2016 FarmSmart Ag Conference Program

2016 Presentations


Date:  Saturday, January 23, 2016

Rozanski Hall, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON

Registration:  8:30 am, register by going to our registration site https://farmsmartconference.com/registration  or call 1-877-424-1300.

Program starts: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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2016 FarmSmart Ag Conference Final Program Time Table

2016 FarmSmart Sessions with CEU Credits

The brochure sent out in the Ontario Farmer January 5, 2016 issue will have the wrong phone for the Agricultural Information Contact Centre (AICC).  The correct number is 1-877-424-1300.

For additional information on speakers and sessions, scroll down this page.

For 2016 we have continued with our themes of:

New in 2016: Join us for our newest symposium, “Women in Agriculture”


MTE1ODA0OTcxMjgxOTc0Nzk3Communication with Young Consumers and Animal Welfare
Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University

It is critical that farmers communicate with consumers. Surveys show that a farmer is trusted more as a source of information compared to a food company.

Dr. Grandin is a world renowned Animal Behaviourist and has worked globally to improve animal welfare in livestock handling facilities. She has worked with farmers, agribusiness and the food processing, retailing and restaurant trade. All the more remarkable she has done this by overcoming many of the constraints that face people with autism. Hers is a remarkable storey of courage, gut instinct, hard work and challenging the status quo on many fronts. Join Dr. Grandin for this enlightening talk.

Are Farmers Loosing the Public Perception Battle?

2016_Sylvain_Charlebois_UG_jpgDr. Sylvain Charlebois, University of Guelph
Canadian Agricultural Food Trade Expert

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is Professor in the College of Business and Economics. He has authored almost 200 peer-reviewed publications in his career. His research has been featured in a number of newspapers, including The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy and the Globe & Mail. He has written four books, and many policy reports. Dr. Charlebois is a member of the Global Food Traceability Centre’s Advisory Board based in Washington DC, and a member of the National Advisory Board of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Ottawa. He has testified on several occasions before parliamentary committees on food policy-related issues as an expert witness. He has been asked to act as an advisor on food and agricultural policies in many Canadian provinces, and in more than 10 countries. He has been a visiting professor in Brazil, China, Finland and Austria.


High Yields Don’t Come from the Bag of Seed Alone.
2016_Jerry%20Hatfield_USDA-NRCS2_jpg Jerry Hatfield, USDA-NRCS, Ames Iowa

Achieving high yields and efficient production requires  managing all aspects of the cropping system from the seed to the grain and ensures the genetic potential of the crop is optimized.

CEU Credit: 1.0 SW

Dr. Hatfield’s research emphasis is on the interactions among the components of the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum and their linkage to air, water, and soil quality. His focus has been on the evaluation of farming systems and their response to water and nitrogen interactions across soils and the evaluation of remote sensing methods to quantify spatial variation within fields for application to risk management tools.

Quantification of the spatial and temporal variation in field and landscape scales relative to water use and crop growth and yield in response to nitrogen and tillage management across the Midwest.
Evaluation of risk management tools for corn and soybean production systems utilizing remote sensing and decision support tools.
Quantification of the micrometeorological processes controlling the emission and dispersion of particulates and gases from agricultural systems.

Dr. Hatfield received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1975 in the area of Agricultural Climatology and Statistics a M.S. in Agronomy from the University of Kentucky in 1972, and B.S. from Kansas State University in Agronomy in 1971.  He served on the faculty of the University of California-Davis as a biometeorologist from 1975 through 1983 and then joined USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Lubbock, Texas, as the Research Leader of the Plant Stress and Water Conservation Research Unit from 1983 through 1989. He was appointed Laboratory Director of the National Soil Tilth Laboratory in 1989 (renamed the Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in October 2009).   He served as the USDA-ARS representative to the Heinz Center project on the State of the Nation’s Ecosystems, the Key Indicators Initiative, National Audubon Society project on Waterbirds on Working Lands, and Agricultural Air Quality Task Force for USDA, and is the lead author on the Agriculture section of the Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3 on “The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity”. He was part of the IPCC process that received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and currently serves on the IPCC special committee to evaluate the impact of extreme events on ecosystems. He served as a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, and Past-President of the American Society of Agronomy (2007). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and a member of American Geophysical Union and American Meteorological Society. He has numerous awards from different organizations.

Giving a soybean plant the chance to perform.
2016_michael_mcneill_jpgMichael McNeill, Ag Advisory Ltd.

Explanation of the actions you can take to obtain extremely high soybean yields.

President of Ag Advisory, LTD., a consulting firm dealing with agronomic issues, such as development of individual farm plans involving variety and chemical selection, financial planning, and preparation of nutrient management plans which will comply with both federal and state environmental requirements.  Provide expert testimony on livestock manure, chemical, plant disease and insect issues. Also provide contract research capability for agri-industry and government agencies in areas involving soil fertility, soil tillage, plant disease and insect control.  Worked directly with farmers to improve profitability.  He obtained his BSA (1964) and M.Sc. (1967) , and his Ph.D. (1969, Plant Breeding, Statistical Genetics) at the Iowa State University.

Agriculture 4.0; Connecting the Field to the Internet
2016_Steve_ShearerScott Shearer, Ohio State University

Understanding “Big Data” and the “Internet of Things” will be increasingly important for crop production professionals as we move into a new level of understanding and management.  Scott as an agricultural engineer studies the interaction of equipment and crop production. In light of the trend toward large scale equipment at the same time as climate change and other factors limited the number of suitable spring and fall working days, and the introduction of robotics, what is the future scale of farm equipment? Come an explore this intriguing question with Scott. Scott is also very involved in precision agriculture with respect to big data management and will discuss how this relates to the equipment scale question.

