Briefings to provide overview of CSP

Briefings to provide overview of CSP A series of four public briefing sessions will be held in South Dakota to provide information regarding the Conservation Security Program (CSP). The briefings, co-hosted by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the South Dakota Farm Bureau, will give an overview and allow for questions and comments regarding the proposed rule that was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 2.

Authorized by the 2002 Farm Bill, CSP is a voluntary conservation program that supports ongoing conservation stewardship of agricultural working lands by providing payments to producers who maintain and enhance the condition of natural resources. The proposed rule allows a 60-day comment period to allow public input that will be reviewed before the final version of the program is developed.

All sessions are slated to be two hours in length. Dates, locations and times of the briefings include:


* Monday, Feb. 9, Madison � Nicky's Restaurant, Hwy. 34 West at 10 a.m.


* Wednesday, Feb. 11,�Watertown � Ramkota Hotel, Hwy. 212 West at 10 a.m.


* Tuesday, Feb. 17,�Chamberlain � AmericInn, 1981 E. King Ave. at 10:30 a.m.


* Thursday, Feb. 26,�Huron, � New Plains Hotel, Hwy. 14 East at 1:30 p.m.

"These briefings will highlight the goals and objectives of CSP and the proposed guidelines for operator participation in the program," said Janet Oertly, NRCS state conservationist for South Dakota. "The public is invited to learn more about the program and provide comments to Washington before the final rule is established."

The proposed rule, summary, fact sheets and additional information on the program can be found at www.nrcs.usda.gov.

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