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New Season Brings New Opportunities – Learn How USDA Can Help You!

Scarborough, ME – May 13, 2011 – Agricultural producers and private woodland owners who are interested in learning about USDA and Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) programs and services are invited to attend an informational workshop on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in Buxton.  Hosted by the Cumberland and York Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the workshop will be held at the Buxton Town Office, 185 Portland Road in Buxton, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The meeting is designed to inform new or beginning farm and private woodland owners who have had little or no participation in USDA or Conservation District programs.  Speakers from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency and Rural Development, and the Cumberland and York SWCDs will provide an overview of available programs and services.  They will also give participants information they need to access those same programs and services.
The USDA Farm Service Agency serves all farmers and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective and efficient agricultural programs, including commodity, conservation, disaster, farm loan and energy programs.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provides technical and financial assistance to help private landowners conserve, improve and sustain our natural resources, through 2008 Farm Bill Programs.
The USDA Rural Development offers numerous programs that can build a community from the ground up, including programs for renewable energy or energy-efficient systems, energy audits and value-added opportunities and more.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts provide local conservation leadership in working with landowners, organizations and government to help protect natural resources.
The 2007 Agricultural Census conducted by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service indicates that Cumberland and York Counties together have 1,338 farms operating 111,062 acres.  This represents a gain of 57 farms or 9% from the 2002 Ag Census. 
If you plan to attend the June 21st meeting and/or require special accommodations or a translator, please notify Sarah Wiley by June 10.  She can be reached by calling 883-0159 ext. 114, or email her at sarah.wiley@me.usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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