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AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Agricultural Resources Management Survey and Chemical Use Surveys. A revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length. ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:00 Jan 19, 2018 Jkt 244001 Comments on this notice must be received by March 23, 2018 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0218, 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: Kevin L. Barnes, 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: Agricultural Resources Management Survey and Chemical Use Surveys. OMB Control Number: 0535–0218. Expiration Date of Current Approval: July 31, 2018. Type of Request: Intent to revise and extend a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The Agricultural Resource Management Survey(s) (ARMS) are the primary source of information for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a broad range of issues related to: Production practices, costs and returns, pest management, chemical usage, and contractor expenses. Data is collected on both a whole farm level and on selected commodities. ARMS is the only source of information available for objective evaluation of many critical issues related to agriculture and the rural economy, such as: Whole farm finance data, including data sufficient to construct estimates of income for farms by: Type of operation, loan commodities, income for operator households, credit, structure, and organization; marketing information; and other economic data on input usage, production practices, and crop substitution possibilities. 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In addition, ARMS is used to produce estimates of sector-wide production expenditures and other components of income that are used in constructing the estimates of income and value-added which are transmitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, by the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) for use in constructing economy-wide estimates of Gross Domestic Product. This transmittal of data, prepared using the ARMS, is undertaken to satisfy a 1956 agreement between the Office of Management and Budget and the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce that a single set of estimates be published on farm income. Chemical Use Surveys: Congress has mandated that NASS and ERS build nationally coordinated databases on agricultural chemical use and related farm practices; these databases are the primary vehicles used to produce specified environmental and economic estimates. The surveys will help provide the knowledge and technical means for producers and researchers to address on-farm environmental concerns in a manner that maintains agricultural productivity. In this approval request, there is only one significant program change. The annual Microbial Food Safety Practices—Packer Survey will be discontinued. The commodities that are scheduled to be included in this approval are in the following table. Year Survey 2018 ..... ARMS Phase II (PPCR). ARMS Phase II (PPR). Chemical Use .. ARMS Phase III 2019 ..... E:\FR\FM\22JAN1.SGM ARMS Phase II (PPCR). ARMS Phase II (PPR). 22JAN1 Target commodity Soybeans. Corn and Peanuts. Vegetables. Soybeans and Cow-Calf. Cotton, Barley and Sorghum. Wheat. Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 14 / Monday, January 22, 2018 / Notices Survey Target commodity Chemical Use .. ARMS Phase III Fruit. Cotton, Barley and Sorghum. Corn and Rice. Year 2020 ..... 2021 ..... ARMS Phase II (PPCR). ARMS Phase II (PPR). Chemical Use .. ARMS Phase III ARMS Phase II (PPCR). ARMS Phase II (PPR). Chemical Use .. ARMS Phase III Soybeans. Vegetables. Corn, Rice and Hogs. Wheat and Peanuts. Cotton. Fruit. Wheat, Peanuts and Dairy. PPCR—Production Practices and Costs Report. PPR—Production Practices Report. ARMS Phase III—Costs and Returns Report. ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD 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 (at 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: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average approximately 45 minutes per survey. Respondents: Farmers, ranchers, farm managers, farm contractors, and farm households. Estimated Number of Respondents: Approximately 115,000 respondents will be sampled each year. Over half of these respondents will be contacted more than one time in a single year. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: Approximately 96,000 hours per year. 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, VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:00 Jan 19, 2018 Jkt 244001 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, 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 11, 2018. Kevin L. Barnes, Associate Administrator. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Revise and Extend a 
Currently Approved 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 request revision and extension of a currently 
approved information collection, the Agricultural Resources Management 
Survey and Chemical Use Surveys. A revision to burden hours will be 
needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sampling 
design, and/or questionnaire length.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by March 23, 2018 to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
0218, by any of the following methods:
     Email: [email protected]. 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: Kevin L. Barnes, 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 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Agricultural Resources Management Survey and Chemical Use 
Surveys.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0218.
    Expiration Date of Current Approval: July 31, 2018.
