[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 204 (Friday, October 21, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 72772-72773]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-25500]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[AMS-CN-16-0095]


Cotton Classing, Testing and Standards: Notice of Request for an 
Extension and Revision to a Currently Approved Information Collection

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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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 approval from the Office of 
Management and Budget, for an extension and revision to the currently 
approved information collection entitled Cotton Classing, Testing, and 
Standards.

DATES: Comments received by December 20, 2016 will be considered.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted to the addresses specified 
below. All comments will be made available to the public. Please do not 
include personally identifiable information (such as name, address, or 
other contact information) or confidential business information that 
you do not want publically disclosed. All comments may be posted on the 
Internet and can be retrieved by most Internet search engines. Comments 
may be submitted anonymously.
    Comments, identified by AMS-CN-16-0095, may be submitted 
electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Please follow the instructions for submitting 
comments. In addition, comments may be submitted by mail or hand 
delivery to Cotton Research and Promotion, Cotton and Tobacco Program, 
AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 
22406. Comments should be submitted in triplicate. All comments 
received will be made available for public inspection at Cotton and 
Tobacco Program, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, 
Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406. A copy of this document may be found 
at: www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shethir M. Riva, Director, Research 
and Promotion, Cotton and Tobacco Program, AMS, USDA, 100 Riverside 
Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406, telephone (540) 
361-2726, facsimile (540) 361-1199, or email at 
Shethir.Riva@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Cotton Classing, Testing, and Standards.
    OMB Number: 0581-0008.
    Expiration Date of Approval: February 28, 2017.
    Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved 
Information Collection.
    Abstract: Information solicited is used by the USDA to administer 
and supervise activities associated with the classification or grading 
of cotton, cotton linters, and cottonseed based on official USDA 
Standards. The information requires personal data, such as name, type 
of business, address, and description of classification services 
requested. These programs are

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conducted under the United States Cotton Standards Act (7 U.S.C. 51b), 
the Cotton Statistics and Estimates Act of 1927 (7 U.S.C. 473c), and 
the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1622h) and regulations 
appear at 7 CFR part 28.
    The information collection requirements in this request are 
essential to carry out the intent of the Acts and to provide the cotton 
industry the type of information they need to make sound business 
decisions. The information collected is the minimum required. 
Information is requested from growers, cooperatives, merchants, 
manufacturers, and other government agencies.
    The information collected is used only by authorized employees of 
the USDA, AMS. The cotton industry is the primary user of the compiled 
information and AMS and other government agencies are secondary users.
    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.07 hours per response.
    Respondents: Cotton merchants, warehouses, and gins.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 993.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.91.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 1,893.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 141.30.
    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 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. Comments may be sent to Shethir M. Riva, 
Director, Research and Promotion, Cotton and Tobacco Program, AMS, 
USDA, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 
22406, telephone (540) 361-2726, facsimile (540) 361-1199, or email at 
Shethir.Riva@ams.usda.gov. 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.

    Dated: October 18, 2016.
Elanor Starmer,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2016-25500 Filed 10-20-16; 8:45 am]
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