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Tilth Conference: Soil — What's It Worth?

Why do soils matter? Does the time spent improving soil quality on farm make a difference? Join a panel of Northwest researchers whose on-farm results directly point to the dollars and cents connection between soil management and farm economics.

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Soil: What's It Worth?

Why do soils matter? Does the time spent improving soil quality on farm make a difference? Join a panel of Northwest researchers whose on-farm results directly point to the dollars and cents connection between soil management and farm economics. Learn how and why soil management decisions affect production, pests, fertility and produce quality to impact your bottom line. Read bios of the symposium speakers.

9 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
David Granatstein, WSU CSANR (Wenatchee, WA) 
9:15-10:15 a.m. Understanding Soil Microbiology to Build System Resilience and Enhance Plant Productivity
Dr. Mark Mazzola, Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS (Wenatchee, WA)
10:15-10:30 a.m. Question and answer session
10:30-10:45 a.m.  Coffee break (Gala lobby)
10:45-11:15 a.m. Nitrogen Management in Organic Vegetables: Fertilizer and Cover Crop Contributions and Online Decision Tools
Nick Andrews, OSU Extension Small Farms
11:15-11:30 a.m.  Question and answer session
11:30 a.m.-noon Optimizing Nitrogen Management on Organic and Biologically-Intensive Farms
Doug Collins, WSU-CSANR (Puyallup, WA)
noon-12:15 Question and answer session
12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:45-2:15 p.m. Economic Value of Soil Improvement and Quality
David Granatstein, WSU-CSANR (Wenatchee, WA)
2:15-2:30 p.m. Question and answer session
2:30-3 p.m. Managing Soils to Promote Biological Control of Insect Pests and Pathogens
Carmen Blubaugh, WSU Dept. of Entomology (Pullman, WA)
3-3:15 p.m. Question and answer session
3:15-3:30p.m. Coffee break (Gala lobby)
3:30-4:30 p.m.  Panel and audience discussion
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