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Western Conservation District local work group meeting scheduled, May 11

Rebecca Haddix

The Western Conservation District in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will convene a local work group meeting to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill Programs and provide guidance for the Focused Conservation Approach (FCA), a new NRCS conservation delivery system implemented in 2017. 

The local work group includes representatives from cooperating federal, state and local agencies, conservation organizations, and the public to provide localized information on natural resource priorities in the Western Conservation District. 

The Western Conservation District covers Jackson, Mason, and Putnam Counties.  Jackie Byars, NRCS District Conservationist and her staff work from NRCS field offices in Point Pleasant and Ripley to cover all counties in the Western Conservation District.

“I would encourage participation from local farmers, forestland owners and other land users to attend this meeting because the local work group values the knowledge that our local land users can bring to the table,” said Byars.  “NRCS has always been a locally led conservation agency working in cooperation with Conservation Districts to provide services to local land users on a voluntary basis. The Focused Conservation Approach is a new delivery system of NRCS programs in WV and receiving input from a diverse group will contribute to a successful program here in the Western Conservation District.”

“The local work groups are the foundation of the FCA. The local work group can define conservation needs and help localize efforts to address specific resource concerns,” Byars added. 

The Western Conservation District local working group will meet at the USDA Service Center, 2118 Ripley Road,

Ripley at 10 a.m., May 11. For more information contact the local NRCS staff at (304) 372-6231 ext. 3 or (304) 675-2020 ext. 5106. 

If you need an accommodation to participate in this activity or event, please contact Nan Kimble at 304-284-7546, or by e-mail at


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