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Yamhill County - Information for Partners and Participants
An osprey pair perched over the Willamette River.
Yamhill County, totaling 459,384.8 acres, is predominately privately owned (372,562.2 acres or 81% of total acres) with agriculture and forest products leading as the county’s primary industries. Agricultural products grown in Yamhill County are diverse and include grains, grass seed, vegetable and oil seed crops, nurseries, orchards and vineyards. The NRCS offers technical and financial assistance to landowners and producers that are working to improve natural resources on their operation. Over the past decade the focus for NRCS has been on water quantity and water quality issues in Yamhill County. Forestland became a priority in 2009 when the 2008 Farm Bill changed policy to allow program funding to be used for conservation implementation on forestland.
NRCS Local Conservation Activities and Strategies
The local work group has identified water quality, water quantity and forest health as the priority resource concerns in Yamhill County.
Water quality issues include temperature, sediment, nutrient and chemical pollutants.
Water quantity issues include inefficient use of irrigation water and use of inefficient irrigation systems.
Forest health issues are directly related to wildfire concerns and include overstocked stands, pests and disease, and invasive species. The resource concerns all contribute to an increase in wildfire risk.
Fifteen years ago, Juvencio Argueta Ramos and his wife Lyn Jacobs planted their very first seedlings at La Finquita del Buho.
The name of their farm translates to “The Small Farm of the Owl.” It’s located just 20 miles west of the bustling, eccentric city of Portland, Oregon in the suburban community of Hillsboro. With such proximity to Portland -- a city that thrives on eating local, organic food—Juvencio and Lyn have had great success with marketing their produce to a wide range of customers. More (HTML...)
When Michael Paine, owner and operator of Gaining Ground Farm, first approached the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in 2008, he was powerless. Literally. His small, community-supported farm has no electricity in or near the fields, making the task of irrigating the land both technically and financially challenging. More (HTML)...
It’s no secret that successful farmers know as much about their soil as they do about the crops they grow in it. None illustrate this fact more than vineyard operators in Oregon’s wine region. Several years ago, they began working closely with soil scientists from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to develop increasingly detailed soil data for the Willamette Valley. More...
Soil Survey, vineyards, Willamette Valley, Lower Willamette Basin