Notice of Intent to Reinstate an Information Collection, 17851-17852 [2020-06679]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 62 / Tuesday, March 31, 2020 / Notices • Places of production and packinghouses would have to be registered with and approved by the NPPO of Chile. Additionally, packinghouses would have to be pest exclusionary. • If the NPPO of Chile determines that a registered place of production or packinghouse is not complying with the provisions of the systems approach, no blueberries from the place of production or packinghouse would be eligible for export into the United States until APHIS and the NPPO conduct an investigation and appropriate remedial actions have been implemented. • The NPPO of Chile would have to demonstrate continued low pest prevalence for EGVM in Regions VIII and XVI through a national trapping program for EGVM. Trapping density and servicing, as well as thresholds for low pest prevalence, would be detailed in the operational workplan. • If the place of production is within an area of Region VIII or XVI that is designated by the NPPO of Chile as a regulated area for EGVM, the place of production would have to have a field inspection by the NPPO within 2 weeks prior to harvest with no finds of immature EGVM based on a biometric sample of plants. Places of production in control areas for EGVM would not be authorized to export blueberries to the United States under the terms of the systems approach and blueberries from such areas would have to be fumigated with methyl bromide in order to be exported to the United States. • Packed blueberries would have to be inspected by the NPPO of Chile prior to export under the auspices of APHIS’ preclearance program within Chile. • Each shipment would have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO with an additional declaration that the blueberries were produced in an area of low pest prevalence for EGVM. • Each shipment would be subject to inspection for quarantine pests at the port of entry into the United States. • If immature stages of EGVM are detected during field inspections or packinghouse inspections, or any life stage of EGVM is detected at a port of entry into the United States, the consignment could not be imported into the United States and the place of production would be suspended from the systems approach export program until reinstated. Blueberries from that place of production would have to be fumigated with methyl bromide in order to be exported to the United States until such reinstatement. Therefore, in accordance with § 319.56–4(c)(3), we are announcing the VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:01 Mar 30, 2020 Jkt 250001 availability of our CIED for public review and comment. This document, as well as a description of the economic considerations associated with the proposed systems approach, may be viewed on the Regulations.gov website or in our reading room (see ADDRESSES above for a link to Regulations.gov and information on the location and hours of the reading room). You may request paper copies of these documents by calling or writing to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Please refer to the subject of the analysis you wish to review when requesting copies. After reviewing any comments we receive, we will announce our decision regarding whether to revise the requirements for the importation of blueberries from Chile in a subsequent notice. If the overall conclusions of our analysis and the Administrator’s determination of risk remain unchanged following our consideration of the comments, then we will revise the requirements for the importation of blueberries from Chile as described in this notice. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1633, 7701–7772, and 7781–7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3. Done in Washington, DC, this 26th day of March 2020. Mark Davidson, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2020–06696 Filed 3–30–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent to Reinstate an Information Collection National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. AGENCY: Notice and request for comments. ACTION: 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 Agriculture Content Test. Response to this survey will be voluntary. SUMMARY: Comments on this notice must be received by June 1, 2020 to be assured of consideration. DATES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0243, by any of the following methods: ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17851 • Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include docket number above in the subject line of the message. • eFax: (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: Census of Agriculture Content Test. OMB Control Number: 0535–0243. Type of Request: Intent to Seek Reinstatement of an Information Collection. Abstract: The Census of Agriculture, conducted every five years, is the primary source of statistics concerning the Nation’s agricultural industry and provides the basis for the Nation’s comparable and robust agricultural data. Results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture are available on the Web at https://www.nass.usda.gov/AgCensus/ index.php. This Information Collection activity will reinstate the Census of Agriculture Content Test. The purpose of this Content Test is to evaluate proposed changes to the survey methodology and content to reduce respondent burden and maintain the relevance of quality of statistics produced using the Census of Agriculture: Questionnaire format and design, new questions, changes to question wording and location, overall respondent burden, ease of completion, and processing methodology (such as editing and data summary). Results of this test will be studied in preparation for the 2022 Census of Agriculture. Development of the test questionnaire version will come from evaluation of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, testing panels, and cognitive interviews. NASS will also meet with other USDA and Federal agencies