Georgia conservation group reaches out to new farmers - CBS46 News

Georgia conservation group reaches out to new farmers

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ATLANTA (AP) -

A Georgia conservation group is planning to use more than $19,000 in grant funding to help small farms and new farmers.

The Broad River Soil and Water Conservation District Monday announced it will use the funding to assist farmers in its district, which includes Banks, Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison, Oglethorpe and Wilkes counties.

Representatives of the organization say they'll hold four targeted outreach programs and host a small farm conference this year. Officials say farm tax and accounting principles, organic farming, water efficiency and product marketing practices will be among the topics they'll cover with new farmers.

Soil and water conservation districts were created by state lawmakers in 1937 to protect, conserve and improve the state's soil and water resources. There are 40 districts representing the state's 159 counties.

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