FarmSmart 2018 program

FarmSmart 2018 is here.

Date:  Saturday, January 20, 2018

Rozanski Hall, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON

NEW:  A map of the University of Guelph campus showing parking and Rozanski Hall, Richards Building, Crop Science Building and Peter Clark Hall (hot lunch).

Registration:  8:30 am, registration is open on-line or call the AICC 1-877-424-1300

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Program starts: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm2018 FS Program Information Status as of nov 27 2017

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Sessions include:

Feature Speakers- 1:20 – 2:30 pm:

Rozanski 1 –  The 5% Rule – Baby Steps to Bigger Profits –

Kristjan Hebertkritjan, Managing Partner, Hebert Grain Ventures

Hoping for unicorns and settling on good enough are very real when it comes to underperforming on your farm’s bottom line.  Instead let’s focus on small improvements, balancing perfection and logistics, and aiming for excellence.  The simple math will surprise you…

Dedicated to practicing and promoting excellence in farming. Kristjan Hebert was born and raised a farmer. He left the family farm briefly to get his CPA at the University of Saskatchewan but returned to his pursue his passion for farming.

Kristjan is the managing partner of Hebert Grain Ventures (HGV), a 12,000 acre grain and oilseed operation in southeast Saskatchewan.  Kristjan quickly became recognized throughout the industry as one of the best young minds in farming.

After a brief stint at Meyers Norris Penny, he came back to farming with a focus on profitability. He is the Chairmen of Global Ag Risk Solutions and is a graduate of Texas A&M’s The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP).

Danny Klinefelter, of TEPAP, refers to Kristjan as “one of the most progressive young farmers he knows”.

Kristjan is also the co-founder of a new online platform WorkHorse Hub, geared towards solving a serious issue in agriculture today – labor.

Grateful for being born into farming, Kristjan has made it his life’s work to help each and every farmer increase revenue and reduce risk in hopes of helping them live a better life.

Rozanski 2 – Agriculture from a City Girl’s Perspective

chanDr. Melodie Chan, Senior Manager Veterinary Services, Zoetis

Dr. Chan will tackle public trust, changes in consumer perceptions and choice, and how developing shared values might just be the key to our success in gaining inroads with our consumers.

Dr. Melodie Chan grew up in the greater Vancouver area as a city girl and fell in love with agriculture during her undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia. In 2002, she graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and pursued a career within the cattle industry.  After completing an internship in Dairy Production Medicine at Cornell University, Dr. Chan worked at a mixed animal practice in Saskatchewan and then started her own dairy veterinary practice in Olds, Alberta.  Dr. Chan is currently the head of Zoetis Canada’s Technical Services Team for Cattle, Equine and Genetics.

Dr. Chan is a past-president of both the Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners and the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians.  In 2014, she was named as one of the honorees of Vance Publishing’s 2014 “Top 40 Under 40” Award Program which recognizes people making a significant contribution to America’s food system.  More recently, Dr. Chan received the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Industry Award in 2016 that formally recognizes a CVMA member for their contributions to the advancement of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Chan has a passion for helping people to succeed by sharing knowledge that will improve animal health management, animal welfare and food safety.

To help plan your day check inside our brochure (will be available shortly) for the sessions you wish to attend.

Crop Production

9:00 am and 12:15 pm – Going Against the Grain, Turning Dirt Back to Soil in Michigan
Marc Hasenick, Hasenick Brothers LLC, Springport, MI

An efficient data driven approach to managing 4800 acres in Michigan through no-till, cover crops, cost of production analysis, fine-tuned fertility and some one-off pieces of machinery. (CM)

After graduating with a bachelors in mark1Crop & Soil Science from Michigan State University in 2010, Marc returned to the family farm. A paradigm shift after the 2012 drought initiated a whole farm transition in an attempt to “weather proof” their acreage. Like the prior generations, early adoption of unconventional practices proved successful and the farm grew into a 100% no-till, cover cropping, precision Ag embracing, data creating machine. Constantly trying to exhaust the resources of data collection and analysis with soil health as goal #1 are the cornerstone of the operation today.

10:05 am and 12:15 pm – Where Soybean Physiology and Management Meet
Dr. Adam P Gaspar, IL

AdamProfitable soybean production in tight margins with ever increasing environmental extremes requires employment of management practices that complement soybean physiology to maximize genetic potential year in and year out. (CM)I have spent my whole life involved with agricultural and the excitement surrounding its advancement. I have a passion for farming and agronomic research. Over the past decade my research and extension activities have covered many aspects of modern, Midwest row crop production, leading to multiple extension publication and 9 peer-reviewed journal articles. My research is very applied in nature and the resulting outreach is targeted at the farm level where these research findings can be immediately adopted by producers. The goal of my research is to increase crop production in an environmentally and economically sustainable fashion by improving crop management through the adoption of new practices and technologies.

10:05 am – Persistent Weed Management – Expel, Exploit or Execrate?
Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA
Clarence Swanton, U of Guelph

All farmers battle with tenacious, stubborn weeds. Get local research results and tips on how best to control problem weed species that are common on Ontario farms. (PM)

2017_clarence_swantonDr. Swanton obtained his BSc in Botany from the University of Toronto, His MSc in Agrometerology from the University of Guelph, and a PhD in Plant Ecology from the University of Western Ontario. His research is focussed on weed ecology and the development of integrated weed management systems for field and horticultural crops.



2016_Mike_Cowbrough_OMAFRA_jpgMike Cowbrough is the weed specialist in field crops with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, a position he has been in for 14 years. In 2009 Mike received the Canadian Weed Science Society’s Award for excellence in weed extension and in 2012 The T.R. Hilliard Award for agricultural extension in Ontario. He resides on a corn, soybean and wheat farm outside of Guelph with his family.

11:10 am – Weigh In On Wheat
Tim Meulensteen, C&M Seeds, Palmerston
Dave Arand, Atwood
John Winger, Palmerston

Wheat offers many benefits and value to a farm. Many of those benefits are not realized in the year of production. Things like yield benefit to other crops, building organic matter, living cover in the shoulder seasons of the year, excellent time for fertility application, opportunity for incorporating cover crops in the system, spreading the workload. Despite these benefits many people are abandoning wheat. Two well respected farmers will share their successes in making wheat an important and profitable part of their grain growing operations. Come and here why they value wheat in their system.(CM)

Tim Meulensteen, C&M Seeds – Session Moderator

Tim is a CCA-ON certified crop advisor who has worked in crop inputs industry since 2001.  He graduated University of Guelph, OAC, Ag Bus in 2004.  He has worked in agronomy, custom application, retail sales, and wholesale agronomy support.  He enjoys living with his wife Jessica and their two young children at their small mixed farm near Atwood.

