Organic grain, vegetable and livestock producers will share information about their operations during the High Plains Organic Farming Conference in Cheyenne this February.
The fifth-annual meeting is Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 27-28, at Laramie County Community College, said Jay Norton, University of Wyoming Extension soils specialist and conference organizer.
“This year’s conference is shaping up to be the best yet, with concurrent symposia focused on dryland grain systems, intensive vegetable production, and livestock systems plus a keynote address on the changing policy environment in Washington, D.C.,” said Norton.
A half-day organic certification workshop Tuesday afternoon features step-by-step procedures for getting and staying certified, said Norton, an associate professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at UW.
The day includes a session on record keeping and a panel discussion including producers who have participated in technical and financial assistance programs for organic transition and certification.
Producers will share information for dryland systems, intensive vegetable production and livestock systems Wednesday morning, followed by concurrent technical sessions featuring scientists and educators from Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming during a total of 16 sessions that day.
Registration is now open for the fourth-annual High Plains Organic Farming Conference in Cheyenne.
Sessions are Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 21-22, at Laramie County Community College, said Jay Norton, University of Wyoming Extension soils specialist.
The organic certification workshop is Tuesday. A series of speakers will discuss National Organic Program (NOP) regulations, electronic tools for organic farmers and financial and technical assistance.
A range of topics is Wednesday. Selected growers, researchers and NOP experts will provide information about organic livestock, crop and forage production, said Erin Rooney, UW soil science graduate student. Participants will also explore creating an organic association between states.
There is a fee to register, and lunch is provided. To register and for more information, go to http://bit.ly/2017organic, or contact Rooney at (970) 217-3362 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration can also be paid at the door, but seating is limited to 100.