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 countyís 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
- 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.
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
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.
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Organic EQIP, irrigation management,
Lower Willamette Basin
Grower Interest Enhances
Local Soil Surveys in Oregon
Itís 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 Oregonís 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.
Soil Survey, vineyards, Willamette Valley, Lower
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For Additional Assistance Contact
McMinnville Service Center
2200 W 2nd Street
McMinnville, OR 97128-9185
NRCS District Conservationist: Kim Hudnall (503) 472-1474 X 101
Yamhill County SWCD: (503) 472-6403