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.

Featuring a FireSide Chat with 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. 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 his wife Tami 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.

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!

 

Joy Agnew

Joy grew up on a grain farm near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and earned her Ph.D. in Ag/Bio Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. She spent 10 years at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute as a program manager for agricultural research services before taking the role of Director of Applied Research at Olds College in January 2019.

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At Olds College, Joy is overseeing the activities in crops, livestock production, turfgrass, environment and wetlands applied research areas along with developing an applied research program for the new Smart Agriculture initiative. The Smart Agriculture Applied Research Program will support projects to develop and validate technologies and practices to improve productivity and sustainability of food production with a focus on utilizing data for better management decisions.

Joy is also the 2019-2020 president of the Canadian Society of Bioengineering and is an adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

Terry Betker

Terry is President and CEO of Backswath Management Inc., a company that provides business management expertise to farm families on strategic business planning, transition planning, financial analysis, benchmarking and human resource management.

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Terry has delivered presentations on farm business management throughout Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Chile, New Zealand, Poland, Tasmania and the Netherlands. He teaches at the University of Manitoba.

Terry is a professional agrologist, a certified agricultural consultant and a certified management consultant. He is the 2015 recipient of Farm Management Canada’s Wilson Loree award, recognizing his contribution to developing and promoting new and positive change in agricultural business management practices and expertise in Canada .

Heather Broughton

Heather has always seen the value in education and providing the forum and opportunity for others to learn, and in promote development both professionally and personally. As a Principal in Agri-Food Management Excellence, Heather manages the operations of the company along with instructing in the CTEAM program.

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In addition, together with her husband Greg, they operate a family grain farm in Central Alberta, fulfilling the role of the business manager for the farm. Heather also served on the planning committee for Fall Focus – A Conference for Farm Women, serving as chairman for eight years. This event provided a forum to inform and educate over 350 farm women each year; providing skill development opportunities and a networking opportunity to learn from each other.

Her interest in farm business management, education and leadership skills led her to complete the Canadian Total Excellence in Agricultural Management Program (CTEAM), The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP), and to also be involved with Options & Opportunities, a producer conference, that brought local individuals, together with national and international entrepreneurs and industry experts who offer innovative agricultural strategies and share successes, challenges and ideas to help producers become better business people and rural leaders.

Heather was a member of the Agriculture and Food Council Board for 8 years, serving as Chair of for four years; taking a role in encouraging growth, sustainability, competitiveness and profitability in the agri-food industry. She most recently managed the Success for Women in Agri-Food program, designing a program to increase confidence through increasing knowledge base, skill development, and better resource and information management, build capacity through mentorship, networking and to encourage and develop capacity and understanding for need to be involved in policy.

Dr. 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.

Bruce Burnett

Bruce Burnett has over 30 years of practical agricultural experience, with a specialty in the analysis of weather conditions and their impact on global agricultural markets. MarketsFarm helps farmers make sense of complex commodity markets in a simple, straightforward way in order to optimize profitability.

Tom Button

Tom Button is editor of Country Guide with the mission of transforming Guide into a national business magazine for farmers. In keeping with the growing sophistication of Canada’s farmers, Country Guide articles are frequent winners of national journalism awards. In addition to journalism, Tom worked extensively in public and corporate relations, advising senior clients across Canada on agricultural marketing and communications.

Bryce Eger

As the President of Corteva Agriscience in Canada, 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Mike Jubinville

Mike Jubinville is the senior market analyst with MarketsFarm, a grain market analysis and advisory service of Glacier FarmMedia based out of Winnipeg.

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Mike formerly headed Pro Farmer Canada for 22 years. Previous to that, he was employed as a cash merchant with what was then United Grain Growers and senior market analyst with Growers Marketing Services of UGG.

Mike also worked as an analyst with Manitoba Pool Elevators and was a market reporter with Resource News International and DowJones Newswires out of Winnipeg and Chicago.

Mike joined MarketsFarm in 2018 to provide independent market analysis and commentary for Prairie farmers, and can currently be found at MarketsFarm.com.

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?

Carol Kruck

Carol is a Senior Accountant with BDO Canada who specializes in Agriculture. Carol serves the clients of the local office in her hometown of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. She joined BDO in 2014 following a career with Viterra Inc. (formerly Can-Oat Milling Inc.), where she spent the last five years of her time there leading the Food Processing Finance Team within North America.

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During her twenty-two year employment with Viterra Inc., she enjoyed working with a diversified workforce across Canada and the US. Beginning as Assistant Controller, she advanced to Controller Oat Processing of Can-Oat Milling Inc., and then Controller of Food Processing, Viterra Inc.

