[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 18 (Monday, January 28, 2013)]
[Pages 5771-5772]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-01602]



Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

January 22, 2013.
    The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following 
information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. Comments 
regarding (a) 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; (b) the accuracy 
of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) 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.
    Comments regarding this information collection received by February 
27, 2013 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: 
Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 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-
7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720-
    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

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persons are not required to respond to the collection of information 
unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

National Agricultural Statistics Service

    Title: List Sampling Frame Survey.
    OMB Control Number: 0535-0140.
    Summary of Collection: General authority for these data collection 
activities is granted under U.S. Code Title 7, Section 2204 which 
specifies that ``The Secretary of Agriculture shall procure and 
preserve all information concerning agriculture which he can obtain * * 
* by the collection of statistics * * *'' The primary objective of the 
National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is to provide data 
users with timely and reliable agricultural production and economic 
statistics, as well as environmental and specialty agricultural related 
statistics. To accomplish this objective, NASS relies heavily on the 
use of sample surveys statistically drawn from ``List Sampling Frame.'' 
The List Sampling Frame is a database of names and addresses, with 
control data, that contains the components values from which these 
samples can be drawn.
    Need and Use of the Information: Data from criteria surveys are 
used to provide control data for new records on the list sampling 
frame. This information is utilized to define the size of operation, 
define sample populations and establish eligibility for the Census of 
Agriculture. New names and addresses of potential farms are obtained on 
a regular basis from growers association, other government agencies and 
various outside sources. This information is used to develop efficient 
sample designs, which allows NASS the ability to draw reduced sample 
sizes from the originally large universe populations.
    Description of Respondents: Farms.
    Number of Respondents: 174,000.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion.
    Total Burden Hours: 42,576.

Charlene Parker,
Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-01602 Filed 1-25-13; 8:45 am]