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Enviro-Mich message from "harrisc" <Craig.Harris@ssc.msu.edu>
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in michigan, the 2006 watersheds include the maple river, and the
boardman-charlevoix . . . 
cheers,
craig

craig k harris
department of sociology
michigan agricultural experiment station
michigan state university
http://www.msu.edu/~harrisc/ 


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Sent: Friday, August 26, 2005 9:49 AM
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Subject: [ENVIRO-NEWS] USDA SELECTS WATERSHEDS FOR 2006 CONSERVATION
SECURITY PROGRAM

USDA
Release No. 0326.05
Contact:
Kristin Scuderi (202)720-4623
Mary Cressel (202)690-0547

USDA SELECTS WATERSHEDS FOR 2006 CONSERVATION SECURITY PROGRAM Cooperative
Conservation on Working Land Benefits Soil and Water Quality and Wildlife
Habitat-Two Alaska Watersheds Selected  

PALMER, Alaska, Aug. 25, 2005-Agriculture Deputy Secretary Chuck Conner
today announced that 110 watersheds, with at least one in all 50 states,
Guam and Puerto Rico, will be eligible for the 2006 Conservation Security
Program (CSP).

"This voluntary program recognizes farmers and ranchers for their ongoing
stewardship activities on working agricultural lands," said Conner. "Natural
resource conservation efforts by America's producers benefit everyone
through healthier soil, cleaner air and water and improved fish and wildlife
habitat. CSP successfully demonstrates a cooperative public-private
conservation partnership."

Conner made the announcement here prior to holding the tenth in a series of
USDA Farm Bill Forums that are currently being held across the country by
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, Conner and other USDA officials. The
sign-up period will take place early in fiscal year 2006.
These watersheds represent more than 120,000 of the nation's potentially
eligible farms and ranches, covering more than 46 million acres that are
evenly split between cropland and grazing land.

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service held the first CSP sign-up in
2004. Today's announcement brings the number of watersheds enrolled to 330
across the nation, covering 250 million acres that have been eligible for
the program.

The 2006 CSP will include a renewable energy component. Eligible producers
will receive compensation for converting to renewable energy fuels such as
bio-diesel and ethanol, for recycling 100 percent of on-farm lubricants, and
for implementing energy production, including wind, solar, geothermal and
methane production.

A sign-up announcement will be published that will detail specific program
requirements in the watersheds. The program will be offered each year on a
rotational basis in as many watersheds as funding allows.

Additional information on CSP, including a map of the fiscal year 2006
watersheds and eligibility requirements, is on the Web at
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/csp .

[USDA press releases are available in the "Newsroom" section at
http://www.usda.gov.]

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