Financial and succession planning part of speaker lineup

Manitoba Ag Days 2013 has another impressive lineup of speakers and presenters covering agronomy, finances, livestock, technology, marketing, farm transition and a little inspiration and humour thrown in for good measure.

Leading on the inspiration and humour front is the keynote speaker, David Chilton, author of Canada’s all-time bestselling book, The Wealthy Barber. With his signature mix of humour and common sense, Chilton will give everyone some great advice on how to manage their money more wisely and help take the intimidation and dryness out of financial planning. Chilton has helped thousands of Canadians achieve personal financial success and has always had a knack for recognizing great entrepreneurial opportunities. He’ll be sharing some of that know-how at 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning in the MNP Theatre.

Returning for a second year is Leona Dargis, a popular and heartfelt young speaker who will be talking about the importance of farm transition planning, drawing from the experiences of her own family. After the sudden passing of her parents in 2007, Leona and her four younger sisters succeeded their mixed farming operation of 4,000 head of cattle and 7,000 acres, all the while continuing to pursue their education.

Leona, who is an agribusiness graduate of Olds College in Alberta, will share her own personal experiences, which exemplify how to take unimaginable change, adapt to it and succeed. Don’t miss Leona’s powerful message on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in the FCC Theatre.

Wednesday focuses on agronomy and finances in the morning, with beef issues and different production systems in the afternoon. Bruce Shewfelt of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, will discuss tile drainage at 10:30 a.m. and at 11:30 a.m., Gord Flaten, vice-president of grain procurement at CWB will share how it is adapting to the open market and how farmers, end-use customers and others are responding. Three Manitoba beef producers will explain their extended grazing systems in a panel discussion at 3 p.m.

The show’s last day wraps up with more agronomy, including a morning session on debunking the myths about glyphosate, led by Bob Hartzler, extension weed specialist and professor of agronomy at Iowa State University. Also check out a presentation on hemp production by MAFRI diversification specialist, Keith Watson at 1:30 p.m.

A special celebration of 100 years of 4-H in Manitoba at 3 p.m. will end 2013’s Manitoba Ag Days on a high note.

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