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Organic Grain Growers Summit – Stevens County
January 25, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm$25
Have you thought about going Organic with your field crops? Have you wondered about what to expect for yield or prices? How your production methodologies would have to change for Organic Certification? What is the process of transition from conventional to organic production?
The market for certified organic grains continues to increase in the United States. Recently, Red Bridge Farm Livestock Feeds in Kettle Falls got organic certification for their elevator and other parts of their facility. This means that certified organic grains grown locally can now be more easily (and less expensively) sold into nation-wide markets. This Organic Grain Grower’s Summit, sponsored by Red Bridge Farm Feeds, will provide information you need to better understand this expanding market.
Brad Murphy of Red Bridge Farm Feed who owns the feed mill in Kettle Falls says “Since the rail line through our area changed hands, we’ve had an increasing number of buyers looking to buy certified organic grains.” According to Murphy, Red Bridge Farm Feeds has always used non-GMO ingredients but they’ve been getting more and more requests to produce a line of certified organic feed themselves. “We do our best to locally source as much grain as we can,” says Murphy, “to keep production local and put money back into farms in our area. So it would be great to have more organic grain available from our area”.
The goal of this Summit is to provide anyone interested in raising certified organic grain with all the information they need to make decisions and get started with a move to Organic, including establishing relationships with buyers for their product.
For more information including the event schedule, please visit the main Organic Grain Growers Summit web page.
Date: Friday, January 24th, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30PM
Location: WSU Stevens County Extension, 986 S. Main, Colville, WA
Cost: $25, which covers snacks and lunch from Backyard Barbeque
Registration: Online through Brown Paper Tickets
If you need help registering online contact Nils Johnson at (509) 684-2588 or Brad Murphy at (509) 738-9004
- 9:30 – 9:40 Nils Johnson, WSU Stevens County Extension – Welcome and introductions
- 9:40 – 10:10 Brad Murphy, Red Bridge Farm – Intro and vision
- 10:10 – 10:30 Break
- 10:30 – 11:00 Kyle Madison, Perfect Blend Organics – Organic agronomy
- 11:00 – 12:00 Ron McLean, McLean Family Farms – Organic grain production methodology
- 12:00-1:00 Lunch: From Back Yard Barbeque
- 1:00 – 2:00 Angela Anegon, WSDA Organic Program – Organic certification process
- 2:00 – 2:15 Tracy Gaston, USDA FSA – Cost share programs for transitioning to certified organic production
- 2:15 – 2:30 Jesika Harper, Northwest Farm Credit Services – Financial options for your farm
- 2:30 – 2:45 Break
- 2:45 – 4:30 Organic Grain Buyer presentations
A registration fee of $25 is required for this event, which will cover lunch as well as snacks throughout the day. A limited number of scholarships are available to cover this registration fee for the event if the cost would cause financial hardship any for farmers interested in attending. For more information on scholarships or the event itself, contact:
Nils Johnson at the WSU Stevens County Extension
Phone: (509) 684-2588
For a map showing the location of the Summit at WSU Stevens County Extension, please visit the Organic Grain Growers Summit Event Calendarpage.
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