Signup deadline approaches for NRCS programs in Oregon

By Eric Mortenson

Capital Press

The deadlines are approaching to enroll in NRCS programs in Oregon.

Farmers have until May 30 to sign up for a $4.5 million program intended to help them implement water conservation projects in the Klamath Basin this year.

The project, offered by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, will help producers in the drought-stricken area reduce water use, manage riparian areas and convert to dryland pastures.

Four workshops are scheduled to help basin landowners identify conservation options. They will be held May 12 at the Sprague River Community Center; May 13 at the Chiloquin Community Center; May 14 at the Bly Fire Hall; and May 15 at the Klamath County Oregon State University Extension Office. All workshops run from noon to 4 p.m.

The NRCS also is offering a new program to purchase easements for agricultural land conservation and wetland restoration. Applications are due June 6. For more information on NRCS programs, visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/or/home



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