Dave Arand, Farmer Atwood, ON

Dave farms together with his wife Amy and two young children.  They grow wheat, corn, edible beans, some soybeans.  They also raise turkeys.   Having a balanced crop rotation is important for him to for both workload and manure management.   He grows two classes of wheat to spread the production and pricing risk.  He heavily believes in setting pricing targets and forward contracting.

John Winger, Farmer Palmerston, ON
John and his wife Fran grow a balanced acreage of Corn, Wheat, Soybeans, Edible soybeans and introduces Red Clover as much as possible on wheat fields as well. He believes in strip till, improving soil health, and that you CAN make money with wheat while also improving the return of other crops at the same time. John grows mostly HRW wheat to maximize his return per acre.


11:10 am – The Battle against Western Bean Cutworm (WBC) Continues
Tracey Baute, OMAFRA

WBC are growing in numbers and distribution across the province. Best management practices for monitoring and managing WBC are continually being improved for corn and edible beans as we learn more. Get the latest info here.


(PM)2018_Tracey_Baute.jpgTracey Baute is the Field Crops Entomologist with OMAFRA, working out of the Ridgetown Office. Tracey collaborates on applied research and demonstration projects to validate practical integrated insect management solutions.



12:15 pm – Cashing in on Cover Crops: A Farmers Panel
Moderator: Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA; Mike Belan,Oil Springs; Adam Ireland, Teeswater; Gerard Grubb, Mildmay

The ag industry is buzzing with talk of cover crops, but what is their real value? What do they cost? Three growers share their numbers on cover crop biomass, forage value, N credit and costs. (SW)


Mike is a 4th generation farmer from Lambton County, who operates Belan farms along with his Dad, uncle, and their families. They are focused on low cost, sustainable production. The farm has been 100% no-till since 1991, and they grow corn, soybeans and winter wheat. Mike includes cover crops on the farm as a part of their efforts to be environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Mike is also a professional firefighter.

Adam Ireland farms with his family in Southern Bruce County on a cash crop and dairy operation, Albadon Farms.  The farm is currently in a succession process, where Adam is controlling the crop business while his brother looks after the dairy. Cash crops grown include alfalfa, corn, soybeans, wheat and azuki beans, along with many difference species of cover crops.  Cover crops were introduced in 2013, and currently over half of the acres go into winter with an actively growing crop, the the goal of all acres being covered in the future.  Adam has been using strip till for 5 seasons now, and will discuss briefly the challenges and opportunities that go along with that form of tillage. Other challenges Adam will discuss include working with manure, compaction, establishment and termination, and the economics that go along with those challenges!

Gerard Grubb operates Germar Farms with his wife Marilyn, near Mildmay in Bruce County. Gerard is also a Dekalb seed dealer. Germar Farm has been no-till, with some strip till, for over 15 years. The farm operation includes a typical 3 crop rotation, with red clover seeded into the wheat and rye seeded into standing corn. Gerard has carefully tracked the costs of cover cropping. He is focused on maintaining and improving soil health, and “preserving the dirt for my grandkids”.


2:35 pm – The 5% Rule – Top 25 Attributes of a Successful Producer
Kristjan Hebert, Fairlight, SK

kritjanKristjan and Danny Klienfelter (Texas A &M) are working on identifying the top attributes that are the common denominators to success. Come and find out if you have what it takes and where you can improve.


2:35 pm – How Do You Evaluate Precision Ag Strategies On-Farm? – Lessons Learned from the GFO Precision Ag Project
Ben Rosser, OMAFRA

Ben will explore the results from the recently completed GFO-GF2 sponsored major Precision Ag project that generated 25 case studies of applying PAg in grain production. (SW)

2016_ben_rosser_jpgBen Rosser is the Corn Industry Program Lead with OMAFRA based out of the Crop Science building at the University of Guelph. Ben’s previous role was working as a technician in the same program, and has been involved in applied research projects investigating nitrogen rate and application methods, tillage and residue management, starter fertilizers, and the use of different precision agriculture technologies.


2:35 pm – Improved Forage Productivity with Sulphur and Improved Manure Use
John Lauzon, U of G
Christine Brown, OMAFRA

John will pair new data from a U of G study where the importance of sulphur was examined with Christine’s continued work on fine-tuning manure application to improve forage productivity. (NM)

Christine Brown

Christine is the Nutrient Management Field Crops Program Lead for OMAFRA. Her areas of focus include manure management for field crops, tools for nutrient management planning, and best management practices for and principals of nutrient/manure management. Christine is also editor of Publications 811, Agronomy Guide for Field Crops.

John Lauzon

JohnLauzon2018John Lauzon has been a soil science professor at University of Guelph since 2000. Research interests focus on crop nutrient management strategies to maximize the agronomic use of plant nutrients and minimize losses. Current teaching include introductory soil science courses, 4th year courses in soil and nutrient management as well as graduate level instruction in soil nutrient management.


3:40 pm – Ghosts of Corn Fields Past, Present And Future
Liz Lee, U of Guelph

What has haunted you as corn producers in the past and will in future? Things like the May 23 2015 major frost, big seasonal differences in light levels, poor soil conditions and delayed planting among others. In the future we may face new pests, more variable climate and less potential for genetic improvement. We need to think about how to manage these potential scenarios! (CM)


3:40 pm – Is Corn $Greener$ on the Other Side of the Fence (Border)?
John Molenhuis, OMAFRA

Can Ontario compete with countries like Brazil or France? How does Ontario grain and beef stack up? Results from the international agribenchmark network will compare Ontario to its global counterparts. (PD)

molenhuis_john_omaf_2014_jpgJohn has been with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs as the Business Analysis and Cost of Production Specialist for the past 17 years. In this role he leads projects in the area of cost of production and financial benchmarking.  John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from the University of Guelph. John grew up on a farrow-to-finish hog operation near Strathroy, Ontario.


 3:40 pm – “Weed-Eating” on Your Farm
Christine O’Reilly, OMAFRA

Christine takes an “outside the box” look at grazing, land ownership and accessing a whole new realm of landscapes. Multiple benefits can be realized by grazing trees, weeds, orchards and cover crops. (CM)

Christine O’Reilly is the Forage and Grazing Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs. She  received her Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management and M.Sc. from the University of Guelph. Christine also holds a certificate in Forage and Grassland Agronomy. She is based out of the Lindsay OMAFRA office.


