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USDA/FSA RIN: 0560-AH80 Publication ID: Fall 2010 
Title: Conservation Reserve Program 
Abstract: Regulatory changes required to implement changes to the CRP by the 2008 Farm Bill include: * General authority to address issues raised by State, region, and national conservation initiatives; * Enrollment authority at 39.2 million acres for 2008 and 2009 and, for FY 2010 to 2012, reduced to up to 32 million acres; * Alfalfa grown in long-term certain rotations to be considered eligible; * For Farmable Wetlands Program, adds eligibility for constructed wetlands to provide nitrogen removal in tile-drained areas, commercial pond-raised aquaculture, and intermittently flooded land provided the land; * Removes managed grazing and adds routine grazing; * Adds authority to make cost-share payments for 2 to 4 years for thinning of tree stands for the benefit of wildlife and other resource conditions on the land; * Requires NASS annual surveys of county average market dry-land and irrigated cash rental rates for cropland and pastureland; * Adds authority to facilitate a transition of land from a retired or retiring owner or operator to a beginning farmer or rancher, socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher, or limited resource farmers or rancher to return some or all of the land into production using sustainable grazing or crop production methods; and * Adds additional authority to waive the cropland limit in cases limited for continuous or Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program enrollment, provided that county government agrees. 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 1410 
Legal Authority: PL 110-246 
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Other  Statutory  Interim Rule  08/22/2008 
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Notice  12/16/2008  73 FR 76331 
Interim Final Rule  06/29/2009  74 FR 30907 
Interim Final Rule Effective  06/29/2009   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  08/28/2009   
Notice  09/03/2009  74 FR 45606 
Notice SEIS  02/19/2010  75 FR 7438 
Notice SEIS Comment Period End  04/05/2010   
Second Interim Final Rule  05/14/2010  75 FR 27165 
Interim Rule 2 Comment Period End  07/13/2010   
Third Interim Final Rule  07/28/2010  75 FR 44067 
Interim Rule 3 Comment Period End  09/27/2010   
Interim Rule 2 Effective  05/14/2010   
Interim Rule 3 Effective  09/27/2010   
Final Rule  01/00/2011   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Deirdre Holder
Director, Regulatory Review Group
Department of Agriculture
Farm Service Agency
1400 Independence Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20250-0572
Phone:202 205-5851
Fax:202 720-5233
Email: deirdre.holder@wdc.usda.gov

 
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