and selected State Departments of Agriculture to gather information on data uses and, in some E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 17852 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 62 / Tuesday, March 31, 2020 / Notices cases, justifications for county-level data. The test will be nation-wide, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, and will be conducted in three phases. For Phase One, a stratified random sample of approximately 36,000 farm and ranch operators will be mailed questionnaires; samples will be selected to ensure sufficient coverage of various sizes, locations and types of agricultural operations. The sample will be divided into control and treatment groups to test alternative versions of the questionnaires and/or data collection methodologies. Non-respondents will receive follow-up contact by first mail, then telephone. Phase Two will consist of up to 100 randomly selected agricultural operations who will be asked to participate in cognitive interviews. The sample may consist of some agricultural operations that completed the questionnaire in Phase One, as well as some additional operations selected to ensure sufficient size of comparison groups. The cognitive interviews conducted with Phase One respondents will be used to improve the overall 2022 Census of Agriculture questionnaire by allowing NASS to follow-up with respondents to better understand unusual responses and to ascertain question comprehension. The remainder of the cognitive interview sample will be randomly selected from operations to meet size and type criteria to ensure examination of suspected reporting problems or sections of the form without a sufficient responses in Phase One. The cognitive interviews of this group will also test further 2022 Census of Agriculture questionnaire variations, including the internet version. For Phase Three a stratified random sample of approximately 15,000 will be mailed letters asking them to go to a supplied internet address to complete the survey. Stratification will be used to ensure sufficient coverage of various sizes and types of agricultural operations. The sample will be divided into control and treatment groups to test alternative versions of the on-line questionnaires and methods to increase on-line response. Non-respondents will receive follow-up contact by mail. Response to all phases of the Census of Agriculture Content Test are voluntary. Authority: Although the Census of Agriculture is required by law (‘‘Census of Agriculture Act of 1997,’’ Public Law 105–113, 7 U.S.C. 2204(g) as amended), this Content Test is voluntary. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:34 Mar 30, 2020 Jkt 250001 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: Reporting burden for Phase One, (mailout survey) of this collection of information is estimated to average 60 minutes per completed response and two (2) minutes per refusal. This was determined by our experience from past Censuses of Agriculture and by our survey methodologists, based on the length and difficulty of similar surveys. Burden is based on an estimated minimum response rate of 58%. This anticipated response rate is based on similar types of voluntary mail surveys and through the use of a mail questionnaire and (limited) telephone follow-up to nonrespondents. Reporting burden for Phase Two, (cognitive interviews) of this collection of information is estimated to average 120 minutes per completed response and five (5) minutes per refusal. This was determined by our survey methodologists who compared the questionnaire length and difficulty with previous cognitive pretests NASS has conducted. Reporting burden for Phase Three, (internet test) of this collection of information is estimated to average 35 minutes per completed response and two (2) minutes per refusal. This was determined by our experience from past Censuses of Agriculture and by our survey methodologists, who compared the questionnaire length and difficulty with similar surveys. Since Phase Three is internet only, the average time to complete the questionnaire is less than for Phase One (paper questionnaire and phone follow-up responses only) since the internet version is faster due to automated routing. Burden is based on an estimated minimum response rate of 50% which is similar to response rates observed for voluntary internet based surveys of a similar nature. Respondents: Potential farm and ranch operators. Estimated Number of Respondents: 51,200 farmers and/or ranchers PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 30,000 hours. (This is based on the expected response rates explained above.) 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, March 23, 2020. Kevin L. Barnes, Associate Administrator. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 62 (Tuesday, March 31, 2020)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-06679]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Intent to Reinstate an 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 an information collection, the 
Census of Agriculture Content Test. Response to this survey will be 
voluntary.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by June 1, 2020 to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
0243, by any of the following methods:
     Email: [email protected]. Include docket number 
above in the subject line of the message.
     eFax: (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 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Census of Agriculture Content Test.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0243.
    Type of Request: Intent to Seek Reinstatement of an Information 
Collection.
    Abstract: The Census of Agriculture, conducted every five years, is 
the primary source of statistics concerning the Nation's agricultural 
industry and provides the basis for the Nation's comparable and robust 
agricultural data. Results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture are 
available on the Web at https://www.nass.usda.gov/AgCensus/index.php. 
