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FarmTech™ 2017 Agenda

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Day 1
30 Jan 2017
Day 2
31 Jan 2017
Day 3
1 Feb 2017
Day 4
2 Feb 2017

FarmTech™ Pre-Registration at EXPO

12:00 PM – 7:00 PM Monday January 30th, 2017 Main Foyer at Northlands Edmonton Expo There is no charge to park at Northlands on Monday to stop in and get your nametag and conference package early!

FarmTech™ Chairman’s Reception

Please join the FarmTech Hosts at the Art Gallery of Alberta from 7:30-10pm. While you mingle, sample local products provided by Eau Claire Distillery, and beer made right in Alberta by breweries like Bench Creek, Blindman, Coulee and GP Brewing Co. Alberta’s crop products will be featured in the custom prepared gourmet food samples. NOTE:...
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FARMTECH™ REGISTRATION

Pick up your nametag and conference package here.

DuPont Kick Off Breakfast

Join our Platinum Sponsor, Dupont for breakfast as part of your conference registration
Dupont

Grand Opening

Be sure to get your seat early for the singing of the national anthem and the kick off to FarmTech 2017!

OUR FORGOTTEN AND HIDDEN WALKING WOUNDED

How we/I can survive for years injured by mental health problems and what is the role of leaders in such a demanding and often stress intense environment.
Lieutenant-General, the Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d)

Alberta Barley Special Event

Cashing in on contracts. Come learn the keys to success in growing malt barley from our four panelists: malt barley growers Scott Keller and Wade McAllister, and maltsters Robert Chappell with Canada Malting; and Kevin Sich with Rahr Malting. The panel will feature discussion on new varieties, marketing tips and the future of malt barley...
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Alberta Barley

Managing the Generations… tools to talk about tough issues

Farmers are sick of the “pain of not knowing” their security or legacy for their future. Elaine Froese, certified farm family coach will help you find clarity of expectations, certainty for timelines and agreements, and tools to talk about tough issues. Farmers are great at procrastination and the conflict avoidance dance. This interactive session will...
Read More
Elaine Froese

Soil Test Levels in North America

Soil test levels are key metrics for managing plant nutrition at the farm and field level. They also serve as metrics for public reporting of sustainability performance...
Tom Bruulsema

Up and coming methods of managing herbicide resistance

The presentation will cover the current state of weed resistance based on results of recent prairie field surveys and resistance screening of weed samples submitted from across western Canada. Additionally, producer adoption of various weed management practices...
Breanne Tidemann
Hugh J. Beckie

Perspectives on Sustainability: The Importance from Farm Gate to Consumers’ Plates

Sustainability and Social License are terms that you’re hearing more frequently than ever before.  Now hear the perspectives of representatives at the two ends of the value chain – the producers and the retailers. What do these issues mean to them now, and importantly, what do they anticipate for the future.  Is the customer king,...
Read More
Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell
Jolene Noble

Drones: Mid-season Precision Ag

Implementation of precision agriculture in Canada has been relatively slow and confined largely to fertility practices at or before seeding. Advancements in remote sensing will bring about change in management practices throughout the growing season. Current UAV technology already allows growers to see problems they didn’t know they had — and use that insight to...
Read More
Markus Weber

Grain Transportation in 2017: What is on the horizon?

This session will outline several strategic grain transportation issues that will be of interest to producers. This will include a discussion of the aging publicly-supplied grain hopper car fleet...
Steve Pratte
Steve Pratte

New insights into the importance of starch digestion in cattle

The rate and extent of starch digestion in the rumen depends on a myriad of complex interactions among rumen microorganisms, kernel structure and the degree and method of grain processing. Regardless of grain type the ...
Tim McAllister
Ruurd Zijlstra

Popular Culture Is Screwing With Our Health!

Popular culture is awash in misinformation about how to live a healthy lifestyle. This is especially true in the context of diet and nutrition advice.  There are, for example, hundreds of bizarre regimes that promise to cleanse our bodies of harmful toxins. New celebrity-endorsed weight loss strategies seem to emerge almost daily. And the gluten-free...
Read More
Tim Caulfield

Social Media Minefield: Lessons in Advocacy

Advocating on behalf of the agriculture industry is more important that ever, if we are going to maintain the public’s trust. But it isn’t always easy. Learn tips & tricks in how to become a better advocate, both online & off.
Andrew Campbell

Updated Canola Target Density and a Look at Rising CO2 Impact on Alberta Crops

A recently updated meta-analysis of hybrid canola plant density and yield in western Canada will be presented. The updated response curve and associated economic factors of hybrid seed cost relative to canola price will ...
Murray Hartman

What Our Consumers Want: Industry Panel

Details coming soon…
Cam Dahl
Sean Linstead
Jim Smolik

Cover Crops for Western Canada

Why cover crops? What cover crops? How do I do it? We will go through setting goals for the cover crop, different strategies to seed, pick some species, and how to get a quick measure of soil health. An introduction to cover cropping for Western Canada.
Kevin Elmy

