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2022 USDA-NRCS Public Conservation Virtual Meeting Announced

Madison, Wis., April 27, 2022 − The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Wisconsin has announced one statewide virtual Local Working Group (LWG) meeting to include a statewide presentation followed by four breakout sessions by NRCS administrative areas, for further discussion and feedback. The virtual meetings will be held June 7, 2022, at 10:00am‒12:00pm. Participants will be able to call into a teleconference line or join with audio and video through an internet browser, using a Microsoft Teams meeting link. Input gathered will help set priorities for U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs under the 2018 Farm Bill.

“Local Working Groups offer an opportunity for interested individuals and groups to advise NRCS on how best to set priorities and locally implement conservation programs,” said Eric Allness, Acting State Conservationist in Wisconsin. “Members are diverse, with an interest and focus on local agriculture, non-industrial private forestry, and various natural resource issues,” added Allness. Farmers representing a variety of crops and livestock raised including all sizes of operations within the local area, private woodland owners, representatives of agricultural and environmental organizations, and representatives of other agriculture and natural resource agencies are welcome and should be represented.

Wisconsin LWGs represent two or more counties grouped together by geography, similar land use, resources and type of agriculture or forestry. See a map of Local Working Groups. This will allow greater flexibility and access to funding for the groups.

One of the main programs discussed at the meeting will be the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), a federal conservation program that helps agricultural producers and landowners in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. EQIP offers technical and financial assistance to help landowners with needed conservation practices for water quality, soil health, wildlife and other natural resources.

To join the Statewide Meeting portion (10:00am‒10:45am) choose one of the following options:

  1. Teleconference: Call 1-202-650-0123, then type code 204169578# when prompted.
  2. Video/audio through Microsoft Teams: Visit this site: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/wi/newsroom/pnotice/
    then click on the Join Statewide Meeting link.

After the statewide presentation, participants will join smaller breakout sessions (10:45am‒12:00pm) where we are looking for your direct feedback! The state will be split into 4 areas. Please confirm which area your county is in by viewing the map at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/wi/newsroom/pnotice/, then join the meeting your county is in by choosing one of the following options:

Northwest Wisconsin (10:45am–12:00pm)

  1. Call 1-202-650-0123, then type code 265812109# when prompted.
  2. Video/audio through Microsoft Teams: Visit this site: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/wi/newsroom/pnotice/
    then click on the Join Northwest Wisconsin Breakout link.

Northeast Wisconsin (10:45am–12:00pm)

  1. Call 1-202-650-0123, then type code 353965933# when prompted.
  2. Video/audio through Microsoft Teams: Visit this site: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/wi/newsroom/pnotice/
    then click on the Join Northeast Wisconsin Breakout link.

Southwest Wisconsin (10:45am–12:00pm)

  1. Call 1-202-650-0123, then type code 393822479# when prompted.
  2. Video/audio through Microsoft Teams: Visit this site: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/wi/newsroom/pnotice/
    then click on the Join Southwest Wisconsin Breakout link.

Southeast Wisconsin (10:45am–12:00pm)

  1. Call 1-202-650-0123, then type code 237102859# when prompted.
  2. Video/audio through Microsoft Teams: Visit this site: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/wi/newsroom/pnotice/
    then click on the Join Southeast Wisconsin Breakout link.

Local Working Group meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in participating in LWG meetings should contact their local NRCS District Conservationist at their local NRCS Service Center. For detailed information on local work groups, see What are Local Working Groups. For more information on how to connect via desktop, laptop or mobile device, download these step-by-step instructions.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in these meetings should contact Philip Rivara, ASTC-Management and Strategy, at 608-662-4422, philip.rivara2@usda.gov, or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 by May 24, 2022, for the June 7 meeting. Teams Live Events offer closed captioning. To turn on closed captions in the Microsoft Teams virtual meeting, click the event menu ellipses and then click “Turn on live captions (preview).” Note that this feature is still in preview/development, and the live captions may not be 100% accurate.”

 

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