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Eastern Panhandle Conservation District local work group meeting scheduled, June 21

Rebecca Haddix

The Eastern Panhandle 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 Eastern Panhandle Conservation District. 

The Eastern Panhandle Conservation District covers Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan counties.  Tim Canfield, NRCS District Conservationist and his staff work from the NRCS field offices in Martinsburg and Ranson to cover all counties in the Eastern Panhandle 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 Canfield.  “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 Eastern Panhandle 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,” Canfield added. 

The Eastern Panhandle Conservation District local working group will meet at the Martinsburg Service Center conference room, 151 Aikens Center, Suite 1, Martinsburg at 1 p.m., June 21.  For more information contact Tim Canfield at 304-263-7547, ext. 123.

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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