Sheria Yancey, Franklin County Farm Service Agency (FSA) executive director, invites farmers and landowners to join representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to learn more about erosion on their lands and to find out how to maintain USDA program benefits.

FSA and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide information on ephemeral gully erosion and highly erodible land conservation provision requirements.

Meetings will be held in three locations, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the New Haven Fire Station.

The second and final meetings are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Union Fire Station 1, 1401 W. Springfield; and Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hillsboro City Hall in Hillsboro.

Yancey said participants in USDA programs are required to follow provisions, including addressing ephemeral gully erosion, to maintain potential ARC/PLC payments, crop insurance, loans and other USDA program benefits.

Anyone needing accommodations to participate should contact Sheria Yancey, 636-583-2303, ext. 2, at least four days before the meeting.