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February 2017 Farmland Newsletter available

The February 2017 edition of the Farmland Preservation newsletter is now available.

This edition includes a legislative update, industry news, research study results, educational workshops, calendar items, and more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link: February 2017 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

House Agriculture Committee: Chairman Conaway unveils SNAP report

On December 7m 2016, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) unveiled a new report summarizing the committee’s two-year review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Committee members heard from 60 witnesses in 16 hearings over the course of the review known as the Past, Present, and Future of SNAP. The report can be viewed here.

SNAP has grown from a pilot program that served just 500,000 people in 1964 to a program that served more than 47 million Americans at the height of the recession. SNAP is now the largest program under the Agriculture Committee’s jurisdiction—accounting for almost 80 percent of farm bill spending—and is the largest federal food program serving low-income families in the United States.

Read more at: http://agriculture.house.gov/news/

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