Keeping It in the family is a program that is combining forces with the Arkansas Forestry Commission, The Natural Resource Conservation Service, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law, Arkansas Land and Farm Development Commission and Silas H. Hunt Community Development Corporation. The purpose of this program is to help African American landowners better manage their property, which can be done using an array of techniques. Also, landowners with heir property issues can get professional help from the Bowen School of Law. Others are looking for assistance with cost sharing for forestry work to be conducted on their property, things like planting or removing unwanted competition from the stand. This can be attained by calling the AFC for recommendations for management, which can be in the form of a management plan. There is financial assistance through the local NRCS office for Keeping it in the Family through the EQIP program and the sign-up deadline is July 20th. This program is limited to African American landowners in Howard, Hempstead, Little River, Columbia, Nevada, Ouachita, and Union Counties. If you think you may be interested please contact the Howard County Forestry Commission at 870-286-2137 or the NRCS office at 870-845-4121.