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Still Time to be Counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture

NASS to follow-up with producers who have not yet responded

Farmers and ranchers still have time to be counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Although the first deadline has just passed, NASS will continue to accept Census information through the spring to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture that represents all farmers and ranchers.

"We thank everyone who has completed their Census to date. We currently have a return rate of just over 40 percent of the 3 million Census questionnaires mailed last fall," said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. "A lot is at stake if producers are not represented in this data. Census data have and will continue to influence important decisions for American agriculture. The data will affect every operation and every farming community at some point, whether it be through farm policy, disaster relief, insurance or loan programs, infrastructure improvements, or agribusiness setup. There is accuracy and strength in numbers, which is why NASS is committed to giving producers every opportunity to respond."

Federal law mandates that everyone who received the 2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaire complete it and return it even if not currently farming. NASS will continue to follow-up with producers through the spring with mailings, phone calls, and personal visits. To avoid these additional contacts, farmers and ranchers are encouraged to complete their Census either online or by mail as soon as possible. Responding online saves time by skipping sections that do not apply and automatically calculating totals. The online questionnaire is accessible on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.

Learn more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture. For questions or assistance filling out the Census, call toll-free (888) 424-7828.


Join Viva Farms for Small Livestock Workshops, April 12 & 26

Small Livestock Farming I & II
Join Viva Farms King County for a FREE workshop for farmers! Learn valuable skills and best practices for working with small scale livestock. Focus is on cattle, hogs, sheep & goats, but rabbits, camelids and poultry will also be covered. Farmer round-table discussion concludes the workshop.

Part I: Animal Husbandry
April 12, 2018
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
This workshop emphasizes: day-to-day care, handling, feeding, breeding, birthing and weaning to market weight.

Part II: Feeding your Animals for Health and Profit
April 26, 2018
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
This workshop emphasizes: farm layout, grass-based diets, pasture management, supplements, and alternative feeds.

Led by Perry Acworth, Viva Farms. Special guests to be announced.

Please RSVP to let us know you are coming! Light refreshments will be provided.

Location
Sammamish Valley Grange #286
14654 148th Avenue Northeast
Woodinville, WA 98072


Agricultural Water Management Workshops

For Western Washington farmers, the never-ending challenge of water: having too much when you don’t want it and/or not having enough when you need it are top of the list issues. From flooding to questionable water rights, anyone trying to make a living from the land can face these water-centric challenges and more. As with so many things, the less you know, the more it will cost you later.

To help address these challenges, WSU King County Extension, Snoqualmie Watershed Improvement District, King Conservation District, and King County are sponsoring three workshops on Agricultural Water Management (AWM) this spring. Location for all is the Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave, Carnation, WA.

AWM l – When You Don’t Have Enough!
Monday, March 19, 2018 6:30-9:30pm
Water rights are top concerns for farmers. Do you have them? Can you get them? How do you find out? John Rose from WA Dept of Ecology will answer these questions and more. In addition, other topics include irrigation strategies to use what you have efficiently, measuring soil moisture, flow meter installation and usage along with a discussion on installing screens to reduce the impact of irrigation on fish. Other speakers include Troy Peters, an irrigation specialist for WSU, along with representatives from Snoqualmie Watershed Improvement District, Seametrics, and WDFW.

AWM ll – When You Have Too Much!
Monday, April 16, 2018 6:30-9:30pm
Increased flooding, climate change, development, even increasing beaver populations all have a direct impact on farmers ability to farm in King County. Learn what you can do to manage excess water on your farm. Topics covered include drainage strategies, tiling, beaver controls, obtaining hydraulic permits, and a discussion of King County’s Agricultural Drainage Assistance Program (ADAP). Speakers include representatives from Snoqualmie Watershed Improvement District, NRCS, King County, and WDFW.

