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Oilseed Crop Production Workshops Slated for Okanogan, Reardan, Colfax

PULLMAN, Wash. – Daylong workshops on best practices for producing oilseed crops such as canola, mustard and camelina are scheduled for late January at Okanogan, Reardan and Colfax.

Offered by Washington State University’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, USDA-ARS and WSU Extension, the workshops will be held Jan. 25, 26 and 27, at Okanogan, Reardan and Colfax, respectively. Each session will cover a variety of specific topics of interest for both experienced and first-time oilseed crop producers, livestock producers, industry representatives and consumers. The workshops are free and open to the public; a complimentary lunch will be served.

Among the featured speakers at each workshop is Tom Jensen, agronomist and Northern Great Plains regional director with the International Plant Nutrition Institute at Saskatoon, Canada, whose presentation is entitled “How to Feed Your Canola.” Mary Beth Lang from the Washington Department of Agriculture will discuss “The Big Picture: Oilseed Crops and Washington’s Bioenergy Initiative” at the Reardan session, and Cherie Moomaw, council member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, will discuss the “History and Goals of Canola Production on Colville Tribal Land” at the Okanogan session. Other presenters include a variety of faculty members from WSU, private industry representatives and experienced oilseed producers in each region.

Specific information about how to register and workshop content at each location is available at www.css.wsu.edu/biofuels/Workshop.html.

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Media Contacts

Karen Sowers, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, 509-396-5936