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Alternative Cropping Symposium | 02.23.23

Updated: Feb 22, 2023


Learn from Palouse farmers about cover cropping, intercropping, and integrating livestock at the Fourth Annual Palouse Alternative Cropping Symposium on Thursday, February 23, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The event will be held at the Whitman County Palouse Empire Fairgrounds outside Colfax, WA.


Registration has closed.

We hope to see you next year!




This farmer-focused program will feature short presentations from area growers, a panel of regenerative agricultural certifying organizations, and time for Q&A with the speakers. The program will include networking breaks to provide opportunities for informal dialogue and catching up with your community. Lunch is provided.


9:30 AM Coffee & Networking

10:00 Welcome

10:05 Cover Cropping, Cattle Grazing, and On-Farm Research

Clint Zenner, Zenner Family Farm, Genesee ID

10:35 Winter Pea and forage crop integration: Effects on water and nitrogen use

Kendall Kahl, University of Idaho Soil & Water Systems

11:05 Break

11:20 Pacific Northwest Cover Crop Decision Aid System (PaNDAS) Project Overview

Sanford Eigenbrode, University of Idaho Department of Entomology

11:25 "We're NOT in Texas!" Palouse alternatives and the motives for cover crops

Fernanda Gomes Moojen & JD Wulfhorst

University of Idaho Rural Sociology and Environmental Science

12:25 PM Lunch provided by Memorable Events

12:55 PaNDAS Website Overview

Sanford Eigenbrode, University of Idaho Department of Entomology

1:10 Whitman County Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) Overview

Brad Johnson, Palouse Conservation District

1:25 Transitioning to Organic Production on the Palouse

Craig Kincaid, Kincaid Partners, Pullman WA

1:45 How do insects aboveground and in the soil respond to cover cropping?

Dane Elmquist & Subodh Adhikari, University of Idaho Entomology

2:15 Break

2:30 Regenerative Ag Certification Panel

Brian Muegge, Salmon Safe

Jeremy Bunch, Shepherd’s Grain

Shaila Cook, Food Alliance

Kyle Schultheis, Diamond-S Farms

3:30 Closing & Networking with a beverage provided by Shepherd’s Grain

For questions, contact JodiP@PalouseCD.org or 509-553-1845.


Thanks to our generous sponsors


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