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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

CSP Comment Period Extended

- from the desk of Traci Bruckner, Center for Rural Affairs,



The public comment period deadline for the amended interim final rule for the Conservation Security Program has been extended from Monday, July 25 until Friday, September 9. The extension notice will be posted in the Federal Register tomorrow, Wednesday, July 20. SAC requested an extension after learning from grassroots activists in recent days that the USDA email address to file comments electronically has not been working and that the mailing address provided in the Federal Register was incomplete. NRCS informs us that they hope to have the electronic address back up and working with the next day or two. Other problems also contributed to the decision to provide an extension. The extension also provides at least a slim chance that some of the actual 2005 sign-up information will be known prior to the deadline for comments.

Please alert your networks, update your websites, and otherwise get the word out! This is a great opportunity to get more people involved in helping to improve the CSP rule. For those coming to the SAC & MSAWG summer meeting on August 1-3, we will spend a little time checking in on our basic points and strategies and deciding whether any of the messages need fine tuning as we start the final push for comments by September 9, 2005.

Comments should be postmarked by midnight, September 9, 2005. Send comments in writing, by mail, to Financial Assistance Programs Division, Natural Resources Conservation Service, P.O. Box 2890, Washington, D.C. 20013-2890, or by e-mail to; Attn: Conservation Security Program.

For more information, contact Craig Derickson, CSP Program Manager, at 202-720-3524 or 202-756-5041 or


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