Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 8578-8579 [2021-02487]

Download as PDF 8578 Notices Federal Register Vol. 86, No. 24 Monday, February 8, 2021 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 National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intent of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection to comply with a mandate in the 2014 Farm Bill. (. . . the Secretary of Agriculture should recognize the threat feral swine pose to the domestic swine population and the entire agriculture industry . . .). DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 9, 2021 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0256, by any of the following methods: • 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 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:48 Feb 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 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: Feral Swine Survey. OMB Control Number: 0535–0256. Type of Request: Intent to Seek Approval to Revise and Extend an Information Collection for three Years. Abstract: On Feb 3, 1999, Executive Order 13112 was signed, establishing the National Invasive Species Council. This Executive Order requires that a Council of Departments dealing with invasive species be created. This Order was enhanced by Executive Order 13751 which was signed on Dec. 5, 2016. Currently there are 16 Departments and Agencies on the Council. https:// www.doi.gov/invasivespecies/aboutnisc. On April 2, 2014 the USDA kicked off a national effort to reduce the devastating damage caused by feral swine. In 2015 the benchmark survey was conducted in 11 States (Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas) to measure the amount of damage feral hogs caused to specific crops in these states. The target population within these states consisted of farm operations who have historically produced one or more of the following crops: Corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, peanuts, or sorghum (Texas only). The results of this benchmark survey shows that in the 11 surveyed States, there was damage to an estimated $190 million in crops for the six target crops. The published findings from this benchmark survey can be found at http:// www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/ pii/S0261219416301557. In 2017, this survey was conducted in the following 13 States: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, to measure the damage to livestock that is associated with the presence of feral swine. These States were chosen because they had high feral swine densities and a significant presence of cattle, hogs, sheep and/or goats. When extrapolated to livestock producers across the 13state region, APHIS Wildlife Services PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 estimated that damages sum to an annual cost of about $40 million. The findings from this survey can be found at https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/ viewcontent.cgi?article=3249& context=icwdm_usdanwrc. In 2019 the survey was conducted in 12 States: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. The operators in 11 of the States will be selected from operations that recently produced hay/haylage, tree nuts, melons, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, or cotton. In California, operators will be selected from operations that produced hay/haylage, tree nuts, grapes, sod, carrots, lettuce, or strawberries. APHIS Wildlife Services extrapolated crop damage estimates to the state-level in 12 states with reportable damage yielded an estimated crop loss of $272 million/ yr. The findings from this survey can be found at https:// digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/view content.cgi?article=3308 &context=icwdm_usdanwrc. In 2021, this survey will be conducted in the following 13 States: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, to measure the damage to livestock that is associated with the presence of feral swine. These States were chosen because they had high feral swine densities and a significant presence of cattle (dairy and/ or beef), hogs, sheep and/or goats. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Wildlife Services’ (WS) National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) is the only Federal research organization devoted exclusively to resolving conflicts between people and wildlife through the development of effective, selective, and socially responsible methods, tools, and techniques. As increased urbanization leads to a loss of traditional wildlife habitat, the potential for conflicts between people and wildlife increases. Such conflicts can take many forms, including property and natural resource damage, human health and safety concerns, and disease transmission among wildlife, livestock, and humans. Free-ranging populations of feral swine exist in at least 35 states, and the nationwide population is estimated at E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 24 / Monday, February 8, 2021 / Notices approximately 6 million animals. Feral swine damage: Pastures, agricultural crops, lawns, landscaping, and natural areas due to feeding, rooting, wallowing, grazing, and trampling activities. Feral swine are reservoirs of many diseases and act as a host to parasites that can negatively impact agricultural animals, especially swine. Authority: These data will be collected under the authority of 7 U.S.C. 2204(a). The eradication of feral swine is authorized by the Animal Health Protection Act (Title 7 U.S.C. 8301 et seq.) and the 2014 Farmbill. The $20 million program aims to help states deal with a rapidly expanding population of invasive feral swine. 