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July-August 2015 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

The July – August 2015 edition of the Farmland Preservation newsletter is now available.

The July-August edition includes updates on new federal legislation introduced, state budget updtates, drought information,  newly released reports, drought update, grants opportunities, farm resources, education opportunities, calendar items and much more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link:

July – August 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

June 2015 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

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

The June edition includes updates from the State Department of Agriculture, newly released reports, drought update, grants opportunities, farm resources, education opportunities, calendar items and much more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link:

June 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

May 2015 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

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

The May edition includes an update from the 2015 legislative session, drought update, grants opportunities, farmland preservation funding, recent reports, farm resources, education opportunities, calendar items and much more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link:

May 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

April 2015 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

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

The April edition includes the latest information from the 2015 legislative session scheduled to adjourn on April 26, drought update, grants opportunities, farmland preservation funding, recent reports, farm resources, education opportunities, calendar items and much more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link:

April 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

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!

 

Producers Recognized & Became More Informed at Small Farms Conference

Yakima, WA- The Small Farms Conference hosted on February 6, 2015 at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima by the Center for Latino Farmers was “awesome and producers were engaged”, said Luz Bazan Gutierrez, CEO of RCDR. The conference succeeded in bring in 165 Hispanic/Latino farm operators from all part of WA, from Tonasket close to the Canadian border, Yelm in the Western side of the site and visitors from Portland. The Small Farms Conference entitled “Changing Dynamics of Agriculture” was an all day event for producers, professionals and businesses to network and hear from experts and other farmers about the issues facing small producers. Read the full article here.

February 2015 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

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

The February edition includes information the 2015 legislative session underway, crop values, land values, meetings, recent reports, farm resources, education opportunities, grants, calendar items and much more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link:

February 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

Product Development for Value-Added Prepared Foods

Geared to small scale producers of preserves, sauces, dressings and vinegars, snacks, baked goods and other value-added products.

DATES:            Monday, February 2, 2015 in Spokane; Tuesday, Mar. 24th in Sequim; Wednesday, Mar. 25th in Woodinville
TIME:                9:00am to 4:00pm
LOCATION:    Various (see above)
FEE:                   $95, general  admission (pre-registration is required)
Lunch, beverages and course packet included.

INSTRUCTORS: Fred Berman, Project Manager, NABC
Girish Ganjyal, Food Processing Specialist, WSU

This workshop will provide the region’s small scale prepared food producers with up-to-date information and technical knowledge of the food product development process for the specialty food industry and how to bring such products to market – targeted to start-up entrepreneurs and food product developers.

Students will be walked through the various steps from concept development to the market. There will be an emphasis on the factors to be considered for scaling up the product from the kitchen to commercial production. Numerous examples will be provided to illustrate the steps and end goal.  Along with the aspects of product development, the course will cover product cost calculations, with real-world business examples.

February 2, 2015 Workshop Flyer

March 24, 2015 Workshop Flyer

March 25, 2015 Workshop Flyer