Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 11482-11483 [2019-05847]

Download as PDF 11482 Notices Federal Register Vol. 84, No. 59 Wednesday, March 27, 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 Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–TM–19–0031] Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. Notice and request for comments. ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget, for revision of a currently approved collection titled ‘‘Local Food Directories and Survey’’. Under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended, AMS is responsible for conducting research to enhance market access for small and medium sized farmers. The role of the Marketing Services Division (MSD) of AMS is to facilitate distribution of U.S. agricultural products. This information is used to populate USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory and periodically market managers are invited to participate in a comprehensive survey assessing the farmers market sector. Beginning in 2020, the survey of the farmers market sector will be administered by the National Agricultural Statistical Service. Information will also be collected by AMS to populate the National Farmers Market Directory, as well as three additional local food directories: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Directory, Food Hub Directory, and On-Farm Market Directory. All four directories are national in scope and provide free advertising for producers of local agricultural products. The directories also assist customers to locate local food enterprises. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:13 Mar 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 Comments on this notice must be received by May 28, 2019 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments concerning this notice. Comments should be submitted online at www.regulations.gov or mail to Edward Ragland, Marketing Services Division, Transportation and Marketing Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Room 4509, South Building, Ag Stop 0269, Washington, DC 20250–0269. All comments should be identified with the docket number (AMS–TM–19– XXXX), the date, and the page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be posted without change, including any personal information provided, online at http:// www.regulations.gov and will be made available for public inspection during regular business hours at the above physical address from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, (except official Federal holidays). Persons wanting to visit the USDA South Building to view comments received are requested to make an appointment in advance by calling (202) 720–8317. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edward Ragland, Marketing Services Division, Transportation and Marketing Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Room 4509, South Building, Ag Stop 0269, Washington, DC 20250–0269; Tel. 202– 720–8317 FAX 202–690–0031. Comments should reference Docket No. AMS–TM–19–XXXX. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Local Food Directories and Survey. OMB Number: 0581–0169. Expiration Date of Approval: July 31, 2019. Type of Request: Revision and Extension of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: Under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.), AMS is responsible for conducting research to enhance market access for small- and mediumsized farmers. The role of the Marketing Services Division (MSD) of AMS is to facilitate distribution of U.S. agricultural products. MSD identifies DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 marketing opportunities, provides analysis to help take advantage of those opportunities, and develops and evaluates solutions, including improving farmers markets and other direct-to-consumer marketing activities. Various types of direct-to-customer local food enterprises serve different parts of the food marketing chain but all focus on the small-to medium-sized agricultural producers that have difficulty obtaining access to large scale commercial distribution channels. The definitions of farmers markets, on-farm markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA), and food hubs, as utilized by AMS for the purposes of the Local Food Directories and Survey are listed below. Topic areas in USDA’s National Farmers Market Managers Survey include: Characteristics and history of farmers markets, types of products sold, including fresh, locally-grown produce, location of the markets, programs to encourage healthy eating, special events, marketing methods, participation in federal programs designed to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, vendor retention and recruitment, market growth and enhancement, information farmers market managers have and how they derive estimates of the number of customers, sales, and number of vendors. A farmers market is a sales venue that features two or more farm vendors selling agricultural products directly to customers at a common, recurrent physical location. This marketing channel allows farm vendors to receive retail prices for their products, capturing a larger share of customers’ food dollar. An on-farm market is an area of a facility affiliated with a farm where transactions between a farm market operator and customers take place. An on-farm market may operate seasonally or year-round. On-farm markets are an important component of direct marketing, adding value by offering customers a visit to the farm and the opportunity to purchase products from the people who grew them. A CSA is another type of foodproduction and direct marketing relationship between a farmer or farmers and a group of consumers who purchase ‘‘shares’’ of the season’s harvest in advance of the growing season. The up- E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 59 / Wednesday, March 27, 2019 / Notices front working capital generated by selling shares reduces the financial risk to the farmer(s). Generally, farmers receive better prices for their crops and have reduced marketing costs. Consumers benefit by receiving a periodic (usually weekly) delivery of fresh locally-grown fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs and other produce. They also benefit from the ability to collectively support the sustainability of local farmers. A food hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand. This marketing channel also allows farm operators to capture a larger share of consumers’ food dollar. On-farm markets, CSA, as well as food hubs, comprise an integral part of the urban/farm linkage and have continued to rise in popularity, mostly due to the growing consumer interest in obtaining fresh products directly from the farm. On-farm markets, CSA, and food hubs allow consumers to have access to locally grown, farm fresh produce, enable farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers, and cultivate consumer loyalty with the farmers. They are also providing greater access to fresh locallygrown fruits and vegetables, as well as playing an increasing role in encouraging healthier eating. Local Food Directories and Survey— 0581–0169 Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.26 hours per response, (rounded). Respondents: Farmers market managers, farm operators that operate on-farm stores, operators of CSA, farm operations, and operators of food hubs. Estimated Number of Respondents: 66,250. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 8,025. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: .26. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 2,069 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) VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:13 Mar 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 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 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: March 22, 2019. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2019–05847 Filed 3–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Document No. AMS–ST–19–0021] Plant Variety Protection Board; Open Meeting Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a meeting of the Plant Variety Protection Board (Board). The meeting is being held to discuss a variety of topics including, but not limited to, work and outreach plans, subcommittee activities, and program activities. The meeting is open to the public. This notice sets forth the schedule and location for the meeting. DATES: Wednesday April 24, 2019, 1 p.m. to Friday April 26, 2019, 12 noon. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare, 5615 N Cumberland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60631. Telephone: (773) 693–5800. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffery Haynes, acting commissioner, Plant Variety Protection Office, USDA, AMS, Science and Technology Programs, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250. Telephone: (202) 720–1066; Fax: (202) 260–8976, or Email: Jeffery.Haynes@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the provisions of section 10(a) of the FACA (5 U.S.C., Appendix 2), this notice informs the public that the Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO) is sponsoring a meeting of the Board on April 24, 2019 to April 26, 2019. The Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) (7 U.S.C. 2321 et seq.) provides legal SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11483 protection in the form of intellectual property rights to developers of new varieties of plants, which are reproduced sexually by seed or are tuber-propagated. A certificate of Plant Variety Protection is awarded to an owner of a crop variety after an examination shows that it is new, distinct from other varieties, genetically uniform and stable through successive generations. The term of protection is 20 years for most crops and 25 years for trees, shrubs, and vines. The PVPA also provides for a statutory Board (7 U.S.C. 2327). The Board is composed of 14 individuals who are experts in various areas of development and represent the seed industry sector, academia and government. The Duties of the Board Are To: (1) Advise the Secretary concerning the adoption of rules and regulations to facilitate the proper administration of the FACA; (2) provide advisory counsel to the Secretary on appeals concerning decisions on applications by the PVP Office and on requests for emergency public-interest compulsory licenses; and (3) advise the Secretary on any other matters under the Regulations and Rules of Practice and on all questions under Section 44 of the FACA, ‘‘Public Interest in Wide Usage’’ (7 U.S.C. 2404). Meeting Agenda: The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the PVPO 2019 program activities, 2018 Farm Bill amendment to the Plant Variety Protection Act, and cooperation with other countries. The Board plans to discuss program activities that encourage the development of new plant varieties. The meeting will be open to the public. Those wishing to participate are encouraged to preregister by April 15, 2019, by contacting Jeffery Haynes, acting commissioner, at Telephone: (202) 720–1066; Fax: (202) 260–8976, or Email: Jeffery.Haynes@ ams.usda.gov . Meeting Accommodation: The meeting at USDA will provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this public meeting, please notify Jeffery Haynes at: Telephone: (202) 720–1066; Fax: (202) 260–8976, or Email: Jeffery.Haynes@ams.usda.gov . Determinations for reasonable accommodation will be made on a caseby-case basis. Minutes of the meeting will be available for public review 30 days following the meeting on the internet at http://www.ams.usda.gov/ PVPO. E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-TM-19-0031]


Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information 
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 the Office of Management and Budget, for 
revision of a currently approved collection titled ``Local Food 
Directories and Survey''.
    Under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended, AMS is 
responsible for conducting research to enhance market access for small 
and medium sized farmers. The role of the Marketing Services Division 
(MSD) of AMS is to facilitate distribution of U.S. agricultural 
products. This information is used to populate USDA's National Farmers 
Market Directory and periodically market managers are invited to 
participate in a comprehensive survey assessing the farmers market 
sector. Beginning in 2020, the survey of the farmers market sector will 
be administered by the National Agricultural Statistical Service. 
Information will also be collected by AMS to populate the National 
Farmers Market Directory, as well as three additional local food 
directories: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Directory, Food Hub 
Directory, and On-Farm Market Directory. All four directories are 
national in scope and provide free advertising for producers of local 
agricultural products. The directories also assist customers to locate 
local food enterprises.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 28, 2019 to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments concerning 
this notice. Comments should be submitted online at www.regulations.gov 
or mail to Edward Ragland, Marketing Services Division, Transportation 
and Marketing Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department 
of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Room 4509, South Building, 
Ag Stop 0269, Washington, DC 20250-0269.
    All comments should be identified with the docket number (AMS-TM-
19-XXXX), the date, and the page number of this issue of the Federal 
Register. All comments received will be posted without change, 
including any personal information provided, online at http://www.regulations.gov and will be made available for public inspection 
during regular business hours at the above physical address from 9 a.m. 
to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, (except 
official Federal holidays). Persons wanting to visit the USDA South 
Building to view comments received are requested to make an appointment 
in advance by calling (202) 720-8317.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edward Ragland, Marketing Services 
Division, Transportation and Marketing Program, Agricultural Marketing 
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, 
Room 4509, South Building, Ag Stop 0269, Washington, DC 20250-0269; 
Tel. 202-720-8317 FAX 202-690-0031. Comments should reference Docket 
No. AMS-TM-19-XXXX.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Local Food Directories and Survey.
    OMB Number: 0581-0169.
    Expiration Date of Approval: July 31, 2019.
    Type of Request: Revision and Extension of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: Under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended 
(7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.), AMS is responsible for conducting research to 
enhance market access for small- and medium-sized farmers. The role of 
the Marketing Services Division (MSD) of AMS is to facilitate 
distribution of U.S. agricultural products. MSD identifies marketing 
opportunities, provides analysis to help take advantage of those 
opportunities, and develops and evaluates solutions, including 
improving farmers markets and other direct-to-consumer marketing 
activities. Various types of direct-to-customer local food enterprises 
serve different parts of the food marketing chain but all focus on the 
small-to medium-sized agricultural producers that have difficulty 
obtaining access to large scale commercial distribution channels.
    The definitions of farmers markets, on-farm markets, community-
supported agriculture (CSA), and food hubs, as utilized by AMS for the 
purposes of the Local Food Directories and Survey are listed below.
    Topic areas in USDA's National Farmers Market Managers Survey 
include: Characteristics and history of farmers markets, types of 
products sold, including fresh, locally-grown produce, location of the 
markets, programs to encourage healthy eating, special events, 
marketing methods, participation in federal programs designed to 
increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, vendor retention 
and recruitment, market growth and enhancement, information farmers 
market managers have and how they derive estimates of the number of 
customers, sales, and number of vendors.
    A farmers market is a sales venue that features two or more farm 
vendors selling agricultural products directly to customers at a 
common, recurrent physical location. This marketing channel allows farm 
vendors to receive retail prices for their products, capturing a larger 
share of customers' food dollar.
    An on-farm market is an area of a facility affiliated with a farm 
where transactions between a farm market operator and customers take 
place. An on-farm market may operate seasonally or year-round. On-farm 
markets are an important component of direct marketing, adding value by 
offering customers a visit to the farm and the opportunity to purchase 
products from the people who grew them.
    A CSA is another type of food-production and direct marketing 
relationship between a farmer or farmers and a group of consumers who 
purchase ``shares'' of the season's harvest in advance of the growing 
season. The up-

