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


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 6, 2018 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5184

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 6, 2018

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

A BILL

To amend the Food Security Act of 1985 to improve conservation practice standards, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Accelerating Innovative Conservation Technologies and Practices Act.

2.

Conservation practice standards

The Food Security Act of 1985 is amended—

(1)

in section 1242(h) (16 U.S.C. 3842(h))—

(A)

by amending paragraph (3) to read as follows:

(3)

Expedited revision of standards

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this paragraph, the Secretary shall develop an administrative process for—

(A)

expediting the establishment and revision of conservation practice standards; and

(B)

considering conservation innovations with respect to any establishment or revision under subparagraph (A).

; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(4)

Report

Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this paragraph, and every 2 years thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on—

(A)

the administrative process developed under paragraph (3);

(B)

conservation practice standards that were established or expedited under such process; and

(C)

conservation innovations that were considered under such process.

; and

(2)

in section 1262(c) (16 U.S.C. 3862(c)), by adding at the end the following:

(3)

Recommendations to Secretary

Each State technical committee shall regularly review new and innovative technologies and practices, including processes to conserve water, and make recommendations to the Secretary for further consideration of, and possible development of, conservation practice standards that incorporate such technologies and practices.

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