Lewison: Capital Gains Tax Will Have A Direct Impact On Washington Farmers

During the 2021 legislative session, Washington lawmakers passed a new capital gains tax; a tax that will be challenged in court. Pam Lewison with the Washington Policy Center said with no exemptions for farm lands, the tax will have severe impacts on producers statewide. “Anyone who tracks the value of farmland should be well aware that $250,000 is […]

NCW Preparing To Vaccinate Farmworkers

With spring just around the corner, the State and Health Districts across Washington are formulating plans to vaccinate farmworkers. Chelan-Douglas Health District Administrator Luke Davies said there’s an estimated 50,000 people that will need to get vaccinated. “The state is also trying to figure out how to prioritize groups like fishermen who are coming in […]

Inslee OKs Agritourism Activities

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has released new guidance that will permit agritourism activities this fall for counties in a modified Phase One. The five counties currently under a modified Phase One, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin and Yakima, will be able to offer corn mazes, hay wagons, fire pits and more, similar to counties that are […]

NCW Officials Trying To Track Down Apples Distributed By Inslee

North Central Washington investigators are asking for your helping as they try to track down apples brought to the Bridgeport area by Governor Jay Inslee over the weekend. During his Saturday trip to witness the devastation from area wildfires, the Governor brought apples from western Washington. Will Carpenter Director of the Chelan-Douglas Horticultural Pest and […]

Drought Leads To Disaster Declaration For NW Counties

On Wednesday Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the designation of seven central Washington counties as primary natural disaster area. Producers in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for FSA emergency loans. This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit […]

Local PUDs Say They Should Be Eligible For Broadband Funding

As more effort is put into connecting rural America with broadband service, local PUDs say they want to be considered for federal funding. In a joint statement released Tuesday, the leaders for the Chelan, Douglas and Grant PUDs said the COVID-19 pandemic has made very clear how vital affordable broadband is for rural customers. In […]

WAEF Art Contest Deadline Set For May 1st

The Washington Apple Education Foundation is inviting all high school students across Central Washington to participate in the organization’s annual Year of the Apple Art contest. The Washington apple themed contest will grant over $1750 cash in student prizes. First place will receive $1,000, 2nd place $500, and 3rd place $250. In addition to cash prizes for […]

Central Washington Communities Receive Federal Dollars To Address Water Issues

On Tuesday, the USDA announced the City of Ritzville and the Greater Bar Water District received federal monies to address water issues.  The federal loans and grants come through the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal program.  The aim of the program is to improve water systems and waste water handling services in rural communities by […]

Viebrock Honored Nationally For Service To NCW

A staple of North Central Washington Ag has been honored for her decades of hard work.  Earlier this summer, WSU-Extension leader and educator Margaret Viebrock was honored with the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences’ 2019 Distinguished Service Award.  Viebrock was hired in 1970, teaching those in Douglas and Chelan counties how to use […]