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  • COVID Restrictions Tightened for Farmers, Loosened for Everyone Else

    COVID Restrictions Tightened for Farmers, Loosened for Everyone Else

    • June 5, 2020

    While Whatcom County residents celebrate their advance to Phase 2 of the Safe Start COVID response, our farmers have been scrambling to source personal protective equipment and adapt their procedures following yet another change to safety rules from the governor’s office. Effective June 5, Phase 2 allows businesses which had been closed since March to

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

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

    • May 14, 2020

    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 are concerns about unfair practices

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  • Hemp farming in Whatcom County

    Hemp farming in Whatcom County

    • March 6, 2020

    Is hemp farming part of the future of farming in Whatcom County?  Mike Douma, former dairy farmer, sold his cows and is trying out hemp farming.  “Our family has been dairying for over 50 years,” Douma said. “In Whatcom County it’s tough to dairy and make money.” The Douma family decided they were done milking

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  • Whatcom farmers survive flood with minimal damage

    Whatcom farmers survive flood with minimal damage

    • February 13, 2020

    Farmers in Whatcom County were hit hard by flooding last week. Local dairyman and Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee member Jeff DeJong says that the flood was predicted well so they were able to prepare for it. His farm wasn’t affected directly by the flooding.  Community members were warned by authorities to

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