Focus on Farming XV - Focus on Forestry IIII
Focus on Farming is the only one-day gatherings for all types of farming in one location; whether organic or conventional, livestock or row crops, large or small. Providing quality education to sustain current farmers and attracting new farmers to our region is a critical component in securing the next generation's local food supply.
2018 Keynote speaker Mike Pearson will speak on The Four MegaTrends in Agriculture.
Mike Pearson, host of Public Televisions Market to Market takes an in-depth look at the way agriculture will be changing in the next 20 years. The past century has been one of non-stop progress in efficiency, technology and yield and Mike pulls together his wide-ranging reports on the industry to analyze the four biggest trends driving agriculture forward.
Analytics: Big Data has been the watchword in production for the past several years, and the future will see new tools that allow producers to analyze the piles of data they have been collecting. The new suite of applications will put growers back in the drivers seat for decision making; as theyll be able to model various input application rates, hybrid selection and weather effects on the crops they are contemplating.
Robotics: Many consumers are already familiar with robots taking care of some household chores like vacuuming. It wont be much longer before we see true robotics in the field, reducing the burden of time consuming tasks. From weed eradication to manure lagoon agitation, as qualified help on the farm becomes harder to find, robots will be a logical place for farmers to invest capital.
Biotechnology: The field of biotech saw incredible advances over the past decade as science and profits combined to allow geneticists and plant breeders space to try amazing things. In the next two decades, those advances become a springboard for some truly revolutionary changes to the industry. This will encompass not just plant-based biotech, but biological soil amendments and treatments as well.
And finally, the Structure of the industry will continue to change. As record-level profits become just a memory, producers will find new ways to maximize their ROI. There will be continued consolidation at all levels; farm, elevator and coop and input supplier. The lines will be blur between retailer and wholesaler as larger growers operate more like elevators and demand greater leverage from suppliers. There will also be a growing number of smaller scale producers dedicated to niche markets; the organic or local food movements are most likely here to stay as consumers continue to have the disposable income to make those food decisions.
The next 20 years in agriculture are going to be a fascinating ride, and American producers are uniquely poised to capture an impressive share of the worlds business. Let Mike Pearson help your group navigate this future to prosperity!
This year we will once again host "Focus on Forestry"! Focus on Forestry is for both large and small forest landowners from all over Washington State.The day will follow the same template as Focus on Farming with session on various topics include forest land preservation,forest health and economic opportunities for landowners, such as valued-added timber products and recreational uses for forestland.
Please join us for Focus on Farming XIV and Focus on Forestry IIII.
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24 Workshops in six industry tracks
presented by top experts in the country
Four forestry workshops and a 17,000 sq. ft. trade show.
Farm to Table lunch prepared using locally-grown
foods by local top chefs
Evergreen State Fairgrounds (View)
14405 179th Ave SE
Monroe, WA 98272
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