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Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.


Notice of training conference.


The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing a forthcoming training conference for Federal Grants and Cooperative and Contribution Agreements. Special emphasis will be placed on clarifying the grants and agreements process with emphasis on the competitive process.


The training conference date is: April 26-30, 2004, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A block of rooms has been reserved under USDA/NRCS at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, telephone: 1-888-627-7033, on a first come first serve basis. The Marriott New Orleans Hotel (directly across the street), 550 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, telephone 1-888-364-1200 will become the overflow hotel site. A room rate has been set at $146.00 and all reservations must be guaranteed by April 2, 2004.


The training conference will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, telephone: 1-888-627-7033.

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Questions or comments should be directed to Edward Biggers, Jr., Director, Management Services Division, telephone: (202) 720-4102; fax: (202) 720-7149; e-mail: or Rosann Durrah, telephone: (202) 720-4072; fax: (202) 690-0639; e-mail:

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Notice of this conference is given under the Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977, 31 U.S.C. 6301-6308. The conference is designed for leaders, administrators, partners, non-government officials, program managers, specialists, management analysts, and others involved with operations, agreements/grants, evaluations, administration, decision process, auditing, program management, budgeting, contracting, and program delivery. Participants will learn: Competing Grants and Agreements, Contribution Agreements, Authorities, Policies, and Earmarks, Roles and Responsibilities, and Cost Analysis and Evaluation of Proposals.

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Dated: March 8, 2004.

Helen V. Huntington,

Federal Register Liaison, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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[FR Doc. 04-5555 Filed 3-10-04; 8:45 am]