• Pamela Netterville Grady

Big (Regulatory) Win for Small Farms (raise your hand if you are EXCITED about this)

Today the United States Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue announced a major change in regulations affecting farmers & farmHers all across the Nation. Producers are NO LONGER required to obtain Data Universal Number System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) numbers to participate in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs. The USDA will publish the changes in the Federal Register tomorrow. The change is to alleviate small farms.

Be on notice that  DUNS and SAM registration is still required for the following:

1. Partnership agreements entered through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). 2. All agreements with eligible entities under the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP) 3. Agreements under the Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) component of ACEP. 4. Partnership agreements under the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) component of ACEP-Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE). 5. Watershed operations agreements with project sponsors. 6. Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) agreements with project sponsors, including Recovery and Floodplain Easements. 7. All cooperative, contribution, interagency, or partnership agreements of Federal contracts used by NRCS to procure goods or services.

NRCS advises participants in its programs to ignore any emails, phone calls or other communications from third-party vendors offering assistance for registering in SAMS or applying for a DUNS number.

To learn more about NRCS financial and technical assistance, go to www.nrcs.usda.gov.

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