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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 230 / Friday, December 3, 2021 / Notices 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, 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, November 10, 2021. Kevin L. Barnes, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2021–26277 Filed 12–2–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Revise and Extend 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 intention of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently approved information collection, the Agricultural Resources Management Survey (ARMS), phases 1 and 2 as well as Chemical Use Surveys. All phases of the Agricultural Resources Management Survey(s) are included in the current OMB Control Number 0535–0218, but this information collection renewal request will only include the ARMS phases 1 and 2 as well as Chemical Use Surveys. The ARMS phase 3 and cooperator funded chemical use surveys will be moved to two new information collection requests. Splitting these surveys across multiple information SUMMARY: collections will allow USDA and cooperators more flexibility for changes to best address current trends in the farming industry. A revision to burden hours will be needed due to this separation as well as changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by February 1, 2022 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535–0218, 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 Agriculture, (202) 720–4333. 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: Agricultural Resources Management Survey and Chemical Use Surveys. OMB Control Number: 0535–0218. Expiration Date of Current Approval: November 30, 2023. Type of Request: Intent to revise and extend a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The Agricultural Resource Management Survey(s) (ARMS) are the primary source of information for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a broad range of issues related to: Production practices, costs and returns, pest management, chemical usage, and contractor expenses. Data are collected on both a whole farm level and on selected commodities. Historically, the ARMS docket contained a screening phase, a chemical use phase and an economic phase. In addition, it contained chemical use surveys for fruits and vegetables along with specialty surveys conducted through External Project Agreements (EPA). This Notice and information collection will focus on the ARMS phases 1 and 2—the screening, production practices, as well as chemical use surveys. The combined ARMS surveys are the only source of information available for objective evaluation of many critical issues related to economics, chemical usage, and cropping practices. Breaking these surveys into separate OMB approvals will assist in making timely updates to questionnaires to keep in touch with an ever changing industry. Cost of Production: A Congressional mandate exists for the development of annual estimates of the cost of producing wheat, feed grains, cotton, and dairy commodities. USDA also collects cost of production data for soybeans, rice, peanuts, hogs, and beef cow-calf in order to provide economic information for comparison among the major farm commodities that compete for U.S. agricultural resources. The economic data collection and publication for the cost of production surveys will be included under a new, separate OMB approval. Chemical Use Surveys: Congress has mandated that NASS and ERS build nationally coordinated databases on agricultural chemical use and related farm practices; these databases are the primary vehicles used to produce specified environmental and economic estimates. The surveys will help provide the knowledge and technical means for producers and researchers to address on-farm environmental concerns in a manner that maintains agricultural productivity. The commodities that are scheduled to be included in this approval are in the following table. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 CHEMICAL USE TARGET COMMODITIES 2022–2024 Year Survey 2022 ....................... Integrated Screening .............................................................. ARMS phase 2 (PPCR) ......................................................... ARMS phase 2 (PPR) ............................................................ Chemical Use ......................................................................... ARMS phase 1 ....................................................................... ARMS phase 2 (PPCR) ......................................................... ARMS phase 2 (PPR) ............................................................ Chemical Use ......................................................................... 2023 ....................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Dec 02, 2021 Jkt 256001 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Target commodity Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68629 ARMS phases 2 & 3 Plus Chemical Use. wheat. potatoes. vegetables. ARMS phases 2 & 3. soybeans, oats, peanuts. none. fruit. E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1 68630 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 230 / Friday, December 3, 2021 / Notices CHEMICAL USE TARGET COMMODITIES 2022–2024—Continued Year Survey Target commodity 2024 ....................... Integrated Screening .............................................................. ARMS phase 2 (PPCR) ......................................................... ARMS phase 2 (PPR) ............................................................ Chemical Use ......................................................................... ARMS phases 2 & 3 plus Chemical Use. TBD. TBD. vegetables. