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2023 Changes to Local Work Group:  The LWG process will now combine Allegany and Garrett Service Center applications into a single fund pool.  This new approach is being termed the Teams Allocation process.

The Teams Allocation process will provide pooled resources and additional funding.  Local Work Group allocations for each service center have been up to $100,000 annually for each office.  The Allegany-Garrett Teams Allocation for 2023 will be $458,767.  The Teams Allocation and the larger pool of funds will allow local resource needs to be prioritized for more types of resource needs.

Teams Allocation funds will be prioritized and divided into three fund categoriesLivestock, Grazing, and Cropland.  Allocating the $458,767 of funds between the three fund categories will be one of the objectives of a meeting that will be held at the Grantsville Public Library, 102 Parkview Drive, on Monday, January 30th from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  The meeting is open to the public.

A summary of current project applications will be provided as background information.

The Teams Allocation meeting will also be focused on developing local ranking questions, as was the case with LWG.  A common group of ranking questions will be developed for all applications.

The Local Work Group and Teams Allocation recommendations are advisory.  Recommendations will be presented to the Maryland State Technical Committee for final approval.

An RSVP is not required, but is requested.  Anyone needing accommodations is encouraged to contact us in advance of the meeting to ensure accommodations can be provided.

To RSVP, or for questions or more information, contact the Allegany SCD at 240-609-3493, or the Garrett SCD at 301-501-5886.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs).  Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202)720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Christmas luncheon at the Cumberland Country Club was enjoyed by Allegany Soil Conservation staff, board members and guests.  Shown in the above photo are:  ASCD Board Chairman Carl Robinette, Senator George Edwards, ASCD Board Treasurer Lee Heavner, ACM Scholarship Recipient Ethan Hilgeman, FSU Scholarship Recipient Max Summerfield, ASCD Board Associate Wesley Gordon, ASCD Board Vice Chairman Stephen Young, ASCD Board Supervisor Amanda Paul, ASCD Board Supervisor Jim Mullan, and ASCD Board Associate Ben Sansom.

Do You Need A Permit?

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has revised and updated its Farmer's Guide to Environmental Permits.  The guide serves as a quick reference to help farmers, businesses and individuals comply with Maryland's environmental regulations.  It includes state authorizations issued by the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources.  A commonly needed federal approval, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 404 permit, is also included.  The newly revised Farmer's Guide to Environmental Permits is available here.

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