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Work Groups reconvene in March to promote locally-led conservation

Barbara Phillips, Public Affairs Specialist
(732) 537-6044

SOMERSET, February 8, 2018 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is working with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, local Soil Conservation Districts, and New Jersey farmers to reconvene Local Work Groups at three locations in March. Agricultural producers with crops, livestock, equine, and poultry; owners of nonindustrial private forest land; representatives of agricultural and environmental organizations; and representatives of governmental agencies carrying out agricultural and natural resource conservation programs and activities are encouraged to attend the session in their part of New Jersey. The information gleaned from these sessions will help direct USDA conservation activities and programs and promote coordination of efforts with other Federal, State, and local conservation programs to address conservation concerns specific to the local area.

The dates and locations for these sessions are:

  • Monday March 12, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM hosted by Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County at their office location (1200 N Delsea Drive, Clayton, NJ 08312) to discuss resource needs in south Jersey (Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties). RSVP to or 856-769-1126, ext. 3.
  • Wednesday March 14, 10:00 AM to 12 noon hosted by Morris Soil Conservation District at Alstede Farms (1 Alstede Lane, Chester, NJ 07930) to discuss resource needs in north Jersey (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties). RSVP to or 973-285-2953.
  • Thursday, March 22, 9 AM to 11:00 AM hosted by Freehold Soil Conservation District at their office location (4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ 07728) to discuss resource needs in central Jersey (Burlington, Camden, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties). RSVP to or 732-462-0075 ext. 3 or or 609-267-1639, ext. 3

There is no fee for these meetings. Registration is requested to ensure adequate seating and materials are available. Please include your request for reasonable accommodation when you register. Those who are unable to attend the session in their area are encouraged to contact their local NRCS office to provide their input.

NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to help agricultural producers with erosion control, water management, water quality, and other resource concerns through conservation programs authorized by the Farm Bill. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), 800-877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866-367-8642 (Relay voice users).


Release No: FY18-07‚Äč