Pima Agricultural Cotton Trust Fund, 25096-25098 [2014-09996]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 25096 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 85 / Friday, May 2, 2014 / Notices one or more of the six phytosanitary measures listed in § 318.13–4(b). These measures are: • The fruits and vegetables are inspected in the State of origin or in the first State of arrival. • The fruits and vegetables originated from a pest-free area in the State of origin and the grower from which the fruit or vegetable originated has entered into a compliance agreement with the Administrator. • The fruits and vegetables are treated in accordance with 7 CFR part 305 and the treatment is certified by an inspector. • The fruits and vegetables are inspected and certified in the State of origin by an inspector and have been found free of one or more specific quarantine pests identified by risk analysis as likely to follow the pathway. • The fruits and vegetables are moved as commercial consignments only. • The fruits and vegetables may be distributed only within a defined area and the boxes or containers in which the fruit or vegetables are distributed must be marked to indicate the applicable distribution restrictions. APHIS received a request from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture to allow the interstate movement of Allium spp. leaves to the continental United States. Hawaii has indicated a specific interest in production and shipment of French chives (Allium schoenoprasum L.). Allium spp. leaves are currently prohibited from interstate movement from Hawaii to the continental United States. We have prepared a pest risk assessment (PRA) to identify pests of quarantine significance that could follow the pathway of interstate movement into the continental United States and, based on that PRA, a risk management document (RMD) to identify phytosanitary measures that could be applied to the commodity to mitigate the pest risk. We have concluded that Allium spp. leaves can be safely moved from Hawaii to the continental United States using one or more of the six designated phytosanitary measures listed in § 318.13–4(b). Therefore, in accordance with § 318.13–4(c), we are announcing the availability of our PRA and RMD for public review and comment. The documents may be viewed on the Regulations.gov Web site or in our reading room (see ADDRESSES above for a link to Regulations.gov and information on the location and hours of the reading room). You may request paper copies of the PRA and RMD by calling or writing to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VerDate Mar<15>2010 00:23 May 02, 2014 Jkt 232001 CONTACT. Please refer to the subject of the analysis when requesting copies. After reviewing any comments we receive, we will announce our decision regarding the interstate movement of Allium spp. leaves from Hawaii in a subsequent notice. If the overall conclusions of our analysis and the Administrator’s determination of risk remain unchanged following our consideration of the comments, then we will authorize the interstate movement of Allium spp. leaves from Hawaii into the continental United States subject to the requirements specified in the RMD. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701–7772 and 7781– 7786; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3. Done in Washington, DC, this 28th day of April 2014. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2014–10034 Filed 5–1–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Foreign Agricultural Service Pima Agricultural Cotton Trust Fund AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service. Notice and request for comments. ACTION: The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) announces that it will accept claims from eligible individuals or firms regarding distributions from the Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund (Trust Fund) authorized under Section 12314 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113–79) (the Act). FAS is also requesting comment on the burden of collecting this information. SUMMARY: Effective Date: For calendar year 2014 distributions, all claims and affidavits must be electronically filed with FAS no later than June 2, 2014. Comments on this notice must be received by FAS or carry a postmark or equivalent no later than June 2, 2014 for consideration. Comments on the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) portion must be submitted by July 1, 2014 for consideration. DATES: Affidavits, supporting documentation, and claims for distribution from the Trust Fund must be sent electronically to the, Office of Trade Programs, Import Programs and Export Sales Reporting Division of the Foreign Agricultural Service to the following email address: IPERD@FAS.USDA.GOV. ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Paul Trupo at (202) 720–1335, or via email at: PAUL.TRUPO@FAS.USDA.GOV Background: Section 12314 of the Act establishes the Trust Fund in the Treasury of the United States. The Trust Fund is comprised of funds transferred from the Commodity Credit Corporation in annual amounts equal to $16,000,000 for each of calendar years 2014 through 2018, to remain available until expended. The purpose of the Trust Fund is to reduce the injury to domestic manufacturers resulting from tariffs on cotton fabric that are higher than tariffs on certain apparel articles made of cotton fabric. The Act authorizes distributions out of the Trust Fund in each of calendar years 2014 through 2018, payable to: (1) One or more nationally recognized associations established for the promotion of pima cotton for use in textile and apparel goods; (2) yarn spinners of pima cotton that produce ring spun cotton yarns in the United States; and (3) manufacturers who cut and sew cotton shirts in the United States who certify that they used imported cotton fabric during calendar year 2013. Eligible claimants are directed to submit a notarized affidavit, following the statutory procedures specified Section 12314(c) or (d) of the Act, as applicable, to claim a distribution from the Trust Fund. Because section 12314 is selfeffectuating, FAS will not be issuing regulations to implement the program this year. This notice sets forth the law and announces applicable deadlines for claim and affidavit submission as well as the address to which claims, affidavits and supporting documents must be sent. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 12314 of Act (Pub. L. 113–79) is set forth below in its entirety, followed by information about how to apply for a distribution from the Trust Fund. Sec. 12314 PIMA AGRICULTURE COTTON TRUST FUND. (a) ESTABLISHMENT OF TRUST FUND.—There is established in the Treasury of the United States a trust fund to be known as the ‘‘Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund’’ (in this section referred to as the ‘‘Trust Fund’’), consisting of such amounts as may be transferred to the Trust Fund pursuant to subsection (h), and to be used for the purpose of reducing the injury to domestic manufacturers resulting from tariffs on cotton fabric that are higher than tariffs on certain apparel articles made of cotton fabric. (b) DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS.— From amounts in the Trust Fund, the Secretary shall make payments annually FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\02MYN1.SGM 02MYN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 85 / Friday, May 2, 2014 / Notices beginning in calendar year 2014 for calendar years 2014 through 2018 as follows: (1) Twenty-five percent of the amounts in the Trust Fund shall be paid to one or more nationally recognized associations established for the promotion of pima cotton for use in textile and apparel goods. (2) Twenty-five percent of the amounts in the Trust Fund shall be paid to yarn spinners of pima cotton that produce ring spun cotton yarns in the United States, to be allocated to each spinner in an amount that bears the same ratio as— (A) the spinner’s production of ring spun cotton yarns, measuring less than 83.33 decitex (exceeding 120 metric number) from pima cotton in single and plied form during calendar year 2013 (as evidenced by an affidavit provided by the spinner that meets the requirements of subsection (c)), bears to— (B) the production of the yarns described in subparagraph (A) during calendar year 2013 for all spinners who qualify under this paragraph. (3) Fifty percent of the amounts in the Trust Fund shall be paid to manufacturers who cut and sew cotton shirts in the United States who certify that they used imported cotton fabric during calendar year 2013, to be allocated to each such manufacturer in an amount that bears the same ratio as— (A) the dollar value (excluding duty, shipping, and related costs) of imported woven cotton shirting fabric of 80s or higher count and 2-ply in warp purchased by the manufacturer during calendar year 2013 (as evidenced by an affidavit provided by the manufacturer that meets the requirements of subsection (d)) used in the manufacturing of men’s and boys’ cotton shirts, bears to— (B) the dollar value (excluding duty, shipping, and related costs) of the fabric described in subparagraph (A) purchased during calendar year 2013 by all manufacturers who qualify under this paragraph. (c) AFFIDAVIT OF YARN SPINNERS.—The affidavit required by subsection (b)(2)(A) is a notarized affidavit provided annually by an officer of a producer of ring spun yarns that affirms— (1) that the producer used pima cotton during the year in which the affidavit is filed and during calendar year 2013 to produce ring spun cotton yarns in the United States, measuring less than 83.33 decitex (exceeding 120 metric number), in single and plied form; (2) the quantity, measured in pounds, of ring spun cotton yarns, measuring less than 83.33 decitex exceeding 120 VerDate Mar<15>2010 00:23 May 02, 2014 Jkt 232001 metric number), in single and plied form during calendar year 2013; and (3) that the producer maintains supporting documentation showing the quantity of such yarns produced, and evidencing the yarns as ring spun cotton yarns, measuring less than 83.33 decitex (exceeding 120 metric number), in single and plied form during calendar year 2013. (d) AFFIDAVIT OF SHIRTING MANUFACTURERS.— (1) IN GENERAL.