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USDA/NRCS RIN: 0578-AA65 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: Conservation Compliance Interim Rule and Request for Comment 


The Food Security Act of 1985, as amended (the 1985 Act), requires producers participating in many programs administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to abide by certain conditions on any land owned or farmed that is highly erodible or that is considered a wetland, hereafter "conservation compliance provisions."  Producers participating in these programs and any person or entity considered to be an "affiliated person" of the producer are subject to these conservation compliance provisions.  The current regulations for conservation compliance are set forth at 7 CFR part 12.  Conservation compliance requires producers to apply a conservation system if they plant annually tilled crops on highly erodible soil and prohibits producers from planting an agricultural commodity on a converted wetland or converting a wetland to make possible the production of an agricultural commodity.  The last update to 7 CFR part 12 was completed in 2015, in accordance with the amendments made by sections 2609 and 2611 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, which relinked eligibility for USDA crop insurance premium subsidies with the conservation compliance provisions.  USDA seeks to make minor changes to 7 CFR part 12 related to how USDA makes wetland determinations under the conservation compliance provisions to ensure that the regulations are consistent with the current technical standards being applied.                                                                                                              


Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 12   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 3801, 3811 to 3812 and 3812A    3813 and 3814    3821 to 3824   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  10/00/2018 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Martha Joseph
Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief for Programs
Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
14th and Independence Avenue SW, Room 5109-S,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:814 203-5562