Four more watersheds have been added to the USDA's Conservation Security Program. Now in its fourth year, the program recognizes farmers and ranchers for their ongoing stewardship on working agricultural lands, says USDA Secretary Mike Johanns.
"Our investment in this voluntary program has already proved beneficial by creating many successful cooperative public-private partnerships across the nation," Johanns says.
Kansas watersheds added to the CSP watershed list include:
Upper John Redmon Watershed (originates in Colorado)
Middle Republican River Basin (originates in Nebraska)
Lower Missouri-Crooked (originates in Missouri)
There are 280 watersheds in CSP nationwide, covering nearly 224 million acres.
Based upon President Bush's requested funding level for the program for fiscal year 2007, 51 additional watersheds would be eligible for enrollment. Eligible watersheds are being announced now to allow farmers and ranchers adequate time to gather resource information on their operations in preparation for a prospective sign-up.
For more information about CSP, including a map of the fiscal year 2007 watersheds and eligibility requirements, log onto www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/csp.