Giving farmers a helping hand

Whether you are a beginning farmer or have been farming for 30 years, it is important to know resources are available to assist you in your farming venture — through education, technical assistance, mediation, or counseling.
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Farm Bureau scholarship is available

WENATCHEE — The Chelan/Douglas County Farm Bureau is offering a $1,000 scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year. Applicants must be dependents of Farm Bureau members, FFA or 4-H students who are high school seniors enrolling in an accredited university or recognized vocational school this fall or are currently enrolled and seeking a degree in agriculture or an agriculture-related...
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ESL and citizenship preparation grant funding available

WENATCHEE — The Washington Apple Education Foundation is currently offering grants to organizations in Central Washington that provide adult education assistance to families employed in the tree fruit industry. Organizations including community groups, religious institutions, or public and private schools that assist agricultural workers and their families to attain scholastic success...
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Tree and shrub sale a success

Fifty-six individuals and families put in orders at this year’s South Douglas Conservation District tree and shrub sale. Pickup was held April 7 at the NCW Fairgrounds.
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Congress approves wheat growers’ request to fund falling numbers research

For more than a year, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and the Washington Grain Commission have been working with a group of Pacific Northwest industry stakeholders and members of the region’s federal delegation to increase falling numbers research funding through an appropriations request.
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WAEF sponsors apple art contest

WENATCHEE — The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) invites all current high school students throughout North Central Washington to participate in its Year of the Apple Art Contest. The Washington apple-themed contest will grant over $1,750 in cash prizes. Grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and the opportunity to see his or her artwork reproduced onto a poster-sized calendar....
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Strong economy, but trade risk looms for Northwest producers

SPOKANE — Northwest Farm Credit Services, the Northwest’s leading agricultural lending cooperative, has released its latest market snapshot reports that look at the state of major agricultural commodities. Northwest FCS industry teams monitor conditions and report outlooks for commodities financed by the co-op. Cattle: Cattle producers should see slightly profitable returns over the next 12...
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CCC announces interest rates for April

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation today announced interest rates for April. The CCC borrowing rate-based charge for April is 2.000 percent, up from 1.875 percent in March. The interest rate for crop year commodity loans less than one year disbursed during April is 3.000 percent, up from 2.875 percent in March. Interest rates for Farm...
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Optimism for winter wheat crop

Wheat farmers are getting ready to start working in the fields. The wheat seems pretty green and there's a feeling of encouragement among farmers.
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Chinese tariffs hit Washington wheat growers and voters

Pacific Northwest farmers are bracing for serious losses in the Chinese market after the country announced its intentions to impose a 25 percent tariff on all U.S. wheat in reaction to tariffs imposed by President Trump on Chinese goods.
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