Arkansas farmers affected by the spring’s record-breaking flooding will be able to learn about available options for recovery efforts at a meeting at the Conway County Fairgrounds.


The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Multi-Purpose Building at the fairgrounds in Morrilton, near the city park.


“This outreach meeting brings together several agencies that can offer varying aspects of recovery help,” said Kevin Van Pelt, Conway County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “We want all of our affected producers to know what’s out there for them.”


The agenda will include updates on countywide projects from Conway County Judge Jimmy Hart, and a question-and-answer panel.


The meeting will be presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Conway County Conservation District, Arkansas Natural Resource Commission, the Arkansas Forestry Commission and the Cooperative Extension Service.


The agenda includes:


9 a.m. - Introduction and overview — Cindy Neal, Natural Resources Conservation Service, moderator;


9:10 a.m. - Update on countywide projects — Jimmy Hart, Conway County judge;


9:20 a.m. - USDA Program Availability, Carol Hoyt, Farm Service Agency – Loans; Robert Evans, FSA – Programs; Tiffany Williams, NRCS;


10:10 a.m. - Flood recovery for ag producers: Jennifer Caraway, Miller County extension – Forages, Kevin VanPelt, Conway County extension agent - Cropland;


10:30 a.m. - Q & A and panel discussion with Mike Sullivan, NRCS state conservationist and David Curtis, FSA state director.


Details: Conway County Extension Office, 501-977-2146.