Agenda

FarmTech™ 2018 Agenda

Agenda

Monday January 29, 2018 –  Advanced conference check-in during the afternoon and evening reception

Advanced conference check-in
12:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Main Foyer at Northlands Edmonton Expo – Free Parking!

FarmTech™ Chairman’s Reception
07:30 PM – 10:00 PM 
Art Gallery of Alberta
2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, Edmonton, AB T5J 2C1
Cash Bar

Please join the FarmTech Hosts at the Art Gallery of Alberta from 7:30-10pm. While you mingle, sample some locally made products. Alberta’s crop products will be featured in custom prepared gourmet food samples.
***You do not need your nametag/lanyard to attend the Monday night reception at the art gallery***

 

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Day 1
30 Jan 2018
Day 2
31 Jan 2018
Day 3
1 Feb 2018

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

Grand Opening

Be sure to get your seat early for the singing of the national anthem and the kick off to FarmTech 2018!

Future of Consumers – What It Means for Ag

Most Canadians think they know their country. They don’t. We have gone through such profound changes over the last 150 years that we barely recognize ourselves. In his presentation Darrell introduces audiences to the new Canada. Using the latest demographic and public opinion information, he tells a fascinating, fact-based story about the Canada of today,...
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Darrell Bricker

Alberta Barley Special Event

Choose Your Own Adventure: Farming in the 21st Century. Moderator: Carmen Sewell, The Catalyst Group Matt Hamill, Red Shed Malting Hannah Konschuh, Sage Bluff Farms Josh Lubach, Siding 14 Brewing

CropLife Canada – Plant science and agriculture

The new CEO of CropLife Canada, Pierre Petelle, will provide an overview of the industry’s priorities and regulatory initiatives. New plant breeding techniques show tremendous potential – if we get the regulatory structure right. Crop protection tools are being phased out in unprecedented numbers – what can the agriculture sector do? How do these issues...
Read More
Pierre Petelle

New insights into midge species attacking field crops on the Canadian Prairies

During this session, Dr. Boyd Mori will discuss the impact of swede midge, a pest of canola discovered on the Prairies in 2007, and a newly, yet to be named species of midge, identified from canola in 2016. Dr. Mori will discuss the biology, range and extent of damage of both species and their potential...
Read More
Boyd Mori
Tyler Wist

Grower Organization Chair’s Roundtable

Join Real Agriculture’s Shaun Haney for a discussion with the chairs of your provincial grower organizations about the importance of growers involvement and their activities. Joining Shaun will be: Greg Sears, Alberta Canola D’Arcy Hilgartner, Alberta Pulse Growers Kevin Auch, Alberta Wheat Commission Jason Lenz, Alberta Barley Ward Oatway, Alberta Seed Growers Association  

The Seven Practices of Canada’s Top Farmers

Heather will present the results of a new ground-breaking study, Making Dollars and Sense: Measuring the Tangible Impacts of Business Management Practices on Canadian Farms. The study goes beyond existing research. It is the first to establish a measurable link between business management practices and farm financial success. Heather will walk you through the 7...
Read More
Heather Watson

CCGA – Cash Advance Program

Find out how the cash advance program can enhance your grain marketing plans and how to connect with CCGA on agriculture policy issues affecting canola farmers.
Dave Gallant

SELLING GRAIN WITH CONFIDENCE

Within the context of delivering a timely and topical market outlook focusing on the grain and livestock markets, attendees will gain an insight into charting and technical analysis as they pertain to price discovery. David doesn’t only provide a market outlook. He educates farmers about the tools he relies on to keep his clients one...
Read More
David Drozd

International Wheat Market and Canada’s Potential

The global marketplace is changing at a rapid pace. How will the Canadian wheat industry protect our key player status in the modern global market? Hear from different perspectives including Cam Dahl, President, Cereals Canada, and Lisa Nemeth, Director of International Markets, CIGI, complete with Geoff Backman, Business Development and Markets Manager, Alberta Wheat Commission as...
Read More
Greg Porozni
Geoff Backman
Lisa J. Nemeth
Cam Dahl

