Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 144 / Friday, July 27, 2007 / Notices
National Agricultural Statistics Service
Title: Aquaculture Survey.
OMB Control Number: 0535–0150.
Summary of Collection: The primary
function of the National Agricultural
Statistics Service is to estimate
production and stocks of agricultural
food, fiber, and specialty commodities.
Congress has mandated the collection of
basic data for aquaculture and provides
funding for these surveys. Public Law
96–362 was passed to increase the
overall effectiveness and productivity of
Federal aquaculture programs by
improving coordination and
communication among Federal agencies
involved in those programs.
Aquaculture is an alternative method to
produce a high protein, low fat product
demanded by the consumer.
Aquaculture surveys provide
information on trout and catfish
inventory, acreage and sales as well as
Need and Use of the Information: The
survey results is useful in analyzing
changing trends in the number of
commercial operations and production
levels by State. The information
collected is used to demonstrate the
growing importance of aquaculture to
officials of Federal and State
government agencies who manage and
direct policy over programs in
agriculture and natural resources. The
type of information collected and
reported provides extension educators
and research scientists with data that
indicates important areas that require
special educational and/or research
efforts, such as causes for losses of fish
and pond inventories of fish of various
sizes. The data gathered from the
various reports provide information to
establish contract levels for fishing
programs and to evaluate prospective
loans to growers and processors.
Description of Respondents: Farms;
Business or other for-profit.
Number of Respondents: 3,069.
Frequency of Responses: Reporting:
Monthly; Semi-annually; Annually.
Total Burden Hours: 740.
National Agriculture Statistics Service
Title: Cotton Ginning