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USDA open house in Ellsworth

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Date October 19, 2018
Time noon - 4 p.m.
Location 474 Bucksport Rd. (U.S. Highway 1), Ellsworth, Maine
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Public invited to meet staff and learn about USDA natural resources opportunities

ELLSWORTH, Maine (Oct. 10, 2018) – The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is inviting the public to an open house at its new office in Ellsworth later this month. Specialists from NRCS will be available to answer questions about financial and technical assistance, and a representative from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is scheduled to be on hand to assist with farm record updates.

Since 2011 the NRCS field office for Hancock County has been in Bangor, but this July the office moved to a standalone building west of downtown Ellsworth. The new location was selected to make it more convenient for local farmers, foresters, and landowners to receive technical and financial assistance from the USDA and NRCS.

Currently the new office is staffed by District Conservationist Chris Phinney and Soil Conservationist Megan Facciolo, who work closely with members of the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District to address resource concerns in the county.

NRCS provides leadership and technical assistance to address natural resource conservation issues on private land. NRCS employees work to improve and protect natural resources in partnership with Maine's 16 Soil and Water Conservation Districts, federal, state and local agencies, farmers, landowners and communities. The partnership's commitment to conservation provides a solid foundation to a locally-led program delivery system. The partnership is also committed to a voluntary, incentive-based approach to private land stewardship and conservation treatment.

“NRCS is a voluntary federal agency that is truly here to help the people of Hancock County and Downeast Maine,” Phinney said earlier this year when the office opened. “There are more than 400 farms in Hancock County, and by working closely with those farmers – as well as foresters and landowners - we may be able to help them boost agricultural productivity and at the same time protect their natural resources. Our new USDA sign is quite visible on U.S. 1 as you head west from Ellsworth. Stop in, meet us, and ask some questions.”

For more information call the Ellsworth Field Office at (207) 573-5444.

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