Domestic Hemp Production Program, Request for Approval of a New Information Collection, 65788-65789 [2020-22924]

Download as PDF 65788 Notices Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 201 Friday, October 16, 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 [AMS–SC–20–0071; SC20–990–1–N] Domestic Hemp Production Program, Request for Approval of a New Information Collection Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites public comments about our intention to request Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for a new information collection to collect data on hemp production through a producer survey. This survey is necessary to identify data in the emerging hemp industry and for administering the domestic hemp program. SUMMARY: Comments on this notice must be received by December 15, 2020 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this notice. Comments must be sent to 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 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:59 Oct 15, 2020 Jkt 253001 or entities submitting the comments will be made public on the internet at the address provided above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Richmond, Chief, Domestic Hemp Program Branch, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Room 1406, Washington, DC 20250– 0237; Telephone: (202) 720–2491, Fax: (202) 720–8938, or Email: william.richmond@usda.gov. Small businesses may request information on complying with this regulation by contacting Richard Lower, Assistant to the Director, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Telephone: (202) 720–2491, Fax: (202) 720–8938, or Email: richard.lower@ usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Survey of Hemp Producers and Production Trends. OMB Number: 0581–NEW. Type of Request: New Information Collection. Abstract: AMS proposes to conduct a survey to collect information from U.S. hemp producers on current production costs, production practices, and marketing practices. This voluntary questionnaire is organized into four general sections. AMS has partnered with the University of Kentucky to develop and administer this hemp survey. The data obtained from the survey will be used for forecasting hemp activity and to develop a representative understanding of hemp production practices and costs at national, regional, and state levels. Once the survey has been administered and the results collected, the University of Kentucky will summarize the raw data from the survey into a comprehensive report for AMS. The survey will be administered through the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) using each state department of agriculture. Respondents can participate in the survey online or by completing the paper version. The survey will also be administered to Tribes that have approved hemp production programs, in order to get input from tribal hemp production. USDA estimates the number of producers that will complete this PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 survey to be approximately 18,000. This figure was derived from 2019 growing season data provided to USDA by Vote Hemp, a National hemp advocacy organization, along with data from certain State Departments of Agriculture. The first section of the survey, General Hemp Experience, requests data on production location, licensed acreage, planted acreage, and harvested acreage by end-use. Collecting this information is necessary to develop an understanding of the industry across the country. The second section asks questions about production costs and practices. Data collected will include information on input costs including seed, labor, fertilizer, licensing fees, and testing. This section dives deeper into the production costs for hemp and asks specific questions about the types of hemp. The third section covers contracting and marketing practices. Data collected will include information on farmgate pricing by end use, contract usage, contract structure, and storage. The final section, Decision Maker Characteristics, will collect demographic information on producers age, education level, experience, household size, and race. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.5 hours per response. Description of Respondents: Domestic hemp producers. Number of Respondents: 18,000 respondents. Frequency of Responses: Once. Total Burden Hours: 9,000 total burden hours. Comments are invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. E:\FR\FM\16OCN1.SGM 16OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 201 / Friday, October 16, 2020 / Notices Comments should reference this docket number and be sent electronically to www.regulations.gov, or in writing to the USDA in care of the Docket Clerk at the address above. All comments received within the provided comment period 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 compliance 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. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2020–22924 Filed 10–15–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2019–0050] Monsanto Company; Availability of a Draft Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Draft Environmental Assessment for Determination of Nonregulated Status of Cotton Genetically Engineered for Insect Resistance Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared a draft plant pest risk assessment and draft environmental assessment regarding a request from Monsanto Company seeking a determination of nonregulated status for cotton designated as MON 88702, which has been genetically engineered for resistance to certain insects, primarily Lygus spp. We are making these documents available for public review and comment. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before November 16, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docket Detail;D=APHIS-2019-0050. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:59 Oct 15, 2020 Jkt 253001 • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2019–0050, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238. The draft environmental assessment, draft plant pest risk assessment, and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D= APHIS-2019-0050 or in our reading room, which is located in Room 1620 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 7997039 before coming. Supporting documents for this petition are also available on the APHIS website at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/ aphis/ourfocus/biotechnology/permitsnotifications-petitions/petitions/ petition-status. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Cindy Eck, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 147, Riverdale, MD 20737–1236; (301) 851–3892, email: cynthia.a.eck@ usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the authority of the plant pest provisions of the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), the regulations in 7 CFR part 340, ‘‘Introduction of Organisms and Products Altered or Produced Through Genetic Engineering Which Are Plant Pests or Which There Is Reason to Believe Are Plant Pests,’’ regulate, among other things, the introduction (importation, interstate movement, or release into the environment) of organisms and products altered or produced through genetic engineering that are plant pests or that there is reason to believe are plant pests. Such genetically engineered (GE) organisms and products are considered ‘‘regulated articles.’’ Pursuant to the terms set forth in a final rule published in the Federal Register on May 17, 2020 (85 FR 29790– 29838, Docket No. APHIS–2018–0034),1 any person may submit a petition to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) seeking a determination that an article should not be regulated under 7 CFR part 340. APHIS received a petition (APHIS Petition Number 19–091–01p) from Monsanto Company (Monsanto) seeking a determination of nonregulated status of a cotton event designated as MON 1 To view the final rule, go to http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS2018-0034. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65789 88702, which has been genetically engineered for resistance to certain insects, primarily Lygus spp. The Monsanto petition stated that this cotton is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk and, therefore, should not be a regulated article under APHIS’ regulations in 7 CFR part 340. According to our process 2 for soliciting public comment when considering petitions for determination of nonregulated status of GE organisms, APHIS accepts written comments regarding a petition once APHIS deems it complete. On Sep 26, 2019, APHIS announced in the Federal Register 3 (84 FR 50818–50819, Docket No. APHIS– 2019–0050) the availability of the Monsanto petition for public comment. APHIS solicited comments on the petition for 60 days ending November 25, 2019, in order to help identify potential environmental and interrelated economic issues and impacts that APHIS may determine should be considered in our evaluation of the petition. Thirty-five comments were received during the comment period. Fifteen comments from the agricultural, academic, and private sector were in support of Monsanto’s petition. Fourteen comments from individuals were opposed to approval of Monsanto’s petition. Six comments provided input on analyses to be considered in the environmental assessment (EA), or comments on insect-resistant crops in general. Issues raised during the comment period include evaluation of potential ecological and economic impacts, and potential impacts on nontarget organisms. APHIS has evaluated the issues raised during the comment period and, where appropriate, has provided a discussion of these issues in our EA. After public comments are received on a completed petition, APHIS evaluates those comments and then provides a second opportunity for public involvement in our decisionmaking process. According to our public review process (see footnote 2), the second opportunity for public involvement follows one of two approaches, as described below. 2 On March 6, 2012, APHIS published in the Federal Register (77 FR 13258–13260, Docket No. APHIS–2011–0129) a notice describing our public review process for soliciting public comments and information when considering petitions for determinations of nonregulated status for GE organisms. To view the notice, go to http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS2011-0129. 3 To view the notice, its supporting documents, or the comments that we received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS2019-0050. E:\FR\FM\16OCN1.SGM 16OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[AMS-SC-20-0071; SC20-990-1-N]