Tax Changes & Agriculture

Join Allan Sawiuk, a Certified Professional Accountant with Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP for a look at known and unkowns of the proposed Federal Tax Changes and how they will affect your farm.  
Allan Sawiak

The impact of the EU neonicotinoid seed treatment ban on oilseed rape cropping in the UK – insect pest pressure unleashed

A description of the insect pest problems that have resulted from the ban on neonicotinoid seed treatments in the UK and measures to understand and minimise the effects of the infestations.
Simon Kightley

Plot to Field – Upping your game

Have you ever left a test strip to find out if it pays? A team of scientists, agronomists and producers are working together to build farm scale research protocols that evaluate pulse management practices to increase your profitability. Alberta Pulse Growers are making small plot research relevant to your farm.
JP Pettyjohn
Ken King
Rob Dunn
Nevin Rosaasen
Jenn Walker

Planting Green and Soil Health Principles

Join Jay Fuhrer for a discussion on soil health and what you can do to improve the soils on your farm.
Jay Fuhrer

Getting to Growth: A Western Canadian Barley Action Plan

Join Alberta Barley for a look at the recently completed barley market study. session details coming soon
Tyler Bjornson

NAFTA – up to the minute

Gitane De Silva, Alberta’s Senior Representative to the United States will lead a discussion on what is at stake for Alberta agricultural trade with the U.S. in NAFTA negotiations. Alberta’s agriculture and food exports to the U.S. were valued at over $4 billion in 2016, representing a larger value than Alberta’s combined agricultural exports to...
Read More
Gitane De Silva

Turning up the Volume… Rebuilding Consumer Trust in Food and Farming

Consumers are so curious about the food they eat and serve to their families. They have questions and are often getting answers from the wrong sources. Telling your story and engaging in the conversation about agriculture today can help! We all must “get louder.”
Cherilyn Nagel

Alberta Canola Annual General Meeting

Join the Alberta Canola Producers Commission for their 28th Annual General Meeting. The Annual General Meeting agenda includes: a review of the activities, audited financial statements, and budget for Alberta Canola voting on resolutions  – Resolutions to be presented at Alberta Canola’s AGM must be received no less than 10 business days prior (January 16, 2018)...
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CropLife Canada – Plant science and agriculture

The new CEO of CropLife Canada, Pierre Petelle, will provide an overview of the industry’s priorities and regulatory initiatives. New plant breeding techniques show tremendous potential – if we get the regulatory structure right. Crop protection tools are being phased out in unprecedented numbers – what can the agriculture sector do? How do these issues...
Read More
Pierre Petelle

DIY Ag Technology

Learn about tools and methods we have today to create Agricultural technology that only a few years ago was seemingly impossible to do. Topics covered will include open source software, its rights, limitations, benefits and challenges. Programming environments and languages that are not only free, but easily learned. Open source hardware that is both easy...
Read More
Kyler Laird
Brian Tischler

Wild and Whacky Weather

Join Drew Lerner as he returns to FarmTech for 3 sessions with an eye toward’s the coming crop year and the weather.  
Drew Lerner

Farm Safety: Making Reality Realistic

How to incorporate the reality of legislated, formalized, imposed safety requirements into the reality of a working farm or ranch. A common sense, “doable” approach to meeting compliance while keeping the main thing the main thing.
Gordon Winkel
Reg Steward

CropChoice$ – what will you grow?

