16 U.S. Code § 2005 - Soil and water conservation program
In evaluating existing conservation programs, the Secretary shall emphasize demonstration, innovation, and monitoring of specific program components in order to encourage further development and adoption of practices and performance-based standards.
In developing a national soil and water conservation program under subsection (a), the Secretary shall solicit and evaluate recommendations for improving the program, including the content, scope, process, participation in, and other elements of the program, as determined by the Secretary.
The initial program shall be completed not later than December 31, 2011, and December 31, 2016, respectively.
 So in original. See 2008 Amendment note below.
2014—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 113–79 inserted “, tribal,” after “conservation districts, State” and “, tribal,” after “private” in introductory provisions, and “, tribal” after “Federal, State” wherever appearing.
2008—Subsecs. (b) to (d). Pub. L. 110–246, § 2804(c), added subsecs. (b) and (c), redesignated former subsec. (b) as (d), and substituted “December 31, 2011, and December 31, 2016” for “December 31, 1979, and program updates shall be completed by December 31, 1987, December 31, 1997, and December 31, 2007”.
1994—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 103–354 in first sentence of introductory provisions substituted “Secretary” for “Soil Conservation Service” before “which assist”.
1985—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 99–198 amended subsec. (b) generally. Prior to amendment, subsec. (b) read as follows: “The program plan shall be completed not later than December 31, 1979, and be updated at each five-year interval thereafter during the period this chapter is in effect.”
Amendment of this section and repeal of Pub. L. 110–234 by Pub. L. 110–246 effective May 22, 2008, the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–234, see section 4 of Pub. L. 110–246, set out as an Effective Date note under section 8701 of Title 7, Agriculture.
For transfer of certain enforcement functions of Secretary or other official in Department of Agriculture under this chapter to Federal Inspector, Office of Federal Inspector for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System, and subsequent transfer to Secretary of Energy, then to Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, see note set out under section 2002 of this title.