This year’s Conservation in Action Tour will be hosted by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) in Idaho’s Treasure Valley. Dates are August 23 and the 24th and reservations may be made online or by phone at (765) 494-9555.
Historic Boise, Idaho is first on the list. Then, on the 24th, travel will continue through the high desert farms that showcase the conservation system which gave Treasure Valley a name as both a food hub and center of sustainability. Participatns will see up close the conservation practices used to grow potatoes, corn, vegetables and raise dairy cattle.
“The diversity of Idaho agriculture, the challenges of farming in the high desert, and the innovative ways the state’s agriculture industry has met those challenges will make this one of the most exciting—and likely one of the most beautiful—Conservation in Action tours we have ever had,” says Nancy DeLong, interim executive director of CTIC.
“Over the past eight years, the Conservation in Action Tour has become an annual must-attend event for many people dedicated to innovation and conservation, from farmers to crop advisors, agribusiness leaders, conservation organizations, research and extension experts and resource agency people,” DeLong adds. “That’s because every tour introduces participants to new perspectives, new approaches and new people to discuss every aspect of conservation farming with. Everyone brings home new ideas, new inspiration and new contacts.”
The pioneer spirit of Idaho’s farmers drives innovation in conserving precious irrigation water, protecting air quality and managing nutrients wisely. It has also inspired Gem State farmers to produce more than 180 crops and build one of the nation’s top food processing and export industries.
Cost for the event is $100 for CTIC members, $125 for non-members. A discounted rate of $50 is offered to producers, students, federal or state employees and media. Last year seats went fast, so book now to reserve your space. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available.