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Yamhill County - Information for Partners and Participants

An osprey pair perched over the Willamette River

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.

Conservation Implementation Strategy

NRCS Programs Available

Additional Conservation Resources Available

  • Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Greater Yamhill Watershed Council

Local Work Group Updates

If you are interested in participating, please contact the NRCS District Conservationist listed below.

For meeting information, please click here.

Success Stories


Yamhill County Rancher Breathes New Life into Oregon White Oak

If you take a stroll through Cherry Hill Ranch, you might feel like you’re in a fairy tale. That’s because it’s home to many majestic oak trees that are hundreds of years old. More (HTML...)

Key Words:  Regional Conservation Partnership Program, Lower Willamette Basin

Producer Profile: Juvencio Argueta Ramos and Lyn Jacobs

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...)

Key Words:  CSP, Lower Willamette Basin
Michael Paine stands in front of a recently installed solar array on his organic farm in Yamhill, Ore.

Organic Farmer Shines Light on Irrigation Issues

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)...

Key Words:Organic EQIP, irrigation management, Lower Willamette Basin
NRCS Soil Scientist

Grower Interest Enhances Local Soil Surveys in Oregon

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


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For Additional Assistance Contact

McMinnville Service Center
2200 SW 2nd Street
McMinnville, OR 97128-9185

NRCS District Conservationist: Thomas Hoskins (503) 472-1474
Yamhill County SWCD: (503) 472-6403

A crimson clover field adds bold color to a beautiful day in Yamhill County

A crimson clover field adds bold color to a beautiful day in Yamhill County.
Yamhill County vineyards produce some of the finest pinot noir in the world

Yamhill County vineyards produce some of the finest pinot noir in the world.