Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Reinstate an Information Collection, 22092-22094 [2014-09007]

Download as PDF 22092 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 76 / Monday, April 21, 2014 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration Amended Opportunity for Designation in the Bloomington and Decatur, IL Areas; Request for Comments on the Official Agency Servicing This Area Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Central Illinois Grain Inspection, Inc. (Central Illinois) purchased Decatur Grain Inspection, Inc. (Decatur) and met the requirements specified in 7 CFR 800.196 (f)(2). A Federal Register Notice (79 FR 3172) was published to amend Central Illinois’ designation to include the former Decatur geographic area and was effective October 17, 2013 to March 31, 2014. In view of this, GIPSA is providing an additional opportunity to apply for designation for Central Illinois’ amended geographic area. GIPSA is designating Central Illinois to provide official services in the amended geographic area until a designee is selected and announced in the Federal Register. This period is not to exceed one year. We are asking persons or government agencies interested in providing official services in the areas presently served by this agency to submit an application for designation. In addition, we are providing an additional opportunity for comments on the quality of services provided by Central Illinois. DATES: Applications and comments must be received by May 21, 2014. ADDRESSES: Submit applications and comments concerning this notice using any of the following methods: • Applying for Designation on the Internet: Use FGISOnline (https:// fgis.gipsa.usda.gov/default_home_ FGIS.aspx) and then click on the Delegations/Designations and Export Registrations (DDR) link. You will need to obtain an FGISOnline customer number and USDA eAuthentication username and password prior to applying. • Submit Comments Using the Internet: Go to Regulations.gov (http:// www.regulations.gov). Instructions for submitting and reading comments are detailed on the site. • Mail, Courier or Hand Delivery: Eric J. Jabs, Acting Director, USDA, GIPSA, FGIS, QACD, 10383 North Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO 64153. • Fax: Eric J. Jabs, 816–872–1257. • Email: Eric.J.Jabs@usda.gov. ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:20 Apr 18, 2014 Jkt 232001 Read Applications and Comments: All applications and comments will be available for public inspection at the office above during regular business hours (7 CFR 1.27(c)). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric J. Jabs, 816–659–8408 or Eric.J.Jabs@ usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 79(f) of the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) authorizes the Secretary to designate a qualified applicant to provide official services in a specified area after determining that the applicant is better able than any other applicant to provide such official services (7 U.S.C. 79 (f)). Under section 79(g) of the USGSA, designations of official agencies are effective for three years unless terminated by the Secretary, but may be renewed according to the criteria and procedures prescribed in section 79(f) of the USGSA. Areas Open for Designation Central Illinois Pursuant to Section 79(f)(2) of the United States Grain Standards Act, the following geographic area, in the State of Illinois, is assigned to this official agency. In Illinois Bounded on the North by State Route 18 east to U.S. Route 51; U.S. Route 51 south to State Route 17; State Route 17 east to Livingston County; and the Livingston County line east to State Route 47; Bounded on the East by State Route 47 south to State Route 116; State Route 116 west to Pontiac, which intersects with a straight line running north and south through Arrowsmith to the southern McLean County line; the southern McLean County line east to the eastern DeWitt County line; the eastern DeWitt County Line; the eastern Macon County line south to Interstate 72; Interstate 72 northeast to the eastern Piatt County line; the eastern Piatt, Moultrie, and Shelby County lines; Bounded on the South by the southern Shelby County line; and a straight line running along the southern Montgomery County line west to State Route 16 to a point approximately one mile northeast of Irving; Bounded on the West by a straight line from this point northeast to Stonington on State Route 48; a straight line from Stonington northwest to Elkhart on Interstate 55; a straight line from Elkhart northeast to the west side of Beason on State Route 10; State Route 10 west to the Logan County line; the western Logan County line; the southern Tazewell County line; the western Tazewell County line; the western PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Peoria County line north to Interstate 74; Interstate 74 southeast to State Route 116; State Route 116 north to State Route 26; and State Route 26 north to State Route 18. The following grain elevators are not part of this geographic area assignment and are assigned to: ChampaignDanville Grain Inspection Departments, Inc.: East Lincoln Farmers Grain Co., Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois; Okaw Cooperative, Cadwell, Moultrie County; ADM (3 elevators), Farmer City, Dewitt County; and Topflight Grain Company, Monticello, Piatt County, Illinois. Opportunity for Designation Interested persons or government agencies may apply for designation to provide official services in the geographic areas specified above under the provisions of section 79(f) of the USGSA and 7 CFR 800.196. Designation in the specified geographic area is for a period ending March 31, 2017. To apply for designation or for more information, contact Eric J. Jabs at the address listed above or visit GIPSA’s Web site at http://www.gipsa.usda.gov. Request for Comments We are publishing this notice to provide interested persons the opportunity to comment on the quality of services provided by the Central Illinois official agency. In the designation process, we are particularly interested in receiving comments citing reasons and pertinent data supporting or objecting to the designation of the applicants. Submit all comments to Eric J. Jabs at the above address or at http://www.regulations.gov. We consider applications, comments, and other available information when determining which applicants will be designated. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 71–87k. Susan Keith, Acting Administrator, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. [FR Doc. 2014–08999 Filed 4–18–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–KD–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Reinstate an Information Collection National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1 ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 76 / Monday, April 21, 2014 / Notices notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to seek reinstatement of an information collection, the 2014 Tenure, Ownership and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey, formerly known as the Agricultural Economics and Land Ownership Survey (AELOS). DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by June 20, 2014 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0240, 2014 TOTAL, 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: 2014 TOTAL. OMB Control Number: 0535–0240. Type of Request: Intent to Seek Reinstatement of an Information Collection. Abstract: The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the 2014 Tenure, Ownership and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) surveys to be conducted as follow-on surveys to the 2012 Census of Agriculture and are authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 as amended. The 2014 TOTAL surveys will be conducted in 2015, referencing the calendar year of 2014. In 2015 the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) Phase III (OMB # 0535– 0218) will be suspended for a period of 1 year. The scope of the TOTAL survey is greater than that of the ARMS III VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:19 Apr 18, 2014 Jkt 232001 survey. To maintain the ARMS III data series, data will be gleaned from the TOTAL surveys to replace the 2014 ARMS collection. The TOTAL survey will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will be the creation of a list of land owners who rent out land for agricultural purposes. These landlords will be excluded from the sample if they are also active farm or ranch operators as these entities are part of the phase II version 1 sampling population discussed below. The area segments that are used during our June Area Survey (OMB # 0535–0213) will be used as the target areas. We will compare the land inside these segments with land ownership data from the Farm Services Agency (FSA) along with property tax information purchased from CoreLogic (a privately owned company). After the removal of any duplication within this list we will have our target sample for the Landlord only version of the survey which will be conducted in Phase 2. The current NASS List Frame of known farmers and ranchers will be used to create the sample for the Operator version of the survey. No list building will be conducted in Phase 1 for the operator questionnaire. The second phase of the survey will include data collection and reporting using two versions of the TOTAL questionnaires. Version 1 of the TOTAL survey will target farm and ranch operators in the 48 contiguous States. The sample will be drawn from a list of all known farming operations that sold at least $1,000 in agricultural products in 2014. The stratified sample will be representative of the farm operator population. The sample will be large enough to publish State level data for the 25 largest agricultural producing States based on value of sales. These 25 core States account for an average rate of 85.5% of the total value of agricultural products produced in the three year period of 2010–2012. Version 2 of the TOTAL survey will target individuals who own and rent out farm land. Individuals who are both farm operators and landlords will be excluded from the Version 2 sample since they are included in the Version 1 sample population. The Version 2 population should be large enough to publish State level data for the 25 core States. The remaining 23 States that will be included in the survey will have their data combined in the all other States category, so that US level estimates can be published. Data collection for both Versions should begin around January 1, 2015, using 2014 as the reference period. A PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22093 final report is targeted to be published in August 2015. Authority: The Tenure, Ownership and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) surveys are required by law under the ‘‘Census of Agriculture Act of 1997,’’ Pub. L. 105–113, 7 U.S.C. 2204(g) as amended. 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, Pub. L. 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. The law guarantees farm operators that their individual information will be kept confidential. NASS uses the information only for statistical purposes and publishes only tabulated total data. These data are used by Congress when developing, updating, or changing farm programs. These data will also be used to produce estimates of sector-wide production expenditures and other components of income that are used in constructing the estimates of income and value-added which are transmitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, by the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) for use in constructing economy-wide estimates of Gross Domestic Product. The data will also be used to construct demographic data on the owners and operators of farm land in the United States and their potential transition strategies. Many national and state programs are designed or allocated based on these data. Farm operators, landlords, and financial institutions rely on these data to make informed business decisions when selling or renting land, applying for business loans, or making decisions on expanding or diversifying their operations. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for Version 1 (farm operators) is estimated to average 90 minutes per response. Public reporting burden for Version 2 (landlords only) is estimated to average 60 minutes per response. Multiple data collection modes will be incorporated to help minimize data collection costs. The questionnaires will be available on the internet to the targeted sample. NASS will mail the E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1 22094 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 76 / Monday, April 21, 2014 / Notices ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES questionnaires to the respondents at least twice and may use autodial or a postcard reminder, before attempting phone or personal interviews to collect the data. Respondents: Version 1—farm operators: Version 2 landlords who rent out farm land but do not operate farms. Estimated Number of Respondents: 45,000 farm or ranch operators and 45,000 landlords who do not operate farms or ranches. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 132,000 hours. In order to minimize data collection costs, NASS will attempt to collect data by utilizing an internet version of the questionnaire as well as the U.S. Postal Service. NASS will then attempt to collect the data from non-respondents by either phone or personal enumeration. With the initial mailing, respondents will be provided with instructions on how to access the internet and complete the questionnaire on line. The primary objectives of the National Agricultural Statistics Service are to prepare and issue State and national estimates of crop production, livestock production, economic statistics, and environmental statistics related to agriculture and to conduct the Census of Agriculture and it’s follow on surveys, which includes the TOTAL surveys. 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, April 10, 2014. Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2014–09007 Filed 4–18–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:19 Apr 18, 2014 Jkt 232001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Institute of Food and Agriculture Notice of Request for Applications for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is announcing the release of the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) Request for Applications (RFA) at www.nifa.usda.gov/vmlrp. DATES: The fiscal year (FY) 2014 Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) application package will be available at www.nifa.usda.gov/ vmlrp on Monday, April 21, 2014 and applications are due by Friday, June 6, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Sherman; National Program Leader, Veterinary Science; National Institute of Food and Agriculture; U.S. Department of Agriculture; STOP 2240, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–2240; Voice: 202–401–4952; Fax: 202–401–6156; Email: gsherman@nifa.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background and Purpose In January 2003, the National Veterinary Medical Service Act (NVMSA) was passed into law adding section 1415A to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1997 (NARETPA). This law established a new Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (7 U.S.C. 3151a) authorizing the Secretary of Agriculture to carry out a program of entering into agreements with veterinarians under which they agree to provide veterinary services in veterinarian shortage situations. On January 17, 2014, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (Pub. L. 113– 76), which appropriated $4,790,000 for the VMLRP. Section 7105 of FCEA amended section 1415A to revise the determination of veterinarian shortage situations to consider (1) geographical areas that the Secretary determines have a shortage of veterinarians; and (2) areas of veterinary practice that the Secretary determines have a shortage of veterinarians, such as food animal medicine, public health, epidemiology, and food safety. This section also added that priority should be given to PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 agreements with veterinarians for the practice of food animal medicine in veterinarian shortage situations. NARETPA section 1415A requires the Secretary, when determining the amount of repayment for a year of service by a veterinarian to consider the ability of USDA to maximize the number of agreements from the amounts appropriated and to provide an incentive to serve in veterinary service shortage areas with the greatest need. This section also provides that loan repayments may consist of payments of the principal and interest on government and commercial loans received by the individual for the attendance of the individual at an accredited college of veterinary medicine resulting in a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or the equivalent. This program is not authorized to provide repayments for any government or commercial loans incurred during the pursuit of another degree, such as an associate or bachelor degree. Loans eligible for repayment include educational loans made for one or more of the following: Loans for tuition expenses; other reasonable educational expenses, including fees, books, and laboratory expenses, incurred by the individual; and reasonable living expenses as determined by the Secretary. In addition, the Secretary is directed to make such additional payments to participants as the Secretary determines appropriate for the purpose of providing reimbursements to participants for individual tax liability resulting from participation in this program. Finally, this section requires USDA to promulgate regulations within 270 days of the enactment of FCEA (i.e., June 18, 2008). The Secretary delegated the authority to carry out this program to NIFA. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on April 19, 2010 (75 FR 20239–20248). Based on comments received during the 60-day comment period upon publication of the interim rule on July 9, 2009 (74 FR 32788– 32798), NIFA reconsidered the policy regarding individuals who consolidated their veterinary school loans with other educational loans (e.g. undergraduate) and their eligibility to apply for the VMLRP. NIFA will allow these individuals to apply for and receive a VMLRP award; however, only the eligible portion of the consolidation will be repaid by the VMLRP. Furthermore, applicants with consolidated loans will be asked to provide a complete history of their student loans from the National Student Loan Database System (NSLDS), a central database for student aid E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 76 (Monday, April 21, 2014)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Reinstate an 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

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notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics 
Service (NASS) to seek reinstatement of an information collection, the 
2014 Tenure, Ownership and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) 
survey, formerly known as the Agricultural Economics and Land Ownership 
Survey (AELOS).

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by June 20, 2014 to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
0240, 2014 TOTAL, 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: 2014 TOTAL.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0240.
    Type of Request: Intent to Seek Reinstatement of an Information 
Collection.
    Abstract: The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of 
the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will request 
approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the 2014 
Tenure, Ownership and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) surveys 
to be conducted as follow-on surveys to the 2012 Census of Agriculture 
and are authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 as 
amended.
