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March 2015 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

The March 2015 edition of the Farmland Preservation newsletter is now available.

The March edition includes information the 2015 legislative session underway, agricultural land values, court rulings, articles, recent reports, farm resources, education opportunities, calendar items and much more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link:

March 2015 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 ofp@scc.wa.gov

Press Release: USDA Announces $9 Million to Support Community Food Projects Program

Release No. 0039.15
Contact: Jennifer Martin (202) 720-8188
 
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $9 million in funding to assist low-income individuals and communities in developing local and independent food systems. NIFA is funding the grants through the Community Food Projects program (CFP), authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill). Read more

Pastured Poultry Production Workshop

DATE: February  25, 2015 – 9:00am to 4pm
LOCATION: Skagit Farmers Supply-Main Office (Conference Rm), 1833 Park Ln, Burlington 98233
General admission: $95
Attention Pastured Poultry Producers!
Success with pasture-raised poultry requires solid business planning and good application of production techniques.  This workshop will provide students with actionable tactics to help streamline their enterprises and maximize profits. Speakers include an expert from WSDA to discuss Avian Influenza and biosecurity. REGISTER HERE

Sample topics:    

* Alternative feeds – minimizing inputs, maximizing farm outputs
* Enterprise Budgeting
* Panel discussion on benefits to using the Mobile Poultry Processing Unit (MPPU)
* Marketing your poultry products
* Sound flock management practices (including Avian Influenza)
* Determining best breeds
* Turkeys, Ducks, Rabbits, other options

Sign up today!