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AnnouncementJanuary 08, 2015


The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce the publication of the Adverse Action Appeals Process document by the National Organic Program (NOP);  and to invite public comment on two interim rules published by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS): the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Adverse Action Appeals Process  

Today, the NOP published an updated Adverse Action Appeals Process document. The document explains the adverse action appeal process; clarifies the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the adverse action appeal process; and describes possible appeal outcomes. The document can be viewed at the link below.

Adverse Action Appeals Process

CSP Interim Rule Open for Comment  

This interim rule amends the existing NRCS regulation for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) to incorporate programmatic changes authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill).


Through the CSP, NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to eligible producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. CSP assistance encourages producers to improve and conserve the quality and condition of the natural resources in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities; and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities.


The public comment period for this interim rule is open until January 20, 2015.  

Federal Register Notice


Comment on this Notice may be submitted through
EQIP Interim Rule Open for Comment
This interim rule amends the existing Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) regulation to incorporate programmatic changes as authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill).


Under EQIP, NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to implement conservation practices to promote agricultural production, forest management, and environmental quality as compatible goals; optimize conservation benefits; and helps agricultural producers meet federal, state, and local environmental requirements.


The public comment period for this interim rule is open until February 10, 2015. 


Federal Register Notice


Comment on this Notice may be submitted through


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