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State is looking for new farmers


The state of Washington is looking for a few good farmers, willing to also be good teachers.

After a successful pilot program in two counties, Washington’s Farm Internship Project expands in July to 16 counties.

Patrice Barrentine, education and outreach coordinator with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, said the program is the first of its kind in the nation.

The average age of a Washington farmer is almost 59. And Barrentine noted there are 34,000 farms across the state that will eventually need a new generation of owners and workers.

The internships last one year. The project is open to farms with annual sales of less than $250,000, and they can have up to three intern...

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