Information Collection; Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act Report, 60615-60616 [2015-25426]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 194 / Wednesday, October 7, 2015 / Notices Program and Emergency Equine Loss Loan Program, previously merged into the Direct Loan Making total burden hours, have been removed from the collection as they are already accounted for in other existing information collections. Also, the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program is exempted from PRA as specified in 2014 Farm Bill; therefore, those numbers are no longer included in the collection. The annual number of responses decreased by 12,751, while the number of respondents increases by 172 in the collection. The annual burden hours increase by 1,725 hours in the collection. The formula used to calculate the total burden hour is estimated average time per response in hours times total annual responses. Estimate of Respondent Burden: Public reporting burden for the information collection is estimated to average 0.503851 hours per response. The average travel time, which is included in the total burden, is estimated to be 1 hour. Respondents: Individuals or households, businesses or other for profit farms. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 182,433. Estimated Number of Reponses per Respondent: 3.8. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 685,686. Estimated Average Time per Response: 0.503851 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 345,484 hours. 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 the functions of FSA, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of FSA’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; (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. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:12 Oct 06, 2015 Jkt 238001 submission for Office of Management and Budget approval. Val Dolcini, Administrator, Farm Service Agency. [FR Doc. 2015–25425 Filed 10–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Farm Service Agency Information Collection; Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act Report Farm Service Agency, USDA. Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension of a currently approved information collection associated with the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) of 1978. DATES: We will consider comments that we receive by December 7, 2015. ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments on the notice. In your comments, include date, volume, and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Lesa A. Johnson, Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) Program Manager, Natural Resources Analysis Group, Economic and Policy Analysis Staff, USDA, FSA, STOP 0531, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–0531. You may also send comments to the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503. Copies of the information collection may be requested by contacting Lesa A. Johnson at the above addresses. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lesa A. Johnson, (202) 720–9223. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act Report. OMB Control Number: 0560–0097. Expiration Date of Approval: April 30, 2016. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: AFIDA requires foreign persons who hold, acquire, or dispose of SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60615 any interest in U.S. agricultural land to report the transactions to FSA on an AFIDA report (FSA–153). The information collected is made available to States. Also, although not required by law, the information collected from the AFIDA reports is used to prepare an annual report to Congress and the President concerning the effect of foreign investment upon family farms and rural communities so that Congress may review the annual report and decide if further regulatory action is required. There is no change to the numbers in the collection. The formula used to calculate the total burden hour is estimated average time per responses hours times total annual responses. Estimate of Respondent Burden: Public reporting burden for the information collection is estimated to average 0.476 hours per response. Respondents: Individuals or households, businesses or other for profit farms. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 5,525. Estimated Number of Reponses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 5,525. Estimated Average Time per Response: 0.476 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 2,631.25 hours. 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 the functions of the FSA, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the FSA’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; (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. 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:\FR\FM\07OCN1.SGM 07OCN1 60616 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 194 / Wednesday, October 7, 2015 / Notices Signed by Val Dolcini, Administrator, Farm Service Agency. [FR Doc. 2015–25426 Filed 10–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request—USDA Foods in Schools Cost Dynamics Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This is a new collection for a study of USDA Foods in Schools Cost Dynamics. DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received on or before December 7, 2015. ADDRESSES: 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 shall 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 use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to: Dennis Ranalli, Policy Analyst, Office of Policy Support, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Dennis Ranalli at 703–305–2576 or via email to dennis.ranalli@ fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http:// www.regulations.gov, and follow the asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:12 Oct 06, 2015 Jkt 238001 online instructions for submitting comments electronically. All written comments will be open for public inspection at the office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will be a matter of public record. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information should be directed to Dennis Ranalli at 703–305–2149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: USDA Foods in Schools Cost Dynamics. Form Number: N/A. OMB Number: Not yet assigned. Expiration Date: Not yet determined. Type of Request: New collection. Abstract: USDA Foods play an important role in school meals and may contribute up to 20% of the foods served in school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). States and School Food Authorities (SFAs) receive a USDA Foods entitlement to acquire products offered through the USDA Foods program. USDA Foods can be directly delivered from USDA’s vendor to state warehouses, distributors, buying cooperatives, or SFAs. Fruits and vegetables can be requisitioned through the Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Bulk USDA Foods can be sent directly to a processor to create final products for use in school meals. An SFA’s costs of using USDA Foods begin with how it spends its entitlement, which is managed by State Distribution Agencies (SDAs). SFAs incur additional costs to obtain USDA Foods for procurement, storage, distribution and administration. These functions are performed by a variety of agencies involved in this process (FNS, SDAs, storage/distribution contractors, SFAs and schools). SDAs may absorb some of these costs. Finally, the model of contracting with food processors may affect the full cost of USDA Foods to SFAs—whether the contract is a payment for final product (with a rebate or discount for the SFA) or a payment for service, i.e., for transforming the USDA Food into a final product. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 While several USDA-funded studies have examined SFA food purchasing practices and have compared foods purchased by SFAs with commercial products, very little research has focused specifically on the full cost of USDA Foods used in school meals. The most recent study on this topic, and the model for the current study, is the State Commodity Distribution System study covering the 1985–86 school year. The proposed study will examine the variety of factors that determine the cost and value of USDA Foods to local school and school district food programs. The objectives of the study are to (1) identify distribution models (including procurement, transportation, storage and delivery) used by 49 states and the District of Columbia to distribute USDA Foods to schools; (2) identify 4 to 10 procurement and distribution models that represent the state systems used in School Year (SY) 2015–16; and (3) develop cost estimates for a group of USDA Foods, full processed products made from USDA Foods, and comparable commercial products. Affected Public: Respondent groups include: (1) State officials with responsibility for USDA Food provision and (2) directors of school food authorities. Estimated Number of Respondents: 440–950. The proposed final samples will include State Distribution Agencies in up to 49 States and the District of Columbia, and 112–280 unique SFAs, depending on how many distribution models are studied (Kansas is excluded because it receives cash payments in lieu of USDA foods). The number studied will be determined on the basis of the results of the survey of SDAs. Estimated Frequency of Responses per Respondent: All respondents will be asked to respond to each instrument only once. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 440–950, depending on the number of distribution models studied. Estimated Time per Response: 43 minutes (0.72 hours). The estimated response time varies from 5 minutes for notifications of the surveys to 360 minutes (6 hours), depending on the survey and the respondent group, as shown in the following table. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 308 to 693 hours. E:\FR\FM\07OCN1.SGM 07OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 194 (Wednesday, October 7, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 60615-60616]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-25426]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Farm Service Agency