Dr. Scott A. Shearer received formal training in agricultural engineering from The Ohio State University receiving B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in ’81, ’83 and ’86, respectively.  Currently, he serves as Professor and Chair of the Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University.  Prior to Ohio State he was a faculty member and then Chair of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kentucky.  During his 28-years in academia his research efforts have focused on controls and methodologies for metering and spatial distribution of inputs (seed, fertilizer and chemicals) for grain crop production.  His current research activities include autonomous, multi-vehicle field production systems.  Initially, much of his work involved spectral and spatial image processing for classifying agricultural settings.  He has lead or cooperated in research supported by more than $9M in grants; authored or coauthored more than 180 refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, and technical publications; and has made numerous invited presentations at workshops, farmer forums, and national and international conferences.

Soybean Myth Busters
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Horst Bohner, OMAFRA and Dave Hooker, UG

“Soybeans don’t respond to fertilizer, tillage, or foliar fungicides.”  “Soybeans yield best in narrow rows.” These and other soybean myths will be discussed as supported by the latest Ontario research.

Horst Bohner has been the provincial Soybean Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs since 2001.  He works closely with producers and researchers to address soybean production issues.  His responsibilities include field research validation, improving production techniques, and providing soybean information to Ontario growers. Horst is past chair of the Ontario Oil and Protein Seed Crop Committee and the OMAFRA representative for the Heartland Regional Soil and Crop Improvement Association. He is a Certified Crop Advisor.
Previous to working for OMAFRA he conducted field research trials with various crops including corn, soybeans, wheat, canola, tomatoes, apples, and grapes.  He was raised and worked on a cash crop farm near Woodstock Ontario so he’s familiar with the opportunities and challenges faced by Ontario producers.

Dr. Dave Hooker is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, based at the Ridgetown Campus.  Dave’s lab focuses on cropping systems research primarily in corn, soybean and wheat production systems.  In addition to his academic career, Dave also farms 550 acres in southwestern Ontario.

101 Things (more or less) We Learned in 2015!

Greg Stewart Maizex, Todd Woodhouse DeKalb, Scott Cressman Pioneer

In 2015 some crops apparently had not read the text book; Mother Nature, of course never reads it, and, Ontario croppers stretched to write some new chapters.  Come join the discussion on lessons learned from 2015.

Greg Stewart was born and raised on a farm near Peterborough, Ontario.  He attended the University of Guelph and worked there as a research assistant. Stewart worked for OMAFRA as the Corn Specialist for 17 years.  In 2015 he left OMAFRA to join Maizex Seeds as an agronomist.

Todd Woodhouse is a Field Agronomist with DEKALB Canada, servicing growers and retailers in South Central Ontario.  Todd lives near Elora with his wife and three children.  He have been involved with his parent company Monsanto for over 18 years, including 8 as an Agronomist.

Scott Cressman grew up on a beef, hog, and cash crop farm southwest of Kitchener. He majored in Agronomy at Guelph, and then carried on with a Master studying with Clarence Swanton. For the past 5 years Scott has worked in a variety of rolls including, technical sales, retail, and now as an Area Agronomist with Pioneer covering central Ontario.

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Moderator Mike Cowbrough with Panelists Peter Johnson, Aaron Stevanous, Jerry Hatfield

Get your burning production questions answered by our expert panel of agronomists! Always enlightening and entertaining. Look for question suggestion boxes throughout the day.

Mike 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 13 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.

Peter is the agronomist for RealAgriculture.com that loves to talk WHEAT!  His weekly update, “Wheat Pete’s Word”, gives timely tips and answers to questions that growers ask. Peter is a strong advocate of social media opportunities and the value it brings to agriculture.  In particular, he utilizes Twitter, @WheatPete, and videos agronomic tips through RealAgriculture.com  Peter was the Provincial Cereal Specialist, part of the Field Crop team, with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for 30 years (retired 2015). Peter was an integral part of developing the SMART Wheat program, that has significantly increased Ontario wheat yields. His specialties are cereal crops, production systems, fertility management, conservation tillage (no-till), cover crops and site specific management. Peter and his family operate a small farm near Lucan.  This is where the “rubber hits the road”!

Aaron grew up on a small mixed vegetable and field crop farm in Bloomingdale Ontario out side of Waterloo.  He achieved an diploma in agriculture in 2003 and a BSc in Agriculture in 2007.  From there he pursued a career as an a sales agronomist at a retail in North Waterloo county and in 2012 he accepted the position of Market Development Agronomist at PRIDE Seeds.  In 2016 Aaron accepted the role of President of the Waterloo County OSCIA.

Application Technology in a Changing Environment!

2016_Tom%20Wolf_Agrimetrix%20Research_JPGTom Wolf, Sprayers101, Saskatoon, SK

Tom is an Application Technology Specialist and one of the world experts in the area having spent many years with AAFC and then branching out on his own.

With new herbicide technologies coming to the market, there are some fundamental changes in how they will be applied that impact both their activity to deliver weed control and mitigate damage to neighboring crops. Tom will discuss all the options and possibilities.

Tom Wolf grew up on a grain farm in southern Manitoba and has spent his whole life farming or working for farmers.  He obtained his BSA (1987) and M.Sc. (1991, Plant Science) at the U of M, and his Ph.D. (1996, Agronomy) at the Ohio State University, where he specialized in spray application technology.  Tom’s expertise is spray drift, pesticide efficacy, and sprayer tank cleanout, and he has published and spoken extensively on these topics on Sprayers101.com as well as on national and international stages.