Having lived in rural Portage la Prairie all her life, Carol is the proud daughter of a lifelong farmer. The farming community is where her heart is. Carol’s employment with BDO Canada LLP’s Portage la Prairie office is a return to her roots. Her current role of Manitoba Agriculture Industry Group Leader brings her full circle in working with other BDO Agriculture Leaders across Canada to provide the best tools and resources to BDO’s Agriculture clients.

Carol has been involved in the development of BDO’s standardized financial reporting and benchmarking for Agriculture clients and provides assistance with financial projections. She authored the Case Study “Impact of Canola Price Drop on Manitoba Grain Farm” published on the BDO Canada website. Carol is also involved in community initiatives such as FCC’s Drive Away Hunger campaign where she is acting this year as a coordinator for BDO’s ‘Lead Drivers’ across Canada.

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.

Dr. David Lobb

Dr. David A. Lobb joined the Department of Soil Science at the University of Manitoba 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)

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. 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.

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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

Three 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.

Growing the Future

Terry Aberhart

Growing up on his family farm cultivated Terry Aberhart’s passion for agriculture and entrepreneurial growth. He worked in the agricultural industry before returning to manage farm and custom spraying operations in 2000. In 2005, Terry founded Sure Growth Technologies, a professional independent agronomy consulting company, affiliated with Agri-Trend. In 2009 Terry received the Business Builder of the Year award and was voted Canadian Agri-Coach of the Year from Agri-Trend from 2011-2012.

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In 2015, Terry, along with his brother Dan and father Harvey, founded Aberhart Ag Solutions Inc. The marketing and distributing company has helped bring Bio-Sul Premium Plus, a unique recycled sustainable elemental Sulphur product to the agricultural market. Aberhart Ag solutions continues to see network expansion, innovative and sustainable solutions. In 2017 Terry and his wife Lichelle were nominated for the Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers competition and were honored to participate as runners-up in the program.

Terry has a strong focus on advancing agronomy with precision agriculture through developing and leveraging new technologies. He constantly continues his professional development attending, and often speaking at various conferences in North America and through attending training programs like The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers out of Texas A&M through 2015-2017, and Strategic Coach business program for entrepreneurs since 2017. Terry has worked extensively to develop precision technologies, farm research, and data management.

Terry, with his wife Lichelle, children Sarrikah, Asceline, and Holden and father Harvey, operate Aberhart Farms, a progressive 15,000ac grain farm. Aberhart Farms Inc. is committed to their mission of “Growing the Future”, guided by their core values of innovation, family, passion, culture, and sustainability for future generations. Terry ensures the farm's mission is upheld through his willingness to push boundaries and through his constant education of agricultural innovation.

Terry also continues to be passionate about giving back to those in need through Learn Ag, Canadian Food Grains Bank and charity projects in the developing world. He loves agriculture, working with the farm team, and sharing his success and passion with his family.

Dan Aberhart

Dan grew up on his family’s farm, a now 14 thousand acre mixed grain operation in Saskatchewan; and later studied agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. He spent 15 years in marketing, sales, business development, and leadership roles spanning the Prairies’ farming communities. Along with his dad Harvey, and brother Terry, Dan founded Aberhart Ag Solutions in 2015; where the family has introduced an elemental sulphur product to farmers that’s agronomically, logistically, and economically superior. Thanks to a network of partners developed by Dan, Bio-Sul is fast becoming the sustainable fertilizer of choice.

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Dan’s vision and drive has taken Aberhart Ag Solutions from a fresh start-up to a company with millions in annual sales. A born entrepreneur, and the face of Aberhart Ag, Dan is synonymous with performance. The marketing maverick has redefined how to bring a better product to farmers, and he’s done it in a rarely-used method for the industry. A social media guru, Dan has created a specific branding strategy that has made the company a trusted household name. His videos and podcasts are relatable and creative.

Wes Anderson

Wes is a Senior Fertility Specialist with CropPro Consulting based out of Beaumont, AB. He currently works with Alberta clients to enhance their fertility program using SWAT MAP variable rate technology, as well as supports the rest of the CropPro staff and third-party agronomists using SWAT MAPS.

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Wes grew up on a mixed farm near Theodore, SK and obtained his degree in Agriculture from U of S in 2001. Since then he’s worked in various agronomy roles in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and more recently in southern NSW, Australia. As a member of the Alberta institute of Agrologists, Wes is passionate about using all technology in agriculture to improve the economic viability and environmental sustainability of farms. He has a wife and three kids that keep him busy in his spare time and graciously put up with his infatuation for agriculture.

Warren Bills

Helping agriculture evolve through its digital era is Warren's passion. His energy and enthusiasm comes through finding new opportunity and building business strategies that fits cleanly into the value chain for farmers, agribusiness, and society.

