WSU Extension Island County provides educational and networking assistance to production agriculturalists and small-acreage landowners involved with food & fiber production, animal husbandry, horticulture, floriculture, and forestry/woodlot management.
Important Agricultural Links:
- USDA New Farmers
- WSU AgWeatherNet
- WSU Small Farms Team
- Small Farms of Island County
- Milk Market Administrator’s Office
From The USDA NEW Farmers Website
WSU Livestock Advisor Program
Livestock Advisor volunteers are trained by Washington State University to provide small farmers and livestock owners with answers to basic questions about animal husbandry and land stewardship. Livestock Advisors receive 80 hours of specialized livestock instruction and BMPs and give back to their communities by making farm visits, hosting educational events, mentoring and other activities. Livestock Advisors reside in Skagit, Snohomish, Island, Whatcom and San Juan counties but serve the entire region.
When might you call on a Livestock Advisor?
Anytime you have a question on equine, swine, bovine, goat, sheep, chicken, fowl, alpaca, llama, rabbit care; pasture renovation & management; forages; soils; mud management; nutrient (manure) management; fencing; livestock & meats judging and more. Call 360-428-4270 or e-mail your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan DeVries, Program Coordinator
Joan DeVries is the Program Coordinator and is located in Skagit County Extension office. She brings a lifetime of farm experience and learning to the Livestock Advisor program. To learn how you can become a Livestock Advisor to your community, visit http://skagit.wsu.edu/Agriculture/volunteer.htm.