Growers workshop planned this Friday

Innovations for water and nutrient management will be the focus of a growers workshop this coming Friday, Feb. 21, at Bon Vino’s Bistro and Bakery in Sunnyside.

The free workshop for agricultural producers and small farm operators starts at 10:30 a.m. and is hosted by the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources along with the Roza and Sunnyside irrigation districts.

Topics will be relevant to both crop and livestock producers.

The goal of this session is to provide information to producers so they can make informed decisions to minimize risk and maximize profit. The speakers and topics to be covered will include:

  • Elaine Brouillard, Roza-Sunnyside Board of Joint Control Water Quality Supervisor. Her topic will focus on the current status and upcoming changes in the irrigation districts.

  • Dr. Jeffrey Ullman, Asst. Professor, University of Florida/WSU. His topic will be best management practices to maximize water and nutrient use.

  • Dr. Troy Peters, Assoc. Professor, WSU, on optimizing irrigation management.

  • Dan McCarty, Environmental Specialist, Washington State Department of Agriculture, on updates to the Dairy Nutrient Management Program.

  • Tip Hudson, Kittitas County Extension director, on managing livestock to meet regulations, including riparian grazing and other factors.

  • Dr. Gregory Kiker, Assoc. Professor, University of Florida on a decision-support tool to optimize water and nutrient management.

  • Charlie McKinney, Water Quality Manager, Central Region Office, Washington Department of Ecology regarding an update on water and nutrient policies from the Dept. of Ecology.

Each speaker will talk for seven minutes, providing the latest information in their field. Options for obtaining additional information on each topic will be made available.

Workshop speakers also want to hear from growers on how practical research can improve their bottom line, as well as difficulties they encounter.

Coffee and pastries will be provided free of charge for workshop attendees and a free lunch will be provided.

To register, RSVP Brouillard at 837-6980. Accommodations will be made for those who are unable to RSVP.


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