The Production Ag Department works with producers in Spokane County to maximize their profits while maintaining sustainable farm practices, such as direct seed. For more information on direct seed operations, including the economical and environmental benefits, please view our Direct Seed Fact Sheet.
Our Production Ag programs include:
- Direct Seed Loans: we provide low-interest loans to help purchase eligible direct seed and no-till agriculture equipment
- Direct seed promotion including workshops and tours
- Conservation farm plans
- Workshops and seminars
The Spokane Conservation District has partnered with the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association to develop a direct seed certification program. The Farmed Smart Sustainable Agriculture Certification offers farmers a marketable consumer brand for their adherence to defined conservation standards, certifies that they are utilizing sustainable practices, and develops markets for certified sustainable products. The certification standards will help ensure that water quality, air quality, soil quality, and wildlife habitat are being improved while also requiring criteria be met in the areas of energy conservation and economic viability for each farm. This certification will provide a platform to educate stakeholders on the social and environmental benefits of direct seed farming practices and provide recognition and value to producers who are raising dry-land crops under these practices.
To learn more go to www.directseed.org/certification
The district continues to promote the benefits of direct seed and no-till farming practices and has worked with T-Will Custom No-till out of St. John, WA to bring another program to the region. The District had Ag Pro Manufacturing in Lewiston, ID build a 30 Ft Cross slot no-till drill in the spring of 2014. The drill is available on large tract agricultural lands in Eastern Washington. If you are interested or have any questions on the Production Ag programs, please contact Ty Meyer at 509-995-1220 or 509-535-7274 ext 228.