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October 2016 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

The October 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: October 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 ofp@scc.wa.gov

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 ofp@scc.wa.gov

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 jonathan.jennings@ecy.wa.gov. 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 https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/26708.

WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer.

July/August 2016 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

The July/August 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: July/August 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 ofp@scc.wa.gov

May 2016 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

The May 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: May 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 ofp@scc.wa.gov

April 2016 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

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

This edition includes a final 2016 legislative update, grants, news, studies, educational workshops and webinars, calendar items, and more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link: April 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 ofp@scc.wa.gov

2016 Conservation Futures Report

The 2016 Conservation Future’s report is now available.

Conservation Futures is a land preservation program that protects, preserves, maintains, improves, restores, and limits the future use of threatened areas of open space, timberlands, wetlands, habitat areas, culturally significant sites, and agricultural farmlands.  Conservation Futures funds, acquired through a property levy, are used to purchase the land or the rights to future development of the land.

Download the report at: 2016 OFP Conservation Futures Report (PDF)

2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL)

The 2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) Survey is a comprehensive study of all land, including non-operator landlords of agricultural land. The TOTAL survey is part of the census of agriculture program. NASS conducted the 2014 TOTAL survey in collaboration with the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

View the Washington State Profile by going to:

http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Online_Resources/TOTAL/pdf/TOTAL_WA.pdf

For more information on the 2014 TOTAL survey and for an explanation of terms and definitions, go to: www.agcensus.usda/gov/Publications/TOTAL/.

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Gypsy Moth and WA State Agriculture

In 2015, Washington had a record catch of gypsy moths in Western Washington. Gypsy moths pose a tremendous threat to agriculture and forestry in Washington. They have the potential to not only devastate crops, timber, and nursery products, but if they were to become established it would also mean costly quarantines for these industries.

To address these widespread introductions, WSDA is proposing to treat more than 10,000 acres over seven different sites in Western Washington, including Tacoma and Seattle, with aerial applications of Btk – a naturally occurring soil bacteria approved for use as an insecticide in organic agriculture. Btk has an excellent safety record for humans, pets, birds, fish, and bees.

Presently, state and federal environmental assessments are available for review and comment. Comments will be reviewed as part of the process for finalizing the treatment plan. Click here to view the documentsComments are due by March 30.

Learn more about the threat the gypsy moth poses, review the gypsy moth treatment proposal, and comment on the SEPA and NEPA documents on our website at agr.wa.gov/gypsymoth.