News Date: 06/15/2010
Congressmen Tim Holden (D-PA), and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research, introduced the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act (HR 5509) last week.
The legislation’s authors tout that the bill uses “the successful existing USDA-NRCS structure to give producers regulatory certainty. The bill allows for USDA-NRCS to utilize the existing third party partnership structure to make certain conservation practices are fully implemented and verified. In this way, producers are “assured” that their efforts are satisfying their regulatory obligations.”
The pathway to assurance is modeled on the structure and relationship USDA-NRCS and their partners have used to implement conservation programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Farmland Protection Program (FPP). (Contact: Nathan Bowen)
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