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Integrated Biological Pest Management
Teresa Matteson | April 8, 2021

2017 was an exceptional year of Integrated Biological Pest Management (IBPM) education thanks to USDA Risk Management Education Partnerships Program funding and the leadership of Gwendolyn Ellen.

The front garden bed grows buckwheat as summer cover crop and the entire garden's soil surface has a thick organic mulch. © T. Matteson
Healthy Soil: The Foundation of a Productive Garden
Teresa Matteson | March 17, 2021

As you prepare your garden beds for cultivation this year, place soil maintenance at the top of your list, because healthy soil is the foundation of a productive garden.

Conservation Neighbor: RD Mosier
Teresa Matteson | January 14, 2021

RD compares his livestock operation to the pieces of a puzzle. Some pieces take a long time to fit in place, such as the six years that he has invested to develop relationships with neighbors.

Conservation Neighbors: The Mellenthins
Laura Brown | December 29, 2020

Matt and Serene Mellenthin know how lucky they are. Their spot on the Willamette River is their paradise.

Mud and Manure
Heath Keirstead | June 11, 2020

If you have livestock, you have to manage mud and manure. Click here to watch an excellent webinar titled Managing Mud and Manure on Your Small Farm, hosted by Melissa Fery of OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program. Sacrifice Areas A practice highlighted in the webinar is the construction of a sacrifice area, a reinforced

Certification helps distribute payments to Benton County landowners
Teresa Matteson | May 6, 2020

In 2019 and 2020, BSWCD helped NRCS certify EQIP practices in Benton County. Learn more!

Hundred Acre Wood: A Retirement Project
Jane Viehl | September 17, 2018

Managing a 100-acre farm is the adventure Jane and Larry Viehl chose for retirement. And while there’s been no end to the work, they are pleased they chose this retirement option instead of golfing in the desert or that beachfront condo in Florida.

An Afternoon Dig for Duck Potato
Julia Waters | November 29, 2016

Wapato Harvesting for Planting at Collins Bay   On a dry day in late summer, Benton SWCD’s Holly Crosson and Melissa Lemein along with myself, an OSU student volunteer, went to local landowner Marvin Gilmour’s farm to harvest wapato (Sagittaria latifolia) tubers for future planting at Collins Bay. Collins Bay is a side-channel of the

Celebrating Marvin Gilmour – Farmer/Wetland Restorationist/Engineer Extraordinaire!
Melissa Lemein | November 28, 2016

All of us at Benton SWCD would like to say a big Thank You to Marvin Gilmour, who has been the Zone 2 Director of the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for the past four years! Marvin will be stepping off of the Benton SWCD Board at the end of December, but he

an intern digging into a field
Soil Quality Project: science meets practice
Teresa Matteson | July 27, 2016

This internship has been all encompassing- stretching my mind to think, working my hands with samples, and lending out my services as a student.

A Hedgerow for Pollinators
Donna Schmitz | November 6, 2015

Hedgerows provide food, cover for nesting, shelter, and a travel lane for wildlife.

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