prioritize a list of projects for funding in FY 2014, and vote to recommend projects for funding. DATES: The meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on the following dates: • March 31, 2014 • April 14, 2014 All RAC meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. The meeting will be held at at the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College, Community Room, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville, California. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. 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 Eldorado National Forest (ENF) Supervisor’s Office. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristi Schroeder, RAC Coordinator, by phone at 530–295–5610 or via email at kschroeder@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. Please make requests in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices or other reasonable accommodation for access to the facility or proceedings by contacting the person listed above. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-NOP-14-0023; NOP-14-04]


National Organic Program Notice of Request for New 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 a new information collection: National 
Organic Program (NOP); Organic Certification Cost-Share Programs.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 16, 2014 to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments 
concerning this notice. Comments should be submitted online at 
www.regulations.gov or sent to Melissa Bailey, Ph.D., Director, 
Standards Division, National Organic Program, AMS/USDA, 1400 
Independence Ave. SW., Room 2646-So., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 
20250-0268. Written comments responding to this notice should be 
identified with the document number AMS-NOP-14-0023; NOP-14-04. It is 
USDA's intention to have all comments concerning this notice, including 
names and addresses when provided, regardless of submission procedure 
used, available for viewing on the Regulations.gov Internet site 
(http://www.regulations.gov). Comments submitted in response to this 
notice will also be available for viewing in person at USDA/AMS/
National Organic Program, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 2646-So. Ag 
Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1:00 
p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (except official Federal 
holidays). Persons wanting to visit the USDA South Building to view 
comments received in response to this notice are requested to make an 
appointment in advance by calling (202) 720-3252.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Bailey, Ph.D., Director, 
Standards Division, Telephone: (202) 720-3252; Fax: (202) 205-7808.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: National Organic Program (NOP); Organic Certification Cost-
Share Programs.
    OMB Number: 0581--NEW.
    Expiration Date of Approval: Three years from OMB approval date.
    Type of Request: New information collection.
    Abstract: The information collection requirements in this request 
are applied only to those State Departments of Agriculture and organic 
producers and handlers who voluntarily participate in one of two 
organic certification cost-share programs: The National Organic 
Certification Cost-Share Program (NOCCSP) or the Agricultural 
Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. 
The NOCCSP is authorized under section 10606(d)(1) of the Farm Security 
and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 7901 note), as amended by 
section 10004(c) of the Agriculture Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill; Pub. 
L. 113-79). Under this authority, USDA is authorized to provide organic 
certification cost-share assistance through 50 States, the District of 
Columbia, and five U.S. Territories (herein called ``state agencies''). 
The AMA is authorized under the Federal Crop Insurance Act (FCIA), as 
amended, (7 U.S.C. 1524). Under the applicable FCIA provisions, USDA is 
authorized to provide organic certification cost-share assistance 
through sixteen states: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, 
Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, 
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. 
To prevent duplicate assistance payments, producers participating in 
the AMA program are not eligible to participate in the producer portion 
of the NOCCSP.
    Each program provides cost-share assistance, through participating 
state agencies, to organic producers and, in the case of NOCCSP, to 
organic handlers. Recipients must receive initial certification or 
continuation of certification to the USDA organic regulations (7 CFR 
part 205) from a USDA-accredited certifying agent. Reimbursement is 
currently available at 75 percent of an operation's certification 
costs, up to a maximum of $750 per year. The information collected from 
these respondents is needed to ensure that program recipients are 
eligible for funding and comply with applicable program regulations. 
Data collected is the minimum information necessary to effectively 
carry out the requirements of each program.
    In accordance with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
regulations (5 CFR part 1320) that implement the Paperwork Reduction 
Act (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520) (PRA), the information collection 
requirements associated with the NOP have been previously approved by 
OMB and assigned OMB control number 0581-0191. A new information 
collection package is being submitted to OMB for approval of 13,120 
hours in total burden hours to cover this new collection for the two 
organic certification cost-share programs. Upon OMB's approval of this 
new information collection, the NOP intends to merge this collection 
into currently approved OMB Control Number 0581-0191. In accordance 
with 5 CFR part 1320, we have included below a description of the 
collection and recordkeeping requirements and an estimate of the annual 
burden on entities who would be required to provide information through 
these cost-share programs. Upon OMB's approval of this new information 
collection, the NOP intends to merge this collection into currently 
approved OMB Control Number 0581-0191.
    State agencies who wish to participate in one or, if applicable, 
both of these organic certification cost-share programs must submit the 
following:
    (a) SF-424, ``Application for Federal Assistance,'' (approved under 
OMB collection number 4040-0004) is required to apply for federal 
assistance.
    (b) USDA/AMS-33 Face Page (Agreement Face Sheet). The Agreement 
Face Sheet sets forth the agreed upon responsibilities of AMS project 
work. It also indicates the agreed upon grant funding dollar amounts 
and the beginning date and ending date of the project work and the 
grant agreement. One copy of this Agreement Face Sheet is required to 
be returned to AMS with the date and grantee's signature(s).
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information under (a) and (b) is estimated to average 2 hours per 
response.
    Respondents: State agencies.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 56 (All 50 States, plus the 
District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American 
Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern 
Mariana Islands).
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 56 responses.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1 response per 
respondent.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 112 hours.
    (c) SF-270, ``Request for Advance or Reimbursement,'' (approved 
under OMB collection number 0348-0004) is required whenever the 
grantees request an advance or reimbursement of Federal grant funds. 
AMS expects that at least 112 SF-270 forms (two per state agency) will 
be submitted per year.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 2 hours per response.
    Respondents: State agencies.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 56.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 56 responses.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2 responses per 
respondent.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 224 hours.
    (d) SF-425, ``Federal Financial Report,'' (approved under OMB 
collection number 0348-0061) is required semi-annually to report 
grantee expenditures.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 4 hours per response.
    Respondents: State agencies.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 56.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 56 responses.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2 responses per 
respondent.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 448 hours.
    (e) Narrative Report is required annually and describes program 
activities undertaken by the State agency and/or any sub-recipients 
throughout the funding period.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 2 hours per response.
    Respondents: State agencies.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 56.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 56 responses.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1 response per 
respondent.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 112 hours.
    (f) Spreadsheet of Operations Reimbursed is required semi-annually 
and lists the producers receiving cost-share payments within the 
reporting time period.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 2 hours per response.
    Respondents: State agencies.

