USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Thomas Dorr announced that a public meeting will be held on Sept. 4, in conjunction with USDA's Farm Service Agency and Forest Service-on how to implement renewable-energy programs authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill.

"Continuing to develop renewable energy is a key component of President Bush's strategy to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil," Dorr says. "This meeting is an opportunity for business owners, citizens and agricultural producers to discuss the best ways to harness the untapped renewable energy resources in rural areas."

USDA plans to implement the farm bill's energy provisions in consultation with the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies.

The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EDT) in the Jefferson Auditorium in the South Building, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. Registration will start at 8:00 a.m. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but not required.

If you wish to speak or make a presentation at the meeting, please contact Robin Robinson at: USDA Rural Development, Room 5803 South Building, Mail Stop 3201, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-3201; (202) 690-4730; mailto:robin.robinson@wdc.usda.govMore information on the meeting can be obtained from the Federal Register.

Source: USDA