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About Federal Rules

After legislation is passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, agencies publish rules in the Federal Register that explain how the legislation will be administered and implemented by the agency. 

Agencies such as NRCS can publish various kinds of rules depending upon whether the legislation needs to be implemented immediately or if public comment will be accepted prior to implementation of the regulations. 

NRCS conservation program regulations are required to be published as an “interim” rule which allows the regulations to be implemented immediately while allowing a period of time after publication for public comment.   NRCS considers and responds to these public comments when it publishes a final rule for the program.  
With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, NRCS will be posting to this website the publication of rules to support new or revised program legislation such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), etc.


May 6, 2019 -  Interim Final Rule: Conservation Programs and requirements for administration of State Technical Committee, Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act Program, HFRP, TSP and VPA-HIP..