What’s Up with Wheat
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Ellan Sparry, C&M Seeds and Joanna Follings, OMAFRA

Find out what millers are looking for and how you can manage your crop to be the high quality product they need.

Ellen joined C&M Seeds in 1994 as Genetics Manager for the company’s research and development program and assumed the role of General Manager in June 2015.  A graduate of the Ontario Ag College, University of Guelph, she has 30 years experience in the agricultural industry and previously was Assistant Breeder with King Agro Inc.  Ellen and is actively involved in Ontario Cereal Crop Committee coordinating the Provincial cereal trials.  C&M Seeds is a family owned genetics company, established in 1978, and specializes in providing leading wheat genetics to growers across eastern Canada, and continues to focus on providing innovative products and industry leading knowledge to growers and end users.

Prior to her role as an OMAFRA Cereals Specialist, Joanna worked as a Research Analyst at OMAFRA for ministry funded research and innovation programs and with the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) where she managed a wide range of AAC funded research projects. She has also worked with the agricultural input companies of E.I. Dupont Canada and BASF.  Joanna completed her Master of Science degree in Weed Science from the University of Guelph and continues to be involved in her family dairy and cash crop farm in Ayr, Ontario.

Corn Nitrogen Frenzy
2016_ben_rosser_jpgdhooker (2) Ben Rosser OMAFRA and Dave Hooker UG

No other input for corn deserves more attention than N.  Join the 4-R frenzy with the latest in the right rate, right source, right timing, and right placement.

Ben 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.

Dr. Dave Hooker is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, based at the Ridgetown Campus.  Dave’s lab focuses on cropping systems research primarily in corn, soybean and wheat production systems.  In addition to his academic career, Dave also farms 550 acres in southwestern Ontario.

No-till and cover crops
2016_Ken_Nixon_Farmer_jpg2016_Stefan_Zehetner_Farmer_jpgKen Nixon, Ilderton and Stefan Zehetner, Hensall

Making them work on your farm  with Ken Nixon and Stefan Zehetner.

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 moldboard 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.

Stefan Zehetner is the president of the Huron Soil & Crop Improvement Association and also the owner of Huron Cover Crops, a cover crop company based out of Hensall, Ontario and focused on coming up with cover crop/ forage solutions for farmers in the region. He also farms 1100 acres with his dad throughout southern Huron  County. Stefan graduated from Ridgetown College in 2007 and got his Ag Business degree in Olds, Alberta. He has travelled and worked around the world included places such as Australia, New Zealand, Chile and various countries throughout Europe, and has seen cover crops working in many different environments.  Stefan’s farm has been in a no-till/ min-till operation for over 20 years and is incorporating multi-species cover crops after wheat, into standing corn and after soybeans.

Fight the Light & the Struggles Against Resistant Weeds
Mike Cowbrough OMAFRA and Francois Tardiff, UG

Can we fight glyphosate resistant weeds with light? This session will cover how to control glyphosate resistant fleabane and other weeds effectively.

Mike 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 13 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.

François Tardif studied agronomy at Laval University in Quebec City. He obtained his M Sc and PhD in weed science studying the response of quackgrass to herbicides. In the early 1990s, he went to Australia to investigate the physiology of herbicide multiple resistance. He has been in Guelph since 1996, teaching at the diploma, degree and graduate levels. His main research interests are herbicide resistance and the management of invasive weeds.


Ontario Beef Industry Situation and Outlook
2016_Steve_DuffSteve Duff, Chief Economist OMAFRA

Understanding how North American market conditions have impacted Ontario’s beef sector now and for the foreseeable future.

Steve is the Ministry’s Senior Economist. He comes from a dairy and beef background in Northumberland County. After graduating with a Masters in Ag Economics from the University of Guelph, Steve worked as a policy researcher for the Dairy Farmers of Ontario. Steve has been with OMAFRA for over 18 years, spending most of this time as the ministry lead on safety net programs. Steve is a part-time professor in Ag Economics at the University of Guelph and he and his wife Robyn operate a grass fed beef and cash crop operation near Colborne Ontario.

The Importance of Reducing Stress During Cattle Handling.
Dr. Temple Grandin

Research studies show clear benefits of good stockmanship. Animals that fear people have lower productivity.

Dr. Grandin is a world renowned Animal Behaviourist and has worked globally to improve animal welfare in livestock handling facilities. She has worked with farmers, agribusiness and the food processing, retailing and restaurant trade. All the more remarkable she has done this by overcoming many of the constraints that face people with autism. Hers is a remarkable storey of courage, gut instinct, hard work and challenging the status quo on many fronts. Join Dr. Grandin for this enlightening talk.

Preparation for Calving: Guidelines, Tips & Tools
FullSizeRender (2)Dr. Rex Crawford, Dufferin Veterinary Services Professional Corporation

A successful calving season; tips and tools for preventing problems, but also recognizing and dealing with issues as they arise.
Dr. Rex Crawford owns and operates Dufferin Veterinary Services in Orangeville Ontario.  Dufferin Veterinary Services is a general large animal practice comprised of Beef and Dairy Cattle, Horses and Small Ruminants.  Dufferin Veterinary Services Custom Collection offers Owner’s Use Semen collection and freezing.  Dr. Crawford graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 2005.  He was raised at Crawfdown Farms, a purebred Shorthorn cattle and Suffolk sheep operation at Glencoe Ontario.  Dr. Crawford still enjoys helping out on the family farm, which has expanded to calve 150 Shorthorn, Simmental and Hereford cows.  In his spare time, Rex can be found judging cattle and sheep shows throughout Ontario.

 Fence Solutions for More Grass
2016_Tim_Prior_BrusselsAgriService_jpg  Tim Prior, Brussels Agri-Services

Fence options and pricing; pasture layout and how to tie fence, forage and water into a grazing plan.

