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USDA Extends Comment Period for Conservation Stewardship Program Rules

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.

Categories: Conservation, Energy & Environment, Farm Bill

One response to “USDA Extends Comment Period for Conservation Stewardship Program Rules”

  1. Joseph Daniel says:

    Chemicals and chemical compounds take up to hundreds of times longer to return to nature than cut leaves. grass and composted ruffage. Ruffages and roots turn into fungi and add
    to soil as forms of mud thus, preventing erosion. We also need controls on the amount of chlorine bleach, stripping ground water of living valuable hydrosol for organism suspension. I do well as an herbal vegan; please preserve.