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.
Current Financial Assistance Opportunities for Farmers, Ranchers and Forest Owners in Marion County
The following Conservation Implementation Strategies are available to help Marion County agricultural producers address targeted resource concerns identified in the Long Range Plan. Click the project names below for more information:
- Erosion Control in Orchards
- Forest Resiliency in the Face of Climate Change
- Lower Willamette North Coast Animal Feeding Operations
- Middle Willamette Water Quantity and Soil Quality
- Forest Management Planning
- Soil Health Restoration and Management North Coast/Lower Willamette Basin
- Climate-Focused Sustainable Livestock Production in Oregon
Additional Funding Opportunities...
In addition to the local projects above, producers may also apply for statewide programs such as the Conservation Stewardship Program, the Organic Initiative, Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative, On Farm Energy Initiative, and conservation easement programs. Visit with your local District Conservationist for more information on these and other programs, or visit the NRCS Programs webpage.
Local Work Group Meetings
Every year, NRCS hosts a Local Work Group meeting where farmers, landowners, conservation partners and other members of the community discuss the natural resource needs for the county. Based on feedback from those meetings, NRCS updates the county's Long Range Plan and develops new Conservation Implementation Strategies to address those resource concerns. You may contact us anytime to express concerns or comments about conservation needs in the county, and we encourage you to attend the next Local Work Group meeting in your county. For more information about Local Work Group meetings, contact your local NRCS office.