Vegetable and Specialty Crop Marketing Orders; Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 11330-11331 [2020-03894]

Download as PDF 11330 Notices Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 39 Thursday, February 27, 2020 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–SC–20–0011; SC20–033–1] Vegetable and Specialty Crop Marketing Orders; Notice of Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information 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 an extension and revision to the approved forms and information collection for marketing orders covering various vegetables and specialty crops. DATES: Comments on this notice are due by April 27, 2020 to be assured of consideration. SUMMARY: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this notice. Comments must be sent to the Docket Clerk, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Fax: (202) 720–8938; or internet: www.regulations.gov. Comments should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be available for public inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular business hours, or can be viewed at: www.regulations.gov. All comments submitted in response to this notice will be included in the record and will be made available to the public. Please be advised that the identity of individuals or entities submitting the comments will be made public on the internet at the address provided above. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Feb 26, 2020 Jkt 250001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Hatch, Chief, Rulemaking Services Branch, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Room 1406–S, Washington, DC, 20250– 0237; Telephone: (202) 720–6862; Fax: (202) 720–8938; or Email: andrew.hatch@usda.gov. Small businesses may request information on this notice by contacting Richard Lower, Assistant to the Director, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250– 0237; Telephone (202) 720–2491; Fax: (202) 720–8938; or Email: Richard.Lower@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Vegetable and Specialty Crop Marketing Orders. OMB Number: 0581–0178. Expiration Date of Approval: May 31, 2020. Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: Marketing order programs provide an opportunity for producers of fresh fruits, vegetables and specialty crops, in specified production areas, to work together to solve marketing problems that cannot be solved individually. This notice covers the following marketing order citations: 7 CFR parts 932 (California olives), 945 (Idaho/Oregon potatoes), 946 (Washington potatoes), 948 (Colorado potatoes), 955 (Vidalia onions), 956 (Walla Walla onions), 958 (Idaho/ Oregon onions), 959 (South Texas onions), 966 (Florida tomatoes), 981 (California almonds), 982 (Oregon/ Washington hazelnuts), 984 (California walnuts), 985 (Northwest spearmint oil), 987 (California dates), 989 (California raisins), 993 (California dried prunes), and 999 (Specialty Crop Import Regulations). Marketing Order 953 (North Carolina/ Virginia potatoes) has been terminated since the last three-year renewal period of this information collection package. Currently, handling requirements for Marketing Order 993 for California dried prunes are suspended at the industry’s request, meaning its information collection requirements are not active. The California dried prune industry PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 maintains the committee, which works in partnership with State programs. In addition, the import regulation for California dried prunes, as contained in 7 CFR 999.200—Regulation governing the importation of prunes—is indefinitely suspended, effective January 17, 2009 (Federal Register, Vol. 74 No. 11). Marketing order requirements help ensure adequate supplies of high quality product and adequate returns to producers. Marketing orders are authorized under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (Act), as amended (7 U.S.C. 601–674). The Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to oversee the marketing order operations and issue regulations recommended by a committee of representatives from each commodity industry. The information collection requirements in this request are essential to carry out the intent of the Act, to provide the respondents the type of service they request, and to administer the marketing orders. Under the Act, marketing orders may authorize: Production and marketing research, including paid advertising; volume regulation; reserves, including pools and producer allotments; container requirements; and quality control. Assessments are levied on handlers regulated under the marketing orders. Section 8e of the Act requires imports of 14 commodities to meet certain standards. Included among these commodities are some covered in this forms package: Olives, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, walnuts, dates, dried prunes, and raisins. USDA requires several forms to be filed to enable the administration of each marketing order. These include forms covering the selection process for industry members to serve on a marketing order’s committee or board and ballots used in referenda to amend or continue marketing orders. Under Federal marketing orders, producers and handlers are nominated by their peers to serve as representatives on a committee or board which administers each program. Nominees must