NB_300_21_26 - NB 300-21-26 LTP – Revised Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Resource Conserving Crop (RCC) Definition and Resource Conserving Crop Rotation (RCCR) Definition
NB 300-21-26 LTP – Revised Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Resource Conserving Crop (RCC) Definition and Resource Conserving Crop Rotation (RCCR) Definition
National Bulletin: 300-21-26 Date: April 13, 2021  
Subject: LTP – Revised Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Resource Conserving Crop (RCC) Definition and Resource Conserving Crop Rotation (RCCR) Definition


 
Purpose.   To provide State Conservationists (STCs) and Directors of the Caribbean and Pacific Island Areas with a revised CSP RCC definition transmitted through a regulatory waiver approved by the Chief. 
 
Expiration Date.   September 30, 2021  
 
Background.   Under CSP, NRCS offers a supplemental payment for the adoption of a resource-conserving crop rotation (RCCR) that includes at least one resource conserving crop (RCC) as determined by the State Conservationist. When the CSP final rule was published in October 2020, an error occurred in which an updated definition for RCC was added to 7 CFR §1470.3 instead of replacing the interim rule definition, and the RCCR definition was omitted. As a result, NRCS has an opportunity to make corrections to the RCC definition in the CSP regulation.       
 
Explanation.   This bulletin provides States with the revised regulatory RCC definition and the regulatory definition of RCCR through the attached Chief’s waiver. Through the waiver, the Chief rescinds the RCC definitions currently published in 7 CFR §1470.3 and provides the revised RCC definition. States must use the revised RCC definition in determining whether a CSP applicant will be adopting a RCCR or improved RCCR and therefore eligible for supplemental payment.

The CSP final rule, effective October 9, 2020, at 7 CFR §1470.2(d) authorizes the Chief to waive a non- statutory discretionary provision under the regulation if the Chief determines the application of that provision to be inappropriate and inconsistent with the purposes of the program. The definition utilized to identify resource-conserving crops that will be part of resource-conserving crop rotations is a non-statutory discretionary provision. (Attachment A)    
 
Contact.   Direct questions about this bulletin to the appropriate State contact at the FAPD SharePoint site.    
 
 

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JIMMY BRAMBLETT
Deputy Chief for Programs              
 
Attachment A – Chief-Signed Waiver     
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