GCCD Annual Meeting (1)
Time & Location
About the Event
8:00 AM - Registration
8:30-9:30 - Soil Testing
Currently the President of Soiltest Farm Consultants, Inc. in Moses Lake, WA, Kyle Bair has been a soil scientist with the company for 10 years and teaches introductory soil science at Big Bend Community College. He graduated with a PhD in soil science from WSU in 2012, and has worked as a research associate at WSU and lab technician at BYU.
Kyle’s presentation will be on the benefits of comprehensive soil testing for nutrient management tied to irrigation crop needs. He will also present why maintaining a good soil fertility for growing quality crops could benefit your operation.
9:30-9:50 - Representative Tom Dent
State Representative Tom Dent owns The Flying T Ranch LLC northeast of Moses Lake and raises grass fed beef and bison and produces a ranch that sells hay. He is associated with numerous organizations including Grant County Sheriff's Posse, Cattle Producers of Washington, Association of Aerial Applicators, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and a life member of the NRA.
Come hear Representative Dent discuss his upcoming challenges and experiences in the upcoming legislation.
10:00-10:45 - Water Rights 101
The scope of the presentation is intended to provide attendees with a general overview of the history and regulation of water such that they obtain an improved ability to recognize and understand common legal issues associated with the use of water in Washington State.
Marc Marquis is a co-founder of Peterson & Marquis Law Office located in Wenatchee, WA. Peterson & Marquis assists clients with all manner of legal services related to water rights including: water right assessments, water right changes & transfers, water right transactions, water system agreements, trust water donations, and the formation of water & irrigation districts. Prior to private practice, Marc served as Director of Environmental Health for the Chelan-Douglas Health District and administered regulatory programs for EPA Region 9 in the U.S. Territory of American Samoa. Marc is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental Health and Seattle University School of Law.
10:45-11:00 - Break
11:00-Noon - Cover Crops
Objective of this presentation is to focus on current technical information and field scale examples of the benefits of cover crops as a method of Suppressing Excessive Weed Pressures and Break Pest Cycles. The process of selection of cover crop species for their life cycles, growth habits, and other biological, chemical and or physical characteristics to provide one or more of the following: • To suppress weeds, or compete with weeds. • Break pest life cycles or suppress of plant pests or pathogens. • Provide food or habitat for natural enemies of pests. • Release compounds such as glucosinolates that suppress soil borne pathogens or pests. Process of selecting cover crop species that do not harbor pests or diseases of subsequent crops in the rotation.
Expert speakers include: Dale, Joe, and Mike Gies with Gies Farms in Moses Lake, Kurt Braunwart with ProGene Plant Research, Douglas Poole with Double P Ranch in Mansfield, Leslie Michel soil scientist with Okanogan Conservation District, Erin Kaczmarczyk district conservationist with Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Harold Crose associate supervisor with the Grant County Conservation District.
Noon - Lunch - RSVP
Provided by Grant County Conservation District
12:20-12:50 - Agency Updates
Erin Kaczmarczyk, with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, presentation will give producers updated information on accomplishments, funding, and programs available.
Katie Markham with the Farm Service Agency will give updates on programs available and the processes.
Tom English with the Grant County Conservation District will present information on the Voluntary Stewardship Program of why it is important for producer participation and what information is needed to avoid future regulations.