Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

Published date17 May 2024
Record Number2024-10790
Citation89 FR 43370
CourtAgriculture Department
SectionNotices
Federal Register, Volume 89 Issue 97 (Friday, May 17, 2024)
[Federal Register Volume 89, Number 97 (Friday, May 17, 2024)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 43370-43372]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2024-10790]
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                DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
                Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
                 The Department of Agriculture will submit the following information
                collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the
                Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 on or after the date
                of publication of this notice. Comments are requested regarding: (1)
                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) the accuracy of the
                agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology
                and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and
                clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) 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 these information collections are best assured
                of having their full effect if received by June 17, 2024. 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 displays
                a currently valid OMB control number.
                National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
                 Title: Aquaculture Survey--Substantive Change.
                 OMB Control Number: 0535-0150.
                 Summary of Collection: 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 sales (dollars, pounds, and quantities),
                percent of product sold by outlet at the point of first sale,
                distribution (dollars, pounds, and quantities) of fish raised for
                release into open waters, and losses. The catfish surveys include
                inventory counts, water surface acreage used for production and sales
                (dollars, pounds, and quantities).
                 The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is requesting a
                substantive change to the Aquaculture Survey information collection
                request (OMB No. 0535-0150) for trout program changes. Every five years
                NASS conducts a program review following the completion of the Census
                of Agriculture. The program changes balance resources across all of the
                programs included in the annual estimating program, which represents
                over 400 individual reports across multiple Information Collection
                Requests (ICRs). This substantive change is to accommodate the trout
                program changes that affect this ICR. The methodology, publication
                dates, burden and data collection plan do not change as result of these
                program changes. The changes to these surveys will not affect burden
                hours.
                 Need and Use of the Information: Survey results are used by members
                of the Cooperative Extension System and the National Sea Grant College
                Program who research and work in aquaculture. The information is used
                to analyze changing trends in the number of commercial operations and
                production levels by State, as well as to demonstrate the growing
                importance of aquaculture to officials of federal and State government
                agencies who manage and direct policy for programs in agriculture and
                natural resources. Extension specialists use the data to demonstrate
                the impact of educational programs and other efforts to assist in
                developing economically viable aquaculture operations. The type of
                information collected and reported provides extension educators and
                research scientists with data that indicate important areas that
                require special educational and/or research efforts, such as causes for
                fish loss and pond inventories of fish of various sizes.
                 Description of Respondents: Farms; businesses or other for-profits.
                 Number of Respondents: 2,950.
                 Frequency of Responses: Reporting: on occasion; annually.
                 Total Burden Hours: 551.
                National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
                 Title: Bee and Honey Survey--Substantive Change.
                 OMB Control Number: 0535-0153.
                 Summary of Collection: The primary functions of the National
                Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) are to prepare and issue State
                and national estimates of crop and livestock production, disposition,
                and prices, and to collect information on related environmental and
                economic factors. Crop and livestock statistics help maintain a stable
                economic atmosphere and reduce risk for production, marketing, and
                distribution operations. Modern agriculture increasingly calls upon
                NASS to supply reliable, timely, and detailed information through its
                commodity estimation program. As part of this function, estimates are
                made for honey production, stocks, and prices.
                 The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is requesting a
                substantive change to the Bee and Honey Survey information collection
                request (OMB No. 0535-0153) for honey program changes. Every five years
                NASS conducts a program review following the completion of the Census
                of Agriculture. The program changes balance resources across all of the
                programs included in the annual estimating program, which represents
                over 400 individual reports across multiple Information Collection
                Requests (ICRs). This substantive change is to accommodate the honey
                program changes that affect this ICR. The methodology, publication
                dates,
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                burden and data collection plan do not change as result of these
                program changes. The changes to these surveys will not affect burden
                hours.
                 Need and Use of the Information: The bee and honey surveys are
                conducted in all States. These surveys collect data on the number of
                colonies each operation has, the amount of honey produced and the
                amount of honey stocks available for sale.
                 The Agricultural Research Service (ARS), State-level apiarists, and
                agricultural colleges throughout the U.S. use NASS bee and honey data
                to administer their honeybee research programs. Current research
                projects at ARS focus on colony collapse disorder, parasites,
                Africanized honeybees, foul brood disease, food safety and inspection
                (including honey), and other topics.
                 The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) uses NASS honey production
                data as control data for the administration of the research and
                promotion programs. The Honey Packers and Importers Research,
                Promotion, Consumer Education, and Industry Information Order (Order)
                [7 CFR part 1212] is authorized by the Commodity Promotion, Research,
                and Information Act of 1996 (1996 Act) [7 U.S.C. 7411-7425]. Under the
                Order, assessments are collected on honey and honey products packed or
                imported into the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
                The funds collected are used by the National Honey Board for research
                and development, advertising and promotion of honey and honey products,
                consumer education, and industry information, under AMS supervision.
                The National Honey Board administers the research and promotion
                programs and reimburses the Federal government for the costs incurred
                in implementing and administering the program.
                 The Economic Research Service (ERS) uses NASS honey data to
                construct U.S. and per capita caloric sweetener consumption estimates.
                The data are used in the Sugar and Sweeteners Yearbook tables provided
                by ERS. The data are also utilized in the Situation and Outlook Report
                and the Food Consumption series, which are mandated by Congress.
