Notice of Intent To Create a New Information Collection, 5502-5503 [2015-01912]

Download as PDF 5502 Notices Federal Register Vol. 80, No. 21 Monday, February 2, 2015 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 National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Create a New Information Collection National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intent of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to seek the approval to conduct a new data collection to comply with a mandate in the 2014 Farm Bill. (. . . the Secretary of Agriculture should recognize the threat feral swine pose to the domestic swine population and the entire agriculture industry . . .). DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 3, 2015 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535– NEW, by any of the following methods: • Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include docket number above in the subject line of the message. • Efax: (855) 838–6382 • 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: R. Renee Picanso, Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, (202) 720–4333. Copies of this information collection and related instructions can mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:24 Jan 30, 2015 Jkt 235001 be obtained without charge from David Hancock, NASS—OMB Clearance Officer, at (202) 690–2388 or at ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Feral Swine Survey. OMB Control Number: 0535–NEW. Type of Request: Intent to Seek Approval for a 3 Year Period to Conduct a New Information Collection. Abstract: On April 2, 2014 the Undersecretary for USDA’s Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Edward Avalos announced that the USDA was kicking off a national effort to reduce the devastating damage caused by feral swine. The $20 million program aims to help states deal with a rapidly expanding population of invasive wild swine. ‘‘Feral swine are one of the most destructive invaders a state can have,’’ said Undersecretary Avalos. ‘‘They have expanded their range from 17 to 39 states in the last 30 years and cause damage to crops, kill young livestock, destroy property, harm natural resources, and carry diseases that threaten other animals as well as people and water supplies. It’s critical that we act now to begin appropriate management of this costly problem.’’ On Feb 3, 1999, Executive Order 13112 was signed by President Clinton establishing the National Invasive Species Council. The Executive Order requires that a Council of Departments dealing with invasive species be created. Currently there are 13 Departments and Agencies on the Council. (Executive Order 13112 of February 3, 1999—Invasive Species Federal Register: Feb 8, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 25)). The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Wildlife Services’ (WS) National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) is the only Federal research organization devoted exclusively to resolving conflicts between people and wildlife through the development of effective, selective, and socially responsible methods, tools, and techniques. As increased urbanization leads to a loss of traditional wildlife habitat, the potential for conflicts between people and wildlife increases. Such conflicts can take many forms, including property and natural resource damage, human health and safety concerns, and disease transmission among wildlife, livestock, and humans. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The high reproductive rate and adaptability of feral swine has resulted in populations that have dramatically increased in size and distribution. This invasive animal now occurs across much of the United States where it causes a range of agricultural and environmental damage through depredation, rooting, and wallowing activities. Furthermore, feral swine compete with native wildlife and livestock for habitats, are carriers of exotic and endemic diseases, and transmit parasites to livestock and humans. Feral swine are considered a major emerging threat to American agriculture (Seward et al. 2004). Recent data shows that the proportions of U.S. counties with agricultural production that also have feral swine present are increasing. Over the period of 1998– 2013, the proportion of counties with hog, and crop production that are affected by feral swine has increased. Feral swine damage crops through direct consumption of crops and other behaviors, such as rooting, trampling, and wallowing, which can destroy fields or reduce productivity. Field crops commonly damaged by feral swine include soybeans, corn, grain sorghum, wheat, oats, peanuts, and rice, among others. Rooting can affect the plant composition of a pasture by promoting the growth of undesirable plants where hogs have destroyed desirable forage grasses. Once pastures are degraded in this way, landowners must spend considerable money and time restoring them to pre-swine conditions (Whitehouse 1999, Mapston 2004). The benchmark survey will be conducted in 2015 in the 11 States (Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, and Texas) that have high feral swine densities and a significant presence of corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, grain sorghum (Texas), and peanuts. The initial survey will be used to create a benchmark for the following objectives: 1. Describe the monetary loss for all crops caused by feral swine to producers of corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, peanuts, and grain sorghum (TX only) in each of the surveyed states. 