County input sought for natural resource concerns

The Nolan County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) invite the public, and any organization or agencies with an interest in agriculture or conservation to attend a local work group meeting/listening session to be held at the Maryneal Community Center in Maryneal. This meeting will be on Monday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m.  The purpose of this meeting is to receive input from a broad range of local agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals that have an interest in natural resource conditions and needs in Nolan County. This free event is open to everyone.Attendees can also learn about federal and state programs that provide technical and financial assistance for conservation planning, learn the difference between conservation plans and Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) contracts, and about the programs that were implemented in 2013 in Nolan County. The Nolan County SWCD encourages everyone to attend, especially those who farm, ranch, own or operate nonindustrial private land, professionals representing agricultural and natural resource interests and individuals representing a variety of disciplines in the soil, water, wetland, plant and wildlife sciences who are familiar with agricultural and natural resource issues in the local community.For more information, call the USDA-NRCS office in Sweetwater at 325-235-4485 ext 3. The NRCS office is located at 103 West Florida, Sweetwater; Tx. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.