11:10 am – Innovative Research on Your Farm: How Applied Research from UofG is Making a Difference in #OntAg
Dr. Bill Deen, Dr. Gregoy Bedecarrats, Dr. Christine Baes

A panel of University of Guelph agriculture researchers will discuss recent innovative research that has successfully been applied on farm to produce more, with fewer inputs. Researchers will also share their ongoing research and possible applications to continue to meet farmer’s needs.

Dr. Deen

Dr. Deen is a Cropping Systems Researcher and Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph. The overall focus of his research is on the development of economically and environmentally sustainable cropping systems, primarily for corn/soybean/cereal production systems predominant in Ontario. Bill and his family farm in Wellington Cty.

Dr. Bédécarrats

Dr. Grégoy Bédécarrats was born in France where he later pursued his undergraduate and master’s studies. He did his first research with poultry while working on his master’s, studying the effects of prolactin on incubation behaviour in turkey hens. After completing a PhD at McGill University, he did three years of post-doc work at Harvard Medical School studying the molecular mechanisms controlling human reproduction. In 2003, he returned to Canada and joined the University of Guelph. As well as his research, Grégoy is actively involved in undergraduate training, teaching and curriculum development. He mentors the University of Guelph Poultry Club which, among many other industry-related activities, maintains and breeds the heritage “Shaver line” of chickens given to the university by Dr. Donald Shaver. He has also been section editor for the Poultry Science journal.

Dr. Baes

Being born and raised on a dairy farm in South-western Ontario, Dr. Baes learned to appreciate the structure and organization of the Canadian dairy industry at a very early age. After graduating from the University of Guelph in 2004, she continued her studies at the University of Hohenheim (Germany), where she completed her Masters degree in Agriculture in 2005. In 2008, she completed her PhD thesis on fine-mapping quantitative trait loci for somatic cell score in German Holsteins at the Research Institute for the Biology of Farm Animals and the Christian-Albrechts University at Kiel. She has since been involved in various industry-lanced large-scale breeding projects in various species, the most recent of which was a next-generation sequencing project in collaboration with Qualitas AG and the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. She began teaching at the University level in 2009 at the University of Hohenheim. She continued to teach in Hohenheim until 2014, and was granted a part-time lecturer position at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich in 2012. Until 2015, she was responsible for all graduate level courses in animal genetics, as well as for supervising graduate theses. Her teaching philosophy has shaped and been shaped by her research interests, which span from applied animal breeding across quantitative genetics all the way to the analysis and development of methods for next-generation sequencing data. Dr. Baes strives to bridge the gap between cutting edge science and practical application of new knowledge. This holistic approach, along with motivation and enthusiasm, characterise her lectures, her research, and her communication with industry partners and farmers. Dr. Baes has extensive experience in both quantitative genetics and statistical genomics as it relates to genetic and genomic evaluation of livestock. She works with large data (SNP chip data as well as NGS data), and her programming experience includes FORTRAN, R, Unix, and other languages. Dr. Baes took up the Semex – Canadian Dairy Network (CDN) – Holstein Canada Professorship in Dairy Genomics as an Assistant Professor in June 2015.


Beef Symposium – program pdf

9:00 am – Preparing the Foundations for a Strong Immune System
Dr. Melodie Chan, Senior Manager Veterinary Services, Zoetis

chanThe goal of administering vaccines is to immunize cattle and protect them against disease. For vaccines to work to their full potential, we need to ensure that the animal’s immune system is able to respond. This talk will explore the benefits and limitations of vaccines to help manage our expectations.

10:05 am – New Kids on the Block

Dr. Katie Wood, Dr. Ben Bohrer,
Dr. Jessica Gordon, Dr. Angela Canovas

University of Guelph and Ontario’s beef industry are fortunate to have many new beef researchers added to the roster. Hear about the latest beef research on genomics, nutrition, animal health, feed efficiency and meat quality.

11:10 am – Getting Cattle Onto Cover Crops
Adam Shea, Bethany
Adam Bent, Omemee

Usually, we think of cover crops in terms of reducing soil erosion and adding organic matter to the soil, but they can do much more, especially if you integrate livestock into the mix. In this session, you will hear from a beef farmer and a grain farmer and how they established a unique partnership to graze cover crops. (CM)


12:15 pm – Managing a Family Farm Business
Mike Buis and Theresa Buis, Buis Beef, Chatham

BS_Mike_Theresa_BuisThis father-daughter duo will share their insights on a number of topics; from the importance of family succession to alternative feeds, as well as their direct marketing strategy with consumers. (PD)



2:35 pm – Tips and Tricks on Barn Design and Handling Facilities
Moderator: Megan Van Schaik, OMAFRA; Steve Eby, Kincardine; Paul Brown, Woodville;  Tony Noorloos, Wyoming


BS_Steve Eby    BS_Paul Brown      BS_Tony Noorloos

What to do and what not to do when building a new beef barn. In this session, you will hear from three farmers on three different barn designs.



3:40 pm – Sharing Common Ground
Virgil Lowe, Business Manager, Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+)

Virgil will walk you through a number of producer focused industry-wide efforts to “Share Common Ground” with all of the beef industry’s stakeholders from the farm to beyond the fork.

ABS_Virgil Lowes Business Manager for Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) Virgil works closely with the rest of the national VBP+ staff and provincial coordinators to deliver the VBP+ program across Canada. Virgil is primarily responsible for national initiatives related to partnerships, business activities, and outward facing VBP+ projects. VBP+ delivers training and verification services in an effort to demonstrate responsible practices at the farm and feedlot level on Canadian beef operations. Virgil is a lawyer and combines that with his background growing up on a ranch and feedlot to help manage VBP+’s business operations.

  Business and Marketing

9:00 am – 2018 Market Outlook
Steve Duff, Senior Economist, OMAFRA

2016_Steve_DuffJoin Steve for an in-depth look at the global grain, cattle and hog markets and what is in store for 2018. (PD)
Coming from dairy and beef background in Northumberland County, Steve completed a Masters in Ag Economics from the University of Guelph in 1996.  Steve joined OMAFRA in late 1997 after a year as a policy researcher with the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.  For close to 15 years, Steve was OMAFRA’s lead on business risk management programs such as AgriStability and Crop Insurance.  Steve is currently OMAFRA’s Chief Economist. Steve is an adjunct professor at the University of Guelph teaching 4th year Agricultural Economic Policy.  Steve and his wife Robyn also operate a beef and cash crop operation near Colborne Ontario

9:00 am – Direct Marketing Strategies
Moderator: Jessica Kelly, OMAFRA;
Jason Persall, Persall Fine Foods Co.,
Jen Howell, Howell Road Cider Co.,
Pat McArthur, Heatherlea Farm Shoppe

Jessica will engage these leading direct marketers and value-adders about developing new products/businesses, dealing with customers, and juggling the many “hats” they wear. (PD)

Jessica Kelly, OMAFRA

Jessica Kelly is the Direct Farm Marketing Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).  She provides business-related support to people selling agri-food products through all kinds of direct-to-consumer marketing channels, including farmers’ markets, on-farm markets, CSAs, and agri-tourism.  Prior to joining the Ministry, Jessica studied business, agricultural economics, and international development. Jessica is also involved with her family hog farm in Perth County.

