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Local Working Group Meeting Scheduled April 16, 2024 1:30 p.m.

A professional meeting room with attendees seated, and two presenters standing near screens showing a presentation.
Susie Bishop presenting the Highlands Local Working Group Summary to the USDA-NRCS State Technical Committee in Gainesville, FL. 
 Each year, the Highlands Soil and Water Conservation District hosts a Local Working Group Meeting to brainstorm and provide feedback to the USDA on the natural resource issues in the area.  The summary and recommendations from the Local Working Group Meeting are presented to the USDA-NRCS State Technical Committee at their bi-annual meeting each year. 

 Prior year presentations and meeting schedules can be found here.



Landowner Assistance Expo 2023 – LAX 2023

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June 13 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Landowners, regardless of acreage, in DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Okeechobee, Osceola and Polk Counties are invited to participate in conversations related to technical assistance, cost-share opportunities, conservation easements, and the financial implications of each program.


Sebring is Newest Highlands Soil & Water Conservation Supervisor

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Members of the Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors are, from left: T.J. Wohl, Seat 3; Sara Sebring, Seat 5; John Causey, Seat 4; Doug Deen, Seat 1, and Steve Smith, Seat 2.
As the 2022 elected leaders for Florida – Governor Ron DeSantis, Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson and Attorney General Ashley Moody, were sworn into their respective offices on Tuesday in Tallahassee, the local Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors were also sworn into their elected positions.
Highlands News-Sun, January 8, 2023


County's Community Garden Has Plots For Rent

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Avid gardeners have a variety of vegetables growing in the Highlands County Community Garden. 
The garden first started in September 2014, and it has stayed successful with green-thumbed growers every year, Bishop said. “Gardeners share ideas,” she said. “We have a lot of avid gardeners.”
Highlands News-Sun, Sep 20, 2021. Updated Oct 25, 2022.


Highlands Soil & Water Wins Top Honor

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Clegg Hooks, deputy director with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services – Office of Ag Water Policy (FDACS-OAWP), presented Susie Bishop, with the Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District, the award for Top Soil & Water Conservation District in the state.
OCALA — The Highlands Soil & Water Conservation District has been named the Top Soil & Water Conservation District in the state.
Highlands News-Sun; Sep 2, 2018 Updated Jun 13, 2020