Agriculture

  • Notice of Intent To Request To Conduct a New Information Collection

    AGENCY: National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), 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 to gather data related to the costs incurred by farmers to improve the pollination of their crops through the use of honey bees and other pollinators.

    DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by October 2, 2015 to be assured of consideration.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number 0535- NEW, by any of the following methods:

    Email: ombofficer@nass.usda.gov. 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 20250-2024.

    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.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-03/html/2015-18975.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    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.

    Comments regarding this information collection received by September 3, 2015 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New Executive Office Building, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. Commenters are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250- 7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720- 8681.

    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.

    National Agricultural Statistics Service

    Title: Field Crops Production. OMB Control Number: 0535-0002.

    Summary of Collection: One of the National Agricultural Statistics Services' (NASS) primary functions is to prepare and issue current state and national estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition. The general authority for these data collection activities is granted under U.S. Code Title 7, Section 2204. NASS collects information on field crops to monitor agricultural developments across the country that may impact on the nation's food supply. To help set these estimates, field crops production data is collected. NASS will use surveys to collect information through a combination of the internet, mail, telephone, and personnel interviews.

    Need and use of the Information: NASS collects information on field crops to monitor agricultural developments across the country that may impact on the nation's food supply. The Secretary of Agriculture uses estimates of crop production to administer farm program legislation and to make decisions relative to the export-import programs. Collecting this information less frequently would eliminate the data needed to keep the Department abreast of changes at the State and national level.

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

    Number of Respondents: 650,635.

    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Annually.

    Total Burden Hours: 200,919.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-04/html/2015-19153.htm

  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    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 and other forms of information technology.

    Comments regarding this information collection received by September 8, 2015 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New Executive Office Building, 725--17th Street NW., Washington, DC, 20503. Commentors are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250- 7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720- 8681.

    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.

    Forest Service

    Title: Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program.

    OMB Control Number: 0596-0227.

    Summary of Collection: The Forest Service (FS) is authorized to implement the Community Forest and Open Space Program (CFP) under Section 8003 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-234; 122 Stat. 2043), which amends the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2103d). The purpose of the CFP is to achieve community benefits through grants to local governments, Indian Tribes, and nonprofit organizations to establish community forests by acquiring and protecting private forestlands.

    Need and Use of the Information: The applicant will need to provide information as outlined in the rule and the request for proposal. Applicants representing local governments or non-profits will submit CFP applications to their State Foresters. Indian Tribes submit applications directly to the Forest Service. The State Forester or the equivalent Indian Tribe official, per section Sec. 230.03 of the rule, will forward all applications to the FS. The FS would not be able to implement the program effectively or at all if the collection was conducted less frequently or not at all.

    Description of Respondents: Non-profit Organizations; State, Local and Tribal Governments.

    Number of Respondents: 75.

    Frequency of Responses: Annually; Quarterly; Reporting and Record Keeping.

    Total Burden Hours: 5,343.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-06/html/2015-19275.htm

  • Arctic Research Commission

  • 104th Commission Meeting

    Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Arctic Research Commission will hold its 104th meeting in Anchorage and Nome, Alaska, on August 24-26, 2015. The business sessions, open to the public, will convene at 9 a.m. in Anchorage and 8:30 a.m. in Nome. The Agenda items include: (1) Call to order and approval of the agenda (2) Approval of the minutes from the 103rd meeting (3) Commissioners and staff reports (4) Discussion and presentations concerning Arctic research activities

    The focus of the meeting will include reports and updates on programs and research projects affecting Alaska and the greater Arctic.

    If you plan to attend this meeting, please notify us via the contact information below. Any person planning to attend who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission of those needs in advance of the meeting.

    Contact person for further information: John Farrell, Executive Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, 703-525-0111 or TDD 703-306- 0090.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-03/html/2015-18897.htm

  • Commerce

  • Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting and webinar/conference call.


    SUMMARY: NMFS will hold a 2-day Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) meeting in

    September 2015. The intent of the meeting is to consider options for the conservation and management of Atlantic HMS. The meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: The AP meeting and webinar will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2015; and from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Silver Spring, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The meeting presentations will also be available via WebEx webinar/conference call.

    On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, the conference call information is phone number 1-800-857-6552; Participant Code: 8099565; and the webinar event address is: https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?d=393951018&t=a; event password: NOAA.

    On Thursday, September 10, 2015, the conference call information is phone number 1-800-857-6552; Participant Code: 8099565; and the webinar event address is: https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?d=395887510&t=a; event password: NOAA.

