Teff Field Day Coming up Thursday

Teff Field Day Coming up Thursday

Solomon Valley Resource Conservation and Kansas Black Farmers will join to present information on growing teff.

Solomon Valley Resource Conservation and Development Area and the Kansas Black Farmers Association will host a teff field day on Thursday at the Mike and Teresa Webb farm at the corner of 30 and R Roads north of Natoma and south of Woodston.

The field day will begin at 9 a.m. with the field visit and will conclude with a light lunch including teff products to sample. Lunch is sponsored by Allied Genetics, Star Seed of Osborne and Beloit, and Ochampaugh Farms Pioneer Seed.

Information on teff as a forage, controlling weeds in teff, and available teff varieties will be presented.

Teff, a grain native to Ethiopia, has been grown in Graham County since 2005. In 2007 the Solomon Valley RC&D was awarded a three-year USDA Conservation Innovation Grant to grow and market teff. There are currently more than 150 acres of teff being grown in Osborne, Rooks, Graham, and Phillips Counties. Teff is gluten free and known to be both flood and drought tolerant. The grant is administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, an agency of USDA.

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