FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Attention Producers in the Saco River Watershed – USDA Conservation Security
Program Meeting Scheduled
Bangor, Maine – August 16, 2006— An information meeting is scheduled for producers
in the Saco River Watershed who are interested in the USDA Conservation Security
Program (CSP). Hosted by York County Soil and Water Conservation District, the
meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at the Alfred Town Hall, 16 Saco
Road, Alfred, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
This meeting is an initial meeting to present preliminary program information to farmers
who are interested in receiving potential funding for the CSP program when it comes to
the Saco River Watershed. The meeting will review the benefits and requirements of the
program and help prepare eligible participants in signing up for the program. Visit
www.me.nrcs.usda.gov to view CSP program information.
CSP, part of the 2002 Farm Bill, is a tremendous opportunity for farmers who practice
good soil and water conservation. It is a voluntary conservation program that supports
ongoing stewardship of private agricultural lands by providing payments for maintaining
and enhancing natural resources. CSP identifies and rewards those farmers who meet
the highest standard of conservation and environmental management regarding their
To qualify for CSP, farms will need to have soil erosion and water quality practices in
place, including nutrient and pest management. Lands that are eligible include cropland
(row crops, orchards, vineyards, and horticultural crops), cropped woodland (crops such
as ginseng, wild rice and sugar bush), hayland, pasture lands, and incidental forest land.
The CSP signup process will be different from other USDA conservation programs.
Participants are required to conduct a self-assessment to determine on their own
whether or not they are eligible for the program. This i