Jack Kelly, county executive director of the Harvey County Farm Service Agency, and Jonie James, Harvey County Research & Extension agent for agriculture, announced opportunities for local farmers and ranchers to learn more about new programs in the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill).

The Farm Bill contains new legislation for commodity, livestock, price support, conservation and disaster programs. There also are new eligibility criteria that will affect producers.

Farmers and ranchers are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming Farm Bill informational meetings on the following dates:

7 to 9 p.m. at the Moundridge High School auditorium;

1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 20 at Chisholm Trail 8 Theater at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Stores in Newton;

7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Halstead High School auditorium.