Owns and operates a 100 Grass farm east of Brussels, Ontario with his wife Donna( the one who really does all the work).  Have been doing a rotational grazing managed system for the past 18 years.  Have grazed stocker steers with a few beef cows in a leader follower system.  At the current time I have moved more into grazing beef cows, running app. 60 bred animals.  We move our cattle to fresh pasture daily for increased carry capacity of our land utilizing maximum growth of our livestock.
We also own and operate a retail store / Brussels Agri Services Ltd. that provides grazing solutions for our clients.  We sell and install fence, design grazing systems, sell pasture water systems, forage seed and grazing supplies. One of my passions is helping new and existing graziers get the very most out of their pastures consulting with them to flatten out their learning curve.

Fetal Programming through proper nutrition
2016_Dan_Bearss_jpgDan Bearss, Agribrands Purina Beef Consultant

How proper nutrition affects development of the fetus but also for the lifetime production of the animal.

Dan has worked for Agri Brands Purina for 12 years as a Beef consultant. He travel the area from Milverton to Guelph visiting both feedlot and cow calf operations. He owns a 50 cow, cow calf business by Varney, South of Durham and is really passionate about all aspects of beef production.


Sustainable Livestock Operations Need Sustainable Crops Christoph Wand, OMAFRA

Most of the livestock industries’ footprint is related to the production of feeds and their use. How can cropping systems contribute to integrated livestock systems to maximize outputs?

Christoph was raised on a farm near Powassan, and received his Bachelor of Science (Nutritional Sciences) and Master of Science (Animal Science – Ruminant Nutrition) from the University of Guelph. While at the University of Guelph, Christoph designed and implemented an intensive course of research of beef cows grazing stockpiled pastures and snow-diluted, silage-based total mixed rations at two U of G facilities. His Master’s Thesis was then written about fall grazing for beef cattle.
He joined OMAFRA in 1998 as the Beef Cattle and Sheep Nutritionist. Christoph has been co-located with the University of Guelph’s Animal Science Department since 2009, and has a special interest in labour and nutrient efficient feeding systems, and cost effective feeding strategies. He has been the coordinating committee for several livestock conferences and is an adjunct professor for a course at the University of Guelph in which he expands on livestock systems impacts. He is also involved with numerous clubs on campus, such as the Small Ruminant Club, in which he presents material at meetings. In 2014, he was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science.
Also in 2014, Christoph moved into his new role as the Livestock Sustainability Specialist at OMAFRA. He has been part of OMAFRA’s efforts toward environmental sustainability through his involvement in the Environmental Farm Plan, and associated funding and policy programs. His technical work in nutrition has helped him focus on economic sustainability as well, including labour reduction, feed and nutrition efficiency, alternative forages, and most recently value chains.

Cover Crops: 10 Easy Ideas for Forage and Pasture 
Dr. Bill Deen, U of G & Jack Kyle, OMAFRA

Will discuss opportunities to use annual crops and double cropping systems integrated with cash crop production to save soil and produce extra forage or grazing.

Bill 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.

Jack Kyle has been the OMAFRA Grazier Specialist for the past 15 years working from the Lindsay OMAFRA office and retired at the end of December after 31 years with OMAFRA.
As the Grazier Specialist Jack worked with all aspects of grazing management including permanent pastures and annual crops for pasture. Grazing management is a combination of managing crop growth and harvest in conjunction with the nerds of the livestock that is doing the harvesting, finding the balance in the pasture manger’s objective. Jack’s pasture work has taken him across the province and he has developed a number of contacts  across Canada. Prior to the Grazing position Jack was a Soil and Crop Specialist and is a Certified Crop Advisor.

Precision Feeding Of Dairy Cattle Doesn’t Have To Be Hard
Carleigh Johnson, U of G. 

A new mobile ap that will sync DM measuring devices with a TMR mixer ensures feeding a balanced diet to avoid milk yield losses and reduce problems with overfeeding nutrients.

Carleigh is originally from Peterborough Ontario. She has completed an undergraduate degree in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph. Carleigh is currently a Masters student in Animal Nutrition at the University of Guelph.

The Future of Livestock Traceability – Where are we and where we are going?”

Henry Amin-Somuah – OMAFRA, Moderator, Albert 2016_pascal_bouillyBotha, –Shropshirehills Farm/Trillium Lamb, Terry Ackerman – Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative, Pascal Bouilly – Grober/Delft Blue

Ontario livestock producers have used recent developments in livestock traceability to improve their operations and enhance marketing of their meat products.  Panelists will discuss how to make traceability work for you and demo how the Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative is using traceability to advance the marketing of premium Canadian lambs

Pascal Bouilly is an On-Farm Service Technician for Delft Blue Veal Inc., a member of the Grober Group of Companies, who are specialized in the production of milk replacers and in the rearing of young animals.

He has an agricultural engineering degree from the ENITA of Clermont Ferrand, France, with specializations in animal production and nutrition.  For the past 21 years Pascal has worked in the field of animal health and production in Ontario with Grober Inc.

Since 2007 he has been responsible for the implementation and operation of a traceability system at all production sites for our Organization. This allows them to maintain a complete database of calf supply and calf performance records, as well as to comply with CFIA regulations.

Pascal is very passionate about farming and caring for young animals, particularly dairy calves. He enjoys learning about new technologies and trends in the industry and enjoys sharing his professional experiences.

