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Cider Industry Continues to Shine

The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) star continues to rise.  Under the management of the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC), the association grew from 19 to 35 cidermaker members in just 8 months.  Also, new categories for membership were adopted creating … Continue reading

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Building For Processing Facility at Cloud Mountain Farm Nears Completion

The building that will house a new fresh vegetable processing facility located at Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Whatcom County is near completion. This new facility is several years in the making and is the result of a collaborative effort … Continue reading

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NABC Funded for Cooperative Development

NABC has been awarded $200,000 in grant funding to support the development of agricultural cooperatives throughout northwest Washington. This fourth round of funding for NABC comes through the USDA Rural Development Department and its Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) Program. … Continue reading

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Whatcom Community Foundation Funds North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative

The Whatcom Community Foundation has committed to provide a “matching fund” loan of up to $65,000 to support the North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative (NCMPC). The funding comes at an integral time for the cooperative, which is currently seeking to raise … Continue reading

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NABC Welcomes Larry Pitts to Lead New Agricultural Processing Initiative

In November NABC announced new funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide technical support for existing agricultural processors and to incubate new processors of agricultural products in Northwest Washington. Known as the Northwest Washington Agricultural Processing Initiative, the … Continue reading

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2013 Workshop Series Announced: Transitioning to Value-Added Products

Starting in January 2013, NABC is reprising our very popular TVA (Transition to Value-Added) Product workshop series. Supported by a USDA Value Added Producers Grant, this workshop series offers comprehensive, business oriented classes for farmers, ranchers, and nursery/greenhouse operators to … Continue reading

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New Food Processing Cluster Funded: NABC to Hire Project Manager

NABC will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide technical support for existing agricultural processors and to incubate new processors of agricultural products in Northwest Washington. Known as the Northwest Washington Agricultural Processing Initiative, the goal of … Continue reading

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NABC Funded for Cooperative Development

NABC has been awarded a third round of $175,000 in grant funding to support the development of agricultural cooperatives throughout the northern Puget Sound region. The funding comes through the USDA Rural Development Department and its Rural Cooperative Development Grant … Continue reading

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WA Cider Culture – Classes and Glasses Fill! | Skagit County

NABC has been abuzz with developments in our WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant-funded work to develop a hard cider culture in WA. In the past quarter, we’ve delivered six courses in cider production, including two completely new courses in business … Continue reading

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PSFN Partners with Local Orbit — a Revolutionary Online Sales Tool for Producers

A few months ago the USDA announced the 2012 Value Added Producer Grant awards. Several farm businesses and organizations in Washington received funding including the Northwest Agriculture Business Center who received $300,000 for Regional Food System Development. With some of … Continue reading

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