The proposed rule for CSP, one of several new “green” initiatives in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 2. The Greenwood forum is one of 11 being held nationwide for the public to make comments about the proposed rule.

“NRCS is giving the public ample opportunity to voice their opinions about the new program,” said Home L. Wilkes, state conservationist with the USDA NRCS. “The public input will be very important as we develop the final regulations for program implementation.”

The public is invited, and participants will be allotted 5 minutes to make comments to a USDA Listening Panel. Participants will register at the meeting to make public comments, and all participants will be heard. Comment forms will also be available at the session.

The Greenwood Civic Center is located on Highway 7 North just north of U.S. Highway 82. The session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and is scheduled to end at 3:30 p.m.

A copy of the rule can be found on the USDA-NRCS Web-site at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/farmbill/2002.

Written comments may be mailed to: David McKay, Conservation Planning Team Leader, Conservation Operations Division, USDA NRCS, P.O. Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013-2890 or by e-mail to david.mckay@usda.gov. They must be received by March 2.

Persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations including alternative formats, large print, sign language interpreters, etc. for the listening session, should contact James Johnson, NRCS at 662-453-2762, ext. 29 or e-mail: james.johnson@ms.usda.gov.

For more information about the Conservation Security Program and the Feb. 11 Listening Forum, contact your local USDA Service Center.

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