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Inland Northwest Artisan Grains Focus of U of I-WSU Conference July 11-13

June 12, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho — June 11, 2019 — Farmers, bakers, brewers, grain brokers, investors and others with interests in what and how people eat and drink will find something to chew on during the first Inland Northwest Artisan Grains Conference July 11 - 13 in Pullman and Moscow.

The conference is presented by Washington State University Food Systems with support from University of Idaho Extension. The conference seeks to strengthen the role of grains in the agricultural and food economy of the Inland Northwest.

The conference begins with a welcome dinner Thursday, July 11, at Paradise Creek Brewery in Pullman. Tickets are $45.

Conference sessions on Friday, July 12, at the University of Idaho Commons in Moscow will explore sustainable grain production, varieties, whole and novel grains for baking, cultural significance of grains and marketing considerations. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and sessions conclude at 4:30 p.m. A tasting session for conference registrants at Moscow’s 1912 Center from 5 - 7 p.m. will feature the region’s best brews and spirits.

Conference registrants can also signup for add-on baking sessions Friday, July 12, and a dinner featuring local grains and plant breeders who produced them.

Add-on field trips for conference registrants planned Saturday, July 13, will highlight local brewers and grain breeders, wheat quality researchers and flour millers focused on the Palouse. Lunches are planned at Pullman and Moscow restaurants as part of the field trips.

Registration for the Friday conference is $65 through Friday, June 14, and $90 after. Dinners, baking sessions and Saturday field trips can be registered for individually and range in price from $20 to $70 apiece.

More conference information and registration is available online at

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