KOREAN OUTREACH PROGRAMS
The District continues to support work with the Korean farming community in San Bernardino County. An increasing number of Korean farmers are moving to the High Desert to grow jujubes, pistachios, Japanese Ume Plums, and apples, among other crops. The NRCS & RCD team is working with the Korean farmers, who have sufficient water rights, or are in the process of obtaining them, to develop conservation plans and contracts for their farms. If a question arises on water rights, the NRCS and RCD staff will refer farmers to the WaterMaster’s office. More than half of the total NRCS active contracts are Korean farmers working with the Victorville Field office. Korean farm bill assistant’s, 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.