on Wednesday, 09 June 2021. Posted in Blog & News

Many gathered last week to celebrate the completion of the EL 47.5 Pump Station. The Station is located 7 miles NE of Warden, WA and is replacing 8,500 acres of deep well irrigated lands with surface water in the Odessa Aquifer.  EL 47.5 is designed to supply water to over 10,500 acres.  Speakers in attendance included Duaine Anderson, ECBID Board President; Senator Mark Schoesler (District 9); Mark Maynard, Ephrata Field Office Manager, US Bureau of Reclamation; Tom Tebb, Director, Office of Columbia River of the Department of Ecology; and Derek Sandison, Director, WSDA. 

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WSDA Resilient Food System Infrastructure Grant Program

WSDA Resilient Food System Infrastructure Grant Program

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) recently opened the application period for the Resilient Food System Infrastructure (RFSI) Grant. This one-time grant program is funded by USDA and is designed to bolster the middle of Washington’s food supply chain. The program aims to enhance local and regional food systems by supporting activities like aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesaling, and distribution. Eligible entities include agricultural producers, processors, non-profit organizations, for-profit entities meeting SBA small business size standards, local and tribal governments, and institutions like schools and hospitals. Priority will be given to projects that benefit underserved and socially disadvantaged farmers, small and veteran-owned businesses, and projects that expand processing, aggregation, and distribution capacities. The application period opened on May 30, 2024, and closes on July 15, 2024 at 5:00 PM. WSDA is offering extensive support to help applicants through the process. This includes assistance from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and dedicated office hours every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the application deadline. Visit the RFSI webpage for more information about what’s available. If you need assistance, please visit the RSI website. WSDA will also be available with office hours of every Tuesday 10am through July 9th and every Thursday at 2pm through June 27th (no office hours on July 4th holiday)

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