Big Ideas in Small Towns: Making Rural Places Open to New Ideas

Which small towns will survive into the future? Advances in agriculture, energy and fuels, manufacturing and materials, all mean changes to jobs, economic development, and tax revenues. Given the certainty of change ...
Becky McCray

FUNDS VS FUNDAMENTALS

What are Funds? What kind of impact do Funds have on commodity markets, local prices, your profitability and do Fundamentals matter anymore? Who are the winners and who are the losers?
Lawrence Yakielashek

Alberta Canola AGM

Join Alberta Canola in Hall F
Alberta Canola Producers Commission

Weather Outlook 2017: Is “Normal” Weather Possible Any More?”

2017 will begin with left over moisture surpluses in many areas with some lingering dryness in the south of Alberta. Drew Lerner will examine the prospects of more volatility in our weather during ...
Drew Lerner

Land and Corporations Do Not Die. But you do!

It’s 2017, corporations and farming is no longer viewed like oil and water creating a cloudy mixture that means impending disaster to a farmer ....
Rob Strilchuk
Rob Strilchuk
Merle Good

Crop diseases in 2016 and the changing face of clubroot in Alberta

What crop diseases were troublesome for you in 2016? What is a clubroot pathotype? In this session Dr. Mike Harding will review what diseases made a big splash in 2016 on cereal, canola and pulse crops,  Dr. Stephen Strelkov will take the time to explain how clubroot pathogen populations in Alberta have been changing in...
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Stephen Strelkov
Michael Harding

But I just want to control pests – why MRLs matter too

Spraying isn’t as simple as filling and driving anymore. It’s now got more to do with MRLs and PPM than MFWD and PTO. That’s because meeting customer demands for pesticide residues is a lot more complicated than it used to be. Come and hear why using the right product at the right time is more...
Read More
Gord Kurbis
Brian Innes
Tyler Bjornson

Canadian Pulses: Growing Demand from a Growing World

The session will examine the demand and supply for pulses and the development of food ingredient options for pulses in the coming years ...
Murad Al-Katib

Leading the Way in Alberta Farm and Ranch Safety

Farmers and ranchers support the notion of operating a safe farm. However, there is still uncertainty surrounding the rights and responsibilities of farmers, and what their next steps should be to enhance safety on the farm. This presentation will explain how the industry-led Farm and Ranch Safety Extension Working Group plans to provide practical safety...
Read More
Donna Trottier

The 7 Deadly(ish) Sins of Grain Marketing

Anyone can market in a bull market – the real test of good farm managers comes in a bear market. This is when timing your sales and managing your risk become critical to your farm operation. Brian Voth explains how knowing where the market may be headed, and using available risk-management tools, can form the...
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Brian Voth

FARMTECH™ REGISTRATION

Pick up your nametag and conference package here.

FarmTech Hosts Breakfast

  Join the Farmtech Hosts for breakfast as part of your conference registration.
Alberta Barley
Alberta Wheat Commission
Alberta Pulse Growers
Alberta Seed Growers Association
Alberta Canola Producers Commission

Political and Policy Landscape

A nationally syndicated columnist with Postmedia, Andrew Coyne’s journalism career has included positions with The National Post, Maclean’s, and the Globe and Mail. In addition, he has contributed to a wide range of other publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, and The Walrus. He is also a long-time member...
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Andrew Coyne

Alberta Wheat Commission AGM

Alberta Wheat Commission

Land and Corporations Do Not Die. But you do!

It’s 2017, corporations and farming is no longer viewed like oil and water creating a cloudy mixture that means impending disaster to a farmer ....
Rob Strilchuk
Rob Strilchuk
Merle Good

Popular Culture Is Screwing With Our Health!

Popular culture is awash in misinformation about how to live a healthy lifestyle. This is especially true in the context of diet and nutrition advice.  There are, for example, hundreds of bizarre regimes that promise to cleanse our bodies of harmful toxins. New celebrity-endorsed weight loss strategies seem to emerge almost daily. And the gluten-free...
Read More
Tim Caulfield

The role of genetics, growth habit, and cultural practices in the mitigation of Fusarium head blight

This session will discuss how the integration of genetics and agronomy are critical to managing Fusarium head blight, which can be further enhanced with a winter vs. spring growth habit.
Brian Beres

What Our Consumers Want: Industry Panel

Details coming soon…
Cam Dahl
Sean Linstead
Jim Smolik

Canadian Pulses: Growing Demand from a Growing World

The session will examine the demand and supply for pulses and the development of food ingredient options for pulses in the coming years ...
Murad Al-Katib

