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Tilth Conference Workshops: Tips & Tools for Improved Production I

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Tips & Tools for Improved Production I

Optimizing Animal Health: Fermenting Whole Grain Feeds at Any Scale

  • Leanna Haight and Matt Steinman, Scratch and Peck Feeds
  • Today’s farming practices rely heavily on overly processed, pelletized feeds with a degraded nutrient content. Feeding your animals a whole grain feed allows you to maximize on the quality of nutrients available. Whole grain feed retains high nutrient purity, and it is an excellent choice for fermenting – unlocking a host of benefits, such as increased protein levels, odor management, money savings from minimized feed waste, and overall optimized nutrition absorption and gut health for your animals. This presentation aims to help other farmers, homesteaders, or backyard chicken raisers overcome operating obstacles, learn best practices, and be successful feeding their animals wholesome organic, fermented food at any scale. This workshop will be co-presented with the help of farmers who have developed farming efficiencies and are fermenting organic whole grain feeds for their flocks.

The View From 400 Feet: Sensors and Analytics in Precision Agriculture

  • Emily Ciesielski and Robert Parker, MicaSense
  • This workshop will cover the basic concepts of multispectral imaging and analytics, empowering growers to more effectively manage their crops.

“Soil Biodegradable Mulch Film:” A Key Production Aid for Sustainable Organic Agriculture

  • Ruth Watts, BASF
  • As the organic market continues to grow, having innovative tools that meet and address soil and environmental stewardship and market forces, such as labor, is key to the success of not only the industry as a whole, but for the individual farmers.  The use of soil biodegradable mulch films is a safe and effective production aid that not only meets the soil and environmental requirements under the organic umbrella, but is also meets sustainability requirements of utilizing the existing earthly resources.

Fueling the Farm With Local Organic Waste

  • Andrew Corbin, Impact Bioenergy; Kyong Soh, Tilth Alliance
  • Impact Bioenergy’s living system works to convert food waste into renewable energy (natural gas) and liquid soil amendment (digestate) with zero waste. The small anaerobic digester, generates energy, stores it, and uses it beneficially as close to the waste generator as possible. A project underway in association with King County and the Tilth Alliance incubator farm at Red Barn Ranch was designed to discover how food waste could be used beneficially within the community, thereby avoiding trucking, export from the county, and the associated greenhouse gas emissions and loss of soil carbon while building soil quality on local farms.
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