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Horticultural, Pest & Disease Control Board
The tree fruit industry is a vital part of Okanogan County's economy. Okanogan County has over 28,000 acres of deciduous fruit trees producing many varieties of apples, pears, cherries and stone fruits. The tree fruit industry is by far the largest industry in the county generating over $250,000,000 in revenue, dollars that remain in the community. The tree fruit industry provides employment for 30% of the population in Okanogan County. Apple growers produce as large a crop as the states of New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania and California and equal to the combined production of Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Idaho and Oregon.
Washington State tree fruit growers are world leaders in Integrated Pest Management (IPM). In Okanogan County growers are proactive in their management practices to reduce the use of pesticides and provide abundant, inexpensive and healthy fruit.
It is imperative that we protect these
valuable crops from injurious pests and diseases. The Okanogan County Horticultural,
Pest and Disease Control Board provides information in controlling horticultural pest and
diseases through WSU Cooperative Extension spray programs and as service to home owners
offers free removal of fruit trees.
For free removal of unwanted fruit trees and a $25 tree exchange for an ornamental plant call 322-1286.
For more information or for free tree removal call Okanogan County Pest Control, Dan McCarthy/ agent 322-1286 or 486-2404.
CHIPPING COST SHARE PROGRAM
An orchard removal and chipping cost share program is being made available to growers in Okanogan County. In a cooperative effort between the DOE, OCD and Okanogan County Pest Control a $50.000 grant is now available for orchard removal and chipping as an alternative to burning. The cost share to qualified family farmers will be $150 per acre with a minimum of 5 acres and a maximum of 50 acres per eligible block. Individual blocks must be completely removed and chipped including stumps and roots. The grower will be responsible for hiring the contractor of their choice. After verification of completion, the agreed upon cost share will be reimbursed. A list of contractors that are able to do this specialized work will be made available. For more information contact Dan McCarthy at 322-1286.
To apply for this cost share program submit the following information:
To: Okanogan County Pest Control, 123 5th Avenue North, Rm 150, Okanogan, WA 98840
For more information contact: Dan McCarthy, Agent
(509) 486-2404 or cellular phone (509) 322-1286 email@example.com
Or access the Chelan/Douglas Cooperative Extension web page at http://www.ncw.wsu.edu/mode
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