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Conference Overview

2004 Seventh Annual Northwest Direct Seed
Cropping Systems Conference and Trade Show

January 7 - 9, 2004
Pendleton Convention Center, Pendleton, OR

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 2004 Conference offers North West 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. To allow daylight winter traveling for Conference participants, the 2004 Conference will be begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7th and wrap up at noon on Friday, January 9th.

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.

Program Highlights
The Conference program will feature over 25 speakers, including growers from Idaho, Oregon, Washington, South Dakota and New Zealand. Topics include: Building Wheat Cropping Systems, Value-Added Farming, Biotechnology,
Precision Agriculture and much, much more! See the “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 the featured speakers.

Recertification Credits
Pesticide applicator recertification credits are pending for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Certified Crop Advisor credits are also pending.

Northwest Direct Seed Trade Show
The 2004 Conference will also feature indoor exhibitor booths and outdoor large equipment displays. These are an integral part of the Conference program and can be viewed at breaks and lunches, providing excellent visibility and audience interaction.

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. The Exhibition 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.

Registration rates are $75 before December 31st and $85 after December 31st. Registration includes the 2004 Proceedings Book, Conference Sessions, Thursday Lunch, Thursday and Friday Continental Breakfasts, Refreshment Breaks, and Thursday Social Hour.

Hotel Reservations
The Red Lion in Pendleton is the conference “Headquarter Hotel”. They are offering a $50 single/double special rate for conference attendees. Room blocks are being established at other area hotels for use after the Red Lion is filled. Contact the conference office at the number below for additional information.

Conference Brochure / More Information
The Conference brochure and 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 (heather@mcmgt.com).

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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Hans Kok, WSU/UI Extension Conservation Tillage Specialist, UI Ag Science 231, PO Box 442339, Moscow, ID 83844 USA
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