Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Assessment Exemption for Organic Commodities, 11171-11172 [2017-03341]

Download as PDF 11171 Notices Federal Register Vol. 82, No. 33 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 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 Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket No. AMS–SC–17–0005; SC–900–1] Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Assessment Exemption for Organic Commodities Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (‘‘AMS’’) intention to request an extension for the form currently used by marketers to apply for exemption from market promotion assessments under 23 marketing order programs. SUMMARY: Comments on this notice must be received by April 24, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Andrew Hatch, Supervisory Marketing Specialist, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 0237, Room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250– 0237; Tel: (202) 720–2491, Email: andrew.hatch@ams.usda.gov. Small businesses may request information on this notice by contacting Richard Lower, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 0237, Room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250– 0237; Tel: (202) 720–2491; or Email: Richard.Lower@ams.usda.gov. Comments are welcome and should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register, as well as the appropriate marketing order number. Comments may be submitted by mail to the Docket Clerk, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:15 Feb 17, 2017 Jkt 241001 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 0237, Room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250– 0237, or online at www.regulations.gov. All comments received will be available for public inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular USDA business hours, or they can be viewed at www.regulations.gov. All comments to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval, and will become a matter of public record. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Organic Handler Market Promotion Assessment Exemption under Federal Marketing Orders. OMB Number: 0581–0216. Expiration Date of Approval: April 30, 2017. Type of Request: Extension of a currently-approved information collection. Abstract: Marketing order programs provide an opportunity for producers of fresh fruit, vegetables, and specialty crops in specified production areas to work together to solve marketing problems that cannot be solved individually. Under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 as amended (7 U.S.C. 601–674), marketing orders may authorize production and marketing research, including paid advertising, to promote various commodities, which is paid for by assessments that are levied on the handlers who are regulated by the Orders. On May 13, 2002, the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act (7 U.S.C. 7901) amended the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 7201), exempting any person who handles or markets solely 100 percent organic products from paying these assessments with respect to any agricultural commodity that is produced on a certified organic farm, as defined in the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 6502). A certified organic handler can apply for this exemption by completing a ‘‘Certified Organic Handler Application for Exemption from Market Promotion Assessments Paid Under Federal Marketing Orders,’’ and submitting it to the applicable marketing order committee or board. Section 900.700 of the regulations (7 CFR part 900.700) provides for exemption from assessments. This notice applies to the following marketing orders: 7 CFR parts 906, PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Oranges and grapefruit grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; 915, Avocados grown in south Florida; 922, Apricots grown in designated counties in Washington; 923, Sweet cherries grown in designated counties in Washington; 925, Grapes grown in a designated area of southeastern California; 927, Pears grown in Oregon and Washington; 929, Cranberries grown in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in New York; 930, Tart cherries grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin; 932, Olives grown in California; 948, Irish potatoes grown in Colorado; 955, Vidalia onions grown in Georgia; 956, Sweet onions grown in the Walla Walla Valley of southeast Washington and northeast Oregon; 958, Onions grown in certain designated counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon; 959, Onions grown in South Texas; 966, Tomatoes grown in Florida; 981, Almonds grown in California; 982, Hazelnuts grown in Oregon and Washington; 984, Walnuts grown in California; 985, spearmint oil produced in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and parts of Nevada and Utah; 986, Pecans produced in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas; 987, Domestic dates produced or packed in Riverside County, California; 989, Raisins produced from grapes grown in California; and 993, Dried prunes produced in California. The information collected is used only by authorized marketing order committee or board employees, who are the primary users of the information, and by authorized representatives of the USDA, including the AMS Specialty Crops Program’s regional and headquarters staff, who are the secondary users of the information. Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 15 minutes per response. Respondents: Respondents are eligible certified organic handlers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 210. Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 210. E:\FR\FM\21FEN1.SGM 21FEN1 11172 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 33 / Tuesday, February 21, 2017 / Notices Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 53 hours. 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) was to 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. Dated: February 15, 2017. Bruce Summers, Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03341 Filed 2–17–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES February 15, 2017. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. Comments are requested regarding (1) whether the 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 burden 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 through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments regarding this information collection received by March 23, 2017 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:15 Feb 17, 2017 Jkt 241001 Executive Office Building, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20502. Commenters are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: OIRA_Submission@OMB.EOP.GOV or fax (202) 395–5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250– 7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720–8958. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Title: Interstate Movement of Certain Land Tortoises. OMB Control Number: 0579–0156. Summary of Collection: The Animal Health Protection Act (AHPA) of 2002 is the primary Federal law governing the protection of animal health. The law gives the Secretary of Agriculture broad authority to prevent, control, and eliminate domestic diseases such as tuberculosis, as well as to take actions to prevent and to manage exotic diseases such as heartwater disease. The regulations in 9 CFR part 93 prohibit the importation of the leopard tortoise, the African spurred tortoise, and the Bell’s hingeback tortoise to prevent the introduction and spread of exotic ticks known to be vectors of heartwater disease, an acute, infectious disease of cattle and other ruminants. The regulations in 9 CFR part 74 prohibit the interstate movement of those tortoises that are already in the United States unless the tortoises are accompanied by a health certificate or certificate of veterinary inspection. Need and Use of the Information: APHIS will collect information to ensure that the interstate movement of these leopard, African spurred, and Bell’s hingeback tortoises poses no risk of spreading exotic ticks within the United States. Owners and veterinarians are required to provide the following information to Federal or accredited veterinarians for completion of the health certificate: Name, address, and telephone number of the owner; information identifying the animal such as collar or tattoo number; breed; age; sex; color; distinctive marks; vaccination history; and certifications from both the owner and the veterinarian that all information is true PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and accurate. The collected information is used for the purposes of identifying each specific tortoise and documenting the State of its health so that the animals can be transported across State and national boundaries. If the information is not collected APHIS would be forced to continue their complete ban on the interstate movement of leopard, African spurred, and Bell’s hingeback tortoises. This would economically harm U.S. tortoise breeders. Description of Respondents: Individuals or households; Business or other for-profit. Number of Respondents: 50. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 375. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Title: Importation of Table Eggs from Regions Where Newcastle Disease Exists. OMB Control Number: 0579–0328. Summary of Collection: The Animal Health Protection Act (AHPA) of 2002 is the primary Federal law governing the protection of animal health. The law gives the Secretary of Agriculture broad authority to detect, control, or eradicate pests or diseases of livestock or poultry. Veterinary Services, a program with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible for administering regulations intended to prevent the dissemination of animal disease within the United States. Regulations in title 9, Code of Federal Regulations, section 94.6 deal specifically with the importation of table eggs from certain regions that may pose a risk of introducing Exotic Newcastle Disease (END) into the United States. Need and Use of the Information: Although this collection applies to any region where END is considered to exist, the United States is not currently importing table eggs from any ENDaffected region. APHIS requires the following with regard to imported table eggs: (1) A certificate for table eggs from END-affected regions; and (2) a government seal issued by the veterinarian accredited by the national government who signed the certificate. APHIS will also use form VS–17–6, Export Health Certificate for Poultry or Hatching Eggs for Export. If the information were collected less frequently or not collected at all, APHIS would be unable to establish an effective defense against the incursion of END from table eggs imported from END-affected regions. This would cause serious economic consequences for U.S. poultry industry, which would be E:\FR\FM\21FEN1.SGM 21FEN1

