The 2017 Program is forthcoming, see our agenda to learn which speakers we will be bringing to the conference and stay tuned!


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.



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2016 Full Program

Click and scroll to see the Agenda, Session Descriptions and list of workshops and classes from January 9th 2016.
2016 Agenda







For Growers:

* Selecting Grain Varieties – Session 1
* Let’s Talk About Grain Growing (an “ask the farmer” panel) – Session 2
*Keen on Quinoa: Producing & Marketing Our Region’s Super Grain- Session 3
* Alternative Grains & Their Rotational Benefits- Session 4
* Fixing Broken Dirt: Restoring Ag Land Through Soil Biology – Short Session

For Brewers & Distillers:
* FRIDAY JAN 8th South Sound Brewing & Distilling Tour (Registration OPEN!)
* Malting: The Rosetta Stone That Translates Barley Into Beer – Session 2
* Flavor First: Understanding Product Design & Equipment Selection for Craft Spirits- Session 4
* Shaping the Craft Brewing & Distilling Center in Tumwater – Short Session

For Bakers, Millers & More:
* FRIDAY JAN 8th Flatbreads with Whole Grain Flours (Registration OPEN!)
* Flatcakes, Field to Griddle-Hands on class, sign up – Session 1
* The WSU Bread Lab: Grain Research & Connections – Session 1
* Fermentation with Whole Grains– Hands on class, sign up – Session 2 & 4
* The New Bread Basket, Stories from Oregon – Session 4
* Harvest Heritage: Heritage Grains in the Pacific NW – Short Session

For Business Development in the Grain-Shed:
* Accessing Capital for Food, Beverage & Farm Businesses – Session 1
*Values Based Businesses In the Grain-Shed – Session 2
*Stamped Into Law: Policies Impacting the Grain-Shed – Session 3
*Organic Grain: A Market of Potential – Session 3


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- 5:05pm – SHORT SESSION
5:15pm- 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 two weeks prior to the event who contact Rose Burke or call (360) 379-5610 ext.  202.

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