Born and raised in Victoria B.C., Terry is a graduate (BA/MPA) of the University of Victoria.
Terry’s corporate experience has included senior management positions in Canada and the US in multinational corporations, private companies and cooperatives. Corporate responsibilities have included senior management, marketing, sales, finance, distribution in 22 countries, research & development, and production. Terry’s management experience and training was acquired at companies such as Levi Straus, Converse (Nike), Saputo, and Organic Meadow and through working with brands as diverse as Quaker, Coke, Kellogg’s, General Foods and Black and Decker, Terry has managed the development and multinational launches of over 250 consumer packaged goods, 100 food and 70 industrial products. Terry is currently the CEO of the Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative (CLPC).  The CLPC is a federally incorporated, national cooperative with offices in Saskatoon Saskatchewan and Guelph Ontario. The CLPC has established a federally incorporated marketing company (Canadian Lamb Company) to market the world’s first assortment of CFIA/USDA halal certified value added lamb products. These products will be distributed to both the domestic and international markets. Membership in the CLPC is targeted at 650 – 1,000 commercial lamb producers in 9 provinces by the close of 2020. The CLPC has develop the most advanced electronic instrument grading system for lamb in the world and is currently completing the development of an electronic traceability system for lambs that will electronically trace a lamb and derivative lamb products from farm gate through purchase, processing, fabrication and distribution.
Albert Botha and his family operates Shropshire Hills Farm in Grafton Ontario.
Our flock consists of 700 Dorset/ Rideau breeding ewes and Shropshire rams.
We lamb our first group in March in the barn for our replacement ewes and the rest on pasture in May. Albert Botha recieved the 2015 Maple Seed Pasture Award for best pasture management.

Prospects for Ontario’s Dairy Goat Sector 
Gerald Townsend, Gay Lea Foods & Marlene Paibomesai, OMAFRA

Gerald and Marlene will offer updates on the sector and which challenges need to be overcome to embrace significant opportunities in Ontario.

Gerald was born and raised on a mixed farm in Huron County.  His career includes being the 4-H Coordinator for Wellington County,  Manager of the Farm Labour Pool for Waterloo, Wellington and Dufferin Counties, and Secretary of Canadian Brown Swiss.  He was also the Resource coordinator for Ontario goat meat, milk and wool sector and during his time at OMAFRA he was the Sheep and Goat Specialist and the Raw Goat Milk inspector.  Currently Gerald is the Dairy Goat Industry Advisor for Gay Lea Foods.  His hobbies include working with Belgian horses

Marlene Paibomesai grew up in Kemptville, Ontario.  She is a member of the Whitefish River First Nation in Birch Island, Ont., northwest of Sudbury. Marlene began working for OMAFRA as a Dairy Specialist in spring 2014. She completed a degree in life science at McMaster University. After undergrad Marlene joined Dr. Mallard’s lab as a PhD student and is looking to complete her degree this spring.


2016 Marketing Outlook
Steve Kells, Parrish & Heimbecker

Join Steve for an in-depth look at the global grain markets and what is in store for the 2016 crop year.

Steve Kells has been in the grain and feed business in Ontario for 24 years,  For the past 15 years he has been a Grain Merchant for Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd in Toronto.  For the past 5 years he has utilized his experience  in corn, canola, and cereal grain trading to lead P&H’s intiatives in  producer grain marketing. In addition to working as a grain merchant.  Steve operates 1,100 acres, partially as a cash crop operation south of Barrie, and also in share-cropping  arrangements  in Elm Creek Manitoba, and Temiskaming, Ontario. Steve is a graduate of both the University of Guelph, (BA), and the Ontario Agricultural College, but most importantly, from the school of hard knocks.

The Changing Dynamic of the Agricultural Workplace
Greg Hannam, Woodrill Farms, Wellington County, Tina Heathers

Over 50% of Ag College graduates are now women. This session will give you practical tips on integrating women into a typically male dominated workplace.

Greg Hannam is a partner in Woodrill Ltd., a crop supply and grain elevator business in Guelph. Woodrill Ltd. supplies products, services and advice for the faming community of south central Ontario. Greg also operates a cash crop farm, growing corn, wheat and soybeans. Greg holds a degree in Crop Science from the University of Guelph. Greg is a graduate of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP). Greg and his family reside in the Guelph area.

All the Kids Want A Future in the Farm. Now What?

Stewart and Blair Cressman, Crystal Brook Farm, Waterloo Cty.

Four boys, four daughter-in-laws and a limited landbase but everyone wanting an involvement in the family farm going forward. This issue faced the Cressman family recently and they developed a unique succession plan to address it. While each of the boys are enjoying successful careers in agriculture away from the farm, they all want to have involvement in the farm now and in the future. What they are considering as they take an unusual approach to farm succession, when there is not one identified successor. Are they setting themselves up for failure?

Stewart been farming over 35 years after a brief career in dairy extension with OMAFRA. Currently involved with a number of boards provincially and nationally.

Farmland, Rental Contracts, Present & Future Issues
Brady D2016_Brady_Deaton_UGeaton, UG2016_Bruce_Kelly.jpg and Bruce Kelly, Farm & Food Care

The land lease arrangements used in Ontario seem to be primarily a function of verbal agreements on a year to year basis. Environmental sustainability pressures mean more onus on farmers to invoke BMPs and reduce our environmental footprint. How can we invest in BMPs on land we don’t own. Are there other lease options that could be used to the benefit of landowners, tenants and society that would see better management of financial and environmental returns to all?

Bruce has a degree from the University of Guelph in Fisheries Biology and then spent more than 20 years as a Pork Producer in Wellington County. In 2005 he moved from production agriculture to work for Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association for 6 years on Environmental Cost-Share funding programs for farmers across Ontario, including EFP. Since 2012, Bruce has worked for Farm & Food Care as the Environmental Program Manager, working on a variety of Environmental Issues impacting Ontario’s farmers. Sustainability, Climate Change, Great Lakes Phosphorus and various research projects on water and nutrient usage.

