The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will sponsor several public meetings about the new Conservation Security Program and how landowners in the Lower Little Blue River Watershed and Lower Salt Fork of the Arkansas River Watershed can benefit from the program.
The CSP is a stewardship providing payments to producers who maintain and enhance natural resources. Producers may qualify for one of three tiers of payments, ranging from up to $20,000 for a five-year soil and water contract on a portion of the farm; $35,000 for a five- to 10-year soil and water contract on the entire ag operation and up to $45,000 for all natural resources on the entire operation for five- to 10-years.
A self-assessment workbook must be completed; field offices will work with producers who meet eligibility requirements. Signup is expected to begin this summer.
Dates, times and locations of the meetings include:
Lower Salt Fork of the Arkansas River Watershed (Harper and Barber counties)
- June 14: 7:30 a.m., Municipal Hall, Anthony
- June 15, 7:30 a.m., St. Boniface Fellowship Hall, Sharon
Lower Little Blue River Watershed (Republic, Washington and Marshall counties)
- June 15, 10 a.m., Meridian Public School, Daykin, NE
- June 15, 7 p.m., Jefferson Co. Fairgrounds 4-H Building, Fairbury, NE
- June 16, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Republic County 4-H Building, Belleville
- June 17, 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., First National Bank, Washington
- June 18, 8 a.m., Community Center, Waterville
The Kansas watersheds are two of 18 selected nationwide to start the program. For more information, contact your local NRCS office.