Jason Persall, Persall Fine Foods Co.,

2018_Jason_PersallA 4th generation farmer, Jason Persall is a familiar face in his native Norfolk County, always on the go in search of innovation with food and farming. There is a true passion here for crafting superior products showcasing the provenance of his farm. Ten years ago Jason vertically integrated the 1000 acre family cash crop farm to include virgin cold pressed oils. With a vision and passion for the food industry Jason designed and built a press mill to cold press canola, sunflower and soybean oils with nearly zero waste. By products are sold to either the livestock industry or used in other foods, a truly sustainable model. This deep-rooted passion follows from field to fork all while taking in on the provenance and flavours of the region.
Pristine Gourmet serves hundreds of high end restaurants and retail stores across Ontario and Canada nationally which has led to many praising reviews and awards through mainstream media. Jason and his products have been featured in MacLeans, The Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Saveur, Toronto Life, Food & Drink and played a role on Top Chef Canada. The core business focus today is the press mill and edamame production with other added gourmet products like edible beans, pulses and co-products. With following the food trend of local, healthy and sustainability Jason has fostered innovating ideas with products, packaging and marketing. Jason is married to Linda and has two children Benton and Emma.
Pristine Gourmet continues to introduce innovative, gourmet products that meet our exceptionally high quality standards and that will always be 100% pure Canadian, from field to table.

Jen Howell, Howell Road Cider Co.,

Jen Howell is the cider maker/ co-owner of Howell Road Cider Co.  which is a sister company to Brantview Apples and Cider where she is the assistant orchard manager.    Howell Road Cider Co.  uses a selection from the 20 apple varieties grown at Brantview to create dry and seasonal hard ciders.   After graduating from Brock University Jen decided to follow her passion and establish Howell Road Cider Co.

10:05 am – Five Common Mistakes in Grain Marketing
Ed Usset, U of Minnesota

Explore a different approach to grain marketing. Ed identifies common mistakes in grain marketing, such as the reluctance towards pre-harvest marketing and holding grain in storage too long. Discover that great marketing is not predicting prices, but eliminating mistakes in our everyday decisions. Learn how eliminating mistakes can create a solid foundation in the development of pre and post-harvest marketing plans. (PD)

Copy of UssetEdward Usset serves as a Grain Marketing Economist at the University of Minnesota. Working with his colleagues, Ed developed the award winning “Winning the Game” series of workshops. In addition, he manages Commodity Challenge, an online marketing education game that uses real-time cash and futures data. He teaches “Commodity Markets” at the University. The 2nd Edition of his book, “Grain Marketing is Simple (it’s just not easy)” was released in November, 2015. He is also a regular columnist for Corn & Soybean Digest.

11:10 am – Common & Emerging Legal Pitfalls in Farming and How to Avoid Them
Kurtis Andrews, Ottawa

Kurtis will review common and emerging legal pitfalls affecting many farmers today, including issues related to succession, estate and divorce disputes, and animal welfare charges – all of which occupy the majority of Kurtis’ legal practice. He will also discuss how to plan for and to avoid these problems that may have a major impact on your business. (PD)

11:10 am –  Death & Taxes – It’s Never Too Early to Plan
Franklin Famme, Stratford

What type of planning can be done to minimize taxes upon death?  This session will explore estate taxes relating to individuals, couples and transferring of farm property to the next generation. (PD)

ffranklinFranklin Famme is a senior officer and director of Famme & Co. Professional Corporation, a chartered professional accounting firm with offices in Stratford, St. Marys and London. Famme & Co. has been a pillar of the business community in Stratford for 70 years with its strengths lying in a talented staff compliment and its commitment to the community.
Mr. Famme is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University where he obtained his Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1996 and was a graduating member of the Dean’s honour roll. After graduation, he was employed with Coopers & Lybrand and PricewaterhouseCoopers chartered accounting firms in Waterloo and wrote his chartered accounting exams in 1997. Franklin moved back to Stratford in 1998 to join Famme & Co. and later became a partner of the firm in 2001. Mr. Famme services a variety of clients including owner-managed small businesses, professionals, construction and manufacturing companies, and farm and related businesses to name a few. He is a graduate of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountant’s in-depth tax courses, and its successor course on advanced tax issues for the owner-managed business. As a result of his specialized tax training, he offers a variety of detailed tax planning services and has been invited on various occasions to perform seminars and speaking engagements for organizations including government agencies, non-profit organizations, chartered banks, investment companies, charities, and schools. Franklin holds memberships in CPA Ontario, CPA Canada, the Canadian Institute of Management, the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors, and the Canadian Tax Foundation.
Franklin has always enjoyed promoting Stratford and sharing his time with community organizations by sitting on various boards. He currently holds positions on the City of Stratford’s economic development board, the Stratford and Perth County Community Foundation, and is a mentor for the Junior Achievement movement.
Franklin and his wife Stephanie live in Stratford where they enjoy experiencing local culture and spending time with their busy children.

12:15 pm – Farm Tax Update – Are You Ready for the New Changes?
Franklin Famme, Famme and Co., Stratford

ffranklinThere are significant changes underway relating to income splitting, retention of investments in corporations, and how the small business rate is dropping.  To keep current, this is a session you will not want to miss! (PD)


2:35 pm – Developing a Pre-Harvest Marketing Plan
Ed Usset, U of Minnesota

Copy of UssetSee how target prices and decision dates work together to create a proactive marketing plan before harvest. Get ready for a different approach to marketing before and after harvest. (PD)


3:40 pm – How to Successfully Work with the Farming Family
Richard Cressman, New Hamburg;
Bill Chesney, Innerkip

What does it take from the older and younger generation to have a seamless transition? Learn from a farmer and advisor who have gone through all of the unique complexities of family farming first hand! (PD)

chesneyBill Chesney is the current farm owner and manager of William A Chesney and Sons Ltd at Innerkip Ontario. He is the 5th generation-managing this cash crop and Agri-business operation in Oxford County. They currently grow 9 different crops in their rotation. Bill has been part of three ownership restructurings. The farm is in the process of figuring out how to bring the 6th generation into the operation. In the past there have been times when there were two different generations of brothers and cousins working on the farm.

