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USDA NRCS Hosts State Technical Committee Meeting June 12

Ag Leaders Discuss Florida’s Natural Resource Priorities
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 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host a State Technical Committee meeting on June 12, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

GAINESVILLE, Florida, May 10, 2024 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host a State Technical Committee meeting on June 12, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) to provide a report for Florida natural resource and program priorities and USDA decisions and to seek recommendations from Florida agricultural leaders.

Participation in the meeting is open to the public and will be available through a combination of in-person and remote participation. In-person attendance is limited to up to 30 members of the committee and NRCS employees at the NRCS state office, located at 4500 NW 27th Avenue, Building A, Gainesville, Florida 32606. All other stakeholders may attend the meeting virtually using the following:

Zoom link: 
https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16119342494?pwd=WVc4R3B5L2M0aEw5TUZ5alEydTBoZz09&omn=1606038132
Meeting ID: 161 1934 2494
Passcode: 619589
Dial-in at:  +1 646 828 7666 US (New York), if participating by phone only. 
Find your local number: https://www.zoomgov.com/u/adFacrdOJc
Meeting ID: 161 1934 2494

Participants are encouraged to sign on as early as 8:45 a.m. to get situated online before the meeting begins at 9:00 am. This meeting will be recorded, and presentations will be posted to the website.

Individuals who require special accommodations or materials in an alternative format or language should contact Hilary Barnhart, Assistant State Conservationist for Partnerships and Initiatives at (850) 633-7204 or hilary.barnhart@usda.gov by May 29, 2024. Meeting agenda and information materials will be posted on the NRCS State Technical Committee website in advance of the meeting.  

Chaired by NRCS Florida State Conservationist Juan Hernandez, the committee is composed of individuals and groups from a variety of agricultural and natural resource interests, as well as farmers. Although the State Technical Committee has no implementation or enforcement authority, USDA strongly considers the committee's recommendations. Additional information on NRCS and programs is available on our website or at your local USDA NRCS office.

More Information
To learn more about NRCS programs, producers can contact their local USDA Service Center.  Producers can also apply for NRCS programs, manage conservation plans and contracts, and view and print conservation maps by logging into their farmers.gov account. If you don’t have an account, sign up today.

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Websites in news release:
Natural Resources Conservation Service (Florida):  https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/conservation-basics/conservation-by-state/flo… 
NRCS State Technical Committee June 12th Meeting Zoom Link: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16119342494?pwd=WVc4R3B5L2M0aEw5TUZ5alEydTBoZ…
Find your local number: https://www.zoomgov.com/u/adFacrdOJc
NRCS State Technical Committee webpage: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/conservation-basics/conservation-state/florid… 
USDA Service Center: https://www.farmers.gov/working-with-us/service-center-locator 
Log into or sign up for a farmers.gov account: https://www.farmers.gov/account 
U.S. Department of Agriculture: http://www.usda.gov/

Contact:
Hilary Barnhart, hilary.barnhart@usda.gov 
Rochelle Urquhart, Rochelle.Urquhart@usda.gov


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