[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 161 (Monday, August 20, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 50082]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20396]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

National Agricultural Statistics Service


Notice of Opportunity To Submit Content Request for the 2013 
Census of Aquaculture

AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service, Department of 
Agriculture.

ACTION: Notice and request for stakeholder input.

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SUMMARY: The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS is 
currently accepting stakeholder feedback in the form of content 
requests for the 2013 Census of Aquaculture. This census is required by 
law under the ``Census of Agriculture Act of 1997,'' Public Law 105-113 
(7 U.S.C. 2204g).

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by October 1, 2012 to 
be assured consideration.

ADDRESSES: Requests must address items listed in comments section 
below. Please submit requests online at: http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/follow-ons or via mail to: USDA-NASS, Census Content Team, 1400 
Independence Ave. SW., Rm. 5340, MS 2021, Washington, DC 20250.
    If you have any questions send an email to 
aginputcounts@nass.usda.gov or call 1-800-727-9540.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR COMMENTS CONTACT: Joseph T. Reilly, 
Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, (202) 720-4333.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The results of the 2005 Census of 
Aquaculture were released in October 2006. For more information, visit 
online at: http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2002/Aquaculture. 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics 
Service is in the process of planning the content of the 2013 Census of 
Aquaculture. We are seeking input on ways to improve the Census of 
Aquaculture. Recommendations or any other ideas concerning the census 
would be greatly appreciated. The 2005 Census of Aquaculture 
questionnaire may be viewed on-line at:  http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2002/Aquaculture/aquacen2005_appendixb.pdf.
    The following justification categories must be addressed when 
proposing a new line of questioning for the 2013 Census of Aquaculture:
    1. What data are needed?
    2. Why are the data needed?
    3. At what geographic level are the data needed? (U.S., State, 
County, other)
    4. Who will use these data?
    5. What decisions will be influenced with these data?
    6. What surveys have used the proposed question before; what 
testing has been done on the question; and what is known about its 
reliability and validity.
    7. Draft of the recommended question.
    All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record 
and be summarized and considered by NASS in preparing the 2013 Census 
of Aquaculture questionnaire for OMB approval.

    Signed at Washington, DC, August 8, 2012.
Joseph T. Reilly,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2012-20396 Filed 8-17-12; 8:45 am]
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