CressmanRichard Cressman began his working career dairy farming with his father after graduating from college.  Three years later a younger brother joined the operation and their father retired from farming.  Their father took on a Pioneer seed dealership which he operated for 21 years.  The two brothers farmed together for 14 years before parting company.  Six years later their father passed away and they formed a joint venture and carried on the seed business.  More recently, Richard’s nephew has become part of the seed business taking the place of Richard’s brother.  For the past 16 years in addition to operating the Pioneer seed dealership, Richard has worked with farm families helping coach them through the challenges of working with family.

3:40 pm Developing a Post-Harvest Marketing Plan
Ed Usset, U of Minnesota

Copy of UssetA practical – and tactical – answer to the “to store or not to store” question demands a solid understanding of seasonal price patterns and carrying charges. (PD)



9:00 am – RoadMAP® To Business Success
Rob Hannam, Synthesis Agri-food Network, Guelph

The RoadMAP® system is a streamlined approach to business management planning. It’s a simple process to help farmers be more proactive in their day-to-day management to achieve greater business success.

rob hannamRob’s passion for the agriculture began while growing up on a large farm operation in Ontario and has developed into a successful consulting business with local, national and international clients. As Founder of Synthesis Agri-Food Network, Rob draws upon his deep agri-food knowledge to provide farm and agri-business clients with business strategy and solutions that work in the real world.
Rob has lead workshops and made presentations on several agricultural business management topics across Canada. He has developed Advanced Farm Management Program (a 5 day educational program for Ontario farmers) in conjunction with the Agri-Food Management Institute (AMI). He also developed the RoadMAP Management Action Plan® strategic planning process for farm businesses and food companies. Facilitating groups and strategic planning sessions are his specialties.


Soils and the Environment

9:00 am and 3:40 pm – Soil, Water and Topography (SWAT): The Maps to Variable-rate Success
Cory Willness, Naicam, SK

2018_Cory WillnessCropPro developed SWAT MAPS, the most important zone layers for a variable-rate fertilizer and seed program. Yield maps are useful in the “building”, but soil potential maps are absolutely necessary in the “foundation”. (SW)

Cory is the president of CropPro Consulting in Saskatchewan. He received his BSA (Agronomy) in 1996 from the University of Saskatchewan and has been an agronomist for 21 years. CropPro is an independent crop consulting company that provides Crop management services and variable-rate fertilizer and seed services to Western Canadian farmers. Their unique, patented process for variable-rate is called Soil, Water and Topography MAPS (SWAT MAPS). CropPro has an amazing staff of agronomist and precision ag specialist that also share Cory’s passion of “doing it right” in an effort to deliver boots on the ground services to their farm clients.

9:00 am – Approaches to Soil Health – Farmers’ Perspectives
Moderator: Anne Verhallen, OMAFRA; Ken Nixon, Ilderton; Kate Procter, Brussels; Brett Israel, Wallenstein

Hear about the tools, techniques and principles used by a range of Ontario farmers to maximize soil health! (SW)

Anne Verhallen, OMAFRA

Anne Verhallen is a Soil Science graduate from the University of Guelph. She has worked for OMAFRA since 1988, starting as a Soil Conservation Advisor working in Essex and Kent. Currently Anne works in the area of horticultural soil management with projects in a wide variety of soil management areas such as erosion, compaction and water management. Promoting the use of cover crops and supporting better soil health are her passion.

Ken Nixon, Ilderton

Ken Nixon farms with his brother, Kevin and father, George in a cash crop and custom work operation in Ilderton, Ontario. The Nixons no-till corn, soybeans or dry beans, winter or spring wheat in a strict 3 year crop rotation. The moldbouard plow was parked in 1992 and currently they employ 1 strip tillage pass every 3 years. The Nixons import manure from neighbouring livestock operations and cover crops are being added to their cropping system as comfort permits. Ken has a Crop Science Major & Ag Business Minor from the University of Guelph and has taken an active role in the daily operation of the farm business for over 30 years. Ken has been a volunteer fire fighter for 26 years, is a director on the Middlesex Soil & Crop Improvement Association, a past chairman of the Ontario Wheat Producers Marketing Board, past president of the Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario and a husband to Pam.

Kate Procter, Brussels

Kate grows corn, soybeans, and wheat with her father George outside of Brussels, Ontario. George originally formed Bodmin Limited with his brothers Ross and Charles in the 1950s. Kate’s mom, Elizabeth, also worked on the farm until she retired.
Since then, the farm has constantly evolved. At one time the focus was chickens, turkey, pigs and beef cattle, but the focus of the farm shifted to grain production in 2010. Both George and Kate hold Bachelor of Science degrees in Agriculture, and Kate also holds a Master’s degree in Rural Planning. Today, she strongly believes farmers are the ultimate stewards of the land. The belief is the cornerstone of the operation, and it pushes Kate in her passion to do better environmentally, especially when it comes to soil health on the farm. She has been active on the farm all her life, and this lifestyle is very important to Kate. She also maintains a wide variety of interests outside the farm as well.

Brett Israel, Wallenstein

Brett Israel farms alongside his dad Jamie and grandfather Carl. Together they run approximately 600 acres and have a 160 sow farrow to finish hog operation. They are currently in the transition to organic production and are committed to a diverse crop rotation in order to improve soil health. Having deployed a variety of cover crop species and management techniques, they are constantly learning what works best in their system.

 2:35 pm – Producer Success with Banded Fertilizer
Warren Schneckenburger, Morrisburg; Henry Denotter, Kingsville

Let’s talk equipment! And let’s also discuss making the most of your fertilizer investment and environmental stewardship. Learn how these farmers place fertilizer underground in a range of tillage systems. (NM)

2018_Henry_DenotterHenry Denotter is a grain producer from Kingsville. He is past President of OSCIA and was named a Conservation Champion by the Essex Region Conservation Authority. Henry and his son, Jeremy, operate Denotter Farms, a grain and oil seed operation. They market corn, soybeans and wheat, and are located two miles west of the Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary in Essex County.



warren_schWarren Schneckenburger operates Cedar Lodge Farms in Morrisburg with his parents, Arden and Rhonda, and his wife, Christine. Warren is a graduate of the Ag Economics Program at MacDonald College, McGill Univeristy. They produce corn, soybeans, wheat and edible beans along the St. Lawrence River, and also have a beef feedlot. Warren is also a director with OSCIA and member of IFAO.