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Warren has collaborated through a range of experiences inside entrepreneurial and corporate environments, grounded deeply with a farm background and digital agronomy speciality. Currently, Warren manages commercialization and partnerships in North America for xarvio - BASF's digital farming group. With his wife and 4 kids, Warren enjoys great variety of experiences from their home just outside Calgary, Alberta.

Craig Davidson

From the day Taurus opened its doors in 2001, Craig has been driven to help growers understand the why’s behind the how’s in agriculture. His goal has been to create a different kind of company: one that is focused on promoting innovative, scientifically-backed technologies and leading edge agronomic strategies based on education, knowledge and data. Since then, he has been helping business-minded growers to benefit through Taurus’ fact-first approach to farming.

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Craig works closely with agri-businesses and manufacturers to determine how their products and services can bring value to the Canadian and global marketplace – and fit within an overall agronomic strategy designed to maximize production and profitability for growers.

As President, Craig’s approach to business is about “boots on the ground” versus “feet up on a desk.” He remains passionate about working with progressive farmers and continues to personally lead grower meetings.

Craig has spent his whole life in agriculture. Before founding Taurus he served in senior management roles with fertilizer manufacturers on both sides of the border. He continues to be actively involved in a fifth-generation family farming operation in Virden, Manitoba.

How can Craig provide agronomic answers to help you Advance Every Acre?

“We’ve come to realize there are no silver bullets out there. There is no single solution that can turn a good crop into a great crop. Instead, the secret to success comes from a holistic approach where small, sustainable gains add up to large scale success for today’s advanced growers. We are fortunate to have a tremendous arsenal of agronomic tools at our fingertips – with many more in development. Myself, and the entire team at Taurus are committed to helping growers stay on top of these advancements. Together we will help you raise the bar: from the soil on up.”

Elston Denzil Solberg

Elston is a proud co-founder of Earth Dirt Soil, president of Sun Mountain Inc. and has enjoyed 39 years of agronomic research and extension. Elston is widely published, interviewed, and presents to thousands of people every year. Elston is passionate about the Canadian registered charity, www.giveashirt.ca, that supports impoverished children in Laos and Canada.

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His unique ability is being able to explain complex topics in simple ways primarily using widely experienced analogies. If Elston can’t clearly explain something to a 14-year-old, then he feels like he has failed.

Elston knew very early in life he would be a scientist and chose to help feed a starving planet. Because he grew up on a dairy farm, his primary professional goal has been to always provide non-biased agronomic advice to coaches and growers.

His Masters in Science evaluated the use of elemental sulphur (ES) as fertilizer in western Canada. His thesis discovered the key management factors necessary for growers to make full-use of all ES fertilizer advantages. His mentor, Prof. Marvin Nyborg’s extensive research program, exposed Elston to a wide range of practical projects that were many years ahead of their time. His 17 years of research/extension with Alberta Agriculture dramatically expanded the breadth of farmer focused future looking projects.

Currently Elston is especially focused on:

- Next generation of simple and effective elemental sulphur nutrients solutions.

The evolution of Bio-Sul Premium Plus agronomic strategies.

- Water drives everything. Understanding water driven yield potential for ever better agronomic decisions. Crop Intelligence (South Country) is transforming dryland agriculture

- Maintaining and building the Earth Dirt Soil expert/coach/grower community to continue fostering ever better real time grower decisions.

- Learning, UnLearning and ReLearning all things agronomic.

Providing new methods of extending the knowledge nuggets as quickly as possible.

Katelyn Duncan

Katelyn is a fourth generation grain farmer growing lentils, canola and durum wheat in the Regina plains. Previous to returning to full time farming in 2018, Katelyn worked at the Government of Saskatchewan in the areas of public trust, agriculture policy, and environmental policy. She is currently a director with SaskCanola and the provincial representative for the Canadian Young Farmer Forum.

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Katelyn received a BSA in Agronomy in 2014 and an Agriculture Machinery Technician Certificate in 2015. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at the University of Regina.

She shares her perspective on all things agriculture in her monthly Western Producer Column “Ag As I see It.” Katelyn is passionate about personal growth, cultivating self awareness, and farm transition. Specifically, she spends a tremendous amount of time studying how these three intersect using practices outlined in “The Mastery of Self,” a Toltec guide to wisdom. It is knowledge from this book, amongst a few others, that help Katelyn navigate through farm stress, social media disputes, and difficult life choices.

Evan Shout

Evan Shout is the president and co founder of Maverick Ag Ltd, a business risk management and consulting firm focused on insurance and data analytics. He also sits as chief financial officer at Hebert Grain Ventures (HGV), a 22,000-acre grain and oilseed operation in southeast Saskatchewan.

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Evan is a CPA and worked with MNP in his past career, having a specialty in large scale primary producer grain operations. He also was a shareholder in Shout Farms Ltd, a family grain farming operation in central Saskatchewan until January of 2014. His passion for the industry drives a calling that includes operational management of human resources, technology, data collection and financial and business risk management practices that will assist primary producer operations into the next generation of agriculture.

The goal is the change the face of financial risk management in agriculture. To leave the dirt, financial statements and industry in a better state than the last generation.

Growing better crops

David Annis

David Annis is a Technical Agronomist with Tiger-Sul Products who works with fellow agronomists, dealers and farmers to help them manage their fertility and maximize their profitability. David understands the challenges we face in agriculture and has the knowledge and skills to help.

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Prior to Tiger-Sul, David worked for Texas A&M University, Noble Research Institute, University of Arkansas and industry in the areas of agronomy, entomology, plant pathology, plant growth regulators, and precision agriculture. Starting as a county extension agent, he advanced to area specialist, then to soil and crops specialist. Along the way, he has published peer reviewed journal articles and has successfully completed many special projects. David has focused on practical agronomic solutions, research and education for over 25 years.

David received his Bachelors of Science degree in Plant Protection and Pest Management from the University of Arkansas and his Masters of Science from Arkansas State University where his thesis was on plant growth regulators.

He spends his recreational time smoking (he is an Assistant Fire Chief after all), hunting, and fishing whenever he can wet a hook.

Mark Belmonte

Dr. Mark Belmonte is a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Mark received his BSc and MSc from the University of Calgary before moving to Winnipeg where he obtained his PhD in plant science in 2008.

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After a brief postdoctoral fellowship at UC Davis, Mark moved back to Winnipeg to start his own lab in the Faculty of Science. His work holds the promise of solving world food shortages while significantly bolstering Canada’s agricultural economy.

Dr. Belmonte’s group uses cutting edge next generation molecular tools to improve crop production and protection of some of Canada’s most important agricultural crops.

Mark has published his work over 55 times, been the recipient of numerous awards, and is devoted to promoting science education and research at outreach events across Canada and takes pride in training the next generation of young scientists.

Justine Cornelsen

Justine Cornelsen is part of the Crop Production and Innovation Team with the Canola Council of Canada (CCC), where she covers off Western Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan as an Agronomy Specialist. Her lead topic with the CCC is blackleg management and she chairs the Canadian Blackleg Steering Group. Justine is also a part-time Masters student at the University of Manitoba in Plant Science.

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She graduated in May of 2014 from Brandon University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Previously, she has for worked for Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada and Parks Canada.

Morgan Cott

Morgan began her career as a retail agronomist. Her goal was always to become an expert at one crop, and after 4 years in retail, she took the opportunity to specialize in corn with the Manitoba Corn Growers Association. The MCGA works very closely with a few other commodity groups in Manitoba, which has enabled Morgan to broaden her scope to include sunflowers as well.

Jim Downey

For the past 24 years, Jim Downey has worked as the research and development manager for SeCan in Western Canada (a national seed company dealing with wheat, barley, oats, flax and soybeans). Jim is involved in providing numerous research grants to many plant breeders across Canada with the objective of providing improved crop varieties to SeCan members (seed growers). Jim is also involved in promotion and market development of new SeCan varieties.

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Jim serves as Chair of the Saskatchewan Variety Performance Group which was established in 2005 to help organize and fund the Saskatchewan provincial variety trials which provide yield and agronomic data for the Saskatchewan Seed Guide.

Jim’s education includes a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Crop Science at the University of Saskatchewan. Jim and his wife Sharon and their three children are actively farming on a 1,500 acre grain farm near Elstow, Saskatchewan.

Ken Greer

Ken provides strategic input and visionary support to the Western Ag Global team and the entire Western Ag Group of Companies.

Ken Greer grew up on a mixed farm near Ceylon, Saskatchewan. Along with his father, he operated this farm for many years, and still holds land in the area. Ken obtained his Bachelor of Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985. After two years as a research officer in crop science, he returned to school and obtained a Masters in Soil Science in 1989.

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Ken started a consulting business in 1990, then incorporated Western Ag Innovations Inc. in 1994 with the main goal to promote the use of the Plant Root Simulator (PRS®) technology.

Ken takes an active involvement in teaching and educating at all levels. Agronomy, Soil Fertility and Ag Business Entrepreneurship classes regularly invite Ken to lecture. High School and Grade school commitments to teach resource management, Junior Achievement Entrepreneurism and food traceability and accountability are important investments into our future that drive Ken.

Ken was recently recognized as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Awards.

