This submission is a revision of a currently approved collection which covers the reporting and recordkeeping burden associated with the Seniors Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, OMB #0584-0541. The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (the 2002 Farm Bill), PL 107-171, authorized the SFMNP as a competitive grant program beginning fiscal year (FY) 2003 and gave USDA the authority to develop federal regulations guiding the administration of the SFMNP. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, PL 115-334 (the 2018 Farm Bill), provided continued funding for the SFMNP through FY 2023. Federal regulations governing the SFMNP (7 CFR part 249) require that certain program-related information be collected and that full and complete records concerning SFMNP operations are maintained. The information reporting and recordkeeping burdens are necessary to ensure appropriate and efficient management of the SFMNP.
Need and Use of the Information
The information collected is used by USDA to manage, plan, evaluate, make decisions, and report on SFMNP program operations. FNS uses the information collection to assess how each SFMNP state agency operates; to ensure regulatory compliance of state agencies, local agencies, and farmers/farmers' markets/roadside stands/CSA programs; to make program management decisions; and to report to Congress as needed.