The following definitions are applicable to this part:
means the Chief
of NRCS or the person delegated authority to act on behalf of the Chief
means the aggregated amount of contribution program funds required to bring all States to the Regional Equity threshold
Initial allocation means the amount of conservation program allocation funding provided to all States through a merit-based, natural resource focused process.
Obligated means a specific binding agreement, in writing, for the purpose authorized by law and executed while the funding is available.
Regional Equity programs
mean conservation programs under Subtitle D (excluding the Conservation Reserve Program, Wetlands Reserve Program, and the Conservation Security Program) of the Food Security Act of 1985
. These programs include: Conservation Stewardship Program, Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program, Grassland Reserve Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Conservation Innovation Grants, Agricultural Water Enhancement Program, Conservation of Private Grazing Land, Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program, Grassroots Source Water Protection Program, Great Lakes Basin Program, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative, and the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program. Regional Equity programs
will be aggregated to determine whether a State
meets the $15,000,000 Regional Equity threshold
. However, not all Regional Equity programs
will be considered contribution programs
Regional Equity provision means the statutory requirement to give priority funding before April 1 for approved applications for specific programs within States that have not received a $15,000,000 aggregate level of funding.
Regional Equity threshold means the $15,000,000 minimum aggregate amount of Regional Equity program funds.
State means all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Freely Associated States.
means the NRCS employee authorized to implement Regional Equity programs
and direct and supervise NRCS activities in a State
, the Caribbean Area, or the Pacific Islands Area.