By Terri Ferguson Smith / firstname.lastname@example.org
Landowners who need crop, financial and conservation assistance will find help available Saturday when USDA hosts a program in Meridian.
Kelvin Jackson of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Meridian, said the meeting will give the public the opportunity to learn more about the services of USDA, Rural Development and the Farm Service Agency. It starts Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and will be held at the EMEPA Auditorium, 2128 Highway 39 North.
"We will be talking about how we can assist landowners with financial and technical assistance to make improvements on their farms," Jackson said. "Everybody farms a little differently. You've got tree farmers. We offer assistance to help them. We have people who have horses, cows, goats, those types of livestock. We offer practices that will help them."
All these practices are environmentally sound, he said.
"We want clean air and clean water," Jackson said. "We can partner with them to address problems that they have on the farm."
There is also help for produce growers, he said.
"We can work with them to make improvements as it relates to improving their vegetable operations."
There will also be a representative from the Rural Development Association, which formerly was referred to as the Farmer's Home Administration.
"They can help with rural housing in parts of the county outside of the city limits of the city of Meridian," Jackson said. "They can help them purchase homes, they can help them build homes, and they can help those living in homes that are substandard."
A representative of the Farm Service Agency will also be on hand, he said.
"The loan division can help them in purchasing land, equipment, livestock," Jackson said.