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Conference Overview

2003 Sixth Annual Northwest Direct Seed
Cropping Systems Conference and Trade Show

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 agriculture, the public and the environment. In addition to effective control of cropland soil erosion by wind and water, it offers the potential for reduced production costs and improved profitability for the grower, improved water storage that can result in a higher potential yields, improved soil quality and productivity, and reduced potential of global warming through sequestration of atmospheric carbon in soil with minimal soil disturbance. Many of our global grain market competitors, such as Canada, Australia, Brazil, and Argentina now have 40 to 80% of their cropland under direct seeding. Although the PNW is behind their lead, a number of Inland Northwest counties already have over 30% of their cropland under direct seeding. We are beginning a major retooling of agriculture in this region and worldwide with the transition to direct seeding systems and the potential for more intensive cropping.

The Jan. 8-10, 2003 Sixth Northwest Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference and Trade Show at the WestCoast Hotel in Pasco, WA offers NW growers and everyone involved in agriculture an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest technologies and experiences to improve the success of direct seed systems in this region. It will also feature an extensive commercial Trade Show on the latest equipment, products and technologies for direct seed cropping systems.

To allow daylight winter traveling for Conference participants, the 2003 Conference will be begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8 and wrap up at noon on Friday, January 10.

Conference Organizers and Sponsors
The Conference is being organized as a service to Northwest growers by two groups: the Pacific Northwest STEEP program and the PNW Direct Seed Association (PNDSA). It will be co-sponsored by a number of Ag support companies, and developed in cooperation with over 12 PNW grower organizations and Ag support groups and agencies.

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 is nearly three years old and already has a membership of about 400. The PNDSA is working to facilitate the development and adoption of direct seed cropping systems through research coordination, funding and information exchange.

Special Pre-Conference Feature – 2002 STEEP Research Review
A special pre-Conference feature included in the Conference registration fee will the 2002 Annual STEEP Research Review scheduled at the same facility from 10:00 a.m. Tuesday January 7 and ending at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 8, for the Conference on-site registration and opening of the NW Direct Seed Trade. There are 25 STEEP projects underway in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Project leaders will provide brief updates on current research projects and summaries of recently completed projects. The Research Review provides opportunities for researchers, growers and Ag industry representatives to discuss the latest technologies and provide input into future research plans. A special USDA CSREES (Cooperative States Research, Education and Extension Service) Review Team with scientists from Montana, Colorado and Minnesota will also be present to review the STEEP program and provide recommendations for the future. Conference participants are encouraged to come a day early to learn about the research and provide input into the STEEP program.

Program Highlights
The Conference program will feature 28 speakers, including 6 growers, from Idaho, Oregon, Washington, South Dakota and New Zealand. Highlights of topic include: the great debate on high versus low disturbance direct seed openers, stacked rotation and other pest management strategies, transition economics, crop marketing strategies for direct seeders, residue management options, new weed control strategies, managing for increased soil carbon and productivity, and grower experiences across the region. Activities and accomplishments of PNDSA will also be highlighted. At least 10 drill company representatives will present new innovations in direct seed drills and openers for seed and fertilizer placement, residue management and hillside stability. See the “Updated Agenda” and “Brochure” on this Website for more details on topic areas and speakers.

Speaker Profiles
The “Speaker Profiles” page of this Website include photos and brief biographical summaries of 16 of the featured speakers. These are also included in the “Conference brochure.”

Recertification Credits
The Conference will provide state pesticide applicator recertification credits for Idaho (6), Oregon (pending) and Washington (pending). There will also be 26 Certified Crop Adviser continuing education credits in the following categories: Soil and Water - 15.5; Pest Management - 2; and Crop Management - 8.5.

Northwest Direct Seed Trade Show
After the past two years of the Conference held in conjunction with the Spokane Ag Expo, this 2003 Conference will again feature a commercial Northwest Direct Seed Trade Show. Although space does not permit equipment displays, the indoor exhibitor booths will be incorporated as an integral part of the Conference program at breaks and lunches, providing excellent visibility and audience interaction. For more details, see the “Conference Sponsorship and Trade Show Prospectus” on this Web site.

Research and Educational Poster Exhibition
The NW Direct Seed Research and Educational Poster Exhibition will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about research and educational projects in the region See the “Research and Educational Poster Exhibition” page of this Website for more information and the registration form. The Exhibition will be located in the inside perimeter of the WestCoast Ballroom where the Conference will be held, so the posters will have excellent exposure to Conference participants. This Exhibition is designed for non-commercial research and educational exhibits. Commercial exhibitors are encouraged to participate in the Conference Trade Show.

Conference Sponsorship
Agricultural support industries are invited to be Conference sponsors to help keep this unique technology access event affordable for Northwest growers. Sponsorships will give increased recognition as leaders and supporters of the Northwest growers in their transition to direct seed cropping systems. Sponsors will be acknowledged in the Conference program and proceedings, on the Conference Web site, on large sponsor signs, recognition from the podium, and computer projections of your name / logo between sessions. Inclusion of promotional material in the registration packets and proceedings will also be an option for Sponsors. Conference sponsors will have first options on exhibit space in the Northwest Direct Seed Trade Show (space guaranteed for Sponsors until November 1 when the remaining spaces will be open to non-sponsors). For more details, see the “Conference Sponsorship and Trade Show Prospectus” on this Web site.

Conference pre-registration is a real bargain at $50 ($60 after December 27 or at the door). See the “Pre-Registration” page on this Website. Pre-registration includes entrance into the 2002 STEEP Annual Research Review before the Conference on January 7 and 8, in-depth Conference Proceedings provided at the Conference, 2002 PNW STEEP research report, refreshment breaks, continental breakfasts, and Thursday lunch. A complimentary buffet dinner will be provided by Conference sponsors on Thursday evening.

Hotel Reservations
See “Hotel Reservation” on this Website to reserve your room at the Pasco WestCoast Hotel. Call 509-547-0701 and ask for the special Conference rates. Outstanding room rates are $48 for one bed / 1-2 persons; $58 for two beds / 2 persons; $10 extra/person for 3rd/4th persons, $15 for rollaways. After the WestCoast Hotel is filled, there will be at least four area hotels offering the same or similar special room rates for Conference participants. Some of the hotels may provide van transportation between the hotel and Conference at the Pasco WestCoast. Additional information on overflow hotel arrangements will be available on “Hotel Reservations” page and from the Conference office.

Conference Brochure / More Information
The Conference brochure and pre-registration form are available on this Website. For additional information, contact the NW Direct Seed Conference office at 509-547-5538, FAX 547-5563, or e-mail (Wendy Peay < wpeay@mcmgt.com>). For more information on the Conference program, contact Roger Veseth, Conference Coordinator and WSU / UI Extension Conservation Tillage Specialist, 208-885-6386, e-mail (rveseth@uidaho.edu).

Plan now to attend… this outstanding opportunity to learn about the latest research results, technologies and experiences on direct seed cropping systems.


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