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Aerial views of Forever Grateful Ranch where owner Jim Chew grows pistachios, in Chowchilla, CA, about 150 miles east-southeast of San Francisco, on Nov 19, 2018.

Support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) included incentive funding toward irrigation water management, soil moisture monitoring, a no-till grass cover crop, nutrient budgeting, and compost applications.

Mr. Chew grew up 20 miles north in Stevenson, CA where his father raised beef-cows.

CPAs, DIAs & CEMAs - Oregon

Learn more about Oregon's statewide initiative that helps Technical Service Providers (TSPs) carry out planning, design, implementation and monitoring tasks for NRCS conservation program purposes.

Oregon's CPAs, DIAs and CEMAs Initiative

Technical Service Providers (TSPs) can carry out planning, design, implementation, and monitoring tasks for NRCS conservation program purposes (previously known as Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs)). NRCS has reorganized and renamed CAPs into three new categories – Conservation Planning Activities (CPAs), Design and implementation Activities (DIAs), and Conservation Evaluation and Monitoring Activities (CEMAs).

Counties: Baker, Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler, Yamhill

Primary Resource Concerns Addressed

  • Degraded Plant Condition
  • Field Sediment, Nutrient and Pathogen Loss
  • Inefficient Energy Use

Conservation Practices Offered

  • CNMP Design and Implementation Activity (101)
  • Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (102)
  • Forest Management Plan (106)
  • Agricultural Energy Design (120)
  • Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition (138)
  • Transition to Organic Design and Implementation Activity (140)
  • Grazing Management Design and Implementation Activity (159)
  • Prescribed Burning Design and Implementation Activity (160)
  • Irrigation Water Management Design (163)
  • Forest Management Design and Implementation Activity (165)
  • Forest Management Assessment (223)
  • Agricultural Energy Assessment (228)

Ranking Criteria
NRCS uses these questions to evaluate application for this initiative and to prioritize application for potential funding. State and national ranking questions also apply. See more information on the EQIP program page.

Ranking Questions 

  1. Has this CPA, DIA or CEMA been approved for funding with a state initiative?

NRCS Oregon will be utilizing ACT NOW to process conservation applications in two ranking pools to deliver a conservation product faster. ACT NOW allows NRCS to immediately approve and obligate a ranked application in a designated ranking pool when an eligible application meets or exceeds a State-determined minimum ranking score. This means no longer having to wait for all applications to be reviewed and preapproved in a ranking pool.

ACTNOW FY24 CPA DIA CEMA – State Funding
Application Cut Off – 1/29/2024
Ranking Score Threshold – 129.00 pts