Farmers to review environmental incentive priorities

The Northern Kettle Moraine Local Work Group will meet as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Washington, Sheboygan, Ozaukee, and Fond du Lac Counties. The meeting will be held Thursday, June 15, 9-11 a.m. at the Henry S Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center, N2875 State 67, Campbellsport.

“Local Working Groups of- fer 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 Angela Biggs, 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 program discussed 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 with needed conservation practices for water quality, soil health, wildlife and other natural resources. As of May, Wisconsin has received $19.4 million in EQIP funding for conservation practices this year. The program was re-authorized through 2019 in the federal Farm Bill, which was passed in February 2014.

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. If you’re interested in participating, email Michael Patin at: michael.patin@wi.usda, or call 920-304-6726.

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