KOREAN OUTREACH PROGRAMS
The district continues to support work with the Korean farming community in San Bernardino County. Korean farmers are moving to the High Desert to join existing Koreans to grow jujubes, pistachios, Japanese Ume Plums and apples, among other crops. The NRCS & RCD team is working with the Korean farmers to develop conservation plans and contracts for their farms. Korean farm bill assistants, Kevin Kang and Bonnie Nam, continue to assist with helping the Korean producers understand the farm bill contracts and specifications. Bonnie Nam also works with the Lancaster NRCS office, assisting their Korean producers.
The Covid-19 pandemic has moved NRCS EQIP programs to telework offices in employee’s homes. This has slowed initial visits and application process but not suspended them completely.