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Skagit Ag Summit looks at growth, water, mental health


February 3, 2021

FROM SEA LEVEL TO SNOW LEVEL – Stand with the Skagit River at your back at the Fir Island Farms Reserve and look across the fields past the Fir-Conway Lutheran Church to the Cascade Mountains towering above Mount Vernon. Snow is on the mountaintops but there have been no measurable amounts in greater La Conner so far this winter.

“In 1960, all the people in Washington (state) could fit into King County today. That’s how much we’ve grown.”

Director of Skagit County Planning and Development Services Hal Hart was addressing the 50 participants in the sixth annual – and first virtual – Skagit Ag Summit. The Jan. 29 event’s 16 presentations focused on water, opportunities and threats facing agriculture and economic viability and development.

Threats first. While the pressure of growth and development on agricultural lands is real, Hart said the county has a good system of laws and ordinances to ke...

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