Oviatt: Oregon’s Water Situation Concerning

The dry conditions across the Northwest are becoming more of a concern for farmers and the USDA a like. Scott Oviatt with NRCS-Oregon said while western Oregon saw some rain showers in late May and early June, locations east of the Cascades have been very dry all spring, and now into early summer. He noted […]

Application Period Open for Conservation Innovation Grants Program

NRCS is investing up to $15 million to support the development of new conservation tools and practices. Specifically, NRCS is seeking new tools, approaches, practices and technologies to further natural resource conservation on private lands through the Conservation Innovation Grants program. USDA says CIG partners use creative problem solving and innovation to address our nation’s […]

Record Spring Hurts Idaho’s Snowpack

Much like states across the west, Idaho’s snowpack is very, if not extremely low for this time of year. In the Gem State, with the expectation of the Spokane, the Owyhee and the Clearwater basins, the state is dealing with snowpacks less than half of what they should be for this time of year. And […]

USDA Announce Cosby as NRCS Chief

On Wednesday, the Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of Terry Cosby to serve as chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Cosby began his career with USDA in 1979 as a student trainee in Iowa. Over Cosby’s 42 years with the agency, he has served in numerous capacities, most recently, Acting Chief of NRCS […]

Two Oregon Projects Part Of RCPP Funding

NRCS’ Regional Conservation Partnership Program recently announced the investment of $330 million in 85 locally driven partnerships nationwide, all in an effort to help farmers address climate change. Included in that $330 million investment are two Oregon based projects. Lauren Bennett with NRCS said the RCPP leverages partnership resources to produce a collective impact that […]

USDA Promotes Conservation, On-Farm Trials

Climate-smart agricultural and soils health practices are the focus areas for the latest round of USDA Conservation Innovation Grant on-farm trials. “This year we’ll have $25 million dollars dedicated to CIG on-farm trials. There is a sub-component of that called soil health demonstration. About $10 million dollars will be dedicated to the soil health demonstration […]

USDA Extends Comment for Proposed Revisions to Conservation Practice Standards

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service recently extended the deadline for public comment on proposed revisions to 23 national conservation practice standards. The proposed revisions were published March 9 in the Federal Register with comments originally due April 8. Comments will now be due April 22. NRCS is encouraging agricultural producers, landowners, organizations, Tribes and […]

Coalition Asks for Increased Conservation Funding

Seventy of the top agriculture, conservation, and wildlife groups delivered a letter to Congress last week asking for robust funding for conservation programs and technical assistance for the fiscal year 2022. In the letter, groups like the American Farmland Trust, the National Association of Conservation Districts, and many others called on House and Senate appropriators […]

Washington’s Snowpack In “Very Good Shape” To Start April

“Pretty Incredible” That’s how Scott Pattee with the Washington NRCS describes the statewide snowpack, which sits at 131% of average for this time of year, the highest statewide average across the west. Pattee noted the snow year started very slowly and didn’t catch up normal until February. He added that temperatures, as of recent, have […]