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 ...

University expert pushes back against false fears about local potato farming

A recent letter to the editor in the Lynden Tribune has sparked a response from an expert. Dillon Honcoop spoke with Washington State University scientist Chris Benedict after a letter to the editor raised fears that a specific pesticide was being used in local potato farming.  The letter claimed local ...

New Farm Directory Makes Connection to Food Even Easier

Mariposa Farm: Everson, WA. Photo by FotoMataio In July 2020, Sustainable Connections and Eat Local First announced a new resource to bring farmers and consumers together. The Eat Local First Washington Directory allows food lovers across the state to keyword search for specific products, markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) locations, restaurants and breweries, and even ...

Whatcom Raspberry Growers Still Hoping for Warmer Weather

Bizzare weather twists are causing many challenges for berry growers in Whatcom County this year. Besides a high amount of the crop being lost to rot, the strawberry season was cut short because the weather turned pickers away from working. Now as raspberry season unfolds, Randy Kraght of Barbie’s ...

Forecast: Better weather on the way for remainder of raspberry harvest

Photo Credit: Lynden Tribune This year has been a strange year for a number of reasons with many challenges due to Covid-19 and economic changes. Whatcom County red raspberry growers faced yet another curveball with heavy rainfall as their harvest got underway. As June came and went, strawberry farmers ...

New Whatcom County Dairy Ambassador Continues the Tradition in a Different Fashion

Jewel Plagerman was crowned as the 2020 Whatcom County Dairy Ambassador in a virtual coronation in April. Each year a new Dairy Ambassador is chosen to represent the local dairy community, focusing on education, promotion, and advocacy. Through a series of interviews and competitions, the Whatcom County Dairy ...

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