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Environmental and Cultural Resource Compliance

Welcome to the environmental and cultural resource compliance section of Farm Service Agency's (FSA) website. This section provides information about FSA’s compliance with all applicable environmental and cultural resource review requirements.

FSA Environmental Compliance

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), FSA must consider the environmental and cultural resources effects of each of its actions. FSA must also consider the requirements of numerous other environmental laws, regulations, and Executive Orders when implementing its programs. FSA's internal environmental and cultural resource regulations classify the Agency's actions into various levels of environmental review (i.e., categorical exclusions, Environmental Assessments, or Environmental Impact Statements). FSA incorporates all of its environmental compliance requirements, including NEPA, NHPA and the Endangered Species Act, under its environmental review process.

FSA administers its programs through a network of state and county offices. Each FSA State Office has a State Environmental Coordinator (SEC) who provides oversight and direction in the implementation of FSA's environmental review responsibilities at the state and county levels. National guidance on environmental compliance is provided to FSA state offices by the Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Business Center (BC) for the myriad of environmental laws.  For specific questions related to a program and its associated environmental compliance requirements in a particular state, we encourage you to contact that state's SEC or Regional Environmental Coordinator.