provide information on their qualifications to serve on the committee or board. Qualified nominees are then appointed by the Secretary. Amendments to marketing orders made through Formal rulemaking must be approved in referenda conducted by E:\FR\FM\27FEN1.SGM 27FEN1 lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 39 / Thursday, February 27, 2020 / Notices USDA and the Secretary. For the purposes of this action, ballots are considered information collections and are subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act. If a marketing order is amended, handlers are asked to sign an agreement indicating their willingness to abide by the provisions of the amended marketing order. Some forms are required to be filed with the committee or board. The marketing orders authorize the respective committee or board, the agencies responsible for local administration of the marketing orders, to require handlers and producers to submit certain information. Much of the information is compiled in aggregate and provided to the respective industries to assist in marketing decisions. The committees and boards developed forms as a means for persons to file required information relating to supplies, shipments, and dispositions of their respective commodities, and other information needed to effectively carry out the purpose of the Act and their respective orders, and these forms are utilized accordingly. The forms covered under this information collection require respondents to provide the minimum information necessary to effectively carry out the requirements of the marketing orders, and use of these forms is necessary to fulfill the intent of the Act as expressed in the marketing orders. The information collected is used only by authorized employees of the committees and authorized representatives of the USDA, including AMS, Specialty Crops Program’s regional and headquarters’ staff. Authorized committee or board employees are the primary users of the information and AMS is the secondary user. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.32 hours per response. Respondents: Producers, handlers, processors, dehydrators, cooperatives, manufacturers, importers, and public members. Estimated Number of Respondents: 15,481. Estimated Number of Responses: 79,213. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 5.12. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 25,438 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Feb 26, 2020 Jkt 250001 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 through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments should reference OMB No. 0581–0178 OMB Vegetable and Specialty Crop Marketing Orders, and be sent to the USDA in care of the Docket Clerk at the address above. All comments received will be available for public inspection during regular business hours at the same address. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. AMS is committed to complying with the E-Government Act to promote the use of the internet and other information technologies, to provide increased opportunities for citizen access to Government information and services, and for other purposes. A 60-day comment period is provided to allow interested persons to respond to the notice. Dated: February 21, 2020. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2020–03894 Filed 2–26–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request February 24, 2020. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. Comments are requested regarding: Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11331 information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques and other forms of information technology. Comments regarding this information collection received by March 30, 2020 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New Executive Office Building, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503. Commentors are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax (202) 395–5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250– 7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720–8681. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Forest Service Title: Cooperative Wildland Fire Management and Stafford Act Response Agreements. OMB Control Number: 0596–0242. Summary of Collection: The primary authorities allowing for the agreements are the reciprocal Fire Protection Act, 42 U.S.C. 1856, and the Stafford Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121. The Forest Service (FS) is charged with the duty of providing fire protection for any property of the United States and is authorized to enter into a reciprocal agreement, with any fire organization maintaining fire protection facilities in the vicinity of such property, for mutual aid in furnishing fire protection for such property and for other property for which such organization normally provides fire protection. Need and Use of the Information: To negotiate, develop, and administer Cooperative Wildland Fire Management and Stafford Act Response Agreements, the USDA FS, Department of Interior (DOI) Bureau of Land Management; Fish and Wildlife Service; National Park Service; and Bureau of Indian Affairs DOI must collect information from willing State, local, and Tribal governments from the pre-agreement to the closeout stage via telephone calls, emails, postal mail, and person-to- E:\FR\FM\27FEN1.SGM 27FEN1

