Posted December 15, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is publishing a rule that outlines improvements to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), a large conservation program, according to a release available here.
The interim final rule includes program changes authorized by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill.
“This interim final rule provides a roadmap to help streamline and simplify EQIP for farmers and ranchers,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We strongly encourage agricultural producers, private forest landowners and stakeholders to provide comments on our implementation processes. This feedback will help us improve our operation and deliver technical and financial assistance more efficiently to our nation’s agricultural producers and forest landowners.”
The Federal Register is available here.
Comments are accepted until Feb. 10, 2015.
For more information on environmental law, please visit the National Agricultural Law Center’s website here.