Washington, D.C., September 27 , 2019 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the availability of a Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The 2018 Farm Bill made changes to CRP, and the assessment evaluates those changes as they relate
to the National Environmental Policy Act. The assessment only covers programmatic changes that have not been evaluated previously.

USDA Seeking Comments on Conservation Reserve Program Environmental Assessment

Washington, D.C., September 27 , 2019 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the availability of a Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The 2018 Farm Bill made changes to CRP, and the assessment evaluates those changes as they relate
to the National Environmental Policy Act. The assessment only covers programmatic changes that have not been evaluated previously.

The environmental assessment is available to the public for review, and FSA is requesting comments on the proposed alternatives and their potential impacts on the human environment. FSA will incorporate the feedback into the final assessment, as appropriate, prior to a decision.

The assessment can be accessed at:

https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/environmental-cultural-resource/nepa/current-nepa-documents/index. FSA will consider comments received by October 27, 2019 . Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent possible.

Comments may be submitted:

  • By mail at Conservation Reserve Program PEA Comments, c/o Cardno-GS, 2496 Old Ivy Road, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA, 22903 
  • Electronically at FPAC.Comments@usda.gov

For further information contact Dr. Robyn Rose, robyn.i.rose@usda.gov . Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication should contact the USDA Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice).

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