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The North Willamette Research & Extension Center will host the Ag Innovation Conference for the first time.

Researchers, agriculture industry leaders and producers will descend on the North Willamette Research & Extension Center Sept. 22-23 for the 5th Annual Ag Innovations Conference, taking place for the first time in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

Located just outside of Aurora, Oregon State University's North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) is organizing and hosting the 2022 AIC.

Started in 2014 in California, the AIC provides a platform for stakeholders across various research institutions and agricultural industries to share the latest technological advances and developments while exploring the many varied complex agronomic and crop protection issues facing agricultural production.

FILE PHOTO - Hosting the Ag Innovations Conference at the NWREC in Aurora is a first for the conference and a chance to share techniques and technology for production in the area.

New NWREC Director Surendra Dara created the event while in California. Since being named director of the Aurora facility the first of 2022, he wanted to bring it north to this area.

"I used to organize this particular conference series when I was in California," he explained. "So I am bringing it here for the first time. It could be significant as we bring researchers and the ag community and industry together to share new developments and technologies.

"(Those attending) will get an opportunity to see the new trends and see how to improve agricultural practices here," Dara added. "The relevance of the topics and what is presented will be localized to this region. We want people to take advantage of that."

The meetings help assess industry needs, explore practical solutions, and establish new collaborations.

As in years past, the 2022 conference will feature an exciting agenda of talks, field tours and opportunities to network.

"My goal is to increase public engagement and understanding of what we do here," Dara said. "Only the ag community really knows what we do here, but what we do helps people, too. I want people to know we exist and we do ag research that helps them."

For more information and to register, got to for details.

The NWREC is located at 15210 N.E. Miley Road in Aurora.

Research and problem-solving aren't the only things going on that weekend.

Harvest Dinner Sept. 23

Coinciding with the AIC, the NWREC is also hosting the 11th annual Harvest Dinner to celebrate the success of various research and extension programs at NWREC.

Participants and attendees include faculty, staff, OSU leaders, elected officials and various stakeholders. Together, the event will recognize the many contributions made to thriving local economies, the promotion of healthy communities and the progress made stewarding our finite natural resources.

To register or get more information, go to

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