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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. 85, No. 39 / Thursday, February 27, 2020 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-SC-20-0011; SC20-033-1]


Vegetable and Specialty Crop Marketing Orders; Notice of Request 
for Extension and 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 an extension and revision to the approved forms and 
information collection for marketing orders covering various vegetables 
and specialty crops.

DATES: Comments on this notice are due by April 27, 2020 to be assured 
of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
concerning this notice. Comments must be sent to the Docket Clerk, 
Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, 
USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250-
0237; Fax: (202) 720-8938; or internet: www.regulations.gov. Comments 
should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this 
issue of the Federal Register and will be available for public 
inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular business 
hours, or can be viewed at: www.regulations.gov. All comments submitted 
in response to this notice will be included in the record and will be 
made available to the public. Please be advised that the identity of 
individuals or entities submitting the comments will be made public on 
the internet at the address provided above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Hatch, Chief, Rulemaking 
Services Branch, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty 
Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Room 
1406-S, Washington, DC, 20250-0237; Telephone: (202) 720-6862; Fax: 
(202) 720-8938; or Email: [email protected].
    Small businesses may request information on this notice by 
contacting Richard Lower, Assistant to the Director, Marketing Order 
and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Room 1406-S, Washington, DC 20250-
0237; Telephone (202) 720-2491; Fax: (202) 720-8938; or Email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Vegetable and Specialty Crop Marketing Orders.
    OMB Number: 0581-0178.
    Expiration Date of Approval: May 31, 2020.
    Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: Marketing order programs provide an opportunity for 
producers of fresh fruits, vegetables and specialty crops, in specified 
production areas, to work together to solve marketing problems that 
cannot be solved individually. This notice covers the following 
marketing order citations: 7 CFR parts 932 (California olives), 945 
(Idaho/Oregon potatoes), 946 (Washington potatoes), 948 (Colorado 
potatoes), 955 (Vidalia onions), 956 (Walla Walla onions), 958 (Idaho/
Oregon onions), 959 (South Texas onions), 966 (Florida tomatoes), 981 
(California almonds), 982 (Oregon/Washington hazelnuts), 984 
(California walnuts), 985 (Northwest spearmint oil), 987 (California 
dates), 989 (California raisins), 993 (California dried prunes), and 
999 (Specialty Crop Import Regulations).
    Marketing Order 953 (North Carolina/Virginia potatoes) has been 
terminated since the last three-year renewal period of this information 
collection package. Currently, handling requirements for Marketing 
Order 993 for California dried prunes are suspended at the industry's 
request, meaning its information collection requirements are not 
active. The California dried prune industry maintains the committee, 
which works in partnership with State programs. In addition, the import 
regulation for California dried prunes, as contained in 7 CFR 999.200--
Regulation governing the importation of prunes--is indefinitely 
suspended, effective January 17, 2009 (Federal Register, Vol. 74 No. 
11).
    Marketing order requirements help ensure adequate supplies of high 
quality product and adequate returns to producers. Marketing orders are 
authorized under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 
(Act), as amended (7 U.S.C. 601-674). The Secretary of Agriculture is 
authorized to oversee the marketing order operations and issue 
regulations recommended by a committee of representatives from each 
commodity industry.
    The information collection requirements in this request are 
essential to carry out the intent of the Act, to provide the 
respondents the type of service they request, and to administer the 
marketing orders. Under the Act, marketing orders may authorize: 
Production and marketing research, including paid advertising; volume 
regulation; reserves, including pools and producer allotments; 
container requirements; and quality control. Assessments are levied on 
handlers regulated under the marketing orders. Section 8e of the Act 
requires imports of 14 commodities to meet certain standards. Included 
among these commodities are some covered in this forms package: Olives, 
potatoes, onions, tomatoes, walnuts, dates, dried prunes, and raisins.
    USDA requires several forms to be filed to enable the 
administration of each marketing order. These include forms covering 
the selection process for industry members to serve on a marketing 
order's committee or board and ballots used in referenda to amend or 
continue marketing orders.
    Under Federal marketing orders, producers and handlers are 
nominated by their peers to serve as representatives on a committee or 
board which administers each program. Nominees must provide information 
on their qualifications to serve on the committee or board. Qualified 
nominees are then appointed by the Secretary. Amendments to marketing 
orders made through Formal rulemaking must be approved in referenda 
conducted by

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USDA and the Secretary. For the purposes of this action, ballots are 
considered information collections and are subject to the Paperwork 
Reduction Act. If a marketing order is amended, handlers are asked to 
sign an agreement indicating their willingness to abide by the 
provisions of the amended marketing order.
    Some forms are required to be filed with the committee or board. 
The marketing orders authorize the respective committee or board, the 
agencies responsible for local administration of the marketing orders, 
to require handlers and producers to submit certain information. Much 
of the information is compiled in aggregate and provided to the 
respective industries to assist in marketing decisions. The committees 
and boards developed forms as a means for persons to file required 
information relating to supplies, shipments, and dispositions of their 
respective commodities, and other information needed to effectively 
carry out the purpose of the Act and their respective orders, and these 
forms are utilized accordingly.
    The forms covered under this information collection require 
respondents to provide the minimum information necessary to effectively 
carry out the requirements of the marketing orders, and use of these 
forms is necessary to fulfill the intent of the Act as expressed in the 
marketing orders.
    The information collected is used only by authorized employees of 
the committees and authorized representatives of the USDA, including 
AMS, Specialty Crops Program's regional and headquarters' staff. 
Authorized committee or board employees are the primary users of the 
information and AMS is the secondary user.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.32 hours per response.
    Respondents: Producers, handlers, processors, dehydrators, 
cooperatives, manufacturers, importers, and public members.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 15,481.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 79,213.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 5.12.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 25,438 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 through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    Comments should reference OMB No. 0581-0178 OMB Vegetable and 
Specialty Crop Marketing Orders, and be sent to the USDA in care of the 
Docket Clerk at the address above. All comments received will be 
available for public inspection during regular business hours at the 
same address.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of 
public record.
    AMS is committed to complying with the E-Government Act to promote 
the use of the internet and other information technologies, to provide 
increased opportunities for citizen access to Government information 
and services, and for other purposes.
    A 60-day comment period is provided to allow interested persons to 
respond to the notice.

    Dated: February 21, 2020.
Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-03894 Filed 2-26-20; 8:45 am]
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