Production in the High Plains is difficult and margins are slim, but raising certified organic crops could increase profit margins, according to the University of Wyoming Extension soils specialist who helped organize the February High Plains Organic Farming Conference in Cheyenne.
The conference is Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 23-24, at Laramie County Community College, 1400 E. College Dr., said Jay Norton, UW Extension specialist.
Registration and agenda information is at http://uwextension.wix.com/organicfarming.
In response to audience suggestions from last year, this year’s conference features presentations by six producers from Wyoming and Colorado talking about their production systems, cover crops, marketing, pest control and other topics, said Norton.
The conference targets dryland crop, irrigated crop and forage and livestock producers, and focuses on crop, soil, pest and livestock management, marketing and USDA National Organic Program updates.
“Organic production is definitely not for everyone, and the conference does not emphasize ideological reasons for going organic,” said Norton, an associate professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.