2. Describe the monetary loss to livestock caused by feral swine for producers of corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, peanuts, and grain sorghum (TX only) in each of the surveyed states. E:\FR\FM\02FEN1.SGM 02FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 21 / Monday, February 2, 2015 / Notices 3. Describe the monetary loss to property caused by feral swine for producers of corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, grain sorghum (TX only) and peanuts in each of the surveyed states. 4. Describe feral swine control costs incurred by producers of corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, peanuts, and grain sorghum (TX only) in each of the surveyed states. Variables that will be measured include hunting, trapping, use of fencing, or the use of repellents. No data will be collected on the use of chemical or physical contraception usage. 5. Describe the total net income to producers of corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, peanuts, and grain sorghum (TX only) in each of the surveyed states for allowing the hunting of feral swine on their operations. Based on the results of this survey, Wildlife Service plans to publish State level data if possible. Also, there may be a follow-up survey to measure the effectiveness of control measures implemented by Wildlife Services. This follow-up survey will also be contingent upon availability of funding. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Authority: 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, 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 Public Law 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. Estimate of Burden: Reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 30 minutes per response. This was determined by our Survey Methodologists, who compared the length and difficulty of the questions with similar surveys. They also took into account the projected number of farmers who will skip some sections of the questionnaire due to the presence or absence of damage due to feral swine. Burden is based on an estimated minimum response rate of 80%. On similar types of surveys and through the use of a mail questionnaire and telephone follow-up to nonrespondents NASS has been able to contact and collect some data from approximately 80% of the target sample. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:24 Jan 30, 2015 Jkt 235001 After removing the out of business operations and those with no items of interest we hope to have at least a 65 to 70% usable response rate. NASS will be utilizing several pieces of publicity and informational materials to encourage respondents to participate in this important survey. NASS will conduct the survey initially by mail with phone follow-up for non-response. Respondents: Farm Operators. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 10,800. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 5,500 hours. 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, including 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, January 16, 2015. R. Renee Picanso, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2015–01912 Filed 1–30–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Alaska Pacific Halibut and Sablefish Fisheries: Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ). OMB Control Number: 0648–0272. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular (revision and extension of a currently approved information collection). PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5503 Number of Respondents: 1,639. Average Hours Per Response: Application for Eligibility to receive QS/IFQ (TEC) and QS holder form, Application for Transfer of QS/IFQ to or from a CQE, Application for Transfer of QS/IFQ (includes sweep-up); Application for Military Transfer, Application for Emergency Medical Transfer; 2 hours each; Identification of Ownership Interest, Application for IFQ/CDQ Hired Master Permit, Application for Registered Buyer permit and QS/IFQ Designated Beneficiary Form, Application for replacement of certificates, permits, or licenses, 30 minutes each; 18 minutes for Registered Buyer landing report; 6 minutes for IFQ Administrative Waiver; 12 minutes each for Prior Notice of Landing (PNOL); 15 minutes for IFQ Departure Report and Transshipment Authorization; and 6 minutes for Dockside Sales Receipt. Burden Hours: 3,112. Needs and Uses: This request is for revision and extension of a currently approved information collection. Forms that are no longer applicable have been removed. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) established the Individual Fishing Quotas (IFQs) Program to improve the long-term productivity of the sablefish and Pacific halibut fisheries by further promoting the conservation and management objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., as amended in 2006 (MagnusonStevens Act) (with respect to sablefish) and the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982 (with respect to Pacific halibut) while retaining the character and distribution of the fishing fleets as much as possible. The IFQ Program includes several provisions, such as ownership caps and vessel use caps that protect small producers, part-time participants, and entry-level participants that otherwise could be adversely affected by excessive consolidation. The IFQ Program also includes other restrictions to prevent the halibut and sablefish fisheries from domination by large boats or by any particular vessel class. NMFS designed the requirements to maintain a predominantly owneroperated fishery, which was a key characteristic of the halibut and sablefish fisheries prior to the implementation of the IFQ Program. The IFQ Program provides each fisherman an IFQ that can be used any time during the open season to allow each fisherman to set his/her own pace and fishing effort. Under the IFQ Program, quota share (QS) represents a harvesting privilege for a person. Annually, NMFS issues E:\FR\FM\02FEN1.SGM 02FEN1