10:05 am – Conquering Compaction
Peter Johnson, Real Agriculture
Alex Barrie, OMAFRA

The silent yield robber! From soybeans in a crust like cement, to needing to split tile, compaction COSTS! Using amazing data from IFAO’s Compaction Action Day, Alex and Peter discuss minimizing and managing compaction. (SW)

2018_alex_barrie.jpgAlex Barrie is a Project Engineer in Training at OMAFRA in the Environmental Management Branch where he assists on a number of projects related to soil health, climate change and nutrient management. He grew up on a dairy farm in Bowmanville, Ontario. He received a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Guelph. During university he worked as a coop student at two Canadian ag equipment manufacturers. In addition to working at OMAFRA he is completing a MASc in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Guelph focusing on vibration control for off-road vehicles.

2016_Peter%20Johnson_Agronomist_jpgPeter is the resident agronomist with Real Agriculture, where he posts a weekly podcast “Wheat Pete’s Word”. He is a regular on “Agronomy Monday’s” on Real Ag radio, Siruis Satellite Radio 147. He is the research lead for the Veritas strip till project, as well as Middlesex Soil and Crop Improvement Association projects. He is enthusiastic and passionate about agriculture, and loves to be challenged by growers.

11:10 am and 3:40 pm Managing Organic Matter: The Key to Soil Health and Productivity
Ray Weil, U of Maryland

An in-depth discussion of soil organic matter – what it is, how to build it, and how to make it work best for your soils. (SW)

RayWeil_HatFrontalTreess0334Ray Weil is a professor of soil science at the University of Maryland where he teaches five undergraduate and graduate courses. He has taught over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students in his university courses, addressed over 5,000 farmers at meetings and field days, and helped train hundreds of researchers and managers in numerous companies and organizations, including the World Bank. He has been the major advisor for 40 MS and PhD students in the US and has co-advised numerous others at African universities. He is a Fellow of both the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy and has twice been awarded Fulbright Fellowships to support his work in Africa. He is probably best known for his ecological approach to soil science as coauthor of the 11th – 15th editions of the most widely adopted and cited textbook in the field, The Nature and Properties of Soils, by Brady and Weil.
He is a leader in researching and promoting the adoption of more sustainable agricultural systems in both industrial and developing countries. His research focuses on soil organic matter management for enhanced soil ecosystem functions and nutrient cycling for water quality and agricultural sustainability. Weil’s research program combines three interrelated areas: 1) Organic matter management for soil quality; 2) Sustainable cropping systems; and 3) Soil management for improved nutrient cycling and water quality. His research probes fundamental relationships between soil organic matter management and soil ecological functions. His soil quality program has achieved international recognition for its innovative efforts to develop a soil quality index and methods for the rapid, routine assessment of soil quality indicators. The analytical methods for soil microbial biomass and labile soil C that he developed have been adopted by the USDA/NRCS and are used in ecosystem studies worldwide. His contributions to improved cropping systems, including innovative cover crops, are now increasing on-farm biodiversity and improving soil function on farms large and small. He is an expert at diagnosing soil-related problems in the field. He has worked with the Ag Center to develop the SoilDoc, an package of innovative methods for on-the-spot soil analysis to assist in field diagnosis.

12:15 pm – Soil Maps and Crop Production
Tony Balkwill, Paris
Daniel Saurette, OMAFRA

An in-depth look at the basics of soil mapping, new techniques for building provincial and field-scale maps, and what improvements will mean for farmers in the future. (SW)

IMG_20170910_130322Daniel is a Land resource Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, located in Guelph, Ontario. Previous to this role, Daniel was primarily working in the private sector as a soil scientist with a focus on soil survey, classification and mapping. His role at OMAFRA is to lead, in a technical capacity, Ontario’s soil survey and mapping program. This includes maintaining the Ontario Soil Survey Complex database, leading new soil survey programs to support OMAFRA’s initiative to update soil surveys across agricultural regions of Ontario, and providing interpretation of soil resource information, such as soil classification and CLI agricultural capability ratings. Daniel is an active member of the soil science community as a member of the Canadian Society of Soil Science, the Canadian Digital Soil Mapping Workgroup, and volunteers his expertise to promote soil science through events such as the Envirothon, the Soils Roadshow, Zone Smart and other public events.

tony-balkwill-2.jpgTony Balkwill is an independent agronomy specialist based out of Southern Ontario. As owner of NithField Advanced Agronomy, he manages thousands of acres of cropland across several counties. He is also a third generation farmer who farms in the Oxford and Brant county areas. His farming operation is the foundation for NithField’s R & D program and consists of 500+ acres of full production field scale research systems. Tony has been working with producers for over ten years. He is a Certified Crop Advisor, a graduate of the University of Guelph and educated at the University of Illinois where he specialized in crop sciences. Tony is an avid public speaker and a published writer with the American Society of Agronomy, Better Farming and Grain Farmers of Ontario. Tony was also a 2016 Nuffield Scholar who studied the systems to take historical soil type maps done decades ago and look at the challenges to accurately modernize them into field specific management zones.

12:15 pm – ‘Irrigation for Dummies’
Rebecca Shortt, OMAFRA

Irrigation basics and FAQs for small acreage, PYO horticulture, forages and pastures including methods, capital costs and operational concerns. The decision to irrigate is no small matter!

Rebecca Shortt is the irrigation/water quantity engineer with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Her role with the Ministry involves helping Ontario producers improve their production by providing irrigation and water management expertise to the province. Rebecca is the co-author of many OMAFRA irrigation publications including the Irrigation Best Management Practices book. Most recently, Rebecca has developed demonstrations and presentations on water efficiency and soil moisture monitoring. Her specialty includes water permitting and drip irrigation. In addition to irrigation, Rebecca develops solutions for other agricultural water uses such as fruit and vegetable washing.  Rebecca holds a M.Sc. and B.Sc. from McGill University in Agricultural Engineering and has been active in water and irrigation associations across Canada and the U.S.

