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August 2014 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

The August 2014 edition of the Farmland Preservation newsletter is now available.

The August edition includes information about the newly expanded farm internship program, farmland values, pest management, workshops, educational opportunities, new studies, grant opportunities, calendar items and much more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link:

August 2014 Farmland Preservation Newsletter (PDF)

As always, there is plenty more to browse and dates to note. If you have suggestions for newsletter content, drop a line to us at

Revenue offers free webinar about taxes for businesses

Business owners in Washington have many responsibilities, including knowing which taxes they must report. To help reach more businesses statewide, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) will host on July 30 a free live webinar for new and small business owners.

In offering these live webinars, Revenue aims to make it easier for small businesses to participate.

“We’ve offered in-person workshops for a number of years, and offering online webinars will make it easier for small businesses to fit a workshop into their busy schedules,” Revenue Director Carol K. Nelson said.

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

Registration: Send an email to with the following:

  • Your name
  • Company name
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address

The deadline to register is Friday, July 25, 2014.

Participants will learn about Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements. The webinar facilitator will answer specific questions related to your business at the end of the webinar.

The Revenue website at offers a complete schedule of in-person business workshops held around the state and short video versions of the workshops.

Grant Funding for Northwest Agricultural Marketing and Sales

Need funding for some new marketing initiatives or other projects that will increase sales? Grants for business improvement projects are available through the Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, a nonprofit that has been working with agricultural businesses and manufacturers for over 30 years.

Visit their website,, to meet some of the businesses that have taken advantage of this grant funding. Or call NWTAAC to see if your company is eligible, 1-800-667-8087.