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Public gets a chance to weigh in on USDA spending

Nov 30, 2019

Searsmont — The Local Working Group for Knox and Waldo counties, together with interested stakeholders, will meet Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Searsmont Town Office, 37 Main St. S., to consider how USDA funds should be spent in FY 2021 for conservation practices on private lands.

The meeting is organized by the Knox-Lincoln and Waldo County Soil & Water Conservation Districts, in cooperation with the Belfast Field Office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Taking into account local resource concerns, the Local Working Group will make recommendations to NRCS on how to spend local funds provided by the USDA Farm Bill Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQUIP).

If you are an agricultural producer; forester, logger or private woodland owner; member of an environmental or watershed organization or land trust; knowledgeable in soil, water, plant, wetland or wildlife sciences; and/or are familiar with agricultural and natural resource concerns in Knox or Waldo counties, you are invited to attend this meeting to help 1) identify and prioritize conservation concerns in our districts; and 2) recommend how local funds for USDA conservation programs will be distributed by NRCS to alleviate problems.

For more information or to attend, visit, or contact Hildy at 596-2040, or Jenny at 218-5311,




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