Upcoming Events at MSU’s Western Agricultural Research Center | Local News

This article appeared in the Ravalli Republic agricultural magazine which was included in the Sunday June 27 edition. The magazine featured the Western Agricultural Research Center in Corvallis.

The mission of the MSU Western Agricultural Research Center is to help the state’s fruit and vegetable farms.

Although it involves a lot of detailed research, the mission is not complete without sharing this information with the producers and the public. After a year of virtual meetings, the Center is excited to host several in-person events this year. In addition to the events listed below, you can learn more about the Center’s research and other events on their website: https://agresearch.montana.edu/warc/index.html

The Center will hold its field day on July 29 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The open house includes dinner, speakers from across MSU College of Agriculture, and a tour of research projects at the station. RSVP with Kierstin Schmitt ([email protected]) if you plan to attend.

From the fork to the farm: September 12. The center has partnered with Bike Walk Bitterroot to organize a scenic bike tour of farms and ranches in the valley. Bike Walk Bitterroot is a community organization dedicated to creating safe and accessible routes in the valley for cyclists and pedestrians. The easy half-day ride will visit several farms in the area for short tours and sample local food and drink. The hike starts at 10 am, dinner and music follow at the Ag Center. Registration is $100 with proceeds going to support Local Food and Bike Walk Bitterroot. Register early as space is limited and fills up often, more info at http://bikewalkbitterroot.org/

Orchard and Vineyard Management Tour: In collaboration with the Community Coalition for Food and Agriculture, September 15 at 4 p.m. The tour will cover the basics of orchard and vineyard management and several ongoing trials at the Centre. Details and registration available on the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition website: https://www.missoulacfac.org/programs/farmer-support/farmer-field-days/

Visit and workshop of the organic farm: in collaboration with the Montana Organic Association, the Ag. The center will host a tour of Bitterroot Organic Farms on September 17. Details and registration available on the Montana Organic Associations website: https://montanaorganicassociation.org/

Lana T. Arthur