Notice of Intent To Reinstate an Information Collection, 14358-14359 [2015-06324]

Download as PDF 14358 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 53 / Thursday, March 19, 2015 / Notices Notice and request for comments. ACTION: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Research Service Agricultural Research Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, intends to grant to RENEWABLE NUTRIENTS, LLC. of PINEHURST, NORTH CAROLINA, an exclusive license to U.S. Patent No. 8,574,885, ‘‘ANAMMOX BACTERIUM ISOLATE,’’ issued on NOVEMBER 5, 2013. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 20, 2015. ADDRESSES: Send comments to: USDA, ARS, Office of Technology Transfer, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Rm. 4–1174, Beltsville, Maryland 20705–5131. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mojdeh Bahar of the Office of Technology Transfer at the Beltsville address given above; telephone: 301– 504–5989. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Government’s patent rights in this invention are assigned to the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture. It is in the public interest to so license this invention as RENEWABLE NUTRIENTS, LLC. of PINEHURST, NORTH CAROLINA has submitted a complete and sufficient application for a license. The prospective exclusive license will be royalty-bearing and will comply with the terms and conditions of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7. The prospective exclusive license may be granted unless, within thirty (30) days from the date of this published Notice, the Agricultural Research Service receives written evidence and argument which establishes that the grant of the license would not be consistent with the requirements of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7. SUMMARY: Mojdeh Bahar, Assistant Administrator. [FR Doc. 2015–06318 Filed 3–18–15; 8:45 am] Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3410–03–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Reinstate an Information Collection National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:18 Mar 18, 2015 Jkt 235001 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to seek reinstatement of an information collection, the Census of Agriculture Content Test. Response to this survey will be voluntary. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 18, 2015 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0243, 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) 720–2707. 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: Census of Agriculture Content Test. OMB Control Number: 0535–0243. Type of Request: Intent to Seek Reinstatement of an Information Collection. Abstract: The Census of Agriculture, conducted every five years, is the primary source of statistics concerning the Nation’s agricultural industry and provides the basis for the Nation’s comparable and robust agricultural data. Results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture are available on the Web at https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/. This Information Collection activity will reinstate the Census of Agriculture Content Test. The purpose of this Content Test is to evaluate proposed changes to the survey methodology and content to reduce respondent burden and maintain the relevance of quality of statistics produced using the Census of Agriculture: Questionnaire format and SUMMARY: Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 design, new questions, changes to question wording and location, overall respondent burden, ease of completion, and processing methodology (such as editing and data summary). Results of this test will be studied in preparation for the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Development of the test questionnaire version will come from evaluation of the 2012 Census of Agriculture, testing panels, and cognitive interviews. NASS will also meet with other USDA and Federal agencies and selected State Departments of Agriculture to gather information on data uses and, in some cases, justifications for county-level data. The test will be nation-wide, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, and will be conducted in three phases. For Phase One, a stratified random sample of approximately 50,000 farm and ranch operators will be mailed questionnaires; stratification will be used to ensure sufficient coverage of various sizes, locations and types of agricultural operations. The sample will be divided into control and treatment groups to test alternative versions of the questionnaires. Non-respondents will receive follow-up contact by first mail, then telephone. Phase Two will consist of up to 400 randomly selected agricultural operations that will be asked to participate in cognitive interviews. The sample will consist of some agricultural operations that completed the questionnaire in Phase One, as well as some additional operations selected to ensure sufficient size of comparison groups. The cognitive interviews conducted with Phase One respondents will be used to improve the overall 2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaire by allowing NASS to follow-up with respondents to better understand unusual responses and to ascertain question comprehension. The remainder of the cognitive interview sample will be randomly selected from operations to meet size and type criteria to ensure sufficient cases for quantitative comparisons. The cognitive interviews of this group will test further 2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaire variations, including the Internet version. For Phase Three a stratified random sample of approximately 15,000 will be mailed letters asking them to go to a supplied Internet address to complete the survey. Stratification will be used to ensure sufficient coverage of various sizes and types of agricultural operations. The sample will be divided into control and treatment groups to test alternative versions of the on-line questionnaires and methods to increase E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1 Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 53 / Thursday, March 19, 2015 / Notices on-line response. Non-respondents will receive follow-up contact by mail. Response to all phases of the Census of Agriculture Content Test are voluntary. Authority: Although the Census of Agriculture is required by law (‘‘Census of Agriculture Act of 1997,’’ Public Law 105–113, 7 U.S.C. 2204(g) as amended), this Content Test is voluntary. 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, 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 Phase One, (mailout survey) of this collection of information is estimated to average 50 minutes per completed response and two (2) minutes per refusal. This was determined by our experience from past Censuses of Agriculture and by our survey methodologists, based on the length and difficulty of similar surveys. Burden is based on an estimated minimum response rate of 58%. This anticipated response rate is based on similar types of voluntary mail surveys and through the use of a mail questionnaire and (limited) telephone follow-up to nonrespondents. After removing ineligible cases (those operations out of business or similar), we anticipate a 50% response rate. Reporting burden for Phase Two, (cognitive interviews) of this collection of information is estimated to average 120 minutes per completed response and five (5) minutes per refusal. This was determined by our survey methodologists who compared the questionnaire length and difficulty with previous cognitive pretests NASS has conducted. Reporting burden for Phase Three, (internet test) of this collection of information is estimated to average 40 minutes per completed response and two (2) minutes per refusal. This was determined by our experience from past Censuses of Agriculture and by our VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:18 Mar 18, 2015 Jkt 235001 survey methodologists, who compared the questionnaire length and difficulty with similar surveys. Since Phase Three is Internet only, the average time to complete the questionnaire is less than for Phase One (paper questionnaire and phone follow-up responses only) since the Internet version is faster due to automated routing. Burden is based on an estimated minimum response rate of 53%, which is similar to response rates observed for voluntary Internet based surveys of a similar nature. Respondents: Potential farm and ranch operators. Estimated Number of Respondents: 65,400 farmers and/or ranchers. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 42,000 hours (This is based on the expected response rates explained above.) 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, February 18, 2015. R. Renee Picanso, Associate Administrator. 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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 53 (Thursday, March 19, 2015)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Intent 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 
notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics 
Service (NASS) to seek reinstatement of an information collection, the 
Census of Agriculture Content Test. Response to this survey will be 
voluntary.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 18, 2015 to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
0243, 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) 720-2707. 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: Census of Agriculture Content Test.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0243.
