Input on Conservation Security Sought

Grower comment on proposed rule to implement program wanted. Compiled by staff

Published on: Jan 2, 2004

Chuck Bell, Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist, announced the release of a proposed rule to implement the new Conservation Security Program (CSP). The Farm Bill related program is designed to reward the best conservation stewards of the most environmentally sensitive areas in targeted watersheds. Request for comments on CSP has been released for publication in the Federal Register.

CSP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to conserve and improve soil, water, air, energy, plant and animal life on tribal and private working lands.

"It is vitally important for Californians to comment on the proposed rule. California and NRCS have always been leaders in environmental stewardship. Our farmers and ranchers have the insight into how this program can best promote conservation," says Bell. "

Bell adds, "CSP has a unique role among USDA conservation programs. It identifies and rewards those farmers and ranchers who meet the highest standards of conservation and environmental management on their operations, creates powerful incentives for other producers to meet those same standards of conservation performances on their operations, and provides public benefits for generations to come."

The advance notice gives the public the opportunity to comment on key issues that have been raised regarding implementation of the program. Comments must be received in writing within 60 days of the date that the advance notice is published in the Federal Register. Comments on CSP may be e-mailed to david.mckay@usda.gov, or by mail to Conservation Security Program Comments, ATTN: David McKay, NRCS Conservation Operations division, P.O. Box 2890, Washington, D.C. 20013.

The advance notice and additional information on CSP can be found at NRCS Web site.