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Pioneering Conservation in Idaho's Treasure Valley

With pioneer spirit and innovative technology, Idaho farmers optimize the use of precious irrigation water, protect air quality and manage nutrients wisely to sustainably produce more than 180 crops. Idaho’s value chain ranges from raw commodities to fully processed food, and extends from a thriving Buy Local/Idaho Preferred market to a global export network.
August 23
3:00 – 5:00 pm Pre-registration – Grove Hotel Downtown Boise
5:00 – 7:00 pm Evening Social – JUMP
August 24
7:00 am Registration and Box Breakfast Pick-up, Grove Hotel
7:30 am Depart Grove Hotel
8:15 – 9:30 am
Dixon Farm – Greenleaf, Idaho
Water quality and availability as it impacts high-efficiency irrigation
  • Irrigation/water delivery system
  • Semi-permanent drip irrigation
  • Managing 10-to-12-year crop with highly variable soils
 10:00 – 12:30 am
M&M Feedlot – Parma, Idaho
Business and neighborly impacts of creating an attractive, low-odor environment
  • Air quality and ammonia permits
  • Nutrient and water management – composting demonstration, floodplain management considerations and constructed wetlands
12:45 pm
Lunch at Bayer Seeds – Parma, Idaho
  • Treasure Valley is one of a few global seed-producing centers
  • Display on the seed industry
2:30 – 4:00 pm
Arena Valley – Wilder, Idaho
Sustainability, nutrient management and conservation systems
  • Potato research trials – nitrogen, new varieties and bio-pesticides
  • Cropping systems – rotations, equipment and cover crops
  • Sustainability audits
  • Potato harvest demonstration
4:30 – 6:00 pm
McIntyre Farm – Caldwell, Idaho
Soil health systems
  • Bringing livestock back into the system, grazing management, cover crops and soil pit
  • Nutrient and water management – irrigation water use and rainfall simulator
6:00 – 7:30 pm  
Dinner and Conservation Expo at Indian Creek Winery– Kuna, Idaho
8:30 pm Arrive back at The Grove Hotel
The 2016 Conservation in Action Tour is hosted by CTIC with the support of Tour Leader Sponsor The Mosaic Company as well as John Deere, Syngenta and DuPont Pioneer.