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USDA/RBS RIN: 0570-AB03 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: Modernizing Program Regulations 

This action is intended to implement the provisions of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) related to section 10102 for the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program and section 7608 for the Agriculture Innovation Center (AIC) Program and modernize section 6412 for the Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program (RCDG). In addition, this action will support ways to simplify and streamline Rural Development (RD) program delivery by removing outdated and ineffective definitions, requirements and scoring criterion for the grant regulations (programs) under 7 CFR 4284. The specific tasks under this action plan align with RD's strategic goals to drive innovation and build and implement partnerships by removing regulatory barriers to rural prosperity.

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 4284 subpart A    7 CFR 4284 subpart F    7 CFR 4284 subpart J    7 CFR 4284 subpart K   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301    7 U.S.C. 1989    7 U.S.C 1932(e)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Rule  12/00/2020 
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:
Amy Cavanaugh
Management and Program Analyst
Department of Agriculture
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Stop 3225, 1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 690-1681