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3rd Annual Biodiversity Working for Farmers Tour in Idaho

A collaboration among farmers, researchers, conservationists and industry.

Thursday, June 23, 2011 (All Day Event)

A USDA funded group of specialists in agricultural biodiversity that includes scientists, industry representatives, non-profit personnel and farmers meet regularly in the western USA to develop ecological practices that can be adopted within agriculture. This group known as The Western Region Functional Agro-Biodiversity Work Group (the FAB Work Group) focuses on pollination and biological pest suppression by predators, parasites and pathogens and the synergies and balance agricultural biodiversity can bring to western farming systems.  In lieu of indoor conferences, the FAB Work Group conducts annual short courses on farms highlighting agricultural biodiversity. This year the 3rd Annual Biodiversity Working for Farmers Tour and Short Course will be on two farms in the high desert habitats of south central Idaho where resource conservation and production practices are successfully combined.

 This free event will provide useful information and opportunities for discussion for decision makers, political representatives, regulators, the food industry, conservationists and area farmers.  Our farm hosts, Fred and Judy Brossy of Shoshone, owners of Ernie’s Organics and the Stevensons of Bellevue will lead us through 1000’s of acres of farm land highlighting key biodiversity enhancement measures, current on-farm research projects and collaborations, ecological soil building techniques, and alternative crop production practices.   Botanists, conservationists, entomologists, local farmers and ranchers, natural history experts and industry representatives will be giving brief interactive mini-presentations throughout the tour.   In addition, a mid-day bag lunch of local foods from Twin Fall’s Local Dish will be provided. We will lunch at The Nature Conservancy’s internationally known Silver Creek Preserve.

 Sponsors include:

Horticulture Department at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Butte, MT

Metro, Portland, OR

The Nature Conservancy ID, Silver Creek Initiative

The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, Boise, ID

USDA, NRCS Plant Materials Center, Corvallis, OR,

USDA Western Region IPM Center Functional Agro-Biodiversity Work Group (the FAB Work Group)

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Portland, OR


Americ Inn
1910 Filmore North
Twin Falls
ID
Free
Gwendolyn Ellen
1 541 737 6272
gwendolyn at science.oregonstate.edu
Integrtd Plant Prot (Ag)
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