Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Request for Reinstatement of a Previously Approved Information Collection for Which Approval has Expired, 19045-19046 [2014-07706]

Download as PDF 19045 Notices Federal Register Vol. 79, No. 66 Monday, April 7, 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 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AGENCY: Notice of Request for Extension or Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection ACTION: U.S. Department of Agriculture. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the intention of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights to request a renewal to a currently approved information collection for race, ethnicity, and gender along with comments. SUMMARY: Comments on this notice must be received by May 20, 2014, to be assured of consideration. Additional Information Or Comments: Contact Anna G. Stroman, Chief, Policy Division, by mail at Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250. DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Title: Race, Ethnicity and Gender Data Collection. OMB Number: OMB No. 0503–0019 Expiration. Date of Approval: March 31, 2014. In the Federal Register of March 21, 2014, in FR Doc 2014–06196 on page 15721, make the following correction: Under Supplementary Information: Change the OMB Number From OMB No. 0505–0019 to OMB No. 0503–0019 [FR Doc. 2014–07626 Filed 4–4–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:49 Apr 04, 2014 Jkt 232001 Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Request for Reinstatement of a Previously Approved Information Collection for Which Approval has Expired In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this document announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intention to request reinstatement of a previously approved information collection from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), for which approval has expired for the Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, and Information Program (Order). In addition, to the Order, we are including the burden and ballot form from a previously approved information collection that expired, titled Referendum for Christmas Tree Promotion, Research and Information Program. DATES: Comments must be received by June 6, 2014. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments concerning this notice. Comments should be submitted online at www.regulations.gov or sent to the Promotion and Economics Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 0244, Room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250–0244, or by facsimile to (202) 205–2800. All comments should reference the document number, the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be posted without change, including any personal information provided, online at http:// www.regulations.gov and will be made available for public inspection at the above physical address during regular business hours. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marlene Betts at the above address, by telephone at (202) 720–9915, or by email at Marlene.Betts@ams.usda.gov. SUMMARY: Notice; correction. Joe Leonard, Jr., Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. [Doc. No. AMS–FV–14–0017] Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. Office of the Secretary AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, and Information Program (Order). OMB Number: 0581–0268. Expiration Date of Approval: December 31, 2013. Type of Request: Reinstatement of a previously approved collection for which approval has expired. Abstract: The Order, which was established through the publication of a final rule on November 8, 2011 (76 FR 69094), was created to help strengthen the position of Christmas trees in the marketplace, and maintain, develop, and expand markets for Christmas trees in the United States. The Order is authorized under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 (1996 Act) (7 U.S.C. 7411– 7425). On November 17, 2011, a final rule was published that stayed indefinitely the regulations establishing the Order (76 FR 71241) to provide additional time for USDA to reach out to the Christmas tree industry and the public to explain how a research and promotion program is a producer driven program to support American farmers. The stay is being lifted in accordance with the provisions of the Agriculture Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill), and the Christmas tree program will be administered by the Christmas Tree Promotion Board (Board) appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and financed by a mandatory assessment on producers and importers of fresh cut Christmas trees. The assessment rate will be $0.15 per Christmas tree cut and sold domestically or imported into the United States. The program will provide for an exemption for producers and importers that cut and sell or import fewer than 500 Christmas trees annually. A referendum will be held among eligible producers and importers to determine whether they favor continuation of the program three years after assessments first begin. The information collection requirements in this request are essential to carry out the intent of the Order when the stay is lifted under the authority of the 2014 Farm Bill. Section 10014 of the Farm Bill states that not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of the 2014 Farm Bill, the Secretary of Agriculture shall lift the administrative stay that was imposed and published in the Federal Register on November 17, 2011. E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 19046 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 66 / Monday, April 7, 2014 / Notices The Order’s provisions have been carefully reviewed, and every effort has been made to minimize any unnecessary recordkeeping costs or requirements, including efforts to utilize information already submitted under other Christmas tree programs administered by USDA and other State programs. The