A free, virtual Regional Nutrient Cycling Soil Health and Food Safety Conference will take place in the Pacific Northwest on Oct. 27-29.

The conference is accepting abstracts now through Sept. 18. It will be targeted toward growers, extension centers, irrigation districts, environmental organizations, agronomists and others with an interest in soil health. Opportunities for continuing education credits are expected, according to a flyer for the event.

According to the brochure, the conference will include virtual tours of farms, and discussions on topics, including debunking the myths of manure, technologies for capture and recycling of manure phosphorus and solids; carbon sequestering and storage, predicting nitrogen mineralization in organic farming systems; safe use of compost/manure for vegetable crops, economics, and nutrient cycling in grazing systems; irrigation management and food safety.

Funding is provided by Western SARE, and the conference is being organized by the United States Department of Agriculture and western universities, including Oregon State University. Ray Quin, an agronomist at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, is one of the organizers and presenters.

For more information, or to submit an abstract or register, visit extension.wsu.edu/pmwncfsc.

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