Agenda & Featured Speakers

The agricultural event experts at Glacier FarmMedia are putting together a program for the Farm Forum Event Dec. 3-5, 2019 in Saskatoon, SK that will draw progressive farmers and ag professionals from across Western Canada.

December 3-5, 2019
TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK

SCHEDULE

The Farm Forum Event schedule is now available. Find out when the Keynote Speakers you are interested in hearing from are delivering their message by checking out the schedule.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

The line-up of keynote speakers for the Farm Forum Event will provide information and insight on a wide range of topics that will help you think differently about how to grow your business, whether you are providing services to the ag community or are an active producer.

Check out the Keynote Speaker list now!

 

Terry Griffin

Dr. Terry Griffin is the Cropping Systems Economist at Kansas State University. Terry has been evaluating geospatial technology impacts on farm management decisions since the mid-1990s. His Ph.D. research at Purdue University evaluated spatial statistical techniques to analyze yield monitor and other data from precision ag tools. He grew up on a diversified farm in northeast Arkansas and attended University of Arkansas majoring in Agronomy followed by an MS in Agricultural Economics.

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In addition to academic faculty positions at University of Illinois, University of Arkansas, and most recently Kansas State University, Griffin’s private sector experience influences a substantial portion of his research and Extension program. His work on precision agriculture has evolved into big data implications for agriculturalists. Current research interests include profitability of precision agriculture technologies, spatial statistical analysis of site-specific data, and decision making tools from community data analysis. Outreach efforts include how farmers, landowners, and others in the agricultural sector can make the most of opportunities arising from big data. Terry serves as Treasurer for the International Society of Precision Agriculture, as as an Advisory Board Member for the Kansas Agricultural Research & Technology Association. He has authored 1 patent on spatial analysis of yield monitor data, 3 book chapters on economics of precision ag, and dozens of journal articles. He has delivered hundreds of presentations across North America and Australia. For his efforts in precision ag and farm data utilization, Griffin has received the 2014 Pierre C. Robert International Precision Agriculture Young Scientist Award, the 2012 Conservation Systems Precision Ag Researcher of the Year, and the 2010 PrecisionAg Award of Excellence for Researchers.

Don Buckingham

Before assuming the position of President and CEO of CAPI, Dr. Buckingham acted as the Chairperson of the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal, a private lawyer, government lawyer, law professor, author and consultant in the areas of agricultural law, food law and international trade in agricultural products.

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Passionate about the various aspects of agriculture and food since growing up on the family farm in Saskatchewan, Dr. Buckingham has since pursued his food and agriculture interests in a variety of professional contexts and geographic locations. He is the co-author of five books, including Agriculture Law in Canada (Butterworths: 1999), and is the sole author of Halsbury’s Laws of Canada: “Agriculture” volume and “Food” volume (LexisNexis: 2009 and 2014), as well as an extensive array of chapters and entries in other books and academic journals. Born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, he and his family have resided in Ottawa for the past two decades.

Chris Koch

Chris Koch was born in Lethbridge, Alberta and raised in the small farming and ranching community of Nanton, Alberta. Early on in his life, he learned that he would not be raised with pity or sympathy. His family didn’t see his disability as a tragedy, and instead took it in stride and made the best of the situation. After all, he still had a good head on his shoulders and with that, anything is possible.

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Koch loves sharing his story and spreading his message of, “If I Can…” His presentation reflects his full life, which has been what he calls “a fun ride” filled with lots of laughter. Koch has not let limitations or obstacles stand in the way of achieving his goals and dreams. He encourages others to do the same, while continually setting new goals to challenge themselves.

Simply put, he says, if I can do the things I’ve done so far in my life, what is stopping others from doing the same?

Don Lobb

Don Lobb, P.Ag.(Hon), owned a successful farming operation in Ontario that became a model for sustainable managment of soil, water and the natural environment. It was the site of more than 50 major research projects, many of which focused on soil and water management.

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Don has developed, apllied and promoted soil care practices and the soil care eithic. His dedication and leadership has been recognized provincially, nationally and internationally, including the University of Guelph (Distinguished Service Award), the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame, the Canadian Conservation Hall of Fame and Caledon Walk of Fame – the only agriculturist among this group of distinguished Canadians.

David Lobb

Dr. David A. Lobb joined the Department of Soil Science in January 1999. His training includes a B.Sc. in Biophysical Systems from the University of Toronto (1987), a M.Sc. (1991), and a Ph.D. (1998) in Soil Science from the University of Guelph.

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Dr. Lobb is a Professor in the Department of Soil Science, and Senior Research Chair for the Watershed Systems Research Program (WSRP). He is also contributing to the University’s Create H2O Program. Dr. Lobb’s research focuses on biophysical processes within landscapes, particularly soil movement by tillage and tillage erosion. His lab is the largest in Canada and the second largest in the world for the assessment of soil erosion and sedimentation using radionuclides and other methods. This area of research is known as fingerprinting.

Current Research Interests:

  • Soil redistribution within landscapes and its impact on biophysical processes that affect agriculture and the environment
  • Tillage systems and their impacts on biophysical processes that affect agriculture and the environment
  • Agri-environmental indicators
  • Soil-landscape variability: causes, characterization and management (precision-farming)
Brad Wall

Brad Wall served as the 14th Premier of Saskatchewan from 2007 to 2018 when he retired from public life.

During Wall’s time in office Saskatchewan added over 60,000 new jobs and broke population growth records welcoming over 160,000 new citizens through the decade of growth. His government’s growth plan reformed labour legislation and regulatory environments to ensure fairness, sustainability and economic competitiveness.

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Record public investments were made in provincial infrastructure through direct provincial investment and record municipal funding roads, sewers, highways, schools and hospitals, long term care facilities and the new Mosaic Stadium. Wall’s government implemented record income tax reductions and reduced taxes on small businesses. During Wall’s time in office Saskatchewan reduced its operating debt by almost $1 billion and earned its first ever AAA credit rating which it retains to this day. His last budget made the difficult choices to reduce Saskatchewan’s financial dependence on resource revenue and chart a course back to a balanced budget, recently tabled in the Legislature.

Wall currently operates his own business and is a special advisor to the national law firm Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP. He is an itinerant columnist for the BOE Report and the National Post and was recently named to the Advisory Board of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

He and Tami still reside in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. They have three grown children and an aging border collie named Zeke.

Wall may or may not own Waylon Jennings 1973 Cadillac Eldorado.

(Wall was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly in 1999 as the MLA for Swift Current. When he was elected he was working in local economic development and was operating his own seasonal tourism business.

Wall holds an Honours degree in Public Administration from the University of Saskatchewan).

Martin Entz

Martin Entz is a professor in the Department of Plant Science at the University of Manitoba. He received his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan in 1988 and worked as a farm manager and research agronomist before embarking on his academic career. Martin’s research focusses on ecologically-integrated farming systems. He leads the Glenlea Long-Term Rotation Study – Canada’s oldest organic vs conventional farming systems experiment, which has completed 28 years. Together with colleagues, Martin founded the U of M’s Natural Systems Agriculture program, which explores cropping systems based on processes found in nature — specifically the natural grassland ecosystem of prairie Canada.

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Martin and his team of grad students, research associates and technicians work closely with farmers.. “The goal of my program is to discover new ways of farming ecologically, and to empower farmers with knowledge and other tools required to design sustainable farming systems adapted to where they live”. Since 2011, Martin has involved organic farmers directly in the development of crop varieties for organic production in partnership with Agriculture and AgriFood Canada and private grain millers. This “Participatory Plant Breeding” program now involves over 80 wheat, oat and potato farmers from across Canada. Martin works internationally, providing science support to various NGO’s including the Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s East Africa conservation agriculture program. Closer to home, Martin is part of Sustainable Canada Dialogues, a group of 60 Canadian scholars who propose evidence-based climate solutions and actions.

Martin teaches at the diploma, degree and graduate levels and engages farmers in teaching programs. “Involving farmers and agronomists in teaching the next generation is critical. Their experience, observation and innovation make an invaluable contribution to our search for an enduring food system”.

Martin and his family enjoy their small farm, located near Libau, Manitoba.

Bryce Eger

As the President of Corteva Agriscience™ in Canada, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, Bryce is responsible for leading the Canadian region to achieve above market results and provide legal entity and fiduciary leadership for the corporate units. Bryce leads the Canadian leadership team, as well as the Commercial leadership team.