—The affidavit required by subsection (b)(3)(A) is a notarized affidavit provided annually by an officer of a manufacturer of men’s and boys’ shirts that affirms— (A) that the manufacturer used imported cotton fabric during the year in which the affidavit is filed and during calendar year 2013, to cut and sew men’s and boys’ woven cotton shirts in the United States; (B) the dollar value of imported woven cotton shirting fabric of 80s or higher count and 2-ply in warp purchased by the manufacturer during calendar year 2013; (C) that the manufacturer maintains invoices along with other supporting documentation (such as price lists and other technical descriptions of the fabric qualities) showing the dollar value of such fabric purchased, the date of purchase, and evidencing the fabric as woven cotton fabric of 80s or higher count and 2-ply in warp; and (D) that the fabric was suitable for use in the manufacturing of men’s and boys’ cotton shirts. (2) DATE OF PURCHASE.—For purposes of the affidavit under paragraph (1), the date of purchase shall be the invoice date, and the dollar value shall be determined excluding duty, shipping, and related costs. (e) FILING DEADLINE FOR AFFIDAVITS.—Any person required to provide an affidavit under this section shall file the affidavit with the Secretary or as directed by the Secretary— (1) in the case of an affidavit required for calendar year 2014, not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act; and (2) in the case of an affidavit required for any of calendar years 2015 through 2018, not later than March 15 of that calendar year. (f) TIMING OF DISTRIBUTIONS.— The Secretary shall make a payment under paragraph (2) or (3) of subsection (b)— (1) for calendar year 2014— (A) not later than the date that is 30 days after the filing of the affidavit required with respect to that payment; or PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 25097 (B) if the Secretary is unable to make the payment by the date described in subparagraph (A), as soon as practicable thereafter; and (2) for calendar years 2015 through 2018, not later than the date that is 30 days after the filing of the affidavit required with respect to that payment. (g) MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING.—The Secretary and the Commissioner responsible for U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall, as soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act, negotiate a memorandum of understanding to establish procedures pursuant to which the Commissioner will assist the Secretary in carrying out the provisions of this section. (h) FUNDING.—Of the funds of the Commodity Credit Corporation, the Secretary shall transfer to the Trust Fund $16,000,000 for each of calendar years 2014 through 2018, to remain available until expended. Procedures for Claiming a Distribution Under the Statute Eligible claimants for a distribution from the Trust Fund are directed to submit a notarized affidavit, following the statutory procedures specified in section 12314(c) of the Act for yarn spinners, and Section 12314 (d) of the Act for shirting manufacturers, to claim a distribution from the Pima Agricultural Cotton Trust Fund. Claimants are advised to note that sections 12314(c) of the Act require each affidavit submitted by yarn spinners to provide definitive statements and supporting documentation verifying their eligibility. Section 12314(d) of the Act require each affidavit submitted by shirting manufacturers to provide definitive statements and supporting documentation verifying their eligibility. All claimants must provide FAS with a W–9 form to indicate and certify their taxpayer identification number. All claimants must also provide a Form 1199A, a direct deposit sign-up form, to facilitate any transfer of funds. Trade associations filing a claim for a distribution must electronically provide a notarized statement whether they are a domestic nationally recognized association established for the promotion of pima cotton for domestic use in textile and apparel goods. Trade Associations must also electronically provide W–9 and W–1199 forms of the Internal Revenue Service applicable to the eligible claimant for tax year 2013 as supporting documentation. All claimants must maintain such documentation as they have affirmed to exist in their respective affidavits. E:\FR\FM\02MYN1.SGM 02MYN1 25098 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 85 / Friday, May 2, 2014 / Notices Deadlines for Claim/Affidavit Submission All claims, affidavits, and supporting documentation by eligible claimants for calendar year 2014 distributions must be sent to FAS no later than 30 days following the publication of this notice. ADDRESSES: The office charged with administering the Trust Fund is the Foreign Agricultural Service, Office of Trade Programs, Import Policies and Export Reporting Division. This office is physically located at: 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Mail Stop 1021, Washington, DC 20250. Claims and affidavits for distribution from the Trust Fund, including any supporting documentation that may be subsequently requested by FAS, must be submitted electronically to the following email address: IPERD@FAS.USDA.GOV. Request for Comment on Information Collection In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, FAS is requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the Pima Agricultural Cotton Trust Fund (referred to as the ‘‘Trust Fund’’). This is a new information collection request. Claimants will be required to submit a notarized affidavit to request a distribution from the Trust Fund electronically to FAS. