The Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service recently extended the deadline for public comment on proposed revisions to 23 national conservation practice standards. The proposed revisions were published March 9 in the Federal Register with comments originally due April 8. Comments will now be due April 22. NRCS is encouraging agricultural producers, landowners, organizations,
Tribes and others that use its conservation practices to comment on the revised conservation practice standards. The proposed revisions to 23 conservation practice standards are available on the Federal Register website. The 2018 farm bill required NRCS to review all 169 existing national conservation practices to seek opportunities to increase flexibility and incorporate new technologies to help the nation’s farmers and ranchers better protect natural resources. In 2020, 57 conservation practice standards were updated after public review and are available on nrcs.usda.gov. NRCS’s conservation practices offer guidelines for planning, installing, operating and maintaining conservation practices nationwide.