Highlighting Conservation Practices
I’m Lacy Gray with Washington Ag Today.
Farmers and ranchers in the Pacific Northwest have been implementing conservation practices to improve water quality, protect wildlife and conserve resources, all while maintaining viable ag production. State conservation districts have partnered with them and helped them in this process through conservation programs. All their efforts will be highlighted during the “Stories of Our Watersheds” film festival being hosted by River Restoration Northwest at the Hollywood Theater in Portland tomorrow. Jim Armstrong with the Spokane Conservation District talks about the film short he submitted that will be shown at the event.
ARMSTRONG: The film actually was the brainchild of the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association and the Spokane Conservation District and Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District. We’re on the Board of Directors and we’ve been instrumental in sort of resurrecting that organization and we thought that one of the best things we could do would be to highlight the direct seed and no-till practices that are being implemented in Whitman County and Spokane County.
Armstrong explains why films such as this have produced good results.
ARMSTRONG: This particular film really is farmers talking to farmers, instead of the agencies or even the colleges talking to the farmers, it’s the farmers talking to the farmers, and I think that message comes out a lot stronger a lot clearer with a lot more emphasis - peer to peer sort of thing.
Tomorrow Armstrong will talk about the value of sustainable farming practices that protect topsoil, such as direct seed and no-till. For more information on tomorrow’s “Stories of Our Watersheds” event visit rrnw.org..
That’s Washington Ag Today.
I’m Lacy Gray on the Ag Information Network.