General Interest

9:00 am – Choices in Farm Shops
Herman Post, Post Farm Structures Inc., Alma

You have a budget, and you want to build your dream farm shop? Cool but you also want to build it right the first time!  Consider different construction styles, exterior finishes, interior finishes, doors, heating, lighting options and more!  Evaluate the value of hiring a general contractor or building it yourself.  Avoid mistakes, sidestep risks and optimize your plan and selections.  Ultimately learn if your Farm Shop can be more than a dream!

hermanpost20178.jpgHerman Post is the President of POST Farm Structures, a second generation general contractor that focuses on farm construction.  POST Farm Structures is located in Alma, ON and builds many types of agricultural and rural buildings with their team of about 60 people.  Herman grew up in the heart of agriculture on his father’s dairy farm and later purebred cow-calf operation.  Starting as a kid, visiting construction sites with his father, he was assigned to cleaning up the garbage.  Years would transpire allowing him to earn a spot on the crew and eventually become a site foreman all the while earning his way through University.  After attaining a Bachelor degree in Business from Wilfrid Laurier, he rejected corporate opportunities to join his father in business.  And so in 1999 he became the second employee in the office whereupon he worked in every role from accounting, purchasing, project management and sales.  Following a succession from their father 10 year ago, today Herman and his 3 brothers operate POST Farm Structures together.  Herman resides north of Guelph on his own farm with his wife Karen and 2 children Maiya and Max.

9:00 am – Step Up Your Game on Social Media
Amanda Brodhagen, Brunner

This is a double session that continues until 10:55.
Social media is a place to find a community, agvocate, market your farm / and or services and engage in meaningful conversations about food, farming and so much more. Amanda will offer examples on how to kick it up a notch across various social media platforms, create a following, personal branding and how to measure success.

2017_amanda_brodhagerAmanda Brodhagen is a communications professional and part-time beef farmer from Brunner, Ontario. After graduating from the University of Guelph with a B.A. Honours in Political Science, she became the Assistant Editor at She now works for a provincial based farm lobby organization – Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association, farms and writes in her spare time. A self-proclaimed beef advocate, Brodhagen is a graduate of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program (Class of 2014). One of her particular passions is the rural youth organization known as Junior Farmers. She is currently finishing up her term as the Executive Director of Marketing for Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario, in addition to serving as the Communications Coordinator for the Perth County Junior Farmers. Not only is she a primary producer, working on bringing food from the farm gate to your plate, she is a trained and experienced agricultural advocacy ambassador, and has a passion for narrating the agricultural message through social media to bring awareness and cultivate a greater appreciation for food and farming. She is active on social media and you can follow her on Twitter: @AmandaBrodhagen and Instagram: amanda.brodhagen

10:05 am – DIY Precision Ag and Automation
John Van de Vegte, OMAFRA

Fusing engineering with electronics to make new functionalities out of commercial equipment, John has DIY’d and tweaked Frankenmachines; everything from water saving carrot washers to methane sensor/controls in livestock barns. (PD)

John has a Masters of Engineering degree from the University of Toronto and was registered as a Professional Engineer in Ontario in 1989. Since that time, he has filled roles of engineering and management roles in a variety of industries. These include environmental, automotive, custom automation, pharmaceutical and renewable energy. Most recently, John worked at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre as Project Manager, Robotics and Automation. It was during this time that John became more aware of the challenges facing the agricultural industry in Ontario.
John joined the Innovation, Engineering and Program Delivery Unit of Environmental Management Branch in August 2015. As an Engineering Specialist, John has been working on a variety of projects related to process optimization, technology development, live-stock welfare and barn fire reduction.

10:05 am – International Trade: Where are We at Right Now?
Alan Ker, U of Guelph
Claire Citeau, Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance

NAFTA, TPP, CETA and more; what is happening with current trade deals and negotiations and what are the potential implications to Canadian agriculture. (PD)

Alan Ker, University of Guelph

After obtaining his PhD at North Carolina State University in 1996, Alan worked as a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Arizona. In April 2009, Alan and his kids moved to Canada where he joined the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics in his new position as Chair and Professor. In September 2014, Alan concluded his 5-year term and became Director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Food and Agricultural Policy. The Institute attracts and supports students in the area of food and agricultural economics, hosts conferences, publishes FAREShare (newsletter) and supports FARETalk (podcast). Alan served as 2016-17 President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and sits on the editorial boards of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics and the European Review of Agricultural Economics. Alan has testified before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food. Alan spent 2016 fall term visiting Sapienza University (Rome) and 2017 winter term visiting University of Queensland (Brisbane). Alan has organized both national and provincial conferences on issues of current policy relevance to the Canadian agricultural and food sectors. His interests are varied having published in leading academic journals ranging from agricultural economics, economics, statistics, probability, law, animal science, and plant science. Current research involves the link between climate change, innovation, and yield volatilities, issues related to risk management and crop insurance, and developing methodologies that borrow information from like dgps to increase small sample efficiency of nonparametric estimators.  Alan has also written for the popular press publishing on issues related to agri-food policy in the “National Post”, “The Hill Times”, and “Conversation Canada” as well as others.

Claire Citeau, Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance

Claire Citeau is the Executive Director of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA). In her role, Claire advocates for trade liberalization and competitive market access for Canadian agriculture and agrifood exporters through bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements such as the TPP, the CETA, the CKFTA or the WTO. Claire has a background in international trade, policy and government relations.
Claire’s interest in international trade stems from having lived in Senegal, Western Africa and witnessed firsthand how global events have a tremendous impact on economies and agriculture sectors around the world. Prior to joining CAFTA, Claire held positions with Alberta’s Ministries of Agriculture and International Affairs, RBC Dominion Securities and the Canadian Encyclopedia. Claire holds a double MBA in international business as a graduate of the University of Alberta and the Montpellier Graduate School of Business in France. Claire is national sailing champion. She lived in Senegal and France before making Canada her home.

10:05 am – Kickstart Transition (Not Succession) Planning
Maggie Van Camp, Blackstock

Transitioning power to the next generation drives farms forward with new ideas, more risk-taking, and defined goals. With practical tips from other families and her own experience as a farmer and widow, Maggie will motivate you to begin planning.  (PD)

Maggie Van Camp is senior editor with Country Guide, and for several decades has had various roles in agriculture publishing across the country. She has written more articles on farm succession than anyone else in Canada, sharing the insights and methods used by farm families to transition their businesses to the next generation.
Her experiences with succession are also personal. Currently, she’s CEO and owner of Redcrest Farms, a broiler, solar and cropping operation. Before 2014, Maggie and her deceased husband were also part of his family’s farm that milked 125 cows and cropped about 1,100 acres. Currently, Maggie is a director for the Eastern Canadian Farm Writers Association and speaks at conferences and meetings across the country.
Over the years, her volunteer time has been focused on her three children, including helping them with their sports teams, being a 4-H leader and county board executive member, a Sunday school teacher, and committee head of her local fair.

