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USDA Holds Public Information Meetings on new 2014 Farm Bill

Set for April 24 and May 8, 2014

 

Annapolis, MD   April 21, 2014 -- For farmers interested in learning more about the new 2014 Farm Bill, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Maryland, in cooperation with Soil Conservation Districts and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), is holding two Public Information Meetings.  National Program Managers from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), NRCS and Rural Development (RD) have been invited to present farmers with an overview of the new programs and changes to existing programs, followed by a Question and Answer Session.  There is no cost to attend either meeting.

On the Western Shore, join the Soil Conservation Districts and USDA on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 8:00 am to 11:30 am at the New Midway Fire Hall, 12019 Woodsboro Pike, New Midway, MD 21775. The morning will start with a free hot breakfast followed by agency updates.  Be sure to RSVP to Gay Teada, (410) 848-6696 x 101 or gay.teada@md.nacdnet.net.

Farmers on the Eastern Shore are invited to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Henson Center, 11868 Academic Oval, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853 on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 9:30 a. to 2:00 pm.  Agencies’ updates and a networking lunch will be followed by breakout sessions with each agency to ensure your questions get answered.  RSVP to Lisa Purnell at (410) 651-6313 or lisa.purnell@osec.usda.gov.

The 2014 Farm Bill is a strong investment in the nation's agriculture and conservation effort, and here in Maryland, NRCS and our conservation partners are in a great position to assist farmers who want to improve and sustain their land.  Farmers will find many positive changes in the bill, including consolidation of several programs under the categories of financial assistance, easements, and partnerships.  Consolidation of programs gives NRCS an opportunity to streamline the administrative processes and reduce burden on the public and field staff.

NRCS provides landowners with free technical assistance, or advice, for their land through a site visit. Common technical assistance includes: resource assessment, practice design and resource monitoring. Your conservation planner will help you determine if financial assistance is right for you. Please keep in mind that financial assistance is paid when work is complete.

We invite you to learn more about USDA Farm Bill and NRCS conservation programs at our public meetings, your local field office, or online at www.md.nrcs.usda.gov.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in these meetings should contact Carol.Hollingsworth@md.usda.gov.