Foster Creek Conservation District seeking to fill supervisor position

WATERVILLE — The Foster Creek Conservation District announces an opportunity to contribute to conservation and community by serving on its board of supervisors. A board position is available for appointment by the Washington State Conservation Commission. Supervisors are public officials who serve a three-year term, help set policy and direct the activities of the conservation district....
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Clinic nurse Anita Sprauer retires

 After 30 years working as a nurse at Waterville Clinic, Anita Sprauer retired Feb. 1. A party was held for her that afternoon at the clinic.
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Markets

Provided by USDA Market News Apples YAKIMA VALLEY AND WENATCHEE DISTRICT WASHINGTON 2018 SEASON (Feb. 7) — Supply Granny Smith fairly light. Demand good. Market steady. Cartons tray pack Washington Extra Fancy Red Delicious 64-100s $16-19, mostly $17-19; 113s $16-19; 125s $17-19. Golden Delicious 72-80s $24-28, mostly $26-28; 88s $22-28, mostly $24-28; 100s $22-28, mostly $22-26; 113s $20-24,...
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A sense of place | Historic preservation helps community see its way forward

WENATCHEE — Kris Bassett doesn’t just support the effort to save old buildings. She lives it.
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Conservation districts to hold annual meeting

WATERVILLE — The South Douglas and Foster Creek Conservation Districts, and Douglas County Crop Improvement Association will hold their annual meeting from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the NCW Fairgrounds Community Hall in Waterville. Topics will include noxious weeds and livestock, fire management on rangelands, cultural resources, drones and agriculture, calibration of equipment, reading...
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USDA announces CCC lending rates for February

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation has announced interest rates for February. The CCC borrowing rate-based charge for February is 2.625 percent, the same as in January. The interest rate for crop year commodity loans less than one year disbursed during February is 3.625 percent, the same as in January. Interest rates for Farm Storage...
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Time to start thinking about the garden

WATERVILLE — Waterville Community Garden members will be holding a garden planning party at Waterville Library from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 16. Topics will include planting dates, seed start techniques and favorite varieties for the Waterville Plateau climate. All are welcome to bring extra plant catalogues and seeds to share. Gardening books will be available to check out from the library...
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Northwest Farm Credit Services pays record patronage dividends to customer-members

SPOKANE — The Northwest Farm Credit Services Board of Directors has increased the association’s level of annual cash patronage dividends to customer-members from 1.0 to 1.25 percent of eligible average daily loan balances. Starting in mid-February, Northwest FCS will pay a record $138.4 million in 2018 patronage to more than 9,000 customer-members, compared to $108.1 million for 2017. Since...
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FSA office is open and processing applications for Market Facilitation Program

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office in Waterville is now open again and the four office employees are receiving pay.
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Markets

Provided by USDA Market News   Apples YAKIMA VALLEY AND WENATCHEE DISTRICT WASHINGTON 2018 SEASON (Jan. 24) — Demand fairly good. Market steady. Cartons tray pack Washington Extra Fancy Red Delicious 64-100s $16-19, mostly $17-19; 113s $16-19; 125s $17-19. Golden Delicious 72-80s $24-28, mostly $26-28; 88s $20-26, mostly $24-26; 100s $20-26, mostly $22-24; 113s $20-24, mostly $22-24....
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