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Pima Agricultural Cotton Trust Fund OMB Control Number: 0551-New. Type of Request: New Collection. Abstract: This information collection is required for affidavits submitted to FAS for claims against the Pima Agricultural Cotton Trust Fund. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to average 60 minutes per response. Respondents: There are three groups of potential respondents, all of whom must meet the requirements of Section 12314 of Act (Pub. L. 113–79): (1) One or more nationally recognized associations established for the promotion of pima cotton for use in textile and apparel goods; (2) Certain yarn spinners of pima cotton that produce ring spun cotton yarns in the United States from pima cotton during calendar year 2013; (3) Manufacturers who cut and sew cotton shirts in the United States who certify that they used imported cotton fabric during calendar year 2013. Estimated Number of Respondents: 12 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 00:23 May 02, 2014 Jkt 232001 Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Number of Responses: 12 Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 12 hours. Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Connie Ehrhart, the Agency Information Collection Coordinator, at (202) 690–1589 or email at Connie.Ehrhart@fas.usda.gov. Request for comments: We are requesting comments on all aspects of this information collection to help us to: (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of FSA’s functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of FAS’s estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Send responses to: Foreign Agricultural Service, Import Programs and Export Reporting Division, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Mail Stop 1021, Washington, DC 20250. Submissions by email may be sent to the following email address: IPERD@FAS.USDA.GOV All comments received in response to this notice, including names and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. Comments will be summarized and included in the submission for Office of Management and Budget approval. E-Government Act Compliance FAS is committed to complying with the E-Government Act, to promote the use of the Internet and other information technologies to provide increased opportunities for citizen access to Government information and services, and for other purposes. Persons with disabilities who require an alternative means for communication of information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s Target Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). Signed at Washington, DC on April 17, 2014. Philip C. Karsting, Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service. [FR Doc. 2014–09996 Filed 5–1–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–10–P PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Business-Cooperative Service Inviting Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program Applications for Grants to Provide Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Rural BusinessCooperative Service (RBS), an Agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development mission area, announces the availability of two individual grants: one single $500,000 grant from the rural transportation funds appropriated for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program and another single $250,000 grant for Federally Recognized Native American Tribes’ (FRNATs) (collectively ‘‘Programs’’) from funds appropriated for the RBEG program. RBS will administer these awards under the RBEG program and 7 U.S.C. 1932(c)(2) for fiscal year (FY) 2014. Each grant is to be competitively awarded to an eligible applicant which is a qualified national non-profit organization. One grant is for the provision of technical assistance to rural transportation (RT) projects and the other grant will be for the provision of technical assistance to RT projects operated by FRNAT’s only. All applicants are responsible for any expenses incurred in developing their applications. DATES: The deadline for receipt of applications in the USDA Rural Development State Office is no later than 4:30 p.m. (local time) on July 1, 2014. Applications received at a USDA Rural Development State Office after that date will not be considered for FY 2014 funding. ADDRESSES: Entities wishing to apply for assistance should contact the appropriate USDA Rural Development State Office to receive copies of the application package. A list of the USDA Rural Development State Offices addresses and telephone numbers can be found online at: http:// www.rurdev.usda.gov/ StateOfficeAddresses.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact the USDA Rural Development State Office in the State in which the project will be located. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Overview Federal Agency: Rural BusinessCooperative Service. E:\FR\FM\02MYN1.SGM 02MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Foreign Agricultural Service


