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September 2016 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

The September 2016 edition of the Farmland Preservation newsletter is now available.

This edition includes grants, news, studies, educational workshops, webinars, calendar items, and more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link: September 2016 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

Comment period extended for clean water animal feeding operations permit

Ecology Press Release: August 16

Contact: Sandy Howard, communications, 360-407-6408, @EcologyWA

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology extended its public comment period two weeks for the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) general permit due to a technical problem discovered today with the online comment form. Comments will now be accepted through 5 p.m., Aug. 31.

There is a chance that some of the comments submitted with the online form were not captured for a period of several weeks. However, comments emailed directly to Ecology staff members were received.

Ecology found and fixed the problem with the online form and it is now working properly.

If you submitted a comment with Ecology’s online form and want to verify that it was received, you can check their website. Comments can also be emailed to If you have questions, please email or call Jon Jennings at 360-407-6283.

To date, Ecology has received nearly 3,000 comments about the draft permit.

Read more about this permit and the public comment period in our June 15, 2016, news release.

Job Announcement: WSU Farm and Food Systems Extension Coordinator

The Washington State University Farm and Food Systems is soliciting applications for the Extension Coordinator Administrative Professional. This 12-month, full-time position provides coordination for multiple Farm and Food Systems programs.

To ensure consideration, applications must be received by August 21, 2016. Application materials must include a letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications and a current resume or curriculum vitae. For more information please see attached job posting advertisement and to apply, visit

WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer.