One-stop Shop Oct. 17 for Learning/Applying for USDA Programs and Services

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – A workshop on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and services for farmers provided by the Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17. The meeting will get underway at 9 a.m. in Community Room #1 at the G.C. Johns Community Center on the old elementary school campus in Eudora. The meeting will end at noon.

Topics to be discussed include NRCS conservation cost-share programs for pasture and cropland improvements; pasture management tips; and FSA loans available for livestock, row crop and vegetable producers. Also, the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program that provides financial and technical assistance to private landowners interested in restoring degraded wildlife habitat on their farms will be covered.

Not only will representatives conduct the workshop, they will provide hands-on assistance to farmers in applying for benefits, services and programs.

“Farmers will be able to take care of applying for programs and services at one time in one location,” says Dr. Henry English, director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). This is a good time to plan for the 2013 growing season, says Dr. English.

The Community Center is located at 904 Baker Street in Eudora. The workshop is sponsored by the UAPB Small Farm Program. For more information, contact Travis Collins, Extension associate, at (870) 355-7007 or email cityofeudora.collins@gmail.com.

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