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January 16-18, 2002

Doubletree Hotel - City Center, Spokane, WA

In Conjunction with

Spokane Ag Expo and PNW Farm Forum

Conference Overview

Direct seeding --- planting and fertilizing directly into the previous crop's stubble in one or two passes without prior tillage --- can provide a "Win-Win" opportunity for both agriculture and the public. It offers the potential for reduced production costs for the grower, improved soil productivity and water storage that can result in a higher potential yields and profitability, and improved protection and enhancement of soil, water and air quality.

Many of our global grain market competitors, such as Canada, Australia, Brazil, and Argentina now have 30 to 60% of their cropland under direct seeding. The PNW is behind their lead with about 9% of the total small grain acreage, but dryland cropping areas are showing remarkable growth and a number of counties are already over 30%. With the transition to direct seed systems and the potential for more intensive cropping as a side benefit, we are beginning a major retooling of agriculture in this region and worldwide.

The January 2002 Northwest Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference in Spokane, WA offers NW growers and Ag advisers an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest technologies and experiences to improve the success of direct seed systems in this region. It will be held in conjunction with the Spokane Ag Expo -- the largest Inland Northwest Ag Show with over 300 exhibits - and the PNW Farm Forum and seminar series. The Conference will be January 16-18, 2002 in the Spokane Doubletree Hotel-City Center. The Spokane Ag Expo and PNW Farm Forum will be January 15-17 in the adjoining Washington State Ag Trade Center and Spokane Convention Center, and the Spokane Arena.

REGISTRATION INCLUDES AG EXPO AND PNW FARM FORUM -- Registration for the 2002 NW Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference includes entrance into the Spokane Ag Expo and PNW Farm Forum and seminars (separately an additional $17). Conference participants are encouraged to come early on January 15-16 to view the Expo exhibits and attend the PNW Farm Forum and seminars. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, Conference registration packets and nametags (needed for entrance into Ag Expo and PNW Farm Forum) will be available at the Conference registration desk in the ballroom foyer of the Doubletree Hotel - City Center. Call 888-374-EXPO or visit their Web site (www.agshow.org) for details on the Ag Expo and PNW Farm Forum program.

Conference participants are encouraged to arrive on Tuesday, January 15 or the morning of Wednesday, January 16 before the Conference begins at 1:00 p.m., to provide ample time for viewing of exhibits on direct seed systems and other agricultural topics at the Spokane Ag Expo. Another early attraction on January 15 and 16 is the Pacific Northwest Farm Forum and seminar series at the Doubletree Hotel and Spokane Convention Center. For more information on the Expo exhibits, and topics for the Forum and seminars, contact the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Bureau (phone: 888-374-EXPO; Web site: www.agshow.org).

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS AND SUPPORTERS -- Two groups are organizing the Conference as a service to Northwest growers: 1) the Pacific Northwest STEEP program and 2) the PNW Direct Seed Association. STEEP (Solutions to Environmental and Economic Problems) is a cooperative research and educational program on conservation tillage systems through the University of Idaho, Oregon State University, Washington State University, and USDA-Agricultural Research Service. The grower-driven PNW Direct Seed Association (PNDSA) began in 2000 and already has a membership of over 300. PNDSA is working to facilitate the development and adoption of direct seed cropping systems through research coordination, funding and information exchange. The Conference will be co-sponsored by 12 Ag companies and organizations, and developed in cooperation with 12 PNW grower organizations and Ag support groups and agencies.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW -- The Conference will features 24 speakers, including 10 growers, from Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and the Canadian Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. A Direct Seed Poster Exhibition will also be featured. Some major Conference program areas focused on management strategies for direct seed cropping systems include: changes in nutrient cycling and fertility management over time; managing for improved soil biology and direct seed benefits to soil health; redesigning crop rotations; and Brassica crop selection and management.

Panel sessions will also provide in-depth discussions on several topics including: impacts and management of soil acidity, the make-up and management of key soilborne crop pathogens; field record systems, mapping strategies and the integration of financial and physical farm data; grower experiences across the low, intermediate and high precipitation zones; strategies for managing heavy wheat residue; and intensifying rotations in the low and intermediate rainfall zones. The activities and accomplishments of the PNW Direct Seed Association will also be highlighted. The complete program is available on the Conference brochure and Web site (http://pnwsteep.wsu.edu/directseed). Click on "Update Conference Agenda" on this 2002 Conference Web site for the latest program details, including credits for state pesticide applicator recertification and Certified Crop Adviser continuing education.

EARLY ATTRACTIONS -- Conference participants are encouraged to arrive on Tuesday, January 15 or the morning of Wednesday, January 16 before the Conference begins at 1:00 p.m., to provide ample time for viewing of exhibits on direct seed systems and other agricultural topics at the Spokane Ag Expo. Another early attraction on January 15 and 16 is the Pacific Northwest Farm Forum and seminar series at the Doubletree Hotel and Spokane Convention Center. For more information on the Expo exhibits, and topics for the Forum and seminars, contact the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Bureau (phone: 888-374-EXPO; Web site: www.agshow.org).

PRE-REGISTRATION -- Conference pre-registration is $60 (spouse $30) and includes entrance into the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum (separately a total of $17), the in-depth Conference Proceedings, 2001 PNW STEEP research report, and refreshment breaks. The Thursday lunch is available for $15. After January 9, registration will be $70 (spouse $35). Click on "Conference On-Site Registration" on this 2002 Conference Web site for more information on on-site registration and partial registration options.

CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE -- Ag support companies and organizations with equipment, products and/or services related to direct seed intensive cropping systems are encouraged to be Conference co-sponsors in order to help keep registration fees affordable for NW growers. A Sponsorship prospectus that explains the variety of sponsorship options is available from the Conference Web site or Office.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS -- Reserve your room at the Spokane Doubletree Hotel-City Center 509-455-9600 and ask for the low Conference rates of $58 - one bed for 1 or 2 people; $68 - two beds for 2 people and $78 - two beds for 3 people, plus tax. The special Conference rates will not be available after Jan. 4. Once the Doubletree Hotel rooms are filled, about six nearby hotels will provide overflow rooms at matching or similar rates. See the Conference Web site or Office for more information.

RECERTIFICATION CREDITS - The Conference will provide state pesticide applicator recertification credits for Idaho (6), Oregon (2) and Washington (2), and 17.5 Certified Crop Advisor continuing education units. Click on "Update Conference Agenda" on this 2002 Conference Web site for details on credits for state pesticide applicator recertification and Certified Crop Adviser continuing education.

MORE INFORMATION -- All the latest Conference information and registrations forms are available on the Conference Web site (http://pnwsteep.wsu.edu/directseed). You can also request a Conference sponsorship prospectus or Conference program and registration form from the NW Direct Seed Conference Office, P.O. Box 2002, Pasco, WA 99302, phone 509-547-5538, FAX 547-5563, or e-mail (wpeay@mcmgt.com).

 
                         
 

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