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Download as PDF 14664 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 51 / Monday, March 17, 2014 / Notices is estimated to average 30 minutes per response. Respondents: Farmers and Ranchers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 14,000. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 8,000 hours (based on an estimated 80% response rate, using 2 mail attempts, followed by phone and personal enumeration for nonrespondents). Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, technological or other forms of information technology collection methods. All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record and be summarized in the request for OMB approval. Signed at Washington, DC, February 27, 2014. Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2014–05843 Filed 3–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Reinstate a Previously Approved Information Collection National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request the renewal, with changes, to a currently approved information collection, the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Survey. Revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:45 Mar 14, 2014 Jkt 232001 Comments on this notice must be received by May 16, 2014 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0245, Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Survey, by any of the following methods: • Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include docket number above in the subject line of the message. • Fax: (202) 720–6396. • Mail: Mail any paper, disk, or CD– ROM submissions to: David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250– 2024. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Hand deliver to: David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–2024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720–4333. Copies of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, at (202) 690–2388. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Survey. OMB Control Number: 0535—0245. Type of Request: To revise and extend a currently approved information collection for a period of three years. Abstract: The Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) was initiated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2003 as a multiagency effort to quantify the environmental effects of conservation practices on agricultural lands. As part of this assessment, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducted on-site interviews with farmers during 2003–2006 to document tillage and irrigation practices, application of fertilizer, manure, and pesticides, and use of conservation practices at sample points drawn from the Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) sampling frame. These data were linked through the NRI frame to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) soil, climate, and historical survey databases. The combined information was used to model the impact on soil and water resources and to estimate the benefits of conservation practices, including nutrient, sediment, and pesticide losses from farm fields, reductions of in-stream nutrient and DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 sediment concentrations, and impacts on soil quality and erosion. USDA needs updated scientifically credible data on residue and tillage management, nutrient management, and conservation practices in order to quantify and assess current impacts of farming practices and to document changes. A pilot survey focused in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed was conducted for the 2011 crop year. In 2012 the target area was the Western Lake Erie Basin and the Des Moines River Watershed. In 2013 the target area was the Sacramento River, San Joaquin and Tulare Lake basin watersheds. This group of surveys is referred to as the ‘‘NRI Conservation Tillage and Nutrient Management Survey’’ (NRI–CTNMS). The survey questionnaires are modeled after the 2003–2006 CEAP surveys and were administered through personal interviews of farm operators by trained National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) enumerators. Under the current approval the sample sizes averaged less than 2,500 operators per year. In 2014 NASS will be conducting the survey in the St. Francis River Basin (Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi). Approximately 1,200 farmers will be contacted for this region. In 2015 and 2016 the CEAP program will be expanded to the US level. The target sample size will be approximately 15,000 farm operators each year. The data that is collected by the CEAP surveys, provide conservation tillage estimates and is used to model impacts of conservation practices on the larger environment. The summarized results of the survey are available in a web-based format to agricultural producers and professionals, government officials, and the general public. Authority: The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS’s) participation in this agreement is authorized under the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act of 1977, 16 U.S.C. 2001–2009, as amended, Economy Act U.S.C. 1535. NRCS contracted with NASS to collect and compile this data for them. These data will be collected under the authority of 7 U.S.C. 2204(a). Individually identifiable data collected under this authority are governed by Section 1770 of the Food Security Act of 1985 as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2276, which requires USDA to afford strict confidentiality