                Economic data published in the Honey report is also used to prepare
                valuations related to pollinators.
                 The Farm Service Agency (FSA) uses NASS honey production data as
                source data. The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002
                provides that the FSA administer the nonrecourse marketing assistance
                loan and loan deficiency payment (LDP) program for honey. The honey
                nonrecourse marketing assistance loan and LDP program provides eligible
                honey producers with two forms of Federal assistance. The program helps
                to stabilize America's honey industry and ensure the wellbeing of
                agriculture in the United States. Nonrecourse marketing assistance
                loans are administered by FSA on behalf of the Commodity Credit
                Corporation (CCC). The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008
                Farm Bill) authorized the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey
                Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP). ELAP assistance covers some
                species, loss conditions, and losses that are not eligible for other
                disaster assistance programs, including colony collapse disorder. The
                Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) authorized the
                use of Commodity Credit Corporation funds for the Emergency Assistance
                for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP). ELAP
                provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock,
                honeybees and farm-raised fish. It covers losses due to an eligible
                adverse weather or loss condition, including blizzards and wildfires,
                as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture. ELAP covers losses that
                are not covered under other disaster assistance programs authorized by
                the 2014 Farm Bill, such as the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP)
                and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).
                 The Risk Management Agency (RMA) is now offering a pilot insurance
                program for apiculture. This pilot program uses rainfall and vegetation
                greenness indices to estimate local rainfall and plant health, allowing
                beekeepers to purchase insurance protection against production risks.
                The program will use a 5-year average honey yield at the state level
                and the annual average honey price at the national level, both based on
                NASS data, to determine insurance payments.
                 The Pollinator Health Task Force uses data from the Honey Bee
                Colonies report to monitor honeybee colony losses during winter. Their
                goal, as laid out in the Pollinator Research Action Plan, is to reduce
                these losses to no more than 15 percent within 10 years. The Food and
                Drug Administration provided some background information on the
                importance of honeybees in an article they published in July 2018.
                ``Honey bees are not native to the New World. Most crops grown in the
                U.S. are not New World natives either. Both the crops and the bees
                evolved together in other areas of the globe, and were brought here by
                European settlers. Information suggests that the first honeybee
                colonies arrived in the Colony of Virginia from England early in 1622.
                 Today, the commercial production of more than 90 crops relies on
                bee pollination. Of the approximately 3,600 bee species that live in
                the U.S., the European honeybee2 (scientific name Apis mellifera) is
                the most common pollinator, making it the most important bee to
                domestic agriculture. About one-third of the food eaten by Americans
                comes from crops pollinated by honey bees, including apples, melons,
                cranberries, pumpkins, squash, broccoli, and almonds, to name just a
                few. Without the industrious honey bee, American dinner plates would
                look quite bare.''
                 Description of Respondents: Businesses or other for-profits; Farms.
                 Number of Respondents: 12,225.
                 Frequency of Responses: Quarterly; Annually.
                 Total Burden Hours: 7,920.
                National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
                 Title: Agricultural Resource Management Phases 1 & 2 and Chemical
                Use Surveys--Substantive Change.
                 OMB Control Number: 0535-0218.
                 Summary of Collection: General authority for these data collection
                activities is granted under U.S. Code Title 7, Section 2204 which
                specifies that ``The Secretary of Agriculture shall procure and
                preserve all information concerning agriculture which he can obtain . .
                . by the collection of statistics . . .''. The primary objective of the
                National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is to provide data
                users with timely and reliable agricultural production and economic
                statistics, as well as environmental and specialty agricultural related
                statistics. To accomplish this objective, NASS relies on the use of
                diverse surveys that show changes within the farming industry over
                time.
                 The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is requesting a
                substantive change to the Aquaculture Survey information collection
                request (OMB No. 0535-0150) for vegetable chemical use program changes.
                Every five years NASS conducts a program review following the
                completion of the Census of Agriculture. The program changes balance
                resources across all of the programs included in the annual estimating
                program, which represents over 400 individual reports across multiple
                Information Collection Requests (ICRs). This substantive change is to
                accommodate the trout program changes that affect this ICR.
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                The methodology, publication dates, burden and data collection plan do
                not change as result of these program changes. The changes to these
                surveys will not affect burden hours.
                 Included with this change request are (1) Addition of the Arizona
                Enterprise Version of the Vegetable Chemical Use Survey that should
                have been added earlier, and
                 (2) One version of the ARMS 2 Wheat Production Practices Report.
                The one version will be used in lieu of three versions (winter, Durum,
                and other spring wheat) submitted earlier.
                 Need and Use of the Information: ARMS is the only annual source of
                whole farm information available for objective evaluation of many
                critical issues related to agriculture and the rural economy. This
                issues that will be addressed in this request are: input usage,
                production practices, and chemical use. Without these data, decision
                makers cannot analyze and report on critical issues that affect farms
                and farm households when pesticide regulatory actions are being
                considered.
                 Description of Respondents: Farms; Business or other for-profit.
                 Number of Respondents: 416,150.
                 Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Quarterly; Semi-annually;
                Monthly; Annually.
                 Total Burden Hours: 52,147.
                Levi S. Harrell,
                Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
                [FR Doc. 2024-10790 Filed 5-16-24; 8:45 am]
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