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H.R. 5184 (115th): Accelerating Innovative Conservation Technologies and Practices Act

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Mar 6, 2018.

Accelerating Innovative Conservation Technologies and Practices Act

This bill amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to require the Department of Agriculture (USDA), within 180 days of the enactment of this bill, to develop an administrative process for: (1) expediting the establishment and revision of conservation practice standards, and (2) considering conservation innovations with respect to the establishment or revision of the standards.

USDA must report to Congress on the administrative process developed under this bill, including conservation practice standards that were established and conservation innovations that were considered under the process.

Each state technical committee must regularly review new and innovative technologies and practices (including processes to conserve water) and make recommendations to USDA for further consideration of, and possible development of, standards that incorporate the technologies and practices.