Date: Feb. 4, 2014
Organic conference presents information for High Plains farmers
Increased water-use efficiency plus decreased disease and weed infestations with fewer inputs are among topics at the Organic Farmer’s Conference Saturday, Feb. 22, in Torrington.
Organic farming practices and its potential ecological and financial benefits will be shared with producers 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Goshen County Fairgrounds through a partnership of the University of Wyoming and University of Nebraska.
Lunch is included with the $15 fee, and registration can be completed at Eventbrite.com by searching “The Organic Farmer’s Conference.”
The benefits of organic farming may seem like a dream for many High Plains farmers, but UW graduate research assistant Renée King said limited precipitation and low soil organic matter tends to limit the cost-effectiveness of applying inputs such as fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide in the High Plains region.
“Organic management principles offer farmers a chance to control weeds or reduce pest pressure by using more mechanical cultivation, crop rotations or cover crops to achieve better yields instead of investing in other, costlier inputs,” said King. “The conference will be a great opportunity for farmers to hear the results of current farm research, network and share ideas with other attendees.”
Regardless of interest in becoming USDA certified-organic, the conference will cover topics such as cover crops, weed control, soil fertility, farm economics and marketing opportunities.
A limited number of $100 scholarships are available to help cover travel and registration costs. For more information, contact King at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-763-0142.