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May 7, 2019by ncdea

NRCS is expanding the technical input in program development and technical services in program delivery. The 2018 Farm Bill made several changes expanding the membership on the State Technical Committee and expanding the avenues through which technical service providers can be certified. Other changes include the administration of the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act Program, Healthy Forests Reserve Program, and the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program.

Today, NRCS posted an interim final rule in the Federal Register to make the existing regulations consistent with the changes made by the 2018 Farm Bill.

Source 1: NRCS announces changes to strengthen technical input in conservation programs

Source 2: News Release: NRCS Announces Changes to Strengthen Technical Input in Conservation Programs

February 27, 2019by ncdea

Available now is a new handout from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) about the 2018 Farm Bill!

In the “Conservation Overview,” the handout summarizes the conservation benefits of the Farm Bill:

  • Strengthens and expands support to producers who address significant natural resource concerns through adoption of conservation practices and activities.
  • Ensures that voluntary conservation programs balance farm productivity with conservation benefits so the most fertile and productive lands remain in production while land retired for conservation purposes favors more environmentally sensitive acres.
  • Supports conservation programs that ensure cost-effective financial assistance for improved soil health, water and air quality, and other natural resource benefits.
  • Encourages entry into farming through increased access to land and capital for young, beginning, veteran, and underrepresented farmers.

Other sections cover these topics:

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program
  • Conservation Stewardship Program
  • Agricultural Management Assistance Program
  • Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
  • Healthy Forests Reserve Program
  • Regional Conservation Partnership Program
  • Other Farm Bill Programs

Here’s the handout:

Handout - What's New in the Farm Bill - 2-26-2019

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