The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides is planning a two-day conference in Twin Falls on Feb. 8 and 9 at Canyon Crest Events Center.
The conference will give producers an opportunity to discover new tools that can be modified for any production system. It will also allow new producers to gain information on organic certification for each stage of the transition.
The conference will feature how to create native beneficial insect and pollinator refuges to reap the benefits of biological pest control and will showcase farmers who have successfully transitioned to organic grain production.
The first day will focus on pollinator and beneficial insect habitat. The second day will focus on organic farming in Idaho, with a particular focus on organic small grain production, said Jade Florence, NCAP director of food and farm programs.
“Organic grains will be interwoven throughout Day 2. We’re using small grains as a lens or case study, but all practices will be related back to organic agriculture as a whole,” she said in an email.
“The entire conference will focus on organic practices and risk-management strategies,” she said.
The conference will feature a session Feb. 8 when breakout groups will discuss applying what they’ve learned on their farms about pollinators and beneficial insects. A farmer panel and farmer exchange will be featured on Feb. 9.
Lunch is included both days, and an optional networking dinner is planned for Elevation 486 on Feb. 8. Cost for the conference is $65 for both days and $45 for one day.