H.R. 4162 (112th): Great Lakes Assurance Program Verification Act of 2012

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Mar 07, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4162

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 7, 2012

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture

A BILL

To amend the Food Security Act of 1985 to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a Great Lakes basin initiative for agricultural nonpoint source pollution prevention.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Great Lakes Assurance Program Verification Act of 2012.

2.

Great Lakes basin initiative for agricultural nonpoint source pollution prevention

(a)

In general

The Food Security Act of 1985 is amended by inserting after section 1240I the following new section:

1240J.

Great Lakes basin initiative for agricultural nonpoint source pollution prevention

(a)

Establishment

The Secretary, in consultation with the Great Lakes States, shall establish a Great Lakes basin initiative for agricultural nonpoint source pollution prevention in accordance with this section.

(b)

Initiative elements

(1)

Grants to States

In implementing the initiative, the Secretary shall provide grants to Great Lakes States to fund the following:

(A)

Education and outreach, for producers in the Great Lakes basin, regarding—

(i)

nonpoint pollution of ground and surface water from agricultural activities;

(ii)

State verification programs; and

(iii)

the initiative.

(B)

Technical assistance, including training, to producers in the Great Lakes basin for the implementation of activities that reduce or prevent nonpoint pollution of ground and surface water from agricultural activities.

(C)

Development and implementation of voluntary State verification programs, with a funding priority for voluntary State verification programs that incorporate Department of Agriculture conservation planning and practice standards.

(2)

Funding priority for certain producers

In implementing the initiative, the Secretary shall establish a funding priority within the Great Lakes basin for payments to producers under this chapter for producers that participate in the initiative with the purpose of achieving verification through a State verification program.

(c)

Use of existing data

In establishing the initiative, the Secretary shall, where available, use existing plans, models, and assessments.

(d)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Great Lakes State

The term Great Lakes State means any one of the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Wisconsin.

(2)

Initiative

The term initiative means the Great Lakes basin initiative for agricultural nonpoint source pollution prevention established under subsection (a).

(3)

Nonpoint source pollution

The term nonpoint source pollution is used within the meaning of that term under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.).

(4)

State verification program

The term State verification program means a program established by a Great Lakes State to verify producer implementation of practices approved by the State to reduce nonpoint pollution of ground and surface water from agricultural activities, which may include verification by a third party approved by the State or the Secretary.

(e)

Funding

Of the funds of the Commodity Credit Corporation, to carry out this section the Secretary shall use, to the maximum extent practicable—

(1)

$5,000,000 for fiscal year 2013;

(2)

$8,000,000 for fiscal year 2014;

(3)

$10,000,000 for fiscal year 2015; and

(4)

$7,000,000 for fiscal year 2016.

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(b)

Conforming amendment

Section 1240C of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3839aa–3) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(d)

Special rule for Great Lakes basin

In evaluating applications of producers in the Great Lakes basin under this chapter, the Secretary shall prioritize applications in accordance with section 1240J(b)(2).

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