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USDA Schedules Public Meetings on CRP

00:00AM Aug 20, 2009 Editors

The USDA Farm Service Agency, on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation, today asked the public for comments on the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and scheduled nine public meetings from Sept. 15 through Oct. 8 to solicit comments on the program.

The meetings will be held in Washington, Montana, Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Topics to be discussed at the public meetings include provisions for dealing with cropping history requirements, crop rotation practices, contract incentives, program enrollment terms and the CRP enrollment authority of 32 million acres established for the remainder of the 2008 Farm Bill.

USDA will consider each comment received at the public meetings and during the comment period when preparing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. This statement will help USDA decision makers and the public with an analysis of the environmental benefits and potential impacts associated with implementing various changes to CRP consistent with the 2008 Farm Bill.

Click here to read full release and find out how to submit comments.

The nine public meetings are scheduled for:

Sept. 15, 2009, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn Spokane Airport
Spokane, Wash.
(509) 244-5866

Sept. 17, 2009, 5-7 p.m.
Hampton Inn Great Falls
Great Falls, Mont.
(406) 453-2675

Sept. 21, 2009, 5-7 p.m.
AmericInn Lodge and Suites
Moorhead, Minn.
(218) 287-7100

Sept. 23, 2009, 5-7 p.m.
Clarion Hotel
Manhattan, Kan.
(785) 539-5311

Sept. 25, 2009, 5-7 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Springfield
Springfield, Ill.
(217) 529-7171

Sept. 29, 2009, 5-7 p.m.
Oklahoma City Marriott Hotel
Oklahoma City, Okla.
(405) 879-7042

Oct. 1, 2009, 5-7 p.m.
La Quinta Inn and Suites
Clovis, N.M.
(575) 763-8777

Oct. 6, 2009, 5-7 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
Albany, Ga.
(229) 888-1590

Oct. 8, 2009, 5-7 p.m.
Courtyard by Marriott
Harrisburg, Pa.
(717) 558-8544