Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Collection, 15559-15560 [2014-06085]

Download as PDF 15559 Notices Federal Register Vol. 79, No. 54 Thursday, March 20, 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 Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–ST–14–0021] Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved 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 that the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intention to request approval, from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection ‘‘Laboratory Approval Programs’’. SUMMARY: Comments received by May 19, 2014 will be considered. Additional Information or Comments: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on this proposal to Jane Ho, Laboratory Approval and Testing Division, Science and Technology, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 0272, Washington, DC 20250–0272; Phone 202–690–0621, Fax 202–720–4631. Comments should be submitted in triplicate. Comments may also be submitted electronically through http:// www.regulations.gov. All comments should reference the docket number and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be made available for public inspection at the above address during regular business hours and may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Laboratory Approval Programs. OMB Number: 0581–0251. ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:48 Mar 19, 2014 Jkt 232001 Expiration Date of Approval: September 30, 2014. Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection. Abstract: Under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1621–1627), AMS provides analytical testing services that facilitate marketing and allow products to obtain grade designations or meet marketing or quality standards. Pursuant to this authority, AMS develops and maintains laboratory approval programs as needed by the agricultural industry, to support domestic and international marketing of U.S. products. The laboratory approval programs will remain voluntary and fee for service. To ensure that a laboratory is capable of accurately performing the specified analyses, it must adhere to certain good laboratory practices and show technical proficiency in the required areas. Checklists and forms have been developed that ask the laboratory for information concerning procedures, the physical facility, employees, and their training. The laboratory must also provide Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the analyses and quality assurance. Most of the laboratory programs will include an on-site laboratory review. AMS will not approve a laboratory unless there is assurance that the laboratory is capable of performing accurate analyses. The information collection requirements in this request are essential to examine laboratories for entrance into the following programs: (1) Analyst and Laboratory Certification Program for the Detection of Trichinae in Pork (An export program requested by Food Safety and Inspection Service). (2) Laboratory approval program for Poultry and Pork Exported from the United States to Russia (An export program requested by Food Safety and Inspection Service). This program contains the possibility of performing 12 different analyses in support of the exportation of poultry and pork to Russia. Laboratories choose how many and which analyses for which they wish to be approved. Each of microbiological/chemical analyses has its own methodology and time necessary to perform the analyses. (3) Beta Agonists Program (An export program requested by Food Safety and PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Inspection Service). This is a new program, which has been added to the laboratory approval programs, since the last submission. This program permits qualified laboratories to analyze meat and meat products to confirm that Beta Agonists drug residues are not present in product samples. (4) Aflatoxin in Pistachios Program (A High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) method for exporting pistachios to European Union (developed for the California Pistachio Committee) and the domestic program using HPLC or a test kit analysis method (7 CFR part 983); Aflatoxin in Peanuts Program (7 CFR part 996); and Aflatoxin in Almonds Program (developed for the Almond Board of California). These programs are single analyte, single substrate programs, but the domestic pistachio, peanut, and almond programs have the option of using two different methods. The export pistachio program and export almond program must use the specified method. (5) Any additional programs which may be requested in the future to facilitate the marketing of U.S. agricultural products. All laboratory approval programs will follow the same general pattern. There would be a letter of intent, a form for identification of the analyses they intend to perform, an on-site laboratory review, analysis of known samples, and analysis of proficiency samples. The length of time required would depend on the complexity of the analysis, and the time necessary to perform the analysis. The burden hours incurred for these laboratories to submit the initial letter requesting entrance, completion of a general laboratory checklist, and correctly analyzing the test samples is a one-time occurrence. Once a laboratory is accepted, the burden will decrease and is then based on the various laboratories analyzing test samples throughout the year to maintain its program status. Form ST–212 (Alternate Payment Form) is an option for applicant/ approved laboratories to pay for the services. Interested parties can obtain a copy of the form (ST–212) by calling or writing to the point of contact listed above. The information collection requirements in this request are essential to examine laboratories for entrance into the programs. E:\FR\FM\20MRN1.SGM 20MRN1 15560 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 54 / Thursday, March 20, 2014 / Notices Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 9.25 hours per response. Respondents: Laboratories. Estimated Number of Respondents: 85. