Grain conference to focus on growing, malting, brewing

The Washington State University Extension will offer several workshops on value-added grain industry at its conference in Tacoma on Jan. 12. The focus is on brewing and distilling, poultry and livestock feed and artisan baking. The conference, jointly hosted by the extension and Pierce and Thurston counties, runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the STAR Center, 3874 S. 66th St. The extension hopes to bring together farmers, processors, investors and government officials to support rebuilding a grain economy west of the Cascade Mountains.

Workshops include:

• Expanding Grain Networks and Infrastructure

• Growing Grains West of the Cascades

• The Science and Art of Malting and Brewing

• Flour Quality in the Lab and in the Bakery

• Grains as Poultry Feed

• Roles for Co-ops in the Small Grains Economy

• Financing Food and Farm Based Businesses

Registration and more information are available at Registration is $120 and includes morning refreshments, lunch and dinner. Sign-up will be available online through Jan. 12 or in person at the event, until tickets are sold out, but organizers request advance registration for planning purposes.