[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 178 (Friday, September 13, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 56648-56649]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-22375]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Foreign Agricultural Service


Notice of a Request for a Reinstatement of a Currently Approved 
Information Collection

AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces that the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) intends to 
reinstate a currently approved information collection procedure for the 
Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers program as described in 7 CFR 
Part 1580.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by no later than 
November 12, 2013 to be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments as requested in this 
notice. In your comment, include the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 
and volume, date, and page number of this issue of the Federal 
Register. You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail, hand delivery, or courier: Peter W. Burr, Branch 
Chief, Export Sales Reporting Branch, Import Policies and Export 
Reporting Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural 
Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-1021, STOP 
1021; or by email at Pete.Burr@fas.usda.gov; or by telephone at (202) 
720-3274; or fax to (202) 720-0876. Comments will be available for 
inspection online at http://www.regulations.gov and at the mail address 
listed above between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except holidays. Persons with disabilities who require an alternative 
means for communication of information (Braille, large print, 
audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 
(voice and TDD).

Confidentiality

    All submitted comments and attachments are part of the public 
record and subject to disclosure. Do not enclose any material in your 
comments that you consider to be confidential or that is inappropriate 
for public disclosure.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter W. Burr, Import Policies and 
Export Reporting Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign 
Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 1021, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-1021, (202) 720-3274., or 
email Pete.Burr@fas.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers.
    OMB Number: 0551-0040.
    Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2013.
    Type of Request: Reinstatement of currently approved information 
collection.
    Abstract: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 
reauthorized and modified the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers 
program as established by Subtitle C of Title I of the Trade Act of 
2002, which amended the Trade Act of 1974. The Omnibus Trade Act of 
2010 and the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 further 
amended the Trade Act of 1974. Under this program, the U.S. Department 
of Agriculture (USDA) provides technical assistance and cash benefits 
to eligible producers of raw agricultural commodities and fishermen

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when the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator determines 
that increased imports of raw agricultural commodities, aquaculture 
products, or wild-caught aquatic species (jointly referred to as 
``agricultural commodities'') have contributed importantly to a greater 
than 15 percent decrease in the national average price, or quantity of 
production, or value of production, or cash receipts for the 
agricultural commodity specified in the certified petition compared to 
the average of the three preceding marketing years. The regulation at 7 
CFR Part 1580 establishes the procedure by which producers of raw 
agricultural commodities can petition (form FAS-930 or a reasonable 
substitute) for certification of eligibility and apply for technical 
assistance and cash payments. To receive consideration for TAA for 
Farmers certification, petitioners must supply the information required 
by 7 CFR 1580.203. Once a petition has been certified, individuals 
covered by the certification must apply for TAA for Farmers benefits in 
accordance with 7 CFR 1580.301. The specific information required on an 
application (form FSA-229) must be collected from those who wish to 
receive program benefits.
    Estimate Number of Respondents: 1,000.
    Estimate Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Burden of Hours per Response: 14 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 14,000 hours.
    Request for Comments: The public is invited to submit comments and 
suggestions to the above address regarding the accuracy of the burden, 
estimate, ways to minimize the burden, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology, or any other aspect of this collection of information. 
Comments on the issues covered by the Paperwork Reduction Act are most 
useful to OMB if received within 30 days of publication of the Notice 
and Request for Comments, but must be submitted no later than 60 days 
from the date of publication to be assured of consideration. All 
responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request 
for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public 
record.
    FAS is committed to complying with the Government Paperwork 
Reduction Act which requires Government agencies, to the maximum extent 
feasible, to provide the public the option of electronically submitting 
information collection.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on August 8, 2013.
Philip C. Karsting,
Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-22375 Filed 9-12-13; 8:45 am]
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