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USDA/NRCS RIN: 0578-AA69 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Miscellaneous Conservation Provisions 

The final rule would finalize changes made by the interim rule making minor changes to existing NRCS regulations.  The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) mandated changes, which were fully implemented by the interim rule, to several conservation programs and related requirements, including State Technical Committee, Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention, Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP), Technical Service Provider (TSP) Assistance, and Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP).  The changes include:  (1) adding to the membership of the State Technical Committee; (2) waiving the requirement for watershed plans under certain circumstances under the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention; (3) expanding the purposes of HFRP; (4) authorizing that certification of TSPs be through a qualified non-federal entity; and (5) including as a criteria for evaluation of VPA-HIP bids whether the land is enrolled in the Wetlands Reserve Easement component of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program.  The final rule will address issues raised in the comments in the interim rule.

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 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 610, subpart C, 622, 625, 652,1455     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 115-334   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  05/06/2019  84 FR 19699   
Interim Final Rule Effective  05/06/2019 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  07/05/2019 
Final Rule  12/00/2023 
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