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Public Meeting With All Interested Parties To Comment on the Activities of the Resource Conservation and Development Program.

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Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.


Notice of meeting.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will hold a meeting to solicit comments on the activities of the Resource Conservation and Development Program (RC&D). Section 2504 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-171) requires that the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (NAR&DC), evaluate the RC&D Program to determine whether it is effectively meeting the needs of, and purposes identified by, States, units of Government, Indian Tribes, non-profit organizations, and councils participating in, or served by the program. The Secretary of Agriculture, acting through NRCS, will conduct this evaluation, and submit to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate a report describing the results of the evaluation, together with any recommendations of the Secretary for continuing, terminating, or modifying the program, by June 30, 2005.

As part of this evaluation, NRCS is conducting public meetings with all interested parties to solicit comments on the activities of the program. Comments will be solicited on, and should be limited to, the following topics: (1) RC&D Program effectiveness in meeting the needs of the States, units of Government, Indian Tribes, non-profit organizations and RC&D councils served by the program; (2) RC&D Program effectiveness in developing community leadership conservation; (3) RC&D Program elements that best serve regional conservation and development needs; and (4) RC&D Program elements that can be strengthened to better serve Start Printed Page 59162regional conservation and development needs. The first of six planned meetings is scheduled for October 25, 2003, in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Subsequent meeting dates and locations will be announced at a later date.


The meeting will be held October 25, 2003, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. It will be held at The John Carver Inn, 25 Summer Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360-3438. Written comments may also be submitted, no later than November 15, 2003 to: Terry D'Addio, National RC&D Program Manager, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 14th & Independence Ave., SW., Room 6013, South Building, Washington, DC, 20250.

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Terry D'Addio, Natural Resources Conservation Service, (202) 720-0557; fax: (202) 690-0639; e-mail: terry.d'

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Signed in Washington, DC, on October 1, 2003.

Bruce I. Knight,

Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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[FR Doc. 03-25858 Filed 10-10-03; 8:45 am]