Groups to advise on land use incentives

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Wisconsin has announced the schedule for 2016 Local Working Group (LWG) meetings. Twenty one meetings will be held across Wisconsin in July and August to gather input and help set priorities for USDA conservation programs under the 2014 Farm Bill.

This year the Local Work Group will be held on Thursday July 14th from 9 a.m.-11a.m. at the Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center, N2875 State 67, Campbellsport.

Local Working Group meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in becoming a member and participating in LWGs should contact Michael Patin, Sheboygan, Washington, Ozaukee County District Conservationist. The Sheboygan Falls Service Center contact number is (920)-234-3019.

“Local Working Groups offer a seat at the table for interested individuals and groups to advise NRCS on how best to set priorities and locally implement conservation programs,” said Jimmy Bramblett, Wisconsin State Conservationist. “Members are diverse with an interest and focus on local agriculture and natural resource issues.”

Farmers representing a variety of crops and livestock raised 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.

The main discussion at the meetings will be the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the primary federal conservation program for agricultural and forest lands. EQIP offers technical and financial assistance to help landowners.

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