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Benton County - Information for Partners and Participants

Benton County, OregonBenton County has a unique and diverse population base primarily due to the presence of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Benton County is 676.46 square miles. Eastern parts of the County are characterized by floodplain and hydric conditions while northern and western parts are mountainous with occasional valleys and river channels. NRCS in Benton County works collaboratively with Federal, State, Local and Non-profit conservation organizations to strategically deliver Federal Farm Bill Programs. The Local Work Group has identified the lack of riparian buffers, habitat fragmentation and the loss of rare and declining habitats as priorities in Benton County.

Benton County Long Range Plan

NRCS Oregon uses a Strategic Approach to Conservation to address priority natural resource concerns in specific watersheds and landscapes across the state. It all begins with a Long Range Plan. Each county develops a Long Range Plan with input from landowners, agency partners and other stakeholders that identifies and prioritizes natural resource concerns in the community. Based on those plans, NRCS works with partners to develop local Conservation Implementation Strategies to help agricultural producers in those targeted areas implement conservation practices that address the resource concerns. Long Range Plans are updated to reflect the changing needs and objectives of the county's natural resources.

Current Financial Assistance Opportunities for Farmers, Ranchers and Forest Owners in Benton County

The following Conservation Implementation Strategies are available to help Benton County agricultural producers address targeted resource concerns identified in the Long Range Plan. Click the project names below for more information:

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.

Contact Your Benton County Conservationist

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Success Stories in Benton County

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Bringing Back the Monarch

If you plant them, they will come. That’s Warren and Laurie Halsey’s approach to improving monarch butterfly habitat on their 270-acre ranch in Benton County, Oregon.

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Willamette Valley Farmer Implements Conservation Practices Promoting Soil Health

‚ÄčMost 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.

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Pioneering Partnerships in Oregon’s Upper Willamette Valley

Soil health means different things to different people -- but for Teresa Matteson, the key word is partnerships.

A soil conservationist for the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Matteson has led the charge for outreach, education and partnerships to promote soil health initiatives in Oregon’s upper Willamette basin.