U.S. General Accounting Office

Survey Results on USDA's Implementation of Food Security Act Compliance Provisions

Legislative Effects

40. In your county, how did each of the following changes in the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (farm bill) strengthen or weaken monitoring of wetland conservation compliance?
(CHECK ONE FOR EACH CHANGE.)
    Significantly strengthened Strengthened Neither strengthened nor weakened Weakened Significantly weakened Don't know No response
40a Instituted good faith exemption allowing graduated reductions in program benefits for wetland conservation violations
40b Instituted minimal effects exemption
40c Instituted mitigation exemption for restoring a prior converted wetland
40d Instituted requirement for agreement between NRCS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on mitigation plans and technical determinations
40e Instituted new trigger mechanism for swampbuster violations
40f Required additional farm program benefits be subject to denial for violations of wetland conservation
40g Revised definition of a wetland to include three conditions that must be present
40h Other (please specify in text box below)
   
  If you responded "Other" above, please specify below.
41. In your county, how did each of the following changes in the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (farm bill) strengthen or weaken monitoring of wetland conservation compliance?
(CHECK ONE FOR EACH CHANGE.)
    Significantly strengthened Strengthened Neither strengthened nor weakened Weakened Significantly weakened Don't know No response
41a Instituted more options for mitigation including enhancement or creation of wetlands
41b Eliminated graduated reductions in program benefits for compliance violations
41c Eliminated the requirement for agreement between NRCS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on mitigation plans and technical determinations
41d Revised good faith exemption by removing the 1-in-10 year rule and allowed for compliance grace period
41e Other (please specify in text box below)
   
  If you responded "Other" above, please specify below.
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