Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 230 (Friday, November 29, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 230 (Friday, November 29, 2019)]
[Pages 65779-65780]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-25864]
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.
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 Aquaculture Surveys. Revision to
burden hours will be needed due to changes in NASS estimates programs,
target population sizes, sampling designs, and/or content of
DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by January 28, 2020 to
be assured of consideration.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
0150, by any of the following methods:
     Email: [email protected]. Include the 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
     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.
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].
    Title: Aquaculture Surveys.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0150.
    Expiration Date: April 30, 2020.
    Type of Request: Intent to seek approval to revise and extend a
currently approved information collection for a period of three years.
    Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural
Statistics Service is to prepare and issue state and national estimates
of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition. The
Aquaculture Surveys program produces estimates at the national level on
both trout and catfish. Survey results are used by government agencies
and others in planning farm programs.
    The trout survey includes inventory counts, sales (dollars, pounds,
and quantities), percent of product sold by outlet at the point of
first sale, number of fish raised for release into open waters, and
losses. The catfish surveys include inventory counts, water surface
acreage used for production, sales (dollars, pounds, and quantities),
and losses.
     Twenty-five states (Arkansas, California, Colorado,
Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri,
Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York,
North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia,
Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming) are in the Trout
Production Survey. In January, data are collected in the selected
states that produce and either sell or distribute trout. State,
federal, tribal, and other facilities where trout are raised for
conservation, restoration, or recreational purposes are included in the
     Nine states (Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia,
Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Texas) are in the
Catfish Production Survey. Data are collected from farmers in January
for inventory, water surface acreage, and previous year sales. In
addition, farmers in the three major catfish producing states are
surveyed in July for mid-year inventory and water surface acreage.
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     The survey conducted in Hawaii is conducted under a
cooperative agreement with the state.
     Under the previous approval NASS also conducted surveys in
Florida and Pennsylvania under cooperative agreements. Both of these
surveys have been discontinued.
     All of the surveys conducted under this approval will have
a voluntary reporting statement on each questionnaire.
    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, 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: Public reporting burden for this collection of
information is estimated to average 15 minutes per response. Pre-survey
publicity or cover letters will also be included to encourage
respondents to complete and return the surveys and to provide the
respondents with information on how to complete the surveys using the
    Respondents: Farms and aquaculture facilities.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: Approximately 2,500 per year.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 750 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, November 13, 2019.
Kevin L. Barnes,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2019-25864 Filed 11-27-19; 8:45 am]