Alternatives to Adjudication Provide a Better Path Forward for Our Community

In response to the state Department of Ecology's ongoing request to the state legislature for funding to begin the process of an adjudication in the Nooksack Basin, Whatcom Family Farmers has sent a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the budget committees in both state legislative chambers. An ...

Whatcom Indian-Sikh farmers thank Seattle City Council for supporting farmers in India, ask for help against local threats

Farmers in Whatcom County, like farmers in India, face devastating government actions proposed without their input Paul Sangha, a leader in a growing community of Indian-Sikh farmers in northwest Washington reached out to thank Seattle city leaders for their resolution supporting farmers in India and others around the globe. ...

Whatcom blueberry farmer urges community to be educated on water issues

Paul Sangha and his family have been farming in Whatcom County for about 30 years.  “I'm a first-generation Punjabi Sikh berry farmer in Whatcom County,” Sangha said. He is a blueberry farmer.  “My biggest fear with what we are headed into right now is not just for my ...

The last water adjudication Washington did was a fiasco: Farm Bureau CEO

The harmful 'adjudication' process state leaders are calling for in Whatcom County has been used before--in Yakima, where it caused far more harm than good.  John Stuhlmiller, Washington Farm Bureau CEO, joins Dillon Honcoop to explain the history, and how the story of what happened in the Yakima basin ...

Bellingham mayor speaks on adjudication

Just a few months into Bellingham Mayor Seth Fleetwood’s tenure as mayor, he was notified the Nooksack River basin was being considered for adjudication by the Washington State Department of Ecology. The adjudication process takes years -- sometimes decades, not to mention the financial burden it causes, Fleetwood mentioned. ...

The Case Against a Water Right Adjudication in the Nooksack

Recently the Department of Ecology made a quiet but very momentous decision. It is requesting funds from the legislature to begin the process of adjudication in the Nooksack Basin. This action has caused huge concerns in the farming community and many other water users, while other groups welcome the process. ...

42nd District candidates respond to Dairy Federation questions

Whatcom Family Farmers does not endorse candidates, but believes voters should be informed. The Washington State Dairy Federation collected responses from candidates for the 42nd District. Here are the unedited responses: Water Rights, Adjudication, & Supply Background: Whatcom County has a diverse and very productive agricultural segment that feeds into ...

Blueberry growers unite over request for investigation

The American Blueberry Growers Alliance is in support of the U.S. Trade Representatives request for a safeguard investigation regarding blueberry imports. According to a press release from the alliance, the organization "expects that the investigation will result in a remedy that allows the domestic industry to recover from the harmful ...

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