Input sought from ag landowners at farm bill meeting

By From page A3 | September 04, 2013

The El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts will be hosting its annual Local Work Group meeting to allow private landowners in El Dorado County to provide recommendations to the Natural Resources Conservation Service on local resource priorities in the implementation of conservation programs including the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). The meeting is scheduled for Sept. 11, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. at 100 Forni Road in Placerville.

The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, commonly referred to as the Farm Bill, was passed by Congress on June 18, 2008 without the approval of the president. It provides significant financial resources and technical support for natural resource conservation efforts on private lands in El Dorado County as well as the rest of the nation.

“The purpose of the Local Work Group is to facilitate locally led conservation by gathering input from local stakeholders within the county,” said Mark Egbert, district manager of the El Dorado County and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts. “Landowners, program participants and agriculture industry representatives are encouraged to attend the meeting in order to provide direction for this cost share program.”

“While some of the program decisions are contained within the legislative language,” said Danny Marquis, district conservationist for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, “this is the public’s opportunity to help set priorities for financially supported conservation programs in El Dorado County.”

For additional information, contact the district office at 530-295-5630.

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