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 680. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 8. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 6289.68. 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 Jane Ho, Laboratory Approval and Testing Division, Science and Technology, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 0272, Washington, DC 20250–0272; Phone 202–690–0621, Fax 202–720–4631. 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. Dated: March 7, 2014. Anne Alonzo, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2014–06085 Filed 3–19–14; 8:45 am] ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3410–02–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:48 Mar 19, 2014 Jkt 232001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket No. AMS–TM–14–14–0029; TM–14– 02] Farmers’ Market and Local Food Promotion Program: Notice of Emergency Approval of New Information Collection for Local Food Promotion Program 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 emergency approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a new collection under the Farmers’ Market and Local Food Promotion Program. The Farmers’ Market and Local Food Promotion Program, includes two AMS competitive grant programs: Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). This new collection establishes forms and documentation under the Local Food Promotion Program. DATES: Comments received by May 19, 2014 will be considered. Additional Information: Contact James Barham, Marketing Services Division, Transportation and Marketing Program, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), USDA; 202/720–8317. ADDRESSES: Contact James Barham, Marketing Services Division, Transportation and Marketing Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4509-South Building, Washington, DC 20250; 202/ 720–8317, or fax 202/690–0031. Comments should AMS–TM–14– 0029, TM–14–02 and be sent to James Barham at the above address or via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Local Food Promotion Program OMB Number: 0581–NEW. Expiration Date of Approval: 6 months from publication request. Type of Request: Emergency request for a new collection. Abstract: The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) was initially created by amending the Farmer-toConsumer Direct Marketing Act of 1976 (7 U.S.C. 3001–3006) through the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 3005) (2002 Farm Bill). It was reauthorized, amended, and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 funded by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 3005) (2008 Farm Bill). Under the recent passage of the Agriculture Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–79) (2014 Farm Bill), FMPP has been reauthorized, funded, expanded, and renamed as the ‘‘Farmers’ Market and Local Food Promotion Program.’’ As a result, AMS will manage two grant programs. The grant programs will be entitled ‘‘Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP),’’ and ‘‘Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP).’’ The 2014 Farm Bill makes seven (7) additional changes under the ‘‘Farmers’ Market and Local Food Promotion Program’’: 1. There is a new emphasis on the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises (not including farmer-to-consumer direct marketing entities). Under the 2008 Farm Bill, authority was only provided to support farmer-to-consumer direct marketing activities. The 2014 Farm Bill establishes a more holistic approach for strengthening the local and regional food distribution system and essentially establishes two separate functions under this grant program: Fund direct marketing projects through FMPP grants, and fund local and regional food business enterprise projects through LFPP grants. 2. The purposes of the program are expanded by including such activities as ‘‘. . . providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement and expansion of’’ . . . ‘‘local and regional food business enterprises . . . that process, distribute, aggregate, or store locally or regionally produced food products.’’ 3. The eligibility of applicants is expanded. New language expands an agricultural cooperative to ‘‘an agricultural cooperative or other agriculture business entity (including a community supported agriculture network or association).’’ 4. A 25 percent ‘‘cash or in kind’’ match has been introduced for projects that will be submitted under the local and regional food business enterprise component of the Program. No match is required under FMPP grant program. 5. New priorities for annual awards have been established. Priority is to be given to ‘‘projects that benefit underserved communities, including communities that (1) are located in areas of concentrated poverty with limited access to fresh locally or regionally grown foods; and (2) have not received benefits from the Program in the recent past.’’ E:\FR\FM\20MRN1.SGM 20MRN1

