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Food Security Initiative

County or Counties: Crook, Deschutes, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Sherman, Wasco

Primary Resource Concern Addressed: Soil quality limitations - Organic matter depletion

Project Description

The goal of this Conservation Implementation Strategy (CIS) is to increase the availability of fresh, locally produced food within the High Desert and Deschutes Basins. To achieve this goal, this CIS aims to increase the sustainability and resiliency of agricultural operations that contribute directly to local food systems by improving soil health, reducing plant degradation through season extension practices, and increasing irrigation efficiencies in support of these efforts on farms and ranches with direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing strategies.

Conservation Practices Offered

  • Irrigation Pipeline (430)
  • Pumping Plant (533)
  • Soil Testing (216)
  • High Tunnel System (325)
  • Conservation Cover (327)
  • Conservation Crop Rotation (328)
  • Residue and Tillage Management, No Till (329)
  • Cover Crop (340)
  • Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till (345)
  • Irrigation System, Microirrigation (441)
  • Mulching (484)
  • Prescribed Grazing (528)
  • Soil Carbon Amendment (808)
  • Critical Area Planting (342)
  • Deep Tillage (324)
  • Fence (382)
  • Irrigation Water Management (449)
  • Pasture and Hay Planting (512)
  • Spring Development (574)
  • Nutrient Management (590)
  • Watering Facility (614)
  • Water Well (642)
  • Livestock Pipeline (516)
  • Sprinkler System (442)

Project Partners

  • Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Harney Soil and Water Conservation District
  • High Desert Food and Farm Alliance
  • Gorge Grown Food Network
  • BizHarney
  • High Desert Partnership

Local EQIP Ranking Questions

NRCS uses these questions to evaluate eligible applications for this project and to prioritize applications for potential funding. State and national ranking questions also apply. See more information on the EQIP program page.

Screening Questions

1. In the last calendar year, has the applicant contributed agricultural products to any of the identified food insecure communities within the project area?

Ranking Questions

1. Does the EQIP schedule of operations include practices that will extend the growing season and/or implement practices that will increase plant productivity?

2. Does the EQIP schedule of operations include implementation of one soil health or enhancing practice that addresses soil tilth, crusting, water infiltration, organic matter, compaction, etc.?

3. Does the EQIP schedule of operations include practices that will improve the efficiency of an existing irrigation system, conserve soil moisture, or both?

4. Does the EQIP schedule of operations include implementation of practices to improve the management of plant species, livestock, residues, feed, and other identified source needs?

5. How long are growing days? (Select one)

a. Growing degree days between 140 and 300
b. Growing degree days between 301 and 550
c. Growing degree days between 551 and 800
d. Growing degree days between 801 and 1050

6. Is the applicant participating in a federal, state, or local program that specifically addresses reducing food insecurity or providing fresh food to food insecure individuals?