NB_450_21_3 - NB 450-21-3 TCH - Federal Register Notice Requesting Comment on National Conservation Practice Standards
NB 450-21-3 TCH - Federal Register Notice Requesting Comment on National Conservation Practice Standards
National Bulletin: 450-21-3 Date: March 15, 2021
Subject: TCH - Federal Register Notice Requesting Comment on National Conservation Practice Standards


Action Required By:  April 8, 2021
 
Purpose.  To notify States of the Federal Register Notice Requesting Comment and Review of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Conservation Practice Standards.
 
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2021
 
Background.  NRCS published a Federal Register Notice on March 9, 2021, inviting public review and comment on its National Conservation Practice Standards. Comments are due on April 8, 2021.   
 
Explanation.  NRCS is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to 23 National Conservation Practice Standards through a Federal Register notice. The proposed revisions will publish with comments due April 8.

The proposed revised standards are available at www.regulations.gov by accessing Docket No. NRCS-2020-0008. The proposed revised standards can be downloaded or printed from http://go.usa.gov/TXye.

“NRCS wants to ensure that the standards used to carry out the conservation practices are relevant to local agricultural, forestry and natural resource needs,” said Acting NRCS Chief Terry Cosby. “We are revising conservation practice standards to make sure they are the best technology and address the needs of producers and the natural resources on their land.”

Proposed revisions to the National Conservation Practice Standards include:

• Stream Crossing - modification to allow vented fords as an alternative.
• Waste Treatment – Milk House - inclusion as a new conservation practice for the treatment of greywater from the cleaning of milking equipment.
• Energy Efficient Agricultural Operation - formerly known as Farmstead Energy Improvement, rewritten to focus on energy efficiency criteria, fire and electrical safety, flexibility, and manufacturer’s requirements.
• Dry Hydrant - adding flexibility intended to encourage more landowners to install dry hydrants to meet fire suppression needs.

The 2018 Farm Bill requires NRCS to review all 169 existing conservation practices to seek opportunities to increase flexibility and incorporate new technologies to help the nation’s farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners better protect natural resources on their working lands. In 2020, 57 conservation practices were updated after public review and are available on the NRCS website. NRCS’s conservation practices offer guidelines for planning, installing, operating, and maintaining conservation practices nationwide.
 
Contact.  Questions on the interim standards procedure can be directed to Clarence Prestwich, National Agricultural Engineer, at clarence.prestwich@usda.gov.
 
 

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DIANE GELBURD
Deputy Chief for Science and Technology   

 
 
   
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