Federal Register: July 12, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 133)
DOCID: FR Doc E6-10960
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Food and Nutrition Service
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request--Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP): Data Collection Requirements
DATES: Written comments must be received on or before September 11, 2006.
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) invites the general public and other public agencies to provide input on a proposed information collection as set forth in the Proposed Rulemaking entitled ``Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program'' (SFMNP) that was published in the Federal Register on May 26, 2005. The comment period is open to provide State agencies, local governments, and nonprofit organizations the opportunity to comment on the data collection burden.
Agency information collection activities; proposals, submissions, and approvals,
Title: Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.
OMB Number: To be assigned.
Expiration Date: 3 years from date of approval.
Type of Request: New Information Collection.
Abstract: The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107171, also known as the Farm Bill) gives the Department of Agriculture the authority to promulgate regulations for the operation and administration of the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). The purposes of the SFMNP are to provide resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs to lowincome seniors; to increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic farmers' markets, roadside stands, and CSA programs; and to develop or aid in the development of new and additional farmers' markets, roadside stands, and CSA programs.
Such requirements include, but are not limited to, financial information used to reconcile and close out SFMNP grants, submission of annual State Plans of Operation that describe in detail the operation and administration of the SFMNP at the State and local levels, local agency and authorized outlet (farmer, farmers' market, roadside stand, and/or community supported agriculture (CSA) program) applications and agreements, racial/ethnic participation data for all program participants, State agency nutrition education agreements, and State agency corrective action plans. FNS will use the collection of this information to assess how each State agency operates and to ensure the accountability of State agencies, local agencies, and authorized farmers/farmers' markets, roadside stands, and CSA programs in administering the SFMNP.
USDA published a proposed rulemaking on the SFMNP on May 26, 2005,
that contained an estimated information collection burden based on the
proposed rule's requirements for program operation and administration.
The Department is now soliciting comments on the accuracy and
reasonableness of this estimated burden, prior to publication of a final SFMNP rulemaking.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 904,088.
Respondents include State agencies, local agencies, recipients, and authorized SFMNP outlets ( farmers, farmers' markets, roadside stands, and CSA programs).
Estimated Average Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
Estimated Time per Response: 0.2601 hours.
Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 235,153 hours. 2. Recordkeeping
Estimated Number of Recordkeepings: 900,235.
Respondents include State and local agencies.
Estimated Average Number of Recordkeepings per Respondent: 1.
Estimated Time per Recordkeeping: 0.25 hours.
Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 227,209 hours.
Total Annual Reporting/Recordkeeping Requirements: 462,362 hours.
Dated: July 6, 2006.
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
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