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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.

February 2016 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

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

This edition includes a 2016 legislative update and with bills of interest, WSDA specialty crop grant information, educational workshops and webinars, agricultural easement funding, calendar items, and more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link: February 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

January 2016 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

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

This edition includes information about upcoming grant opportunities, results from the recent WSDA drought survey, farmer workshops, agricultural easement funding, calendar items, and more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link: January 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

October 2015 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

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

The October edition includes comment opportunities on the state’s WWRP Farmland Preservation program, job openings, grants opportunities, farm resources, reports, education opportunities, calendar items and much more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link:

October 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

September 2015 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

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

The September edition includes information on Washington state farm landlords, job openings comprehensive plans, grants opportunities, farm resources, education opportunities, calendar items and much more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link:

September 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