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November 2016 Farmland Newsletter available

The November 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: November 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

Spokane: Farm & Food Expo Nov 5, 2016

The Farm & Food Expo is an all day conference at Spokane Community College followed by an evening keynote lecture by Joel Salatin at Gonzaga University (both are included in conference registration, but the evening lecture is also sold separately).

Check out the 90+ classes in the Course Guide before you register. This will be a full day of classes and speakers providing great insights that every small acreage farmer, garden enthusiast and foodie will want to know.

For more information, and to register, visit www. SCCD.org.

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)