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statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
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Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 54 / Thursday, March 20, 2014 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-ST-14-0021]


Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently 
Approved 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 that the Agricultural 
Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval, from the 
Office of Management and Budget, for an extension of and revision to 
the currently approved information collection ``Laboratory Approval 
Programs''.

DATES: Comments received by May 19, 2014 will be considered.
    Additional Information or Comments: Interested persons are invited 
to submit comments on this proposal to Jane Ho, Laboratory Approval and 
Testing Division, Science and Technology, Agricultural Marketing 
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., 
Stop 0272, Washington, DC 20250-0272; Phone 202-690-0621, Fax 202-720-
4631. Comments should be submitted in triplicate. Comments may also be 
submitted electronically through http://www.regulations.gov. All 
comments should reference the docket number and page number of this 
issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be made 
available for public inspection at the above address during regular 
business hours and may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Laboratory Approval Programs.
    OMB Number: 0581-0251.
    Expiration Date of Approval: September 30, 2014.
    Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved 
Information Collection.
    Abstract: Under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended 
(7 U.S.C. 1621-1627), AMS provides analytical testing services that 
facilitate marketing and allow products to obtain grade designations or 
meet marketing or quality standards. Pursuant to this authority, AMS 
develops and maintains laboratory approval programs as needed by the 
agricultural industry, to support domestic and international marketing 
of U.S. products. The laboratory approval programs will remain 
voluntary and fee for service.
    To ensure that a laboratory is capable of accurately performing the 
specified analyses, it must adhere to certain good laboratory practices 
and show technical proficiency in the required areas. Checklists and 
forms have been developed that ask the laboratory for information 
concerning procedures, the physical facility, employees, and their 
training. The laboratory must also provide Standard Operating 
Procedures (SOPs) for the analyses and quality assurance. Most of the 
laboratory programs will include an on-site laboratory review. AMS will 
not approve a laboratory unless there is assurance that the laboratory 
is capable of performing accurate analyses.
    The information collection requirements in this request are 
essential to examine laboratories for entrance into the following 
programs:
    (1) Analyst and Laboratory Certification Program for the Detection 
of Trichinae in Pork (An export program requested by Food Safety and 
Inspection Service).
    (2) Laboratory approval program for Poultry and Pork Exported from 
the United States to Russia (An export program requested by Food Safety 
and Inspection Service).
    This program contains the possibility of performing 12 different 
analyses in support of the exportation of poultry and pork to Russia. 
Laboratories choose how many and which analyses for which they wish to 
be approved. Each of microbiological/chemical analyses has its own 
methodology and time necessary to perform the analyses.
    (3) Beta Agonists Program (An export program requested by Food 
Safety and Inspection Service). This is a new program, which has been 
added to the laboratory approval programs, since the last submission.
    This program permits qualified laboratories to analyze meat and 
meat products to confirm that Beta Agonists drug residues are not 
present in product samples.
    (4) Aflatoxin in Pistachios Program (A High Performance Liquid 
Chromatography (HPLC) method for exporting pistachios to European Union 
(developed for the California Pistachio Committee) and the domestic 
program using HPLC or a test kit analysis method (7 CFR part 983); 
Aflatoxin in Peanuts Program (7 CFR part 996); and Aflatoxin in Almonds 
Program (developed for the Almond Board of California).
    These programs are single analyte, single substrate programs, but 
the domestic pistachio, peanut, and almond programs have the option of 
using two different methods. The export pistachio program and export 
almond program must use the specified method.
    (5) Any additional programs which may be requested in the future to 
facilitate the marketing of U.S. agricultural products.
    All laboratory approval programs will follow the same general 
pattern. There would be a letter of intent, a form for identification 
of the analyses they intend to perform, an on-site laboratory review, 
analysis of known samples, and analysis of proficiency samples. The 
length of time required would depend on the complexity of the analysis, 
and the time necessary to perform the analysis.
    The burden hours incurred for these laboratories to submit the 
initial letter requesting entrance, completion of a general laboratory 
checklist, and correctly analyzing the test samples is a one-time 
occurrence. Once a laboratory is accepted, the burden will decrease and 
is then based on the various laboratories analyzing test samples 
throughout the year to maintain its program status.
    Form ST-212 (Alternate Payment Form) is an option for applicant/
approved laboratories to pay for the services. Interested parties can 
obtain a copy of the form (ST-212) by calling or writing to the point 
of contact listed above. The information collection requirements in 
this request are essential to examine laboratories for entrance into 
the programs.

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    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 9.25 hours per response.
    Respondents: Laboratories.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 85.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 680.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 8.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 6289.68.
    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 Jane Ho, Laboratory 
Approval and Testing Division, Science and Technology, Agricultural 
Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW., Stop 0272, Washington, DC 20250-0272; Phone 202-690-0621, 
Fax 202-720-4631. 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.

    Dated: March 7, 2014.
Anne Alonzo,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-06085 Filed 3-19-14; 8:45 am]
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