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USDA/NRCS RIN: 0578-AA67 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) 

The final rule finalizes changes made by the interim rule that includes the following to be consistent with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) changes:  (1) Confirms validity of CSP contracts entered into prior to 2018 Farm Bill enactment, authorizes the ability to extend contracts that are due to expire on or before December 31, 2019, and authorizes renewal of such contracts through the new CSP authority; (2) defines new terms and adjusts existing terms, such as expanding the definition of "conservation activities” and defining the term "stewardship threshold” and "advanced grazing management”; (3) simplifies CSP ranking criteria and requires that both new contracts and contract renewals be ranked based on those criteria; (4) provides opportunity for participants to renew their contracts in the first half of the fifth year of the 5-year contract.  The final rule will address the issues raised in the 110 comments received on the interim rule.


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 
EO 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 1470   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 115-334   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  11/12/2019  84 FR 60883   
Interim Final Rule Effective  11/12/2019 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  01/13/2020 
Final Rule  08/00/2020 
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
Team Lead, Regulatory Analysis and Paperwork Requirements Team
Department of Agriculture
Farm Production and Conservation Business Center, 1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250-0572
Phone:202 205-5851