December 22, 2014
On Tuesday, December 23, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the comment period on the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Interim Final Rule until January 20. The original 60-day comment period was scheduled to close on January 5, 2015; however, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) concluded that more time is needed “to ensure that the public has sufficient time to comment on the Interim Rule.”
We thank NRCS for extending the comment period beyond the holiday season. We continue to encourage farmers and other stakeholders who care about the program to submit comments before the January 20 deadline. The rulemaking process is the primary means by which stakeholders can provide comments on the agency’s interpretation of their new authority under the 2014 Farm Bill, and on other programmatic issues. NRCS must consider all comments received before publishing a final rule.
Visit our earlier post on the initial publication of the Interim Final Rule for a summary of key issues.