16 U.S. Code § 3832 - Duties of owners and operators
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an owner or operator who is a party to a contract entered into under this subpart may not be required to make repayments to the Secretary of amounts received under the contract if the land that is subject to the contract has been foreclosed on and the Secretary determines that forgiving the repayments is appropriate in order to provide fair and equitable treatment.
This subsection shall not void the responsibilities of an owner or operator under the contract if the owner or operator resumes control over the land that is subject to the contract within the period specified in the contract.
A prior section 3832, Pub. L. 99–198, title XII, § 1232, Dec. 23, 1985, 99 Stat. 1509; Pub. L. 101–512, title I, Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1919; Pub. L. 101–624, title XIV, §§ 1433, 1447(a), Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 3579, 3605; Pub. L. 102–237, title II, § 204(5), Dec. 13, 1991, 105 Stat. 1855; Pub. L. 102–552, title V, § 516(a), Oct. 28, 1992, 106 Stat. 4136; Pub. L. 104–127, title III, § 332(a)(2), Apr. 4, 1996, 110 Stat. 994; Pub. L. 106–78, title VII, §§ 763, 769, Oct. 22, 1999, 113 Stat. 1173, 1174; Pub. L. 106–387, § 1(a) [title VIII, § 817, title XI, § 1103], Oct. 28, 2000, 114 Stat. 1549, 1549A–58, 1549A–77; Pub. L. 107–76, title VII, §§ 758(b), 759(b)(2), Nov. 28, 2001, 115 Stat. 741, related to duties of owners and operators, prior to the general amendment of this subpart by Pub. L. 107–171.
2014—Subsec. (a)(8). Pub. L. 113–79, § 2003(a), substituted “except as provided in subsection (b) or (c) of section 3833 of this title;” for “except that the Secretary may permit, consistent with the conservation of soil, water quality, and wildlife habitat (including habitat during nesting seasons for birds in the area)—” and struck out subpars. (A) to (D), which related to managed harvesting, commercial use in response to an emergency, grazing for the control of invasive species, and the installation of wind turbines, respectively.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 113–79, § 2003(b), amended subsec. (b) generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “The plan referred to in subsection (a)(1) of this section—
“(1) shall set forth—
“(A) the conservation measures and practices to be carried out by the owner or operator during the term of the contract; and
“(B) the commercial use, if any, to be permitted on the land during the term; and
“(2) may provide for the permanent retirement of any existing cropland base and allotment history for the land.”
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 113–79, § 2003(c), struck out subsec. (d). Text read as follows: “In the case of an authorized activity under subsection (a)(8) on land that is subject to a contract under this subpart, the Secretary shall reduce the rental payment otherwise payable under the contract by an amount commensurate with the economic value of the authorized activity.”
2008—Subsec. (a)(5) to (7). Pub. L. 110–246, § 2107, added par. (5) and redesignated former pars. (5) and (6) as (6) and (7), respectively. Former par. (7) redesignated (8).
Subsec. (a)(8). Pub. L. 110–246, § 2108(a), added par. (8) and struck out former par. (8) which related to prohibition against harvesting, grazing, or other commercial use of the forage, with exception authorizing Secretary to permit managed harvesting and grazing if appropriate requirements were developed and timeframes identified or in a drought or other emergency, and exception for the installation of wind turbines.
Pub. L. 110–246, § 2107(1), redesignated par. (7) as (8). Former par. (8) redesignated (9).
Subsec. (a)(9) to (11). Pub. L. 110–246, § 2107(1), redesignated pars. (8) to (10) as (9) to (11), respectively.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 110–246, § 2108(b), added subsec. (d).
2003—Subsec. (a)(7)(A)(iii). Pub. L. 108–7 inserted before semicolon “, except that this clause shall not apply to the 2002 calendar year, and the Secretary shall repay the owner or operator (in a manner determined by the Secretary) for any reduction in rental payments made to the owner or operator as the result of the application of this clause to the 2002 calendar year”.
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