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Local Working Groups


Local Working Groups assist the USDA in matters relating to the implementation and technical aspects of conservation programs under Title II of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill). The Local Working Group may be composed of the local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), agricultural producers representing the variety of crops and livestock or poultry raised within the local area, nonindustrial private forest land owners, and other professionals representing relevant agricultural and conservation interests and a variety of disciplines in the soil, water, plant, wetland, and wildlife sciences who are familiar with private land agricultural and natural resource issues in the local community.

What is a Local Working Group?
NRCS-Maine Instructions for Local Working Groups
Resources from National Conservation Planning Partnership

Schedule and Meeting Minutes for FY 2024 Local Working Group Meetings

Schedule and Meeting Minutes for FY 2023 Local Working Group Meetings

Tony Jenkins

State Resource Conservationist

Thomas Kielbasa

Public Affairs Specialist