Speaker lineup underlines advocacy pitch

More than 60 presenters educate, entertain and inspire at this year’s event

If your show’s theme is to tell the world about agriculture, it sure doesn’t hurt to assemble 60 world-class speakers to help get the agriculture message across, which is exactly what Manitoba Ag Days has done.

“It takes a lot of time, preparation and planning to bring in a speaker lineup like we have for the 2019 show,” said Kristen Phillips, Manitoba Ag Days show manager. “Throughout the three days of the show, visitors will be able to listen to over 60 speakers share information about our industry and the importance of connecting with consumers. We will all have the opportunity to learn from each other.”

When it comes to the speaker lineup, Phillips speaks of them individually and as a group with equal parts fondness, fandom and deep respect.

Adrienne Ivey. photo: Courtesy Ag Days

Organizers are particularly excited to have Adrienne Ivey, a well-known Canadian rancher and social media dynamo present “Connecting with the Consumer: The True Story of Food,” on January 22. Phillips also thought the panel presentation Thursday, January 24 talking about Learning and Growing through Networks, will be extremely valuable and intriguing to hear.

“The 2019 speaker program has something for everyone,” said Phillips. “We made sure to really focus on agronomy and the issues that are currently top of mind – clubroot, herbicide resistance and fertility. We also talk about micros, harvest management and rotations. We take you back to the Dirty ’30s but we also push you to the future with presentations on innovation and technology.”

Taylor Carlson photo: Courtesy Ag Days

Drones, taxes, clubroot, soil health, succession planning, advanced water-movement models and weed control are among the topics. Drilling down and using the Tuesday afternoon as a snapshot of great speakers at the podium, Ivey anchors the afternoon presentations in the FCC Theatre Tuesday, January 22 at 2:30 p.m., sandwiched between Taylor Carlson, a young producer from Elm Creek who will share her experiences about attending the Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa at 1:15 p.m. and Nick Bontis, who will speak to Information Bombardment: Rising above the Digital Onslaught at 3:30 p.m.

“It is not often that a 13-year-old is a keynote speaker at a major event, but Taylor Carlson has a bright future ahead of her,” says Stephanie Cruickshanks, Manitoba Ag Days program chair. “You are going to want to see as many of the speakers over the three days as possible, and this particular afternoon is going to be really interesting.”

The January 22 afternoon session also offers something of interest for the community minded and the political junkie in the audience. The Manitoba Ag Days Gives Back presentations will take place in the FCC Theatre at 1 that afternoon, followed by Hon. Ralph Eichler, Manitoba agriculture minister and Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest at 1:30 and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister who takes the stage at 2 p.m.

See the full speaker lineup and schedule in the January 10, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator or online at the Manitoba Ag Days website.

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