Friday, May 27, 2016

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Mount Baker School District raising funds to build new FFA/Ag barn

May 4th, 2016

DEMING – The Mount Baker School District is building a new FFA/Ag barn at the site of the old greenhouse, and is raising funds to complete the work. The current barn has problems with plumbing, electricity, roof, space, and location, and is barely functional during the winter time. Students breed and raise their hogs for
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The Local Dirt: May 2016

May 4th, 2016

Rich Appel, co-owner of Appel Family Dairy in Ferndale, received a Farmer Community Service award at the Mariners’ game on April 29. Congratulations to Rich! Go Mariners! The Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board has Bee-U-Tify seed packets available. To receive your free packet of these non-invasive, pollinator-friendly, easy-to-grow flowers contact noxiousweeds@agr.wa.gov.  If anyone believes
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Fundraiser: “Raised that Roof Celebration” set for May 15

May 3rd, 2016
Fundraiser: “Raised that Roof Celebration” set for May 15

MOUNT VERNON – The Leadership Skagit Class of 2016 Team Blue Diamonds proudly present this event, “Raised That Roof Celebration,” for Growing Veterans at Farmstrong Brewery in Mount Vernon on Sunday, May 15. The event will have a Magic of the Skagit silent auction, music,  complimentary taco and nacho bar, and beverages will be available
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Social media: WHS clarifies adoption policy

May 3rd, 2016

BELLINGHAM – Whatcom Humane Society’s Executive Director Laura Clark said there is no truth to recent posts by local residents on social media stating the WHS has a policy excluding members of 4H or FFA from adopting an animal. Following is Clark’s statement to Grow Northwest: “The Whatcom Humane Society does not have any policy
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Brook Brouwer named director of WSU San Juan Extension

May 3rd, 2016

SAN JUAN – Dr. Brook Brouwer has been named the new County Director for WSU San Juan County Extension. Brouwer, who grew up on Lopez Island, completed his PhD with WSU in Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences. He was the first recipient of a Seed Matters Fellowship in organic plant breeding, and worked on
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CTA hosting Camp Stitch-A-Lot for youth; registration closes May 31

May 2nd, 2016

EVERETT – The Snohomish County Clothing & Textile Advisors (CTA) are once again hosting Camp Stitch A Lot (CSAL) for youth ages 8-17.  CSAL offers week-long, half-day sessions in sewing, knitting and crochet. Each class starts with the fundamentals of the craft and finishes with the creation of an item. Classes will be offered June
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USDA NASS Local Food Survey open

May 2nd, 2016

NATIONAL – “The USDA is conducting a new survey to produce official benchmark data on the local food sector in the United States as part of its continued support of local and regional food systems,” according to the USDA. Producers are asked to fill out a Local Food Marketing Practices Survey providing information on their
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Farm Machinery Safety Workshop set

Apr 4th, 2016

BURLINGTON – A Farm Machinery Safety Workshop is available Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting April 14 through May 14. This course will train individuals on using farm machinery safety. Individuals in all counties are eligible to attend the training. Last year’s class contained a good mix of middle school, high school and Spanish- and English-speaking
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Over 50 breweries attending annual April Brews Day fundraiser

Apr 4th, 2016

BELLINGHAM – The annual April Brews Day fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 30. Over 50 local and regional breweries participate in this benefit for the Max Higbee Center, a local non-profit providing recreational activities to teens and adults with disabilities. General admission is 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad
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Farm, ranch license plates available

Apr 4th, 2016

STATE – According to the Washington Ag Network, a special license plate for farming and ranching will be available at the beginning of next year. Governor Jay Inslee officially signed into law a bill sponsored by 8th District Representative Brad Klippert that will create the special plate with the proceeds going to the Washington FFA
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