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Conference Overview

2005 Eighth Annual Northwest Direct Seed
Cropping Systems Conference and Trade Show

January 13-14, 2005
Mirabeau Park, Spokane Valley, WA

Farm operators in the PNW face a multitude of challenges. Rising fuel and machinery costs, changing farm programs, and market competition are a few examples. Direct seeding, the planting and fertilizing of a crop directly into previous stubble in one or two passes, is increasing in acreage in the PNW. Can direct seeding help meet these challenges? Direct seed systems offer effective control of soil erosion by wind and water, reduced production costs, improved water storage, better soil quality and productivity, and help sequester atmospheric carbon in the soil. Many of the wheat producing areas that are our competitors, such as Canada, Australia, Brazil, and Argentina, now have 40% to 80% of their cropland under direct seeding. In some areas of the PNW, direct seed acres represent 30% or more of all cropland. Adoption of new technologies takes place more rapidly each season. We are in a major transition to cropping systems driven by low cost of production, slim margins of return, and the need to protect soil, air, and water resources. What will your farm operation be like in five years? Learn about opportunities at the 2005 Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference and Trade Show.

The Conference and Trade Show are scheduled in conjunction with Spokane Ag Expo and PNW Farm Forum the second week of January. The 2005 Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference and Trade Show will be at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan, Spokane, WA beginning at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 13, and wrapping up at 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 14.

The conference offers Northwest growers and everyone involved in agriculture an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest technologies and experiences to improve the success of cropping systems in this region. The program features a wide array of speakers and an extensive commercial Trade Show of equipment, products, and technologies.

Conference Organizers and Sponsors

The Conference is 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 more than a dozen PNW grower organizations, 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 five years old and 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 numerous speakers, including scientists from the PNW, Montana, Brazil, and Eastern Europe, and growers from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Highlights include: cropping systems and direct seed farming in Brazil and Eastern Europe, impact of rising energy costs on farm management and production, weed control strategies, biology of direct seed soils, equipment and technology presentations, and concurrent sessions on grower experiences across the region.

Recertification Credits
The Conference will offer state pesticide applicator recertification credits for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. There will also be Certified Crop Advisor continuing education credits.

Northwest Direct Seed Trade Show
The Conference will feature a commercial Northwest Direct Seed Trade Show offering outdoor and indoor displays. Indoor exhibitor booths will be incorporated as an integral part of the Conference program at breaks and lunches, providing excellent visibility and audience interaction.

Research and Educational Poster Exhibition
An extensive poster exhibit of PNW research and educational activities funded by STEEP and other sources will be displayed at the conference. Scientists and educators will list discussion times.

Conference Sponsorship
Agricultural support industries are invited to act as Conference sponsors, helping keep this unique technology access event affordable for Northwest growers. Sponsorships will increase recognition for organizations as leaders and supporters of 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, and on large sponsor signs. Speakers will recognize sponsors from the podium, and computers will project your name and logo between sessions. Inclusion of promotional material in the registration packets and proceedings will also be an option for sponsors.

Conference registration is $90 ($100 after January 5, 2005 or at the door). Registration includes: conference proceedings and STEEP annual research report (CD format), refreshment breaks, continental breakfasts, Thursday lunch and social, and Friday lunch.

Hotel Reservations
Reservation for rooms can be made at the Mirabeau Park Hotel by calling 866-584-4674 (toll free) or 509-924-9000. Ask for the Direct Seed Conference rates. Rates are $70/night for single or double occupancy.|

Conference Brochure/More Information
The Conference brochure will be available later this month. For additional information, contact the NW Direct Seed Conference office at 509-783-4676 or e-mail Heather Filbin (heather@mauergroup.com). For more information on the Conference program, contact Don Wysocki, Extension Soil Scientist, OSU, Pendleton, Oregon, 541-278-4396, e-mail (dwysocki@oregonstate.edu).



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