7 U.S. Code § 6962 - Natural Resources Conservation Service

(a) Establishment
The Secretary is authorized to establish and maintain within the Department a Natural Resources Conservation Service.
(b) Functions
If the Secretary establishes the Natural Resources Conservation Service under subsection (a) of this section, the Secretary is authorized to assign to the Service jurisdiction over the following:
(1) The Water Bank Act (16 U.S.C. 1301 et seq.).
(2) The forest land enhancement program under section 2103 of title 16.
(3) Title XII of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3801 et seq.), except subchapter B of chapter 1 of subtitle D of such title [16 U.S.C. 3831 et seq.].
(4) Salinity control measures under section 1592 (c) of title 43.
(5) The Farms for the Future Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 4201 note).
(6) Such other functions as the Secretary considers appropriate, except functions under subchapter B of chapter 1 of subtitle D of title XII of the Food Security Act of 1985 [16 U.S.C. 3831 et seq.].
(c) Special concurrence requirements for certain functions
In carrying out the programs specified in paragraphs (1), (2), and (4) of subsection (b) of this section and the program under subchapter C of chapter 1 of subtitle D of title XII of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3837–3837f), the Secretary shall—
(1) acting on the recommendations of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, with the concurrence of the Consolidated Farm Service Agency, issue regulations to carry out such programs;
(2) ensure that the Natural Resources Conservation Service, in establishing policies, priorities, and guidelines for each such program, does so with the concurrence of the Consolidated Farm Service Agency at national, State, and local levels;
(3) ensure that, in reaching such concurrence at the local level, the Natural Resources Conservation Service works in cooperation with Soil and Water Conservation Districts or similar organizations established under State law;
(4) ensure that officials of county and area committees established under section 590h (b)(5) of title 16 meet annually with officials of such Districts or similar organizations to consider local conservation priorities and guidelines; and
(5) take steps to ensure that the concurrence process does not interfere with the effective delivery of such programs.
(d) Use of Federal and non-Federal employees
(1) Use authorized
In the implementation of functions assigned to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Secretary may use interchangeably in local offices of the Service both Federal employees of the Department and non-Federal employees of county and area committees established under section 590h (b)(5) of title 16.
(2) Exception
Notwithstanding paragraph (1), no personnel action (as defined in section 2302 (a)(2)(A) of title 5) may be taken with respect to a Federal employee unless such action is taken by another Federal employee.
(e) Savings provision
For purposes of subsections (c) and (d) of this section:
(1) A reference to the “Natural Resources Conservation Service” includes any other office, agency, or administrative unit of the Department assigned the functions authorized for the Natural Resources Conservation Service under this section.
(2) A reference to the “Consolidated Farm Service Agency” includes any other office, agency, or administrative unit of the Department assigned the functions authorized for the Consolidated Farm Service Agency under section 6932 of this title.

Source

(Pub. L. 103–354, title II, § 246,Oct. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 3223; Pub. L. 104–127, title III, § 336(a)(2)(D), (b)(2)(B), (c)(3), (d)(2),Apr. 4, 1996, 110 Stat. 1005, 1006; Pub. L. 107–171, title VIII, § 8002(c),May 13, 2002, 116 Stat. 473.)
References in Text

The Water Bank Act, referred to in subsec. (b)(1), is Pub. L. 91–559, Dec. 19, 1970, 84 Stat. 1468, as amended, which is classified generally to chapter 29 (§ 1301 et seq.) of Title 16, Conservation. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 1301 of Title 16 and Tables.
The Food Security Act of 1985, referred to in subsecs. (b)(3), (6) and (c), is Pub. L. 99–198, Dec. 23, 1985, 99 Stat. 1354, as amended. Title XII of the Act, popularly known as the “Sodbuster Law”, is classified principally to chapter 58 (§ 3801 et seq.) of Title 16. Subchapters B and C of chapter 1 of subtitle D of title XII of the Act are classified generally to subparts B (§ 3831 et seq.) and C (§ 3837 et seq.), respectively, of part I of subchapter IV of chapter 58 of Title 16. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title of 1985 Amendment note set out under section 1281 of this title and Tables.
The Farms for the Future Act of 1990, referred to in subsec. (b)(5), is Pub. L. 101–624, title XIV, ch. 2, §§ 1465–1470B,Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 3616–3619, as amended, which is set out as a note under section 4201 of this title.
Codification

Section is comprised of section 246 ofPub. L. 103–354. Subsec. (f) ofsection 246 of Pub. L. 103–354amended sections 2001, 2002, 2005, and 3862 of Title 16, Conservation, and repealed section 590e of Title 16.
Amendments

2002—Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 107–171substituted “forest land enhancement program” for “forestry incentive program”.
1996—Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 104–127, § 336(d)(2)(A), redesignated par. (3) as (1) and struck out former par. (1) which read as follows: “The rural environmental conservation program under title X of the Agricultural Act of 1970 (16 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.).”
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 104–127, § 336(b)(2)(B), (d)(2)(A)(ii), redesignated par. (4) as (2) and struck out former par. (2) which read as follows: “The Great Plains Conservation Program under section 16(b) of the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act (16 U.S.C. 590p (b)).”
Subsec. (b)(3). Pub. L. 104–127, § 336(d)(2)(A)(ii), redesignated par. (5) as (3). Former par. (3) redesignated (1).
Subsec. (b)(4). Pub. L. 104–127, § 336(c)(3), (d)(2)(A)(ii), redesignated par. (6) as (4) and substituted “measures” for “program”. Former par. (4) redesignated (2).
Subsec. (b)(5). Pub. L. 104–127, § 336(d)(2)(A)(ii), redesignated par. (7) as (5). Former par. (5) redesignated (3).
Subsec. (b)(6). Pub. L. 104–127, § 336(a)(2)(D), (d)(2)(A)(ii), redesignated par. (8) as (6) and struck out before period at end “and the agricultural conservation program under the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act (16 U.S.C. 590g et seq.)”. Former par. (6) redesignated (4).
Subsec. (b)(7), (8). Pub. L. 104–127, § 336(d)(2)(A)(ii), redesignated pars. (7) and (8) as (5) and (6), respectively.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 104–127, § 336(d)(2)(B), in introductory provisions, substituted “(1), (2), and (4)” for “(2), (3), (4), and (6)”.

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