Organic Grain Field Day will bring farmers & researchers together

I received the following e-mail invitation today:

From Field to Feed, Flour, and Fermentation

Organic Grain Field Day will bring farmers & researchers together

Snohomish, WA—Fifty years ago Western Washington farmers always included small grains in their rotation and the market for local production was strong. As grain commodity prices fell, more farmers replaced cereal grain with other crops, and purchased what they needed for livestock and dairy production from farms hundreds and thousands of miles away. > Now, consumers are demanding sustainably raised and locally produced grains. In response, local growers—along with feed and flour distributors, bakers and distillers—are expanding into this new market. To aid these entrepreneurs, Washington State University Snohomish County Extension, in cooperation with local growers, has developed several demonstration plots to test the feasibility of supplying this new market opportunity.

We invite you to join WSU Extension and research faculty, Snohomish Conservation District, and Chinook Farms on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm for an on-farm demonstration of organic wheat, rye, and triticale (a hybrid of wheat and rye) production. Fall and spring planted varieties will be presented along with discussion of harvesting machinery and techniques. Basic principles such as first-time planting, soil preparation, fertility, protein content, and disease issues will be among the topics covered by Drs. Steve Jones and Andrew Corbin of WSU. Research team members of the WSU Small Grains Breeding Program, cooperating growers with test plots from other farms, and seed industry representatives will also be available to participate in the discussion.

For successful Western Washington grain production, challenges to be met include cleaning, drying, storage, transportation, and milling—all infrastructure needs that haven’t been available in this region since the 1970s. In addition, growers need to organize to insure adequate production of a consistent quality and sufficient quantity to meet growing market demand.

If you are a grower ready for the next step—bridging the gap between local production and value-added product—this field day is an essential part of your progression to success. > Chinook Farms is a 132-acre certified organic grain and vegetable farm located at 10601 Elliott Road, Snohomish, WA about 1.5 miles east of SR 9 in the fertile Snohomish Valley.

Cost is $20 per person ($25 for those registering on-site the day of event) and includes light refreshments. To register, visit Brown Paper Tickets athttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/123826 or contact Karie Christensen at 425.357.6039, e-mail klchristen@cahnrs.wsu.edu. For more information on the Field Day, contact Andrew Corbin, corbina@wsu.edu or 425.357.6012.

Extension programs and policies are consistent with federal and state laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation. Evidence of non-compliance may be reported through your local Extension Office. Persons with a disability requiring special accommodation can request accommodation 21 days before training at (425) 338.2400. If accommodation is not requested in advance, we cannot guarantee availability on-site.

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~ by Anuttama on August 11, 2010.

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