The University of Missouri Extension Office is offering a free workshop titled "Understanding the Alphabet Soup of USDA Programs" at 9 a.m., Sept. 18, at Follis Place in Fredericktown.

MU Extension Specialist, Richard Proffer said it is available to help farmers, ranchers and veterans understand the ABCs of USDA and other agencies.

Proffer said representatives of USDA Farm Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Rural Development will be providing information on how to utilize their services.

 “This workshop is to help beginning farmers, ranchers and veterans learn about resources offered by state and federal agencies,” Proffer said. “It is sponsored by University of Missouri Extension with funding from the USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach.”

The afternoon sessions will include information about Missouri AgriAbility and Vocational Rehabilitation for Veterans Administration.

A free lunch will be served. Interested participants should register by Sept. 14 by contacting Proffer at 573-243-3581.

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at vkemper@democratnewsonline.com.

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