NB_300_21_27. - NB 300-21-27 LTP – Guidance for Development of Fiscal Years 2021 and 2022 Payment Schedules
NB 300-21-27 LTP – Guidance for Development of Fiscal Years 2021 and 2022 Payment Schedules
National Bulletin: 300-21-27 Date: April 27, 2021
Subject: LTP – Guidance for Development of Fiscal Years 2021 and 2022 Payment Schedules

Purpose.  To provide State conservationists (STCs) with revised guidance for the completion of practice payment schedules for fiscal years (FYs) 2021 and 2022. This bulletin supersedes deadlines established in the National Bulletin 300-21-16, “Updated Guidance for Development of Fiscal Year 2021 Payment Schedules,” issued on February 11, 2021. 
Expiration Date.  December 31, 2021
Background.  NRCS has issued policy and provided support for the development of payment schedules as the foundation of conservation program financial assistance since FY 2009.  

Explanation.  States should adhere to the following milestones (also listed in attachment A):

Fiscal Year 2021
Deadline for updating State Environmental Quality Incentives Program Conservation Incentives Contract (CIC) payment schedules—May 15, 2021.

Fiscal Year 2022
• Deadline for entering regional scenario requests in the payment schedule application (PSA)— May 21, 2021.
• Deadline for State payment schedules (i.e., cost lists) development in PSA—July 30, 2021.

Payment Schedule Guidance. States are encouraged to utilize existing approved scenarios for FY 2021 to the greatest extent possible. The goal of the agency is to develop the fewest number of scenarios and payment rates needed to implement the program.

States should refrain from requesting new components or scenarios unless required by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, new conservation practice standards, or changes in existing conservation practice standards.

Minimum changes should be made to national and regional scenarios unless correcting errors or streamlining. Payment schedule regional scenarios not contracted (i.e., not planned or applied) in three or more consecutive years should be archived or merged with existing scenarios. For decisions on merging scenarios, the general rules or criteria will comply with current policy referenced in Title 300, Land Treatment Programs, Part 600, Subpart B, “Payment Schedule Requirements.”

Interim conservation practices must first be approved for use, following policy at Title 450, General Manual, Part 401, Subpart B, Section 401.17, “Interim Practice Standards,” before scenario development.
It is anticipated the FY 2022 State payment schedule will be posted on the national website and available to NRCS employees and producers by September 10, 2021. To accomplish this goal, everyone must reach established milestones.

Contact.   For questions about this process, please contact Sheila S. Boykin, Payment Schedule Core Team Lead, at Sheila.ScottBoykin@usda.gov.


Acting Chief 
Attachment A – FY 2022 Payment Schedule Milestones
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