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NW Direct Seed Internet Network Promotes Conservation

PULLMAN, Wash. — Communications about direct seed cropping systems in the Northwest have moved into cyberspace with the launch of an e-mail list server and World Wide Web page.

Roger Veseth, WSU/UI extension conservation tillage specialist, says: “This communications network was established to help accelerate the development and grower adaptation of direct seed cropping systems in the dryland production regions of the Inland Northwest. Direct seeding, in combination with more intensive cropping, can improve production efficiency, profitability and competitiveness in global markets, as well as enhance the productivity of our crop land resources, and increase protection of the environment.”

The list, PNW Direct Seed, will be used to share new information resources, events, research results, technology innovations and experiences across the dryland production regions of the Inland Northwest. It will also help provide access to direct seed systems technology from other regions and countries that may be adapted to Northwest production conditions. “Messages are sent and received by e-mail, and are also stored for later access on the web site,” Veseth said.

PNW Direct Seed is sponsored by Solutions To Environmental and Economic Problems, or STEEP for short. The list server provides a common forum for growers, and representatives from agri-support industries, agencies and groups. The initial address list includes over 250 growers, conservation districts, university extension agents and researchers, federal scientists, PNW grower organizations, and Ag industry representatives across the dryland cropping areas of the Inland Northwest.

Veseth said e-mail privacy is protected on the list. Only the list server administrator will have access to the list of people subscribed.

To subscribe, send an e-mail message to rveseth@uidaho.edu. In the body of the message put the state (e.g. ID for Idaho), organization/occupation, name and e-mail address of the person to be subscribed.

For more information, contact Veseth, by phone at (208) 885-6386, or e-mail rveseth@uidaho.edu.

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