Pella Chronicle

May 18, 2012

Workshops Offering One-on-One Help For Farmers New to USDA


The Chronicle

Pella — Specialty crop farmers, organic producers and other farmers unfamiliar with working with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its partner agencies are invited to learn how USDA can help them protect their land and be more productive by attending a workshop on May 24 in Marengo or June 5 in Woodward.  

The workshop will include information about financial and technical assistance for farmers, presentations from participating farmers, requirements for participating in USDA programs as well as an opportunity to make future appointments or actually sign up for assistance.

Workshops will run from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The Marengo meeting will be held at the Marengo Public Library, 235 East Hilton Street. The Woodward meeting will be held at the Camp Mitigwa Boy Scout Camp, 1798 Magnolia Road. Lunch and the opportunity to apply for limited mileage reimbursement are available to those who pre-register by May 21. For more information or to register contact:

-May 24 workshop: Peter Hoehnle, 319-622-3264, peter@ivrcd.org

-June 5 workshop: Carmn Rosburg, 515-232-0048, crosburg@prrcd.org

“By attending these workshops farmers will learn about NRCS program opportunities such as the Conservation Stewardship Program, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and other programs and services. Specialty crop and organic farmers would be especially interested in the financial assistance funds for high tunnel or organic farming practices offered through EQIP,” said Warren Johnson, executive director of the Iowa League of Resource Conservation and Development, which is sponsoring the workshops.  

To help staff provide the most useful information as possible, those who attend the workshops are asked to bring the location of their farm or acreage, with a map, if one is available.