Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 14663-14664 [2014-05843]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 51 / Monday, March 17, 2014 / Notices 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 24, 2014. Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2014–05841 Filed 3–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently 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 revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Certified Organic Survey. Revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length. SUMMARY: 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 0535–0249, 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. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:45 Mar 14, 2014 Jkt 232001 • 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: Certified Organic Survey. OMB Control Number: 0535–0249. Expiration Date of Previous Approval: July 31, 2014. Type of Request: To revise and extend a currently approved information collection for a period of three years. Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is to prepare and issue State and national estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition as well as economic statistics, farm numbers, land values, on-farm pesticide usage, pest crop management practices, as well as the Census of Agriculture. In 2009, NASS conducted the 2008 Organic Production Survey (OMB # 0535–0249). This was originally designed to be conducted once every five years as a follow-on-survey to the Census of Agriculture. The USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) has made a formal agreement with NASS to conduct this as an annual survey, as funding permits, with a rotation of crops. The name of this docket will be changed to Certified Organic Survey. The reference year is the production year previous to the data collection year. The census-based survey will include all known farm operators who produce organically certified crops and/or livestock. The survey will be conducted in all States. Some operational level data will be collected to use in classifying each operation for summary purposes. The majority of the questions will involve production data (acres planted, acres harvested, quantity harvested, quantity sold, value of sale, etc.), production expenses, and marketing practices. Approximately 14,000 operations will be contacted by mail in early January, with a second mailing later in the month to non-respondents. Telephone and personal enumeration will be used for remaining non-response follow up. The National Agricultural Statistics Service will publish summaries in October at both the State level and for PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14663 each major organic commodity when possible. Some State level data may need to be published on regional or national level due to confidentiality rules. Under the 2014 Farm Bill (Section 11023) some of the duties of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) are defined as ‘‘(i) IN GENERAL— As soon as possible, but not later than the 2015 reinsurance year, the Corporation shall offer producers of organic crops price elections for all organic crops produced in compliance with standards issued by the Department of Agriculture under the national organic program established under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.) that reflect the actual retail or wholesale prices, as appropriate, received by producers for organic crops, as determined by the Secretary using all relevant sources of information. ‘‘(ii) ANNUAL REPORT.— The Corporation shall submit to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate an annual report on progress made in developing and improving Federal crop insurance for organic crops, including—‘‘(I) the numbers and varieties of organic crops insured; ‘‘(II) the progress of implementing the price elections required under this subparagraph, including the rate at which additional price elections are adopted for organic crops; ‘‘(III) the development of new insurance approaches relevant to organic producers; and ‘‘(IV) any recommendations the Corporation considers appropriate to improve Federal crop insurance coverage for organic crops.’’. Authority: 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 regulations at 5 CFR part 1320. 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),’’ Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 115, June 15, 2007, p. 33362. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information E:\FR\FM\17MRN1.SGM 17MRN1 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

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 51 (Monday, March 17, 2014)]
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[FR Doc No: 2014-05843]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently 
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 revision and extension of a currently 
approved information collection, the Certified Organic Survey. Revision 
to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target 
population, 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-
0249, 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: Certified Organic Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0249.
    Expiration Date of Previous Approval: July 31, 2014.
    Type of Request: To revise and extend a currently approved 
information collection for a period of three years.
    Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural 
Statistics Service (NASS) is to prepare and issue State and national 
estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition as 
well as economic statistics, farm numbers, land values, on-farm 
pesticide usage, pest crop management practices, as well as the Census 
of Agriculture. In 2009, NASS conducted the 2008 Organic Production 
Survey (OMB  0535-0249). This was originally designed to be 
conducted once every five years as a follow-on-survey to the Census of 
Agriculture. The USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) has made a formal 
agreement with NASS to conduct this as an annual survey, as funding 
permits, with a rotation of crops. The name of this docket will be 
changed to Certified Organic Survey. The reference year is the 
production year previous to the data collection year.
    The census-based survey will include all known farm operators who 
produce organically certified crops and/or livestock. The survey will 
be conducted in all States. Some operational level data will be 
collected to use in classifying each operation for summary purposes. 
The majority of the questions will involve production data (acres 
planted, acres harvested, quantity harvested, quantity sold, value of 
sale, etc.), production expenses, and marketing practices.
    Approximately 14,000 operations will be contacted by mail in early 
January, with a second mailing later in the month to non-respondents. 
Telephone and personal enumeration will be used for remaining non-
response follow up. The National Agricultural Statistics Service will 
publish summaries in October at both the State level and for each major 
organic commodity when possible. Some State level data may need to be 
published on regional or national level due to confidentiality rules.
    Under the 2014 Farm Bill (Section 11023) some of the duties of the 
Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) are defined as ``(i) IN 
GENERAL-- As soon as possible, but not later than the 2015 reinsurance 
year, the Corporation shall offer producers of organic crops price 
elections for all organic crops produced in compliance with standards 
issued by the Department of Agriculture under the national organic 
program established under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (7 
U.S.C. 6501 et seq.) that reflect the actual retail or wholesale 
prices, as appropriate, received by producers for organic crops, as 
determined by the Secretary using all relevant sources of information. 
``(ii) ANNUAL REPORT.-- The Corporation shall submit to the Committee 
on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on 
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate an annual report on 
progress made in developing and improving Federal crop insurance for 
organic crops, including--``(I) the numbers and varieties of organic 
crops insured; ``(II) the progress of implementing the price elections 
required under this subparagraph, including the rate at which 
additional price elections are adopted for organic crops; ``(III) the 
development of new insurance approaches relevant to organic producers; 
and ``(IV) any recommendations the Corporation considers appropriate to 
improve Federal crop insurance coverage for organic crops.''.

    Authority:  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 regulations at 5 CFR 
part 1320.

    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),'' Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 115, June 15, 2007, p. 
33362.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information

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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 non-respondents).
    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]
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