USDA Seeks Public Comment on New EQIP Rule

Today, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a Federal Register Notice asking for public comment on a new rule that outlines how it will improve the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers and forest landowners to address soil, water, and air concerns on their lands for improved environmental benefits, including water quality.  This new interim rule includes EQIP program changes authorized by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill, and is intended to streamline the program and simplify the regulation r for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners.  Comments are due by February 10, 2015, based on a 60-day comment period.  View the USDA news release HERE.  View the Federal Register Notice HERE.

This rule follows the publication of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) interim final rule in the Federal Register on November 5. USDA is also seeking comments for the CSP rule.  For more information about interim final rules for USDA NRCS’s Farm Bill conservation programs, visit EQIP Rule Page.

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