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 PPCR—Production Practices and Costs Report. PPR—Production Practices Report. Authority: 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, 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 (at 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) and Office of Management and Budget regulations at 5 CFR part 1320. All NASS employees and NASS contractors must also fully comply with all provisions of the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA) of 2018, Title III of Public Law 115–435, codified in 44 U.S.C. Ch. 35. CIPSEA supports NASS’s pledge of confidentiality to all respondents and facilitates the agency’s efforts to reduce burden by supporting statistical activities of collaborative agencies through designation of NASS agents, subject to the limitations and penalties described in CIPSEA. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average approximately 14 minutes per response. Respondents: Farmers, ranchers, farm managers, farm contractors, and farm households. Estimated Number of Respondents: Approximately 112,000 respondents will be sampled each year. Less than 20 percent of these respondents will be contacted more than one time in a single year for the surveys in this docket. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: Approximately 45,000 hours per year. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:06 Dec 02, 2021 Jkt 256001 burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, 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, November 10, 2021. Kevin L. Barnes, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2021–26275 Filed 12–2–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs Request for Comments on the Execution of the FY 22/26 Learning Agenda Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Request for information. AGENCY: In accordance with the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (the Evidence Act), Public Law 115–435,1 the Department of Commerce has developed a draft Learning Agenda for FY 2022 to FY 2026. The Learning Agenda lists significant priority evidence/evaluation questions that will be researched over the next four years to help achieve the Department’s Strategic Objectives. The final plan will be published in February 2022 and will be reviewed annually for possible updates and improvements. Research questions in the plan cover a broad range of topics reflecting the wide-ranging authorities and programs across the Department. One common theme across many bureaus, and consistent with the Administration’s focus on equitable economic growth, is the extent to which programs are reaching traditionally underserved SUMMARY: 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 312. Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 communities and populations and meeting their needs. These questions are listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. General comments are invited but input is particularly requested on: • Strategies to best engage with underserved communities and populations on research methodology • Data sets maintained by states, localities, regional organizations, or non-profits that could support the research • Recent significant research most relevant to the Learning Agenda questions The information provided will be used to develop and refine the approach used to conduct research. This includes identifying organizations and individuals who will be included in focus groups. DATES: Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on January 31, 2022. Written comments in response to the RFI should be submitted according to the instructions in the ADDRESSES sections below. Submissions received after that date may not be considered. ADDRESSES: Comments must be submitted via email to EvaluationOfficer@doc.gov. Attachments to the email will be accepted only in ADOBE® portable document format or MICROSOFT WORD® format. All submissions, including attachments and other supporting materials, will become part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. The Department of Commerce reserves the right to publish relevant comments publicly, unedited and in their entirety. Personal information, such as account numbers or Social Security numbers, or names of other individuals, should not be included. Do not submit confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive or protected information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions regarding this notice please call 202–604–5634 or email EvaluationOfficer@doc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following are Learning Agenda topics and questions that would particularly E:\FR\FM\03DEN1.SGM 03DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 230 (Friday, December 3, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 68629-68630]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-26275]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Revise and Extend 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 intention of the National Agricultural Statistics 
Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently 
approved information collection, the Agricultural Resources Management 
Survey (ARMS), phases 1 and 2 as well as Chemical Use Surveys. All 
phases of the Agricultural Resources Management Survey(s) are included 
in the current OMB Control Number 0535-0218, but this information 
collection renewal request will only include the ARMS phases 1 and 2 as 
well as Chemical Use Surveys. The ARMS phase 3 and cooperator funded 
chemical use surveys will be moved to two new information collection 
requests. Splitting these surveys across multiple information 
collections will allow USDA and cooperators more flexibility for 
changes to best address current trends in the farming industry. A 
revision to burden hours will be needed due to this separation as well 
as changes in the size of the target population, sampling design, and/
or questionnaire length.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by February 1, 2022 to 
be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
0218, 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) 720-4333. 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: Agricultural Resources Management Survey and Chemical Use 
Surveys.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0218.
