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USDA NRCS Hosts Farmers and Landowners Workshop in Colleton County

The U. S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS), in partnership with Minority Landowner Magazine, will conduct a two-day outreach workshop for local farmers and landowners on September 4-5, 2019 in Colleton County, South Carolina. Registration is free. The program runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM September 4, and 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM September 5. Lunch is provided both days.
The first day of the workshop, Wednesday, September 4, will be an indoor classroom session held at Colleton County Memorial Library, located at 600 Hampton Street, Walterboro, South Carolina 29488. USDA representatives will share information related to financial assistance programs; conservation programs; forest management; farm loan programs; disaster programs; marketing; vegetable production; pest management; high tunnels (hoop houses); programs for veterans, and more. One-on-one consultations will also be available with USDA staff. Representatives will be present from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Farm Service Agency, and Clemson Cooperative Extension Service. Attorneys will be on hand to discuss heirs’ property, wills and estate planning.
On Thursday, September 5 participants will board a bus and tour forest management sites in Colleton County. The South Carolina Forestry Commission will join NRCS for the forestry tours. Landowners who have cutover land or open fields will learn about reforestation options, thinning forests to improve growth and forest health, and management practices that improve wildlife and recreation opportunities. Managing forestland for future income from timber production and pine straw will also be examined. The bus will load up at 8:00 AM at the NRCS Service Center located at 531 Robertson Blvd., Suite B, Walterboro, SC 29488. The estimated return time is 3:00 PM. Dress for the field. Lunch is provided.
The free workshop will provide landowners and land managers, or those interested in becoming landowners/land managers, important information about NRCS programs that can assist them in accomplishing their goals. Farmers, landowners, forest landowners, ag industry representatives and the public are invited to attend this informative meeting.
RSVP is requested. Contact USDA NRCS by September 3 at (843) 549-1821, ext. 3 to register at no cost.

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