NW Tribal College Awarded Grant & Disaster Counties Declared plus Food Forethought. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.
Umatilla County in Oregon has been declared a natural disaster area due to losses caused by excessive rain events that occurred May 2 – June 24, 2010. Producers in the contiguous counties of Grant, Morrow, Wallowa and Union plus Washington State counties Benton, Columbia, & Walla Walla can also apply for assistance according to FSA's Chris Bieker.
BIEKER: First they would need to contact their county office and they would need to be able to document their loss and again it varies depending on which program they are signing up for so the best thing to do is for producers to contact their county offices and ask which programs might apply to them and their situation.
Bellingham, Washington's Northwest Indian College has been awarded a $196,500 grant through the USDA Rural Development Tribal College Initiative Grant program. The program provides land-grant institutions with funds for outreach and education services to help meet the needs of Native American communities. 22 tribal colleges in nine states have been awarded grants. The monies can be used for finance infrastructure improvements, purchase equipment and develop essential community facilities.
Now with today's Food Forethought, here's Lacy Gray.
Ah, fall, my favorite time of year. I wait impatiently for its arrival every year, and mourn its oh too quick passing. The signal of fall's approach can be found in the changing colors of foliage, going from brilliant shades of greens and neon's to warm, rich shades of gold, russet, and crimson, or in the delicious abundance of the end of summer's freshly harvested produce. This year in addition to the garden's normal tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini, I also discovered the pleasure of growing and cooking with my own fresh herbs, and the show they have put on for myself and the neighbors has been quite spectacular. From the beginning of spring blooming, to their final burst of color and growth as we enter into fall, the thyme, rosemary, oregano, basils, chives, and sage have most certainly outdone any ornamental plants that I have ever watered, fertilized, and pinched into submission. Fun thing is, I will continue to enjoy all these fresh herbs in my cooking throughout the long winter months as each and every one can be harvested, dried, and stored quite successfully. Fresh flavor doesn't have to end with last warm day of summer.
Thanks Lacy. That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.