Josh Lade

Josh Lade grew up on a mixed farm on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. He achieved a bachelor of agriculture at the university of Adelaide in 2007. In 2009 he travelled to Canada to experience grain farming on the other side of the world! Josh is passionate about agriculture, especially when it comes to herbicide resistance. He now resides in Saskatchewan with his wife and two young sons and farms with the Wiebe family at Osler.

Dan Owen

Originally from England Dan gained his BSc Honors degree in Agriculture from Harper Adams University College. He then took a position as an Agronomist for a grain merchant and agricultural retailer in the East of England. Over those 12 years as an Agronomist he continually advised on all aspects of intensive crop production from small grains to high value vegetable crops.

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In 2010, Dan made the move to Canadian agriculture taking on the role as Agronomy Manger for an independent retailer based in north east Saskatchewan, this role allowed Dan to gain a hands-on knowledge of Canadian agricultural production systems. During his time in this role he was recognized by the Canadian Association of Agri Retailers (CAAR) with the award of Agronomist of the Year 2013 at their annual conference.

Dan currently holds the position of Director of Market Development and Agronomic Services with ATP Nutrition, a division of Concentric Agriculture Inc.

Kelly Turkington

Kelly was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, but was raised mainly in Saskatoon, while he spent most of his summers on his father's small grain farm near St. Brieux, Saskatchewan. Currently, he is a plant pathologist with the Lacombe Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in Lacombe, Alberta.

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He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture in Agricultural Biology in 1985, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Pathology from the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan, while spending eight months taking a variety of courses at the University of Guelph.

As a summer student with Robin Morrall in the Biology Department at the University of Saskatchewan, Kelly worked on research projects related to sclerotinia and blackleg of canola, ascochyta in lentils, and seedling diseases in field peas. Kelly’s graduate work focused on the epidemiology of sclerotinia stem rot of canola and the potential of using petal testing as an indicator of disease risk and fungicide need. The focus of his Postdoctoral research in Ottawa, Ontario, and Beaverlodge, Alberta was on fusarium head blight of wheat and ear rot in corn, and brown girdling root rot and blackleg of canola, respectively.

Currently, Kelly’s main focus is on cereal diseases, especially those of barley and wheat, while he also works on canola as part of collaborative studies with colleagues from across Canada. Through his father Tom, his graduate student supervisor Robin Morrall, and his interactions with farmers, industry staff, and research colleagues, Kelly has developed a passion for field-based plant pathology research and the development of practical solutions for effective disease management.

Christian J. Willenborg

Dr. Willenborg is an Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta. He currently supervises several graduate students and teaches multiple undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of weed science.

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Dr. Willenborg leads several research projects that focus on better understanding the ecology and management of weeds in the agroecosystem. His recent research focuses on weed seed management and in particular, seed predators and their contribution to weed control. Over his 10-year career, he has authored or coauthored over 50 peer-reviewed research publications in various international journals.

Dr. Willenborg has also served as an Associate Editor and then as Editor-in-Chief for the Canadian Journal of Plant Science. Outside of work, Christian and his wife Errin run a small farm near Floral, Saskatchewan.

Precision and digital farming

Guy Ash

Guy Ash has worked as agro-meteorologist and earth observations science specialist for the past 28 years. His experience began at the University of Manitoba as a scientist/researcher/lecturer in the Centre of Earth Observation Science and was involved in a wide range of geo-science disciplines, including climatology-meteorology.

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He worked as the first agro-meteorologist for the Province of Manitoba and developed the first near real-time weather network for agriculture in Canada, which supported a major expansion of potato industry in Manitoba.

Ash then established the Western Canadian weather network and WeatherFarm initiative for The Canadian Wheat Board, where he worked and managed a wide range of areas, including sales and marketing, product development, software and hardware engineering, agronomic model development/validation and public communications.

In his last position as Chief Meteorologist, Ash established the first real-time weather risk system for the Canadian Football League and was responsible for weather management of each stadium in Canada. He was also responsible weather risk management at all NHL outdoor hockey games in Canada.

Currently Ash is the Global Training and Key Accounts Manager in Canada for Pessl Instruments, Austria. Pessl Instrument is an IoT company that manufactures hardware (loggers and sensors) and software solutions that are focused on the agricultural sector. Pessl works in over 85 countries and has over 49,000 devices and 250,000 sensors deployed for a wide range of agriculture applications: disease management, irrigation, soil moisture, insect traps, crop cameras, weather stations, soil fertility, etc.

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.

Dr. David Lobb

Dr. David A. Lobb joined the Department of Soil Science at the University of Manitoba 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)

Blake Weiseth

Blake grew up on a mixed grain and cattle farm in southwest Saskatchewan near Shaunavon. He obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Soil Science from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Professional Agrologist with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. Blake’s graduate research focused on various phosphorus fertilizer application strategies for soybean, examining agronomic performance and the fate of applied phosphorus in snowmelt runoff water.

