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Alternative Crops Workshops Scheduled

PULLMAN, Wash. — Eastern Washington farmers will get an opportunity to learn how to grow and market corn, Durum wheat, sunflower, Buckwheat and a variety of other potential alternative crops at seven free workshops in January and February.

Washington State University research and extension faculty and representatives from Pioneer Hi-Bred, McKay Seed Co., and Western Farm Services will discuss crop production.

Representatives of ProMar, Central Washington Grain Growers, Eppich Grain, McKay Seed Co. and the National Sunflower Association and other companies will be on hand to talk about marketing.

Grower perspectives will be offered at some of the workshops. Speakers and topics at each site vary.

Workshop schedule:

Jan. 26 Dark Northern Spring, Hard White Winter and Durum wheat.
Coffee at 7:45 a.m. Workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WSU Cooperative Extension
222 N. Havana, Spokane.

Jan. 27 Barley, Oats, and Triticale
Coffee 7:45 a.m. Workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Best Inn and Suites
1513 Smitty’s Blvd., Ritzville.

Feb. 9 Mustard and Canola
Coffee at 7:45 a.m. Workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Friendship Hall
Front Street, St. John

Feb. 10 Mustard and Canola
Coffee at 7:45 a.m. Workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Grange Hall
Mansfield

Feb. 17 Sunflower and Buckwheat
Coffee at 7:45 a.m. Workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Memorial Hall
Harrington

Feb. 24 Field Corn
Coffee at 7:45 a.m. Workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
CETC Building,
123 S. Main, Colfax

Feb. 28 Flax and Linola
Coffee at 7:45 a.m. Workshop from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Memorial Hall
511 Park St., Davenport

The workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Traci Schoessler at (509) 659-3215 or e-mail at
schoessl@coopext.cahe.wsu.edu for more information.

The workshops are sponsored by WSU Cooperative Extension of Lincoln, Adams and Spokane counties and the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources. They are presented as part of the
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Project.

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