16 U.S. Code § 3839aa–3 - Evaluation of applications
The Secretary shall develop criteria for evaluating applications that will ensure that national, State, and local conservation priorities are effectively addressed.
To the greatest extent practicable, the Secretary shall group applications of similar crop or livestock operations for evaluation purposes or otherwise evaluate applications relative to other applications for similar farming operations.
A prior section 3839aa–3, Pub. L. 99–198, title XII, § 1240C, as added Pub. L. 104–127, title III, § 334, Apr. 4, 1996, 110 Stat. 1000, related to evaluation of offers and payments, prior to the general amendment of this part by Pub. L. 107–171.
2014—Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 113–79, § 2204(1), substituted “conservation” for “environmental” before “benefits”.
Subsec. (b)(3). Pub. L. 113–79, § 2204(2), substituted “purposes of the program” for “purpose of the environmental quality incentives program specified in section 3839aa(1) of this title” before semicolon.
2008—Pub. L. 110–246, § 2504, amended section generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “In evaluating applications for cost-share payments and incentive payments, the Secretary shall accord a higher priority to assistance and payments that—
“(2) address national conservation priorities.”
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