Organicology 2015: Selected Live Broadcasts from the Conference

Join eOrganic for selected live presentations broadcast from the 2015 Organicology Conference in Portland, Oregon on February 6, 2015.

These online live broadcasts are free and open to the public and advance registration is required. We will not be broadcasting the entire conference, but to attend the presentations listed below that will be available online, you only need to register once, and you can come and go as you wish. Because this is a live presentation, exact start and end times cannot be guaranteed and the program may be subject to change!  We will also be recording these presentations and they will be available in the eOrganic webinar archive at http://www.extension.org/pages/25242 and on the eOrganic YouTube channel.

To find out more about attending the Organicology conference in person, visit the conference website at http://www.organicology.org/

Register for the live online broadcast of selected presentations at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4291592159298726658

Friday, February 6, 2015

11AM-1230PM Pacific Time (12-130 Mountain, 1-230 Central, 2-330 Eastern Time)
Crop Rotations for the Pacific Northwest

This unique workshop will present and discuss key crop rotations that include high demand/low supply crops that can be grown in the Pacific Northwest. This session will build on the Growing the Market Intensive and the work Oregon Tilth is doing to identify these crops and create a concrete picture of supply gaps and market opportunities. It will include a brief overview of the market analysis findings, and cover key considerations for producers to integrate these crops into current rotations, including acreage needs, variety selection, planting schedules, equipment, etc. The buyer will discuss how farmers can work with wholesalers to plan production and the producer will discuss the challenges and benefits of integrating new crops and her experiences working with buyers.

Speakers: James Henderson, Farm Liaison, Hummingbird Wholesale; Michael McMillan, Sourcing Manager, Organically Grown Company; Nick Andrews, Senior Instructor, OSU Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems; Pete Postlewait, Co-Owner, Nature Fresh Farms

3-5PM Pacific Time (4-6 Mountain, 5-7 Central, 6-8 Eastern Time)
Soil Health in Organic Farming Systems

This discussion features experts from Washington State University and Rodale Institute who will present new research focused on improving soil health in organic systems. Participants will learn about soil health principles and practices for building healthy soils such as no-till and minimized tillage, cover crops, and crop rotations. This workshop will help organic and transitioning farmers identify soil health issues and improve soil health management on their farms. The workshop will also provide an overview of common soil health challenges for organic farmers and discuss the latest information on the topic from the National Organic Program and National Organic Standards Board. The session will cover information on federal conservation programs that provides financial and technical assistance for conservation projects.


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