Two Alberta Agriculture programs, AgriProfit$ and CropChoice$. AgriProfit$ is a no fee customized business analysis completed by a consultant on your farm. Your production costs and returns are analyzed on a per unit basis, providing valuable information to assess farm management alternatives. CropChoice$ is a free downloadable program that will enable you to calculate your...
Read More
Neil Blue

Planting Seeds to Raise Healthy Eaters

Strategies to connect with real food, find joy in cooking and reclaim the family meal.
Emily Mardell

Filtering Through Commodity Noise

Commodity newsflow is abundant in any given day, yet much of it doesn’t matter. Greg will identify what matters, demystify perception, and provide insight on what’s making canola, wheat, barley, and peas tick.
Greg Kostal

Uncovering yield opportunity with Digital Ag Technology – Introducing The Climate Corporation

New digital technologies are making it possible to easily collect and organize field data and glean operational insights in real time. This presents a significant opportunity to farmers to maximize yield potential and take action to prevent yield loss.

FARMTECH™ REGISTRATION

Pick up your nametag and conference package here.

FMC Canada Breakfast

  Join FMC for breakfast as part of your conference registration.

The Importance of Work Life Balance

Dr. Linda Duxbury will discuss the importance of maintaining a work life balance, even for those in agriculture.
Linda Duxbury

CCGA – Cash Advance Program

Find out how the cash advance program can enhance your grain marketing plans and how to connect with CCGA on agriculture policy issues affecting canola farmers.
Dave Gallant

Tax Changes & Agriculture

Join Allan Sawiuk, a Certified Professional Accountant with Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP for a look at known and unkowns of the proposed Federal Tax Changes and how they will affect your farm.  
Allan Sawiak

The impact of the EU neonicotinoid seed treatment ban on oilseed rape cropping in the UK – insect pest pressure unleashed

A description of the insect pest problems that have resulted from the ban on neonicotinoid seed treatments in the UK and measures to understand and minimise the effects of the infestations.
Simon Kightley

International Wheat Market and Canada’s Potential

The global marketplace is changing at a rapid pace. How will the Canadian wheat industry protect our key player status in the modern global market? Hear from different perspectives including Cam Dahl, President, Cereals Canada, and Lisa Nemeth, Director of International Markets, CIGI, complete with Geoff Backman, Business Development and Markets Manager, Alberta Wheat Commission as...
Read More
Greg Porozni
Geoff Backman
Lisa J. Nemeth
Cam Dahl

Breaking Down Barriers: A Panel Discussion about Mental Health in Ag

A candid discussion about what mental health is, how it impacts us all, and the struggles and barriers that exist within Ag. We each play a role in breaking down the barriers and stigma around mental health; listen as each panelist breaks the silence and discusses how we as an industry can do more.
Kim Keller
Lesley Kelly

What farmers need to know to maximize returns from their crops

One of the important foundations of developing a crop marketing plan on a farm is to understand why the markets are where they are, and which factors will influence their trajectory forward. The market outlook presentation on canola, wheat, barley and pulse crops will provide these foundations for the oilseed, grain and pulse sectors.
Marlene Boersch

NAFTA – up to the minute

Gitane De Silva, Alberta’s Senior Representative to the United States will lead a discussion on what is at stake for Alberta agricultural trade with the U.S. in NAFTA negotiations. Alberta’s agriculture and food exports to the U.S. were valued at over $4 billion in 2016, representing a larger value than Alberta’s combined agricultural exports to...
Read More
Gitane De Silva

Farm Companies – Bringing in the Farm Child (A Twist on the old ways)

Every family and farm is unique in its operations, often parents are ready to transition the farm but want some assurance that they will have the income they require to live comfortably in retirement. Our discussion will focus on a new thought on how to transition the family farm while providing the parent greater security...
Read More
Dean Gallimore
Ryan Stevenson

Agriculture’s Leading Ladies

Taking an active role as a board member of a provincial grower commissions is a leadership role that has been embraced by Allison Ammeter, Marlene Caskey and Renee DeWindt. Join host Kelly Green for a panel discussion on their experiences.  
Marlene Caskey
Renee DeWindt-Hoyme
Allison Ammeter
Kelly Green

