16 U.S. Code § 3839bb - Conservation of private grazing land
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It is the purpose of this section to authorize the Secretary to provide a coordinated technical, educational, and related assistance program to conserve and enhance private grazing land resources and provide related benefits to all citizens of the United States by—
(1) establishing a coordinated and cooperative Federal, State, and local grazing conservation program for management of private grazing land;
(2) strengthening technical, educational, and related assistance programs that provide assistance to owners and managers of private grazing land;
(4) conserving and improving fish habitat and aquatic systems through grazing land conservation treatment;
(7) identifying and managing weed, noxious weed, and brush encroachment problems on private grazing land; and
In this section:
(2) Private grazing land
The term “private grazing land” means private, State-owned, tribally-owned, and any other non-federally owned rangeland, pastureland, grazed forest land, and hay land.
(c) Private grazing land conservation assistance
(1) Assistance to grazing landowners and others
Subject to the availability of appropriations for this section, the Secretary shall establish a voluntary program to provide technical, educational, and related assistance to owners and managers of private grazing land and public agencies, through local conservation districts, to enable the landowners, managers, and public agencies to voluntarily carry out activities that are consistent with this section, including—
(A) maintaining and improving private grazing land and the multiple values and uses that depend on private grazing land;
(C) managing resources on private grazing land, including—
(H) identifying the opportunities and encouraging the diversification of private grazing land enterprises; and
(2) Program elements
If funding is provided to carry out this section, it shall be provided through a specific line-item in the annual appropriations for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
(B) Technical assistance and education
Personnel of the Department trained in pasture and range management shall be made available under the program to deliver and coordinate technical assistance and education to owners and managers of private grazing land, at the request of the owners and managers.
(d) Grazing technical assistance self-help
Congress finds that—
(B) Federal budgetary constraints preclude any significant expansion, and may force a reduction of, current levels of technical support; and
(2) Establishment of grazing demonstration
In accordance with paragraph (3), the Secretary may establish 2 grazing management demonstration districts at the recommendation of the grazing land conservation initiative steering committee.
Within a reasonable time after the submission of a request of an organization of farmers or ranchers engaged in grazing, the Secretary shall propose that a grazing management district be established.
The terms and conditions of the funding and operation of the grazing management district shall be proposed by the producers.
The Secretary shall approve the proposal if the Secretary determines that the proposal—
(D) Area included
The area proposed to be included in a grazing management district shall be determined by the Secretary on the basis of an application by farmers or ranchers.
Source(Pub. L. 99–198, title XII, § 1240M, as added Pub. L. 104–127, title III, § 335,Apr. 4, 1996, 110 Stat. 1002; amended Pub. L. 107–171, title II, § 2502(a),May 13, 2002, 116 Stat. 264; Pub. L. 110–234, title II, § 2601,May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1068; Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title II, § 2601,June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 1796; Pub. L. 113–79, title II, § 2501,Feb. 7, 2014, 128 Stat. 751.)
References in Text
The Agricultural Adjustment Act, referred to in subsec. (d)(3)(E), is title I of act May 12, 1933, ch. 25, 48 Stat. 31, as amended, which is classified generally to chapter 26 (§ 601 et seq.) of Title 7, Agriculture. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 601 of Title 7 and Tables.
Pub. L. 110–234and Pub. L. 110–246made identical amendments to this section. The amendments by Pub. L. 110–234were repealed by section 4(a) ofPub. L. 110–246.
2014—Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 113–79substituted “2018” for “2012”.
2008—Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 110–246, § 2601, substituted “2012” for “2007”.
2002—Pub. L. 107–171amended section catchline and text generally. Prior to amendment, section required the Secretary to establish conservation farm option pilot programs for producers of wheat, feed grains, cotton, and rice.
Effective Date of 2008 Amendment