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AGENCY:

Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request an extension of a currently approved information collection for Data Collection, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Applicable to Cranberries Not Subject to the Cranberry Marketing Order, 7 CFR Part 926.

DATES:

Comments on this notice must be received by January 25, 2010.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR COMMENTS:

Contact Valerie L. Emmer-Scott, Marketing Specialist, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Tel: (202) 205-2829, Fax: (202) 720-8938, or Internet: http://www.regulations.gov. All comments should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular business hours, or can be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov.

Small business may request information on this notice by contacting Jay Guerber, Marketing Order Administration Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 0237, room 1406-S, Washington, DC 20250-0237; telephone (202) 720-2491; Fax (202) 720-8938, or E-mail: Jay.Guerber@ams.usda.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title: Data Collection Requirements Applicable to Cranberries Not Subject to the Cranberry Marketing Order, 7 CFR Part 926.

OMB Number: 0581-0222.

Expiration Date of Approval: May 31, 2010.

Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection.

Abstract: A Federal marketing order for cranberries (M.O. 929) regulates the handling of cranberries grown in 10 States and is applicable to regulated handlers under the order. Public Law 106-78, enacted October 22, 1999, amended section 8(d) of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (AMAA), as amended (7 U.S.C. 601-674). If a cranberry order is in effect, the amendment authorizes the Secretary to require persons engaged in the handling or importation of cranberries and cranberry products not subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal cranberry marketing order to maintain adequate records and report information on sales, acquisitions, and inventory information to USDA or the Cranberry Marketing Committee (Committee). Such persons include handlers, producer-handlers, processors, brokers, and importers. The Committee collects this information. The data collection and reporting requirements helps the Committee make more informed recommendations to USDA for regulations authorized under the cranberry marketing order, (7 CFR Part 929).

Although a final rule, published in the Federal Register on April 4, 2007 (72 FR 16265) suspended the reporting requirements under 7 CFR Part 926, AMS is requesting that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve a one-hour placeholder for future use of this information collection should the suspension be lifted and the reporting requirements re-implemented.

The information collection requirements in this request are essential to carry out the intent of the AMAA, and to administer the program, which was implemented in 2005.

The forms covered under this information collection require the minimum information necessary to effectively carry out the requirements of the order, and their use is necessary to fulfill the intent of the AMAA as expressed in the order, and the rules and regulations issued under the order.

The information collected is used only by authorized representatives of the USDA, including AMS, Fruit and Vegetable Programs' regional and headquarters staff, and authorized employees of the Committee. Authorized Committee employees and the industry are the primary users of the information, and AMS is the secondary user.

Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average .083 hours per response.

Respondents: Cranberry importers and brokers who acquire and sell cranberries and cranberry products, and maintain inventories of cranberries and cranberry products; and handlers, producer-handlers, and processors not subject to the cranberry marketing order who produce, handle, acquire, sell and maintain beginning and ending inventories of cranberries and cranberry products.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 12.

Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.

Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1 hour.

Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of the 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 the 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 through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Comments should reference OMB No. 0581-0222 and the Data Collection and Reporting Requirements Applicable to Start Printed Page 61318Cranberries Not Subject to the Cranberry Marketing Order, 7 CFR Part 926, and be mailed to Docket Clerk, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Telephone: (202) 205-2829; Fax (202) 720-8938; or Internet: http://www.regulations.gov. Comments should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be available for public inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular USDA business hours at 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, room 1406-S.

All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record.

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Dated: November 17, 2009.

Rayne Pegg,

Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.

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