Grains conference focuses on local agriculture, west of the Cascades

Great grains are the key to premium craft products. The Cascadia Grains Conference brings together farmers, processors and end‐users, as well as investors, researchers, brokers and local government officials to support rebuilding a grain economy west of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. The two-day conference will explore value-added enterprises, including brewing and distilling, baking, and other food uses, as well as animal feed. The 2017 Conference is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 6 and 7.

Day 1: Friday, January 6, 2017cascadia field trip 2016-2.JPG

The afternoon field trips feature three tracks: brewing & distilling tours (including the historic Olympia Beer brewery), baking, and an equipment track. Registration will be open soon on the event website.

Day 2: Saturday, January 7, 2017

Attend workshops, networking activities, and experience great foods and craft beverages that showcase Cascadia grains. There are special sessions designed specifically for brewers and distillers.

  • Farmers learn about grain production, connect with scale‐appropriate buyers, and learn strategies on increasing demands for cereals used for poultry and livestock feeds, artisan breads, brewing, and distilling.
  • Processors and end-users get an inside look into grain production, quality, and brokering relationships to get the grain you want and need.
  • cascadia-grains-postcardInvestors, brokers and local government officials get the scoop on rising investment and policy opportunities.


Registration is now open for the 5th annual Cascadia Grains Conference,  held at South Puget Sound Community College. For information and to register, go to:

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