2014 Grower's Own Conference
The 2014 Grower's Own Conference and pre-conference short course
are coming up quick! Here's what's in store....
Friday, February 7
- The Xerces Society will kick things off with a
short course on attracting and conserving beneficial insects.
Participants will learn a variety of strategies and will receive the
Xerces Society's Pollinator Conservation toolkit, including the book,
Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America's Bees and
The toolkits are valued at $40.
On Friday evening "virtual" farm tours begin. This year's tours will be led by Fred
and Judy Brossy of Ernie's Organics in Shoshone, Clay and Josie
Erskine of Peaceful Belly Farm in Boise, and Karen Evans of
Rollingstone Chevre in Parma.
Saturday, February 8
- The conference continues with speakers and
concurrent group discussions on a variety of topics such as:
multispecies cover cropping; habitat installation; farm expansion;
agritourism; high tunnels; mechanical cultivation; farmers market
sales strategies; food safety; livestock production; and value-added
products. Attendees play an active role in the conference by choosing
which topics receive focus.
Save the Berries: Blueberry Production Workshop
February 11, 2014
9am - 4pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
1685 W 13th Ave
Eugene, OR 97402
Registration is $15 and includes lunch. For a detailed agenda and sign-up information, click here.
Blueberry growers are invited to a workshop focused on cultural and
biological controls for managing several priority threats: mummy
berry disease and spotted wing drosophila. The workshop will feature
leading researchers, a local farm visit and pruning demonstration, as
well as a progress report from NCAP and OSU's mummy berry management
project. Please join us!
2014 National Pesticide Forum
Portland State University Place Hotel & Conference Center, April 11 - 12, 2014
NCAP is partnering with Beyond Pesticides to co-convene the 32nd annual National Pesticide Forum in Portland, Oregon. The conference will be held at the Portland State University Place Hotel and Conference Center, on April 11 - 12, 2014. Please Save the date!
This year's theme is Advancing Sustainable Communities: People, pollinators and practices. Confirmed speakers for this year's event are
Pierre Mineau, Ph.D., a leading researcher and author detailing the impacts of insecticides on birds.
State Representative Jeff Reardon (D-Portland), a sponsor for legislation in Oregon that will better regulate neonicotinoid pesticides.
Fred Kirschenmann, a longtime national and international leader in sustainable and organic agriculture.
James R. Roberts, MD, MPH, FAAP, lead author of the landmark policy statement, Pesticide Exposure in Children by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Lani Malmberg, Beyond Pesticides board member and owner of Ewe4ic Ecological Services, a business offering vegetation management through goat grazing.
Michael Skinner, Ph.D., a biologist specializing in epigenetics and the author of a landmark study on the transgenerational impacts of DDT exposure.
George Kimbrell, the Senior Attorney at Center for Food Safety and a stong voice in the battles around GMO deregulation and pesticide impacts on bees.
Further conference details including registration and lodging information will be available online soon. Stay tuned! In the meantime, see Beyond Pesticides' website for a in depth look at this year's forum speakers.
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