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Bryce has vast experience in leading numerous large businesses through transformation and fundamental shifts to being customer centric and outperforming in the market. He has significant experience in the areas of operations, grain merchandising, sales and sales management, commercial management, seed production, supply chain, operations management, and senior leadership.

Bryce began his career with DuPont Pioneer® in 2009 as a sales manager for the Canadian business unit. He then moved into the business director role for Eastern Canada, followed by the integrated operations director role where he was responsible for production locations in Canada and California. Prior to his current role, Bryce was the business director for DuPont Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection in Canada, and the president of Pioneer Hi-Bred Canada Company.

“Being yourself, being fair, dreaming big and enjoying the journey are what life is all about. When I was spending time at my aunt and uncle’s farm in my youth, I had no idea that agriculture would be my calling. We are seeing insurmountable advancements in biotechnology and plant science and with that comes huge responsibility as well as opportunity. This is an exciting time for Corteva Agriscience as we have the enthusiasm, fortitude and expertise to make the organization something truly unique. We will enrich the lives of others by providing solutions to agricultural challenges around the world.”

Bryce is an executive member of CropLife Canada and also sits on the board of directors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science, and throughout his career he has lived in eight communities in four different provinces. His work has allowed him to meet farmers from coast to coast, while mentoring some of the industry’s top stakeholders and managers.

He is an avid reader of economic, political and business leadership books, which he balances with a good dose of fiction just for fun. He is actively involved in his children’s activities and is a minor sports coach for both hockey and baseball. Also a self-proclaimed foodie, Bryce enjoys recreating recipes and sharing meals with family and friends.

ENTERTAINMENT

It is never all work and no play at the Farm Forum Event. 

Brent Butt

Born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, BRENT BUTT discovered early that being funny was a good way to get attention. Brent honed his comedy in school and at the age of 20 moved to the city to pursue a career in stand-up. Within months he was headlining top clubs in Toronto, and within a couple years he was touring internationally and appearing at major festivals.

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His television specials quickly secured his reputation as one of the funniest people in the country, but he was also busy creating his own TV series – a sitcom called CORNER GAS. It became an instant hit with unprecedented ratings and numerous accolades including an International Emmy Award nomination, and was named “Funniest Show on TV” by TV Guide readers. Canada’s favourite comedy is now shown in over 26 countries including the US. The final episode of the series was “the highest (rated) on record for a Canadian scripted series since it began keeping track in 1994” Brent’s follow-up series HICCUPS ran for two seasons. In 2013 Brent was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to community and country. That same year Brent’s first feature film entitled NO CLUE and directed by Carl Bessai was released. Brent wrote, starred in and produced the film under his Sparrow Media banner. The highly anticipated feature film return to Dog River with CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE saw the entire beloved cast reunited to the delight of rabid fans and new fans alike and the movie would go on to receive a special Golden Screen Award at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards. Re-imagined by creator and star Brent Butt, an all-new animated version of the iconic comedy franchise entitled CORNER GAS: ANIMATED debuted in 2018. The 13 episode animated season premiered on The Comedy Network immediately becoming the #1 rated show in the history of Canada’s The Comedy Network. So successful in fact the series is now airing on CTV primetime and concurrently streaming on CRAVE TV. Production is now underway on the second season of CORNER GAS: ANIMATED. With Brent performing, writing, executive producing, and even directing, there is little doubt the future holds many untold achievements for one of Canada’s brightest stars.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Two full days of breakout sessions are your opportunity to dig deeper into topics that will help grow your business – precision and digital farming, soil health and nutrition, growing better crops, regenerative agriculture and management.

The complete list of sessions will be released later this year.

TABLE TALKS

Make the most of your day by starting it off with Table Talks, lively discussions over breakfast with fellow producers, consultants and industry representatives. Grab a coffee, fill your breakfast plate and join the conversation at a table hosting a topic that interests you. 

A guest speaker, sponsor or exhibitor will be the host at each table but it is your involvement with fellow growers and consultants that will make for the liveliest discussions. Arrive early to ensure you have a seat at the table. The table hosts and topics will be published in advance.

 TRADE SHOW

The Farm Forum Event trade show will be your opportunity to network with representatives of leading crop production, seed, equipment and ag business companies.