New salmon habitat project shows Whatcom farmers are serious about collaborating to restore fish

News of a newly-completed salmon habitat restoration project in the midst of farmland near Lynden is underscoring farmers’ commitment to the long-term collaborative restoration work needed to help critically-endangered salmon populations in the Nooksack River Basin. Farmers in Whatcom County have been saying they want to bring together the local ...

As drought worsens, Whatcom farmers call for immediate action to protect fish, farming

Farmers urge all parties to come to the table and begin collaborative work to safeguard both endangered salmon and local farming, as drought underscores risks of inaction As drought conditions worsen and stream flows plummet in the wake of an historic heatwave, Whatcom County farmers are calling for all parties ...

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 ...

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 ...

Covid-19 isn’t a foreseeable problem for raspberry market, but concerns about trade bring the wildcard

Henry Bierlink, Washington State Red Raspberry Commission Director joins Dillion Honcoop on the Farming Show to share the feats of the raspberry industry. For quite some time, the raspberry market has been struggling with trade issues. Despite the struggles in agriculture with Covid-19, the red raspberry crop this year looks ...

U.S. Trade Representative Asks for Full Evaluation of Raspberry Industry

Whatcom County is the largest producer of red raspberries in the world, producing over 60% of the U.S. crop. Most local raspberry growers freeze or process their berries. This allows them to ensure that the raspberries are picked at the peak of ripeness, for maximum flavor and juiciness. However, there ...

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Why a 4th generation dairy farm decided to sell their herd

RTJ, a fourth generation dairy farm in Whatcom County, has sold their herd. They announced on Facebook less than two weeks ago that they had decided to part ways with dairy farming. Ashton Beanblossom, fourth generation farmer, spoke with Dillon Honcoop about the decision.  “Darigold made an announcement at the ...

Whats Up With WhatsUpStream

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] A LITTLE BACKGROUND [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Through the EPA, our government spent at least $570,000 of your tax dollars on this false, malicious attack on farmers. Not only that, the records and statements by the campaign's sponsors state that EPA officials were intimately involved in planning the content and direction. This is ...

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