What Are You Talking About? -You may not realize it, but forces are at work to make it seem like agriculture is an evil force with only the mighty dollar in mind. Those forces work to discredit everything farmers do by throwing sensationalist lies out hoping everyone will only fear instead of trust. Farmers need to start sticking up for themselves. As one of the most trusted professions, the majority of consumers would like nothing more than the simple truth about why we do what we do. It is time take advantage of the #FarmerLove and share our own stories through every channel we can access
Strained Global Economics and the Impact on Ag Commodity Prices –How does it all tie together? Central bankers continue to ease monetary policy in a desperate effort to kick-start inflation and economic growth, but with little success. And a powerful El Nino weather event stands in the shadows that may impact global supplies and prices. Grain, livestock, and currencies are all impacted that directly impact everyone’s business. This is a session about the reality of strained global economics and its impact on ag commodity prices. Business strategies to mull over heading toward the spring market will be discussed.
Economic Outlook - Understand the major economic trends that are shaping theCanadian agriculture industry today and learn how they could impact your farm in the coming year. A Senior Agricultural Economist at FCC, Craig monitors and analyzes the macroeconomic environment, models industry health and provides industry risk analysis. Prior to starting with FCC in 2009, Craig worked in the livestock branch of Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. He has a master’s in agricultural economics from the University of Saskatchewan.
Assistant Deputy Minister John Brown
Safe and Healthy Alberta Farms and Ranches - With Alberta's recent changes to labour legislation, many farmers and ranchers have questions about how these changes will impact their business. Questions like, "Who's exempt and who's not?", "What do I need to do to be in compliance - the short version?", "How much will it cost me?", "How will the specific standards and requirements be developed and how can I have a say in what those are?", "What are the timelines?". The presentation will provide answers to these questions and more.
The Economics of Owning and Renting Farmland -A chartered accountant specializing in income tax, Lance has 20 years of experience helping ag producers with tax reorganizations, estate planning and intergenerational transfers. He’s well-versed on these topics and more, and shares his knowledge and passion for agriculture at each of his public speaking engagements. In this session he will touch on what is happening with land prices and rental rates, what is driving these factors and things to think about when looking at either expanding your operation with farmland or considering to rent it or sell it as part of your retirement. Time permitting we will touch on some basic tax issues effecting farmland and things to think about with ownership such as adjusted cost basis and names on titles.
What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You! Are you ready?- It is important that we realize that emergencies and other serious threats to our operations can happen – anywhere and anytime. But what are those threats? Are there ways to minimize the negative impacts? How can I get my organization, myself and my family ready? Paul Harris is going to walk us through the processes with a hands on workshop exploring: Values, Threats, Hazards / Risks, Fit for Purpose Planning, Next steps – reality check.
Cattle Market Outlook – Have we Cured High Prices? – This session will focus on the main drivers affecting Global and Domestic cattle markets. It will also review key factors to watch and provide insights for the Canadian cattle industry moving forward. Brian Perillat has been the Manager at Canfax since April 2010. Brian grew up on a mixed farming operation near Duck Lake Saskatchewan, and continues to be involved with the family farm. Prior to working at Canfax, Brian worked as a livestock production economist with Alberta Agriculture, and also spent over 4 years working with MNP as a farm management consultant. Brian has had the privilege of travelling and working on farms and stations in Australia and New Zealand, as well as visiting farms in north and west Africa.
“We’ve Got to Do Something”…an adventure in the Farm Transfer Process - What is it that you need to discuss when you are entertaining initiating a succession plan? How do you prepare the next generation for the eventual takeover of the farm. How do you manage the process and who can help me with assisting me with architecting a plan that will work for our family and our farm? What are the typical obstacles that farmers incur that prevent them from successfully designing a plan……and many other considerations.
Know GMO- Rob’s recent 2014 TedX Talk which was titled “Will Agriculture be ALLOWED to feed 9 Billion People?”would go hand in hand with his “KNOW GMO” presentation. Click the following link to view the TEDX presentation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvFD6DRn0Cg.
Robert Saik, CEO of The Agri-Trend® Group of Companies is a Professional Agrologist and a Certified Agricultural Consultant. He is the Executive Producer of KNOW GMO the MOVIE a full feature movie project looking at the advancements of technology use in agriculture. This global, film festival quality documentary will be “an uplifting discussion about food” and is currently being filmed with planned release for the spring of 2016. Rob will discuss his film how GMOs affect agriculture.
Making sense of the cattle market: How to protect the value of your cow herd in an era of high market volatility –Ryan will discuss understanding the cattle markets and the new era of unprecedented price volatility. Ranchers will now have to look at marketing as a year round effort rather than the traditional gambling on prices at the time of delivery. There are tools and methods to secure prices throughout the course of the year. Cows in Control is a company designed to assist ranchers with making decisions related to protecting herd values in volatile markets.
Changes to the Wheat Varietal Classification and the implications to producers and end users: This presentation will explain the reasons behind the changes being implemented in Wheat variety classification by looking at the functionality of the classes and why functionality is important for both producers and end users of Canadian grain. We will look at the difference in roles and responsibilities between the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with respect to the registration and classification of varieties. It will also explain the roles of industry stakeholders and their involvement in the registration of varieties. Specific to the Canadian Western Red Spring and the Canada Prairie Spring Red classes, there will be an explanation of the timeframe for the transition process of varieties from their respective classes, the reasons for the transition and to which class they will transition into. Jim was born and raised on a family farm in Dawson Creek, British Columbia where he grew grains, oilseeds and fine seeds with his brother for 32 years. During his time farming he was a founding member of the BC Grain Producers Association (BCGPA) and later became a board member which included time as president. In 2000, Jim was a founding director of the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) which is a National association of grain groups. Jim was appointed as the Assistant Chief Commissioner in November of 2007 and is currently serving in his third term with the Canadian Grain Commission.
Getting the Word Out! - Need a pep talk? As farmers you grow some of the most nutritious food on the plant - right here in Western Canada. Dorothy will share some of the positive messaging and programs commodity and farm associations are using to get the word out to consumers, health professionals and food media about the safe, healthy crops we grow! Learn about International Year of the Pulse, the work of Farm and Food Care and other resources you can source to help spread the word about pulses, canola, flax, barley, wheat… and more.
Deb Kimmet - Banquet Speaker
Laughter Is the Best Medicine: A perfect prescription for putting a smile back on your face.- Whether on the page or on the stage, Deborah Kimmett is one funny lady. This witty and wise woman has been using humour to open minds and heal hearts for over 30 years. A Second City veteran, a regular performer on CBC’s radio and television show The Debaters and sought-after motivator on the speaker circuit, she engages her audiences with stories and killer humour that ignite, inspire and energize.