    Type of Request: Intent to revise and extend a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: The Agricultural Resource Management Survey(s) (ARMS) are 
the primary source of information for the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture on a broad range of issues related to: Production 
practices, costs and returns, pest management, chemical usage, and 
contractor expenses. Data is collected on both a whole farm level and 
on selected commodities.
    ARMS is the only source of information available for objective 
evaluation of many critical issues related to agriculture and the rural 
economy, such as: Whole farm finance data, including data sufficient to 
construct estimates of income for farms by: Type of operation, loan 
commodities, income for operator households, credit, structure, and 
organization; marketing information; and other economic data on input 
usage, production practices, and crop substitution possibilities.
    Data from ARMS are used to produce estimates of net farm income by 
type of commercial producer as required in 7 U.S.C. 7998 as amended and 
estimates of enterprise production costs as required in 7 U.S.C. 
1441(a) as amended. Data from ARMS are also used as weights in the 
development of the Prices Paid Index, a component of the Parity Index 
referred to in the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, as amended. 
These indexes are used to calculate the annual federal grazing fee 
rates as described in the Public Rangelands Improvement Act of 1978 and 
Executive Order 12548 and as promulgated in regulations found at 36 CFR 
222.51, as amended.
    In addition, ARMS is used to produce estimates of sector-wide 
production expenditures and other components of income that are used in 
constructing the estimates of income and value-added which are 
transmitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic 
Analysis, by the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) for use in 
constructing economy-wide estimates of Gross Domestic Product. This 
transmittal of data, prepared using the ARMS, is undertaken to satisfy 
a 1956 agreement between the Office of Management and Budget and the 
Departments of Agriculture and Commerce that a single set of estimates 
be published on farm income.
    Chemical Use Surveys: Congress has mandated that NASS and ERS build 
nationally coordinated databases on agricultural chemical use and 
related farm practices; these databases are the primary vehicles used 
to produce specified environmental and economic estimates. The surveys 
will help provide the knowledge and technical means for producers and 
researchers to address on-farm environmental concerns in a manner that 
maintains agricultural productivity.
    In this approval request, there is only one significant program 
change. The annual Microbial Food Safety Practices--Packer Survey will 
be discontinued.
    The commodities that are scheduled to be included in this approval 
are in the following table.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
              Year                      Survey         Target commodity
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2018............................  ARMS Phase II       Soybeans.
                                   (PPCR).
                                  ARMS Phase II       Corn and Peanuts.
                                   (PPR).
                                  Chemical Use......  Vegetables.
                                  ARMS Phase III....  Soybeans and Cow-
                                                       Calf.
2019............................  ARMS Phase II       Cotton, Barley and
                                   (PPCR).             Sorghum.
                                  ARMS Phase II       Wheat.
                                   (PPR).

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                                  Chemical Use......  Fruit.
                                  ARMS Phase III....  Cotton, Barley and
                                                       Sorghum.
2020............................  ARMS Phase II       Corn and Rice.
                                   (PPCR).
                                  ARMS Phase II       Soybeans.
                                   (PPR).
                                  Chemical Use......  Vegetables.
                                  ARMS Phase III....  Corn, Rice and
                                                       Hogs.
2021............................  ARMS Phase II       Wheat and Peanuts.
                                   (PPCR).
                                  ARMS Phase II       Cotton.
                                   (PPR).
                                  Chemical Use......  Fruit.
                                  ARMS Phase III....  Wheat, Peanuts and
                                                       Dairy.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
PPCR--Production Practices and Costs Report.
PPR--Production Practices Report.
ARMS Phase III--Costs and Returns Report.


    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 (at 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: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average approximately 45 minutes per 
survey.
    Respondents: Farmers, ranchers, farm managers, farm contractors, 
and farm households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: Approximately 115,000 respondents 
will be sampled each year. Over half of these respondents will be 
contacted more than one time in a single year.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: Approximately 96,000 
hours per year.
    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, 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 11, 2018.
Kevin L. Barnes,
Associate Administrator.
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