Local Work Groups
Local Work Groups focus on identifying agricultural and natural resource issues existing in our communities and provide information and feedback to direct NRCS programs. Participants can be agricultural producers; owners of nonindustrial private forest land; representatives of agricultural and environmental organizations; and representatives of governmental agencies carrying out environmental, agricultural, or natural resource conservation programs and activities.
NRCS Local Work Groups are subcommittees of the NRCS State Technical Committee and they meet annually to provide recommendations on local natural resource priorities to assist USDA NRCS in providing Farm Bill program conservation programs in New York. For information about the State Technical Committee, contact Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, Tammy Willis at 315-477-6503.
To participate in your local conservation work group, contact your USDA Service Center for the scheduled time and date. Directions and phone numbers to your local USDA Service Center are available online.
NRCS New York is planning to make a portion of Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)-General and all of Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) funds available to NRCS field teams through a Request For Proposals (RFP) process. Through this process, funding may be requested to treat livestock waste, grazing, soil health (cropland), forestland, or habitat (grassland and shrubland) resource concerns.
Each NRCS Local Work Group, representing their NRCS field team, may submit one EQIP proposal and one AMA irrigation proposal. A separate form must be used for each proposal. This process will not replace the typical NRCS EQIP fund allocation process but instead will give the Local Work Group the opportunity to apply for additional, dedicated funding to focus on a specific resource concern, if they choose.