Thanks to everyone that participated in our 2016 conference.  We had over 425 people collaborating, learning, and working together to improve their operations.  

Click here to access the conference presentation on our Research and Resources page

We will be annoucing the date and location of our 2017 conference soon.  

JANUARY 12-13, 2016 – Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, WA

Click here of the Conference Agenda

Key Conference Highlights

Keynote Presentations:

  • Learn from Gabe Brown's regenerative soil practices that has allowed him to cut almost all input costs (except seed) while still exceeding county average yields.
  • Here from a panel of UAV users, compare their drone equipment and see one of the newest UAV's from xCraft a local drone tech and manufacturing company based in Sandpoint, ID and recently received funding from all 5 Sharks on the investing show Shark Tank.
  • Does Whole Farm Insurance make sense for your production?  It may if you have diversified crops that must hit certain quality standards for market pricing.  Drew Killian will provide some case studies to further explain the benefits and costs of this program.
  • Presentations on "The Perils and Promise of Farming Like Nature,", Andy McGuire; and "Using Pulse Crops for a Successful Conservation Tillage Cropping System," Stephen Guy, Rebecca McGee, and Howard Nelson presenting essentials of sustainable farming practices to improve your operation. 

Crop Rotation and Cover Crop Track:  

    • Gabe Brown will answer questions and provide cover crop recommendations for cover cropping in the PNW along with regional updates from regional researchers and producers using cover crops, oilseeds, sunflowers, and quinoa in their rotations.

Soil Health and Nutrient and Pest Management Track: 

  • Learn about the latest research and strategies for wireworms, pH issues, and black leg.  Also learn more about what your soil test reports are telling you to make better nutrient management decisions.  

Technology and Precision Ag Track:

  • Learn from industry experts and producers on developing prescription maps and maximizing the use of your precision ag data to reduce input costs.  

Direct Seed 101:

  • A perfect way for those wanting to pick up tips to begin transitioning or improve their direct seed operation.  Learn from a few masters on their equipment, rotations, nutrients, crp takeout, challenges and management strategies.  Session will be provided for low, intermediate, and high rainfall regions.  

Ag Business Track:

  • Sharpen your finances and build a strong farm business with the sessions in this track.  There will be sessions on succession planning, economics of direct seeding, insurance, and Farmed Smart sustainable ag certification program.

 Irrigated Track:

  • This track will cover information on building soils using low disturbance rotations and cover crops in irrigated crops, how to's and benefits of a direct seeded alfalfa, and reasons to invest in more efficient irrigation technology. 
Other Reasons to Attend:
  • Equipment for Sale Board:  Any conference attendee can post their equipment for sale flyer on this board, reaching the perfect demographic of potential buyers. 
  • Research Posters:  Learn about the latest research happening throughout Idaho, Oregon, and Washington and collaborate with researchers on research topics and priorities needed for direct seeders.
  • Trade Show: Learn about the latest equipment, products and services available in the market!
  • Network and learn from other direct seed producers. 


Visit with the exhibitor's to learn about the latest products, services, and technology available!   As of the beginning of December there are still a few exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities available at the conference.  Don't miss this opportunity to promote your business to innovative, decision-making producers and network and collaborate with researchers and other leading agribusinesses.

Click here to view and download the Exhibitor and Sponsorship Form.   

2016 Conference Exhibitors

Ag Energy Solutions


Ag Tech Services/Odessa Trading Company

AGPRO Marketing and Manufacturing

AgroLiquid Fertilizers

ALPINE the start Fertilizer Company

ATI Solutions

Barr-Tech LLC


Bayer CropScience

BioWest Ag

Capital Press

Central Machinery Sales

CHS Primeland


Evergreen Implement 

Farmer's Business Network

Horsch Anderson/North Pine Ag Equipment

Intelligent Agriculture Solutions

Jones Truck and Implement

Kile Machine and Manufacturing

Miller Chemical and Fertilizer

Northwest Farm Credit Services

OSU Wheat

Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association

Pillar Laser Inc

Pioneer West, Inc

PNW Farmers Cooperative

RDO Equipment Co

Royal Organic Products

Seed Master

Shepherd's Grain

Shelbourn Reynolds

Skone Irrigation

Sloan-Leavitt Insurance

Spray Center Electronics

Spokane Conservation District

SS Equipment

St. John Hardware and Implement

SureFire Ag Systems

The McGregor Company

Triangle Ag-Services

Two Rivers Terminal

University of Idaho/REACHH 

Viterra USA

Western Ag Professional Agronomy

xCraft Enterprises

Conference Meals 

5 great meals will be included in the registration price.  Please contact Sheri at snolan(at) if you have special dietary needs. 

Tuesday, January 12th Menu

  • Breakfast Burrito Bar: Egg and Sausage Scramble, Salsa, Cheese; Yogurts and Fresh Fruit
  • Luncheon Buffet: Salad, Old Fashioned Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Vegetables, Cookie Assortment
  • Reception: Dijon Crusted Strip Sirloin, Swedish Homestyle Meatballs, Italian Sausage & Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms, Bacon Wrapped Potato Sticks, Buffalo Chicken Wings, Beef Sausage with Cheese, Vegetables, cheese palette with dips and spreads

Wednesday, January 13th Menu

  • Continental Breakfast: Assorted Breakfast Pastries, Granola Snack Bars, Yogurt and Whole Fresh Fruit
  • Luncheon: Sales, Homestyle Chicken – a buttermilk marinated chicken breast with a creamy supreme sauce, loaded-baked-potato mashed potatoes and roasted seasonal vegetables with Triple Chocolate cake for dessert.


Conference Lodging Partners and Terms:

SpringHill Suites-Marriott (attached to Convention Center)

7048 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336


Group Code:  DSCC

Room Rate: $124

Room Cut-Off Date:  December 14, 2015 


Hilton Garden Inn

701 North Young Street, Kennewick, WA 99336


Group Code:  348007

Room Rate:  $119

Room Cut-Off Date:  December 14, 2015


Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center

1101 N Columbia Center Blvd, Kennewick, WA 99336


(509) 783-0611

Room Rate:  $94

Room Cut-Off Date:  December 11, 2015


Red Lion Kennewick Inn & Suites

602 N Young Street, Kennewick, WA 99336


Room Rate:  $94

Room Cut-Off Date:  December 11, 2015


Quality Inn 

7901 W. Quinault Ave. Kennewick, WA 99336


Please mention “Cropping Systems Conference” for the discounted rate if calling Hotel directly. 

Online Booking:  Code: LCSC Rate

Room Rate: $84 

Room Rate Cut-Off Date: December 28th, 2015 

Register for the conference

Early Bird registration for the 2016 conference is open!  Discounted Early Bird Pricing is available until December 31, 2015.  You can register by completing the form below and paying online or complete and mail the printable registration form.

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