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Succession Planning Workshop Series Continues Feb. 28

Succession planning for farm, ranch and working lands is a valuable practice that provides clarity, direction and accountability to families for land and business transitions. By creating a succession plan, a family’s vision and intentions for their land can be addressed and implemented purposefully. Join us for this workshop series to learn more about succession planning and leaving a legacy for your family.

Succession Planning

* Tuesday, Feb. 28 First Session will begin at 9 a.m. and last until noon and the second session will begin at 1 and run till 4 p.m.
* Chemekata Eola Viticulture Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Rd, Salem
Ron Marek & Alan Lanker, attorneys, will provide an introduction to estate planning strategies, state & federal tax issues, Oregon Natural Resource Credit, structuring ownership & assets, and record keeping. Claire Fiegener from Greenbelt Land Trust will address Conservation Easements and how they can be used as a tool in estate planning.
* Lunch Provided with Registration
* Second Session
Carl Sohn, with NW Farm Credit Services, will expand on the first workshop and present a more in depth look at family business basics and building a foundation for succession planning focusing on family business topics. Riley Makin, attorney, will provide an introduction to estate planning specifically addressing estate planning issues for farm and ranch landowners.

Design Your Succession Plan:
Transition; Farming; Agriculture; Ranching; Forestry; Family; Business; Estate and Retirement

Cost for full Series:
* $50 per family
(up to 5 people)
* Attend all events for this cost, or choose ones you prefer to attend
* Cost includes Planning
Workbook and food
* Register before Dec. 24 to guarantee an orientation workbook is available for you.

To register visit: www.polkswcd.com

For more information contact: Karin Stutzman, District Manager
Polk SWCD by email at manager@polkswcd.com or call
(503) 623-9680 x110.

Native Plant Sale Slated For March

The 15th Annual Marion SWCD Native Plant Sale Scholarship Fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 10, at Bauman’s Farm and Garden, 12989 Howell Prairie Road, Gervais Ore., 97026. Overstock will be sold from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the same location.

Marion County OSU Extension master gardeners will have an information booth from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday as well. Experts will be available to answer gardening questions.

The district will hold a worm bin raffle and the winner will receive a complete bin with worms. Customers may signup anytime during the sale. The winner will be notified the following week. Worm composting is an environmentally friendly way to use table scraps and make garden and landscape fertilizer.

OSU Extension is offering free well water nitrate screenings from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 10, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11.

For a list of plants available and their descriptions, click here Native Plant Descriptions

For a list of prices, click here 2017 Marion SWCD Native Plant Price List

To learn more about native plants, visit our Native Plant Page, under the Heading Resources, here Native Plants

Butterfly on Showy Milkweed

Profits from the native plant sale go to fund the Stan Vistica Memorial Scholarship which is awarded yearly to two students from Marion County who are studying natural resources or agriculture at an Oregon college or university.

There will be no pre-orders. Cash, checks, credit and debit cards will be accepted. There will be no limit on the number of plants that can be purchased on Friday.

For more information about native and invasive plants and the native plant sale, contact Jenny Meisel at (503) 399-9927×312 or send email to jenny.meisel@marionswcd.net.

For more information about the scholarship contact the Office of Student Access and Completion, which administers the scholarship, at www.oregonstudentaid.gov.

ODA Chooses Abiqua Creek as Strategic Implantation Area

Abiqua Creek

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has selected Abiqua Creek in Marion County as a Strategic Implementation Area (SIA), an approach to provide education and outreach to producers where necessary to address water quality concerns on agricultural lands.
Abiqua Creek is one of six SIAs to be conducted statewide in 2016-17. The others are in Clatsop, Hood River, Jackson, Tillamook and Umatilla counties.
ODA is responsible for maintaining and protecting water quality from agricultural activities.
The Agricultural Water Quality Management Area Plans and rules (sometimes referred to as Senate Bill 1010), provide a roadmap as to what agriculture should do to protect water quality.
“SIAs are conducted to highlight the good conservation work accomplished by producers and identify potential sources of pollution simultaneously,” said John Byers, manager of the Agricultural Water Quality Program. “Our goal is to ensure all producers are protecting water quality.”
ODA conducts a compliance evaluation using publically available tools such as aerial photographs, geographic information system data and personal observation from public viewpoints to identify what agricultural activities may or may not be polluting local creeks and streams.
“ODA does not go onto private property without permission,” Byers said.
Once the evaluation is completed, ODA will contact all producers in the Abiqua area and invite them to an open house where they can learn more about the program and how the evaluation was conducted. Individual properties will be categorized as “no,” “low,” “moderate” or “significant” areas of “concern” based on the operation’s potential for polluting local waterways.
The ultimate goal is to ensure that all operators in the SIA are not polluting and to get them technical assistance to improve their farming and ranching activities so as to not pollute.
Grant funding is available to help pay for conservation or restoration efforts, if needed.
ODA began conducting SIAs in 2015. Nine have been conducted so far. Abiqua Creek was selected as much conservation work has already been accomplished, and through this process “we can ensure that all of ag is protecting water quality in this watershed,” Byers said.
Local Abiqua Creek residents can expect to hear from ODA shortly after the first of the year and be invited to the open house at that time.
For more information, call ODA at (503) 986-4700.





Mural Contest Registration Underway

Teachers and activity leaders, it’s that time of year again; time to register for the Marion SWCD mural competition. This year’s theme is “Forests for People…More Than You Can Imagine!”

Students from kindergarten to fifth grade may participate. Teams must have at least five students and no more than 30. Teams must have one adult supervisor. Registration is required.

Team leaders must submit registration forms by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. Marion SWCD will provide each team with all the materials needed to take part in the event. These include; educational workbooks, activity filled coloring books, a teacher’s guidebook, mural paper and crayons. Every student will win prizes.

Teams with winning entries will receive special gifts and earn the school or organization $100 for educational supplies or equipment.

For more information visit our Mural page under the heading Education, call Janice Calkins at (503) 391-9927 or send email to her at janice.calkins@marionswcd.net.

Join Our Manure Exchange Program and Help Conserve

Our Manure Exchange Program puts gardeners and landowners looking for free manure compost in touch with livestock owners who have excess fresh and composted manure.

Visit our Livestock program page located here under Resources for more information.

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Click the link and visit our Tumblr blog for the latest in news and photos of district happenings,

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Latest Edition of the Insider

Read the Marion SWCD Insider August 2016 Edition


To read previous issues of the Insider, visit our Newsletter Page here.


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There you will find our newsletter, The Conservation Insider and information about upcoming classes and workshops.


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