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Blake has professional experience in both the public and private sectors. He served as Research Specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture managing a diverse portfolio of over 50 active bioscience research projects totaling several million dollars in committed funds. Currently, he is the Director of Research and Demonstration projects at Ag in Motion and holds an industry funded Research Chair position with Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Cory Willness

Cory Willness began his precision ag journey in 1998-2003 as the Agrologist on the Saskatchewan VRT Project which did on-farm research on variable-rate nitrogen. In 2003 he started CropPro Consulting and began building the CropRecords platform. In 2008, SWAT MAPS (Soil, Water and Topography MAPS) was commercialized and was widely utilized as foundation soil potential map for soil sampling and variabl-rate fertilizer and seed.

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From 2008 to 2019, Cory and his team of agronomists, mapping specialists and software developers have built SWAT MAPS into the world’s best soil foundation map. CropRecords and SWAT Sync are connecting the world to soils like never before.

Regenerative agriculture

Markus Braaten

Markus Braaten graduated from Montana State University with a BS in Agriculture Education and Biology in 1998. He spent six years as an instructor of Agriculture Sciences and Biology. In 2000, Markus returned with his wife and children to their hometown of Kalispell where he continued teaching prior to launching a new career in agronomy.

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Since 2004, Markus has a variety of roles including sales agronomist, independent advisor, agronomy trainer and precision agronomist for CHS, Agri-Trend and Trimble Navigation. He is currently employed by Yara as Crop Manager for Yara North America where he works to bring Yara’s global agronomic expertise, extensive product portfolio and digital tools together to drive grower profitability and sustainability without adding complexity to their operations.

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.

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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.

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.

Graeme Finn

Graeme and his wife, Heather, and their two young daughters, Claire and Morgan currently run a beef operation near Madden, Alberta. They manage a cow calf operation with a focus on year round grazing both high legume pastures and annual crop grazing. They have been successful in incorporating intensive rotational grazing and winter grazing strategies into their management system. Graeme is in his 25 year of living in Canada and has been involved with some of his mentors for most of that time, mentors like Doug Wray ,Grant Lastiwka and members of FFGA.

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Graeme was past Vice President on the ARECA (Agricultural Research Extension Council of Alberta) Board and sits on the research advisory committee of the ABP as well as sitting on the board of ACIDF (Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund) , BCRC, Canadian round table for sustainable beef research committee and the UK and Canada AgriFood research council and is a mentor on the young cattleman’s leaders program and mentor of the beef council researcher mentorship program and sit on the board of FFGA , and is on the Calgary stampede international agriculture committee.

His passion for looking at new ways to do things and finding ways to be profitable both by cutting the bottom line as well as looking outside the box to improve profit margin and run a beyond sustainable cattle grazing operation as well as improving the soil and environment they work with on their operation.

Graeme has been involved in the agricultural industry in his capacity as director with ACIDF, FFGA, BCRC, CRSB and ARECA to try and help advance agriculture in any way. He is also president of union forage. He is always willing to lend a hand and keen to talk anything grass to people.

Lana Shaw

Lana Shaw has a M. Sc. Plant Sciences (2002) and a BSc Agriculture (1999) from the University of Saskatchewan. She has worked in pulse agronomy since 1999, first in a Masters degree in dry bean agronomy and then as an irrigation agronomist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture (2001-2009).

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Since 2010, Lana has worked as research manager of the South East Research Farm, designing and conducting various agronomic field crop trials with a considerable emphasis on novel techniques like intercropping. Lana and her husband also own a small herd of bison.

Brenda Tjaden

Brenda Tjaden has a long history helping western Canadian farms respond to emerging profit opportunities in growing and marketing their crops. In the process of founding Sustainable Grain, Brenda spent the past 3 years researching sustainability protocols and the organic value chain, their opportunities and vulnerabilities. She also pursued an education in soil health and regenerative agriculture and continues to build out her network in this field.

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Previously, Brenda worked as a professional grain marketing and policy analyst, educator and farm management expert. Brenda has always been an active volunteer in her local community, a nature enthusiast and a keen follower of global economic trends. Brenda is dedicating the next chapter of her career to the positive stories in farming, reuniting commercial agriculture with environmental consciousness, and helping to create a safe, nutritious supply of food for all.

Management

Mark Bratrud

Mark grew up on a mixed farm near Ryley, Alberta. In 1999 Mark moved to Weyburn, Saskatchewan where he has been farming and marketing grain with his wife Bobbie for the past 20 years. Mark was able to bring his experience working with other farming operations to help transition into his in-laws’ farming operation. Mark and Bobbie completed their farm transition in 2012 and now farm 5500 acres together along with their three school-age children and some seasonal help.