Big Ideas in Small Towns: Making Rural Places Open to New Ideas

Which small towns will survive into the future? Advances in agriculture, energy and fuels, manufacturing and materials, all mean changes to jobs, economic development, and tax revenues. Given the certainty of change ...
Becky McCray

The 7 Deadly(ish) Sins of Grain Marketing

Anyone can market in a bull market – the real test of good farm managers comes in a bear market. This is when timing your sales and managing your risk become critical to your farm operation. Brian Voth explains how knowing where the market may be headed, and using available risk-management tools, can form the...
Read More
Brian Voth

Crop 2016 – Challenges

The 2016 crop year saw many challenges and changes, ranging from unprecedented levels of fusarium in cereal crops to the creation of a new wheat class. Daryl Beswitherick from the Canadian Grain Commission will discuss the quality of the 2016 harvest and the challenges everyone from producers to grain buyers faced with respect to fusarium. ...
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Daryl Beswitherick

Managing the Generations… tools to talk about tough issues

Farmers are sick of the “pain of not knowing” their security or legacy for their future. Elaine Froese, certified farm family coach will help you find clarity of expectations, certainty for timelines and agreements, and tools to talk about tough issues. Farmers are great at procrastination and the conflict avoidance dance. This interactive session will...
Read More
Elaine Froese

WHEN THERE’S A WILL…… Farm succession and estate planning considerations

As with life, transition of a farming business is a journey. The feared unknown is what that journey will look like. This session will focus on ensuring your business transition and estate plan gets you to your end point. Understanding how a succession plan can get derailed, and what tools are available for achieving your...
Read More
Tracy Hanson
Tracy Hanson

Up and coming methods of managing herbicide resistance

The presentation will cover the current state of weed resistance based on results of recent prairie field surveys and resistance screening of weed samples submitted from across western Canada. Additionally, producer adoption of various weed management practices...
Breanne Tidemann
Hugh J. Beckie

Soil Test Levels in North America

Soil test levels are key metrics for managing plant nutrition at the farm and field level. They also serve as metrics for public reporting of sustainability performance...
Tom Bruulsema

Perspectives on Sustainability: The Importance from Farm Gate to Consumers’ Plates

Sustainability and Social License are terms that you’re hearing more frequently than ever before.  Now hear the perspectives of representatives at the two ends of the value chain – the producers and the retailers. What do these issues mean to them now, and importantly, what do they anticipate for the future.  Is the customer king,...
Read More
Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell
Jolene Noble

Grain Transportation in 2017: What is on the horizon?

This session will outline several strategic grain transportation issues that will be of interest to producers. This will include a discussion of the aging publicly-supplied grain hopper car fleet...
Steve Pratte
Steve Pratte

What’s Ahead for 2017 Markets?

This session will look at direction for marketing the rest of the 2016 crop plus give some ideas for approaching the 2017 season ...
Chuck Penner

Alberta Pulse Growers AGM

Alberta Pulse Growers

Weather Outlook 2017: Is “Normal” Weather Possible Any More?”

2017 will begin with left over moisture surpluses in many areas with some lingering dryness in the south of Alberta. Drew Lerner will examine the prospects of more volatility in our weather during ...
Drew Lerner

Winning the Talent Wars: 8 Essential Steps to Attracting, Leading and Keeping a Top-Performing Team!

Whether your business is large or small, not having the right people in every position carries a huge bottom-line cost in lost business, inefficiency, missed opportunity and frustration! The talent crunch is real, and will last for decades. In less than 10 years time, we’ll see many businesses fail because they’re unable to find the...
Read More
Donald Cooper

What’s Up WIth Weevils

We will look at the recent range expansion of three weevil species: alfalfa weevil, cabbage seedpod weevil and pea leaf weevil. What is driving these rang expansions? What is the impact on producers in the areas where these insects have recently arrived?
Meghan Vankosky
Scott Meers

The role of genetics, growth habit, and cultural practices in the mitigation of Fusarium head blight

This session will discuss how the integration of genetics and agronomy are critical to managing Fusarium head blight, which can be further enhanced with a winter vs. spring growth habit.
Brian Beres

But I just want to control pests – why MRLs matter too

Spraying isn’t as simple as filling and driving anymore. It’s now got more to do with MRLs and PPM than MFWD and PTO. That’s because meeting customer demands for pesticide residues is a lot more complicated than it used to be. Come and hear why using the right product at the right time is more...
Read More
Gord Kurbis
Brian Innes
Tyler Bjornson

New insights into the importance of starch digestion in cattle

The rate and extent of starch digestion in the rumen depends on a myriad of complex interactions among rumen microorganisms, kernel structure and the degree and method of grain processing. Regardless of grain type the ...
Tim McAllister
Ruurd Zijlstra

FUNDS VS FUNDAMENTALS

What are Funds? What kind of impact do Funds have on commodity markets, local prices, your profitability and do Fundamentals matter anymore? Who are the winners and who are the losers?
Lawrence Yakielashek

