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2014 Farm Bill Highlights

More to come on the 2014 Farm Bill, but check out this two-page 'Highlights of the 2014 Farm Bill' for a quick snapshot of what the Bill provides.

2014 Farm Bill Highlights

Categories include: Rural Development, Trade and Foreign Agriculture, Research, Conservation, Renewable Energy, Forestry, Nutrition and Specialty Crops and Organics.

WSU Compost Trials video on YouTube

http://youtu.be/XMx0-8pKHkI

Check out some great new research on the benefits of compost to a variety of crops.

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Snohomish Conservation District now has a manure spreader for residents to borrow

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Snohomish Conservation District is encouraging all residents with livestock to help protect water quality by properly managing and applying manure. They now have a 26 bushel ground-driven manure spreader available for residents to use. Please contact Brett de Vries, 425-377-7011 at the Conservation District to learn more about how to borrow the spreader and other things you can do to protect rivers and streams. The District also offers complimentary farm planning, engineering services and educational resources.

Contact Brett de Vries at the Conservation District, 425-377-7011 or brett at snohomishcd.org.

Snohomish Conservation District Free Soil Testing Program Proposal

Contact Leif Fixen at 425-377-7019 for a free soil test

Property owners within the Snohomish Conservation District are eligible for free soil testing on their property to be administered by a staff planner.

Specifics:

1.      Any land owner can receive up to 5 free soil tests if they sign up for a site visit with a SCD Farm/Resource Planner.

2.      There will be a limit of 250 free soil tests, to be administered on a first come first served bases.

3.      Once test results are received, a follow-up consultation and nutrient management plan are provided.

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EQIP - Funding From the Environmental Quality Incentive Program is Now Available

Thinking about an improvement on your farm or rural property? A Federal program through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) called EQIP has funding for many large and small-scale projects. Check out the list of eligible projects here. Then, contact one of our resource planners listed at the bottom of this page to receive help applying.

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Snohomish Conservation District has several certified farm planners ready to assist you with a farm plan, a free site visit to walk your property, and with finding other resources to help you accomplish your goals.

Caitlin on the FarmCall the office at 425-335-5634 and ask to speak to a farm planner for your area.

Also, check out this 'Farm tips guide' to help you select the management changes and on-the-ground projects that can help your farm be sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and safe for you and your animals. Farm Tips Guide

Planners and their areas of expertise:

Farm & Resource Planners  
Bobbi Lindemulder Sustainable agriculture; Beef operations
Organic and new farming techniques; Urban fringe; goats 

 

Alan Shank

Small Farm and Horse operations

 

Brett de Vries
Leif Fixen
Stillaguamish watershed planner 
Forestry; Crop and Dairy 
Engineers  
Kelly Cahill Agriculture; pipelines; composting
Derek Hann Stormwater; drainage
Water Quality & Restoration  
Kristin Marshall Habitat; restoration; CREP
Ryan Williams Habitat; restoration; CREP

More Resources

Agriculture and Farming Resources

What is a Farm Plan?

WSU Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources

Office of Farmland Preservation - Olympia

See more agriculture links on our 'Links and Resources' page here


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