Funding Available To Help North Central Oregon Land Owners Improve Forest Health

Private forestland owners in Oregon’s Wasco County are encouraged to reduce the risk of wildfire and improve their forest health with help from the NRCS. The restoration effort, called the Central Wasco County All-Lands Project, is funded by the Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Initiative, a partnership between NRCS and the Forest Service. The overall goal […]

What Does A Final Conservation Easement Program Rule Mean For Ag

So what are some of the updates connected with USDA’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Program once the recently-published final rule becomes official? “We made some revisions to the ACEP language to allow for those land owners to take credit of environmental markets,” said Jimmy Bramblett of NRCS. “We also gave a lot more credence to some […]

WSU Continues Soil Webinar This Week

The WSU Farmers Network’s soil-themed webinar series continues this week with live presentations focused on advanced data collection and technology on the farm. Soil Health Outreach Coordinator Carol McFarland said they will focus on tools to conduct on-farm research include designing on-farm research trials, public data sources, data collection using sensors, automated data analysis, as […]

Oregon Remains Dry With Slightly Below Average Snowpack

According to the latest numbers from NRCS, the statewide snowpack for Oregon is not too far below average for this time of year, coming in a 87%. And while that’s not bad, the state continues to struggle with very dry conditions. Scott Oviatt with Oregon’s NRCS said while the state is getting snow, most of […]

USDA Seeks Members for Advisory Committee on Urban Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture seeks members for a new advisory committee on urban agriculture. The committee is part of a broader effort to focus on the needs of urban farmers. The 12-person committee will advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the development of policies and outreach relating to urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production […]

After Dry December Washington Snowpack Rebounds To Start New Year

Despite a roller-coaster of weather systems that saw a wet November and dry December, the Washington snowpack is in good shape for early January. Scott Pattee with NRCS said several rounds of precipitation over the New Year’s holiday was a welcomed sign after a very quiet second half of December. “The quality of snow is […]

IBM to Help USDA Modernize Conservation Program

IBM announced last week it is one of the five businesses selected by the USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation Mission Area to provide support for USDA’s digital modernization efforts. Four other businesses were also selected to receive large business awards, with the combined worth of those five awards at $620 million paid out for work […]

USDA Celebrates 2020 Accomplishments

Earlier this week, the USDA celebrated their accomplishments of 2020. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce stated, “We partner with agricultural producers to grow and expand their operations as well as weather the unpredictable, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters.” USDA’s farm program agencies – the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Risk Management […]

Oregon Snowpack Good, Not Great, For This Time Of Year

The statewide snowpack in Oregon is currently sitting at 102% of average, but the devil is in the details. Scott Oviatt with NRCS in Oregon said some areas that typically see very little snow have already seen more snow that average, which makes these early numbers deceptive. As far as the snow totals go basin […]