Tilth Conference

Request for Posters

Farmers, researchers, students and non-profits working in the agricultural community are invited to submit poster proposals for the science symposium at this year’s Tilth Conference!

The Tilth Conference, now in its 49th year, is an annual gathering where farmers, researchers, composters, educators, advocates, and all members of Washington’s agricultural community are invited to share knowledge and learn from one another via lectures, workshops, panel discussions and a poster session.

This year’s conference will be held in-person, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 26-28 at Fort Worden State Park on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. The conference is co-hosted by Tilth Alliance, the Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC) and Washington State University Extension’s Regional Small Farms Program.

About the Science Symposium and Poster Session

As part of the conference, a science symposium sponsored by the WSU Regional Small Farms Program will take place Thursday, October 26; 9 a.m.-noon, followed by farm tours in the afternoon and a poster session in the evening. The theme of this focused session is “Integrated Pest Management in a Changing Climate.”

Symposium speakers include WSU plant pathologist, Lindsey Du Toit, and University of Idaho entomologist, Sanford Eigenbrode. Du Toit will address how disease pressure in agricultural crops is expected to change as our climate changes and will offer tips on how farmers can adjust their integrated pest management practices to make their farm more resilient to disease pressure. Eigenbrode will speak about what a changing climate means for insects in our region- both pests and beneficial insects.

Researchers, students, farmers and non-profit organizations are invited to share their integrated pest management related research with conference attendees by submitting posters for the science symposium. The poster session will take place on Thursday, October 26; 6-8 p.m., and posters will remain hanging through the end of the day on Friday. Ideally, poster authors should be available to discuss their research with conference attendees during the poster session. Poster authors may attend the science symposium for free (afternoon farm walks not included) and use the $275 discounted rate for attending Friday and Saturday of the conference if desired.

Research presented may relate to pests, diseases and integrated pest management in vegetable, fruit or tree fruit crops. Research may also pertain to IPM in livestock or pasture/forage crops. Research should provide useful, relevant, applicable information that supports the success of organic, regenerative, and sustainable producers, and/or the beneficial use of recycled organic materials, at all levels.

Submission Instructions & Deadline

For consideration in the Poster Session, please submit your contact information and an abstract (250 words max.) to Laurel Moulton (laurel.moulton@wsu.edu) no later than Sunday, October 1. The abstract should include:

  • Title
  • Author(s) and affiliations
  • Abstract text (250 word limit)
  • Poster size

We recommend that posters be 36”x 48” but other sizes will be considered. Electronic submissions cannot be accepted; hard copy only, please. All printing costs will be borne by the poster author.

The WSU Regional Small Farms Program will supply the hanging materials. Bring your poster to the conference registration desk between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, October 26. If you will not be able to attend the conference, symposium organizers can hang your poster for you. Please mail your poster to the WSU Clallam County Extension Office to arrive prior to October 26. Mail to:

  • Laurel Moulton
  • c/o WSU Regional Small Farms Program
  • 1914 W. 18th St
  • Port Angeles, WA 98363

We hope you will consider participating! Questions? Contact Laurel Moulton at 360-565-2679 or laurel.moulton@wsu.edu.