Informational meetings for farmers

HOUGHTON/BERGLAND TWP. – Farmers are invited to get information on changes to the US Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency programs through local update meetings.

According to a release from the Michigan State University Extension, a meeting will be held from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 23 at the MSU Extension office in Hancock, and from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Bergland Township Fire Hall. Topics covered will include changes to the CRP (Conservation Reserve Program)-Grasslands, National Resources Conservation Service grazing plans, federal non-insured crop disaster assistance (NAP), the federal livestock indemnity program and other federal farm programs of interest. Presentations will be made by local FSA director Susan DeVoe, NRCS district conservationists Allison George and Craig Aho and MSU Extension educator Jim Isleib. Ample time will be provided to ask questions, the release said.

“Farm bill programs can be complicated,” Isleb stated. “This is a great opportunity for farmers to learn about opportunities for their own farms from local FSA and NRCS people”

There is no cost to attend the meetings, but registration is required. To register, contact Isleb at 387-2530 or