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front working capital generated by selling shares reduces the financial 
risk to the farmer(s). Generally, farmers receive better prices for 
their crops and have reduced marketing costs. Consumers benefit by 
receiving a periodic (usually weekly) delivery of fresh locally-grown 
fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs and other produce. They also benefit 
from the ability to collectively support the sustainability of local 
farmers.
    A food hub is a business or organization that actively manages the 
aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food 
products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen 
their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand. 
This marketing channel also allows farm operators to capture a larger 
share of consumers' food dollar.
    On-farm markets, CSA, as well as food hubs, comprise an integral 
part of the urban/farm linkage and have continued to rise in 
popularity, mostly due to the growing consumer interest in obtaining 
fresh products directly from the farm. On-farm markets, CSA, and food 
hubs allow consumers to have access to locally grown, farm fresh 
produce, enable farmers the opportunity to develop a personal 
relationship with their customers, and cultivate consumer loyalty with 
the farmers. They are also providing greater access to fresh locally-
grown fruits and vegetables, as well as playing an increasing role in 
encouraging healthier eating.

Local Food Directories and Survey--0581-0169

    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.26 hours per response, (rounded).
    Respondents: Farmers market managers, farm operators that operate 
on-farm stores, operators of CSA, farm operations, and operators of 
food hubs.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 66,250.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 8,025.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: .26.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 2,069 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) 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 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: March 22, 2019.
Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-05847 Filed 3-26-19; 8:45 am]
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