Organic Farming Conference:

The “Holy Grail” of Organics – Reduced Tillage Organic Systems


Thursday, January 28, 2016  |  5 pm – 9 pm
Friday, January 29, 2016  |   8:30 am – 5 pm

College of Idaho
2112 Cleveland Blvd
Caldwell, ID 83605
United States
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Registration is now closed. Contact Jennifer Miller at 208-433-1827 to see if there is space.
Price will include a $5 late fee per day.


Thursday, January 28

5 pm  Check-in and Social (no-host bar)

6 pm  Dinner

7 pm  Program

State of Organics in Idaho and Nation: What the Organic Production Survey Revealed

– Vince Matthews, USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service

Virtual Farm Tours

– George McClelland and Jon Fabricius, Hamanishi Farms, Fruitland, ID
– Nate Jones, King’s Crown Organic Farm, King Hill, ID

Precision Cover Cropping: The Next Step in Organic Strip Tillage?

– Doug Collins, Washington State University

Investing in Organic Research: National Trends & Payoff

– Jen Miller, Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides

9 pm  Conclude

Friday, January 29

8:30 am  Check-in

9:00 am  Welcome

– Jen Miller, Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides

Beyond the Soil Food Web: Managing Soil For Diverse Biological Functions

– Doug Collins, Washington State University (WSU)

Soil ecosystem engineers, litter shredders, and decomposers shape soil structure and drive nutrient availability. The structure of the soil food web can also be a valuable indicator for soil quality. This presentation will focus on groups of organisms and how management practices influence their activity.

Tillage Reduction and Cover Cropping for Enhanced Soil Quality and Weed Management on Organic Vegetable Farms

– Doug Collins, WSU

Current research at Washington State University is exploring methods to address a significant soil health challenge in vegetable production - tillage. The discussion of methods to reduce tillage in organic vegetable systems will include cover crop selection and cover crop termination with flail mowing versus a roller crimper. Standard tillage is being compared to strip tillage and no-till. Research findings compare the impacts of different techniques in terms of crop yield, weed pressure, soil compaction, water infiltration, and other factors.

Roller Crimper and No-Till Drill Rental Program

– Josie Erskine, Ada Soil and Conservation District

In 2015, the district launched an organic no-till demonstration after purchasing a roller crimper (8 ft). The district offers the roller crimper and two no-till drills (7 ½ ft and 15 ft) for rent by area farmers.

12:00  Lunch

Farmer Panel on Reduced Tillage Systems

– Tim Cornie, Cornie Land & Livestock; Clay Erskine, Peaceful Belly; Brad McIntyre, McIntyre Farms; Jason Miller, Eleven Livestock; and Doug Collins, WSU

Learn from area farmers about their experience with organic no-till and reduced tillage systems.

Organic Certification: Tips for Inspection & Record Keeping

– Johanna Phillips, Idaho State Department of Agriculture

Your Rights and Responsibilities: Ideas for Navigating noxious weed regulations

– Matt Voile and Johanna Phillips, Idaho State Department of Agriculture

Covering Organic: Updates to Crop Insurance Options for Organic Producers

– Kal Schank, Northwest Farm Credit Services

Assessing the Barriers and Opportunities to Organic Farming in Idaho: Shared Values Activity

– Carlo Moreno, University of Idaho

5:00  Conclude


Thank you to our Organic Farming Conference Business League Sponsors!