Free Agriculture Energy Upgrades For Small Farmers

Puget Sound Energy is partnering with the Whatcom Conservation District in piloting a new program called Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program.

This program is focused on farmers in North Whatcom County. Their goal is to save small farms money and energy by upgrading lighting and equipment for free.

PSE is looking for ten small farms to join this program.

If you are interested or have questions, please contact Nick at or (360) 922-4204.

2017 Scholarship Winners

Whatcom County Farm Bureau is pleased to announce its 2017 Scholarship Winners.

Dana Ebe


Austin Lenssen

 Whatcom County Farm Bureau awarded a $1250 scholarship to Dana Ebe, the daughter of Greg and Mary Ebe. Ebe is graduating from Ferndale High School and will be studying in Civil Engineering this fall at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Ebe stated "I am drawn to engineering because I would find it very rewarding to find solutions to issues in my community or projects in my future job."

Austin Lenssen, the son of David & Heather Lenssen, was awarded a $750 scholarship by Whatcom County Farm Bureau. Lenssen is graduating from Whatcom Community College and will be studying landscape, nursery, and greenhouse management at Washington State University. Lenssen said "I want to be a greenhouse manager growing flowers, bushes, and trees to sell for personal and commercial use in Northwest Washington." 

Whatcom County Farm Bureau 2017 Scholarships

The Whatcom County Farm Bureau is offering $2000 in scholarships to qualified Whatcom County students. A minimum of $500 will be awarded to each winner.

 Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a scholarship.

  • Applicant must be a high school senior or currently be a full time college or university undergraduate student entering college, technical school or university as a full time student in the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Applicant must be a Whatcom County Farm Bureau member or the son, daughter, legal dependent or spouse of a Whatcom County Farm Bureau member, with membership dues paid prior to October 1, 2016, and kept current through May 15, 2017.
  • Applicant must not have been awarded the scholarship in previous years.
  • Application must be completed and postmarked or emailed by Monday, May 1, 2017 to: Whatcom Farm Bureau Scholarship Committee, PO Box 703, Lynden, WA 98264 or 

Judging is scored as follows:

  • Academics/Transcript 20
  • The Importance of Farm Bureau – Essay 40
  • Career Ambition – Essay 20
  • Leadership & Community Service – Essay 20

The Whatcom County Farm Bureau Scholarship Committee will review the applications and make the final decision no later than May 15, 2017.

Scholarship payment will be made after one full term has been successfully completed with a GPA of 2.75 or better, and the recipient is enrolled full time for the next term.

Prior to scholarship payment, recipient is responsible for having a copy of grades and a letter of re-enrollment sent from the college registrar to: Whatcom Farm Bureau Scholarship Committee, PO Box 703, Lynden, WA 98264 or

For further information, please contact:
Debbie VanderVeen, Whatcom County Farm Bureau Scholarship Chairperson

Melodie Kirk, Whatcom County Farm Bureau Administrative Staff

Click here for the application!