This Information Collection activity will reinstate the Census of 
Agriculture Content Test. The purpose of this Content Test is to 
evaluate proposed changes to the survey methodology and content to 
reduce respondent burden and maintain the relevance of quality of 
statistics produced using the Census of Agriculture: Questionnaire 
format and design, new questions, changes to question wording and 
location, overall respondent burden, ease of completion, and processing 
methodology (such as editing and data summary). Results of this test 
will be studied in preparation for the 2022 Census of Agriculture. 
Development of the test questionnaire version will come from evaluation 
of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, testing panels, and cognitive 
interviews. NASS will also meet with other USDA and Federal agencies 
and selected State Departments of Agriculture to gather information on 
data uses and, in some

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cases, justifications for county-level data. The test will be nation-
wide, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, and will be conducted in three 
phases.
    For Phase One, a stratified random sample of approximately 36,000 
farm and ranch operators will be mailed questionnaires; samples will be 
selected to ensure sufficient coverage of various sizes, locations and 
types of agricultural operations. The sample will be divided into 
control and treatment groups to test alternative versions of the 
questionnaires and/or data collection methodologies. Non-respondents 
will receive follow-up contact by first mail, then telephone.
    Phase Two will consist of up to 100 randomly selected agricultural 
operations who will be asked to participate in cognitive interviews. 
The sample may consist of some agricultural operations that completed 
the questionnaire in Phase One, as well as some additional operations 
selected to ensure sufficient size of comparison groups. The cognitive 
interviews conducted with Phase One respondents will be used to improve 
the overall 2022 Census of Agriculture questionnaire by allowing NASS 
to follow-up with respondents to better understand unusual responses 
and to ascertain question comprehension. The remainder of the cognitive 
interview sample will be randomly selected from operations to meet size 
and type criteria to ensure examination of suspected reporting problems 
or sections of the form without a sufficient responses in Phase One. 
The cognitive interviews of this group will also test further 2022 
Census of Agriculture questionnaire variations, including the internet 
version.
    For Phase Three a stratified random sample of approximately 15,000 
will be mailed letters asking them to go to a supplied internet address 
to complete the survey. Stratification will be used to ensure 
sufficient coverage of various sizes and types of agricultural 
operations. The sample will be divided into control and treatment 
groups to test alternative versions of the on-line questionnaires and 
methods to increase on-line response. Non-respondents will receive 
follow-up contact by mail. Response to all phases of the Census of 
Agriculture Content Test are voluntary.
    Authority: Although the Census of Agriculture is required by law 
(``Census of Agriculture Act of 1997,'' Public Law 105-113, 7 U.S.C. 
2204(g) as amended), this Content Test is voluntary. 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: Reporting burden for Phase One, (mailout 
survey) of this collection of information is estimated to average 60 
minutes per completed response and two (2) minutes per refusal. This 
was determined by our experience from past Censuses of Agriculture and 
by our survey methodologists, based on the length and difficulty of 
similar surveys. Burden is based on an estimated minimum response rate 
of 58%. This anticipated response rate is based on similar types of 
voluntary mail surveys and through the use of a mail questionnaire and 
(limited) telephone follow-up to non-respondents.
    Reporting burden for Phase Two, (cognitive interviews) of this 
collection of information is estimated to average 120 minutes per 
completed response and five (5) minutes per refusal. This was 
determined by our survey methodologists who compared the questionnaire 
length and difficulty with previous cognitive pretests NASS has 
conducted.
    Reporting burden for Phase Three, (internet test) of this 
collection of information is estimated to average 35 minutes per 
completed response and two (2) minutes per refusal. This was determined 
by our experience from past Censuses of Agriculture and by our survey 
methodologists, who compared the questionnaire length and difficulty 
with similar surveys. Since Phase Three is internet only, the average 
time to complete the questionnaire is less than for Phase One (paper 
questionnaire and phone follow-up responses only) since the internet 
version is faster due to automated routing. Burden is based on an 
estimated minimum response rate of 50% which is similar to response 
rates observed for voluntary internet based surveys of a similar 
nature.
    Respondents: Potential farm and ranch operators.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 51,200 farmers and/or ranchers
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 30,000 hours. (This 
is based on the expected response rates explained above.)
    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, March 23, 2020.
Kevin L. Barnes,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2020-06679 Filed 3-30-20; 8:45 am]
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