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USDA/NRCS RIN: 0578-AA70 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) 

Through the interim rule, NRCS established RCPP as a separate program as authorized by 2018 Farm Bill. RCPP was first authorized in the Agricultural Act of 2014 as a part of other NRCS programs to enhance conservation and restoration on a regional or watershed scale. The final rule finalizes the regulation as implemented by the interim rule.  RCPP establishes coordination between NRCS and its partners to help producers and landowners increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, and wildlife on a regional or watershed scale. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes RCPP and makes significant changes to how the program is funded, introduces RCPP contracts, changes the funding pool” mechanism, streamlines the program, allows project renewals, expands activity eligibility, and makes other changes.  The final rule will address 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 1464   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 115-334   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  02/13/2020  85 FR 8131   
Interim Final Rule Effective  02/13/2020 
Environmental Analysis Comment Period End  03/16/2020 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  04/13/2020 
Final Rule  12/00/2020 
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