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CONSERVATION FARMING UPDATE - December 1995


PNW STEEP II Conservation Farming Conference
Set for January 4-5, 1996

The Pacific Northwest STEEP II Conservation Farming Conference will be held January 4-5, 1996 at the Best Western-Tower Inn in Richland, WA. Growers and representatives from the Ag support industries and agencies are encouraged to attend.

The STEEP II (Solutions to Environmental and Economic Problems) program is a tristate cooperative research and technology transfer effort involving the University of Idaho, Oregon State University, Washington State University, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, grain grower and conservation district associations, and other Ag support groups and agencies in the Northwest. It is the principle PNW source of new technology for profitable farming systems which conserve soil and protect water and air quality.

The Conference will features 10 growers in in-depth panel discussions on successful conservation systems, CRP take-out, Russian thistle management and continuous no-till systems. Highlights of research results on a variety of production considerations including subsoiling, burn-lowtill systems, Fusarium root rot, primary tillage options for wind erosion control, frozen soil tillage, to reduce runoff, stubble burning, and cover crops will be presented by 25 Northwest scientists. Results of grower on-farm testing of conservation practices will also be reviewed.

A STEEP III program is scheduled to begin in 1996. The Conference provides an opportunity to have a voice in determining what critical conservation problems and prospective solutions will be address through team efforts among scientists, growers and Ag support personnel in the major wheat production areas of the region.

A copy of the 1995 STEEP II Annual Report will be provided. It will include an overview of the STEEP II program and brief progress reports from the more that 45 STEEP II projects underway across the Northwest. Copies of the 1995 PNW On-Farm Test Results publication will also be available..

Credits have been requested for pesticide applicator recertification in the three states and for Certified Crop Advisor continuing education. An extensive Research Poster Exhibition will feature approximately 30 exhibits including research summaries, information resource displays and technology demonstrations from STEEP II and related programs.

Contact the Tower Inn (800-635-3980) for room reservations at the special Conference rates of $36 for one bed (1-2 persons) or $44 for two beds (2-4 persons). The special room rates may not be available after December 20. Conference programs and preregistration forms are available at local county extension and conservation districts, or call (509) 547-5538 for a copy. For more information on the program, contact Dr. Alex Ogg (509-335-1551) or Dr. Donn Thill (208-885-6214), Co-chairs of the STEEP II Technical Coordinating Committee.

     
 

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