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    Estimated Number of Respondents: 56.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 56 responses.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2 responses per 
respondent..
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 224 hours.
    Finally, in accordance with 7 CFR 3016.42, state departments of 
agriculture must retain all records relating to these organic cost-
share programs for a period of three years after the final Federal 
Financial Report has been submitted to the Federal Agency, or until 
final resolution of any audit finding or litigation, whichever is 
later. Electronic records retention is acceptable. This is a part of 
normal business practice.
    (g) Producers and/or handlers who wish to participate in these 
organic certification cost-share programs must submit the following to 
a given state agency once per year: An application, proof of USDA 
organic certification, an itemized invoice showing expenses paid to a 
third-party certifying agent for certification services, and a W-9 tax 
form. Based on past program participation (7,245 participants in NOCCSP 
and 2,348 participants in AMA last fiscal year), we believe between 
10,000 and 12,000 producers or handlers will participate in these 
programs.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 1 hour per response.
    Respondents: Organic producers or handlers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 12,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 12,000 responses.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1 response per 
respondent.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 12,000 hours.
    These programs will not be maintained by any other agency, 
therefore, the requested information will not be available from any 
other existing records.
    AMS is committed to compliance with the Government Paperwork 
Elimination Act (GPEA) (44 U.S.C. 3540 note), which requires Government 
agencies in general to provide the public the option of submitting 
information or transacting business electronically to the maximum 
extent possible. The SF-424 can be completed electronically and is 
required to be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov.
    The SF-425 and SF-270 forms can be filled out electronically and 
submitted electronically. The USDA/AMS-33 Face Page requires an 
original signature and must be submitted by mail. Producers typically 
will mail their application and associated documentation to the state 
agencies, though some agencies have streamlined paperwork submission 
through databases of producers and handlers in a given state.
    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 Melissa Bailey, 
Ph.D., Director, Standards Division, National Organic Program, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 
Independence Ave SW., Room 2648-S Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250; 
(202) 720-3252 and FAX (202) 205-7808. All comments received will be 
available for public inspection during regular business hours at the 
same address.
    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.

    Authority:  7 U.S.C. 6501-6522

    Dated: February 28, 2014.
Rex A. Barnes,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-05809 Filed 3-14-14; 8:45 am]
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