Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection: Assessment Exemption for Organic Commodities Under Federal Marketing Orders, 15758-15759 [2020-05507]

Download as PDF 15758 Notices Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 54 Thursday, March 19, 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 [Docket No. AMS–SC–20–0020; SC20–900–1] Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection: Assessment Exemption for Organic Commodities Under Federal Marketing Orders 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 for the form currently used by marketers to apply for exemption from market promotion assessments under Federal marketing order programs. DATES: Comments on this notice are due by May 18, 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; 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 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Mar 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 be made public on the internet at the address provided above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Hatch, Supervisory Marketing Specialist, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 0237, Room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250– 0237; Tel: (202) 720–2491, Email: andrew.hatch@usda.gov. Small businesses may request information on this notice by contacting Richard Lower, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 0237, Room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250– 0237; Tel: (202) 720–2491; or Email: Richard.Lower@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Organic Handler Market Promotion Assessment Exemption under Federal Marketing Orders. OMB Number: 0581–0216. Expiration Date of Approval: May 31, 2020. Type of Request: Extension of a currently-approved information collection. Abstract: Marketing order programs provide an opportunity for producers of fresh fruit, vegetables, and specialty crops in specified production areas to work together to solve marketing problems that cannot be solved individually. Under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 as amended (7 U.S.C. 601–674), marketing orders may authorize production and marketing research, including paid advertising, to promote various commodities, which is paid for by assessments that are levied on the handlers who are regulated by the Orders. On May 13, 2002, the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act (7 U.S.C. 7901) amended the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 7201), exempting any person who handles or markets solely 100 percent organic products from paying these assessments with respect to any agricultural commodity that is produced on a certified organic farm, as defined in the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 6502). A certified organic handler can apply for this exemption by completing a ‘‘Certified Organic Handler Application for Exemption from Market Promotion Assessments Paid Under PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Federal Marketing Orders,’’ and submitting it to the applicable marketing order committee or board. Section 900.700 of the regulations (7 CFR part 900.700) provides for exemption from assessments. This notice applies to the following marketing orders: 7 CFR parts 906, Oranges and grapefruit grown in Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; 915, Avocados grown in south Florida; 922, Apricots grown in designated counties in Washington; 923, Sweet cherries grown in designated counties in Washington; 925, Grapes grown in a designated area of southeastern California; 927, Pears grown in Oregon and Washington; 929, Cranberries grown in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in New York; 930, Tart cherries grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin; 932, Olives grown in California; 948, Irish potatoes grown in Colorado; 955, Vidalia onions grown in Georgia; 956, sweet onions grown in the Walla Walla Valley of southeast Washington and northeast Oregon; 958, Onions grown in certain designated counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon; 959, Onions grown in South Texas; 966, Tomatoes grown in Florida; 981, Almonds grown in California; 982, Hazelnuts grown in Oregon and Washington; 984, Walnuts grown in California; 985, Spearmint oil produced in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and parts of Nevada and Utah; 986, Pecans produced in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas; 987, Domestic dates produced or packed in Riverside County, California; 989, Raisins produced from grapes grown in California; and 993, Dried prunes produced in California. The information collected is used only by authorized marketing order committee or board employees, who are the primary users of the information, and by authorized representatives of the USDA, including the AMS Specialty Crops Program’s regional and headquarters staff, who are the secondary users of the information. Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 54 / Thursday, March 19, 2020 / Notices information is estimated to average 15 minutes per response. Respondents: Respondents are eligible certified organic handlers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 210. Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 210. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 52.5 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) was 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. Dated: March 12, 2020. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2020–05507 Filed 3–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES March 16, 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 required 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 information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Mar 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments regarding this information collection received by April 20, 2020 will be considered. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be submitted within 30 days of the publication of this notice on the following website www.reginfo.gov/ public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. 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. Farm Service Agency Title: Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program Pluses (WHIP+). OMB Control Number: 0560–0294. Summary of Collection: The Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019 (Disaster Relief Act; Pub. L. 116– 20) authorized $3 billion in assistance for losses to crops, trees, bushes, and vines due to 2018 and 2019 hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons, volcanic activity, snowstorms, and wildfires. The Disaster Relief Act requires all participants who receive WHIP+ payments to purchase crop insurance or NAP coverage for the applicable crop years for which they are requesting assistance. Need and Use of the Information: The information submitted by respondents on the various forms will be used by FSA to determine eligibility and distribute payments to eligible producers under WHIP+. Failure to solicit application will result in failure to provide payments to eligible producers as intended by the Disaster Relief Act. Description of Respondents: Farms. Number of Respondents: 26,592. Frequency of Responses: Reporting; Other (one-time). Total Burden Hours: 18,405. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–05736 Filed 3–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15759 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2019–0008] Expansion of Use of the Term ‘‘Healthy’’ Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing that it will allow establishments to use the implied nutrient content claim ‘‘healthy’’ on their labels which: (1) Are not low in total fat, but have a fat profile makeup of predominantly mono and polyunsaturated fats; or (2) contain at least ten percent of the Daily Value (DV) per reference amount customarily consumed (RACC) of potassium or vitamin D. FSIS is making this announcement to maintain consistent requirements for food labels by allowing the same uses of the claim ‘‘healthy’’ for meat and poultry products as are currently allowed for food products under the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) jurisdiction. DATES: This notice is applicable March 19, 2020. Submit comments on or before May 18, 2020. ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: This website provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for submitting comments. Mail, including CD–ROMs, etc.: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 3758, Room 6065, Washington, DC 20250–3700. Hand- or Courier-Delivered Items: Deliver to 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 6065, Washington, DC 20250–3700. Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS– 2019–0008. Written comments received in response to this docket will be made available for public inspection and posted without change, including any personal information, to http:// www.regulations.gov. Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, call SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket No. AMS-SC-20-0020; SC20-900-1]


Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved 
Information Collection: Assessment Exemption for Organic Commodities 
Under Federal Marketing Orders

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 for the form currently used by 
marketers to apply for exemption from market promotion assessments 
under Federal marketing order programs.

DATES: Comments on this notice are due by May 18, 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; 
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, Supervisory Marketing 
Specialist, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops 
Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 0237, Room 1406-
S, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Tel: (202) 720-2491, Email: 
[email protected].
    Small businesses may request information on this notice by 
contacting Richard Lower, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, 
Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 
0237, Room 1406-S, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Tel: (202) 720-2491; or 
Email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Organic Handler Market Promotion Assessment Exemption under 
Federal Marketing Orders.
    OMB Number: 0581-0216.
    Expiration Date of Approval: May 31, 2020.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently-approved information 
collection.
    Abstract: Marketing order programs provide an opportunity for 
producers of fresh fruit, vegetables, and specialty crops in specified 
production areas to work together to solve marketing problems that 
cannot be solved individually.
    Under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 as amended 
(7 U.S.C. 601-674), marketing orders may authorize production and 
marketing research, including paid advertising, to promote various 
commodities, which is paid for by assessments that are levied on the 
handlers who are regulated by the Orders.
    On May 13, 2002, the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act (7 
U.S.C. 7901) amended the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act 
of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 7201), exempting any person who handles or markets 
solely 100 percent organic products from paying these assessments with 
respect to any agricultural commodity that is produced on a certified 
organic farm, as defined in the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (7 
U.S.C. 6502). A certified organic handler can apply for this exemption 
by completing a ``Certified Organic Handler Application for Exemption 
from Market Promotion Assessments Paid Under Federal Marketing 
Orders,'' and submitting it to the applicable marketing order committee 
or board.
    Section 900.700 of the regulations (7 CFR part 900.700) provides 
for exemption from assessments. This notice applies to the following 
marketing orders: 7 CFR parts 906, Oranges and grapefruit grown in 
Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas; 915, Avocados grown in south Florida; 
922, Apricots grown in designated counties in Washington; 923, Sweet 
cherries grown in designated counties in Washington; 925, Grapes grown 
in a designated area of southeastern California; 927, Pears grown in 
Oregon and Washington; 929, Cranberries grown in Massachusetts, Rhode 
Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, 
Oregon, Washington, and Long Island in New York; 930, Tart cherries 
grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington, 
and Wisconsin; 932, Olives grown in California; 948, Irish potatoes 
grown in Colorado; 955, Vidalia onions grown in Georgia; 956, sweet 
onions grown in the Walla Walla Valley of southeast Washington and 
northeast Oregon; 958, Onions grown in certain designated counties in 
Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon; 959, Onions grown in South Texas; 
966, Tomatoes grown in Florida; 981, Almonds grown in California; 982, 
Hazelnuts grown in Oregon and Washington; 984, Walnuts grown in 
California; 985, Spearmint oil produced in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, 
and parts of Nevada and Utah; 986, Pecans produced in Alabama, 
Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, 
Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South 
Carolina, and Texas; 987, Domestic dates produced or packed in 
Riverside County, California; 989, Raisins produced from grapes grown 
in California; and 993, Dried prunes produced in California.
    The information collected is used only by authorized marketing 
order committee or board employees, who are the primary users of the 
information, and by authorized representatives of the USDA, including 
the AMS Specialty Crops Program's regional and headquarters staff, who 
are the secondary users of the information.
    Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for this collection 
of

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information is estimated to average 15 minutes per response.
    Respondents: Respondents are eligible certified organic handlers.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 210.
    Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 210.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 52.5 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) was 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.

    Dated: March 12, 2020.
Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-05507 Filed 3-18-20; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3410-02-P