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Unlock the Secrets of soil health

April 6, 8:00 am to 12:30 PM

You are invited to join a FREE workshop presented by OSU, USDA and Oregon Tilth on April 6. The workshop includes a morning of presentations and a facilitated discussion focusing on field operations and their impacts on pest and nutrient management.  An optional Ask the Expert brown bag will follow.

More Information at https://tilth.org/event/unlocking-secrets-soil-health-organic-systems/  or click here for a flyer.

RSVP to ben@tilth.org or call 503-580-4767

THANK YOU JACKSON FAMILY WINES

The Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District would like to express a huge THANK YOU to  Jackson Family Wines, for sending an unbelievable vineyard crew to work in the Native Plant Nursery at Miller Woods. The timing was perfect as the district needed help planting their bare root plants into pots for the “grow out” process.

Native American Ethnobotany of Western Oregon Class

Get better acquainted with the local flora of this region and learn about the many ways the Native people of Western Oregon utilized these plants. Greg Archuleta, member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, will share the history and the importance of our native plants to the Tribes of our region.

Date: June 3, 2017

Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Place: Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center

Clark Hall | 5390 4-H Road NW, Salem

Fee: $15 (includes light snacks and beverages)

Limited Space! Register Online! 

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FARMING COMMUMNITY INPUT NEEDED AT LOCAL WORK GROUP MEETING SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 1, 2017

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?

GARLIC MUSTARD FOUND IN YAMHILL COUNTY FOR FIRST TIME

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 michael@yamhillswcd.org

Click for more details on Garlic mustard

 

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 HERBACCEOUS PLANT PROPOGATION WORKSHOP OCTOBER 11

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.

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