Brady Deaton is a Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics and the McCain Family Chair in Food Security at the University of Guelph. He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. Professor Deaton’s research focuses on land resources in food production, rural development, and environmental quality. Property rights and international development are important subjects of his analysis.  Specific research examines the influence of provincial policies on farmland prices and changing patterns of farmland ownership in Ontario.  His research also emphasizes the important link between land use and rural development. He and his students have examined the relationships between land resources and economic development in rural regions of the United States, Ontario, Canadian First Nations, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Haiti. In 2010, he founded a podcast series called FARE Talk. The podcasts address important contemporary issues in food, agricultural, and resource economics. It is available here: <<http://www.uoguelph.ca/fare/FARE-talk/index.html>>.  His twitter handle is: @BradyDeatonJr

Farm Infrastructure. How to make the decisions to build new or stay with the tried and true.

John Molenhuis, OMAFRA and  Blair Cressman, Crystal Brook Farms

The Cressmans were faced with older facilities on a limited landbase. Like many farmers today, Stewart and Nancy are seeing the kids leave home and the work continue to be there. The Cressman family as part of a succession plan to involve the whole family in the farms future have built a new hog barn but are maintaining an older beef feeding facility. Blair and Stewart will discuss the thought processes and business decisions that were explored to decide on building new vs keeping old. Many farmers are faced with this daunting question and here is a chance to learn from other experiences.

John has been with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs as the Business Analysis and Cost of Production Program Lead for the past 15 years. He leads projects in the area of cost of production and budgeting machinery, land and building costs.

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 outside of Strathroy, Ontario and now lives in Brighton with his wife and four children.

Blair Cressman is U of G OAC Animal Science grad in 2004.  He has 12 years in livestock nutrition and animal health sales.

Sharpening Your Marketing Skills
Steve Kells, Parrish & Heimbecker

Join Steve as he discusses the components of a good marketing strategy, how to determine the best strategy for your operation and how to stick to the plan.

Steve Kells has been in the grain and feed business in Ontario for 24 years,  For the past 15 years he has been a Grain Merchant for Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd in Toronto.  For the past 5 years he has utilized his experience  in corn, canola, and cereal grain trading to lead P&H’s initiatives in  producer grain marketing. In addition to working as a grain merchant.  Steve operates 1,100 acres, partially as a cash crop operation south of Barrie, and also in share-cropping  arrangements  in Elm Creek Manitoba, and Temiskaming, Ontario. Steve is a graduate of both the University of Guelph, (BA), and the Ontario Agricultural College, but most importantly, from the school of hard knocks.

Tax Tips, Strategies and Opportunities for Progressive Farmers
2016_Franklin_famme_jpgFranklin Famme, Famme & Co. Professional Corporation

Are you interested in tax strategies and opportunities?   This session will provide practical advice to help farmers with things like cash-basis filing tips, capital gains exemption limits, and changes to watch for 2016.

Mr. Famme is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University where he obtained his Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in 1996. After graduation, he was employed with Coopers & Lybrand and Pricewaterhouse Coopers chartered accounting firms in Waterloo.
Franklin joined Famme & Co. Chartered Accountants in 1998, the same year he obtained his Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (with the CPA designation effective 2012). He entered the partnership of the firm in 2001, and currently works in the Stratford office. Mr. Famme services a variety of clients including farm and related businesses, professionals, construction and related companies, and owner-managed small businesses. He is a graduate of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountant’s In-Depth tax courses (2001), and its successor course on Advanced Tax Issues for the Owner-Managed Business (2006).
As a result of his specialized tax training, he offers a variety of detailed tax planning and advice for personal, corporate and estate purposes. Franklin 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. In addition, he has published articles on tax planning and been interviewed for several other publications.

Farmers hit hard by Increasing Red Tape
Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses

The sheer volume of work that must be done to satisfy all levels of government and industry regulations is only increasing. How do I know which regulations affect my operation?


How Much Phosphorus Does It Take To Make Lake Erie Green?
2016_ivan_ohalloran_jpg2016_jake_munroe_jpgIvan O’Halloran, UG, Jake Munroe, OMAFRA

The answer might surprise you! Learn what the science tells us about how much P is lost from Ontario farmland and how best to keep it where it  should be – on the field.

Dr. Ivan O’Halloran is a professor at Ridgetown Campus, University of Guelph, with expertise in nutrient management and cycling in agricultural soils.  His current research efforts are focused on the evaluation of phosphorus loss from agricultural lands and how management practices may increase or decrease those losses.  Ultimately the research objective is to illustrate where and when certain practices can be viewed as best management options for producers and the environment.

Jake Munroe is the Soil Fertility Specialist for the Field Crops Unit of OMAFRA. Jake holds a Bachelor of Science from Acadia University and a Master’s degree in Physical Geography from the University of Toronto. He has expertise in soil fertility and soil microbiology. Through field days, plot demonstrations and presentations Jake has shared information with Ontario producers on soil fertility, soil health, and best management practices for nutrients.

Insect Insights

Gilles Quesnel

A new paradigm in seed treatments, the newest products and best control options for your farm.

Precision Ag 101, Why would you want to be there?

Nicole Rabe, OMAFRA and Mike Wilson, Thompsons

There is a ton of hype lately around BIG DATA and precision ag on the farm. With the “internet of things” sometimes the information is so fast and furious that it is hard to know how to get started or what service makes the most sense? This presentation goes back to basics and explores case studies that will show the steps required to develop your first prescription map and implement that map with validation built into it. Validation helps to answer the question “was the right rate put into the right management zone?”  Lastly, “profitability mapping” will be shown after harvest as a mechanism to determine if those prescribed rates (of seed or fertilizer) made a difference to your bottom line in that particular growing season.

