USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is seeking public comments on 13 updated conservation practice standards, which include contour buffer strips, diversion dams and obstruction removal. The 2018 farm bill required USDA to get feedback on 94 practices. Comments on the 13 standards are due by Nov. 21. The standards provide guidelines for planning, designing, installing, operating and maintaining conservation practices. Programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program help cover the costs for planning and implementing the practices. The 13 updated standards also include deep tillage and various irrigation improvements as well as land clearing, surface roughening, waste treatment and water spreading. Changes to the standards were made based on comments gathered earlier in the year.
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