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Local Working Groups

What is a Local Working Group?

Local Working Groups are composed of agricultural producers, owners/operators of nonindustrial private forest land, professionals representing agricultural and natural resource interests, and individuals representing a variety of disciplines in the soil, water, wetland, plant, forestry, and wildlife sciences who are familiar with agricultural and natural resource issues in the local community.

Role of Local Working Groups

Local Working Groups provide recommendations to the District Conservationist and the State Conservationist on local natural resource priorities and criteria for conservation activities and programs.

Membership

Local Working Group membership aims to be diverse and focus on agricultural interests and natural resource issues existing in the local community. To ensure that recommendations of the Local Working Group take into account the needs of diverse groups served by USDA, membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent the conservation concerns of particular historically underserved groups and individuals including, but not limited to, minorities; women; persons with disabilities; and socially and economically disadvantaged groups.

Individuals or groups wanting to become a member of a Local Working Group may submit to the Local Working Group Chairperson and the NRCS District Conservationist, a request that explains their interest and outlines their credentials for becoming a member of the Local Working Group. The District Conservationist will assist the soil and water conservation district in making decisions concerning membership of the group.

Local Working Group meetings are open to the public. Individuals attending the Local Working Group meetings will be given the opportunity to address the Local Working Group.

Conducting Business

The meetings will be conducted as an open discussion among members. Discussion will focus on identifying local natural resource concerns that can be treated using programs and activities. Summaries for all Local Working Group meetings will be available at the appropriate local NRCS office.

Local Working Group recommendations are to be submitted to State Technical Committee Chairperson and/or the District Conservationist.

Local Working Groups Events for 2014:

Dublin LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 14, in the Laurens County Commissioners Meeting Room at 9:00 a.m.

Eastman LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 15, in the Cochran County Extension Office at 9:00 a.m.

Buena Vista LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 16, in the Four Winds Restaurant located at 4644 Ga. Hwy 26, Cusseta, Ga. 31805 at 1:30 p.m.

Cordele LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 23, in the USDA Service Center located at 110 W 13th Ave. Cordele, GA 31015-4265 at 1:30 p.m.

Statesboro LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 23, in the Bulloch County Service Center Conference Room at 3:00 p.m.

Sylvania LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 28, in the Screven County Extension Office at 9:00 a.m.

Albany LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 28, in the USDA Service Center located at 398 GA Highway 37 SW, Newton, GA 39870 at 10 a.m.

Bainbridge LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 28, in the Bainbridge USDA Service Center located at 101 Ag Lane Bainbridge GA 39817 at 10:00 a.m.

Baxley LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 28, in the Alma USDA Service Center at 10 a.m.

Waycross LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 28, in the Blackshear Ag Center located at 705 College Ave., Blackshear, GA 31516 at 10 a.m.

Douglas LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 28 in the Coffee County Ag. Center at 2:30 p.m.

Sandersville LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 28, in the Ag-Center at Johnson County High School at 3 p.m.

Blakely LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 29, in the Early County Public Library located at 11880 Columbia Street Blakely GA 39823 at 9 a.m.

Commerce LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 29, in the USDA Service Center Conference Room in Commerce at 9 a.m.

Richmond Hill LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 29, in the Coastal RC&D office at 10:00 a.m.

Swainsboro LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 30, in the Mt. Vernon Adult Literacy center at 9:30 a.m.

Calhoun LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 30, in the Gordon County Agricultural Building located at 1282 SR 53 Spur SW, Suite 100 in Calhoun, GA at 10 a.m.

Augusta LWG will hold their meeting Oct. 30, in the Burke County Office Park conference room located at 715 W. 6th St., Waynesboro, GA 30830-4407 at 2 p.m.

Quitman LWG will hold their meeting Nov. 2, in the USDA Service Center located at 400 E Courtland Ave., Quitman, GA 31643 at 10 a.m.

Marietta LWG will hold their meeting Nov 3, in the Cobb County Water System Laboratory Training Room located at 660 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA 30060 at 10 a.m.

Cuthbert LWG will hold their meeting Nov. 4, in the USDA Service Center located at 88 E Dawson St., Cuthbert, GA 39840 at 9 a.m.

Greensboro LWG will hold their meeting Nov. 4, in the Rock Eagle Dinning Hall located at 350 Rock Eagle Road Eatonton, Georgia 31024 at 9:30 a.m.

Carrollton LWG will hold their meeting Nov. 4, in the USDA Service Center in Carrollton at 10 a.m.

Dawson LWG will hold their meeting Nov. 4, in the USDA Service Center located at 955 Forrester Dr., Dawson, GA 39842-2100 at 10 a.m.

Barnesville LWG will hold their meeting Nov. 5, in the Barnesville Service Center at 10:30 a.m

Rome LWG will hold their meeting Nov. 6, at the Rome-Floyd County Library in the Etowah meeting room at 9:00 a.m. 

Americus LWG will hold their meeting Nov. 6, in the USDA Service Center located at 127 William Bowen Pointe, Americus, GA 10 a.m.

Jesup LWG will hold their meeting Nov. 6 in Wayne County Extension Service at 10 a.m.

LaFayette LWG will hold their meeting Nov. 6, in the Catoosa County Poplar Springs Voting Precinct located at 470 Rollins Industrial Court, Ringgold, GA at 1:30 p.m.

Gainesville LWG will hold their meeting Nov. 12, in the Gainesville USDA Service Center conference room at 7:30 a.m.

Nashville LWG will hold their meeting Nov. 12 in the Lakeland City Hall at 9 a.m. 

Blairsville LWG will hold their meeting Nov. 14, in the Harrelson Civic Center located at 165 Wellborn Street, Blairsville, GA  30512 at 10 a.m.

For More Information

Contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service or the local conservation district in your county for more information. The NRCS office is listed in the telephone book under U.S. Government, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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