Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program; Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection Governing the Inspection of Eggs, 64358-64359 [2014-25662]

Download as PDF 64358 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 209 / Wednesday, October 29, 2014 / Notices shipment of harmful veterinary biological products. A veterinary biological product is defined as all viruses, serums, toxins, and analogous products of natural or synthetic origin (such as vaccines, antitoxins, or the immunizing components of microorganisms intended for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of diseases in domestic animals). In order to effectively implement the licensing, production, labeling, importation, and other requirements, APHIS employs a number of information gathering tools such as establishment license applications, product license applications, product permit applications, product and test report forms and field study summaries, stop distribution and sale notifications, and recordkeeping. Need and Use of the Information: APHIS uses the information collected as a primary basis for the approval or acceptance of issuing licenses or permits to ensure veterinary biological products that are used in the United States are pure, safe, potent, and effective. Failing to collect this information would severely cripple APHIS’ ability to prevent harmful veterinary biologics from being distributed in the United States. Description of Respondents: Business or other for profit; State, Local or Tribal Government. Number of Respondents: 220. Frequency of Responses: Recordkeeping; Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 74,382. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service 16:21 Oct 28, 2014 Jkt 235001 Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–25628 Filed 10–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–LPS–14–0075] Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program; Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection Governing the Inspection of Eggs Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: Title: Commercial Transportation of Equines to Slaughter. OMB Control Number: 0579–0332. Summary of Collection: Section 901– 905 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 1901) authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to issue guidelines for regulating the commercial transportation of horses to slaughter, including assembly points, feedlots, and stockyards, by person regularly engaged in that activity within the United States. Specifically, the Secretary is authorized to regulate the food, water, and rest provided to these horses while they are in transit; and to review other related issues that may be appropriate to ensuring that these animals are treated humanely. To implement the provisions of this Act, the Veterinary Services program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has established minimum standards to VerDate Sep<11>2014 ensure the humane movement of horses for slaughter. Need and Use of the Information: APHIS will collect information in the form of an owner-shipper certificate; collection of employment information on any person found to be transporting horses to a slaughtering facility; and recordkeeping. The collected information is use to ensure that horses being transported to slaughter receive adequate food, water, and rest and are treated humanely. If the information was collected less frequently or not collected, APHIS’ ability to ensure that horses destined for slaughter are treated humanely would be significantly hampered. Description of Respondents: Business or other for profit. Number of Respondents: 300. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 9,803. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–20), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intent to request approval, from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection in support of the shell egg surveillance portion of the Regulations Governing the Inspection of Eggs (Egg Products Inspection Act)—7 CFR part 57. SUMMARY: Comments on this notice must be received by December 29, 2014 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments concerning this information collection notice. Comments should be submitted online at www.regulations.gov or sent to DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Michelle Degenhart, Assistant to the Director, Quality Assessment Division; Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program; Agricultural Marketing Service; U.S. Department of Agriculture; 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 3942–S; Washington, DC, 20250–0256, or by facsimile to (202) 690–2746. All comments should reference the Doc. No. (AMS–LPS–14–0075), the date, and the 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: Michelle Degenhart at the above physical address, or by email at Michelle.Degenhart@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Regulations for the Inspection of Eggs (Egg Products Inspection Act). OMB Number: 0581–0113. Expiration Date of Approval: March 31, 2015. Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: Congress enacted the Egg Products Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 1031–1056) (EPIA) to provide, in part, a mandatory inspection program to control the disposition of dirty and checked shell eggs; to control unwholesome, adulterated, and inedible shell eggs that are unfit for human consumption; and to control the movement and disposition of imported shell eggs. The EPIA authorizes the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue regulations to ensure that only eggs fit for human consumption are used for such purposes. Under the shell egg surveillance program, shell egg handlers and hatcheries are required to register with USDA. Quarterly, a State or Federal surveillance inspector visits each registered handler to verify that shell eggs packed for consumer use are in compliance, that restricted eggs are being disposed of properly, and that adequate records are being maintained. The information and recordkeeping requirements in this request are essential to carry out the intent of Congress, to administer the mandatory inspection program, and to take regulatory action, in accordance with the regulations and the EPIA. The forms within this collection package require the minimum information necessary to effectively carry out the requirements of the regulations, and their use is E:\FR\FM\29OCN1.SGM 29OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 209 / Wednesday, October 29, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES necessary to fulfill the intent of the EPIA. The information collected is used only by authorized representatives of the AMS, Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program’s Quality Assessment Division and resident Federal-State graders, which includes State agencies authorized to conduct inspections on AMS’ behalf. The information is only used to verify compliance with the EPIA and the regulations and to facilitate regulatory action. The Agency is the primary user of the information; secondary users include each authorized State agency that have a cooperative agreement with AMS. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average .31 hours per response. Respondents: Businesses or other forprofit and small businesses or organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 818. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 6,177. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 8 (rounded). Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,909 (rounded). 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 notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: October 23, 2014. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2014–25662 Filed 10–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:21 Oct 28, 2014 Jkt 235001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Document No. AMS–ST–14–0064] Plant Variety Protection Board Meeting Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a meeting of the Plant Variety Protection Board (Board). The meeting is being held to discuss a variety of topics including, but not limited to, work and outreach plans, subcommittee activities, and proposals for procedure changes. The meeting is open to the public. This notice sets forth the schedule and location for the meeting. DATES: Monday, December 8, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, December 9, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: The Board meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel at the Water Tower Room, at 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maria Pratt, Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), AMS, Science and Technology Programs, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250. Telephone: (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 FACA (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), this notice informs the public that the Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO) is having a Board meeting earlier than the 15 day requirement of the FACA. 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 (PVP) 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 PVPA Board is composed of 14 individuals who are experts in various areas of development and represent the seed industry sector, academia and government. The duties of the Board are to: (1) Advise the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 64359 Secretary concerning the adoption of rules and regulations to facilitate the proper administration of the FACA; (2) provide advisory counsel to the Secretary on appeals concerning decisions on applications by the PVPO and on requests for emergency publicinterest 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 FACA, ‘‘Public Interest in Wide Usage’’ (7 U.S.C. 2404). The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the PVPO 2014 achievements, 2015 work plan and outreach plan, ongoing process improvements, updates on electronic applications/database conversion, plans for PVP recognition by other countries, the activities of the subcommittee to evaluate molecular techniques for PVP distinctness characterization and proposals for procedure changes. Agenda Items: The agenda will include, welcome and introductions, discussions on program activities that encourage the development of new plant varieties and also address appeals to the Secretary. There will be presentations on future PVP plans, electronic PVP application/computer database development, and the use of molecular markers for PVP applications. The meeting will be open to the public. Those wishing to participate are encouraged to pre-register by December 1, 2014 by contacting Maria Pratt, Program Analyst; Telephone: (202) 260– 8983; Email: maria.prat@ams.usda.gov. Meeting Accommodations: The meeting hotel is ADA compliant, and the USDA provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this public meeting, please notify Maria Pratt at: Email: maria.pratt@ams.usda.gov or (202) 268– 8983. Determinations for reasonable accommodation will be made on a caseby-case basis. Minutes of the meeting will be available for public review 30 days following the meeting at the internet Web site http:// www.ams.usda.gov/PVPO. Dated: October 23, 2014. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2014–25658 Filed 10–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P E:\FR\FM\29OCN1.SGM 29OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-LPS-14-0075]


Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program; Notice of Request for 
Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection 
Governing the Inspection of Eggs

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. 3501-20), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing 
Service's (AMS) intent to request approval, from the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB), for an extension of and revision to the 
currently approved information collection in support of the shell egg 
surveillance portion of the Regulations Governing the Inspection of 
Eggs (Egg Products Inspection Act)--7 CFR part 57.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by December 29, 2014 to 
be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments concerning 
this information collection notice. Comments should be submitted online 
at www.regulations.gov or sent to Michelle Degenhart, Assistant to the 
Director, Quality Assessment Division; Livestock, Poultry, and Seed 
Program; Agricultural Marketing Service; U.S. Department of 
Agriculture; 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 3942-S; Washington, DC, 
20250-0256, or by facsimile to (202) 690-2746. All comments should 
reference the Doc. No. (AMS-LPS-14-0075), the date, and the 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: Michelle Degenhart at the above 
physical address, or by email at Michelle.Degenhart@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Regulations for the Inspection of Eggs (Egg Products 
Inspection Act).
    OMB Number: 0581-0113.
    Expiration Date of Approval: March 31, 2015.
    Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: Congress enacted the Egg Products Inspection Act (21 
U.S.C. 1031-1056) (EPIA) to provide, in part, a mandatory inspection 
program to control the disposition of dirty and checked shell eggs; to 
control unwholesome, adulterated, and inedible shell eggs that are 
unfit for human consumption; and to control the movement and 
disposition of imported shell eggs.
    The EPIA authorizes the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to 
issue regulations to ensure that only eggs fit for human consumption 
are used for such purposes.
    Under the shell egg surveillance program, shell egg handlers and 
hatcheries are required to register with USDA. Quarterly, a State or 
Federal surveillance inspector visits each registered handler to verify 
that shell eggs packed for consumer use are in compliance, that 
restricted eggs are being disposed of properly, and that adequate 
records are being maintained.
    The information and recordkeeping requirements in this request are 
essential to carry out the intent of Congress, to administer the 
mandatory inspection program, and to take regulatory action, in 
accordance with the regulations and the EPIA. The forms within this 
collection package require the minimum information necessary to 
effectively carry out the requirements of the regulations, and their 
use is

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necessary to fulfill the intent of the EPIA.
    The information collected is used only by authorized 
representatives of the AMS, Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program's 
Quality Assessment Division and resident Federal-State graders, which 
includes State agencies authorized to conduct inspections on AMS' 
behalf. The information is only used to verify compliance with the EPIA 
and the regulations and to facilitate regulatory action. The Agency is 
the primary user of the information; secondary users include each 
authorized State agency that have a cooperative agreement with AMS.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average .31 hours per response.
    Respondents: Businesses or other for-profit and small businesses or 
organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 818.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 6,177.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 8 (rounded).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1,909 (rounded).
    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 notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public 
record.

    Dated: October 23, 2014.
Rex A. Barnes,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-25662 Filed 10-28-14; 8:45 am]
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