Nicole has been with OMAFRA 4.5 years and has enjoyed a geospatial career in agriculture both in Ontario and on the Prairies. Her M.Sc. in Geography (Lethbridge University, Alberta) was applying advanced image analysis (remote sensing) for precision agriculture application. Nicole has ongoing collaboration with her Agriculture Development Branch colleagues on soil health (workshops, field work, mapping, programs & policy) as well as variable rate application trials (seed and fertilizer) using a multitude of precision ag technologies & equipment.

Mike has been with Thompsons for over 12 years.  Mike is a graduate of University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus.  Mike grew up on a cash crop farm just south of Chatham growing mainly Seed corn soybeans and wheat.  Mike has a very strong love for the family farm and still assist’s his father and uncle on the farm today.   In 2002 Mike began his career working at Orford Coop in Chatham.  In the spring of 2003 he started with Thompsons as a sales representative at the Kent Bridge Location developing a passion for agronomy immediately. Mike obtained his Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) designation in 2006. Over the years Mike’s passion for Agronomy and his strong commitment to customer service has enabled him to rise through the ranks at various locations to his current position as Advanced Agronomy Solutions Manager at head office.  In this time He has gained invaluable experience and a very strong practical knowledge of Agronomy and Precision Ag allowing him to effectively communicate with and create solutions for our customers.

A Case Study in Site Specific Management of Crops

Doug Aspinall, OMAFRA and Dan Breckon, Woodrill Farms

As part of the ZoneSmart event on September 10th (https://farmsmartconference.com/zonesmart-2015-2/ ) almost every conceivable “data layer” was collected and the team worked to define management zones based on the dynamics of the collected data. Explore with Dan and Doug how the management zones for the “Case Study” field were collected, processed, reviewed to make high resolution management zones and how cropping prescriptions are being developed for and validated for the upcoming corn year.

Doug is a senior OMAFRA staff soil scientist with more than 30 years of experience in Ontario soil mapping.  He is a pedologist, a soil surveyor and a pedometrician.  In his role, Doug works with OMAFRA colleagues, federal government pedologists and the farm community across the province on a wide range of agricultural landscape issues.  He is currently applying innovative predictive digital soil mapping (PDSM) approaches to renewing Ontario’s soil maps at several locations throughout the province including the Lake Simcoe watershed, the City of Ottawa, some selected watersheds associated with the Lake Erie and southern Lake Huron shoreline regions and selected farm fields across the province..
In recent years, Doug has examined the within field delineation and characterization of management zones using yield maps, digital elevation models, high resolution ortho and satellite imagery, electromagnetic (EM) or electro conductivity (EC) maps, measured soil properties and digital soil mapping techniques.

Dan Breckon is a precision agricultural specialist at Woodrill Farm Enterprises in Guelph, where his duties focus on crop production and fertility. Dan is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and holds a diploma from Ridgetown College, a campus of the University of Guelph.
Dan grew up on a cash crop farm in Halton Region. Dan currently resides in the Guelph area.

It’s Not Just Dirt
Fred Thene Jr., Farmer, Tekonsha, Michigan

Fred will share his farm experience and the difference it made when he learned that by understanding and managing your soil you can greatly increase productivity and yield.

Fred farms in Calhoun and Branch Counties MI where he is active in many USDA-NRCS projects working to create sustainable reslient soils to optimize his crop productivity, environmental soundness and profibability.


It’s All About the Choices! The Ripple Effect – Opportunities, Decisions and Outcomes
2016_Tina_Heathers_jpgTina Heathers, Tina Heathers Business Development Services

Finding clarity, direction, accomplishment and creating space for the things you want in life. This workshop provides you with the tools necessary to find clarity of mind, make decisions and accomplish what needs to be done, all while letting go of the guilt.

Tina Heathers has spent many years studying the body / mind connection and the power of personal potential.

Her background includes a Masters Degree in Business and several years in corporate management, training, and entrepreneurship.

Mixing her experience in business, holistic health, metaphysics and spiritual development, she now works with people to assist them in creating a more meaningful and successful life filled with joy, peace and abundance.

Women in Production Ag: Leaving the Fred Flinstone Era Behind
2016_deb_campbell_jpg SandiBrock2016Deb Campbell, Crop Consultant and Sandi Brock

Female farm operators make up ~30% of the workforce, so why does it seem like we are still farming in Bedrock? Hear two women’s stories and perspectives.

Deb obtained her BSc Agronomy with emphasis in soil management from the University of Guelph. She then went on to complete her Certified Crop Adviser certification in 2000. Recently Deb completed Licensed Seed Crop Inspection training and is now certified. She also served on Certified Crop Adviser Board of Directors from 2009-2011. Deb has a wide variety of experience from working for Cargill and Syngenta in an array of positions. From Agronomist to Territory Sales Manager to Account Manager, she understands all aspects of growing a successful crop both in the field and in the chequebook. She has production expertise in corn, soybeans (including IP), cereals, canola, edible beans, alfalfa, and cover crops. Deb owns and operates Agronomy Advantage.

Sandi currently owns and operates Shepherd Creek Farms Ltd. with her husband Mark.  They cash crop 1500 acres and have recently expanded into the sheep industry with the purchase of 500 breeding ewes for the production of market lamb.

Sandi grew up on her family’s dairy operation before graduating from the University of Guelph in 1998 with a BComm degree in Agriculture Business.  From there, she began working with her in-laws on an intensive broiler breeder operation as a Farm Manager for the next 13 years.  In 2011, succession planning began where Mark and Sandi branched off and began Shepherd Creek Farms on their own.

