Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Collection, 39981 [2018-17285]

Download as PDF 39981 Notices Federal Register Vol. 83, No. 156 Monday, August 13, 2018 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–ST–18–0064] Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Collection 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 approval from Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of and revision to the currently approved information collection ‘‘Application for Plant Variety Protection Certification and Objective Description of Variety.’’ DATES: Comments must be received by October 12, 2018. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments concerning this notice by using the electronic process available at http:// www.regulations.gov. Written comments may also be submitted to the Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO), Science and Technology, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 4512– S, Stop 0274, Washington, DC 20250 or by facsimile to (202) 260–8976. All comments should reference the docket number AMS–ST–18–0064, the date, and the page number of this issue of the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernadette Thomas, Information Technology Specialist, (202) 720–1168 or Bernadette.thomas@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Regulations Governing the Application for Plant Variety Protection Certificate and Reporting Requirements under the Plant Variety Protection Act. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:42 Aug 10, 2018 Jkt 244001 OMB Number: 0581–0055. Expiration Date of Approval: December 31, 2018. Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) (7 U.S.C. 2321 et seq.) was established ‘‘To encourage the development of novel varieties of sexually reproduced plants and make them available to the public, providing protection available to those who breed, develop, or discover them, and thereby promote progress in agriculture in the public interest.’’ The PVPA is a voluntary user funded program which grants intellectual property rights protection to breeders of new, distinct, uniform, and stable seed reproduced and tuber propagated plant varieties. To obtain these rights the applicant must provide information which shows the variety is eligible for protection and that it is indeed new, distinct, uniform, and stable as the law requires. Application forms, descriptive forms, and ownership forms are furnished to applicants to identify the information which is required to be furnished by the applicant in order to legally issue a certificate of protection (ownership). The certificate is based on claims of the breeder and cannot be issued on the basis of reports in publications not submitted by the applicant. Regulations implementing the PVPA appear at 7 CFR part 92. Currently approved forms ST–470, Application for Plant Variety Protection Certificate, ST–470 A, Origin and Breeding History, ST–470 B, Statement of Distinctness, Form ST–470 series, Objective Description of Variety (Exhibit C), Form ST–470–E, Basis of Applicant’s Ownership, are the basis by which the determination, by experts at PVPO, is made as to whether a new, distinct, uniform, and stable seed reproduced or tuber-propagated variety in fact exists and is entitled to protection. The ST 470 application form combines Exhibits A, B, and E into one form. The information received on applications, with certain exceptions, is required by law to remain confidential until the certificate is issued (7 U.S.C. 2426). The information collection requirements in this request are essential to carry out the intent of the PVPA, to provide applicants with PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 certificates of protection, to provide the respondents the type of service they request, and to administer the program. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1.02 hours per response. Respondents: Businesses or other forprofit, not-for-profit institutions, and Federal Government. Estimated Number of Respondents: 93. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 21.78. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 2,063 (rounded). 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) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. All comments received will be available for public inspection during regular business hours. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Dated: August 8, 2018. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2018–17285 Filed 8–10–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Business-Cooperative Service Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA. ACTION: Proposed collection; comments requested. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\13AUN1.SGM 13AUN1

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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.

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Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 156 / Monday, August 13, 2018 / 
Notices

[[Page 39981]]



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket No. AMS-ST-18-0064]


Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Collection

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 approval from Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an 
extension of and revision to the currently approved information 
collection ``Application for Plant Variety Protection Certification and 
Objective Description of Variety.''

DATES: Comments must be received by October 12, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments concerning 
this notice by using the electronic process available at http://www.regulations.gov. Written comments may also be submitted to the 
Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO), Science and Technology, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 
4512-S, Stop 0274, Washington, DC 20250 or by facsimile to (202) 260-
8976. All comments should reference the docket number AMS-ST-18-0064, 
the date, and the page number of this issue of the Federal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernadette Thomas, Information 
Technology Specialist, (202) 720-1168 or 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Regulations Governing the Application for Plant Variety 
Protection Certificate and Reporting Requirements under the Plant 
Variety Protection Act.
    OMB Number: 0581-0055.
    Expiration Date of Approval: December 31, 2018.
    Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: The Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) (7 U.S.C. 2321 et 
seq.) was established ``To encourage the development of novel varieties 
of sexually reproduced plants and make them available to the public, 
providing protection available to those who breed, develop, or discover 
them, and thereby promote progress in agriculture in the public 
interest.''
    The PVPA is a voluntary user funded program which grants 
intellectual property rights protection to breeders of new, distinct, 
uniform, and stable seed reproduced and tuber propagated plant 
varieties. To obtain these rights the applicant must provide 
information which shows the variety is eligible for protection and that 
it is indeed new, distinct, uniform, and stable as the law requires. 
Application forms, descriptive forms, and ownership forms are furnished 
to applicants to identify the information which is required to be 
furnished by the applicant in order to legally issue a certificate of 
protection (ownership). The certificate is based on claims of the 
breeder and cannot be issued on the basis of reports in publications 
not submitted by the applicant. Regulations implementing the PVPA 
appear at 7 CFR part 92.
    Currently approved forms ST-470, Application for Plant Variety 
Protection Certificate, ST-470 A, Origin and Breeding History, ST-470 
B, Statement of Distinctness, Form ST-470 series, Objective Description 
of Variety (Exhibit C), Form ST-470-E, Basis of Applicant's Ownership, 
are the basis by which the determination, by experts at PVPO, is made 
as to whether a new, distinct, uniform, and stable seed reproduced or 
tuber-propagated variety in fact exists and is entitled to protection.
    The ST 470 application form combines Exhibits A, B, and E into one 
form. The information received on applications, with certain 
exceptions, is required by law to remain confidential until the 
certificate is issued (7 U.S.C. 2426).
    The information collection requirements in this request are 
essential to carry out the intent of the PVPA, to provide applicants 
with certificates of protection, to provide the respondents the type of 
service they request, and to administer the program.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 1.02 hours per response.
    Respondents: Businesses or other for-profit, not-for-profit 
institutions, and Federal Government.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 93.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 21.78.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 2,063 (rounded).
    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) ways 
to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who 
are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology. All comments received will be available for 
public inspection during regular business hours.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public 
record.

    Dated: August 8, 2018.
Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-17285 Filed 8-10-18; 8:45 am]
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