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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.


Diagnostic Plant Clinic

gloved hands holding soil

Soil Testing for Home Gardeners


Whatcom Ag Monthly

2021 Flood Support Page

The recent floods that resulted from heavy precipitation resulted in damage to homes, businesses, farmland, and livestock. This page is intended to aggregate available information to help landowners.

Damage Assessment – Documents

Preliminary Damage Assessment (pdf)

PDA – How to Guide (pdf)

Sample Public Assistance Projects (pdf)

WSDOT Local Programs Contacts (pdf)

EHP Contact Log Combined (pdf)

FEMA Preliminary Disaster Assessment Guide  (pdf)

PDA Site Sheets FY2020 (Excel file)

WSU Extension Bulletin

Feeding Livestock During and After a Disaster (pdf)

From Washington State Dairy Federation

Trucks and Drivers to Get Materials to EPL Feed in Sumas

Jason Hoekstra at EPL Feed is struggling to bring the plant back to full operational levels, sourcing electrical parts from across the nation. TRUCKS and DRIVERS are needed immediately. They are trying to get feed materials from Spokane and Oregon but can take it from just about anywhere.

They need drivers and trucks with a belt or walking floor trailer.

If you can help, contact Jason Hoekstra, CEO of EPL Feed at his cell (910) 360-7833 or email:

Farm-to-Farm Deliveries of Feed to Whatcom or Skagit County

This is best coordinated through Fred Likkel, who works with Dairy Federation, Whatcom Family Famers and Save Family Farming. He is on the ground in Whatcom County. Trucks, trailers, and drivers are needed in addition to any feed delivery. Belt trailers, hopper bottoms, dump trailers are all options here. We can get you matched to a farm that can take the load and use it or mix it on site.

If you can help, contact Fred Likkel at: •  (360) 815-4361

From U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Crops Harvested from Flooded Fields Intended for Animal Food

From the Office of the Washington State Veterinarian, WSDA

Currently, the best options for assistance to deal with the aftermath from the flooding will come from the federal government. The USDA Farm Services Agency has several aid programs. Below are resources you can review to see if you qualify.

Washington FSA also has a FSA Disaster Program Availability fact sheet that lays out which programs require a federal disaster declaration.

The FSA has offices in 25 counties around the state, including offices in Whatcom and Skagit counties. Visit the FSA Washington counties webpage to find contact information for your local office.

COVID-19 Response

Vaccination Resources…

COVID-19 Vaccine Basics from WSU

Other Resources:
For Farmers…

• Farmers & Food Production/Business Operations

For Families…

• School Meal Programs

Food Meal Resources

• Meal info for eastern Whatcom County

Additional Resources…

Showcased at our Snap-Ed website

Educational Opportunity:

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture at WSU Everett Degree Announcement

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture at WSU Everett

Complete part of a four year WSU agriculture degree closer to home, including hands-on experience through a series of internships at the WSU Everest campus.

Information slides (pdf)

Diagnostic Plant Clinic

Important Notice:
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Impact to Plant Clinics

Currently “In person” clinics are closed, but Master Gardeners are here to help and are responding via  e-mail.

To submit your request to the Plant Clinic,  email us at Please provide the location and a detailed description of the problem, plant, or insect. Send digital photos if possible.  Also, provide a phone number in case we have more questions.

Please check back here for more information on the status of our clinics.

And as always, this service is FREE and open to the public.


Asian Giant Hornet

Alert Info – Asian Giant Hornet

Information is relevant to both commercial farmers & homeowners.

Whatcom Ag Monthly: Additional Information on Asian Giant Hornet

WSU Whatcom County Extension: Asian Giant Hornet Website


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County Programs

WSU Extension programs and policies are consistent with federal and state laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race, sex, religion, age, color, creed, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and veteran status. Evidence or noncompliance may be reported through the WSU Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact the Whatcom Extension office at least two weeks prior to the event.

Logo of WSU Whatcom County Extension

Office Phone Number:
(360) 778-5800

1000 N. Forest Street
Suite #201
Bellingham, WA  98225

“Serving the Citizens of Whatcom County for over 100 Years!”


Effective immediately

Due to fluctuations in the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak, the WSU Whatcom Extension County office may experience occasional unexpected closures.  Staff are working during this time and generally reachable by phone, email, video-conferencing or other electronic means.

There however may be some cancellations / postponements of events and we will do our best to keep everyone informed.

We appreciate your patience until we are able to resume full and normal operations of our office.

Thank you