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NRCS ‘land doctor’ meeting Tuesday

November 25, 2011
The Advertiser-Tribune

Natural Resources Conservation Service is to invite anyone who works with land to learn about federal conservation programs during an information session at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The program is aimed at farmers not familiar with NRCS and Soil and Water Conservation District programs and people who work with the land.

District Conservationist Mary Ann Woodruff Hawk says she plans to explain topics such as how to prevent a brown-tinted sky caused by soil blown from a bare field on a windy day and the causes of a lake or stream green from algae growing out of control.

"These things are signs that the land and the water are hurting and need our help," stated Hawk in a news release. "The people working at the Natural Resources Conservation Service are like land doctors. We call ourselves conservationists. We know the signs of land that's hurting and help people working with the land to heal it. We are looking for new patients."

Hawk said many people who grow plants or raise animals don't know that they are "farmers," but anyone working with the land to grow a crop, a forest, raise animals or produce vegetables or fruit for sale may be a "farmer."

Other groups might be new farmers, farmers who don't have a lot of money, organic farmers or farmers that grow different or unusual crops or animals.

The meeting is to take place in the second-floor conference room of Seneca County Agriculture Center, 3140 S. SR 100.

For more information, contact Hawk at (419) 447-7073, or visit Farmers who cannot attend the meeting may call for information.



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