NRCS Local Work Group Meeting Schedule Announced for 2014
Schedule Set for Conservation Local Working Group Meetings
MADISON, WI…….The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the schedule for Local Working Group meetings for 2014. Twenty meetings will be held across Wisconsin this summer to gather input and help set priorities for USDA conservation programs under the new Farm Bill.
“The Local Working Groups offer a seat at the table for interested individuals and groups to advise NRCS on how best to set priorities and locally implement conservation programs,” said Jimmy Bramblett, State Conservationist for NRCS in Wisconsin. “Members are diverse with an interest and focus on local agriculture and natural resource issues,” added Bramblett. Farmers representing a variety of crops and livestock raised within the local area, private woodland owners, representatives of agricultural and environmental organizations, and representatives of other ag and natural resource agencies are usually all represented.
This year, LWGs will represent two or more counties grouped together by geography, similar land use, resources and type of agriculture (see map of Local Working Groups). This will allow greater flexibility and access to funding for the group.
The main program discussed at the meetings will be the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the primary federal conservation program for agricultural and forest lands. EQIP offers technical and financial assistance to help landowners with needed conservation practices for water quality, soil health, wildlife and other natural resources. In 2014, Wisconsin received $20 million in EQIP funding for conservation practices. The program was re-authorized through 2019 in the federal Farm Bill, which was passed in February, 2014.
Local Working Group meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in becoming a member and participating in the Local Working Group should contact the NRCS District Conservationist for their county. Schedule of meetings
For more information, see Wisconsin NRCS website under Public Notices www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/wi/newsroom/pnotice/
Contact your local NRCS District Conservationist if you are interested in participating.
For more information, contact your local NRCS District Conservationist.