11:10 am and 2:35 pm – Does Food Production Need to Double by 2050?
Mitch Hunter, Penn State U

Agriculture faces a new set of challenges. In addition to producing food and running profitable businesses, farmers are buffeted by societal demands for cleaner water, cleaner air, and reduced pesticide use. Given these challenges, what will the farm of the future look like? This session will begin with a brief overview of the latest data on how much more food will be needed by 2050 and how far environmental impacts need to decrease to ensure healthy ecosystems. We will then have an interactive discussion about how farmers should respond to these challenges agronomically, economically, socially, and politically. In many cases, producing food with fewer environmental impacts is technically feasible, but not economical for farmers. This discussion will explore options for aligning the realities farmers face with society’s expectations for agriculture. (PD)

2018 Mitch Hunter.jpegMitch Hunter is a PhD candidate in agronomy with a minor in ecology at Penn State University. His research focuses on using cover crops to improve cropping system productivity, sustainability, and resilience in the face of challenging climatic conditions. He uses both field experiments and modeling to investigate how cover crops affect drought stress in the subsequent corn crop.



11:10 am – New Ventures and Diversification Panel
Melissa McKeown, 1847 Stone Milling, Fergus; James Eby, Eby Manor Golden Guernsey, Waterloo

These two farmers will share the challenges and rewards of their unique on-farm businesses, as well as the decision making that led them to take the jump into new ventures. (PD)

Melissa McKeown received her BScH in Biology with a minor in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph in 2008. After graduation, she worked as an office manager for a geothermal installation company building their products group and launching into the USA market. In 2012, after the birth of her first daughter, Melissa decided to obtain her Agricultural Operation Strategy or Plan Development certificate. Melissa continues to work with agricultural operations to improve manure application rates and maintain their ministry compliance. With the same entrepreneurial passion all farmers share, Melissa began her second business in 2013 turning her passion for small batch flour milling into a business. Melissa founded and operates 1847 Stone Milling which focuses on producing high quality local organic flour for the online, retail and bakery industry.

12:15 pm – Social Farming
Tim May, Rockwood

Come listen to Tim share his experience agvocating on social media, and learn how to paint a positive and realistic picture of agriculture for the everyday Ontarian.

timmay1Tim May – also known as Farmer Tim – is a fourth-generation dairy farmer and passionate “agvocate” in southern Ontario. He graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph, in 1994 with a degree in Animal Science and has been milking a 43-cow herd of Holsteins ever since. Tim is extremely passionate about spreading positive messages about farming through social media. He uses humour and his genuine compassion for people and animals to both entertain and educate his over 35,000 followers.

12:15 pm – The Rules of the Road
Sam Hardie, MTO

Join Sam in this always popular and informative session. Check out any new changes, recommendations, legislation etc that would impact you and your use of public roadways for moving your equipment field to field.

2:35 pm – There is an Elephant in the Barn
Briana Hagen, U of Guelph

How do we address mental wellness in Canadian Agriculture? In depth interviews with producers provide the lived experiences of mental wellness in agriculture. Building on research results, we are collaborating with producers and industry to develop mental health resources that are tailored to the agriculture community. (PD)

Briana is currently pursuing a PhD in the department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph, under the supervision of Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton. Her current research program involves using both quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand mental health and wellness among agricultural producers in Ontario, including stress, anxiety, depression, and help-seeking. Before coming to the University of Guelph, Briana completed an honours bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Winnipeg (2009), with a mixed methods thesis focusing on help-seeking behaviours for mental health issues among Indigenous peoples in northern Manitoba. Subsequently, she completed a Master’s of Science in Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan (2011), continuing to work in mental health research, focusing on risk factors for suicide within Indigenous populations across Canada.

2:35 pm – Retirement Killer Mistakes
Jim Tyler, St. Mary’s

Jim will discuss the importance of  having a retirement plan, whether you plan on farming until you die, scaling down, or doing something completely different.  What are the things you need to consider now and what are the retirement killing mistakes to avoid.

Jim has been an Ag. producer for 32 years, farm business management consultant for a variety of clients for 25 years, plus teaches a variety of courses. Since 1985, Jim has delivered courses and seminars in financial management and business planning for a variety of private and public organizations. Since 1988, Jim has delivered over 250 one-day Pesticide safety certification courses for the Ridgetown Campus, University of Guelph. Since 2000, Jim has been the instructor/facilitator for the Professionalism and Ethics course presented by the Ontario Institute of Agrologists. Jim has had extensive training and experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation.  He holds certificates for Basic, Advanced and Masters Project courses provided by the Institute for Mediation and Arbitration Training, Palm Springs, California.  He is Past Chairperson of the Co-operators Insurance Company’s Service Review Panel, which provides policyholders with a claim dispute resolution service.  He is also a Conflict Resolution Facilitator with the United Church of Canada and has provided ADR services to all courts of the church; from local congregations to National Council. Prior to purchasing the farm in 1978, Jim was employed in the Extension Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (3 years) and was Program Director with the Canadian 4-H Council in Ottawa (5 years). Jim has completed a broad range of technical and business related certificate courses relating to agriculture and business consulting.



3:40 pm – Communicate to Motivate
Angela Leach, Princeton ON

Are you trying to motivate others? Angela will inspire you to improve engagement with employees and volunteers by exploring what motivates people, generational differences and their impact on your approach to communication. (PD)

2018_Angela_LeachAngela is a dynamic facilitator and trainer, helping owners of small and medium-sized businesses create a positive and engaging workplace; the foundation for business growth.

After graduating from the University of Guelph with an Agricultural Business degree, she began her career with TD Bank providing loans to farmers. She moved to Farm Credit Canada where she held several roles including Relationship Manager and Market Development Manager.

In 2010, and now with three children, she decided to leave full-time employment to pursue her real passion: training. She has since sub-contracted for various organizations such as Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association, Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association, AgriBusiness Management Institute, Mohawk College Enterprise and Teneo Results.

Areas of training topics are: Business Planning, Effective Communication, Leadership Development, Sales Strategies and Customer Service. Her work has enabled her to work with companies such as Bosch, Semex, Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors, and CanWel Building Supplies.

Angela is excited to present “Communicate to Motivate” today at FarmSmart. She will share her experience working with business leaders, and their communication challenges that affect people’s motivation. Her hope is to bring new perspective and some strategies that will help you when working with others on the farm and in volunteer organizations.

On the personal side, Angela lives on a farm with her husband and three daughters in Princeton, Ontario. She loves to travel, cook, and ride her motorcycle on the back roads of Ontario.