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.Farm Service Agency
Title:Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP).
OMB Control Number:0560-0263.
Summary of Collection:The Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Conservation and Environment Programs Division hasbeen tasked with implementing the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) authorized by section 9001 of the 2008 Farm Bill (Pub. L. 220-246), which amends Title IX of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 and adds section 9011 for BCAP. On May 5, 2009, the President issued a Presidential Directive to the Secretary of Agriculture to aggressively accelerate the investment in and production of biofuels. The Presidential Directive requests that the Secretary of Agriculture take steps to the extent permitted by law to expedite and increase production of and investment in biofuel development efforts by making renewable energy financing opportunities and including guidance and support for the collection, harvest, storage, and transportation (CHST) assistance of eligible materials for use in biomass conversion facilities.
Need and Use of the Information:Information collected will be collected using forms AD-245 and AD-247. The collected information from eligible biomass owners and biomass conversion facilities meeting the requirements for CHST qualification is necessary in order to ensure the financial accountability needed to operate and administer the BCAP. The information will be used to produce reports, as needed by FSA to inform the public how FSA has administered CHST funds at the State and country levels and to establish a list of CHST qualified biomass conversion facilities.
Description of Respondents:Farm; Business or other for-profit.
Number of Respondents:5,600.
Frequency of Responses:
Total Burden Hours:38,700.