Farm Service Agency, USDA.
Notice; request for comment.
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency and the Commodity Credit Corporation are seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension of a currently approved information collection in support of the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). The information collected is needed to determine eligibility to obtain NAP assistance.
Comments must be received on or before July 11, 2003 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.
Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to John Newcomer, Program Specialist, Production, Emergencies and Compliance Division, Noninsured Assistance Program Branch, Farm Service Agency, USDA, Mail Stop 0517, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0522 and to the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503. Comments also may be submitted by e-mail to: John_Newcomer@usda.gov.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
John Newcomer, Program Specialist, Noninsured Assistance Program Branch, (202) 720-5172.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Description of Information Collection
Title: Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.
OMB Number: 0560-0175.
Expiration Date of Approval: September 30, 2003.
Type of Request: Extension with revision.
Abstract: The Noninsured Crop Assistance Program is authorized under 7 U.S.C. 7333 and implemented under regulations issued at 7 CFR part 1437. The NAP is administered under the general supervision of the Executive Vice-President of CCC (who also serves as Administrator, FSA), and is carried out by FSA State and County committees. The information collected allows CCC to provide assistance under NAP for losses of commercial crops or other agricultural commodities (except livestock) for which catastrophic risk protection under 7 U.S.C. 1508 is not available, and that is produced for food or fiber. Additionally, NAP provides assistance for losses of floriculture, ornamental nursery, Christmas tree crops, turfgrass sod, seed crops, aquaculture (including ornamental fish), sea oats and sea grass, and industrial crops. The information collected is necessary to determine whether a producer and crop or commodity meet applicable conditions for assistance and to determine compliance with existing rules. Producers must annually: (1) Request NAP coverage by completing an application for coverage and paying a service fee by the CCC-established application closing date; (2) file a current crop-year report of acreage for the covered crop or commodity; and (3) certify production of each covered crop or commodity. When damage to a covered crop or commodity occurs, producers must file a notice of loss with the local FSA administrative county office within 15 calendar days of occurrence or 15 calendar days of the date damage to the crop or commodity becomes apparent. Producers must also file an application for payment and certification of income with the local FSA administrative county office.
Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this information collection is estimated to average 0.6 hours per response.
Type of Respondents: Producers of commercial crops or other agricultural commodities (except livestock).
Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 497,000.
Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 3.
Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 3,521,258.
Comment is invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Start Printed Page 25317
All comments received in response to this notice, including names and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. Comments will be summarized and included in the submission for Office of Management and Budget approval.Start Signature
Signed at Washington, DC, on May 5, 2003.
James R. Little,
Administrator, Farm Service Agency, and Executive Vice-President, Commodity Credit Corporation.
[FR Doc. 03-11692 Filed 5-9-03; 8:45 am]
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