Domestic Hemp Production Program, Request for Approval of a New 
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, the 
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites public comments about our 
intention to request Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for 
a new information collection to collect data on hemp production through 
a producer survey. This survey is necessary to identify data in the 
emerging hemp industry and for administering the domestic hemp program.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by December 15, 2020 to 
be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
concerning this notice. Comments must be sent to 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: William Richmond, Chief, Domestic Hemp 
Program Branch, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops 
Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Room 1406, 
Washington, DC 20250-0237; Telephone: (202) 720-2491, Fax: (202) 720-
8938, or Email: [email protected].
    Small businesses may request information on complying with this 
regulation by contacting Richard Lower, Assistant to the Director, 
Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, 
USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250-
0237; Telephone: (202) 720-2491, Fax: (202) 720-8938, or Email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Survey of Hemp Producers and Production Trends.
    OMB Number: 0581-NEW.
    Type of Request: New Information Collection.
    Abstract: AMS proposes to conduct a survey to collect information 
from U.S. hemp producers on current production costs, production 
practices, and marketing practices. This voluntary questionnaire is 
organized into four general sections.
    AMS has partnered with the University of Kentucky to develop and 
administer this hemp survey. The data obtained from the survey will be 
used for forecasting hemp activity and to develop a representative 
understanding of hemp production practices and costs at national, 
regional, and state levels. Once the survey has been administered and 
the results collected, the University of Kentucky will summarize the 
raw data from the survey into a comprehensive report for AMS.
    The survey will be administered through the National Association of 
State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) using each state department of 
agriculture. Respondents can participate in the survey online or by 
completing the paper version. The survey will also be administered to 
Tribes that have approved hemp production programs, in order to get 
input from tribal hemp production. USDA estimates the number of 
producers that will complete this survey to be approximately 18,000. 
This figure was derived from 2019 growing season data provided to USDA 
by Vote Hemp, a National hemp advocacy organization, along with data 
from certain State Departments of Agriculture.
    The first section of the survey, General Hemp Experience, requests 
data on production location, licensed acreage, planted acreage, and 
harvested acreage by end-use. Collecting this information is necessary 
to develop an understanding of the industry across the country.
    The second section asks questions about production costs and 
practices. Data collected will include information on input costs 
including seed, labor, fertilizer, licensing fees, and testing. This 
section dives deeper into the production costs for hemp and asks 
specific questions about the types of hemp.
    The third section covers contracting and marketing practices. Data 
collected will include information on farmgate pricing by end use, 
contract usage, contract structure, and storage.
    The final section, Decision Maker Characteristics, will collect 
demographic information on producers age, education level, experience, 
household size, and race.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.5 hours per response.
    Description of Respondents: Domestic hemp producers.
    Number of Respondents: 18,000 respondents.
    Frequency of Responses: Once.
    Total Burden Hours: 9,000 total burden hours.
    Comments are invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information 
is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information has practical utility; (2) the 
accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of 
information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on those who respond, including through the 
use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other 
technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.

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    Comments should reference this docket number and be sent 
electronically to www.regulations.gov, or in writing to the USDA in 
care of the Docket Clerk at the address above. All comments received 
within the provided comment period 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 compliance 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.

Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-22924 Filed 10-15-20; 8:45 am]
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