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Download as PDF 45862 Notices Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 147 Thursday, July 30, 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 Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES July 27, 2020. The Department of Agriculture will submit the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 on or after the date of publication of this notice. 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 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 regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received by August 31, 2020. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 Jul 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. National Agricultural Statistics Service Title: Census of Agriculture Content Test. OMB Control Number: 0535–0243. Summary of Collection: The purpose of the content test is to evaluate factors impacting the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Census of Agriculture program. The factors include, but are not limited to, respondent burden, questionnaire format and design, internet instrument performance, new items, changes in question wording and location, ease of completion, and processing methodology such as edit and summary. The proposed forms and letters will be used in several tests in 2020–2021 in preparation for conducting the 2022 Census of Agriculture. NASS is responsible for conducting the Census of Agriculture under the authority of the Census of Agriculture Act of 1997, Public Law 105–113 (U.S.C. 2204g). This is a reinstatement of the Census of Agriculture Content Test, which is conducted every five years prior to the full Census of Agriculture. The last content test was done in 2015–2016 in preparation for the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Need and Use of the Information: The Census of Agriculture Content Test is designed to evaluate a number of factors affecting the Census of Agriculture program. It is critical to NASS’ ability to design a successful census survey. The actual Census of Agriculture is required by law every five years and serves as the basis for many agriculturally-based decisions. Less frequent content test collections would hinder NASS’ ability to adequately evaluate changes needed to improve census data collection and therefore recognize changing trends in agriculture. Description of Respondents: Farmers and Ranchers. Number of Respondents: 51,200. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Other (every 5 years). Total Burden Hours: 29,788. National Agricultural Statistics Service Title: Local Food Marketing Practices Survey. OMB Control Number: 0535–0259. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Summary of Collection: Data will be collected under the authority of 7 U.S.C. 2204(a). Section 10016(a)(1)(A) of the 2014 Farm Bill (Pub. L. 113–79) directs the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to collect data on ‘‘the production and marketing of locally or regionally produced agricultural food products,’’ while Section 10016(b)(2) requires USDA to ‘‘conduct surveys and analysis and publish reports relating to the production, handling, distribution, retail sales, and trend studies . . . of or on locally or regionally produced agricultural food products.’’ This is a reinstatement of the survey that was conducted in 2016, referencing the calendar year 2015. The 2018 Farm Bill has provided funding for the continuation of the Local Food programs through 2023. The Local Foods Marketing Practices Survey will be a Census follow-on-survey. Need and Use of the Information: The Local Food Marketing Practices Survey (LFMPS) is valuable because local farms have different business models than conventional farms, and the LFMPS is able to discern important data that are otherwise unavailable from pre-existing farmer surveys. This includes details on different types of market channels used, information about on-farm value-added processing, and outreach and advertising directly to community members and shoppers. Food and agriculture economists and other researchers in university, government, and nonprofit sectors analyze and rely on the data in this survey to understand local food marketing practices, make programmatic decisions, and support farms and related food production, aggregation, and distribution businesses. Because the survey gathers data on production, risk management, and marketing practices, it will be used by a number of USDA agencies and federal policymakers to inform their policies and programs. Just some of the USDA agencies that will benefit from this data are Farm Service Agency (FSA), Risk Management Agency (RMA), Rural Development (RD), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), and Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Farms in all 50 states will be asked to provide these data. Statistics from this survey will be used by state agencies to better understand, support, and promote their local food markets, as well as by researchers studying local foods. E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 147 / Thursday, July 30, 2020 / Notices Description of Respondents: Farmers and Ranchers. Number of Respondents: 36,550. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Annually. Total Burden Hours: 20,428. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–16493 Filed 7–29–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Jefferson National Forest; Monroe County, West Virginia; Giles and Montgomery County, Virginia; Mountain Valley Pipeline and Equitrans Expansion Project Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Forest Service, USDA. Notice of intent to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement. AGENCY: ACTION: The USDA Forest Service (FS) is preparing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to the 2017 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and Equitrans Expansion Project. The MVP project proposed action that is specific to National Forest System (NFS) lands is to construct and operate a buried 42-inch natural gas pipeline across approximately 3.5 miles of the Jefferson National Forest (JNF). The FS, as the lead agency, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as the Federal cooperating agency, have decisions to be made based on a review of the 2017 FERC FEIS and this supplemental analysis. SUMMARY: The Draft SEIS is expected to be available by September 2020 and the Final SEIS is anticipated later in 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For media inquiries or to leave a message about the project on the JNF, please contact Nadine Siak via email at SM.FS.GWJNF-PA@usda.gov or leave a voicemail at 1–888–603–0261. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. For inquiries for the BLM, contact Francis Piccoli by email at: Fpiccoli@blm.gov or by phone at (209) 912–7717. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 Jul 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 Background and History The MVP is a proposed 303.5 mile interstate natural gas pipeline that crosses about 3.5 miles of the JNF, in Monroe County, West Virginia and Giles and Montgomery County, Virginia. The FS and the BLM participated as cooperating agencies with the FERC in the preparation of the MVP EIS. On June 29, 2017, the Notice of Availability for the FERC FEIS and the FS Draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the Mountain Valley Project Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment was published in the Federal Register. On December 1, 2017, the FS adopted the FEIS and a ROD was signed by the JNF Forest Supervisor. The ROD amended the JNF Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) to allow the project to be consistent with the Forest Plan. The ROD included resource protection terms and conditions for the BLM to include should their decision be to grant a right-of-way (ROW). Therefore, both BLM and the FS have overlapping jurisdiction concerning the issuance of the terms and conditions, or stipulations included within the ROW grant. Under the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 185 et seq.) (MLA), the BLM is the Federal agency responsible for issuing ROW grants for natural gas pipeline across Federal lands under the jurisdiction of two or more Federal agencies. The BLM is, therefore, responsible for considering the issuance of a ROW grant for the MVP for pipeline construction and operation across the lands under the jurisdiction of the FS and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). In 2017, the BLM received written concurrence to proceed from both federal agencies and on December 20, 2017 issued a ROD approving the MLA ROW grant to construct and operate the MVP pipeline across federal lands. The BLM ROD included a temporary use authorization. Project implementation began in December 2017 and continued until July 27, 2018 when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded the FS’s decision approving the JNF plan amendment and BLM’s MLA ROW decision. However, the Court vacated the BLM’s MLA ROW decision only as it related to the portion through FS lands; the ROW across USACE lands was not affected and that decision remains in place. The Fourth Circuit concluded that aspects of the FS decision failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Forest Management Act (NFMA). The Court upheld the BLM’s adoption of and PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45863 reliance on FERC’s FEIS as satisfying the requirements of NEPA in support of the MLA ROW decision across federal lands. The Court, however, vacated BLM’s decision approving the MLA ROW across the JNF, concluding that the BLM did not analyze and determine whether the proposed route utilized rights-of-way in common to the extent practical, as required by the MLA, 30 U.S.C. 185(p). On May 1, 2020, Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (Mountain Valley) submitted a revised MLA ROW application to the BLM seeking to construct and operate the natural gas pipeline across the JNF. Mountain Valley also requested that the FS amend the JNF Forest Plan consistent with the issues identified by the Fourth Circuit Court. On May 28, 2020, the BLM deemed Mountain Valley’s revised application complete. For more detailed information on the background and history of the MVP project, see the project website at: https:// www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gwj/ landmanagement/projects/ ?cid=stelprd3827827. Purpose and Need for Action The FS’s purpose and need for the proposed action is to respond to a proposal from Mountain Valley to construct and operate a buried 42-inch interstate natural gas pipeline that would cross NFS lands on the JNF along a proposed 3.5-mile corridor. A FS decision is needed because the project would not be consistent with several JNF Forest Plan standards including utility corridors, soil, riparian, old growth, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST), and scenic integrity without a project-specific amendment. Relatedly, there is a need to determine what terms and conditions, or stipulations should be provided to the BLM in order to protect resources and the public interest consistent with the MLA, 30 U.S.C. 185(h). For the FS, a supplemental analysis and new decision are needed because the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the FS ROD. The Court identified both NFMA and NEPA issues. To resolve the Court’s NFMA issues, there is a need, at a minimum, to apply FS Planning Rule requirements to soil and riparian resources and evaluate both the purpose and the effects of the amendment to threatened and endangered aquatic species, consistent with 36 CFR 219.13(b)(5). To ensure all resources potentially affected by the amendment receive equal consideration, there is a need to apply the Planning Rule requirements to resources including water; terrestrial and E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1

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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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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

July 27, 2020.
    The Department of Agriculture will submit the following information 
collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 on or after the date 
of publication of this notice. 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 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 regarding these information collections are best assured 
of having their full effect if received by August 31, 2020. 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.

National Agricultural Statistics Service

    Title: Census of Agriculture Content Test.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0243.
    Summary of Collection: The purpose of the content test is to 
evaluate factors impacting the National Agricultural Statistics Service 
(NASS) Census of Agriculture program. The factors include, but are not 
limited to, respondent burden, questionnaire format and design, 
internet instrument performance, new items, changes in question wording 
and location, ease of completion, and processing methodology such as 
edit and summary. The proposed forms and letters will be used in 
several tests in 2020-2021 in preparation for conducting the 2022 
Census of Agriculture. NASS is responsible for conducting the Census of 
Agriculture under the authority of the Census of Agriculture Act of 
1997, Public Law 105-113 (U.S.C. 2204g).
    This is a reinstatement of the Census of Agriculture Content Test, 
which is conducted every five years prior to the full Census of 
Agriculture. The last content test was done in 2015-2016 in preparation 
for the 2017 Census of Agriculture.
    Need and Use of the Information: The Census of Agriculture Content 
Test is designed to evaluate a number of factors affecting the Census 
of Agriculture program. It is critical to NASS' ability to design a 
successful census survey. The actual Census of Agriculture is required 
by law every five years and serves as the basis for many 
agriculturally-based decisions. Less frequent content test collections 
would hinder NASS' ability to adequately evaluate changes needed to 
improve census data collection and therefore recognize changing trends 
in agriculture.
    Description of Respondents: Farmers and Ranchers.
    Number of Respondents: 51,200.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Other (every 5 years).
    Total Burden Hours: 29,788.

National Agricultural Statistics Service

    Title: Local Food Marketing Practices Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0259.
    Summary of Collection: Data will be collected under the authority 
of 7 U.S.C. 2204(a). Section 10016(a)(1)(A) of the 2014 Farm Bill (Pub. 
L. 113-79) directs the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to collect data 
on ``the production and marketing of locally or regionally produced 
agricultural food products,'' while Section 10016(b)(2) requires USDA 
to ``conduct surveys and analysis and publish reports relating to the 
production, handling, distribution, retail sales, and trend studies . . 
. of or on locally or regionally produced agricultural food products.''
    This is a reinstatement of the survey that was conducted in 2016, 
referencing the calendar year 2015. The 2018 Farm Bill has provided 
funding for the continuation of the Local Food programs through 2023. 
The Local Foods Marketing Practices Survey will be a Census follow-on-
survey.
    Need and Use of the Information: The Local Food Marketing Practices 
Survey (LFMPS) is valuable because local farms have different business 
models than conventional farms, and the LFMPS is able to discern 
important data that are otherwise unavailable from pre-existing farmer 
surveys. This includes details on different types of market channels 
used, information about on-farm value-added processing, and outreach 
and advertising directly to community members and shoppers. Food and 
agriculture economists and other researchers in university, government, 
and nonprofit sectors analyze and rely on the data in this survey to 
understand local food marketing practices, make programmatic decisions, 
and support farms and related food production, aggregation, and 
distribution businesses.
    Because the survey gathers data on production, risk management, and 
marketing practices, it will be used by a number of USDA agencies and 
federal policymakers to inform their policies and programs. Just some 
of the USDA agencies that will benefit from this data are Farm Service 
Agency (FSA), Risk Management Agency (RMA), Rural Development (RD), 
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), and Food and Nutrition Service 
(FNS). Farms in all 50 states will be asked to provide these data. 
Statistics from this survey will be used by state agencies to better 
understand, support, and promote their local food markets, as well as 
by researchers studying local foods.

[[Page 45863]]

    Description of Respondents: Farmers and Ranchers.
    Number of Respondents: 36,550.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Annually.
    Total Burden Hours: 20,428.

Ruth Brown,
Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2020-16493 Filed 7-29-20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-20-P