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Jan. 8: ‘Cultivating Success’ course growing small farms

By Kate Ryan, WSU Extension

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EVERETT, Wash. – A 12-week course, “Cultivating Success: Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning,” begins Jan. 8 and will be offered 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays, in Stanwood and Renton, via simulcasting.

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Sept. 18: ‘Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching’ series begins

harvested vegetablesSNOHOMISH, Wash. – The fall course series, “Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching,” will begin Sept. 18 and, for the first time, simulcast to three locations near Stanwood, Enumclaw and Vashon Island. » More …

June 24: SE Washington Forest, Range Owners Field Day

taking forest readingPULLMAN, Wash. – WSU Extension  will present a Forest and Range Owners Field Day 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 24, on the Dickinson property at Cougar Canyon near Dayton, Wash. Gates open at 8 a.m. » More …

Fruit, nut exporter connects U.S. farms, China markets

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

TACOMA, Wash. – Farm Breeze International, a specialty crop export company headquartered in Tacoma, did $7.5 million in revenue in its first year selling tree nuts and fruit concentrate to China. In its second year, 2016, it shipped 15 million pounds of tree nuts and revenue more than tripled. » More …

New clean plant center director works to protect NW crops

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PROSSER, Wash. – As new director of the Clean Plant Center Northwest, Scott Harper will help growers stop devastating crop viruses before they gain a foothold. His top priority is to grow the Northwest’s supply of virus-free fruit trees, vines and hops. » More …

Feb. 11, 25: Workshop teaches farm recordkeeping

By Kate Ryan, WSU Extension

EVERETT, Wash. – Accurate financial records are essential to a farm business. A two-Saturdays workshop Feb. 11 and 25 will include information from experts about how to set up and maintain a farm money system. » More …

Jan. 9: Farmers gain skills in business planning, marketing

By Kate Ryan, WSU Extension

farm-businessEVERETT, Wash. – The course Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning will be simulcast 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays Jan. 9-March 20 in Gray Wolf Hall at Everett Community College and in Carnation Farm’s Alpine Room, 28901 NE Carnation Farm Rd., Carnation, Wash., as part of Washington State University Extension’s Cultivating Success series. Two Saturday seminars on focused topics will be Feb. 25 and March 4. » More …