The Department of Agriculture will submit the following information
collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 on or after the date
of publication of this notice. Comments are requested regarding: (1)
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; (2) the accuracy of the
agency's estimate of burden 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 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), New Executive Office Building,
Washington, DC; 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.
Comments regarding these information collections are best assured
of having their full effect if received by November 24, 2017. 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: Honey and Honey Bee Surveys.
OMB Control Number: 0535-0153.
Summary of Collection: The National Agricultural Statistics Service
(NASS) primary function is to prepare and issue State and national
estimates of crop and livestock production, products, prices and
disposition. General authority for these data collection activities is
granted under U.S. Code Title 7, Section 2204. Domestic honeybees are
critical to the pollination of U.S. crops, especially fruits, some
nuts, vegetables and some specialty crops. Africanized bees, colony
collapse disorder, parasites, diseases, and pesticides threaten the
survival of bees. Programs are provided by federal, State and local
governments to assist in the survival of bees and to encourage
beekeepers to maintain bee colonies.
With this renewal NASS is incorporating the two surveys (operations
with fewer than 5 colonies and operations with 5 or more colonies)
conducted under the 0535-0255 Colony Loss collection with the honey
production surveys included in this docket. NASS is also revising the
title of this collection to Honey and Honey Bee Surveys.
Need and Use of the Information: NASS will collect information on
the number of colonies, honey production, stocks, and prices from
beekeepers with five or more honey bee colonies and from a sampling of
beekeepers that have less than five colonies. The survey will provide
data needed by the Department and other government agencies to
administer programs and to set trade quotas and tariffs. Without the
information agricultural industry would not be aware of changes at the
State and national level.
Description of Respondents: Farms.
Number of Respondents: 19,025.
Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Annually.
Total Burden Hours: 10,274.