New insights into midge species attacking field crops on the Canadian Prairies

During this session, Dr. Boyd Mori will discuss the impact of swede midge, a pest of canola discovered on the Prairies in 2007, and a newly, yet to be named species of midge, identified from canola in 2016. Dr. Mori will discuss the biology, range and extent of damage of both species and their potential...
Read More
Boyd Mori
Tyler Wist

Planting Green and Soil Health Principles

Join Jay Fuhrer for a discussion on soil health and what you can do to improve the soils on your farm.
Jay Fuhrer

Filtering Through Commodity Noise

Commodity newsflow is abundant in any given day, yet much of it doesn’t matter. Greg will identify what matters, demystify perception, and provide insight on what’s making canola, wheat, barley, and peas tick.
Greg Kostal

Getting to Growth: A Western Canadian Barley Action Plan

Join Alberta Barley for a look at the recently completed barley market study. session details coming soon
Tyler Bjornson

Plot to Field – Upping your game

Have you ever left a test strip to find out if it pays? A team of scientists, agronomists and producers are working together to build farm scale research protocols that evaluate pulse management practices to increase your profitability. Alberta Pulse Growers are making small plot research relevant to your farm.
JP Pettyjohn
Ken King
Rob Dunn
Nevin Rosaasen
Jenn Walker

DIY Ag Technology

Learn about tools and methods we have today to create Agricultural technology that only a few years ago was seemingly impossible to do. Topics covered will include open source software, its rights, limitations, benefits and challenges. Programming environments and languages that are not only free, but easily learned. Open source hardware that is both easy...
Read More
Kyler Laird
Brian Tischler

Wild and Whacky Weather

Join Drew Lerner as he returns to FarmTech for 3 sessions with an eye toward’s the coming crop year and the weather.  
Drew Lerner

Succeeding at Succession

Succession is the ultimate test of a family business. Passing the farm on to the next generation requires careful skill and attention. You do not want to leave succession planning to chance. Bridges of trust must be built across generations to insure accountability and commitment for the betterment of all stakeholders and ultimately for the...
Read More
David Irvine

Farm Safety: Making Reality Realistic

How to incorporate the reality of legislated, formalized, imposed safety requirements into the reality of a working farm or ranch. A common sense, “doable” approach to meeting compliance while keeping the main thing the main thing.
Gordon Winkel
Reg Steward

From Sweden with Clubroot

Dr. Ann-Charlotte Wallenhammar from Sweden will be discussing the disease from an international viewpoint.  
Ann-Charlotte Wallenhammar

SELLING GRAIN WITH CONFIDENCE

Within the context of delivering a timely and topical market outlook focusing on the grain and livestock markets, attendees will gain an insight into charting and technical analysis as they pertain to price discovery. David doesn’t only provide a market outlook. He educates farmers about the tools he relies on to keep his clients one...
Read More
David Drozd

Canola Harvest Quality & CGC Overview

Dr. Véronique Barthet is the Research Scientist and Program Manager for Oilseeds Monitoring and Research at the Canadian Grain Commission. Véronique will share the results from studying the effects that overwintering canola has on quality. Joining Véronique will be Patti Miller, the Chief Commissioner to provide an update on the activities of the Canadian Grain Commission.  
Véronique Barthet
Patti Miller

Syngenta Event

Don’t miss Syngenta’s annual hospitality event on the showfloor!

FarmTech 2018 Banquet Keynote Presentation

Transformation is about choice, change and adaptability. John Maclean embodies transformation. John chose never to be defined by his wheelchair. He adapted to life in a wheelchair by pushing extraordinary boundaries in sporting achievement as a wheelchair athlete. He consciously challenged and changed his belief system. In 2013 John embarked on his most extraordinary transformation...
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John Maclean

Canadian Canola Growers Association Fresh Start Breakfast

Join the Canadian Canola Growers Association for breakfast as part of your conference registration.

