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Packed speaker lineup for 2018

More than 60 presenters will appear at the Keystone Centre over the show’s run

Dr. Roy Lewis was just one of many presenters who spoke at Ag Days 2017. He shared his observations of use of pain control measures while cautioning producers on overusage of antimicrobials.

Manitoba ag show organizers feel they have another real winner on their hands with the show’s speaker program lineup this year.

“The Manitoba Ag Days committee has worked extremely hard and I believe this is the best program we have ever had,” said Brad Crammond, Manitoba Ag Days co-chair.

The speaker lineup features more than 60 speakers who will take to the podiums and stages of the FCC and MNP theatres over the course of the show. The schedule is posted online and is all encompassing around all potential attendee interests around things including such areas of interest as crops, trade, livestock handling, water management and marketing.

For those keen on canola yield, on Jan. 16, Florian Hagmann from Birch Hills, Sask. will share how he has successfully grown high-yielding canola year after year. Attention to details and ensuring that those details are taken care of in a timely manner are key elements of his success. Hagmann has been successful in growing over 100 bushels per acre of canola, and he likes to learn from other farmers as well as share his thoughts on why doing the “Little Things Matter!”

Later that day, Brian Voth, president, IntelliFARM Inc. will share his insights on grain-marketing challenges. Whether it’s the wrong timing and panic selling, rallies during the growing season which mean taking on production risk, or a plethora of quality issues to deal with, grain marketing has never been easy. Possibly the bane of most farm operations, more often than not marketing is where money is left on the table. The key is having a plan, and sticking to it, he says.

Craig Klemmer, principal ag economist, Farm Credit Canada, will look at the western Canadian agriculture environment that is constantly evolving. Central banks are beginning to unwind stimulus in the economy, Canadian trade negotiations are ongoing, and oil prices are finding a new equilibrium. What are the opportunities and risk for western Canadian agriculture? How do trade negotiations impact Canada-U.S. relation and supply chain?

Also, the critical synergies of water management and land use is also on the slate as Dr. Allan Preston, chair of the Assiniboine River Basin Initiative, will present “Watershed Management Across the Fence Lines – Challenges & Opportunities,” that will showcase water management efforts, decision-support tools and collaboration across the Assiniboine River Basin.

As is the case every year, there is always something for everyone in the presentations and speaker lineup. For the certified crop advisers in attendance, many of the presentations feature continuing education unit credits:

  • Nutrient Management: 3.5;
  • Soil & Water Management: 3;
  • Integrated Pest Management: 2.5;
  • Crop Management: 11.5;
  • Professional Development: 2;
  • Manure Management: 0;
  • Sustainability: 0.

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