    Participants are strongly encouraged to log/dial in fifteen minutes prior to the meeting. NMFS will show the presentations via webinar and allow public comment during identified times on the agenda.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: LeAnn Hogan or Margo Schulze-Haugen at (301) 427-8503.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-05/html/2015-19148.htm

  • Endangered and Threatened Species: Proposed Regulations for the Designation of Experimental Populations Under the Endangered Species Act

    AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

    ACTION: Proposed rule and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: We, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), propose regulations to amend the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to implement the Endangered Species Act (ESA) regarding experimental populations. The CFR would be amended to establish definitions and procedures for: establishing and/or designating certain populations of species otherwise listed as endangered or threatened as experimental populations; determining whether experimental populations are "essential'' or "nonessential;'' and promulgating appropriate protective measures for experimental populations. We seek public comment on this proposal.

    DATES: To allow us adequate time to consider your comments on this proposed rule, they must be received no later than October 2, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this proposed rule, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2014-0104, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.

    1. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2014-0104.
    2. Click the "Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields.
    3. Enter or attach your comments.

    --or--

    Mail: Submit written comments to Dwayne Meadows, Endangered Species Division F/PR3, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Fax: (301) 713-4060.

    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dwayne Meadows, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, (301) 427-8403.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-03/html/2015-18894.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Evidentiary Considerations for Integration of Biomarkers in Drug Development; Notice of Public Meeting; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in collaboration with the University of Maryland's Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation and the Critical Path Institute, is announcing a public workshop entitled "Evidentiary Considerations for Integration of Biomarkers in Drug Development.'' The purpose of the meeting is to discuss current scientific approaches to biomarker development, acceptance, and utility in drug and biologic (hereafter referred to as therapeutic product) development programs.

    DATES: The meeting will be held on August 21, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the University of Maryland, Pharmacy Hall, 20 North Pine St., Baltimore, MD 21201. For additional travel and hotel information, please refer to www.pharmacy.umaryland.edu/cersibiomarkers. (FDA has verified the Web site addresses throughout this notice, but FDA is not responsible for subsequent changes to the Web sites after this document publishes in the Federal Register).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ann Anonsen, University of Maryland, Fischell Dept. of Bioengineering, 2207 Jeong H. Kim Bldg., College Park, MD 20742, 301-405-0285, FAX: 304-405-9953, aanonsen@umd.edu.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-04/html/2015-19037.htm

  • National Cancer Institute; Notice of Open Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting. The meeting will also be videocast and can be accessed from the NIH Videocasting and Podcasting Web site (http://videocast.nih.gov/).

    Name of Committee: National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee.

    Date: November 4, 2015.

    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Strategic Discussion of NCI's Clinical and Translational Research Programs.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, C-Wing, 6th Floor, Room 10, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Sheila A. Prindiville, MD, MPH, Director, Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 6W136, Rockville, MD 20850, 240-276-6173, prindivs@mail.nih.gov.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/ctac/ctac.htm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-05/html/2015-19193.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education: Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

    Name: Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (9487).

    Dates: September 16 & 17, 2015: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Place: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Stafford I, Room 1235, Arlington, Virginia 22230.

    Type of Meeting: Open.

    Contact Person: Diane Pataki, Program Director, National Science Foundation, Suite 655, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia 22230. Email: dpataki@nsf.gov.

    Minutes: May be obtained from the contact person listed above.

    Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental research and education.

    Agenda

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015

    • Approval of minutes from past meeting
    • Updates on recent NSF and other agency environmental activities
    • Distribute and discuss the group's new document entitled, America's Future: Environmental Research and Education for a Thriving Century
    • Presentation by Ken Calderia
    • Meet with NSF Assistant Directors

    Thursday, September 17, 2015

    • Discuss and refine draft of the Decadal Vision for Environmental Research and Education document (Continued)
    • Meet with the NSF Director
    • AC Business--Set date for next meeting

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-06/html/2015-19295.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    The National Science Board, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice of the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: August 12, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and August 13, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (EDT).

    PLACE: These meetings will be held at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 1235, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and provide name and organizational affiliation. Visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge.

    WEBCAST INFORMATION: Public meetings and public portions of meetings will be webcast. To view the meetings, go to www.tvworldwide.com/events/nsf/150812 and follow the instructions.

    UPDATES: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site for additional information. Meeting information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings/notices.jsp.

    AGENCY CONTACT: Ron Campbell, jrcampbe@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7000.

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Nadine Lymn, nlymn@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2490.

    STATUS: Portions open; portions closed.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-07/html/2015-19583.htm

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