[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 222 (Friday, November 16, 2012)]
[Pages 68732-68733]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27634]



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 the National Agricultural Statistics 
Service (NASS) to request revision and extension of a currently 
approved information collection, the Agricultural Prices Surveys. 
Revision to burden hours will be needed due to changes in the size of 
the target population, sampling design, and/or questionnaire length.

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-
0003, 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.

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     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: Agricultural Prices.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0003.
    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 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 Agricultural Prices surveys provide data on the prices received 
by farmers and prices paid by them for production goods and services. 
NASS estimates based on these surveys are used by agencies of the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture to prepare the economic accounts of the 
United States. These price estimates are also used to compute Parity 
Prices in accordance with requirements of the Agricultural Adjustment 
Act of 1938 as amended (Title III, Subtitle A, Section 301(a)). In 
addition, price data are used by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation 
to help determine payment rates, program option levels, and disaster 

    Authority:  These data will be collected under authority of 7 
U.S.C. 2204(a). 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 (Pub. L. 104-113) 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 information 
collection is based on more than 30 individual surveys with expected 
responses of 5-20 minutes and frequency of 1-12 times per year. 
Estimated number of responses per respondent is 1.95.
    Respondents: Farmers and farm-related businesses.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 100,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 35,000 hours.
    Copies of this information collection and related instructions can 
be obtained without charge from David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, 
at (202) 690-2388.
    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 will be summarized in the request for OMB approval.

    Signed at Washington, DC, October 19, 2012.
Joseph T. Reilly,
Associate Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2012-27634 Filed 11-15-12; 8:45 am]