Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 6765-6766 [2019-03498]

Download as PDF 6765 Notices Federal Register Vol. 84, No. 40 Thursday, February 28, 2019 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 National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved 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 the 2019 Organic Survey. Response to this survey will be mandatory. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 29, 2019 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0249, 2019 Organic Survey, by any of the following methods: • Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include 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— khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:52 Feb 27, 2019 Jkt 247001 OMB Clearance Officer, at (202) 690– 2388 or at ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Organic Survey. OMB Control Number: 0535–0249. Type of Request: Intent to Seek Reinstatement of an Information Collection. Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is to prepare and issue State and national estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition as well as economic statistics, farm numbers, land values, on-farm pesticide usage, pest crop management practices, as well as the Census of Agriculture. In 2015, NASS conducted the 2014 Organic Production Survey (OMB #0535–0249). Originally, the Organic Survey was designed to be conducted once every five years as a mandatory, follow-on-survey to the 2007 Census of Agriculture and then every five years after that. In 2011, the docket was renewed, and the survey was changed to accommodate a cooperative agreement between NASS and the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA). Specifically, the survey was changed to a voluntary survey that was to be conducted annually if funding permitted, and it would allow for a rotation of target crops each year. With the completion of the 2012 Census of Agriculture, NASS renewed the Organic Survey again and returned it to its’ original scope of questions and the mandatory reporting requirement. After the completion of the 2014 Organic Survey, NASS renewed its’ cooperative agreement with RMA to conduct the shorter questionnaire on an annual basis. Following the 2017 Census of Agriculture, NASS is requesting to reinstate this survey as a follow-on survey with mandatory reporting. The sample will consist of all certified organic operations, operations exempt from organic certification (value of sales <$5,000), and operations with acres transitioning into organic certification from the 2017 Census of Agriculture as well as organic operations currently on the NASS list frame. The survey will be conducted in all States. Some operation level data will be collected to use in classifying each operation for summary purposes. The majority of the questions will involve production data (acres planted, acres harvested, quantity harvested, quantity sold, livestock PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 produced and sold, value of sale, etc.), and marketing and production practices. In the 2019 questionnaire, NASS is planning to remove the ‘‘GMO Presence in Organic Crops’’ and the ‘‘Production Expenses’’ sections that were included in the 2014 questionnaire. Approximately 20,000 operations will be contacted by mail in early January 2020, with a second mailing later in the month to non-respondents. Respondents will be able to complete the questionnaire by use of the internet, if they so choose. Telephone and personal enumeration will be used for remaining non-response follow-up. The National Agricultural Statistics Service will publish summaries in December 2020 at both the State level and for each major organic commodity when possible. Due to confidentiality rules, some State level data may be combined and published at the regional or national level to prevent disclosure of individual operation’s data. This collection of data will support requirements within the Agricultural Act of 2014. Under Section 11023 some of the duties of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) are defined as ‘‘(i) IN GENERAL—As soon as possible, but not later than the 2015 reinsurance year, the Corporation shall offer producers of organic crops price elections for all organic crops produced in compliance with standards issued by the Department of Agriculture under the national organic program established under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.) that reflect the actual retail or wholesale prices, as appropriate, received by producers for organic crops, as determined by the Secretary using all relevant sources of information. ‘‘(ii) ANNUAL REPORT.—The Corporation shall submit to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate an annual report on progress made in developing and improving Federal crop insurance for organic crops, including—‘‘(I) the numbers and varieties of organic crops insured; ‘‘(II) the progress of implementing the price elections required under this subparagraph, including the rate at which additional price elections are adopted for organic crops; ‘‘(III) the development of new insurance E:\FR\FM\28FEN1.SGM 28FEN1 khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 6766 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 40 / Thursday, February 28, 2019 / Notices approaches relevant to organic producers; and ‘‘(IV) any recommendations the Corporation considers appropriate to improve Federal crop insurance coverage for organic crops’’. Authority: This census of organic farmers is required by law under the ‘‘Census of Agriculture Act of 1997,’’ Public Law 105–113, 7 U.S.C. 2204(g) as amended. 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 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, Public Law 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. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 45 minutes per response. Respondents: Farmers and Ranchers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 20,000. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 16,000 hours (based on an estimated 80% response rate, using 2 mail attempts, followed by phone and personal enumeration for nonrespondents). 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, including 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:52 Feb 27, 2019 Jkt 247001 Signed at Washington, DC, February 13, 2019. Kevin L. Barnes, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2019–03498 Filed 2–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P 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 Census of Horticultural Specialties. Response to this survey will be mandatory. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 29, 2019 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0236, 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties, by any of the following methods: • Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include 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: 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties. OMB Control Number: 0535–0236. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Type of Request: Intent to Seek Reinstatement of an Information Collection. Abstract: The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties survey to be conducted as a follow-on survey from the 2017 Census of Agriculture and is authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Title X— Horticulture and Organic Agriculture) as amended. The 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties will use as a sampling universe; every respondent on the 2017 Census of Agriculture who reported production and sales of $10,000 or more of horticultural specialty crops, and is still in business in 2019. In addition, NASS also plans to contact all new operations that have begun producing horticultural specialty products since the completion of the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Data collection will begin around January 1, 2020 for production and sales data for 2019. A final report will be published around December 2020. Data will be published at both the US and State levels where possible. Authority: The census of horticulture is required by law under the ‘‘Census of Agriculture Act of 1997,’’ Public Law 105–113, 7 U.S.C. 2204(g) as amended. 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 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, Public Law 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 tabulated total 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 E:\FR\FM\28FEN1.SGM 28FEN1

