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16 U.S. Code § 3839aa–4 - Duties of producers

To receive payments under the program, a producer shall agree—
to implement an environmental quality incentives program plan (including a comprehensive nutrient management plan, if applicable) that describes conservation and environmental purposes to be achieved through 1 or more practices that are approved by the Secretary;
not to conduct any practices on the enrolled land that would tend to defeat the purposes of the program;
(3) on the violation of a term or condition of the contract at anytime the producer has control of the land—
(A) if the Secretary determines that the violation warrants termination of the contract—
to forfeit all rights to receive payments under the contract; and
to refund to the Secretary all or a portion of the payments received by the owner or operator under the contract, including any interest on the payments, as determined by the Secretary; or
if the Secretary determines that the violation does not warrant termination of the contract, to refund to the Secretary, or accept adjustments to, the payments provided to the owner or operator, as the Secretary determines to be appropriate;
on the transfer of the right and interest of the producer in land subject to the contract, unless the transferee of the right and interest agrees with the Secretary to assume all obligations of the contract, to refund all payments received under the program, as determined by the Secretary;
to supply information as required by the Secretary to determine compliance with the program plan and requirements of the program; and
to comply with such additional provisions as the Secretary determines are necessary to carry out the program plan.
Editorial Notes

Pub. L. 110–234 and Pub. L. 110–246 made identical amendments to this section. The amendments by Pub. L. 110–234 were repealed by section 4(a) of Pub. L. 110–246.

Prior Provisions

A prior section 3839aa–4, Pub. L. 99–198, title XII, § 1240D, as added Pub. L. 104–127, title III, § 334, Apr. 4, 1996, 110 Stat. 1000, related to duties of producers, prior to the general amendment of this part by Pub. L. 107–171.


2014—Par. (2). Pub. L. 113–79 substituted “enrolled” for “farm, ranch, or forest”.

2008—Pub. L. 110–246, § 2505(1), struck out “technical assistance, cost-share payments, or incentive” before “payments” in introductory provisions.

Par. (2). Pub. L. 110–246, § 2505(2), substituted “farm, ranch, or forest land” for “farm or ranch”.

Par. (4). Pub. L. 110–246, § 2505(3), struck out “cost-share payments and incentive” before “payments”.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date of 2008 Amendment

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.