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The Farm Service Agency (FSA), on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), has prepared a Draft Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) assessing the environmental impacts of changes to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in the 2014 Farm Bill.

The SPEIS is being prepared on CRP to provide FSA decision makers, other agencies, Tribes, and the public with a description of the potential beneficial, adverse, and cumulative environmental impacts associated with programmatic changes to CRP in the 2014 Farm Bill. CRP is authorized by the Food Security Act of 1985 (1985 Farm Bill), as amended, and is governed by regulations published in 7 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 1410. CRP is a voluntary program that supports the implementation of long-term conservation measures designed to improve the quality of ground and surface waters, control soil erosion, and enhance wildlife habitat on environmentally sensitive agricultural land. In return, CCC provides participants with rental payments and cost share assistance under contracts that extend from 10 to 15 years. CRP is a CCC program administered by FSA with the support of other Federal and local agencies.

Other Applicable NEPA Documentation
Over the last decade, FSA has completed extensive NEPA analysis pertaining to CRP and components of the program. This SPEIS will tier to other applicable NEPA documentation as appropriate and supplement the 2010 CRP SPEIS. As such, only those proposed changes to CRP identified in the upcoming Farm Bill that have not been adequately addressed in other NEPA documentation will be addressed in this SPEIS. Other applicable NEPA documentation includes: