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Monday, March 21, 2005

Center for Rural Affairs Provides Conservation Security Program (CSP) Sign-up Hotline

--from the desk of Traci Bruckner, Assistant Director Rural Policy Program

Center for Rural Affairs


Conservation Security Program Hotline available
through the Center for Rural Affairs

LYONS, NE – Sign-Up Begins March 28 in 202 Watersheds Nationwide for the Conservation Security Program (CSP).

The signup allows farmers with good conservation practices to receive cash payments for their efforts. But like last year, the time frame is very limited, and comes during the busiest time for farmers.

That's why the Center for Rural Affairs is again offering a hot line to answer questions for farmers registering for the program. “We want to ensure that the farmers and ranchers this program was intended to reward are able to fully access the program," says Traci Bruckner, a policy analyst at the Center.

The CSP sign-up will be held March 28 to May 27. The sign-up announcement and an amendment to the CSP interim final rule that will detail specific program requirements will be published in the Federal Register soon.

The Hotline, 402-687-2100, timed to coincide with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s sign-up period, will continue on past the deadline for follow-up help and questions. But those interested in taking part in the USDA Conservation Security Program must be enrolled with the USDA by May 27th. For more information on the Conservation Security Program or the Hotline, contact Traci Bruckner at 402-687-2100 or email tracib@cfra.org.

Potential participants can find a self-assessment workbook and other application materials at the CSP website or from their local NRCS offices.

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