USDA Program Looks To Restore Wetlands

What is USDA Wetland Easement? “A lot of farmers have those pieces of their property that can be really wet in certain years or maybe tidelines were put underneath to help drain the fields at one time so they were wetlands at some point in history,” said Carrie Lindig with the NRCS. She added USDA […]

NRCS Local Input Key For Climate Smart Agriculture

NRCS likes to say they adapt their programs to address the situation on the ground. “Years ago when we were created, it was recognized that local people actually know best how to solve problems on their property,” said Jimmy Bramblett, NRCS Deputy Chief for Programs. He noted there are stark variations in landscape. “You think […]

NRCS Trying To Encourage Farmers To Pursue Climate Smart Practices

NRCS continues to seek ways to encourage farmers to pursue climate smart practices good for the farming industry and for the environment. “One of the things we often say is farmers are often the best environmentalists out there across the landscape,” noted NRCS Deputy Chief for Programs Jimmy Bramblett. “And within NRCS we work with […]

Vilsack: We’re Working On Re-staffing NRCS, FSA

FSA and NRCS offices are understaffed as the U.S. emerges from the pandemic, but Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack insists the needed work is getting done. Vilsack said USDA is trying to get staff back in the office, but returning to pre-pandemic levels will take time. He noted, FSA offices are currently at 75% capacity, while […]

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 […]