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Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 21 / Monday, February 2, 2015 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Intent To Create a New 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 
notice announces the intent of the National Agricultural Statistics 
Service (NASS) to seek the approval to conduct a new data collection to 
comply with a mandate in the 2014 Farm Bill. (. . . the Secretary of 
Agriculture should recognize the threat feral swine pose to the 
domestic swine population and the entire agriculture industry . . .).

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 3, 2015 to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
NEW, by any of the following methods:
     Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include docket number 
above in the subject line of the message.
     Efax: (855) 838-6382
     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: R. Renee Picanso, 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--OMB Clearance Officer, at (202) 690-2388 or at 
ombofficer@nass.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Feral Swine Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-NEW.
    Type of Request: Intent to Seek Approval for a 3 Year Period to 
Conduct a New Information Collection.
    Abstract: On April 2, 2014 the Undersecretary for USDA's Marketing 
and Regulatory Programs, Edward Avalos announced that the USDA was 
kicking off a national effort to reduce the devastating damage caused 
by feral swine. The $20 million program aims to help states deal with a 
rapidly expanding population of invasive wild swine. ``Feral swine are 
one of the most destructive invaders a state can have,'' said 
Undersecretary Avalos. ``They have expanded their range from 17 to 39 
states in the last 30 years and cause damage to crops, kill young 
livestock, destroy property, harm natural resources, and carry diseases 
that threaten other animals as well as people and water supplies. It's 
critical that we act now to begin appropriate management of this costly 
problem.''
    On Feb 3, 1999, Executive Order 13112 was signed by President 
Clinton establishing the National Invasive Species Council. The 
Executive Order requires that a Council of Departments dealing with 
invasive species be created. Currently there are 13 Departments and 
Agencies on the Council. (Executive Order 13112 of February 3, 1999--
Invasive Species Federal Register: Feb 8, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 25)).
    The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Wildlife 
Services' (WS) National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) is the only 
Federal research organization devoted exclusively to resolving 
conflicts between people and wildlife through the development of 
effective, selective, and socially responsible methods, tools, and 
techniques. As increased urbanization leads to a loss of traditional 
wildlife habitat, the potential for conflicts between people and 
wildlife increases. Such conflicts can take many forms, including 
property and natural resource damage, human health and safety concerns, 
and disease transmission among wildlife, livestock, and humans.
    The high reproductive rate and adaptability of feral swine has 
resulted in populations that have dramatically increased in size and 
distribution. This invasive animal now occurs across much of the United 
States where it causes a range of agricultural and environmental damage 
through depredation, rooting, and wallowing activities. Furthermore, 
feral swine compete with native wildlife and livestock for habitats, 
are carriers of exotic and endemic diseases, and transmit parasites to 
livestock and humans. Feral swine are considered a major emerging 
threat to American agriculture (Seward et al. 2004). Recent data shows 
that the proportions of U.S. counties with agricultural production that 
also have feral swine present are increasing. Over the period of 1998-
2013, the proportion of counties with hog, and crop production that are 
affected by feral swine has increased. Feral swine damage crops through 
direct consumption of crops and other behaviors, such as rooting, 
trampling, and wallowing, which can destroy fields or reduce 
productivity. Field crops commonly damaged by feral swine include 
soybeans, corn, grain sorghum, wheat, oats, peanuts, and rice, among 
others. Rooting can affect the plant composition of a pasture by 
promoting the growth of undesirable plants where hogs have destroyed 
desirable forage grasses. Once pastures are degraded in this way, 
landowners must spend considerable money and time restoring them to 
pre-swine conditions (Whitehouse 1999, Mapston 2004).
    The benchmark survey will be conducted in 2015 in the 11 States 
(Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North 
Carolina, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, and Texas) that have 
high feral swine densities and a significant presence of corn, 
soybeans, wheat, rice, grain sorghum (Texas), and peanuts. The initial 
survey will be used to create a benchmark for the following objectives:
    1. Describe the monetary loss for all crops caused by feral swine 
to producers of corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, peanuts, and grain sorghum 
(TX only) in each of the surveyed states.
    2. Describe the monetary loss to livestock caused by feral swine 
for producers of corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, peanuts, and grain 
sorghum (TX only) in each of the surveyed states.

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    3. Describe the monetary loss to property caused by feral swine for 
producers of corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, grain sorghum (TX only) and 
peanuts in each of the surveyed states.
    4. Describe feral swine control costs incurred by producers of 
corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, peanuts, and grain sorghum (TX only) in 
each of the surveyed states. Variables that will be measured include 
hunting, trapping, use of fencing, or the use of repellents. No data 
will be collected on the use of chemical or physical contraception 
usage.
    5. Describe the total net income to producers of corn, soybeans, 
wheat, rice, peanuts, and grain sorghum (TX only) in each of the 
surveyed states for allowing the hunting of feral swine on their 
operations.
    Based on the results of this survey, Wildlife Service plans to 
publish State level data if possible. Also, there may be a follow-up 
survey to measure the effectiveness of control measures implemented by 
Wildlife Services. This follow-up survey will also be contingent upon 
availability of funding.

    Authority:  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, 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 Public Law 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.
    Estimate of Burden: Reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 30 minutes per response. This was 
determined by our Survey Methodologists, who compared the length and 
difficulty of the questions with similar surveys. They also took into 
account the projected number of farmers who will skip some sections of 
the questionnaire due to the presence or absence of damage due to feral 
swine. Burden is based on an estimated minimum response rate of 80%. On 
similar types of surveys and through the use of a mail questionnaire 
and telephone follow-up to non-respondents NASS has been able to 
contact and collect some data from approximately 80% of the target 
sample. After removing the out of business operations and those with no 
items of interest we hope to have at least a 65 to 70% usable response 
rate.
    NASS will be utilizing several pieces of publicity and 
informational materials to encourage respondents to participate in this 
important survey. NASS will conduct the survey initially by mail with 
phone follow-up for non-response.
    Respondents: Farm Operators.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 10,800.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 5,500 hours.
    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, including 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, January 16, 2015.
R. Renee Picanso,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2015-01912 Filed 1-30-15; 8:45 am]
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