/ Marion County - Information for Partners and Participants
Marion County - Information for Partners and Participants
Marion County is located in the heart of the Willamette Valley and encompasses approximately 1200 square miles totaling 769,624 acres. The county is the largest agricultural producing county in the state of Oregon & producing over 254 varieties of crops Marion County is also the most diverse agricultural producing county in the United States. Over 65% of the county is privately owned with Federal and State forest covering approximately 35%. Annual precipitation ranges from 40 inches on the west side of the county to 120 inches into the Cascade Range. Marion County produces many high value crops on over 200,000 irrigated acres of fertile Willamette Valley soils. Salem is the state’s capital and the NRCS field office is also located in Salem.
NRCS Local Conservation Activities and Strategies
Marion County has focused largely on water conservation practice since the year 2000. Most water and energy savings projects involve converting inefficient irrigation system to highly efficient irrigation systems. Converting inefficient irrigation systems uses only a 1/3 the amount of water and by going to low pressure systems and moving to small pump sizes uses approximately 1/3 the amount of energy.
Most of the crops Peter Kenagy grows on his 325-acre family farm in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley are typical of the area, yet his production methods are anything but conventional. Recognizing that productivity requires sustainability, Kenagy has joined a growing number of farmers in implementing conservation practices that promote soil health. Cover crops are a notable example. More (HTML...)