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Statewide agricultural news roundup – December 1 – January 7

The following links are a roundup of news stories from around the state as they relate to agriculture, land use, and resources.

NASS to Release Preliminary Results of 2012 Census of Agriculture on February 20, 2014

Issued November 13, 2013 by the Agricultural Statistics Board of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service. For more information contact Sue King, 202-690-8122 or sue.king@nass.usda.gov.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will release preliminary results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture on February 20, 2014. The release, which will provide an initial look at national and state findings, will take place at the Ag Outlook Forum. NASS will release the full Census results at a later date and is working to set a revised schedule that ensures the highest-quality data. The release date was delayed by the work stoppage caused by the lapse in federal funding in October 2013 .

December 2013 Farmland Presevation Newsletter now available

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

The December edition includes information about proposed changes to the Washington State Farm and Ranch land Protection Program managed by the Natural Resource Conservation Service, several grant opportunities, job openings, reports of interest, educational workshops and events, reports, calendar items and much more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link:

December 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 us at ofp@scc.wa.gov

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)

Speakers:

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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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.

July 2013 Farmland Presevation Newsletter now available

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

The July edition includes updates from the U.S. Capital on the recent fall of the Farm Bill, information about USDAs new nutrition standards that work to improve nutrition in schools through healthy snacks.  Other areas of interest include a new report out examining the relationship of local meat producers with slaughter facilities and the barriers both sides have.  The report identifies ways to address this to best encourage economic growth.

You will also find information about our state’s red hot agricultural land market.  According to the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries, the Pacific NW was the second best performing region with a total return of 8.05%.  Land prices are an identified issue for new and beginning farmers and ranchers in our state.

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 jgiuntoli@scc.wa.gov

Save the Date – 2013 WSU Fruit School The Honeycrisp Experience: Production, Harvest and Storage

Washington State University (WSU), the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission(WTFRC)  and Washington State Horticultural Association (WSHA) are teaming up to present you with an opportunity to learn more about the horticultural practices and postharvest handling of the increasingly popular apple…the Honeycrisp. This educational opportunity will offer three events which will follow this apple through production, harvest and storage. Those who wish to attend will have a choice of three orchard locations: Royal City, Yakima and Brewster for the first two events. Click through for more information Read more

May 2013 Farmland Presevation Newsletter now available

The May edition of the Farmland Preservation Newsletter is now available. The May edition of the Farmland Preservation Newsletter includes updates from the State Capital as they head to special session. Updates include bills before the governor and budget items of interest. Also included in this month’s newsletter is information on farm land values, Farm Bill updates, information for those that might be interested in selling to USDA or learning more about how to utilize wireless point of sale machines to accept debit and EBT cards. You will also find several educational opportunities, newly released reports, grant opportunities, calendar items, and much more.

Directly download the PDF by clicking on the following hyperlink:

May 2013 Farmland Preservation Newsletter (PDF)

As always, there is plenty more to browse and if you have suggestions for newsletter content, drop a line to Josh Giuntoli at jgiuntoli@scc.wa.gov

April Farmland Presevation Newsletter now available

The April edition of the Farmland Preservation Newsletter is now available.  The April edition of the Farmland Preservation Newsletter includes updates from the State Capital as they make their way towards the conclusion of the current 105 day legislative session.  Also of interest is upcoming WSDA free export seminars, information for creating a food safety plan, workshops for orcharding in western Washington, an innovative farm budgeting tool, grant opportunities, calendar items, and much more.

Directly download the PDF by clicking on the following hyperlink:

April 2013 Farmland Preservation Newsletter (PDF)

As always, there is plenty more to browse and if you have suggestions for newsletter content, drop a line using the Send us a Message box on the right of the webpage.

Snohomish Couty Food Hub Groundbreaking

County farmers’ market underway in Everett

Snohomish County residents looking for a place to purchase healthy local foods year round will have a farmers’ market to call their own as of July 2014.

Construction of a 60,000 square-feet, year-round Farmers’ Market and Food Hub got under way Tuesday with an official groundbreaking attended by local farmers, residents, project developers and Snohomish County and Everett officials.

The unique Grand Avenue project, between Hewitt Avenue and Wall Street in downtown Everett, will offer shoppers high-quality local fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products as well value-added foods produced onsite with local ingredients.

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