NW Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference and Trade Show - January 1999

"The Direct Seed Competitive Edge!"


The opportunity to reduce costs and improve profitability for a "competitive edge" in today's global markets -- that's the theme of the 2nd Northwest Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference and Trade Show. It will be held January 5-7, 1999 at the Ag Trade Center / Convention Center and DoubleTree Hotel-City Center in Spokane, WA. Nearly 900 Northwest growers and Ag advisers attended the 1998 Conference in Pasco, WA. An audience of 1,200 to 1,500 is expected in 1999 at Spokane.

The Conference is organized as a service to growers by the PNW STEEP III program, Monsanto and other Ag support companies in cooperation with a number of PNW grower organizations, conservation district associations and other Ag support groups and agencies. The STEEP III program (Solutions To Environmental and Economic Problems) is a cooperative research and educational effort on conservation tillage systems through the University of Idaho, Oregon State University, Washington State University, and USDA-Agricultural Research Service.

The program features 37 speakers, including researchers and industry representatives and 16 growers from across the Pacific Northwest, Northern Great Plains, Canada, Argentina, and Brazil. The Conference program begins at 1:00 p.m. Jan. 5 and closes at 3:30 Jan. 7. There are 7 in-depth Focus Sessions on a variety of topics on developing direct seed cropping systems, including:

The Trade Show is a new special feature of the 1999 Conference. It will include extensive commercial and educational exhibits to provide growers, Ag industry and researchers more opportunities to discuss technology needs and share new innovations.

Reserve your room at the Spokane DoubleTree Hotel-City Center (509-455-9600) and ask for the low Conference rates of $55 - one bed for 1 or 2 people; $65 - two beds for 2 people and $75 - two beds for 3 people, plus tax.

Pre-registration is $75 (spouse $45) and includes the in-depth Proceedings, 1998 STEEP III research report, two lunches, and refreshment breaks. Registration will be $90 after Dec. 19.

Contact the NW Direct Seed Conference office at 509-547-5538, FAX 547-5563, or e-mail (maurer@owt.com) to receive a Conference program and pre-registration brochure or Conference Trade Show / Sponsorship prospectus.

A Conference Home Page on the Internet (http://pnwsteep.wsu.edu/conf99) will also provide updates on Conference programs and events. For more information, contact Roger Veseth, WSU/UI Extension Conservation Tillage Specialist and Conference Coordinator, at 208-885-6386, FAX 885-7760, e-mail (rveseth@uidaho.edu).