Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.
Notice and request for comments.
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Start Printed Page 45724Service's (AMS) intention to request approval, from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension and revision of a currently approved information collection used to compile and generate the livestock and meat market reports for the Livestock and Grain Market News Branch of the Livestock and Seed Program.
Comments on this notice must be received by October 15, 2007 to be assured of consideration.
Additional Information or Comments: Comments may be mailed to Jimmy A. Beard; Assistant to the Chief; Livestock and Grain Market News Branch, Livestock and Seed Program, AMS, USDA; STOP 0252; Room 2619-S; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0252; Phone (202) 720-8054; Fax (202) 690-3732; e-mailed to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. State that your comments refer to Docket No. AMS-LS-07-0102; LS-07-13.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dr. Warren Preston, Chief, Livestock and Grain Market News Branch, AMS, USDA, by telephone on 202/720-4846, or via e-mail at: email@example.com or Jimmy A. Beard, Assistant to the Chief, Livestock and Grain Market News Branch, AMS, USDA, by telephone on 202/720-8054, or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Title: Livestock and Meat Market Reports.
OMB Number: 0581-0154.
Expiration Date of Approval: 02-29-2008.
Type of Request: Extension and revision of a currently approved information collection.
Abstract: The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621, et. seq.) directs and authorizes the collection and dissemination of marketing information including adequate outlook information, on a market area basis, for the purpose of anticipating and meeting consumer requirements aiding in the maintenance of farm income and to bring about a balance between production and utilization.
Under this market news program, AMS issues market news reports covering the livestock and meat trade, which encompasses a wide range of industry contacts, including packers, processors, producers, brokers, and retailers. These reports are compiled on a voluntary basis, in cooperation with the livestock and meat industry. The information provided by respondents initiates market news reporting, which must be timely, accurate, unbiased, and continuous if it is to be meaningful to the industry. The livestock and meat industry requested that AMS issue livestock and meat market reports in order to assist them in making informed production and marketing decisions. In addition, several Government agencies that purchase meat for various Federal programs use this data in making their purchasing decisions.
Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated at .08 hours per response.
Respondents: Business or other for-profit, individuals or households, farms, and the Federal Government.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,710.
Estimated Total Annual Responses: 4,386,150.
Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 126.
Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 215,020 hours.
Comments are invited on: (1) 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; (2) 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; (3) ways to enhance quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Jimmy A. Beard, 1400 Independence Ave., Room 2619-S, Washington, DC 20250-0252. Comments can be submitted to: http://www.regulations.gov and viewed there as well. All comments received will be available for public inspection during regular business hours at the same address and on the Internet at http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsmnpubs.
All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record.Start Signature
Dated: August 9, 2007.
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. E7-15949 Filed 8-14-07; 8:45 am]
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