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 nonaggregated 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 this collection of information is estimated to average 30 minutes per response. This was determined by our Survey Methodologists, who conducted 19 cognitive interviews in seven states. They also took into account the projected number of farmers who will skip some sections of the questionnaire due to the presence or absence of damage due to feral swine. NASS will be utilizing several pieces of publicity and informational materials to encourage respondents to participate in this important survey. Publicity materials and instruction sheets will account for 10 minutes of additional burden per respondent. Respondents who refuse to complete a survey will be allotted 2 minutes of burden per attempt to collect the data. NASS will conduct the survey initially by mail and then followed up with phone attempts for non-response. Respondents: Farm and Ranch Operators. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 18,000. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 9,700 hours. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:48 Feb 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 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, January 29, 2021. Kevin L. Barnes, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2021–02487 Filed 2–5–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Notice of Public Meeting of the Georgia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. ACTION: Announcement of meeting. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act that the Georgia Advisory Committee (Committee) will hold a meeting via web conference on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time for reviewing testimony regarding civil asset forfeiture and preparing for additional hearing(s). DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Public Access Information: Register online (audio/visual): https://bit.ly/ 2O0vOrr. Join by phone (audio only): • 800–360–9505 USA Toll Free • Access code: 199 508 2605 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Wojnaroski, DFO, at mwojnaroski@usccr.gov or 202–618– 4158. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 8579 Members of the public can listen to the discussion. This meeting is available to the public through the above listed tollfree number. An open comment period will be provided to allow members of the public to make a statement as time allows. Callers can expect to incur regular charges for calls they initiate over wireless lines, according to their wireless plan. The Commission will not refund any incurred charges. Callers will incur no charge for calls they initiate over land-line connections to the toll-free telephone number. Persons with hearing impairments may also follow the proceedings by first calling the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877– 8339 and providing the Service with the conference call number and conference ID number. Members of the public are also entitled to submit written comments; the comments must be received in the regional office within 30 days following the meeting. Written comments may be emailed to Melissa Wojnaroski at mwojnaroski@usccr.gov in the Regional Program Unit Office/Advisory Committee Management Unit. Persons who desire additional information may contact the Regional Programs Unit Office at 202–618–4158. Records generated from this meeting may be inspected and reproduced at the Regional Programs Unit Office, as they become available, both before and after the meeting. Records of the meeting will be available via https:// www.facadatabase.gov under the Commission on Civil Rights, Georgia Advisory Committee link. Persons interested in the work of this Committee are also directed to the Commission’s website, http://www.usccr.gov, or may contact the Regional Programs Unit office at the above email or phone number. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agenda Welcome and Roll Call Discussion: Civil Rights in Georgia (Civil Asset Forfeiture) Public Comment Adjournment Dated: February 3, 2021. David Mussatt, Supervisory Chief, Regional Programs Unit. [FR Doc. 2021–02534 Filed 2–5–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P E:\FR\FM\08FEN1.SGM 08FEN1

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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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Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 24 / Monday, February 8, 2021 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently 
Approved 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 intent of the National Agricultural Statistics 
Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently 
approved information collection to comply with a mandate in the 2014 
Farm Bill. (. . . the Secretary of Agriculture should recognize the 
threat feral swine pose to the domestic swine population and the entire 
agriculture industry . . .).

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by April 9, 2021 to be 
assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
0256, 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: Feral Swine Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0256.
    Type of Request: Intent to Seek Approval to Revise and Extend an 
Information Collection for three Years.
    Abstract: On Feb 3, 1999, Executive Order 13112 was signed, 
establishing the National Invasive Species Council. This Executive 
Order requires that a Council of Departments dealing with invasive 
species be created. This Order was enhanced by Executive Order 13751 
which was signed on Dec. 5, 2016. Currently there are 16 Departments 
and Agencies on the Council. https://www.doi.gov/invasivespecies/about-nisc.
