The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas' and the Palo Pinto Soil and Water Conservation District invited the public to attend its 2014 Local Working Group meeting set for 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the USDA Service Center, 415 SW First St., Mineral Wells. The purpose of this annual meeting is to set local conservation priorities and bring conservation stakeholders together to discuss conservation topics and issues relevant to helping Palo Pinto County farmers and ranchers better conserve on-farm natural resources. The meeting will update attendees on recent conservation efforts and to collect public input to help guide future conservation activities. Through regular identification of conservation opportunities, effective Farm Bill investment can continue to benefit Palo Pinto County. Farmers, ranchers, conservationists and others interested in obtaining federal technical and financial assistance to improve private land in Palo Pinto County are invited to participate. For more information, contact Myron Merz, district conservationist, at 940-325-3961, extension 3; or visit the NRCS website atwww.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/.