StrikeForce meeting scheduled Feb. 4

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Individuals interested in learning where help is available for forestry or farming operations, livestock, rural home repairs or new home purchases in rural areas are invited to discover what free financial and technical assistance is available in Caddo and Bossier parishes.

Trailblazer Rural Conservation and Development has organized a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) StrikeForce meeting Thursday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church #2, 127 New Bethel Booker Rd. off La. Hwy. 160 in Benton.

Topics for discussion include cost-share programs to construct or improve water management or irrigation structures, improvement of resource conditions such as soil quality, water quality and quantity, air and habitat quality plus farmland, livestock and crops.

Speakers will also show how to implement conservation practices or activities that address natural resource concerns on a person’s land. How to help landowners restore, enhance and protect forestland resources on private lands will be discussed along with how to promote the recovery of endangered or threatened species.

Interested residents will learn more about microloans up to $50,000, direct guarantee farm loans and a rural housing program that can assist in the purchase, renovation or repair of homes.

For more information on learning about rural growth and opportunity, please contact Trailblazer RC&D at 318-255-3554 or email ceo@trailblazer.org.