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USDA Extends Deadline for Input on Regional Conservation Partnership Program Interim Final Rule

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 19, 2020 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is extending the deadline to May 12, 2020, to submit public comments on the updated version of its interim final rule for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). An updated rule was published this week to include additional information.

The updated interim final rule:

  • States that producers must supply information to determine eligibility that verifies the producer’s status as a historically underserved producer;
  • States that producers operating as a legal entity or joint operation must provide a list of the members of the entity and operation with each member’s tax identification number and percentage interest in the entity. However, American Indians, Alaska Natives and Pacific Islanders may use another unique identification number;
  • Outlines criteria for land that may be considered eligible for enrollment in RCPP as determined by NRCS; and
  • Outlines criteria for eligible activities available to producers and landowners under RCPP as identified and determined by NRCS.

Submitting Comments

Comments on the additions and changes can be submitted in writing to the address listed on the Federal Register notice or electronically through regulations.gov under Docket ID NRCS-2019-0012. All comments will be publicly available on regulations.gov. Electronic comments must be submitted through regulations.gov under Docket ID NRCS-2019-0012. All written comments received also will be publicly available on regulations.gov.

NRCS will evaluate public comments to determine whether additional changes are needed to the regulation. The agency plans to publish a final rule following its review of the public comments.

Applying for RCPP

RCPP promotes coordination of NRCS conservation activities that aid landowners and eligible entities to address on-farm, watershed and regional natural resource concerns. Farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners access RCPP through partner entities, such as conservation districts, producer associations, water districts, state or local governments, American Indian tribes, institutions of higher education and nongovernmental organizations.

For more information on the RCPP program and how to apply, visit the RCPP website, or contact your local NRCS field office.

 

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