The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Minnesota requires each Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and field office to host or take part in an annual Local Working Group (LWG) meeting. Meetings will be held across Minnesota this year to gather input and help set priorities for USDA conservation planning and resource concerns under the 2014 Farm Bill for the near term implementation of those programs.

This year’s LWG will be convened by the Yellow Medicine SWCD during its regular board meeting on March 29, 2018. The Board will recess the meeting by 10:30 AM to convene the LWG meeting for those in attendance. The SWCD Board meeting and LWG will take place at the Ag Service Center located at 1000 10th Ave Clarkfield MN.

“Local Working Groups offer a seat at the table for interested individuals and groups to advise NRCS on how best to set priorities and focus locally on specific resource concerns,” said Danielle Waldschmidt, District Conservationist at the Clarkfield Field Office. “Members are diverse with an interest and focus on local agricultural and natural resource issues,” added Waldschmidt. Farmers representing a variety of crops and livestock raised within the local area, private landowners, representatives of agricultural and environmental organizations, and representatives of other agricultural and natural resource agencies are welcome and should be represented.

While the goal of the meeting is to set local conservation planning priorities, USDA conservation programs may be discussed, as well as important resource concerns. USDA programs can help implement practices for the conservation of water quality, soil health, wildlife habitat, energy, and other natural resources.

LWG meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in becoming a member and participating in LWGs should contact the Yellow Medicine SWCD at (320) 669-4442 ext. 3. If you need special arrangements for a disability or access to the meeting facility, please contact the SWCD at least one week in advance.

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