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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 should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-7602. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720-8958.

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

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Title: Importation of Plants for Planting; Establishing a Category for Plants for Planting Not Authorized for Importation.

OMB Control Number: 0579-New.

Summary of Collection: The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), is responsible for preventing the entry of plant diseases or insect pests from entering into the United States, preventing the spread of pests and noxious weeds not widely distributed into the United States, and eradicating those imported pests when eradication is feasible. Under the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), the Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to take such actions as may be necessary to prevent the introduction and spread of plant pests and noxious weeds within the United States. APHIS is amending the regulations in the final rule to establish a new category of regulated articles in the regulations governing the importation of nursery stock, also known as plants for planting. This category will list taxa for plants for planting whose importation is not authorized pending pest risk analysis.

Need and Use of the Information: APHIS will collect the following information before a Pest Risk Assessment can be prepared: (1) A description and/or map of the specific locations(s) of the areas in the exporting country where the plant, plant parts, or plant products are produced; (2) Scientific name (including genus, species, and author names) and taxonomic classification of arthropods, fungi, bacteria, nematodes, viruses, viroids, mollusks, phytoplasmas, spiroplasmas, etc., attacking the crop; and (3) Plant part attacked by each pest, pest life stages associated with plant part attacked, and location of pest (in, on, or with commodity).

Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profits; Federal Government.

Number of Respondents: 5.

Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion.

Total Burden Hours: 28.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Title: Citrus Canker, Citrus Greening, and Asian Citrus Psylid; Interstate Movement of Regulated Citrus Nursery.

OMB Control Number: 0579-0369.

Summary of Collection: Under the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), the Secretary of Agriculture, either independently or in cooperation with the States, is authorized to carry out operations or measures to detect, eradicate, suppress, control, prevent, or retard the spread of plant pest (such as citrus canker (CC)) new to or widely distributed throughout the United States. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) amended the regulations governing the interstate movement of regulated articles from areas quarantined for CC, citrus greening (CG) and/or Asian citrus psylid (ACP) to allow the movement of regulated nursery stock under a certificate to any areas within the United States. In order to be eligible to move regulated nursery stock, a nursery must enter into a compliance agreement with APHIS that specifies the condition under which the nursery stock must be grown, maintained, and shipped.

Need and Use of the Information: APHIS will collect information using forms, PPQ 519, Compliance Agreement, PPQ 530, Federal Certificate, PPQ 540, Limited Permit; Label Requirement and Records of Inspection and Treatments for APHIS Review. The information collected is necessary to provide a degree of relief from existing prohibitions and restrictions on the interstate movement of such articles to affected producers in areas quarantined for CC, CG, and/or ACP, while continuing to prevent the artificial spread of these diseases within the United States. Failing to collect this information, or if this information was collected less frequently, could cause a severe economic loss to the citrus industry.

Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profits.

Number of Respondents: 621.

Frequency of Responses: Recordkeeping; Reporting: On occasion.

Total Burden Hours: 1,900.

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Ruth Brown,

Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2011-20487 Filed 8-11-11; 8:45 am]