Information Collection; Agricultural Foreign Investment 
Disclosure Act Report

AGENCY: Farm Service Agency, USDA.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Farm Service Agency (FSA) is requesting comments from all interested 
individuals and organizations on an extension of a currently approved 
information collection associated with the Agricultural Foreign 
Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) of 1978.

DATES: We will consider comments that we receive by December 7, 2015.

ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments on the notice. In your 
comments, include date, volume, and page number of this issue of the 
Federal Register. You may submit comments by any of the following 
methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Lesa A. Johnson, Agricultural Foreign Investment 
Disclosure Act (AFIDA) Program Manager, Natural Resources Analysis 
Group, Economic and Policy Analysis Staff, USDA, FSA, STOP 0531, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0531.
    You may also send comments to the Desk Officer for Agriculture, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and 
Budget, Washington, DC 20503. Copies of the information collection may 
be requested by contacting Lesa A. Johnson at the above addresses.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lesa A. Johnson, (202) 720-9223.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act Report.
    OMB Control Number: 0560-0097.
    Expiration Date of Approval: April 30, 2016.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Abstract: AFIDA requires foreign persons who hold, acquire, or 
dispose of any interest in U.S. agricultural land to report the 
transactions to FSA on an AFIDA report (FSA-153). The information 
collected is made available to States. Also, although not required by 
law, the information collected from the AFIDA reports is used to 
prepare an annual report to Congress and the President concerning the 
effect of foreign investment upon family farms and rural communities so 
that Congress may review the annual report and decide if further 
regulatory action is required. There is no change to the numbers in the 
collection.
    The formula used to calculate the total burden hour is estimated 
average time per responses hours times total annual responses.
    Estimate of Respondent Burden: Public reporting burden for the 
information collection is estimated to average 0.476 hours per 
response.
    Respondents: Individuals or households, businesses or other for 
profit farms.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 5,525.
    Estimated Number of Reponses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 5,525.
    Estimated Average Time per Response: 0.476 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 2,631.25 hours.
    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 the functions of the FSA, including whether 
the information will have practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the FSA'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;
    (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.
    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.


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    Signed by
Val Dolcini,
Administrator, Farm Service Agency.
[FR Doc. 2015-25426 Filed 10-6-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3410-05-P