Agriculture

Regenis is Converting Manure into an Environmental Success Story

By Dave Brumbaugh The consumer knows that dairy cows are the source of many delicious and nutritious foods, including milk, cheese, and ice cream. The farmer knows that they also produce a tremendous amount of manure—thousands...

Why the Cattlemen and the Farm Bureau are Suing the County

Ben Elenbaas Second Vice President, Whatcom County Farm Bureau, and Vice President | Whatcom County Cattlemen’s Association I submitted a research paper in May of 2014 to finish my degree at Western Washington University. It was titled,...

Agribusiness Trade Meeting Event

RE-PUBLISHED FROM PRESS RELEASE BELLINGHAM, WA, January 18, 2018 – Sustainable Connections announces speakers for the upcoming NW Washington Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting on February 20th, 2018. Patsy Martin from the Port of Skagit and Mauri Ingram from...

Seven Industry Leaders Forecast 2018

By MIKE MCKENZIE There’s an echo in the air… LABOR labor labor… AUTOMATION automation automation…. REGULATIONS regulations regulations…. OPTIMISM optimism optimism…. These subjects echoed throughout interviews and a survey conducted by Business Pulse to get a sense...

Farm-to-Table at its finest

By Sherri Huleatt ACME’s weekly food delivery box brings local food straight to your doorstep. Several years before “local” food was a staple and brand of Pacific Northwest grocery stores, and before subscription boxes popped up for...

Top 100 Privately-held Whatcom County based Companies of 2017

Last year the local free-market economy was a very good year. Our annual Top 100 privately-owned companies in Whatcom County topped $4,927,600,000 in sales during 2016 – the highest total since this survey began over 20...

Snapshots of Whatcom County’s farming industry

BY Mary Louise Van Dyke Farms sprawl across the landscape, especially dairy and berry, scattered throughout Whatcom County. And venues such as the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden and annual farm tours offer residents brief snapshots...

Dirt Therapy helps reintegration from the military at Growing Veterans farms

By Mary Louise Van Dyke Farm manager Joel Swenson keeps sentry watch on organic hop plants that rapidly shoot up on the Growing Veterans farm in rural Whatcom County. Last spring Swenson, a U.S. Army veteran,...

Business Person of the Year Winner – Doug Thomas

Innovation and caring The directions Doug Thomas has taken Bellingham Cold Storage By Sherri Huleatt Founded by Archibald Talbot in 1946, Bellingham Cold Storage (BCS) got its start as a single warehouse and icehouse. Today, BCS is the...

Small Business of the Year Finalist – Perry Pallet

Leftover wood waste yields new avenues for growth and profit By Tamara Anderson-Loucks Perry Pallet Company employees have created a strong market out of discovering creative uses for leftover wood waste. The Ferndale-based company got its start in...