    Type of Request: Intent to Seek Reinstatement of an Information 
Collection.
    Abstract: The Census of Agriculture, conducted every five years, is 
the primary source of statistics concerning the Nation's agricultural 
industry and provides the basis for the Nation's comparable and robust 
agricultural data. Results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture are 
available on the Web at https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/. This Information 
Collection activity will reinstate the Census of Agriculture Content 
Test. The purpose of this Content Test is to evaluate proposed changes 
to the survey methodology and content to reduce respondent burden and 
maintain the relevance of quality of statistics produced using the 
Census of Agriculture: Questionnaire format and design, new questions, 
changes to question wording and location, overall respondent burden, 
ease of completion, and processing methodology (such as editing and 
data summary). Results of this test will be studied in preparation for 
the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Development of the test questionnaire 
version will come from evaluation of the 2012 Census of Agriculture, 
testing panels, and cognitive interviews. NASS will also meet with 
other USDA and Federal agencies and selected State Departments of 
Agriculture to gather information on data uses and, in some cases, 
justifications for county-level data. The test will be nation-wide, 
excluding Alaska and Hawaii, and will be conducted in three phases. For 
Phase One, a stratified random sample of approximately 50,000 farm and 
ranch operators will be mailed questionnaires; stratification will be 
used to ensure sufficient coverage of various sizes, locations and 
types of agricultural operations. The sample will be divided into 
control and treatment groups to test alternative versions of the 
questionnaires. Non-respondents will receive follow-up contact by first 
mail, then telephone.
    Phase Two will consist of up to 400 randomly selected agricultural 
operations that will be asked to participate in cognitive interviews. 
The sample will consist of some agricultural operations that completed 
the questionnaire in Phase One, as well as some additional operations 
selected to ensure sufficient size of comparison groups. The cognitive 
interviews conducted with Phase One respondents will be used to improve 
the overall 2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaire by allowing NASS 
to follow-up with respondents to better understand unusual responses 
and to ascertain question comprehension. The remainder of the cognitive 
interview sample will be randomly selected from operations to meet size 
and type criteria to ensure sufficient cases for quantitative 
comparisons. The cognitive interviews of this group will test further 
2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaire variations, including the 
Internet version.
    For Phase Three a stratified random sample of approximately 15,000 
will be mailed letters asking them to go to a supplied Internet address 
to complete the survey. Stratification will be used to ensure 
sufficient coverage of various sizes and types of agricultural 
operations. The sample will be divided into control and treatment 
groups to test alternative versions of the on-line questionnaires and 
methods to increase

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on-line response. Non-respondents will receive follow-up contact by 
mail.
    Response to all phases of the Census of Agriculture Content Test 
are voluntary.
    Authority: Although the Census of Agriculture is required by law 
(``Census of Agriculture Act of 1997,'' Public Law 105-113, 7 U.S.C. 
2204(g) as amended), this Content Test is voluntary. 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, 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 Phase One, (mailout 
survey) of this collection of information is estimated to average 50 
minutes per completed response and two (2) minutes per refusal. This 
was determined by our experience from past Censuses of Agriculture and 
by our survey methodologists, based on the length and difficulty of 
similar surveys. Burden is based on an estimated minimum response rate 
of 58%. This anticipated response rate is based on similar types of 
voluntary mail surveys and through the use of a mail questionnaire and 
(limited) telephone follow-up to non-respondents. After removing 
ineligible cases (those operations out of business or similar), we 
anticipate a 50% response rate.
    Reporting burden for Phase Two, (cognitive interviews) of this 
collection of information is estimated to average 120 minutes per 
completed response and five (5) minutes per refusal. This was 
determined by our survey methodologists who compared the questionnaire 
length and difficulty with previous cognitive pretests NASS has 
conducted.
    Reporting burden for Phase Three, (internet test) of this 
collection of information is estimated to average 40 minutes per 
completed response and two (2) minutes per refusal. This was determined 
by our experience from past Censuses of Agriculture and by our survey 
methodologists, who compared the questionnaire length and difficulty 
with similar surveys. Since Phase Three is Internet only, the average 
time to complete the questionnaire is less than for Phase One (paper 
questionnaire and phone follow-up responses only) since the Internet 
version is faster due to automated routing. Burden is based on an 
estimated minimum response rate of 53%, which is similar to response 
rates observed for voluntary Internet based surveys of a similar 
nature.
    Respondents: Potential farm and ranch operators.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 65,400 farmers and/or ranchers.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 42,000 hours (This is 
based on the expected response rates explained above.)
    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, February 18, 2015.
R. Renee Picanso,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2015-06324 Filed 3-18-15; 8:45 am]
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