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Conservation Program Appeals

Definition of an Appeal

An appeal is a written request by an NRCS or USDA applicant or participant of any technical determination or decision made by the agency that an applicant or participant might consider to be adverse to their interests. The decisions may include any of the following examples:

  • Highly Erodible Land Determinations
  • Wetland Determinations or Violations
  • Conservation Program Eligibility
  • Conservation Program Contract Violations
  • Easement Violations
  • Non-Compliance with Regulations
  • Other Program Issues

Appeal Requirements

Any person that receives an adverse technical determination or decision from NRCS must be given rights to appeal the decision. This authority, as set forth in Title II of the Federal Crop Insurance Reform and Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994, 7 U.S.C. 6995 (Public Law 103-354), and 7 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 614, provides the NRCS appeals process.  The following are the required appeal rights that must be offered by NRCS when issuing an adverse technical determination or program decision.

Preliminary Technical Determinations:
  • Field review for reconsideration to the local Designated Conservationist in the county where the determination has been made.
  • Reconsideration by the NRCS State Conservationist.
  • Mediation.
  • Request for Expedited Finality.
Final Technical Determinations or Program Decisions:
  • Appeal to the FSA County Committee or the NRCS State Conservationist for Title XII conservation program final technical determinations or program decisions.
  • Appeal to the NRCS State Conservationist for non-Title XII conservation program final technical determinations or program decisions.
  • Mediation, if not previously offered in the preliminary phase of the technical determination.
  • Appeal to the National Appeals Division (NAD).
NRCS June 2010 NAD Appeals Implementation Report Links

The table below contains the data from the June 2010 Report spreadsheet.

 

Please note: The links in the NAD Case Number lead to a search page on the NAD website, not directly to the reports. Type the case
number into the text entry field captioned "Enter the case number here".
NAD Case Number Decision Date Agency Program Type Review Agency Implementation Report Date

2010W000086H.htm

5/12/2010 NRCS Wetlands Reserve Program Director Review Implemented 5/25/2010

2010W000219A.htm

5/11/2010 NRCS Emergency Watershed Program Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/25/2010

10W044H.htm

5/7/2010 NRCS Wetlands Conservation Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/25/2010

10W294H.htm

4/30/2010 NRCS Conservation Security Program Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

10E344H.htm

4/29/2010 NRCS Conservation Security Program Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

2010W000110H.htm

4/14/2010 NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection Program Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

2009E000872R.htm

4/14/2010 NRCS Wetlands Conservation National Director Review Implemented 5/14/2010

2010W000060H.htm

4/9/2010 NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

2010E000220H.htm

3/24/2010 NRCS Wetlands Conservation Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

2009E000846H.htm

3/12/2010 NRCS Wetlands Reserve Program Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

2010W000077H.htm

3/3/2010 NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

2009W000584H.htm

2/19/2010 NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

2009W000702H.htm

2/19/2010 NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

2010E000024R.htm

2/18/2010 NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program National Director Review Implemented 5/14/2010

2009S000951H.htm

2/18/2010 NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

2010E000152H.htm

2/3/2010 NRCS Conservation Security Program Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

2010E000153H.htm

2/3/2010 NRCS Conservation Security Program Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

2009E000753R.htm

2/2/2010 NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program National Director Review Implemented 5/14/2010

2010E000018H.htm

2/2/2010 NRCS Wetlands Conservation Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

2009W000758H.htm

1/15/2010 NRCS Wetlands Conservation Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

2009W000757H.htm

1/15/2010 NRCS Wetlands Conservation Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

2010W000039H.htm

1/14/2010 NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

2009E000724R.htm

1/8/2010 NRCS Wetlands Conservation National Director Review Implemented 5/14/2010

2009E000923H.htm

12/10/2009 NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program Hearing Officer Decision Implemented 5/14/2010

 

Documents and Multimedia

These documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Excel, Windows Media Player.

NAD Appeal Implementation Reports
NRCS NAD Appeal Implementation Report June 2010 (PDF, 39KB)

NRCS NAD Appeal Implementation Report December 2009 (XLS, 39KB)

NRCS NAD Appeal Implementation Report June 2009 (XLS, 54KB)

NRCS NAD Appeal Implementation Report March 11, 2009 (XLS, 43KB)


NRCS Appeals Brochures
Appeals (PDF, 1.6MB)

Equitable Relief (PDF, 1.6MB)

Relief Mediation (PDF, 1.6MB)

 
Guidance and Regulations
NAD Hearing Officer's Guide (PDF, 1.10MB)

FSA Final Appeals Regulation 7 CFR  May 30, 2006 (PDF, 79KB) 

FSA Interim Final Appeals 7 CFR 780  July 27, 2005 (PDF, 87KB) 

NRCS Interim Final Appeals Regulation 7 CFR 614 May 16, 2006  (PDF, 92KB)

 
Multimedia
Equitable Relief from Program Violations July 31, 2007 (WMV, 5MB)

NRCS Appeal Process: Technical Determination or Program Decision?  July 24, 2007 (WMV, 5MB) 

Appeals Overview, Avoiding Major Pitfalls, and Future Tools/Training Availability  July 17, 2007 (WMV, 10MB)

Equitable Relief Net Meeting, June 28, 2005 (WMV, 30MB)

Conservation Program Appeals Net Meeting June 21, 2005 (WMV, 65MB)

Decision Making Net Meeting June 6, 2005 (WMV, 43MB)

 

Selected Appeals Links