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Farmscaping for Beneficials

In April 2016 the Farmscaping for Beneficials Program released an Executive Summary of a collaborative project with farmers, industry consultants and agency, non-profit and extension personnel in SE Idaho, Washington's Columbia Basin and Oregon's Columbia Plateau. This project used farmers, commercial farms and local experts to teach the integration of conservation practices that can increase agricultural biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provisions in vegetable, row crop and orchard systems. This report contains agro-ecosystem specific examples of practices local farmer-leaders are adopting such as hedgerows, insectary cover crops and insectary field edges and the local resources that support them. Recommendations to increase the adoption of these practices on western farms are included. To download a copy of the report just click on the title below.
Integrating Conservation Practices into Idaho, Washington and Oregon Farms

OSU, the Xerces Society and Oregon Tilth have initiated a partnership to develop a grower-based program in conservation biological control (CBC) and pollinator conservation

This partnership is based upon the FAO-developed principles of Community IPM which continues as the Field Alliance. Community IPM incorporates IPM in a strategy for local, sustainable agricultural development where farmers:

  • act on their own initiative and analysis;
  • identify and resolve relevant problems;
  • conduct their own local IPM programs that include research and educational activities;
  • elicit support from local institutions;
  • establish or adapt local organizations that include farmers as decision makers;
  • employ problem-solving and decision-making processes that are open and egalitarian;
  • create opportunities for all farmers in their communities to participate and benefit from the IPM activity;
  • promote a locally sustainable agricultural system.

The program consists of:

    • Farmer-to-farmer information exchanges
    • Farm walks and demonstrations of techniques
    • On-farm research and development
    • Emphasis on farm planning as well as the techniques themselves

    For information on this program, contact Gwendolyn Ellen

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