URGENT ACTION NEED TO SUPPORT THE CONSERVATION SECURITY PROGRAM(CSP)
- Subject: [cg] URGENT ACTION NEED TO SUPPORT THE CONSERVATION SECURITY PROGRAM(CSP)
- From: Laura Berman firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2003 13:33:58 -0500
Hi ACGA folks,
I'm passing this on, so please don't respond to me--I'm in Canada!
Community Agriculture Coordinator
Alert from the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture concerning the
Conservation Security Program (CSP), the most promising program for NE
farmers to come down the federal pike in a long time.
We've got 17 days left to shape and show public support for this
Important new program. So send an e-mail today and spread the word far and
wide in your own e-mail networks.
Together we can make a difference!
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)
National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture
URGENT ACTION NEED TO SUPPORT THE CONSERVATION SECURITY PROGRAM (CSP)
Public Comment Deadline is March 20th
The Conservation Security Program (CSP) was the single biggest win for
sustainable agriculture in the 2002 Farm Bill. It is a huge and
step forward in our nation's approach to conservation, and holds great
promise for rewarding farmers based on how they protect and improve the
We want a full and quickly implemented Conservation Security Program-and
is the crucial time to send that message loud and clear. USDA's Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has asked for general public input
the program, in the form of an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
The letter below is a sample-please add one or two points of your own,
expand on a particular point, or add a personal story or comment. The
sample letter is also readily available on our website at
http://www.sustainableagriculture.net/cspAction.php, from which you can
easily use, modify and send the letter on-line, whenever you like. To
in our standard email comments with your name and email address
simply reply to this message, sending the entire message back to
Email, as well as snail mail, comments are welcomed. You may email
to FarmBillRules@usda.gov and in subject line write "Attn: Conservation
Security Program." Regular mail should be sent to the address on the
letter below. Be sure to send in early enough for arrival at USDA no
than March 20th.
For more information on CSP, visit
www.landstewardshipproject.org/programs_csp.html, or www.mnproject.org.
Information is also available from NRCS at
www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/farmbill/2002/products.html. The same site
provides access to the Advanced Notice, or you can call NRCS at
and ask for a copy to be sent to you.
The Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (SAC) has prepared a full,
set of comments on the Advanced Notice. All groups and individuals are
encouraged to endorse those comments in their letters as well. These
comments are available via the first three websites named above, or will
sent to you by request from SAC at email@example.com.
(NOTE: It is always most effective to send a personalized letter, with
of your own words and personal comment, so this sample letter has
in ALL CAPITALS that are notes to help you personalize the letter.
we know folks are busy. If the only way you'll send in comments is to
an already completed letter, simply reply to this message. Otherwise,
review the letter below and add the information suggested before sending
in to NRCS. Thank you!)
Mark W. Berkland
Director, Conservation Operations Division
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
P.O. Box 2890
Washington, D.C. 20013-2890
RE: Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Conservation Security
Program, published in the Federal Register on 2/18/03 (Fed. Reg. Vol.
32, pages 7720-7722)
Dear Mr. Berkland:
PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND SAY IF YOU ARE A FARMER, CONSERVATIONIST,
CONSUMER, ETC. AND MENTION ANY FARM, CONSERVATION, OR OTHER RELEVANT
YOUR BELONG TO. IF YOU ARE SUBMITTING THE COMMENT ON BEHALF OF AN
ORGANIZATION, PLEASE INCLUDE A BRIEF DESCRIPTION ABOUT THE GROUP.
The Conservation Security Program promises to be the most innovative and
exciting program in the federal agricultural conservation toolbox and a
critical new component of U.S. farm policy. I (WE) urge you to ensure
the program fulfills its promise.
Many of us have advocated for years for a program such as this, which
rewards conservation farmers who have been doing what\'s right all along
encourages them to do more. Conservation farmers provide many benefits
all Americans in the form of clean air, clean water, habitat and soil
protection, and more. The CSP should recognize and reward actual
conservation benefits produced by farmers on their farms and provide
incentives for farmers to address and solve critical resource problems.
agree with the NRCS statement that, "In short, CSP should reward the
and motivate the rest."
The Administration should make the Conservation Security Program a major
priority. I (WE) urge you to:
1. Accelerate the rule making process and launch the CSP in time to
for significant enrollment opportunities in Fiscal Year 2003. The
deadline for writing rules to implement the CSP has already passed.
2. Ensure immediate implementation on a comprehensive, nationwide
The CSP is intended for all regions of the country and all types of
3. Uphold and defend the CSP\'s status as a conservation entitlement
program, as the law requires. Once producers meet the strict
for approval of their conservation plan, they should be enrolled in a
contract - no delays, selection processes, bidding systems, or waiting
4. Require strong conservation and environment standards, and reward
environmental performance. Positive environmental outcomes achieved by
innovative producers should be a major objective of the CSP.
5. Retain the per farm payment limitations required by the law. Allow
one Conservation Security Contract per individual, with no loopholes or
exceptions, and strict enforcement.
6. Support restoration of full funding. The recently signed omnibus
appropriations bill caps the CSP at $3.77 billion through 2013. We urge
to give strong support to the bipartisan Senate leadership commitment to
remove this cap in upcoming legislation and restore the program to its
uncapped 2002 Farm Bill funding.
I (WE) would like to associate myself (OR MY GROUP) with the detailed
comments submitted in response to the Advanced Notice of Proposed
on behalf of the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. I (WE) concur with
their answers to your questions and endorse their recommendations.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
YOUR NAME (AND ORGANIZATION, IF APPLICABLE) HERE
Please also take a minute to send us an e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you submitted comments,
send a hard copy to National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, P.O.
396, Pine Bush, NY 12566. Thank you!
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