It’s that time of year again and the Local Work Group (LWG) meeting is approaching. What is this LWG meeting, and why is it important? It is the farming community’s opportunity to inject local insight into the application of Farm Bill programs in Yamhill County. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) utilizes the annual local LWG meeting to solicit input, and in turn requests appropriate grants for Farm Bill funds. This is your opportunity to let us know what programs you would like to see and to share your ideas.
Yamhill County currently has two grant fund-pools for conservation funding. One of these Farm Bill grants is focused on improving water quality and fish habitat in the lower stretches of the Yamhill River. This fund-pool can be used for converting to no-till systems, planting of cover crops, and improving the efficiency of irrigation systems. The other available Farm Bill grant is a forestry fund-pool, which focuses on improving forest diversity, and improving wildlife habitat. These fund-pools have associated focus areas which are displayed on the map lower right in designated colors.
What kind of input are we seeking?
For the first time ever, the district has found garlic mustard in Yamhill County. It is a Class A noxious weed in Oregon and other states and is now showing its ugly head in Yamhill County. Garlic mustard is a groundcover that can grow in established forests, wetlands, disturbed soil, and people’s yards. Once established, garlic mustard exudes a chemical which impedes shrub and tree establishment and hinders natural forest regeneration. View the attached informational flyer prepared by Jim Robison, West Multnomah SWCD as a project for Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah and Washington Counties Cooperative Weed Management Area for details on recognizing and eradicating this weed in our county.
If you find garlic mustard on your property, please call Michael Crabtree at 503-472-6403 or email email@example.com.
You are invited to attend a free class on unlocking the secrets to soil health in organic systems at the OSU Research and Extension in Aurora. The presentations and discussions will focus on field operations and their impacts on pest and nutrient management helping growers work to achieve the soil health principle of reducing disturbance in organic systems.
$50 Per Family
January 17th, 2017 & February 28th, 2017
Succession planning for farm, ranch and working lands is a valuable practice that provides clarity, direction and accountability to families for land and business transitions. By creating a succession plan, a family’s vision and intentions for their land can be addressed and implemented purposefully. Join Polk SWCD for this workshop series to learn more about succession planning and leaving a legacy for your family.
Oregon NRCS has officially announced the deadline to sign up for EQIP cost-share.
The deadline to sign up is November 18. See EQIP 2017 Focus Area Map for program eligibility
We have 5 cost-share fund pools in the county to choose from, and many conservation practices.
- Agricultural focus area (In red on the map below): Irrigation improvements, Cover crop, No-till, etc.
- Forestry focus area (In green on the map below): Pre-Commercial Thinning, Brush Management, Weed Spraying, etc.
- RCPP Oak Habitat (Polk and Yamhill Counties): Thinning, Brush Management, etc.
- Organic fund pool (All Yamhill County): Irrigation improvements, pasture improvements, livestock troughs, etc.
- High tunnel fund pool (All Yamhill County): High tunnels, cover crops, crop rotation, etc.
If you have any questions or interest in signing up for these programs, please contact Thomas Hoskins or Sergio Villaseñor in the NRCS McMinnville Field Office before November 18.
EQIP 2017 Focus Area Map:
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Place: City of Independence Event Center
555 South Main St., Independence
The Yamhill, Polk and Marion Soil & Water Conservation Districts and the Luckiamute Watershed Council are partnering to bring a great workshop presented by the Natural Resource Conservation Service's Plant Materials Center (PMC). At this workshop, attendees will learn how to propagate native herbaceous plants from seed, cuttings, and division. The focus will be on plants found along streams and waterways. Staff from the PMC will be available to answer questions.
The workshop is free but registrations need to be submitted by October 7th. Light Refreshments will be provided. Register online at http://www.luckiamutelwc.org/
The Cheahmill Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon is offering three lectures in the Carnegie Room at the McMinnville Public Library. The lectures begin at 7:00 pm with a social hour at 6:45 pm.
·September 24 - Aphids in Sun and Shade: What affects their distribution?
·October 27 - The Kalapuya: Their story and use of native plants
·December 1 - Wildflowers of Northern Arizona
Jeanie Taylor, owner of Taylor Gardens NW and long-time volunteer at Miller Woods, will be leading two fun native plant walks this month.
Saturday, August 27 from 11:30 am – 1 pm the group will look at ornamentals at Winter’s Hill Winery. (Wine tasting optional)
Monday, August 29 from 6 – 7:30 pm the group will stroll through the natural area at Miller Woods, highlighting plants one might see on a hike.
The walks will be easy and aimed at beginners, but interesting for those who have some knowledge of native plants. Jeanie will include fun facts and tips on growing natives in diverse landscapes with an emphasis on learning 10 plants on each walk.
Preregistration is required | Cost: $10 per person | Enrollment is limited to 10 people | Sign Up at www.TaylorGardensNW.com
Oregon Water Resources Department is sharing weekly flow information with Yamhill and Polk SWCDs for basins that experienced water us
OSU and Clackamas SWCD will be hosting the popular Small Farm School on September 15from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Workshops will be held at the Oregon City Campus of Clackamas Community College, Moomaw Family Farm in Oregon City and at the OSU North Willamette Research & Extension Center. Small Farm School is a daylong event with hands-on and classroom workshops geared towards beginning farmers. Speakers include OSU Extension faculty, farmers, government agencies and other agriculture professionals. Classes include: Farm Business and Record Keeping; Cut Flowers; Growing Cider Apples; Raising Goats; Rotational Grazing and much more. Go to http://smallfarms.oregonstate.