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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.

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

2014 Farmland Preservation in Washington Workshop presentations available!

The Washington State Conservation Commission Office of Farmland Preservation held a workshop on Thursday, December 11th at the Edmonds Conference Center aimed at bringing planners, farmland preservationists, and farmland mangement professionals together for a day of learning and conversation. Topics included Comprehensive Planning and Agriculture, Voluntary Stewardship Programs (VSP) and similar programs, and tools for protecting agricultural lands. Participants had the opportunity to engage speakers and attendants in an open discussion period following each presentation. Presentation materials were based on Washington State legal planning requirements and current approaches to farmland preservation and improving farmland use. Read more

USDA Announces Loss Adjustment for Late Apple Harvest in the PNW

SPOKANE, Wash., Nov. 5, 2014 – USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced an extension of the insurance period for apple Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) policyholders to Thursday, November 20, 2014. The extension was approved due to an unprecedented extended warm autumn that caused the maturity of apples in the Pacific Northwest to be delayed.

 In keeping with USDA measures to assist producers in managing weather conditions, Approved Insurance Providers may authorize insured apple policyholders additional time to harvest through November 20, on a case-by-case basis. This additional time will allow claims to be settled based on harvested production when the end of insurance has passed.

 Producers are encouraged to visit their insurance agent to learn details specific to their apple MPCI policy. Federal insurance program policies are sold and delivered solely through private livestock insurance companies and agents.  A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA service centers throughout the United States and on the RMA web site at www3.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents.

WSDA Proposed Livestock Rule Changes

The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Animal Services Division is proposing several rule changes because of increased disease concerns to livestock and animal disease traceability.  Proposed rule changes to Washington Administrative Codes (WAC) that are being considered:

WAC 16-29, Animal Disease Traceability:  Establish per head fees and collection process on cattle sold or slaughtered in state or transported out of state.   Proposed rule information: http://agr.wa.gov/LawsRules/Rulemaking/AH/AnimalDiseaseTraceability.aspx

WAC 16-54, Animal Importation:  Concerning importation of pigs with respect to porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV); horses, goats, sheep, and llamas on round trip traveling into Washington; pooling for trichomoniasis samples; and age requirement for (Tuberculosis) TB testing of dairy cattle.  Proposed rule information: http://agr.wa.gov/LawsRules/Rulemaking/AH/AnimalImportation.aspx Read more

Western Center 2015 Request for Applications (RFA)

The Western Extension Risk Management Education Center (Western Center), in conjunction with the Northeast, North Central and Southern Center announce a funding opportunity for projects that help farm and ranch families succeed through targeted risk management strategies. The maximum amount of requested funding shall not exceed $50,000.

Application Information:  Go to the Western Center website and select “Competitive Grants Program”. The grants application process is fully explained in the Western Center’s 2015 Request for Applications (RFA). It is very important that you read and follow all of the instructions in the RFA.  The online application system includes a user-based access within the Results Verification System (RVS).  Read more

WSU Livestock Advisor Training

Raising Livestock Workshop Series

Western Washington’s unique ability to grow rich, healthy pasture makes it the perfect location for raising livestock. From choosing smaller low line beef to larger framed cows, pastured poultry to milking goats, sheep or the family cow, meat rabbits or swine, these classes will give you a broad over view of livestock selection, nutrition, reproduction, production costs and returns, fencing, all in an environmentally sound and humane manner. Pasture management and renovation is covered at length helping folks become grass farmers to support their livestock. Read more

PCC Land Trust seeking tenant for Historic Reise Farm

PCC Farmland Trust is currently seeking a qualified tenant or buyer for the 120 acre Historic Reise Farm, located in the fertile Puyallup River Valley in Pierce County. The entire property, 66 acres farmable, will be available for lease beginning January 2015 for a negotiated lease term. PCC Farmland Trust will also consider purchase options from qualified farmers at agricultural value, as part of an effort to ensure that farmers in the Puget Sound region have access to affordable land.

More information about the RFP process can be found on our website. PCC Farmland Trust will be accepting complete proposals for lease or sale through September 15th, 2014.