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Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.


Proposed rule; notice of meetings.


The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) hereby gives notice that it will conduct 10 public forums whereby interested individuals can provide comments and ideas regarding the proposed rule for the Conservation Security Program (CSP). NRCS published a proposed rule for the implementation of CSP on January 2, 2004.

The public is invited to attend. There will be a CSP introductory workshop proceeding each listening session. Those who wish to speak at a forum may make arrangements in advance by calling the State contact listed or may sign up at the forum. Speakers will be limited to five minutes.

NRCS will accept written comments at each of the fora. NRCS will also accept written comments by mail, facsimile, or e-mail. Written comments must be postmarked or faxed by March 1, 2004, and addressed to: Thomas Christensen, Acting Director, Conservation Operations Division, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA, P.O. Box 2890, Washington, DC; fax: (202) 720-4265; or e-mail to; Attn: Conservation Security Program. You may access the proposed rule via the Internet through the NRCS home page at Select “Farm Bill.”

USDA Natural Resources and Environment and NRCS leadership will participate in each meeting.

Date (2004)StateCityVenueContactTime
Jan. 13ArizonaTempeSheraton Airport Hotel, 1600 South 52nd Street, (480) 967-6600Jon Hall, (602) 280-87811-5 p.m.
Feb. 11FloridaFt. PierceU.S. Horticultural Laboratory, 2001 South Rock RoadBob Stobaugh, (352) 338-956510 a.m.-1 p.m.
Feb. 11IowaDes MoinesFour Points Sheraton, 4800 Merle Hay Road, (515) 278-4755Dennis Pate, (515) 284-47691-4 p.m.
Feb. 11MaineAugustaCivic Center, 76 Community Center DrColleen Churchill, (207) 990-955110 a.m.-1 p.m.
Feb. 10MichiganLansingClarion Hotel and Conference Center, 3600 Dunckel Rd., (517) 351-7600Alan G. Herceg, (517) 324-52821-3 p.m.
Feb. 11MississippiGreenwoodGreenwood Civic Center, Highway 7 NorthJames Johnson, (662) 453-2762, ext. 291:30-3:30 p.m.
Jan. 21TexasKerrvilleInn of the Hills Conference Center, 1001 Junction HighwayMarsha Redwine, (254) 742-980010 a.m.-1 p.m.
Jan. 13VirginiaRoanokeThe Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, 110 Shenandoah AveCarol Lipinski, (804) 287-16911-4 p.m.
Jan. 27WashingtonSpokaneSpokane Convention Center, 334 Spokane Falls BoulevardRaymond “Gus” Hughbanks, (509) 323-2900Noon-4 p.m.
Feb. 26WisconsinMadisonSheraton Hotel, 706 John Nolen DrRenae Anderson, (608) 662-4422, ext. 2271-4 p.m.

Please call the contact person of the meeting that you wish to attend to obtain further meeting details.

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Diane Heard, Office of the Deputy Chief for Programs, telephone: (202) 720-3587; fax: (202) 720-6559; email:

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Signed in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2004.

Bruce I. Knight,

Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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[FR Doc. 04-728 Filed 1-13-04; 8:45 am]