    The 2014 TOTAL surveys will be conducted in 2015, referencing the 
calendar year of 2014. In 2015 the Agricultural Resource Management 
Survey (ARMS) Phase III (OMB  0535-0218) will be suspended for 
a period of 1 year. The scope of the TOTAL survey is greater than that 
of the ARMS III survey. To maintain the ARMS III data series, data will 
be gleaned from the TOTAL surveys to replace the 2014 ARMS collection.
    The TOTAL survey will be conducted in two phases. The first phase 
will be the creation of a list of land owners who rent out land for 
agricultural purposes. These landlords will be excluded from the sample 
if they are also active farm or ranch operators as these entities are 
part of the phase II version 1 sampling population discussed below. The 
area segments that are used during our June Area Survey (OMB  
0535-0213) will be used as the target areas. We will compare the land 
inside these segments with land ownership data from the Farm Services 
Agency (FSA) along with property tax information purchased from 
CoreLogic (a privately owned company). After the removal of any 
duplication within this list we will have our target sample for the 
Landlord only version of the survey which will be conducted in Phase 2. 
The current NASS List Frame of known farmers and ranchers will be used 
to create the sample for the Operator version of the survey. No list 
building will be conducted in Phase 1 for the operator questionnaire.
    The second phase of the survey will include data collection and 
reporting using two versions of the TOTAL questionnaires. Version 1 of 
the TOTAL survey will target farm and ranch operators in the 48 
contiguous States. The sample will be drawn from a list of all known 
farming operations that sold at least $1,000 in agricultural products 
in 2014. The stratified sample will be representative of the farm 
operator population. The sample will be large enough to publish State 
level data for the 25 largest agricultural producing States based on 
value of sales. These 25 core States account for an average rate of 
85.5% of the total value of agricultural products produced in the three 
year period of 2010-2012. Version 2 of the TOTAL survey will target 
individuals who own and rent out farm land. Individuals who are both 
farm operators and landlords will be excluded from the Version 2 sample 
since they are included in the Version 1 sample population. The Version 
2 population should be large enough to publish State level data for the 
25 core States. The remaining 23 States that will be included in the 
survey will have their data combined in the all other States category, 
so that US level estimates can be published.
    Data collection for both Versions should begin around January 1, 
2015, using 2014 as the reference period. A final report is targeted to 
be published in August 2015.

    Authority: The Tenure, Ownership and Transition of Agricultural 
Land (TOTAL) surveys are required by law under the ``Census of 
Agriculture Act of 1997,'' Pub. L. 105-113, 7 U.S.C. 2204(g) as 
amended. 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, Pub. L. 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. The law guarantees farm operators that their individual 
information will be kept confidential. NASS uses the information only 
for statistical purposes and publishes only tabulated total data. These 
data are used by Congress when developing, updating, or changing farm 
programs. These data will also be used to produce estimates of sector-
wide production expenditures and other components of income that are 
used in constructing the estimates of income and value-added which are 
transmitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic 
Analysis, by the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) for use in 
constructing economy-wide estimates of Gross Domestic Product. The data 
will also be used to construct demographic data on the owners and 
operators of farm land in the United States and their potential 
transition strategies.
    Many national and state programs are designed or allocated based on 
these data. Farm operators, landlords, and financial institutions rely 
on these data to make informed business decisions when selling or 
renting land, applying for business loans, or making decisions on 
expanding or diversifying their operations.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for Version 1 (farm 
operators) is estimated to average 90 minutes per response. Public 
reporting burden for Version 2 (landlords only) is estimated to average 
60 minutes per response. Multiple data collection modes will be 
incorporated to help minimize data collection costs. The questionnaires 
will be available on the internet to the targeted sample. NASS will 
mail the

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questionnaires to the respondents at least twice and may use autodial 
or a postcard reminder, before attempting phone or personal interviews 
to collect the data.
    Respondents: Version 1--farm operators: Version 2 landlords who 
rent out farm land but do not operate farms.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 45,000 farm or ranch operators and 
45,000 landlords who do not operate farms or ranches.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 132,000 hours. In 
order to minimize data collection costs, NASS will attempt to collect 
data by utilizing an internet version of the questionnaire as well as 
the U.S. Postal Service. NASS will then attempt to collect the data 
from non-respondents by either phone or personal enumeration. With the 
initial mailing, respondents will be provided with instructions on how 
to access the internet and complete the questionnaire on line.
    The primary objectives of the National Agricultural Statistics 
Service are to prepare and issue State and national estimates of crop 
production, livestock production, economic statistics, and 
environmental statistics related to agriculture and to conduct the 
Census of Agriculture and it's follow on surveys, which includes the 
TOTAL surveys.
    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, April 10, 2014.
Joseph T. Reilly,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2014-09007 Filed 4-18-14; 8:45 am]
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