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Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program (OAHP)

Overview

Oregon’s well-managed agricultural lands are the cornerstone of the state’s rural communities. They support valuable fish and wildlife habitats and enhance other natural resources. Yet farms and ranches are increasingly challenged by fragmentation of farmland, conversion of farmland to non-farm uses, complex regulations, and planning for generational transfers.

The State Legislature established the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program (OAHP) in 2017 to help address these challenges. The program provides voluntary incentives to farmers and ranchers to support practices that maintain or enhance both agriculture and natural resources such as fish and wildlife on agricultural lands. OAHP was developed by a collaboration of organizations representing natural resource conservation and agriculture, including farmer and rancher representatives.

OAHC is Recruiting for a Commission Seat

The Oregon Agricultural Heritage Commission is recruiting for a Commission seat to represent natural resource interests.

The term for the seat is January 2023 through January 2027; commissioners are eligible to serve two consecutive terms. An application form is available. The application will be open until October 31st, 2022. Applications may be emailed to April Mack, or sent by mail. Mailed applications must be postmarked by Oct 26th, 2022 in order to be considered for a position.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to review this webpage and to contact Taylor Larson, 971.701.3248 for further information.

Apply for a Grant

The OAHP Grants cycles are timed as follows, with award decisions to be made at the April 25-26, 2023 board meeting. Please refer to the guidance documents for each grant type.
  • Conservation Management Plan: open August 16 and closes at 5 p.m. on October 31, 2022.
  • Working Land Conservation Covenant and Easement: open August 16 and closes at 5 p.m. on October 31, 2022.
Apply Online

Applications are accepted once per year and are submitted entirely through our online system. Deadlines will be posted once each grant offering opens.

  1. Obtain a login (username and password).
    If your organization already has an OGMS login, skip to step 2. An OGMS login is required to access the online grant application. Only one login per organization is allowed. If no login exists for an organization, please email Leilani Sullivan to request one. Include the following in your email:
    • ​Organization name and address
    • Grantee Contact Information: name, title, email address, and phone number for the person who will receive all communication from OWEB and sign any grant agreements.
    • Payee Contact Information: name, email address, and phone number for the person who keeps records and submits payment requests and documentation.
    • FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number). OWEB may enter into agreements only with legally established entities. OWEB will review potential applicants prior to creating an OGMS login.
    • ​Per federal guidance, all OWEB grantees must be registered at the System for Award Management (SAM) before receiving a grant agreement. Entities will received a non-proprietary identifier (called the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI).) This identifier is assigned by SAM (sam.gov is a free service) and entities must update their registration annually.
  2. Log in to the Online Application.
    Guidance to help you fill out the application is always available in the top navigation bar of the online application. An application template is also available after you log in and choose "Create a New Application."

Please contact Taylor Larson​ with questions.


Program Materials













Commission Meetings

The meetings of the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Commission and related documents are listed below.

March 2023 Meeting

August 5, 2022 Minutes

Each pdf below contains all the documents for the specified meeting.

Contact

Please direct questions, comments, or requests to Grant Program Coordinator, Taylor Larson, 971-701-3248.