Gerry Friesen

Gerry comes from a diverse background of experience, learning and discovery. He grew up on a farm and in 1983 took over the family farm. He operated the farm until 2007 when other interests demanded more and more of his time. From 1990 to 2005 Gerry was heavily involved in agricultural “politics” serving on the boards of Manitoba Pork Est., Manitoba Pork Marketing, Canadian Pork Council, and Keystone Agricultural Producers.

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Gerry’s passion is in helping others find solutions for the various issues that life throws at us whether that is conflict or stress. Aside from his private practice Gerry provides mediation services for Farm Debt Mediation Services and the Automobile Injury Mediation office and is a conflict management specialist with Backswath Management Inc. He enjoys presenting and facilitating workshops on a variety of topics under the umbrella of conflict and stress management. Gerry is a recipient of the Manitoba Pork Friend of the Industry award for “providing emotional support and expertise to help farmers cope with financial and emotional stress in their darkest days”. A combination of his own life experiences, training in conflict resolution and intensive counseling training provide him the tools to help others who are struggling. To learn more about Gerry visit his web site at www.gerryfriesen.ca.

Kathlyn Hossack

I am a therapist specializing in pain, chronic disease and psychosomatic techniques. I have experience working with all types of chronic pain including fibromyalgia, EDS symptoms, rheumatoid, arthritis, back pain, migraines, psychogenic disorders, and trauma related symptoms.

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I use a combination of bodywork (massage, myofascial release, deep tissue, acupressure, psychosomatic release), myofascial cupping, dialogue, breathwork, lifestyle coaching and movement prescription to help my clients alleviate long term dysfunction and pain. I am based out of Winnipeg and consult clients throughout western Canada.

Marlene Hursh

Marlene was born and grew up in Eston, Saskatchewan. As a student, she was very active in sports, participating in both the school and in the community.

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Marlene graduated from Eston High School and went on to attend the Kelsey Institute and graduated from the Diploma Nursing Program where she played on the Kelsey Amaruk Volleyball team for two years.

Marlene worked as a Registered Nurse for 15 years, retired from nursing, and went back to school to take computer courses and small business bookkeeping. In her spare time, Marlene sings in church choir, volunteers and loves to spend time at Eston Riverside Regional Park near Eston at her cabin.

Marlene is married to Kevin Hursh and has three sons, Aaron, Nathan and Braden.

Leah Knibbs

Leah Knibbs is with Kn/a HR Consulting and Kn/a Sourcing People. She is educated and trained in HR strategy and practices. Kn/a HR and Sourcing People™ provide all HR services to a wide variety of organization including agribusinesses. Leah is a rural Saskatchewan person and is one of the few HR Consultants that has milked a cow. Leah wanted her bios short so more time could be spent on the presentation. If you want to know more about Leah, buy her a cocktail or bring her chocolate or tea and she will gladly chat with you.

Jennifer Lindgren

Jennifer along with her husband Jordan and their four children, own and operate Lindgren Farms at Norquay, Saskatchewan. Lindgren Farms is a 13000 acre grain, oilseed and pulse farm. Together they work diligently at maximizing production for these crops, while minimizing cost of production. They do this by using field scale trials to determine what products, genetics and practices work on their farm.

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Jennifer feels it is important to educate the next generation on the importance of farming and teaching them where their food comes from. They host a “Food Farm” in the spring and fall on their farm.This is an interactive, hands on tour focusing on farm safety, how plants are grown, harvested and then making the connection on how it gets to their plate.

Family and agriculture are the most important aspects of their lives. Their kids are fifth generation and all play an active roll on the farm. They take great pride in being able to continue their century family farm. They live in the same yard as Jordan’s parents and are proud of the relationship they have created together. Jennifer and her family are passionate about maintaining the family farm atmosphere in the everchanging corporate farm environment.

Wendy Lindgren

Wendy and her husband Dale farmed for 40 years along side her brother and his wife. They have lived on the century family farm and raised 2 amazing children. Wendy worked off the farm in health care for 26 years before retiring in 2011. Since then she has been playing a more active roll on the farm by taking over the bookwork, helping with meals and the tours held on the farm. Wendy enjoys travelling and new adventures. She is enjoying all the time she gets with her grandkids.

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Wendy lived in the same yard as her in laws for many years and now shares the yard with her son Jordan and his family. This lifestyle may not appeal to everyone, but the rewards definitely outweigh the challenges

Irene Seiferling

Irene Seiferling, President of Board Dynamics, is a corporate governance consultant, a business adviser and a corporate director.

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Irene has worked with over 300 boards of directors in several sectors - business boards, government and public sector boards and not-for-profit boards. She has over 30 years of experience as a director on boards at the local, national and international levels, and has been advising boards for over 15 years.

