[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 222 (Friday, November 16, 2012)]
[Page 68732]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27633]



National Agricultural Statistics Service

Notice of Intent To Request Revision and Extension of a Currently 
Approved Information Collection

AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics 
Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently 
approved information collection, the Vegetable Surveys Program. 
Revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of 
the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length. 
Some of the vegetable production surveys will incorporate sampling of 
the total population of producers, while the processing surveys will 
involve a total enumeration of the entire population. Changes are being 
made to some of the questionnaires to accommodate changes in the 
industry and to make the questionnaires easier for the respondent to 
complete. This should help to reduce respondent burden and improve the 
overall response rates.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by January 15, 2013 to 
be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
0037, by any of the following methods:
     Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. Include docket number 
above in the subject line of the message.
     Fax: (202) 720-6396.
     Mail: Mail any paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions to: 
David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Hand deliver to: David Hancock, 
NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South 
Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2024.

Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, (202) 720-4333.

    Title: Vegetable Surveys Program.
    OMB Number: 0535-0037.
    Expiration Date of Approval: March 31, 2013.
    Type of Request: Intent to Seek Approval to Revise and Extend an 
Information Collection for 3 years.
    Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural 
Statistics Service (NASS) is to collect, prepare, and issue State and 
national estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and 
disposition; as well as economic statistics, environmental statistics 
related to agriculture and also to conduct the Census of Agriculture. 
The Vegetable Surveys Program obtains basic agricultural statistics for 
fresh market and processing vegetables in major producing States. 
Vegetable statistics are used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to 
help administer programs and by growers, processors, and marketers in 
making production and marketing decisions. The fresh market estimating 
program now consists of 25 selected crops and the processing program 
consists of 8 principal crops.
    Authority: These data will be collected under the authority of 7 
U.S.C. 2204g. Individually identifiable data collected under this 
authority are governed by Section 1770 of the Food Security Act of 1985 
as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2276, which requires USDA to afford strict 
confidentiality to non-aggregated data provided by respondents. This 
notice is submitted in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) and Office of 
Management and Budget regulations at 5 CFR part 1320.
    NASS also complies with OMB Implementation Guidance, 
``Implementation Guidance for Title V of the E-Government Act, 
Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 
2002 (CIPSEA),'' Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 115, June 15, 2007, p. 
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to be between 5 and 20 minutes per respondent 
per survey.
    Respondents: Farms and businesses.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 35,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 4,700 hours. Copies 
of this information collection and related instructions can be obtained 
without charge from David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, at (202) 
    Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of the agency, including whether the information will 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of 
the burden of the proposed collection of information including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, technological or other forms of information 
technology collection methods.
    All responses to this notice will become a matter of public record 
and be summarized in the request for OMB approval.

    Signed at Washington, DC, October 19, 2012.
Joseph T. Reilly,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2012-27633 Filed 11-15-12; 8:45 am]