USDA State Technical Committee and Other Interested Persons are asked for review and comment on two specific items.
State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE)
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has the opportunity to review and modify the existing SAFE proposal for Kentucky. SAFE is a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) initiative that stands for State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement. Kentucky has had a SAFE agreement in place for a number of years in the western part of the state, targeting bobwhite quail habitat and songbird habitat. Changes made in the current Farm Bill necessitated modifications to the existing proposal, so FSA, NRCS, and the original stakeholders met informally to review the proposal and draft the required modifications. We also took the opportunity to make additional changes to improve the agreement and expand the habitat types used to improve conditions for the target species.
Before the proposal can be submitted for approval and use in the state, FSA is requesting the State Technical Committee review the attached as put forth by the project stakeholders. If anyone has any comments or questions, they may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org by COB, June 15, 2020.
Wetland Restoration Criteria and Guidelines (WRCG)
With the issuance of the revised Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) manual dated February 2020 part 440-528.131 (B.) there is a request that states develop a Wetland Restoration Criteria and Guidelines (WRCG) document. This document outlines the state’s decision making process for ACEP-Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) activities related to eligibility, ranking, selection, restoration, enhancement, and management of wetlands and associated habitats under the ACEP-WRE program to ensure program objectives are met. When the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) was established and implemented in Kentucky all of these considerations were developed. The WRCG places these decisions in one document.
The State Technical should review and comment by June 12, 2020 for approval. No comment will mean acceptance. Questions or comments please contact Allen Arthur at email@example.com.
To USDA State Technical Committee and Other Interested Persons:
The new federal fiscal year starts in four months!! As you might imagine, Kentucky NRCS staff is already making plans for FY 2021 program updates and changes. With COVID-19 limiting our ability to meet together, it is our hope that you will consider this method of interacting as a continuation of our usual collaboration on NRCS programs and priorities. We welcome and value your input on any or all of the following:
In addition to your input on the above issues, we would like your feedback on a few specific items that we are considering for FY 2021 or 2022:
While this is a rather long list of items for which we’re asking your input, we value and consider carefully your input for our program delivery. Unless otherwise noted above, please send your input and feedback for any of the topics for which you have an interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30, 2020.
Deena Wheby | Assistant State Conservationist for Programs | 771 Corporate Drive, Suite 300, Lexington KY 40503 | Phone: 859.224.7403 email@example.com FAX: 855.768.4249
The Forestry Recovery Act of 2019 (H.R. 144) would help woodland owners recover from natural disasters by increasing the amount of financial relief provided by the casualty loss tax deduction.
The legislation allows forest landowners to take a casualty loss tax deduction of up to fair market value of their timber when it is destroyed by a catastrophic disaster. The tax deduction is especially important because timber growers do not have access to crop insurance and private insurance is often too expensive and provides inconsistent coverage.
HR 1444 currently has 36 sponsors representing both parties and states from Florida to Texas and Maine to Colorado. The bill has been stalled in Ways and Means Committee since it was introduced last year.
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