16 U.S. Code § 3871c - Assistance to producers
(a) In general
The Secretary shall enter into contracts with producers to provide financial and technical assistance to—
(b) Terms and conditions
(1) Consistency with program rules
(A) In general
Except as provided in subparagraph (B) and paragraph (2), the Secretary shall ensure that the terms and conditions of a contract under this section are consistent with the applicable rules of the covered programs to be used as part of the partnership agreement, as described in the application under section 3871b(d)(3)(C) of this title.
(i) In general The Secretary may adjust the rules of a covered program, including—
(I) operational guidance and requirements for a covered program at the discretion of the Secretary so as to provide a simplified application and evaluation process; and
(ii) Limitation The Secretary shall not adjust the application of statutory requirements for a covered program, including requirements governing appeals, payment limits, and conservation compliance.
(2) Alternative funding arrangements
(A) In general
For the purposes of providing assistance for land described in subsection (a) andsection 3871f of this title, the Secretary may enter into alternative funding arrangements with a multistate water resource agency or authority if—
(i) the Secretary determines that the goals and objectives of the program will be met by the alternative funding arrangements;
(ii) the agency or authority certifies that the limitations established under this section on agreements with individual producers will not be exceeded; and
As a condition of receiving funding under subparagraph (A), the multistate water resource agency or authority shall agree—
(i) to submit an annual independent audit to the Secretary that describes the use of funds under this paragraph;
(ii) to provide any data necessary for the Secretary to issue a report on the use of funds under this paragraph; and
(1) In general
In accordance with statutory requirements of the covered programs involved, the Secretary may make payments to a producer in an amount determined by the Secretary to be necessary to achieve the purposes of the program.
(2) Payments to certain producers
The Secretary may provide payments for a period of 5 years—
(A) to producers participating in a project that addresses water quantity concerns and in an amount sufficient to encourage conversion from irrigated to dryland farming; and