Landowners in 15 middle Tennessee counties may be eligible to participate in the USDA’s Conservation Security Program administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

A series of CPS public meetings will be held for farmers living in the Red River and Upper Duck River watersheds.

The Conservation Security Program rewards farmers who practice proven conservation techniques on their agricultural lands.

Signups for 2008 CSP funds are open to landowners in all or parts of Cheatham, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart, and Sumner counties in the Red River watershed, and Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Rutherford, and Williamson counties in the Upper Duck River watershed.

Local informational meetings to discuss CSP eligibility and requirements are:

• Monday, April 14, 6:30 p.m., Bedford County. Bedford County Farm Bureau, 323 Bethany Lane, Shelbyville, Tenn.

Tuesday, April 15, 6:00 p.m., Coffee County. Holiday Inn Express Conference Center, 111 Hospitality Blvd., Manchester, Tenn. (just off I-24, Exit 114).

• Thursday, April 17, 6:00 p.m., Marshall County. Lewisberg Gas Dept. Conference Room, 505 N. Ellington Parkway, Lewisburg, Tenn. (across from KFC).

• Tuesday, April 22, 6 p.m., Montgomery County/Robertson County/Stewart County/Sumner County. The Center and Recreation Building, 401 N Main Street, Springfield, Tenn.

Landowners from all of the eligible counties are welcome to attend any of the meetings.

Signup for the Conservation Security Program runs from April 18 to May 16.

For more information about CSP eligibility and signup, visit the NRCS in Tennessee Web site at: http://www.tn.nrcs.usda.gov/ or contact your local district conservationist at the nearest USDA Service Center.