Pima Agricultural Cotton Trust Fund

AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) announces that it will 
accept claims from eligible individuals or firms regarding 
distributions from the Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund (Trust Fund) 
authorized under Section 12314 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 
113-79) (the Act). FAS is also requesting comment on the burden of 
collecting this information.

DATES: Effective Date: For calendar year 2014 distributions, all claims 
and affidavits must be electronically filed with FAS no later than June 
2, 2014. Comments on this notice must be received by FAS or carry a 
postmark or equivalent no later than June 2, 2014 for consideration. 
Comments on the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) portion must be submitted 
by July 1, 2014 for consideration.

ADDRESSES: Affidavits, supporting documentation, and claims for 
distribution from the Trust Fund must be sent electronically to the, 
Office of Trade Programs, Import Programs and Export Sales Reporting 
Division of the Foreign Agricultural Service to the following email 
address: IPERD@FAS.USDA.GOV.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Trupo at (202) 720-1335, or via 
email at: PAUL.TRUPO@FAS.USDA.GOV
    Background: Section 12314 of the Act establishes the Trust Fund in 
the Treasury of the United States. The Trust Fund is comprised of funds 
transferred from the Commodity Credit Corporation in annual amounts 
equal to $16,000,000 for each of calendar years 2014 through 2018, to 
remain available until expended. The purpose of the Trust Fund is to 
reduce the injury to domestic manufacturers resulting from tariffs on 
cotton fabric that are higher than tariffs on certain apparel articles 
made of cotton fabric. The Act authorizes distributions out of the 
Trust Fund in each of calendar years 2014 through 2018, payable to: (1) 
One or more nationally recognized associations established for the 
promotion of pima cotton for use in textile and apparel goods; (2) yarn 
spinners of pima cotton that produce ring spun cotton yarns in the 
United States; and (3) manufacturers who cut and sew cotton shirts in 
the United States who certify that they used imported cotton fabric 
during calendar year 2013. Eligible claimants are directed to submit a 
notarized affidavit, following the statutory procedures specified 
Section 12314(c) or (d) of the Act, as applicable, to claim a 
distribution from the Trust Fund. Because section 12314 is self-
effectuating, FAS will not be issuing regulations to implement the 
program this year. This notice sets forth the law and announces 
applicable deadlines for claim and affidavit submission as well as the 
address to which claims, affidavits and supporting documents must be 
sent.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 12314 of Act (Pub. L. 113-79) is set 
forth below in its entirety, followed by information about how to apply 
for a distribution from the Trust Fund. Sec. 12314 PIMA AGRICULTURE 
COTTON TRUST FUND.
    (a) ESTABLISHMENT OF TRUST FUND.--There is established in the 
Treasury of the United States a trust fund to be known as the ``Pima 
Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund'' (in this section referred to as the 
``Trust Fund''), consisting of such amounts as may be transferred to 
the Trust Fund pursuant to subsection (h), and to be used for the 
purpose of reducing the injury to domestic manufacturers resulting from 
tariffs on cotton fabric that are higher than tariffs on certain 
apparel articles made of cotton fabric.
    (b) DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS.--From amounts in the Trust Fund, the 
Secretary shall make payments annually

