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250 goats to chew brush at UW-Bothell

Those goats that got so much attention for doing what comes naturally — eating unwanted greenery— are back.

The University of Washington-Bothell and Cascadia Community College will welcome 250 of the goats back to campus Tuesday.

The goats will be at the campus for about five days feasting on overgrown vegetation.

The campuses wanted an environmentally friendly way to remove weeds and vegetation. Last month, 60 goats were brought to the campus to eat excess brush and shrubs. The results were rated A-plus.

County’s new farm advocate named

Ryan Hembree has been appointed as Snohomish County’s new agriculture coordinator.

Hembree will replace John Roney, who served as the county’s first agriculture coordinator, and will retire after 19 years with the county.

Hembree has worked in the county’s Planning and Development Services Department, where he focused on agriculture, farm policy and public involvement. He has served the Agricultural Advisory Board for six years and is leading a countywide project to identify prime farmlands and plan for sustainable agriculture.

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