AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 this
notice announces the intention of the National Agricultural Statistics
Service (NASS) to seek approval to conduct a new information collection
consisting of two questionnaires, the Quarterly Colony Loss Survey and
the Annual Colony Loss Survey.
DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by December 29, 2014 to
be assured of consideration.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535-
NEW, by any of the following methods:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include docket number
above in the subject line of the message.
eFax: (855) 838-6382.
Mail: Mail any paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions to:
David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Room 5336 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC
Hand Delivery/Courier: Hand deliver to: David Hancock,
NASS Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5336 South
Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-2024.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Renee Picanso, Associate
Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S.
Department of Agriculture, (202) 720-2707. Copies of this information
collection and related instructions can be obtained without charge from
David Hancock, NASS Clearance Officer, at (202) 690-2388.
Title: Pollinator Surveys.
OMB Control Number: 0535-NEW.
Type of Request: Intent to seek approval to conduct a new
information collection for a period of three years.
Abstract: The primary objective of the National Agricultural
Statistics Service (NASS) is to prepare and issue state and national
estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition; as
well as economic statistics, environmental statistics related to
agriculture and also to conduct the Census of Agriculture.
Pollinators (honeybees) are vital to the agricultural industry for
producing food for the world's population. Ad hoc surveys showed a
dramatic rise in the number of disappearances of honeybee colonies in
North America in late 2006; disappearances ranged from 10-15 percent
annual colony loss in some areas to greater than 30 percent in other
areas. Often called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the condition
occurs when worker bees from a beehive or a European honeybee colony
abruptly disappear, with minimal mortality evident near the hive and an
intact queen and food supply readily available. European beekeepers
observed similar phenomena in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Greece,
Italy, Portugal, and Spain, and initial reports have also come in from
Switzerland and Germany, albeit to a lesser degree, while the Northern
Ireland Assembly received reports of a decline greater than 50 percent.
The mechanisms of CCD and the reasons for its apparent increasing
prevalence remain unclear. The likely combination of factors includes:
Infections with Varroa mites and other pathogens and viruses;
pesticides, such as the neonicotinoid class; inadequate nutrition and
loss of natural forage habitat; genetic factors; and changing
beekeeping practices and stress on colonies from transportation.