The 40th annual Hermiston Farm Fair begins Wednesday, kicking off three days of seminars and workshops covering local agriculture issues.

The trade show also brings together businesses from across northeast Oregon to display new products and services. Vendors will have the opportunity to network with industry representatives, as well as reach out to hundreds of potential customers.

Presentations include updates on university research, irrigation practices and pest control. The forum, co-sponsored by Oregon State University Extension Service and the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, is free and open to the public except for a pest identification workship scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

All sessions are at the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 South Highway 395.

“It’s got something for everybody,”?said Carrie Shilhanek, with Simplot Grower Solutions in Umatilla and a member of the Farm Fair Committee. “It’s a great resource for the grower, all in one place and all at one time.”

Wednesday will feature morning and afternoon potato production seminars on the main stage. An afternoon general session will cover a variety of topics, including the possibility for biofuels at Portland General Electric’s Boardman Coal Plant beyond 2020.

On Thursday, the morning and afternoon general sessions will cover dryland wheat production and the potential to grow new crops such as quinoa in Eastern Oregon. The fair concludes with a half-day Friday focused largely on safe pesticide use.

A complete agenda is online at www.oregonstate.edu. For more information, call the OSU?Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center at 541-567-8321.

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Contact George Plaven at gplaven@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4547.

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