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USDA/NRCS RIN: 0578-AA68 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Changes 

The final rule finalizes changes made by the interim rule in the regulations in 7 CFR part 1466 that are consistent with the changes made by the 2018 Farm Bill for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  The changes relate to practices eligible for increased payments, payments for water conservation and system efficiency, incentive contracts, addressing weather volatility and drought resiliency measures, advance payments, payment limitations, and Conservation Innovation Grants.  The final rule will address the issues raised in the 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 1466   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 115-334   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  12/17/2019  84 FR 69272   
Interim Final Rule Effective  12/17/2019 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  02/18/2020 
Final Rule  10/00/2020 
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
Branch Chief, Regulatory Analysis and PRA Requirements Branch
Department of Agriculture
Farm Production and Conservation Business Center, 1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250-0572
Phone:202 205-5851