The FarmSmart organization started in 1998 as a conference only event geared to help educate farmers on new topics that might assist them to develop their farming operations. Our FarmSmart philosophy is to attract all producers, whether the farm focus and interest is cropping and nutrient management or livestock production.
Over the past decade the FarmSmart events in January has grown. FarmSmart Expo, our July field day held at the University of Guelph’s Elora Research Farm, provides farm operators and agribusiness people with leading-edge, hands-on diagnostic stations that identify current issues in crop production.
2013 saw the addition of the very popular CornSmart event with Ken Ferrie, held the Friday before the main conference. With the success of the this event, FarmSmart has decided to make a specific agronomic day part of the annual conference.
FarmSmart attracted over 1700 people to the 2016 events. These attendees come to participate in a wide range of topics pertinent to modern agriculture. As part of the conference venue speakers are sought out to address present and emerging technologies and innovations across a range of subjects. Sessions are offered on crop and livestock production, soil and environmental management, business, marketing, and general interest topics.
FarmSmart is a partnership of the Golden Horseshoe and Heartland Regional Soil and Crop Improvement Associations, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs(OMAFRA) , the Ontario Agriculture College (OAC) of the University of Guelph, the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA), the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) and various agribusiness sponsors.