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SA 3624. Mrs. BOXER (for herself and Mrs. Feinstein) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 3500 proposed by Mr. Harkin (for himself, Mr. Chambliss, Mr. Baucus, and Mr. Grassley) to the bill H.R. 2419, to provide for the continuation of agricultural programs through fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

On page 408, strike line 17 and insert the following: through 2012.
``(a) In General.--Under the environmental quality incentives program established under this chapter, the Secretary shall promote air quality by providing cost-share payments and incentive payments to individual producers for use in addressing air quality concerns associated with agriculture.
``(b) Eligible Practices, Cost-Share.--
``(1) REDUCTION OF EMISSIONS OF AIR POLLUTANTS AND PRECURSORS OF AIR POLLUTANTS.--In addition to practices eligible for cost-share payments under the environmental quality incentives program established under this chapter, the Secretary shall provide cost-share payments to producers under this section for mobile or stationary equipment (including engines) used in an agricultural operation that would reduce emissions and precursors of air pollutants.
``(2) CONSIDERATIONS.--In evaluating applications for cost-share assistance for equipment described in paragraph (1), the Secretary shall prioritize assistance for equipment that--
``(A) is the most cost-effective in addressing air quality concerns; and
``(B) would assist producers in meeting Federal, State, or local regulatory requirements relating to air quality.
``(c) Locations.--To receive a payment for a project under this section, a producer shall carry out the project in a county--
``(1) that is in nonattainment with respect to ambient air quality standards; or
``(2) in which there is air quality degradation, recognized by a State or local agency, to which agricultural emissions significantly contribute.
``(d) Priority.--The Secretary shall give priority to projects that--
``(1) involve multiple producers implementing eligible conservation activities in a coordinated manner to promote air quality; or
``(2) are designed to encourage broad adoption of innovative approaches, including approaches involving the use of innovative technologies and integrated pest management, on the condition that the technologies do not have the unintended consequence of compromising other environmental goals.''.

(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Nov 13, 2007.)