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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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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Winegrowers gear up for convention

NCW — Registration is now open for the Washington Winegrowers Association’s 2019 Convention and Trade Show to be held Feb. 11-14 at the Three Rivers Convention Center and Toyota Center in Kennewick. This four-day event, the second largest of its kind in the nation, will include a trade show; poster session spotlighting the latest industry research; a State of the Industry report featuring...
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Wine industry offers scholarships

NCW — The Washington Wine Industry Foundation is offering over $30,000 in scholarships for undergraduate and post-graduate students studying viticulture, enology or a related field. They include: Walter J. Clore Scholarship: The scholarship was established by the Washington Winegrowers Association in honor of Clore’s grape research and lifetime achievements in the field of viticulture and...
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Flywheel Investment Conference to be held in April

WENATCHEE — The 2019 Flywheel Investment Conference is now accepting applications from Washington state startups looking for funding. The Flywheel Investment Conference is a full-day event that generates momentum and resources for early stage companies. It is a unique opportunity for angel investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, startups and community members to come together to...
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