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Florida Local Working Group Meetings Scheduled for Recommendations on Conservation Activities and Programs

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Florida’s Local Working Group (LWG) meeting schedule for Fiscal Year 2024 has been announced.

USDA Announces Florida Local Work Group Meetings, for Recommendations on Conservation Activities and Programs

GAINESVILLE, FL, September 9, 2022Florida’s Local Working Group (LWG) meeting schedule for Fiscal Year 2024 has been announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service.


“When it comes to solving natural resource problems, local landowners and managers know best. That's why the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida gives them a seat at the table at local working group meetings,” said Juan C. Hernandez, State Conservationist for NRCS in Florida. “Here farmers, ranchers, forest landowners, conservation partners, and the public discuss natural resource needs and priorities for their county.”

The NRCS and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts host the LWG meetings, where input and recommendations are discussed to develop solutions using Farm Bill programs. The LWGs provide recommendations to USDA on criteria for conservation activities and programs, and they focus on agricultural interests and natural resource issues in their local community. Members of LWGs include:

       Diverse agricultural producers and nonindustrial private forest land

       Historically underserved groups

       Representatives of governmental agencies involved in ag and natural resources

       Representatives of agricultural and environmental organizations

       Federal, State, county, Tribal, or local government representatives

The next round of Florida Areas’ LWG meetings will be held in October and November of 2022. Find the full schedule of upcoming in-person and virtual meetings online  on the USDA NRCS STC LWG page.