Small Farm Conference to Offer Sessions on Agritourism, Using Weather Data

The Nevada Small Farm Conference will feature four intensive workshops and 20 sessions delving into soils, pest control, and other farming issues. The 11th annual conference is February 3-5 at the Nugget Casino Resort.

Two sessions on weather data should be useful to anyone, growing any crop, says Conference Chair Ann Louhela.

“Anybody that does farming, weather data is our survival,” Louhela told Grape Basin News. “We use it religiously.”

A Friday afternoon session is devoted to Nevada climate, demonstrating how to find the latest weather data, and how to apply it to farming. The conference website encourages participants to bring a  computer or mobile device to view the data.

An additional session explains how to use weather data — plus math — to control pests.

Keynote speaker Steve Moore will conduct an intensive called “Building Soil Foundations,” which is scheduled to repeat several times during the conference. Moore is Professor of AgroEcology at Elon University in North Carolina

Smith Valley Farmer Tom Renner will speak on Saturday at a session on agritourism. Renner will be part of a discussion on inviting visitors to the farm – a key component of winery success. Renner opens his pumpkin patch and other attractions to the public each year.

The full conference schedule is available online.

The conference registration fee is $95. Louhela encourages online registration to avoid a line at the door.

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