A meeting looking at options and opportunities for farmland in the metro Baton Rouge area will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 11 at the Knapp Hall Auditorium at LSU.

The meeting is co-sponsored by the Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance, or BREADA, and the Center for Planning Excellence and will consider language about farmland included in the FUTUREBR Comprehensive Plan and status of federal programs for protecting farmland.

The purpose of the meeting is to start a public discussion about farmland in the metro area and to start putting together information to help local farming efforts in East Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes, according to information on BREADA’s website.

Other participants in the program include LSU Agriculture Center, Land Trust for Southeast Louisiana, Trust for Public Land, Lower Mississippi River Sub-basin Committee, Capitol Area Conservation District, Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resources Conservation Service

This workshop is free and open to the public.