to non-aggregated data provided by respondents. This Notice is submitted in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104– 13 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations at 5 CFR part 1320. E:\FR\FM\17MRN1.SGM 17MRN1 14665 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 51 / Monday, March 17, 2014 / Notices NASS also complies with OMB Implementation Guidance, ‘‘Implementation Guidance for Title V of the E-Government Act, Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA),’’ 72 FR 33362–01, Jun. 15, 2007. Estimate of Burden: Burden will be approximately 10 minutes for a first visit to verify the operator of the NRI point. The operators who did not screen out during the initial visit will be contacted at a later time to complete the survey. The second visit will take an estimated 60 minutes to complete the interview. (It may be possible to complete both during the same visit). Respondents: Farmers and Ranchers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,400 annually. Frequency of Responses: Potentially, 2 times for each respondent. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 8,941 hours (based on an overall response rate of approximately 80%). ESTIMATED BURDEN FOR 2014–2016 Responses Sample size Survey Year 1: CEAP—Identification Phase ................ CEAP—Survey Phase ......................... Pre-Survey Letter and Publicity Materials .................................................. Year 2: CEAP—Identification Phase ................ CEAP—Survey Phase ......................... Pre-Survey Letter and Publicity Materials .................................................. Year 3: CEAP—Identification Phase ................ CEAP—Survey Phase ......................... Pre-Survey Letter and Publicity Materials .................................................. Total ............................................. Annual Average .......................................... tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Freq x count Min./ resp. Burden hours Nonresp. count Freq. x count Burden hours Min./ nonr. Total burden hours 1 1 960 800 960 800 10 60 160 800 240 200 240 200 2 2 8 7 168 807 1,200 1 960 960 5 80 240 240 2 8 88 15,000 12,000 1 1 12,000 9,600 12,000 9,600 10 60 2,000 9,600 3,000 2,400 3,000 2,400 2 2 100 80 2,100 9,680 15,000 1 12,000 12,000 5 1,000 3,000 3,000 2 100 1,100 15,000 12,000 1 1 12,000 9,600 12,000 9,600 10 60 2,000 9,600 3,000 2,400 3,000 2,400 2 2 100 80 2,100 9,680 15,000 1 12,000 12,000 5 1,000 3,000 3,000 2 100 1,100 31,200 10,400 .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. 26,240 8,747 .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. .............. 583 194 26,823 8,941 Signed at Washington, DC, February 27, 2014. Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2014–05838 Filed 3–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P 18:45 Mar 14, 2014 Resp. count Non-response 1,200 1,000 Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, technological or other forms of information technology collection methods. All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record and be summarized in the request for OMB approval. VerDate Mar<15>2010 Freq Jkt 232001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the emergency provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Technical Information Service (NTIS). Title: Limited Access Death Master File Subscriber Certification Form (Derived from the Social Security Administration Death Master File). OMB Control Number: 0692–XXXX. Form Number(s): NTIS FM161. Type of Request: Emergency request (new information collection). Number of Respondents: 700. Average Hours per Response: 2 hours. Burden Hours: 1,400. Needs and Uses: The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (Pub. L. 113–67) (Act) was signed into law on December 26, 2013. Section 203 of the Act prohibits disclosure of DMF information during the three-calendar-year period following death unless the person requesting the information has been certified under a program established by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary). The Secretary has delegated the authority to carry out the DMF certification program to the Director, PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 NTIS. The certification form was developed to collect information necessary to support the certification process for members of the public to access the DMF. NTIS requires emergency clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act in time to be able to implement the certification program on March 26, 2014. Affected Public: Individuals and households. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Annually (resubmit the certification form at time of Limited DMF subscription renewal). This information collection request may be viewed at http:// www.reginfo.gov/public. Follow the instructions to view Department of commerce collections under review. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent by March 24, 2014 to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax no. (202) 395–5806. Dated: March 12, 2014. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–05793 Filed 3–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–04–P E:\FR\FM\17MRN1.SGM 17MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 51 (Monday, March 17, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14664-14665]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-05838]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Intent To Reinstate a Previously Approved Information 
Collection

AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics 
Service (NASS) to request the renewal, with changes, to a currently 
approved information collection, the Conservation Effects Assessment 
Project (CEAP) Survey. Revision to burden hours will be needed due to 
changes in the size of the target, sampling design, and/or 
questionnaire length.

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

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
0245, Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Survey, by any of 
the following methods:
     Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include docket number 
above in the subject line of the message.
     Fax: (202) 720-6396.
     Mail: Mail any paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions to: 
David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20250-2024.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Hand deliver to: David Hancock, 
NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South 
Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph T. Reilly, Associate 
Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, (202) 720-4333. Copies of this information 
collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from 
David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, at (202) 690-2388.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 0535--0245.
    Type of Request: To revise and extend a currently approved 
information collection for a period of three years.
    Abstract: The Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) was 
initiated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2003 
as a multi-agency effort to quantify the environmental effects of 
conservation practices on agricultural lands. As part of this 
assessment, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 
conducted on-site interviews with farmers during 2003-2006 to document 
tillage and irrigation practices, application of fertilizer, manure, 
and pesticides, and use of conservation practices at sample points 
drawn from the Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) sampling frame. These 
data were linked through the NRI frame to the Natural Resources 
Conservation Service (NRCS) soil, climate, and historical survey 
databases. The combined information was used to model the impact on 
soil and water resources and to estimate the benefits of conservation 
practices, including nutrient, sediment, and pesticide losses from farm 
fields, reductions of in-stream nutrient and sediment concentrations, 
and impacts on soil quality and erosion.
    USDA needs updated scientifically credible data on residue and 
tillage management, nutrient management, and conservation practices in 
order to quantify and assess current impacts of farming practices and 
to document changes. A pilot survey focused in the Chesapeake Bay 
Watershed was conducted for the 2011 crop year. In 2012 the target area 
was the Western Lake Erie Basin and the Des Moines River Watershed. In 
2013 the target area was the Sacramento River, San Joaquin and Tulare 
Lake basin watersheds. This group of surveys is referred to as the 
``NRI Conservation Tillage and Nutrient Management Survey'' (NRI-
CTNMS). The survey questionnaires are modeled after the 2003-2006 CEAP 
surveys and were administered through personal interviews of farm 
operators by trained National Association of State Departments of 
Agriculture (NASDA) enumerators. Under the current approval the sample 
sizes averaged less than 2,500 operators per year. In 2014 NASS will be 
conducting the survey in the St. Francis River Basin (Arkansas, 
Missouri and Mississippi). Approximately 1,200 farmers will be 
contacted for this region. In 2015 and 2016 the CEAP program will be 
expanded to the US level. The target sample size will be approximately 
15,000 farm operators each year.
    The data that is collected by the CEAP surveys, provide 
conservation tillage estimates and is used to model impacts of 
conservation practices on the larger environment. The summarized 
results of the survey are available in a web-based format to 
agricultural producers and professionals, government officials, and the 
general public.
    Authority: The Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS's) 
participation in this agreement is authorized under the Soil and Water 
Resources Conservation Act of 1977, 16 U.S.C. 2001-2009, as amended, 
Economy Act U.S.C. 1535. NRCS contracted with NASS to collect and 
compile this data for them. These data will be collected under the 
authority of 7 U.S.C. 2204(a). Individually identifiable data collected 
under this authority are governed by Section 1770 of the Food Security 
Act of 1985 as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2276, which requires USDA to afford 
strict confidentiality to non-aggregated data provided by respondents. 
This Notice is submitted in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) and Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) regulations at 5 CFR part 1320.

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    NASS also complies with OMB Implementation Guidance, 
``Implementation Guidance for Title V of the E-Government Act, 
Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 
2002 (CIPSEA),'' 72 FR 33362-01, Jun. 15, 2007.
    Estimate of Burden: Burden will be approximately 10 minutes for a 
first visit to verify the operator of the NRI point. The operators who 
did not screen out during the initial visit will be contacted at a 
later time to complete the survey. The second visit will take an 
estimated 60 minutes to complete the interview. (It may be possible to 
complete both during the same visit).
    Respondents: Farmers and Ranchers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,400 annually.
    Frequency of Responses: Potentially, 2 times for each respondent.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 8,941 hours (based on an overall 
response rate of approximately 80%).

                                                             Estimated Burden for 2014-2016
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                                                                               Responses                             Non-response
                                             Sample            --------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Total
                  Survey                      size      Freq      Resp.    Freq x     Min./    Burden   Nonresp.   Freq. x    Min./     Burden   burden
                                                                  count     count     resp.     hours     count     count     nonr.     hours     hours
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Year 1:
    CEAP--Identification Phase............     1,200         1       960       960        10       160       240       240         2         8       168
    CEAP--Survey Phase....................     1,000         1       800       800        60       800       200       200         2         7       807
    Pre-Survey Letter and Publicity            1,200         1       960       960         5        80       240       240         2         8        88
     Materials............................
Year 2:
    CEAP--Identification Phase............    15,000         1    12,000    12,000        10     2,000     3,000     3,000         2       100     2,100
    CEAP--Survey Phase....................    12,000         1     9,600     9,600        60     9,600     2,400     2,400         2        80     9,680
    Pre-Survey Letter and Publicity           15,000         1    12,000    12,000         5     1,000     3,000     3,000         2       100     1,100
     Materials............................
Year 3:
    CEAP--Identification Phase............    15,000         1    12,000    12,000        10     2,000     3,000     3,000         2       100     2,100
    CEAP--Survey Phase....................    12,000         1     9,600     9,600        60     9,600     2,400     2,400         2        80     9,680
    Pre-Survey Letter and Publicity           15,000         1    12,000    12,000         5     1,000     3,000     3,000         2       100     1,100
     Materials............................
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        Total.............................    31,200  ........  ........  ........  ........    26,240  ........  ........  ........       583    26,823
Annual Average............................    10,400  ........  ........  ........  ........     8,747  ........  ........  ........       194     8,941
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    Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of the agency, including whether the information will 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of 
the burden of the proposed collection of information including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, technological or other forms of information 
technology collection methods.
    All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record 
and be summarized in the request for OMB approval.

    Signed at Washington, DC, February 27, 2014.
Joseph T. Reilly,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2014-05838 Filed 3-14-14; 8:45 am]
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