A skilled board trainer and coach, board designer, and a confidant and trouble-shooter, Irene has worked with boards at all stages of development and capacity: start-up boards to very mature boards, professional boards, and boards with performance challenges. The goal is to build good governance systems, confident and competent directors, and a culture of success.

Irene earned a B.A. (Economics) with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan. She is the first director in Saskatchewan to be accredited by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), and has received corporate governance and leadership training from several institutes in Canada and the U.S. She is a co-founder and past Chair of the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

An accredited family business adviser, Irene also works with professional firms and family enterprises to assist in succession planning and in designing their leadership and governance systems.

Raised in small town Saskatchewan, Irene is a wife, mother and proud grandmother. A long time community supporter and volunteer, Irene provides pro bono governance support to local community organizations in need and mentors female leaders.

Lance Stockbrugger

Lance Stockbrugger is a chartered accountant and a cash crop producer from Saskatchewan. With 20 years of public practice experience, Lance brings an in-depth knowledge of income tax, succession and corporate structure experience to his presentations. As an active grain producer, Lance has the practical ag experience to discuss grass root issues that affect producers on a daily basis.

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Lance has been doing public speaking across Canada for over 15 years for on a range of topics from income taxes, management accounting, transition and estate planning.

Danielle Wildfong

Danielle Wildfong is an influencer, inspirer and fearless leader in Saskatchewan’s business and agricultural community. She’s a University of Saskatchewan commerce graduate and has a broad wealth of experience in business development, sales and marketing. She’s worked in multiple roles across the agriculture to financial industry to entrepreneurship; even custom combining for a couple seasons with her family across the states.

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Danielle was born and raised on a large grain farming operation near Craik, Saskatchewan. She grew up working alongside her family, learning not only how to farm, but how to run a successful manufacturing business in today’s competitive environment. Previously as a consultant with Western Ag, she’s used that knowledge to help grow a company dedicated to helping prairie farmers grow their profits through agronomy.

Danielle is guided by a strong moral compass; she believes in doing the right thing, and helping others realize their potential through mentorship; she is the co-founder of the FCC sponsored Cultivating Connections program through Ag In Motion.

Brazenly persistent, she’s dedicated to her own personal and professional development because she knows that’s the best way to stay true to her core values. Today she represents farm clients in her advisor role with Global Ag Risk Solutions to help them increase their profitability.

Soil health and nutrition

Mike Dolinski

Mike grew up on a small farm in southern Manitoba and moved to Alberta as Provincial Entomologist in 1972 after finishing a Masters in Entomology at the University of Manitoba. During his 32 years with Alberta Agriculture he had roles as an entomologist, vertebrate specialist (rats, coyotes, rabies), apiculturist, and finally as an organic agriculture specialist. He retired in 2004.

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Over the last 10 years he became interested in plant physiology and how plants grow and use resources. He speaks widely on many topics related to plant physiology, growth, and nutrition, plus insect pest management using his vast array of photographs which he takes at the microscopic level to train agronomists and farmers. Mike is an avid fisherman, golfer, grandfather and passionate teacher.

Lorne Greiger

Lorne Grieger is the Project Manager for Agricultural Research and Development at PAMI in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Lorne’s passion for agriculture began with his family farm roots in the Swan Valley and followed with a degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Manitoba.

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After exploring the engineering consulting and pharmaceutical sectors, Lorne returned to a career in agriculture with PAMI. His broad range of experiences over his 17 years at PAMI include research and development of agricultural equipment; evaluation of bioenergy systems; and research in grain production, harvesting and storage techniques.

PAMI is an applied research, development, and testing organization serving members of the agricultural community. PAMI has a history of independent third-party farm equipment evaluation and development that has spurred technological advances in traditional and new farming practice.

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.

Jeff Schoenau

Dr. Jeff Schoenau is a professor of soil fertility and professional agrologist who works in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan. He holds the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Soil Nutrient Management Chair in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, and is a fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada.

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He was born in Saskatchewan, completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in the 1980’s in the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan and has worked there since. He also farms with his spouse Lynne near Central Butte, Saskatchewan. His research, teaching and extension activities deal with soil fertility and fertilizers, nutrient cycling, and soil management practices in prairie cropping systems.

Etienne Shupena-Soulodre

Etienne Shupena-Soulodre is a Agri-Environmental Project Manager with Water Security Agency in Regina, Saskatchewan. Since 2001, Etienne has been working with the Government of Saskatchewan to address pasture management, and water management issues with farmers and ranchers, municipalities and First Nations.

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For the past four years, Etienne has been working to help implement new agricultural drainage regulations and policies. Etienne believes that the best part of his job is learning from the many stakeholders and professionals that he encounters.

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.