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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. 84, No. 40 / Thursday, February 28, 2019 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of 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 seek reinstatement of the 2019 Organic Survey. 
Response to this survey will be mandatory.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 29, 2019 to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
0249, 2019 Organic Survey, by any of the following methods:
     Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include 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: Organic Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0249.
    Type of Request: Intent to Seek Reinstatement of an Information 
Collection.
    Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural 
Statistics Service (NASS) is to prepare and issue State and national 
estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition as 
well as economic statistics, farm numbers, land values, on-farm 
pesticide usage, pest crop management practices, as well as the Census 
of Agriculture. In 2015, NASS conducted the 2014 Organic Production 
Survey (OMB #0535-0249). Originally, the Organic Survey was designed to 
be conducted once every five years as a mandatory, follow-on-survey to 
the 2007 Census of Agriculture and then every five years after that. In 
2011, the docket was renewed, and the survey was changed to accommodate 
a cooperative agreement between NASS and the USDA Risk Management 
Agency (RMA). Specifically, the survey was changed to a voluntary 
survey that was to be conducted annually if funding permitted, and it 
would allow for a rotation of target crops each year. With the 
completion of the 2012 Census of Agriculture, NASS renewed the Organic 
Survey again and returned it to its' original scope of questions and 
the mandatory reporting requirement. After the completion of the 2014 
Organic Survey, NASS renewed its' cooperative agreement with RMA to 
conduct the shorter questionnaire on an annual basis. Following the 
2017 Census of Agriculture, NASS is requesting to reinstate this survey 
as a follow-on survey with mandatory reporting.
    The sample will consist of all certified organic operations, 
operations exempt from organic certification (value of sales <$5,000), 
and operations with acres transitioning into organic certification from 
the 2017 Census of Agriculture as well as organic operations currently 
on the NASS list frame. The survey will be conducted in all States. 
Some operation level data will be collected to use in classifying each 
operation for summary purposes. The majority of the questions will 
involve production data (acres planted, acres harvested, quantity 
harvested, quantity sold, livestock produced and sold, value of sale, 
etc.), and marketing and production practices. In the 2019 
questionnaire, NASS is planning to remove the ``GMO Presence in Organic 
Crops'' and the ``Production Expenses'' sections that were included in 
the 2014 questionnaire.
    Approximately 20,000 operations will be contacted by mail in early 
January 2020, with a second mailing later in the month to non-
respondents. Respondents will be able to complete the questionnaire by 
use of the internet, if they so choose. Telephone and personal 
enumeration will be used for remaining non-response follow-up. The 
National Agricultural Statistics Service will publish summaries in 
December 2020 at both the State level and for each major organic 
commodity when possible. Due to confidentiality rules, some State level 
data may be combined and published at the regional or national level to 
prevent disclosure of individual operation's data.
    This collection of data will support requirements within the 
Agricultural Act of 2014.
    Under Section 11023 some of the duties of the Federal Crop 
Insurance Corporation (FCIC) are defined as ``(i) IN GENERAL--As soon 
as possible, but not later than the 2015 reinsurance year, the 
Corporation shall offer producers of organic crops price elections for 
all organic crops produced in compliance with standards issued by the 
Department of Agriculture under the national organic program 
established under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 
6501 et seq.) that reflect the actual retail or wholesale prices, as 
appropriate, received by producers for organic crops, as determined by 
the Secretary using all relevant sources of information. ``(ii) ANNUAL 
REPORT.--The Corporation shall submit to the Committee on Agriculture 
of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, 
Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate an annual report on progress made 
in developing and improving Federal crop insurance for organic crops, 
including--``(I) the numbers and varieties of organic crops insured; 
``(II) the progress of implementing the price elections required under 
this subparagraph, including the rate at which additional price 
elections are adopted for organic crops; ``(III) the development of new 
insurance

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approaches relevant to organic producers; and ``(IV) any 
recommendations the Corporation considers appropriate to improve 
Federal crop insurance coverage for organic crops''.
    Authority: This census of organic farmers is required by law under 
the ``Census of Agriculture Act of 1997,'' Public Law 105-113, 7 U.S.C. 
2204(g) as amended. 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 
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, Public Law 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.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 45 minutes per response.
    Respondents: Farmers and Ranchers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 20,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 16,000 hours (based 
on an estimated 80% response rate, using 2 mail attempts, followed by 
phone and personal enumeration for non-respondents).
    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, including 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, February 13, 2019.
Kevin L. Barnes,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2019-03498 Filed 2-27-19; 8:45 am]
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