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U.S. Seeks Comments on Farm Aerial Photography Program Data Collection

The comments are to help the FSA determine several aspect of the information collection

The U.S. government is seeking comments on extending a currently approved method of information collection focused on a federal program in which aerial photography of farms is conducted.

On June 18, 2012, the Department of Agriculture posted a Federal Register notice—Information Collection Request; Request for Aerial Photography—that says the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking comments “on an extension of a currently approved information collection associated with [the] FSA Aerial Photography Program.”

The FSA Aerial Photography Field Office (APFO) uses the information collected to effectively administrate the Aerial Photography Program, the notice says. “APFO has the responsibility for conducting and coordinating the FSA’s aerial photography, remote sensing programs and the aerial photography flying contract programs.

“The digital and film imagery secured by FSA is public domain and reproductions are available at cost to any customer with a need. All receipts from the sale of aerial photography products and services are retained by FSA. The FSA- 441, Request for Aerial Photography, is the form FSA supplies to the customers for placing an order for aerial imagery products and services,” the notice says.

The comments are to help the FSA determine several aspect of the information collection, including:

  • Whether the continued collection of information is still necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the FSA, including whether the information will have practical utility
  • Assessing the accuracy of the FSA’s estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used
  • Enhancing the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected
  • Minimizing the burden of the collection of information on those who respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology

The deadline for submitting comments is Aug. 17, 2012.