AWM lll – Developing a Farm Flood Plan
Monday, May 21, 2018 6:30-9:30pm
If you farm in the lowlands of Western Washington, sooner or later flooding will impact your farm and family. For many this is a semi-regular event that can take a toll emotionally and financially. Developing a farm flood plan can help your farm prepare for the worst by taking a smart approach to planning and infrastructure. Speakers from King County Flood Control, King Conservation District, and the insurance industry will discuss the components of an effective flood plan, infrastructure improvements, farm pads, and the regulations influencing floodplain management. In addition, the nonprofit Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance will provide a demo of their Floodzilla 2.0 flood monitoring project.

All workshops are free, we ask that you pre-register (for one or all) to ensure we have enough resources available for all attendees. Register online at AgWater.EventBrite.com. For more information, contact Kate Ryan, 425-357-6024.


2018 KCD Regional Food System Grant

You can now find information and pre-application materials for the 2018 KCD Regional Food System Grant.

The Grant Orientation workshop is scheduled for Monday, April 2, 10am - 12:30pm at the South Treatment Center in Renton.


Farmers, residents, fish and wildlife win in historic Snoqualmie Fish, Farm and Flood accord

King County Executive Dow Constantine today thanked Snoqualmie Valley farmers, residents and fish and wildlife advocates for achieving a landmark agreement balancing reduced flood risk to people and property, strengthening salmon populations, and growing a prosperous farming community.


Cruise Provisioning

Sharing local products with cruise ship passengers is a huge opportunity. Seattle brings in so many visitors each year, it really helps sustain many local businesses.


Organic Farming Research Foundation educational guides

Organic Farming Research Foundation has published a new series of educational guides designed to help organic farmers and ranchers enhance the soil health and overall resilience of their operations. These guides to practical organic soil health management will assist farmers in selecting the best practices for their particular circumstances, while leading the way toward more sustainable agricultural systems

The first three guides in the series are now available to download free of charge. The remaining four guides will be released over the coming weeks. This summer, a limited number of printed copies will be available upon request. The complete series includes:

Now available:

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Building Organic Matter for Healthy Soils: An Overview
A discussion of the attributes of healthy soil, the central role of organic matter, and how to monitor and enhance soil organic matter and soil health in organic production.

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Weed Management: An Ecological Approach
An ecological approach to integrated weed management tools that reduce the need for soil disturbance.

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Practical Conservation Tillage
The impacts of tillage on soil health, including practical, soil-friendly tillage practices for organic systems.

Coming soon:

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Cover Crops: Selection and Management
Selecting the best cover crops, mixes, and management methods for soil health, including crop rotations and cropping system biodiversity.

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Plant Genetics: Plant Breeding and Variety Selection
Plant breeding and variety selection for performance in sustainable organic systems, including potential benefits to soil biology and soil health.

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Water Management and Water Quality
The role of soil health and organic soil management in water conservation and water quality.

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Nutrient Management for Crops, Soil, and the Environment
The role of soil health and the soil food web, including practical guidelines for adapting soil test-based nutrient recommendations (especially N) for organic systems.


USDA Unveils New ‘Urban Agriculture Toolkit' for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs

The face of agriculture is changing, and urban agriculture is one of the latest movements to challenge the traditional view of farming. From rooftop gardens to aquaponics centers in old warehouses to growing crops on abandoned properties, urban agriculture provides many benefits to a community, including closer neighborhood ties, reduced crime, education and job training opportunities, and healthy food access for low-income residents. Download the toolkit.


Poultry Processing Equipment Available for Rent

King Conservation District provides low-cost rental of equipment for small-scale producers to safely process poultry for home consumption, or to slaughter poultry for direct marketing with a WSDA permit. At this time no other poultry processing equipment is available for rent in King County. The KCD project helps producers fill the demand for locally-grown chicken, turkey, and other poultry.

KCD rental equipment is provided in partnership with the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC), which manages online scheduling, and Grange Supply in Issaquah, which serves as the pick-up and drop-off location.


Food Safety Modernization Act Resources.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.

Upcoming Events

Join Viva Farms NEW King County Farm Incubator and Oregon Tilth to find out if organic certification makes sense for your farm business!, April 5

Potluck and Talk: Organic Pest Management on the Farm, April 9