Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 45 (Friday, March 6, 2020)
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[FR Doc No: 2020-04631]
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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
March 3, 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 April 6, 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.
National Agriculture Statistics Service
    Title: Cotton Ginning Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0220.
    Summary of Collection: The National Agricultural Statistics
Service's (NASS) primary function is to prepare and issue state and
national estimates of crop and livestock production, disposition and
prices as well as specialty agricultural and environmental statistics.
The Cotton Ginning Survey provides statistics concerning cotton ginning
for specific dates and geographic regions and aids in forecasting
cotton production. The Cotton Ginning surveys obtain data mandated
under U.S.C. Title 13, Section 42(a). General authority for these data
collection activities is granted under U.S. Code Title 7, section 2204.
    Need and Use of the Information: The majority of data are collected
by telephone, mail, and fax. All active gins for a given crop season in
all 17 cotton producing states are included in the survey. The ginning
data collected provides (1) all segments of the cotton industry--
buyers, brokers, crushers, shippers, textile firms, and researches with
exact quantities of cotton available at specific geographic locations
within the U.S. on a regular basis; (2) precise statistics, especially
when at least 50 percent of the forecasted cotton production has been
ginned in a state; and (3) final season ginning data is used to
establish final production. If the information were collected less
frequent, the cotton industry would be without county level quantities
ginned that could seriously affect transportation costs and marketing
    Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 575.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Monthly, Annually.
    Total Burden Hours: 1,218.
Ruth Brown,
Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2020-04631 Filed 3-5-20; 8:45 am]