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Input wanted on Farm Bill conservation programs

By ThisIsReno


The NRCS is asking local work group representatives to bring their comments on Farm Bill programs to the Nevada state technical advisory committee meeting on Oct. 22. “We’d like to get input from local work groups on how we can best manage conservation programs here in Nevada,” said Bruce Petersen, Nevada NRCS state conservationist.


Local work groups are made up of community residents interested in agriculture and conservation, including farmers, ranchers, industry representatives, Tribal members, government officials and agency staff. According to Gary Roeder, NRCS assistant state conservationist, the local work group is an important element of the locally led conservation way of doing business. “We need their input to help us make the best use of Farm Bill funding for conservation programs and NRCS assistance,” said Roeder.


Conservation Districts are responsible for convening local work group meetings and bringing recommendations made at the local meeting to the state technical committee.


“Wildfire and drought have been devastating to our rangelands and the livelihoods of our farmers and ranchers,” said Petersen. “This year, we’d also like to hear how we can best help restore the land and minimize the effects of these natural disasters in the future.”


The meeting will start at 1:00 pm by videoconference to 13 sites throughout Nevada: Battle Mountain, Caliente, Carson City, Elko, Ely, Eureka, Fallon, Las Vegas, Lovelock, Sparks, Tonopah, Winnemucca and Yerington. The meeting will be conducted by Petersen from the Humboldt County Cooperative Extension office in Winnemucca, 1085 Fairgrounds Road, Winnemucca, NV 89445.


For meeting locations, information about local work groups or to become a member, call your local conservation district, NRCS field office, or the state office at (775) 857-8500 x 105, or go online to www.nv.nrcs.usda.gov.


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