Briefly: Lynden and the surrounding areas in the news, March 23, 2022 | News

Gasoline prices decrease 1.2 cents per gallon

Average gasoline prices in Washington have fallen 1.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $ 4.72 / g on March 21, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 2,666 stations in Washington.

Prices in Washington are 78.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $ 1.48 / g higher than a year ago.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Washington was priced at $ 3.94 / g yesterday while the most expensive was $ 5.59 / g, a difference of $ 1.65 / g.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 9.0 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $ 4.23 / g today.

The national average is up 71.5 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands $ 1.37 / g higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

Kindergarten registration at Lynden Schools until March 25

Parents who have children planning to enter kindergarten in Lynden schools for fall 2022 are asked to register online through March 25.

For planning purposes, it is important that students register before March 25.

Placement of students in their neighborhood school in kindergarten is on a first come, first serve basis.

To be eligible to register for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years of age before midnight Aug. 31.

A record of immunizations, birth certificate, and proof of residency as required by state law, will be required prior to class placement.

Any questions regarding registration may be directed to the school your child will be attending:

• Fisher Elementary (360-354-4291);

• Elemental Isom (360-354-1992);

• Bernice Vossbeck Elementary (360-354-0488).

Lynden Birth Center now open

The Lynden Birth Center is now open and has welcomed its first two babies in the first week.

Licensed midwife Mary Burgess purchased the old Farmers Insurance building on the corner of 3rd and Grover streets in February 2020 and has been renovating every inch. It is now a beautiful, calming space to welcome a baby.

Decorated in soft teal greens and bright whites, with hard wood accents like barn doors, soft white comforters, handmade quilts, and a Midwives Garden, the Lynden Birth Center is a wonderful offering for families of North Whatcom County.

For more info or a tour, see Facebook or or call 360-510-0188. The Lynden Birth Center: Where Families are Born.

Whatcom County Dairy Women seek dairy ambassador candidates

Whatcom County Dairy Women are inviting female candidates to apply to represent the local dairy industry through education and promotion as the 2022-2023 Dairy Ambassador. Applications are due by midnight, Friday, April 1.

The ambassador role provides opportunities such as training in public speaking, public relations and social media activities; a professional wardrobe; eligibility for Dairy Women scholarships; and up to $ 1,200 upon completing term.

A contestant must have dairy industry knowledge and past involvement in the dairy community. She may qualify in one of the following ways:

• Lived or worked for wages on a regular basis on a dairy farm at at least one year in the past five years, or lived and worked on a dairy farm not less than three cumulative years during her life.

• Or her parent (s) or legal guardian (s) are dairy farmers.

• Or she and / or her parent (s) / legal guardian (s) are dairy farm employees engaged in dairy operations, or are employed full-time in any support phase of the dairy industry (such as a dairy processor, milk truck driver , cheese factory worker, veterinarian, equipment or feed supplier, etc.).

• Or completed a 4-H or FFA dairy-related project / competition, such as a cow or heifer project, dairy foods, dairy judging, dairy foods demonstration, or dairy-related ag issues.

Candidates must be female and 17 to 24 years of age as of Oct. 1, be a high school graduate or equivalent on or before June 2023; and be a resident of Whatcom County.

NW Washington Fair Foundation scholarship available to local students

LYNDEN – The Northwest Washington Fair Foundation opens the scholarship application process for local high school students today, offering $ 500- $ 1,000 to each winner.

Supplemental American Rescue Plan funding available

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced supplemental American Rescue Plan Act funding for the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP).

The program will receive a total of $ 130 million in supplemental American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act funding to promote competition and create more and better markets for local and regional food producers by expanding and strengthening opportunities to sell to institutions, such as universities, hospitals, and settings operated by local, tribal, and state governments.

The supplemental ARP funding is divided into $ 65 million for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 each.

In fiscal year 2022, LAMP will receive a total of $ 97 million in competitive grant funding to help local and regional food entities develop, coordinate and expand producer-to-consumer marketing, local and regional food markets and local food enterprises.

The total includes the first $ 65 million of supplemental ARP funding and $ 32 million in funds provided through the 2018 Farm Bill.

Of the $ 97 million, LAMP’s Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) will receive $ 57 million and the Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) will receive $ 40 million.

FMLFPP is implemented through two funding opportunities: the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). FMPP supports direct to consumer markets like farmers markets and CSAs and the LFPP supports indirect to consumer markets like food hubs and value-added product incubators.

Both programs require a 25% cash or in-kind match of the Federal portion of the grant.

RFSP supports public-private partnerships that build and strengthen viability and resilience of local or regional food economies. Projects focus on increase the availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products and alleviating unnecessary administrative and technical barriers.

Projects can cover the planning and design of a local and regional food economy as well as implementing or expanding an existing one. This program requires 25% cash match of the Federal portion of the grant.

AMS encourages applications that serve smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, underserved producers, veteran producers, and / or underserved communities.

For grants intending to serve these entities, applicants should engage and involve those beneficiaries when developing projects and applications.

AMS offers RFA webinars for new applicants to help walk them through the RFA while also providing helpful hints on what has made past recipients successful.

For registration information visit Additionally, Frequently Asked Questions are posted on the website, and grants management specialists are standing by to answer any incoming questions and emails during regular business hours.

Applications must be submitted electronically through by Monday, May 16, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Any grant application submitted after the due date will not be considered unless the applicant provides documentation of an extenuating circumstance that prevented their timely submission of the grant application.

For more information about grant eligibility and previously funded projects, visit the following webpages or use the contact information.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways.

In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America.

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