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beginning in calendar year 2014 for calendar years 2014 through 2018 as 
follows:
    (1) Twenty-five percent of the amounts in the Trust Fund shall be 
paid to one or more nationally recognized associations established for 
the promotion of pima cotton for use in textile and apparel goods.
    (2) Twenty-five percent of the amounts in the Trust Fund shall be 
paid to yarn spinners of pima cotton that produce ring spun cotton 
yarns in the United States, to be allocated to each spinner in an 
amount that bears the same ratio as--
    (A) the spinner's production of ring spun cotton yarns, measuring 
less than 83.33 decitex (exceeding 120 metric number) from pima cotton 
in single and plied form during calendar year 2013 (as evidenced by an 
affidavit provided by the spinner that meets the requirements of 
subsection (c)), bears to--
    (B) the production of the yarns described in subparagraph (A) 
during calendar year 2013 for all spinners who qualify under this 
paragraph.
    (3) Fifty percent of the amounts in the Trust Fund shall be paid to 
manufacturers who cut and sew cotton shirts in the United States who 
certify that they used imported cotton fabric during calendar year 
2013, to be allocated to each such manufacturer in an amount that bears 
the same ratio as--
    (A) the dollar value (excluding duty, shipping, and related costs) 
of imported woven cotton shirting fabric of 80s or higher count and 2-
ply in warp purchased by the manufacturer during calendar year 2013 (as 
evidenced by an affidavit provided by the manufacturer that meets the 
requirements of subsection (d)) used in the manufacturing of men's and 
boys' cotton shirts, bears to--
    (B) the dollar value (excluding duty, shipping, and related costs) 
of the fabric described in subparagraph (A) purchased during calendar 
year 2013 by all manufacturers who qualify under this paragraph.
    (c) AFFIDAVIT OF YARN SPINNERS.--The affidavit required by 
subsection (b)(2)(A) is a notarized affidavit provided annually by an 
officer of a producer of ring spun yarns that affirms--
    (1) that the producer used pima cotton during the year in which the 
affidavit is filed and during calendar year 2013 to produce ring spun 
cotton yarns in the United States, measuring less than 83.33 decitex 
(exceeding 120 metric number), in single and plied form;
    (2) the quantity, measured in pounds, of ring spun cotton yarns, 
measuring less than 83.33 decitex exceeding 120 metric number), in 
single and plied form during calendar year 2013; and (3) that the 
producer maintains supporting documentation showing the quantity of 
such yarns produced, and evidencing the yarns as ring spun cotton 
yarns, measuring less than 83.33 decitex (exceeding 120 metric number), 
in single and plied form during calendar year 2013.
    (d) AFFIDAVIT OF SHIRTING MANUFACTURERS.--
    (1) IN GENERAL.--The affidavit required by subsection (b)(3)(A) is 
a notarized affidavit provided annually by an officer of a manufacturer 
of men's and boys' shirts that affirms--
    (A) that the manufacturer used imported cotton fabric during the 
year in which the affidavit is filed and during calendar year 2013, to 
cut and sew men's and boys' woven cotton shirts in the United States;
    (B) the dollar value of imported woven cotton shirting fabric of 
80s or higher count and 2-ply in warp purchased by the manufacturer 
during calendar year 2013;
    (C) that the manufacturer maintains invoices along with other 
supporting documentation (such as price lists and other technical 
descriptions of the fabric qualities) showing the dollar value of such 
fabric purchased, the date of purchase, and evidencing the fabric as 
woven cotton fabric of 80s or higher count and 2-ply in warp; and
    (D) that the fabric was suitable for use in the manufacturing of 
men's and boys' cotton shirts.
    (2) DATE OF PURCHASE.--For purposes of the affidavit under 
paragraph (1), the date of purchase shall be the invoice date, and the 
dollar value shall be determined excluding duty, shipping, and related 
costs.
    (e) FILING DEADLINE FOR AFFIDAVITS.--Any person required to provide 
an affidavit under this section shall file the affidavit with the 
Secretary or as directed by the Secretary--
    (1) in the case of an affidavit required for calendar year 2014, 
not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act; and
    (2) in the case of an affidavit required for any of calendar years 
2015 through 2018, not later than March 15 of that calendar year.
    (f) TIMING OF DISTRIBUTIONS.--The Secretary shall make a payment 
under paragraph (2) or (3) of subsection (b)--
    (1) for calendar year 2014--
    (A) not later than the date that is 30 days after the filing of the 
affidavit required with respect to that payment; or
    (B) if the Secretary is unable to make the payment by the date 
described in subparagraph (A), as soon as practicable thereafter; and
    (2) for calendar years 2015 through 2018, not later than the date 
that is 30 days after the filing of the affidavit required with respect 
to that payment.
    (g) MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING.--The Secretary and the 
Commissioner responsible for U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall, 
as soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act, 
negotiate a memorandum of understanding to establish procedures 
pursuant to which the Commissioner will assist the Secretary in 
carrying out the provisions of this section.
    (h) FUNDING.--Of the funds of the Commodity Credit Corporation, the 
Secretary shall transfer to the Trust Fund $16,000,000 for each of 
calendar years 2014 through 2018, to remain available until expended.

