Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Reinstate an Information Collection, 6508-6509 [2018-02940]

Download as PDF 6508 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 31 / Wednesday, February 14, 2018 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Reinstate an 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 intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to seek reinstatement of an information collection, the Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey (FRIS). Revision to previous burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and questionnaire length. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 16, 2018 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0234, by any of the following methods: • Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include the docket number above in the subject line of the message. • E-fax: (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) 720–2707. 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: 2018 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey. OMB Control Number: 0535–0234. Expiration Date of Previous Approval: September 30, 2016. Type of Request: Intent to Seek Approval to Reinstate and Revise an Information Collection. Abstract: The 2018 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey is conducted every 5 years as authorized by the Census of Agriculture Act of 1997 (Pub. L. 105– daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:07 Feb 13, 2018 Jkt 244001 113). The 2018 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey (FRIS) will use a combined probability sample of all farms, ranches, greenhouses, nurseries, and other horticultural operations that reported irrigation on the 2017 Census of Agriculture. This irrigation survey aims to provide a comprehensive inventory of agricultural irrigation practices with detailed data relating to acres irrigated by category of land use, acres and yields of irrigated and nonirrigated crops, quantity of water applied, and method of application to selected crops. Also included will be 2018 expenditures for maintenance and repair of irrigation equipment and facilities; purchase of energy for on-farm pumping of irrigation water; investment in irrigation equipment, facilities, and land improvement; cost of water received from off-farm water supplies; and questions related to water reuse and security. The irrigation questions for horticultural specialties will provide the area irrigated in the open and under protection, source of water, and the irrigation method used at the State level and by 20 Water Resource Regions (WRR). A table will be published showing the total estimated quantity of water applied for crops including horticultural specialties. Irrigation data are used by the farmers, their representatives, government agencies, and many other groups concerned with the irrigation industry and water use issues. This survey will provide the only source of dependable, comparable irrigation data by State and Water Resources Region (WRR). The National Agricultural Statistics Service will use the information collected only for statistical purposes and will publish the data only as aggregate totals. NASS is also considering a possible name change to this long running data collection. The proposed name that is being considered is ‘‘Irrigation and Water Management Survey’’. Authority: The census of agriculture and subsequent follow-on censuses are required by law under the ‘‘Census of Agriculture Act of 1997,’’ Pub. L. 105– 113, 7 U.S.C. 2204(g). 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, Pub. L. 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, PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ‘‘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. The law guarantees farm operators that their individual information will be kept confidential. NASS uses the information only for statistical purposes and publishes only aggregate data. These data are used by Congress when developing or changing farm programs. Many national and state programs are designed or allocated based on census data, i.e., soil conservation projects, funds for cooperative extension programs, and research funding. Private industry uses the data to provide more effective production and distribution systems for the agricultural community. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 30–60 minutes per response. Publicity materials and instruction sheets will account for about 15 minutes of additional burden per respondent. Respondents who refuse to complete the survey will be allotted 2 minutes of burden per attempt to collect the data. Respondents: Farmers, Ranchers, Farm Managers, and producers of Nursery, Greenhouse and Floricultural Products. Estimated Number of Respondents: 35,000. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 26,000 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; (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; and (e) comments relating to the proposed name change. All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record and be summarized in the request for OMB approval. E:\FR\FM\14FEN1.SGM 14FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 31 / Wednesday, February 14, 2018 / Notices Signed at Washington, DC, January 29, 2018. Kevin L. Barnes, Associate Administrator. [Docket No. NRCS–2017–0004] deauthorized for the project. Information regarding this determination may be obtained from John Bricker, NRCS State Conservationist in Virginia, and Louis Aspey, NRCS State Conservationist in West Virginia, at the above addresses and telephone numbers. No administrative action on implementation of the proposed deauthorization will be taken until 60 days after the date of this publication in the Federal Register. South Branch Potomac River Subwatershed of the Potomac River Watershed, Highland County, Virginia and Pendleton and Grant Counties, West Virginia (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 10.904, Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention. 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ADDRESSES: Comments submitted in response to this notice should be sent to either John Bricker, VA State Conservationist, 1606 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 209, Richmond, Virginia 23229. Telephone: (804) 287–1691 or email: Jack.Bricker@va.usda.gov or Louis Aspey, WV State Conservationist, 1550 Earl L. Core Road, Suite 200, Morgantown, West Virginia 26505. Telephone: (304) 284–7540 or email: Louis.Aspey@wv.usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions about this notice, please contact Wade Biddix, (804) 287– 1675 or Wade.Biddix@va.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A determination has been made by John Bricker, NRCS State Conservationist in Virginia, and Louis Aspey, NRCS State Conservationist in West Virginia, that the proposed works of improvement for the South Branch Potomac River Subwatershed of the Potomac River Watershed project will not be installed. The sponsoring local organizations have concurred in this determination and agree that Federal funding should be daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:07 Feb 13, 2018 Jkt 244001 Dated: December 21, 2017. John A. Bricker, VA State Conservationist. Dated: December 14, 2017. Louis Aspey, WV State Conservationist. [FR Doc. 2018–02944 Filed 2–13–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–16–P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Notice of Public Meeting of the Montana Advisory Committee AGENCY: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights ACTION: Announcement of meeting. Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) that a meeting of the Montana Advisory Committee (Committee) to the Commission will be held at 11:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) Wednesday, February 21, 2018. The purpose of the meeting is for the Committee to discuss preparations to hear testimony on border town discrimination. DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. MT. Public Call Information: Dial: 888– 713–3590, Conference ID: 2355188. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angelica Trevino at atrevino@usccr.gov or (213) 894–3437. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This meeting is available to the public through the following toll-free call-in number: 888–713–3590, conference ID number: 2355188. Any interested member of the public may call this number and listen to the meeting. Callers can expect to incur charges for calls they initiate over wireless lines, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 6509 and the Commission will not refund any incurred charges. Callers will incur no charge for calls they initiate over landline connections to the toll-free telephone number. Persons with hearing impairments may also follow the proceedings by first calling the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339 and providing the Service with the conference call number and conference ID number. Members of the public are entitled to make comments during the open period at the end of the meeting. Members of the public may also submit written comments; the comments must be received in the Regional Programs Unit within 30 days following the meeting. Written comments may be mailed to the Western Regional Office, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 300 North Los Angeles Street, Suite 2010, Los Angeles, CA 90012. They may be faxed to the Commission at (213) 894–0508, or emailed to Angelica Trevino at atrevino@usccr.gov. Persons who desire additional information may contact the Regional Programs Unit at (213) 894– 3437. Records and documents discussed during the meeting will be available for public viewing prior to and after the meeting at https://facadatabase.gov/ committee/meetings.aspx?cid=259. Please click on the ‘‘Meeting Details’’ and ‘‘Documents’’ links. Records generated from this meeting may also be inspected and reproduced at the Regional Programs Unit, as they become available, both before and after the meeting. Persons interested in the work of this Committee are directed to the Commission’s website, https:// www.usccr.gov, or may contact the Regional Programs Unit at the above email or street address. Agenda I. Welcome and Rollcall II. Approval of minutes from February 1, 2018 meeting III. Discussion of panelists and logistics for hearing testimony on border town discrimination IV. Public Comment V. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 31 (Wednesday, February 14, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6508-6509]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Intent To Seek Approval 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 
Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey (FRIS). Revision to previous burden 
hours will be needed due to changes in the size of the target 
population, sampling design, and questionnaire length.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 16, 2018 to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
0234, by any of the following methods:
     Email: [email protected]. Include the docket number 
above in the subject line of the message.
     E-fax: (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) 720-2707. 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 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: 2018 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0234.
    Expiration Date of Previous Approval: September 30, 2016.
    Type of Request: Intent to Seek Approval to Reinstate and Revise an 
Information Collection.
    Abstract: The 2018 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey is conducted 
every 5 years as authorized by the Census of Agriculture Act of 1997 
(Pub. L. 105-113). The 2018 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey (FRIS) 
will use a combined probability sample of all farms, ranches, 
greenhouses, nurseries, and other horticultural operations that 
reported irrigation on the 2017 Census of Agriculture. This irrigation 
survey aims to provide a comprehensive inventory of agricultural 
irrigation practices with detailed data relating to acres irrigated by 
category of land use, acres and yields of irrigated and non-irrigated 
crops, quantity of water applied, and method of application to selected 
crops. Also included will be 2018 expenditures for maintenance and 
repair of irrigation equipment and facilities; purchase of energy for 
on-farm pumping of irrigation water; investment in irrigation 
equipment, facilities, and land improvement; cost of water received 
from off-farm water supplies; and questions related to water reuse and 
security. The irrigation questions for horticultural specialties will 
provide the area irrigated in the open and under protection, source of 
water, and the irrigation method used at the State level and by 20 
Water Resource Regions (WRR). A table will be published showing the 
total estimated quantity of water applied for crops including 
horticultural specialties. Irrigation data are used by the farmers, 
their representatives, government agencies, and many other groups 
concerned with the irrigation industry and water use issues. This 
survey will provide the only source of dependable, comparable 
irrigation data by State and Water Resources Region (WRR). The National 
Agricultural Statistics Service will use the information collected only 
for statistical purposes and will publish the data only as aggregate 
totals. NASS is also considering a possible name change to this long 
running data collection. The proposed name that is being considered is 
``Irrigation and Water Management Survey''.
    Authority: The census of agriculture and subsequent follow-on 
censuses are required by law under the ``Census of Agriculture Act of 
1997,'' Pub. L. 105-113, 7 U.S.C. 2204(g). 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, Pub. L. 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. The law guarantees farm operators that their individual 
information will be kept confidential. NASS uses the information only 
for statistical purposes and publishes only aggregate data. These data 
are used by Congress when developing or changing farm programs. Many 
national and state programs are designed or allocated based on census 
data, i.e., soil conservation projects, funds for cooperative extension 
programs, and research funding. Private industry uses the data to 
provide more effective production and distribution systems for the 
agricultural community.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 30-60 minutes per response. 
Publicity materials and instruction sheets will account for about 15 
minutes of additional burden per respondent. Respondents who refuse to 
complete the survey will be allotted 2 minutes of burden per attempt to 
collect the data.
    Respondents: Farmers, Ranchers, Farm Managers, and producers of 
Nursery, Greenhouse and Floricultural Products.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 35,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 26,000 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; 
(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; and (e) comments relating to 
the proposed name change.
    All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record 
and be summarized in the request for OMB approval.


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    Signed at Washington, DC, January 29, 2018.
Kevin L. Barnes,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2018-02940 Filed 2-13-18; 8:45 am]
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