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Unlocking Secrets to Soil Health Class in Organic Systems

January 17, 2017
8:00 am – 12:30 pm (refreshments)
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Optional Ask the Experts Brown Bag (Bring your lunch) 

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.

See attached flyer for details and location

Succession Planning Workshop Series

$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.

See attached flyer for details.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Sign-Up Deadline is Approaching

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.

Thomas Hoskins 503-472-1474 Ext 107 or email: thomas.hoskins@or.usda.gov

Sergio Villasenor 503-472-1474 Ext 109 or email: sergio.villasenor@or.usda.gov

EQIP 2017 Focus Area Map:

Free Herbaceous Plant Propagation Workshop October 11, 2016

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/herbaceous-plant-propagation-workshop.html or call Marion SWCD at (503) 391-9927 or email to office@marionswcd.net.

Native Plant Society of Oregon Offers Free Lectures

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

If you have questions, contact Marna Porath at 971-267-0058 and click here for more details.

Fun & Informative Native Plant Walks August 27 and 29, 2016

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

See flyer for more details.

Yamhill and Polk Oak Restoration Garners National Attention

Oak restoration in Yamhill and Polk counties is gaining national attention as a model for success under USDA’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

RCPP is a highly-competitive partnership program administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The program leverages federal investments with contributions from public and private partner organizations to achieve landscape-scale conservation results.

Members of the national RCPP review team toured oak restoration sites in Yamhill and Polk counties June 13 to see how RCPP funding is put into action by partners and landowners. Each year the RCPP review team evaluates and ranks RCPP proposals from across the country and decides which proposals to fund.

“Native white oak habitat is quickly disappearing in the Willamette Valley, with only one to five percent of historic oak stands remaining,” said Amie Loop-Frison, a habitat conservationist with the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). “This is highly valuable wildlife habitat; more than 200 species depend on it.”

In the first two years of the project, 12 landowners have signed contracts with NRCS to receive financial incentives for oak restoration work. While NRCS provides the financial assistance, SWCD staff are helping landowners with science-based guidance and technical assistance.

The Yamhill SWCD and NRCS serve as the lead partners on the project. Additional partner groups include the Polk SWCD, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Trust for Public Lands, the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council, The Nature Conservancy, and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Amie Loop-Frisson can be reached at amie.loop-frison@or.nacdnet.net

OSU Extension Small Farm School Coming September 15

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.edu/small-farm-school for a full list of classes and to register.

Time to Tanglebox! 2016

Great Family Fun For All Ages!

2016 season is from June 18 – September 18

What is Tangleboxing? It is an outdoor summertime treasure hunt! Follow the clues, find the boxes, record your discoveries and compete for prizes – gather your friends and family and join the fun!

District Conservation Planner Visits Joan Austin Elementary School

Marie Vicksta, district Conservation Planner, was invited to Joan Austin Elementary School in Newberg to talk about Soil Health and Erosion. Marie took advantage of the opportunity to share how everything the students came in contact with that morning came from the soil at some point. Her session was followed by Neyssa Hays with Watershed Education Adventures and staff member for the Greater Yamhill Watershed District. She brought out the microscopes, where the students were able to see first-hand the effects of healthy and unhealthy soil. Educating kids at this age is crucial and thank you to Marie and Neyssa for providing valuable information to our future generations!

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