The U.S. Department of Agriculture invites Hispanic and/or female farmers and ranchers to meetings in Hilo, Waimea and Kona on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7-8.
Information will be provided on the USDA Claims Process, for which applications are due March 25.
In addition to learning about the claims process, participants can hear speakers focusing on the various USDA programs and services. Key presentations will be given by Directors Diane Ley, Farm Services Agency; Angel Figueroa, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Chris Kanazawa, USDA Rural Development.
Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate should contact Ley at 441-2704 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-866-377-8642.
The free public meetings will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Puueo Community Center at 145 Wainaku St. in Hilo; at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Kamuela Cooperative Extension Service conference room at 67-5189 Kamamalu Road in Waimea, and at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Kona Imin Center at 76-5893 Old Government Road in Holualoa.
For more information, contact the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service at (808) 541-2600, ext. 135. Visit www.pia.nrcs.usda.gov.