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Oct. 3 Farmland Advocate Meeting – Okanogan

The Washington State Conservation Commission and the Office of Farmland Preservation invite you to join us for an important strategic discussion on the future of  farmland preservation in our state.  The meeting will be in Okanogan on October 3 from 9am – 12pm at the City of Okanogan Council Chambers located at 120 3rd Ave N in Okanogan An agenda for this meeting is available here.

Last October we held a meeting on Snoqualmie Pass with many farmland preservation stakeholders from across the state.  At this meeting we discussed several issues that are connected to the broader farmland preservation topic.  These issues included: Open Space Taxation, New and Beginning Farmers, and agricultural conservation easement funding.

The upcoming meeting in Okanogan will be to gather your ideas on long-term funding ideas for improving farmland preservation and supporting farmers in our state.  You will also hear about work currently being done on these issues and other farmland preservation updates.  In addition, we have set aside a good portion of the meeting to hear from you and learn more about the work you are doing locally and how we can support your efforts.

If you are able to join us for this morning meeting, please indicate with an RSVP to Josh Giuntoli at, or just stop on by.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us here at the Office of Farmland Preservation.

We hope you are able to join us as we continue working towards preserving our state’s farmland.

Sept 30 Workshop – WA FarmLink Ground Rules of Leasing Farmland

Leasing is one of the most common ways growers access farmland.  Are you an aspiring or current farmer looking to lease land or a landowner looking for a new farmer tenant?  Learn about best practices, legalities, insurance and hear how seasoned farmers have developed successful leasing arrangements.

Check out the flyer! Ground Rules of Leasing (PDF)


Attorney Jessica Jensen, of Jessica Jensen Law PS, will cover the legalities of leasing land, insurance professional Lesa Boxx, of Country Financial, will speak about what insurance coverage is needed by tenant and landowner and a panel of farmers will share experience and tips about leasing land.

Attend in person or by webcast:

Classroom attendance is limited to 30 people, so register today! Webcast options are also available for those unable to get a spot in the classroom or who are out of the area. When registering, indicate you will be participating via webcast and we’ll send details with final registration confirmation.  A light and local dinner will be served for those who attend in person, catered by Ninevah.

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Free Agricultural Business Training – Tumwater, Nov. 15

WHEN: Friday, November 15, 2013, 7:30am – 4:15pm

WHERE: Department of Labor and Industries, 7273 Linderson Way, SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

COST: FREE! Pre-registration highly recommended because this training will fill up. Email, Mail or Fax a copy of the attached registration form to:; MAIL: Dept. of Labor & Industries, Attn: Oscar Cerda, PO BOX 44400, Olympia, WA 98504-4400; FAX: 360-902-5292.

CONTACT: For all questions please contact Oscar Cerda at: 360-902-5217;

Do you have a business plan? Do you need to update your marketing plan? Want to learn more about common business issues faced by beginning or new farmers? Want to learn what you can do to control your company’s workers compensation premiums? Want to learn about farm insurance, or financing?

Then this Free training event is for you. All of the experts that can answer these questions have been brought together to bring you Agriculture Business Training. More than 20 different classes are available on everything from marketing your business to saving money on premiums and safety.

Check out the flyer and schedule by download the PDF at the following link.

Agriculture Business Training Day – Tumwater, WA – Nov 15 (PDF)

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Cultivating Success in the South Puget Sound – Begins Sept 17!

Exciting 12-week program offers new and existing farm operators assistance in developing environmentally and economically sustainable agricultural businesses.

The 12-week course Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching will be held on Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pm starting Sept. 17, 2013 in Olympia, WA.

Class size is limited and pre-paid registration is required. Cost for the 12-week course is $275 for 2 persons representing an agricultural enterprise or household. Visit to register with your credit card.

Check out the flyer for more information.  Click through for registration.

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Washington Ag News and Views – August 2013

The Office of Farmland Preservation is pleased to present this month’s ‘News and Views’ feature, a collection of news features, articles, and editorials on the subject of agriculture from media outlets around the state. The information and opinions contained in the articles are those of their respective authors, and are not necessarily those of the Office of Farmland Preservation or the Washington State Conservation Commission.

September 2013 Farmland Presevation Newsletter now available

The September 2013 edition of the Farmland Preservation Newsletter is now available.

The September edition includes information about upcoming farmland advocate meetings hosted by the Office of Farmland Preservation and the State Conservation Commission, information on heritage barn preservation grants, farm classes, wetland banking, changes to wastewater permit fees, USDA reports on farm size and farm expenditures, and much more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link:

September 2013 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 Josh Giuntoli at

PCC Farmland Trust seeking intern

PCC Farmland Trust is currently looking for a self-motivated, organized and enthusiastic intern to assist Stewardship Program staff in land stewardship, volunteer coordination, habitat restoration, and education program activities for the next year! This is a one year, full-time, paid WCC/AmeriCorps Individual Placement (IP) position from October 7th 2013 – September 14th 2014.  Qualified applicants should submit their WCC application, cover letter and resume by August 16th with interviews taking place in late August through early September. This is an incredible opportunity to play a key role in helping us to fulfill our mission of conserving and stewarding organic farmland in Washington State while gaining valuable job skills and diverse experiences. The candidate will have an opportunity to learn about farmland preservation and stewardship, natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, non-profit/land trust management, and issues related to local food systems.

Applicants must first submit the WCC/AmeriCorps application here and select PCC Farmland Trust (King County) as one of your preferred sites. Candidates will then need to send a cover letter and resume to in order to be considered. The full position description can be found online at