Oregon NRCS Looking To Keep Land In Production

Oregon’s NRCS is currently accepting applications for Agricultural Land Easements until February 4th. Easement Programs Specialist​, Chris Chapa, said ALE is one of two parts of the Ag conservation program and provides financial support to eligible partners to keep farm land in production. “Anyone can use ALE as long as you’re a working farm or ranch […]

USDA to Invest up to $225 Million in Partner-Driven Conservation

USDA announced Thursday up to $225 million in available funding for conservation partners through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The program is partner-driven and leverages collective resources to find solutions to address natural resource challenges on agricultural land. This year’s funding announcements include opportunities for projects that address climate change, benefit historically underserved producers and […]

Oregon Snowpack Shows Impressive Month Over Month Improvement

What a difference a month can make. In early December, snowpacks across the state of Oregon were very low, causing some to worry about the upcoming irrigation season. But, according to Scott Oviatt with NRCS Oregon, a series of storms move in statewide from mid-December through early January dumping a lot of snow. He noted […]

USDA Offers Expanded Conservation Program

The USDA’s Natural Resources and Conservation Service announced several new and expanded opportunities for climate-smart agriculture in 2022. The updates include the nationwide availability of the Conservation Incentive Contracts Option under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Other opportunities include a new and streamlined EQIP Cover Crop Initiative and added flexibilities for producers to easily re-enroll […]

Idaho Snowpack In Good Shape, But Could Improve

Like the other two Northwest states, the past couple of weeks have helped the Idaho snowpack improve. Erin Whorton with NRCS Idaho said the snowpack in pretty healthy in the northern and central portions of the state, where most basins report snowpacks of 100% for this time of year. The area that’s lagging are the […]

Washington Snowpack Well Off Seasonal Norms

Statistics confirm what your eyes have already told you as you look at the higher elevations across Washington. The snowpack across the Evergreen State is almost non-existent for this time of year. In fact with the exception of the North Puget Sound, which is at 91% of average, and North Central Washington’s Upper Columbia, which […]

USDA Working with Interior To Help Address Water Shortages

Some farmers in the west are dealing with droughts that are lingering longer and are more intense, making water scarce, or sometimes unavailable at all, but the NRCS said there are things that can be done to help the situation.Astor Boozer, western regional conservationist at NRCS, said several federal departments have programs to help producers […]

Idaho, West Needs Rain, Snow To Overcome 2020-21 Water Year

The current water year is roughly three weeks old, but the Northwest is still suffering from the impact of the previous water year. Erin Whorton with NRCS-Idaho said the 2020-21 water year was the 10th driest since 1895. She noted the water year started off with great snowpacks across the Gem state, but when spring […]

USDA Investing $75 million in Projects with Focus on Climate-Smart Ag

The Department of Agriculture will invest nearly $75 million for 15 partner-led projects to address natural resource concerns on private lands. This year, projects funded by the Regional Conservation Partnership Program’s Alternative Funding Arrangements focus on climate-smart agriculture and forestry and other conservation priorities and improve access for historically underserved producers. As part of this […]

Senate Ag Advances USDA Natural Resources and Environment Nominee

On Thursday, the Senate Agriculture Committee advanced the nomination of Dr. Homer L. Wilkes to be USDA’s undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment. Wilkes currently serves as Director of the Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Restoration Team. He served as acting associate chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service between 2010 and 2012 and has over […]