Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 30 (Thursday, February 13, 2020)
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[FR Doc No: 2020-02912]
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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
February 10, 2020.
 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:
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 should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office
of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget
(OMB), New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC; New Executive
Office Building, 725--17th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20503. Commenters
are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to:
[email protected] or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental
Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-
 Comments regarding these information collections are best assured
of having their full effect if received by March 16, 2020. Copies of
the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720-8681.
 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.
Agricultural Marketing Service
 Title: Application for Plant Variety Protection Certificate and
Objective Description of Variety--Asexually Reproduced Varieties
 OMB Control Number: 0581-New.
 Summary of Collection: The Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA)
(December 24, 1970; 84 Stat. 1542, 7 U.S.C. 2321 et seq.) was
established to encourage the development of novel varieties of
sexually-reproduced plants and make them available to the public,
providing intellectual property rights (IPR) protection to those who
breed, develop, or discover such novel varieties, and thereby promote
progress in agriculture in the public interest. Regulations
implementing the PVPA appear at 7 CFR par 92. The 2018 Farm Bill
amended section 2402 of the PVPA (7 U.S.C. F;2402) to include asexually
reproduced plant varieties. The PVPA is a voluntary user funded program
that grants intellectual property ownership rights to breeders of new
and novel seed-and tuber-reproduced plant varieties. To obtain these
rights the applicant must provide information that shows the variety is
eligible for protection and that it is indeed new, distinct, uniform,
and stable, as the law requires. Applicants are provided with
applications to identify the information that is required to issue a
certificate of protection.
 Need and Use of the Information: Applicants must complete the ST-
470, ``Application for Plant Variety Protection Certificate,'' and the
ST-470 series of forms, ``Objective Description of Variety'' along with
other forms. The Agricultural Marketing Service will use the
information from the applicant to be evaluated by examiners to
determine if the variety is eligible for protection under the PVPA. If
the information was not collected applicant would not be able to obtain
the protection that the PVPA is intended to provide.
 Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit; Federal
 Number of Respondents: 50.
 Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion; Other (varies).
 Total Burden Hours: 571.
Ruth Brown,
Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2020-02912 Filed 2-12-20; 8:45 am]