The USDA National Resources Conservation Service in Cooke, Grayson and Montague counties and the Upper-Elm-Red Soil and Water Conservation District would like to invite the public to the fiscal year 2017 Local Working Group meeting Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. at Bruce Melton’s barn, 400 Brown Road, just east of Sherman.

The purpose of this annual Local Work Group meeting is to set local conservation priorities and bring conservation stakeholders together to discuss conservation topics and issues relevant to helping Cooke, Grayson and Montague county farmers and ranchers better conserve on-farm natural resources.

The meeting agenda serves to update attendees on recent conservation efforts and to collect input to help guide future conservation activities. Through regular identification of conservation opportunities, effective Farm Bill investments can continue to benefit these counties. Farmers, ranchers, conservationists and others interested in obtaining federal technical and financial assistance to improve private land in Cooke, Grayson and Montague counties are invited to participate.

Prior to the Local Work Group meeting, interested parties are invited to meet at the barn at 8:30 a.m. for registration and a tour of a 2016 planting of native grasses where an NRCS specialist will discuss plant identification, soil health, native grass management and other conservation topics. Following the tour, attendees will return to the barn for lunch prior to the Local Work Group meeting.

Those interested can RSVP to Carolann Corado, Upper Elm-Red Soil and Water Conservation District at 940-872-5329 ext. 3 or 904-841-0440. For more information about NRCS, visit