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Conservation meetings in Pa. on Wednesday

April 05, 2005

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Farmers in Franklin and Cumberland counties are invited to attend community meetings Wednesday to receive information and help from the Natural Resources Conservation Service on the new USDA Conservation Security Program.

The first meeting begins at 1 p.m. at the Monroe Township Building, at 1220 Boiling Springs Road outside Mechanicsburg, Pa. The second begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Shippensburg (Pa.) Area Senior High School auditorium.

May 27 is the deadline for Franklin County or Cumberland County agricultural producers in the Lower Susquehanna-Swatara Watershed to sign up for the new program.

The watershed includes the northern area of Franklin County, which is in the Conodoquinet Creek Watershed and almost all of Cumberland County.

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Each year, the program is available only to producers in certain watersheds.

A map of this year's priority areas is online at www.pa.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/csp2004/html/csp.html

The program was authorized by the 2002 Farm Bill to reward conservation efforts. It is administered by NRCS.

The program provides incentive payments to producers with a documented history of land stewardship to continue and expand their conservation efforts.

A 60-day signup period has begun. It will end May 27.

To sign up or learn more about the program, contact the Franklin County NRCS office at 717-264-8074, ext. 3, or the Cumberland County NRCS office at 717-249-1037.

Information is also on the state NRCS Web Site at: www.pa.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/

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