[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 42 (Thursday, March 4, 2010)]
[Pages 9902-9903]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-4567]



National Institutes of Health

Proposed Collection; Comment Request; The Agricultural Health 
Study: A Prospective Cohort Study of Cancer and Other Disease Among Men 
and Women in Agriculture (NCI)

SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment 
on proposed data collection projects, the National Cancer Institute 
(NCI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic 
summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.
    Proposed Collection: Title: The Agricultural Health Study: A 
Prospective Cohort Study of Cancer and Other Disease Among Men and 
Women in Agriculture (NCI) (OMB: 0925-0406). Type of 
Information Collection Request: Revision. Need and Use of Information 
Collection: The purpose of this information collection is to

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continue and complete updating the occupational and environmental 
exposure information as well as medical history information for 
respondents enrolled in the Agriculture Health Study. This represents a 
request to continue and complete phase III (2005-2010) of the study. 
The primary objectives of the study are to determine the health effects 
resulting from occupational and environmental exposures in the 
agricultural environment. Secondary objectives include evaluating 
biological markers that may be associated with agricultural exposures 
and risk of certain types of cancer. Questionnaire data will be 
collected by using computer assisted telephone interview (CATI) and in-
person interview (CAPI) systems for telephone screeners and home visit 
interviews, respectively. Some respondents will also be asked to 
participate in the collection of biospecimens including blood, urine, 
and buccal cells (loose cells from the respondent's mouth). The 
findings will provide valuable information concerning the potential 
link between agricultural exposures and cancer and other chronic 
diseases among agricultural Health Study cohort members, and this 
information may be generalized to the entire agricultural community. 
Frequency of Response: One or Three. Affected Public: Private Sector, 
Farms. Type of Respondents: Licensed pesticide applicators and their 
spouses. The annual reporting burden is as follows:

                                            Estimates of Hour Burden
                                                     Estimated                     Average time
      Type of respondent           Instrument      annual number   Frequency of    per response    Annual burden
                                                  of respondents     response      minutes/hour        hours
Private Applicators...........  CATI Screener...             960               1            5/60              80
Private Applicators...........  Home Visit CAPI              310               1           95/60             465
                                 and                                                       (1.5)
                                 Biospecimens x
Private Applicators...........  Home Visit CAPI               10               3           95/60              45
                                 and                                                       (1.5)
                                 Biospecimens x
Private Applicators, Spouses,   Introductory                 150               1            5/60              13
 Commercial Applicators.         Telephone                                               (0.083)
                                 Contact and
                                 Buccal Cell.
    Total.....................                              1430  ..............  ..............             603

    The annualized cost to respondents is estimated at $16,153 each 
year for a three-year period.
    There are no capital costs, operating costs, and/or maintenance 
costs to report.
    Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the 
public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the 
following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the function 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 the use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the 
proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and 
instruments, contact Michael Alavanja, Dr.P.H, Occupational and 
Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and 
Genetics, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Executive Plaza South, Room 
8000, 6120 Executive Blvd., Rockville, MD 20892, or call 301-496-9093, 
or e-mail your request, including your address to: 
[email protected].
    Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection 
are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60 days 
of the date of this publication.

    Dated: February 26, 2010.
Vivian Horovitch-Kelley,
NCI Project Clearance Liaison, National Institutes of Health.
[FR Doc. 2010-4567 Filed 3-3-10; 8:45 am]