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14 Growers to Speak at NW Direct Seed Conference

Roger Veseth, Conference Coordinator, WSU/UI Extension Conservation Tillage Specialist

A wealth of practical grower experience will be found at the Northwest Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference in Spokane, WA on January 17-19, 2001 in the Doubletree Hotel-City Center. The program features 27 speakers including 14 growers from Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, North Dakota, Chile, Germany, and New South Wales, Australia, as well as researchers and Ag industry representatives from the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Colorado.

Three international grower will be featured on the program. Jeff Esdaile has been Director of the 10,000 acre Livingston Farm in New South Wales, Australia for 24 years. He began experimenting with no-till in 1977 and has had the entire farm under continuous no-till for the last 7 years. Michael Horsch and his family farm about 30,000 acres in Germany. Several thousand acres have been under no-till or minimum tillage for over 35 years. He has also developed a no-till machinery business with a rapidly growing market across Europe and worldwide. Carlos Crovetto is a leading no-till grower in Chile. His farm has been in continuous no-till for 22 years and he has noted remarkable improvements in cropland productivity in his eroded soils. Annually, over 2000 people from around the world visit his farm.

Northern Great Plains grower speakers include Mark Krebsbach, near Tappen in central ND, and Steve Keil near Conrad, MT. Northwest grower speakers include: Doug Drake - Heppner, OR; Berk Davis - Pendleton, OR; Todd Wittman - Lapwai, ID; David Mosman - Craigmont, ID; Leroy Druffel - Uniontown, WA; John Aeschliman - Colfax, WA; Jerry Snyder - Ritzville, WA; Tom Zwaintz - Reardan, WA; and Randy and Jeff Emtman - Valleyford, WA. The NW growers are from a range of precipitation zones and utilize a variety of equipment and cropping systems.

The Conference will be held in conjunction with the Spokane Ag Expo -- the largest Inland Northwest Ag Show -- with direct seed systems equipment, products and services as a special feature. The Expo will be January 16-18 in the adjoining Washington State Ag Trade Center and Spokane Convention Center, and the Spokane Arena. Other early associated events on January 16 and 17 include the Pacific Northwest Farm Forum seminars (888-374-EXPO; Fax: 509-747-0077; Web site: www.agshow.org) at the Doubletree Hotel and Spokane Convention Center, and PNW Oilseeds Association Conference (509-547-5538) at the Doubletree Hotel.

See the attached Conference brochure for details. For more information, visit the Conference Web site (http://pnwsteep.wsu.edu/directseed) for more Conference details, or contact the NW Direct Seed Conference office at 509-547-5538, FAX 547-5563, or e-mail (Direct Seed Conference maurer@owt.com ).


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