forms covered under this collection require the minimum information necessary to effectively carry out the requirements of the program, and their use is necessary to fulfill the intent of the Order. Such information can be supplied without data processing equipment or outside technical expertise. In addition, there are no additional training requirements for individuals filling out reports and remitting assessments to the Board. The forms are simple, easy to understand, and place as small a burden as possible on the person required to file the information. Collecting information yearly would coincide with normal industry business practices. The timing and frequency of collecting information are intended to meet the needs of the industry while minimizing the amount of work necessary to fill out the required reports. The requirement to keep records for two years beyond the fiscal period of their applicability is consistent with normal industry practices. In addition, the information to be included on these forms is not available from other sources because such information relates specifically to individual producers and importers who will be subject to the provisions of the Order. Therefore, there is no practical method for collecting the required information without the use of these forms. AMS is committed to complying with the E-Government Act, which requires Government agencies in general to provide the public the option of submitting information or transacting business electronically to the maximum extent possible. In addition to the information collection Christmas Tree Promotion, Research and Information Program (Order) (OMB No. 0581–0268), we are including the burden and ballot form from the previously approved information collection Referendum for Christmas Tree Promotion, Research and Information Program (OMB No. 0581–0267). Upon reinstatement of these previously approved collection for which approval has expired, we will submit a discontinuation request for the 0581–0267 to OMB. Estimate of Burden: Public recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.398 hour per response. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:49 Apr 04, 2014 Jkt 232001 Respondents: Producers and importers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 12,455. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 26,885. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2.16. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 10,701 hours. 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. All responses to this document will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Authority: 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. Dated: April 2, 2014. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2014–07706 Filed 4–4–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Document No. AMS–ST–14–0034] Plant Variety Protection Board; Open Teleconference Meeting Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: This notice is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend an open meeting of the Plant Variety Protection Board. DATES: May 13, 2014 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., open to the public. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the United States Department of Agriculture, Room 2068, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Maria Pratt, Plant Variety Protection Office, Science and Technology SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, United States Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250. Telephone number (202) 260–8983, fax (202) 260– 8976, or email: maria.pratt@ ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the provisions of section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C., Appendix 2), this notice is given regarding an upcoming Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Board meeting. The Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) (7 U.S.C. 2321 et seq.) provides legal protection in the form of intellectual property rights to developers of new varieties of plants, which are reproduced sexually by seed or are tuber-propagated. A Certificate of Plant Variety Protection is awarded to an owner of a crop variety after an examination shows that it is new, distinct from other varieties, genetically uniform and stable through successive generations. The term of protection is 20 years for most crops and 25 years for trees, shrubs, and vines. The PVPA also provides for a statutory Board (7 U.S.C. 2327). The duties of the Board are to: (1) Advise the Secretary concerning the adoption of rules and regulations to facilitate the proper administration of the Act; (2) provide advisory counsel to the Secretary on appeals concerning decisions on applications by the PVP Office and on requests for emergency public-interest compulsory licenses; and (3) advise the Secretary on any other matters under the Regulations and Rules of Practice and on all questions under Section 44 of the Act, ‘‘Public Interest in Wide Usage’’ (7 U.S.C. 2404). The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the electronic PVP (ePVP) system development, meetings with the European Union (EU) on mutual recognition of the PVP examination process, the activity of the subcommittee to evaluate molecular techniques for PVP distinctness characterization, and the PVP Office outreach efforts. The proposed agenda for the PVP Board meeting will include a welcome by Department officials followed by a discussion focusing on program activities that encourage the development of new plant varieties and appeals to the Secretary. The agenda will also include presentations on the ePVP system, summary of EU meetings, and the use of molecular markers for PVP applications, and PVP outreach activity. The meeting will be open to the public. Those wishing to attend or phone into the meeting are encouraged to pre-register by May 5, 2014 with the E:\FR\FM\07APN1.SGM 07APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-FV-14-0017]


Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, and Information Order; 
Request for Reinstatement of a Previously Approved Information 
Collection for Which Approval has Expired

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 document announces the Agricultural Marketing 
Service's (AMS) intention to request reinstatement of a previously 
approved information collection from the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB), for which approval has expired for the Christmas Tree 
Promotion, Research, and Information Program (Order). In addition, to 
the Order, we are including the burden and ballot form from a 
previously approved information collection that expired, titled 
Referendum for Christmas Tree Promotion, Research and Information 
Program.

DATES: Comments must be received by June 6, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments concerning 
this notice. Comments should be submitted online at www.regulations.gov 
or sent to the Promotion and Economics Division, Fruit and Vegetable 
Program, AMS, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1400 Independence 
Avenue SW., Stop 0244, Room 1406-S, Washington, DC 20250-0244, or by 
facsimile to (202) 205-2800. All comments should reference the document 
number, the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. 
All comments received will be posted without change, including any 
personal information provided, online at http://www.regulations.gov and 
will be made available for public inspection at the above physical 
address during regular business hours.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marlene Betts at the above address, by 
telephone at (202) 720-9915, or by email at Marlene.Betts@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, and Information Program 
(Order).
    OMB Number: 0581-0268.
    Expiration Date of Approval: December 31, 2013.
    Type of Request: Reinstatement of a previously approved collection 
for which approval has expired.
    Abstract: The Order, which was established through the publication 
of a final rule on November 8, 2011 (76 FR 69094), was created to help 
strengthen the position of Christmas trees in the marketplace, and 
maintain, develop, and expand markets for Christmas trees in the United 
States. The Order is authorized under the Commodity Promotion, 
Research, and Information Act of 1996 (1996 Act) (7 U.S.C. 7411-7425). 
On November 17, 2011, a final rule was published that stayed 
indefinitely the regulations establishing the Order (76 FR 71241) to 
provide additional time for USDA to reach out to the Christmas tree 
industry and the public to explain how a research and promotion program 
is a producer driven program to support American farmers.
    The stay is being lifted in accordance with the provisions of the 
Agriculture Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill), and the Christmas tree 
program will be administered by the Christmas Tree Promotion Board 
(Board) appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and financed by a 
mandatory assessment on producers and importers of fresh cut Christmas 
trees. The assessment rate will be $0.15 per Christmas tree cut and 
sold domestically or imported into the United States. The program will 
provide for an exemption for producers and importers that cut and sell 
or import fewer than 500 Christmas trees annually. A referendum will be 
held among eligible producers and importers to determine whether they 
favor continuation of the program three years after assessments first 
begin.
    The information collection requirements in this request are 
essential to carry out the intent of the Order when the stay is lifted 
under the authority of the 2014 Farm Bill. Section 10014 of the Farm 
Bill states that not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment 
of the 2014 Farm Bill, the Secretary of Agriculture shall lift the 
administrative stay that was imposed and published in the Federal 
Register on November 17, 2011.

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    The Order's provisions have been carefully reviewed, and every 
effort has been made to minimize any unnecessary recordkeeping costs or 
requirements, including efforts to utilize information already 
submitted under other Christmas tree programs administered by USDA and 
other State programs.
    The forms covered under this collection require the minimum 
information necessary to effectively carry out the requirements of the 
program, and their use is necessary to fulfill the intent of the Order. 
Such information can be supplied without data processing equipment or 
outside technical expertise. In addition, there are no additional 
training requirements for individuals filling out reports and remitting 
assessments to the Board. The forms are simple, easy to understand, and 
place as small a burden as possible on the person required to file the 
information.
    Collecting information yearly would coincide with normal industry 
business practices. The timing and frequency of collecting information 
are intended to meet the needs of the industry while minimizing the 
amount of work necessary to fill out the required reports. The 
requirement to keep records for two years beyond the fiscal period of 
their applicability is consistent with normal industry practices. In 
addition, the information to be included on these forms is not 
available from other sources because such information relates 
specifically to individual producers and importers who will be subject 
to the provisions of the Order. Therefore, there is no practical method 
for collecting the required information without the use of these forms.
    AMS is committed to complying with the E-Government Act, which 
requires Government agencies in general to provide the public the 
option of submitting information or transacting business electronically 
to the maximum extent possible.
    In addition to the information collection Christmas Tree Promotion, 
Research and Information Program (Order) (OMB No. 0581-0268), we are 
including the burden and ballot form from the previously approved 
information collection Referendum for Christmas Tree Promotion, 
Research and Information Program (OMB No. 0581-0267). Upon 
reinstatement of these previously approved collection for which 
approval has expired, we will submit a discontinuation request for the 
0581-0267 to OMB.
    Estimate of Burden: Public recordkeeping burden for this collection 
of information is estimated to average 0.398 hour per response.
    Respondents: Producers and importers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 12,455.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 26,885.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 2.16.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 10,701 hours.
    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.
    All responses to this document will be summarized and included in 
the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of 
public record.

    Authority: 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35.

    Dated: April 2, 2014.
Rex A. Barnes,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2014-07706 Filed 4-4-14; 8:45 am]
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