Open Heart, Open Mind

Open Heart, Open Mind From one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians comes a raw but life-affirming story of one woman’s struggle with depression. In a world where winning meant everything, her biggest competitor was herself. In 2006, when Clara Hughes stepped onto the Olympic podium in Torino, Italy, she became the first and only athlete...
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Clara Hughes

Canadian Canola Growers Association Fresh Start Breakfast

Join the Canadian Canola Growers Association for a complimentary breakfast
Canadian Canola Growers Association

The Future of Food

Pamela Ronald, plant geneticist, author and keynote speaker delivered a TED talk on how genetic modification of our food is not a bad idea that many people fear it to be. Prof. Ronald speaks about the science behind organic farming, plant genetics and food production and shared how she and her husband, an organic farmer,...
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Pamela Ronald

Alberta Seed Growers – Are Cereal Hybrids in Your Future

Hybrids have been developed for a variety of crop types allowing for much quicker advances in pest and disease resistance, quality traits, and yield. Cereals present some challenges to plant breeders and Canada is just starting to see small grain cereal hybrids emerge. What are the advantages and do hybrids have a fit on your...
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Alberta Seed Growers Association

WHEN THERE’S A WILL…… Farm succession and estate planning considerations

As with life, transition of a farming business is a journey. The feared unknown is what that journey will look like. This session will focus on ensuring your business transition and estate plan gets you to your end point. Understanding how a succession plan can get derailed, and what tools are available for achieving your...
Read More
Tracy Hanson
Tracy Hanson

Winning the Talent Wars: 8 Essential Steps to Attracting, Leading and Keeping a Top-Performing Team!

Whether your business is large or small, not having the right people in every position carries a huge bottom-line cost in lost business, inefficiency, missed opportunity and frustration! The talent crunch is real, and will last for decades. In less than 10 years time, we’ll see many businesses fail because they’re unable to find the...
Read More
Donald Cooper

Updated Canola Target Density and a Look at Rising CO2 Impact on Alberta Crops

A recently updated meta-analysis of hybrid canola plant density and yield in western Canada will be presented. The updated response curve and associated economic factors of hybrid seed cost relative to canola price will ...
Murray Hartman

Crop diseases in 2016 and the changing face of clubroot in Alberta

What crop diseases were troublesome for you in 2016? What is a clubroot pathotype? In this session Dr. Mike Harding will review what diseases made a big splash in 2016 on cereal, canola and pulse crops,  Dr. Stephen Strelkov will take the time to explain how clubroot pathogen populations in Alberta have been changing in...
Read More
Stephen Strelkov
Michael Harding

Drones: Mid-season Precision Ag

Implementation of precision agriculture in Canada has been relatively slow and confined largely to fertility practices at or before seeding. Advancements in remote sensing will bring about change in management practices throughout the growing season. Current UAV technology already allows growers to see problems they didn’t know they had — and use that insight to...
Read More
Markus Weber

Leading the Way in Alberta Farm and Ranch Safety

Farmers and ranchers support the notion of operating a safe farm. However, there is still uncertainty surrounding the rights and responsibilities of farmers, and what their next steps should be to enhance safety on the farm. This presentation will explain how the industry-led Farm and Ranch Safety Extension Working Group plans to provide practical safety...
Read More
Donna Trottier

What’s Ahead for 2017 Markets?

This session will look at direction for marketing the rest of the 2016 crop plus give some ideas for approaching the 2017 season ...
Chuck Penner

Keynote by Brian Mulroney

Always charming, humorous, insightful and informative, Brian Mulroney speaks on a wide range of topics including free trade, health care, the role of government, leadership and the current global political condition.
The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, PC, CC, GOQ

Weather Outlook 2017: Is “Normal” Weather Possible Any More?”

2017 will begin with left over moisture surpluses in many areas with some lingering dryness in the south of Alberta. Drew Lerner will examine the prospects of more volatility in our weather during ...
Drew Lerner

Social Media Minefield: Lessons in Advocacy

Advocating on behalf of the agriculture industry is more important that ever, if we are going to maintain the public’s trust. But it isn’t always easy. Learn tips & tricks in how to become a better advocate, both online & off.
Andrew Campbell

What’s Up WIth Weevils

We will look at the recent range expansion of three weevil species: alfalfa weevil, cabbage seedpod weevil and pea leaf weevil. What is driving these rang expansions? What is the impact on producers in the areas where these insects have recently arrived?
Meghan Vankosky
Scott Meers

Cover Crops for Western Canada

Why cover crops? What cover crops? How do I do it? We will go through setting goals for the cover crop, different strategies to seed, pick some species, and how to get a quick measure of soil health. An introduction to cover cropping for Western Canada.
Kevin Elmy