Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter, 78113-78114 [2020-26611]

Download as PDF 78113 Notices Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 233 Thursday, December 3, 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 November 30, 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 collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments regarding this information collection received by January 4, 2021 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:48 Dec 02, 2020 Jkt 253001 displays a currently valid OMB control number. Farm Service Agency Title: Certified Mediation Program (7 CFR part 785). OMB Control Number: 0560–0165. Summary of Collection: The Farm Service (FSA) is administering the Certified Mediation Program as mandated by Subtitle A and B of Title V of the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 (Pub. L. 100–233), as amended, under the USDA Agricultural Mediation Program. USDA authorized FSA to administer the program. FSA makes grants to state-designated entitles that provide mediation to agricultural producers, their lenders and others that are directly affected by the action of certain USDA agencies. In mediation, a trained impartial mediator helps participants review and discuss their conflicts, identify options to resolve disputes and agree on solutions. Need and Use of the Information: FSA will collect information to determine whether the participants meet the eligibility requirements to be recipients of grant funds, and secondly, to determine if the grant is being administered as provided by the Act. Lack of adequate information to make these determinations could result in the improper administration and appropriation of Federal grant funds. Description of Respondents: State, Local or Tribal Government. Number of Respondents: 42. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Annually. Total Burden Hours: 2,772. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–26615 Filed 12–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2020–0103] Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Extension of approval of an information collection; comment request. ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for the commercial transportation of equines to slaughtering facilities. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before February 1, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2020-0103. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2020-0103, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238. Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2020-0103 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) 799–7039 before coming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the regulations for the commercial transportation of equines for slaughter, contact Dr. Rory Carolan, Equine Specialist, Surveillance, Preparedness, and Response Services, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 46, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–3558. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mr. Joseph Moxey, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851– 2483. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter. OMB Control Number: 0579–0332. Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: Sections 901–905 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 78114 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 233 / Thursday, December 3, 2020 / Notices Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 1901) authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to issue guidelines for regulating the commercial transportation of equines to slaughter by persons regularly engaged in that activity within the United States. Specifically, the Secretary is authorized to regulate the food, water, and rest provided to these equines while the equines are in transit and to review related issues appropriate to ensuring that these animals are treated humanely. To implement the provisions of this Act, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established minimum standards to ensure the humane movement of equines to slaughtering facilities, or to assembly points while en route to slaughtering facilities, via commercial transportation. These standards, contained in 9 CFR part 88, require that conveyances protect the health and well-being of the animals and meet certain other criteria; that double-deck conveyances are prohibited; and that access to food, water, and rest be provided to these animals 6 hours prior to shipment. APHIS’ regulations also require the application of backtags and completion of owner/shipper certificates of fitness to travel to a slaughter facility with identification of the animals and details of the transportation and signatures attesting to compliance with the provision of food, rest, and water and to the animal’s fitness to travel. The regulations further prohibit the use of electric prods and state aggressive animals must be separated. Any owner/ shipper transporting equines to slaughtering facilities outside the United States must present the ownershipper certificates to U.S. Department of Agriculture representatives at the border. Implementing these regulations entails the use of information collection activities such as providing business information; completing owner/shipper certificates of fitness to travel to a slaughter facility; applying backtags, as needed; certificates of veterinary inspection; and maintaining records of the owner/shipper certificates and continuation sheets. APHIS is asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve these information collection activities for an additional 3 years. The activities described are associated with APHIS’ efforts to ensure that equines being transported commercially for slaughter receive adequate food, water, and rest and that their health and wellbeing are protected. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public (as well as affected agencies) concerning our VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:48 Dec 02, 2020 Jkt 253001 information collection. These comments will help us: (1) Evaluate 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; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Estimate of burden: The public burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.465 hours per response. Respondents: Owners and shippers of slaughter horses, owners or operators of slaughtering facilities, and drivers of the transport vehicles. Estimated annual number of respondents: 302. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 61. Estimated annual number of responses: 18,500. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 8,608 hours. (Due to averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per response.) 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. Done in Washington, DC, this 30th day of November 2020. Mark Davidson, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2020–26611 Filed 12–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Virtual Public Listening Session; Natural Resources Conservation Service Programs and Western Water Quantity Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host a virtual, open, public listening session with remote participation only, for SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 public input about water quantity in the west as it relates to existing NRCS programs. There will not be any inperson gathering for this listening session. DATES: Listening Session: The virtual public listening session will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2020 (also see below for Meeting Times section below). Registration to comment date: To provide oral comments during the virtual listening session, you must register by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, December 18, 2020. Registration to view date: You may register to view the listening session (but not provide oral comments), by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Written comment date: You may submit written comments by January 19, 2021. ADDRESSES: Registration: To register and receive information on how to attend the virtual listening session, please email your information to WesternWater@ usda.gov—send your first and last name, organization, job title, City, State, email, and phone number. Written comments: We invite you to submit written comments by any of the following methods: • Mail: Deborah Miles, NRCS, ATTN: Western Water Quantity Listening Session, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Room 5739, Mail Stop 1600, Washington, DC 20250, or • Email: WesternWater@usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about providing written comments, joining the virtual listening session, or registering to speak at the virtual listening session, contact Leslie Deavers, telephone: 202–690– 4616, or by email: Leslie.Deavers@ usda.gov. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication should contact the USDA Target Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On November 5, 2020, NRCS announced it had selected 31 priority areas to receive $13 million in Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding as part of the WaterSMART Initiative (WSI). These investments will help producers on private working lands better conserve water resources in coordination with investments made by water suppliers. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host a virtual, open, public listening session with remote E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2020-0103]


Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment 
request.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's 
intention to request an extension of approval of an information 
collection associated with the regulations for the commercial 
transportation of equines to slaughtering facilities.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
February 1, 2021.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2020-0103.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2020-0103, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, 
APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-
1238.
    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may 
be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2020-
0103 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) 799-7039 before coming.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the regulations for 
the commercial transportation of equines for slaughter, contact Dr. 
Rory Carolan, Equine Specialist, Surveillance, Preparedness, and 
Response Services, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 46, Riverdale, MD 
20737; (301) 851-3558. For copies of more detailed information on the 
information collection, contact Mr. Joseph Moxey, APHIS' Information 
Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2483.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter.
    OMB Control Number: 0579-0332.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
collection.
    Abstract: Sections 901-905 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement 
and

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Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 1901) authorize the Secretary of 
Agriculture to issue guidelines for regulating the commercial 
transportation of equines to slaughter by persons regularly engaged in 
that activity within the United States. Specifically, the Secretary is 
authorized to regulate the food, water, and rest provided to these 
equines while the equines are in transit and to review related issues 
appropriate to ensuring that these animals are treated humanely.
    To implement the provisions of this Act, the Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established minimum standards to 
ensure the humane movement of equines to slaughtering facilities, or to 
assembly points while en route to slaughtering facilities, via 
commercial transportation. These standards, contained in 9 CFR part 88, 
require that conveyances protect the health and well-being of the 
animals and meet certain other criteria; that double-deck conveyances 
are prohibited; and that access to food, water, and rest be provided to 
these animals 6 hours prior to shipment. APHIS' regulations also 
require the application of backtags and completion of owner/shipper 
certificates of fitness to travel to a slaughter facility with 
identification of the animals and details of the transportation and 
signatures attesting to compliance with the provision of food, rest, 
and water and to the animal's fitness to travel. The regulations 
further prohibit the use of electric prods and state aggressive animals 
must be separated. Any owner/shipper transporting equines to 
slaughtering facilities outside the United States must present the 
owner-shipper certificates to U.S. Department of Agriculture 
representatives at the border.
    Implementing these regulations entails the use of information 
collection activities such as providing business information; 
completing owner/shipper certificates of fitness to travel to a 
slaughter facility; applying backtags, as needed; certificates of 
veterinary inspection; and maintaining records of the owner/shipper 
certificates and continuation sheets.
    APHIS is asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to 
approve these information collection activities for an additional 3 
years. The activities described are associated with APHIS' efforts to 
ensure that equines being transported commercially for slaughter 
receive adequate food, water, and rest and that their health and well-
being are protected.
    The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public 
(as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. 
These comments will help us:
    (1) Evaluate 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;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, 
electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., 
permitting electronic submission of responses.
    Estimate of burden: The public burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.465 hours per response.
    Respondents: Owners and shippers of slaughter horses, owners or 
operators of slaughtering facilities, and drivers of the transport 
vehicles.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 302.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 61.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 18,500.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 8,608 hours. (Due to 
averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of 
the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per 
response.)
    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.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 30th day of November 2020.
Mark Davidson,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-26611 Filed 12-2-20; 8:45 am]
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