    Expiration Date of Current Approval: November 30, 2023.
    Type of Request: Intent to revise and extend a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: The Agricultural Resource Management Survey(s) (ARMS) are 
the primary source of information for the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture on a broad range of issues related to: Production 
practices, costs and returns, pest management, chemical usage, and 
contractor expenses. Data are collected on both a whole farm level and 
on selected commodities. Historically, the ARMS docket contained a 
screening phase, a chemical use phase and an economic phase. In 
addition, it contained chemical use surveys for fruits and vegetables 
along with specialty surveys conducted through External Project 
Agreements (EPA). This Notice and information collection will focus on 
the ARMS phases 1 and 2--the screening, production practices, as well 
as chemical use surveys.
    The combined ARMS surveys are the only source of information 
available for objective evaluation of many critical issues related to 
economics, chemical usage, and cropping practices. Breaking these 
surveys into separate OMB approvals will assist in making timely 
updates to questionnaires to keep in touch with an ever changing 
industry.
    Cost of Production: A Congressional mandate exists for the 
development of annual estimates of the cost of producing wheat, feed 
grains, cotton, and dairy commodities. USDA also collects cost of 
production data for soybeans, rice, peanuts, hogs, and beef cow-calf in 
order to provide economic information for comparison among the major 
farm commodities that compete for U.S. agricultural resources. The 
economic data collection and publication for the cost of production 
surveys will be included under a new, separate OMB approval.
    Chemical Use Surveys: Congress has mandated that NASS and ERS build 
nationally coordinated databases on agricultural chemical use and 
related farm practices; these databases are the primary vehicles used 
to produce specified environmental and economic estimates. The surveys 
will help provide the knowledge and technical means for producers and 
researchers to address on-farm environmental concerns in a manner that 
maintains agricultural productivity.
    The commodities that are scheduled to be included in this approval 
are in the following table.

                Chemical Use Target Commodities 2022-2024
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          Year                    Survey             Target commodity
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2022....................  Integrated Screening..  ARMS phases 2 & 3 Plus
                                                   Chemical Use.
                          ARMS phase 2 (PPCR)...  wheat.
                          ARMS phase 2 (PPR)....  potatoes.
                          Chemical Use..........  vegetables.
2023....................  ARMS phase 1..........  ARMS phases 2 & 3.
                          ARMS phase 2 (PPCR)...  soybeans, oats,
                                                   peanuts.
                          ARMS phase 2 (PPR)....  none.
                          Chemical Use..........  fruit.

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2024....................  Integrated Screening..  ARMS phases 2 & 3 plus
                                                   Chemical Use.
                          ARMS phase 2 (PPCR)...  TBD.
                          ARMS phase 2 (PPR)....  TBD.
                          Chemical Use..........  vegetables.
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PPCR--Production Practices and Costs Report.
PPR--Production Practices Report.

    Authority: 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, 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 (at 44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) and Office of Management and Budget 
regulations at 5 CFR part 1320.
    All NASS employees and NASS contractors must also fully comply with 
all provisions of the Confidential Information Protection and 
Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA) of 2018, Title III of Public Law 
115-435, codified in 44 U.S.C. Ch. 35. CIPSEA supports NASS's pledge of 
confidentiality to all respondents and facilitates the agency's efforts 
to reduce burden by supporting statistical activities of collaborative 
agencies through designation of NASS agents, subject to the limitations 
and penalties described in CIPSEA.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average approximately 14 minutes per 
response.
    Respondents: Farmers, ranchers, farm managers, farm contractors, 
and farm households.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: Approximately 112,000 respondents 
will be sampled each year. Less than 20 percent of these respondents 
will be contacted more than one time in a single year for the surveys 
in this docket.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: Approximately 45,000 
hours per year.
    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, 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, November 10, 2021.
Kevin L. Barnes,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2021-26275 Filed 12-2-21; 8:45 am]
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