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Can Skagit County farmlands and ag businesses coexist?

Proposed new rules reveal rifts in rural identity and purpose

Diane Szukovathy and Dennis Westphall operate Jello Mold Farm on 5 acres in Mount Vernon. Acres of other fields growing fresh produce and other products surround them in Skagit Valley. Locals have been at odds recently over the place for business in agriculture.
Diane Szukovathy and Dennis Westphall operate Jello Mold Farm on 5 acres in Mount Vernon. Acres of other fields growing fresh produce and other products surround them in Skagit Valley. Locals have been at odds recently over the place for business in agriculture.
By Julia Lerner Staff Reporter
MOUNT VERNON — When a brand-new wedding venue opened up next door to longtime cattle rancher Terr

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