Targeting Global Goals

Everyone’s talking about what’s right and wrong with agriculture. Tired of being told you are killing the planet? Finally, there is a consensus emerging on the best ways to meet the global goals to measure sustainable production. Odds are high you are further down the path than you might realize.
Robynne Anderson

Alberta Seed Growers Special Event

Is Planting Certified Seed Cost Effective? This study provides information and economic analysis for Alberta’s wheat producers regarding considerations for the type of seed they chose to plant. The information focuses on a cost comparison between saving seed for planting versus purchasing certified seed. Guest Speaker: Ryan Furtas, Market Analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Farm Companies – Bringing in the Farm Child (A Twist on the old ways)

Every family and farm is unique in its operations, often parents are ready to transition the farm but want some assurance that they will have the income they require to live comfortably in retirement. Our discussion will focus on a new thought on how to transition the family farm while providing the parent greater security...
Read More
Dean Gallimore
Ryan Stevenson

Planting Seeds to Raise Healthy Eaters

Strategies to connect with real food, find joy in cooking and reclaim the family meal.
Emily Mardell

The Seven Practices of Canada’s Top Farmers

Heather will present the results of a new ground-breaking study, Making Dollars and Sense: Measuring the Tangible Impacts of Business Management Practices on Canadian Farms. The study goes beyond existing research. It is the first to establish a measurable link between business management practices and farm financial success. Heather will walk you through the 7...
Read More
Heather Watson

Canola Harvest Quality & CGC Overview

Dr. Véronique Barthet is the Research Scientist and Program Manager for Oilseeds Monitoring and Research at the Canadian Grain Commission. Véronique will share the results from studying the effects that overwintering canola has on quality. Joining Véronique will be Patti Miller, the Chief Commissioner to provide an update on the activities of the Canadian Grain Commission.  
Véronique Barthet
Patti Miller

What farmers need to know to maximize returns from their crops

One of the important foundations of developing a crop marketing plan on a farm is to understand why the markets are where they are, and which factors will influence their trajectory forward. The market outlook presentation on canola, wheat, barley and pulse crops will provide these foundations for the oilseed, grain and pulse sectors.
Marlene Boersch

CropChoice$ – what will you grow?

Two Alberta Agriculture programs, AgriProfit$ and CropChoice$. AgriProfit$ is a no fee customized business analysis completed by a consultant on your farm. Your production costs and returns are analyzed on a per unit basis, providing valuable information to assess farm management alternatives. CropChoice$ is a free downloadable program that will enable you to calculate your...
Read More
Neil Blue

Turning up the Volume… Rebuilding Consumer Trust in Food and Farming

Consumers are so curious about the food they eat and serve to their families. They have questions and are often getting answers from the wrong sources. Telling your story and engaging in the conversation about agriculture today can help! We all must “get louder.”
Cherilyn Nagel

Rt. Honourable Stephen Harper Keynote

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper

Wild and Whacky Weather

Join Drew Lerner as he returns to FarmTech for 3 sessions with an eye toward’s the coming crop year and the weather.  
Drew Lerner

Succeeding at Succession

Succession is the ultimate test of a family business. Passing the farm on to the next generation requires careful skill and attention. You do not want to leave succession planning to chance. Bridges of trust must be built across generations to insure accountability and commitment for the betterment of all stakeholders and ultimately for the...
Read More
David Irvine

From Sweden with Clubroot

Dr. Ann-Charlotte Wallenhammar from Sweden will be discussing the disease from an international viewpoint.  
Ann-Charlotte Wallenhammar

Breaking Down Barriers: A Panel Discussion about Mental Health in Ag

A candid discussion about what mental health is, how it impacts us all, and the struggles and barriers that exist within Ag. We each play a role in breaking down the barriers and stigma around mental health; listen as each panelist breaks the silence and discusses how we as an industry can do more.
Kim Keller
Lesley Kelly