Knox-Lincoln and Waldo County Soil & Water Conservation Districts, in cooperation with the Belfast field office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a meeting of the Local Working Group for Knox and Waldo counties Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m.

This group will make recommendations to NRCS on how to spend USDA Farm Bill funds for conservation practices on private lands in Fiscal Year 2019. Area stakeholders are urged to participate in the session at the Searsmont Town Office, 37 Main St. South, Searsmont.

Agricultural producers; foresters, loggers and private woodland owners; members of environmental or watershed organizations or land trusts; and people knowledgeable in soil, water, plant, wetland or wildlife sciences, or familiar with agricultural and natural resource concerns in Knox or Waldo counties, are invited to attend.

Their input is sought to help identify and prioritize conservation concerns in the districts, and to help recommend how local funds for USDA conservation programs will be distributed by NRCS to alleviate problems.

For more information or if you would like to attend, visit, contact Hildy at 596-2040 or, or contact Kym at 338-1964 or