The Cascadia Grains Conference was launched in the summer of 2012 by a group of researchers at WSU interested in bringing the full grain value chain together to learn, make connections, and energize regional grain growing and those making end-use products in Cascadia’s breweries, distilleries, bakeries, feed mills etc.  Over the years the annual event has grown in size and scope and in 2015 nearly 300 participants gathered in Olympia, WA to discuss our grain-shed.

The full 2016 conference agenda will be posted by December 7th, 2015.
Here is a sneak preview of our workshops at the 2016 conference….

For Growers:
* Selecting Grain Varieties
* Let’s Talk About Grain Growing (an “ask the farmer” panel)
* Alternative Grains & Their Rotational Benefits
* Keen on Quinoa: Producing & Marketing Our Region’s Super Grain
* Fixing Broken Dirt: Restoring Ag Land Through Soil Biology

For Brewers & Distillers:
* FRIDAY JAN 8th South Sound Brewing & Distilling Tour (Registration open early December)
* Malting: The Rosetta Stone That Translates Barley Into Beer
* Flavor First: Understanding Product Design & Equipment Selection for Craft Spirits
* Craft Brewing & Distilling Center in Tumwater presentation

For Bakers, Millers & More:
* FRIDAY JAN 8th Pita & Flatbreads with Alternative Flours Hands-Class (Registration open early December)
     * Flatcakes, Field to Griddle-Hands on class, sign up
* Fermentation with Whole Grains– Hands on class, sign up
     * The New Bread Basket, Stories from Oregon
* The WSU Bread Lab, Research Updates & Connections
* Harvest Heritage: Heritage Grains in the Pacific NW

For Business Development in the Grain-Shed:
* Accessing Capital for Food, Beverage & Farm Businesses
* Organic Grains: A Market of Potential
* Values Based Businesses in the Grain-Shed
* Developing Initiatives & Policy Updates in the Grain-Shed


8:00-9:00 am – Registration + Morning Refreshments + Resource Expo

8:40-8:55 am – Welcome Address

9:00am-10:20am – SESSION 1

10:30am-11:50am – SESSION 2

11:55am-1:10 pm – LUNCH + Resource Expo

1:10pm- 2:40pm – SESSION 3

2:50pm-4:10pm – SESSION 4

4:20pm- 4:50pm – SHORT SESSION

5:00pm- 5:45pm – NETWORKING SESSION

5:45pm-7:30pm – Dinner + Resource Expo + Best of the Cascades Tasting Tour
(featuring select craft beers and spirits from the Pacific Northwest)

See our Past Events page for the full agenda, speaker presentations, resources and links from the 20132014, and 2015 conference.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Rose Burke or call (360) 379-5610 202.

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