Pennsylvania agricultural producers will have an opportunity to share their perspective of what changes should take place in the 2007 Farm Bill—as well as which conservation-related practices should be funded by the state—at 11 listening sessions scheduled across the state.

These sessions are designed to help producers discuss conservation-related issues as well as their relevance in Pennsylvania.

The object is to help U.S. officials involved with the 2007 Farm Bill to better understand which “conservation tools” it should include.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania officials will learn which Best Management Practices are most preferred by the state’s producers.

Agronomist Michael Brubaker will facilitate the listening sessions. Snacks and beverages will be available.

Except where noted, meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. The schedule of sessions is:

  • Sept. 8: Columbia County Agriculture Services Center.
  • Sept. 12: Lebanon Valley Expo Center.
  • Sept. 15: York County Extension Pleasant Acres Complex.
  • Sept. 21: Chambersburg – Kauffman Community Center.
  • Sept. 26: Bedford – Arena Restaurant on Route. 220.
  • Sept. 28: Quarryville – Hoffman Building.
  • Sept. 29: Lewisburg – Best Western Country Cupboard Inn on Route 15.
  • Oct. 10: Towanda Country Club on Route 6.
  • Oct. 17 or 19: State College, Penn State University.
  • Oct. 25: Doylestown, Delaware Valley College. Note: This listening session meets at 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 01: Lancaster Farm & Home Center.

To RSVP, call 717-627-7119 or visit www.farmlisten.com. Changes in the schedule will also be posted on the website.

For information, contact Michael Brubaker at mailto:mike@mwbrubaker.com or 717-627-0440.

More than 30 organizations and companies are supporting this outreach effort. For a list of sponsors, visit http://www.farmlisten.com