Dryland Organic Agriculture in the PNW:
Meeting Opportunities and Challenges
A special symposium of the 2011 Tilth Producers of Washington Conference
Speaker Bio - Kate Painter
Kate Painter is an agricultural economist with the University of Idaho, where she develops crop and livestock budgets for the state of Idaho and continues her interests in sustainable agriculture, organic production methods, biofuels, and climate change. Prior to beginning this job in 2009, she worked for three years as an analyst for the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University, mainly on the Climate Friendly Farming Project. This award-winning project developed research-based information on greenhouse gas emissions for agricultural production practices in Washington State, including dairy, irrigated agriculture, and dryland production.
Kate received her PhD in Agricultural Economics from WSU in 1992. She lives on a small farm near Colfax, WA, with her husband and two daughters, where she is nearly self-sufficient in food production. She and her husband raise sheep, cattle, and chickens. They also have a large garden, an orchard, and three freezers.