    On April 2, 2014 the USDA kicked off a national effort to reduce 
the devastating damage caused by feral swine. In 2015 the benchmark 
survey was conducted in 11 States (Alabama, Arkansas, California, 
Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, 
South Carolina, and Texas) to measure the amount of damage feral hogs 
caused to specific crops in these states. The target population within 
these states consisted of farm operations who have historically 
produced one or more of the following crops: Corn, soybeans, wheat, 
rice, peanuts, or sorghum (Texas only). The results of this benchmark 
survey shows that in the 11 surveyed States, there was damage to an 
estimated $190 million in crops for the six target crops. The published 
findings from this benchmark survey can be found at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261219416301557.
    In 2017, this survey was conducted in the following 13 States: 
Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, 
Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, 
Tennessee, and Texas, to measure the damage to livestock that is 
associated with the presence of feral swine. These States were chosen 
because they had high feral swine densities and a significant presence 
of cattle, hogs, sheep and/or goats. When extrapolated to livestock 
producers across the 13-state region, APHIS Wildlife Services estimated 
that damages sum to an annual cost of about $40 million. The findings 
from this survey can be found at https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3249&context=icwdm_usdanwrc.
    In 2019 the survey was conducted in 12 States: Alabama, Arkansas, 
California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North 
Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. The operators in 11 of 
the States will be selected from operations that recently produced hay/
haylage, tree nuts, melons, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, or cotton. In 
California, operators will be selected from operations that produced 
hay/haylage, tree nuts, grapes, sod, carrots, lettuce, or strawberries. 
APHIS Wildlife Services extrapolated crop damage estimates to the 
state-level in 12 states with reportable damage yielded an estimated 
crop loss of $272 million/yr. The findings from this survey can be 
found at https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3308&context=icwdm_usdanwrc.
    In 2021, this survey will be conducted in the following 13 States: 
Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, 
Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, 
Tennessee, and Texas, to measure the damage to livestock that is 
associated with the presence of feral swine. These States were chosen 
because they had high feral swine densities and a significant presence 
of cattle (dairy and/or beef), hogs, sheep and/or goats.
    The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Wildlife 
Services' (WS) National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) is the only 
Federal research organization devoted exclusively to resolving 
conflicts between people and wildlife through the development of 
effective, selective, and socially responsible methods, tools, and 
techniques. As increased urbanization leads to a loss of traditional 
wildlife habitat, the potential for conflicts between people and 
wildlife increases. Such conflicts can take many forms, including 
property and natural resource damage, human health and safety concerns, 
and disease transmission among wildlife, livestock, and humans.
    Free-ranging populations of feral swine exist in at least 35 
states, and the nationwide population is estimated at

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approximately 6 million animals. Feral swine damage: Pastures, 
agricultural crops, lawns, landscaping, and natural areas due to 
feeding, rooting, wallowing, grazing, and trampling activities. Feral 
swine are reservoirs of many diseases and act as a host to parasites 
that can negatively impact agricultural animals, especially swine.
    Authority: These data will be collected under the authority of 7 
U.S.C. 2204(a). The eradication of feral swine is authorized by the 
Animal Health Protection Act (Title 7 U.S.C. 8301 et seq.) and the 2014 
Farmbill. The $20 million program aims to help states deal with a 
rapidly expanding population of invasive feral swine.
    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 this collection of 
information is estimated to average 30 minutes per response. This was 
determined by our Survey Methodologists, who conducted 19 cognitive 
interviews in seven states. They also took into account the projected 
number of farmers who will skip some sections of the questionnaire due 
to the presence or absence of damage due to feral swine. NASS will be 
utilizing several pieces of publicity and informational materials to 
encourage respondents to participate in this important survey. 
Publicity materials and instruction sheets will account for 10 minutes 
of additional burden per respondent. Respondents who refuse to complete 
a survey will be allotted 2 minutes of burden per attempt to collect 
the data.
    NASS will conduct the survey initially by mail and then followed up 
with phone attempts for non-response.
    Respondents: Farm and Ranch Operators.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 18,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 9,700 hours.
    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, January 29, 2021.
Kevin L. Barnes,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2021-02487 Filed 2-5-21; 8:45 am]
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