Procedures for Claiming a Distribution Under the Statute

    Eligible claimants for a distribution from the Trust Fund are 
directed to submit a notarized affidavit, following the statutory 
procedures specified in section 12314(c) of the Act for yarn spinners, 
and Section 12314 (d) of the Act for shirting manufacturers, to claim a 
distribution from the Pima Agricultural Cotton Trust Fund. Claimants 
are advised to note that sections 12314(c) of the Act require each 
affidavit submitted by yarn spinners to provide definitive statements 
and supporting documentation verifying their eligibility. Section 
12314(d) of the Act require each affidavit submitted by shirting 
manufacturers to provide definitive statements and supporting 
documentation verifying their eligibility. All claimants must provide 
FAS with a W-9 form to indicate and certify their taxpayer 
identification number. All claimants must also provide a Form 1199A, a 
direct deposit sign-up form, to facilitate any transfer of funds. Trade 
associations filing a claim for a distribution must electronically 
provide a notarized statement whether they are a domestic nationally 
recognized association established for the promotion of pima cotton for 
domestic use in textile and apparel goods. Trade Associations must also 
electronically provide W-9 and W-1199 forms of the Internal Revenue 
Service applicable to the eligible claimant for tax year 2013 as 
supporting documentation. All claimants must maintain such 
documentation as they have affirmed to exist in their respective 
affidavits.

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Deadlines for Claim/Affidavit Submission

    All claims, affidavits, and supporting documentation by eligible 
claimants for calendar year 2014 distributions must be sent to FAS no 
later than 30 days following the publication of this notice.

ADDRESSES: The office charged with administering the Trust Fund is the 
Foreign Agricultural Service, Office of Trade Programs, Import Policies 
and Export Reporting Division. This office is physically located at: 
1400 Independence Ave. SW., Mail Stop 1021, Washington, DC 20250. 
Claims and affidavits for distribution from the Trust Fund, including 
any supporting documentation that may be subsequently requested by FAS, 
must be submitted electronically to the following email address: 
IPERD@FAS.USDA.GOV.

Request for Comment on Information Collection

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, 
FAS is requesting comments from all interested individuals and 
organizations on the Pima Agricultural Cotton Trust Fund (referred to 
as the ``Trust Fund''). This is a new information collection request.
    Claimants will be required to submit a notarized affidavit to 
request a distribution from the Trust Fund electronically to FAS.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Pima Agricultural Cotton Trust Fund
    OMB Control Number: 0551-New.
    Type of Request: New Collection.
    Abstract: This information collection is required for affidavits 
submitted to FAS for claims against the Pima Agricultural Cotton Trust 
Fund.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 60 minutes per response.
    Respondents: There are three groups of potential respondents, all 
of whom must meet the requirements of Section 12314 of Act (Pub. L. 
113-79): (1) One or more nationally recognized associations established 
for the promotion of pima cotton for use in textile and apparel goods; 
(2) Certain yarn spinners of pima cotton that produce ring spun cotton 
yarns in the United States from pima cotton during calendar year 2013; 
(3) Manufacturers who cut and sew cotton shirts in the United States 
who certify that they used imported cotton fabric during calendar year 
2013.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 12
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Number of Responses: 12
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 12 hours.
    Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Connie 
Ehrhart, the Agency Information Collection Coordinator, at (202) 690-
1589 or email at Connie.Ehrhart@fas.usda.gov.
    Request for comments: We are requesting comments on all aspects of 
this information collection to help us to: (1) Evaluate whether the 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
FSA's functions, including whether the information will have practical 
utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of FAS's estimate of burden including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the 
quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and 
(4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who 
are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    Send responses to: Foreign Agricultural Service, Import Programs 
and Export Reporting Division, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Mail Stop 
1021, Washington, DC 20250. Submissions by email may be sent to the 
following email address: IPERD@FAS.USDA.GOV
    All comments received in response to this notice, including names 
and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. 
Comments will be summarized and included in the submission for Office 
of Management and Budget approval.

E-Government Act Compliance

    FAS is committed to complying with the E-Government Act, to promote 
the use of the Internet and other information technologies to provide 
increased opportunities for citizen access to Government information 
and services, and for other purposes.
    Persons with disabilities who require an alternative means for 
communication of information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, 
etc.) should contact USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and 
TDD).

    Signed at Washington, DC on April 17, 2014.
Philip C. Karsting,
Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-09996 Filed 5-1-14; 8:45 am]
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