Agriculture & Wildlife Protection Program

In May 2022, The Oregon Department of Agriculture and USDA confirmed presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in backyard poultry flocks in Linn and Lane Counties. It is highly recommended that poultry and game bird owners take extra precautions to protect their flock from potential infection by wild fowl, including proper housing and biosecurity measures. Learn more about how to protect your flock on the Oregon ODA Avian Influenza webpage and the USDA Defend the Flock webpage. The USDA's updated national list of confirmed cases of HPAI can be found here.

In June 2017, the Benton County Budget Committee approved a two-year pilot program to encourage the proactive use of non-lethal animal damage deterrents in an effort to foster the coexistence of agriculture and wildlife in Benton County.  In June 2019, the Benton County Budget Committee approved $45,000 to continue the program in the 2019-2020 biennium. 

The Benton County Agriculture and Wildlife Protection Program (AWPP) funds (1) educational outreach and expert consultation services and (2) a merit-based, cost-share, reimbursement grant program.

Services are provided to agricultural operations in Benton County that are anticipating or have experienced conflicts with wildlife. These materials and services are provided by Benton County, Oregon State University Extension Service, Chintimini Wildlife Center, and Program Advisors.  The Program Advisors include experts in ranching with wildlife, predator ecology, and human-carnivore conflict.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only. We encourage you to do your own research on specific methods that will work best for you and your property. Any beliefs and/or opinions stated by the resources listed above do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and/or opinions of AWPP committee members, Benton County, or their affiliate organizations.