02-12-19 Make plans to attend the 6th Annual High Plains Organic Farming Conference in Cheyenne, WY Feb 27-28

Make plans to attend the 6th Annual High Plains Organic Farming Conference in Cheyenne, WY Feb 27-28…

Organic, sustainable crop production topics at Cheyenne conference

A lineup of 28 speakers will present a mix of science-based, how-to information, producer talks and panel discussions at the 6th Annual High Plains Organic Farming Conference Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 27-28, at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne.

The conference will appeal to anyone interested in sustainable agriculture, said Jay Norton, University of Wyoming Extension soils specialist.

Registration for the organic certification workshop Wednesday is $35 and $40 for day two, or $60 for both days. To register and download the conference agenda, go to https://www.highplainsorganic.org/.  

Wednesday activities start at 12:30 p.m. with the organic certification workshop by farmer/certifier Nate Powell-Palm from Montana and Michael Stein of the Organic Farming Research Foundation. A marketing workshop and panel discussion follows.

Doug Miyamoto, director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, opens sessions  Thursday with a welcome at 7:50 a.m. followed by producer talks related to organic production, marketing and management.

Talks and information should be of interest to anyone interested in sustainable agriculture or livestock production, said Norton.

Sessions range from nitrogen management for successful grain production to prospects for hemp production, low-stress livestock handling strategies and a workshop on basic marketing principles and strategies.

Attendees will breakout and choose among 12 talks related to dryland systems, specialty crops and livestock/forage systems. The conference concludes with an update of organic farming components in the new farm bill, a discussion of regional research needs and planning for the 2020 conference.

Contact Norton at 307-766-5082 or jnorton4@uwyo.edu for more information.