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statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
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Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 33 / Tuesday, February 21, 2017 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket No. AMS-SC-17-0005; SC-900-1]


Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved 
Assessment Exemption for Organic Commodities

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, this 
notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (``AMS'') 
intention to request an extension for the form currently used by 
marketers to apply for exemption from market promotion assessments 
under 23 marketing order programs.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 24, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Andrew Hatch, Supervisory 
Marketing Specialist, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty 
Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 0237, Room 
1406-S, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Tel: (202) 720-2491, Email: 
andrew.hatch@ams.usda.gov.
    Small businesses may request information on this notice by 
contacting Richard Lower, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, 
Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 
0237, Room 1406-S, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Tel: (202) 720-2491; or 
Email: Richard.Lower@ams.usda.gov.
    Comments are welcome and should reference the docket number and the 
date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register, as well as 
the appropriate marketing order number. Comments may be submitted by 
mail to the Docket Clerk, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Stop 0237, Room 1406-S, Washington, DC 20250-
0237, or online at www.regulations.gov. All comments received will be 
available for public inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk 
during regular USDA business hours, or they can be viewed at 
www.regulations.gov.
    All comments to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval, and will become a matter of public record.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Organic Handler Market Promotion Assessment Exemption under 
Federal Marketing Orders.
    OMB Number: 0581-0216.
    Expiration Date of Approval: April 30, 2017.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently-approved information 
collection.
    Abstract: Marketing order programs provide an opportunity for 
producers of fresh fruit, vegetables, and specialty crops in specified 
production areas to work together to solve marketing problems that 
cannot be solved individually.
    Under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 as amended 
(7 U.S.C. 601-674), marketing orders may authorize production and 
marketing research, including paid advertising, to promote various 
commodities, which is paid for by assessments that are levied on the 
handlers who are regulated by the Orders.
    On May 13, 2002, the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act (7 
U.S.C. 7901) amended the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act 
of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 7201), exempting any person who handles or markets 
solely 100 percent organic products from paying these assessments with 
respect to any agricultural commodity that is produced on a certified 
organic farm, as defined in the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (7 
U.S.C. 6502). A certified organic handler can apply for this exemption 
by completing a ``Certified Organic Handler Application for Exemption 
from Market Promotion Assessments Paid Under Federal Marketing 
Orders,'' and submitting it to the applicable marketing order committee 
or board.
    Section 900.700 of the regulations (7 CFR part 900.700) provides 
for exemption from assessments. This notice applies to the following 
marketing orders: 7 CFR parts 906, Oranges and grapefruit grown in 
Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; 915, Avocados grown in south Florida; 
922, Apricots grown in designated counties in Washington; 923, Sweet 
cherries grown in designated counties in Washington; 925, Grapes grown 
in a designated area of southeastern California; 927, Pears grown in 
Oregon and Washington; 929, Cranberries grown in Massachusetts, Rhode 
Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, 
Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in New York; 930, Tart cherries 
grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, 
and Wisconsin; 932, Olives grown in California; 948, Irish potatoes 
grown in Colorado; 955, Vidalia onions grown in Georgia; 956, Sweet 
onions grown in the Walla Walla Valley of southeast Washington and 
northeast Oregon; 958, Onions grown in certain designated counties in 
Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon; 959, Onions grown in South Texas; 
966, Tomatoes grown in Florida; 981, Almonds grown in California; 982, 
Hazelnuts grown in Oregon and Washington; 984, Walnuts grown in 
California; 985, spearmint oil produced in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, 
and parts of Nevada and Utah; 986, Pecans produced in Alabama, 
Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, 
Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South 
Carolina, and Texas; 987, Domestic dates produced or packed in 
Riverside County, California; 989, Raisins produced from grapes grown 
in California; and 993, Dried prunes produced in California.
    The information collected is used only by authorized marketing 
order committee or board employees, who are the primary users of the 
information, and by authorized representatives of the USDA, including 
the AMS Specialty Crops Program's regional and headquarters staff, who 
are the secondary users of the information.
    Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for this collection 
of information is estimated to average 15 minutes per response.
    Respondents: Respondents are eligible certified organic handlers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 210.
    Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 210.

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    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 53 hours.
    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) was to 
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.

    Dated: February 15, 2017.
Bruce Summers,
Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-03341 Filed 2-17-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3410-02-P