Number of Respondents:400.
Frequency of Responses:Reporting: On occasion.
Total Burden Hours:364.Agricultural Marketing Service
Title:National Processed Raspberry Promotion, Research and Information Program.
OMB Control Number:0581-0258.
Summary of Collection:The Processed Raspberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order (7 CFR part 1208) was established under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996, (Act) (7 U.S.C. 7411-7425). The program consists of projects relating to research, consumer information, advertising, sales promotion, producer information, market development and product research to assist, improve, or promote the marketing, distribution, and utilization of processed raspberries. The program is administered by a Council appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and financed by amandatory assessment on producers and importers of processed raspberries.
Need and Use of the Information:The Agricultural Marketing Service will use several forms to collect the necessary information. The forms require the minimum information necessary to carry out the intent of the Act. The objective in carrying out this responsibility includes assuring the following: (1) Funds are collected and properly accounted for; (2) expenditures of all funds are for the purposes authorized by the Act and Order; and (3) the council's administration of the programs conforms to USDA policy.
Description of Respondents:Producers, first handlers, importers, foreign producers, and at-large nominees.
Number of Respondents:297.
Frequency of Responses:Reporting: On occasion; Weekly; Quarterly; Recordkeeping.
Total Burden Hours:282.Agricultural Marketing Service
Title:National Organic Program; NOP Import Certificate.
OMB Control Number:0581-0280.
Summary of Collection:The National Organic Program (NOP) is authorized by the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, as amended, (7 U.S.C. 6501et seq.). Under 7 CFR 205.500(c)(2) of the NOP regulations, the Department of Agriculture will accept a foreign certifying agent's accreditation to certify organic production or handling operations if the foreign government authority that accredited the foreign certifying agent acted under an equivalency agreement negotiated between the United States and the foreign government. On February 12, 2012 the U.S. and the European Union (EU) finalized an equivalence arrangement that became effective on June 1, 2012.
Need and Use of the Information:Organic products certified to the USDA organic standards or EU organic standards may be sold, labeled, and represented as organic in both countries as long as the terms of the arrangement are met. Organic products exported for sale to the U.S. must be accompanied by an NOP Import Certificate. EU designated certification entities will issue NOP Import Certificates for each shipment of organic product from the EU to the U.S. The NOP Import Certificate is necessary to document that the organic products were certified under the EU organic regulations and meet all the requirements specified in the EU-U.S. organic equivalency arrangement.
Description of Respondents:EU Designated Certification Entities.
Number of Respondents:205.
Frequency of Responses:Reporting: On Occasion; Recordkeeping.
Total Burden Hours:1,091.