Sandi’s passion is farming and sharing her story.  The successes, but more often, the potholes they encounter and how they recover.  Lessons they’ve learnt.  Sand’s  goal is to reach those on the fence (both male and female) of what path to take… To Farm or Not to Farm.  To encourage the choice of primary production.   She strives to be an example that hard work, strong partnerships, and a good sense of business is what today’s farm requires.

Outside the farm, Sandi is a proud 4-H leader and secretary of the District 3 Sheep Producer Association.  Last September she completed the Master Shepherds Course and now Mark and Sandi are enrolled in the CTEAM program.  Her biggest role at home however is being a mom to teenagers Jack and Jessica.

Who’s Milking; Who’s Meeting and Why it Matters (because it’s 2016)
2016_Deb_Stark_OMAFRA_jpgDeb Stark, DM OMAFRA

Ag policy affects your business.  A glimpse into the questions policy-makers are talking about and why it’s important to make sure we have a range of viewpoints (female, male and beyond) at our leadership tables.

Deb Stark is currently the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Deputy Stark was the OPS 2012 Amethyst Fellow at the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies. She has held a number of senior leadership positions within the Ontario Public Service, including Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of the Environment, leading their Environmental Science and Standards Division.
Deputy Stark first joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs as a veterinarian for dairy and beef. She has held several positions within the ministry since that time, including Assistant Deputy Minister of the Food Safety and Environment Division and Chief Veterinarian for Ontario.
Deputy Stark holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Connecting Women in Ag: Why It Matters
Julie Cayley,  Jennifer Christie, Meaghan Richardson

Hear about groups connecting women in Ontario Agriculture and discuss the role they play in networking, supporting and inspiring women in the food and farming sector.

Julie Cayley is an accomplished and respected government relations, partnership and public policy strategist. Her expertise lies in environment, agriculture and sustainability, helping organizations and people create and leave a positive legacy. Julie’s has worked for Government and NGOs including the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs and Ducks Unlimited Canada and runs her own consulting business.  Julie was the first woman to Chair the North East Agriculture and Biological Engineering Community and is passionate about seeing women believe and achieve extraordinary lives.  She has a Bsc from Trent University and is a grad of Class 8 Ontario’s Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP).  Julie manages her family farm property in Simcoe County and helps a nearby vegetable farmer harvest and prep for the Orillia Farmers market.

Four generations ago, the Richardson family settled in the beautiful area of the Halton Region and our family has been proudly farming in the area for over 100 years.  Mabel May Farms is the farm of Norman and Meaghan Richardson, and was named after Mrs Mabel May Burkholder Richardson who spent her life caring for family and working on the farm.  A way of life that we very much believe in and work everyday to grow quality forages, meat, eggs and produce from our family to yours.

Searching for Unicorns, The Lochness Monster and Work-Life Balance
Crystal Mackay, Farm & Food Care

A frank and personal perspective from a woman on the go. Crystal will share some insights and advice on the new women’s triathlon – family, work and life.

Crystal is the CEO for Farm & Food Care Canada with a vision for building public trust in food and farming in Canada.  Farm & Food Care represents a coalition of farmers and associated businesses proactively working together with a commitment to provide credible information and strengthen sustainable food and farming for the future.  Crystal is a dynamic presenter who has delivered hundreds of presentations to a broad range of audiences from farmers to university students to CEOs across North America.
Crystal was raised on a farm in the Ottawa Valley.  She is a graduate of the University of Guelph, the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program, and the George Morris Centre Executive Development Program.  She is a past President of the University of Guelph OAC Alumni Association, and a former director of both the Ontario 4-H Foundation and the Poultry Industry Council.
She enjoys spending time with her young family and playing hockey whenever she gets the chance!

Unagvocating: A Modern Marketer’s Tips to Engage & Build Trust
2016_Jennifer_Christie_JD_jpgJennifer Christie, John Deere

Just as great marketers put customers’ first, so too do great communicators. Jen shares ideas on how we can authentically engage with Canadians to grow their trust in farming.

Jennifer splits her time between her family’s 6 generation dairy and grain farm in Bruce County and developing marketing strategy at John Deere. Based out of Kitchener, she is an avid traveler, foodie and proud aunt. She enjoys challenging the status quo and is a strong advocate for youth, women and agriculture producers on social media and beyond. Jennifer serves as chair on the recently established Ag Women’s Network, is a director and volunteer leader for 4-H Canada, and co-founded the Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation. Chosen as one of the 2013 Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network, Jennifer has an Executive MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University and a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture Business from the University of Guelph.


“The Canadian Farmers’ Conundrum: How can Farmers matter again?”

sylvain charleb2016_Jennifer_Christie_JD_jpg2016_Lisa_Thomson_MPP_jpg Panel Discussion: Sylvain Charlebois, UG, Moderator
Jennnifer Christie, Lisa Thompson

Some have argued recently that farmers are becoming less influential. This panel will offer an honest and provocative view on the voice of farmers as we think about our future.

In October 6, 2011 Lisa was elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Huron-Bruce, and subsequently re-elected on June 12, 2014. Lisa currently serves as the PC Critic for the Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change and is a member of the Standing Committee on General Government. Additional to her parliamentary roles, Lisa was selected by the Speaker of Ontario’s Legislative Assembly to represent the province on a steering committee for Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, Canadian Region, for a three-year term.
Lisa was born in Wingham and resided in East Wawanosh, which is located in Huron County until she left for the University of Guelph, where she studied and has a degree in Public Administration and Consumer Economics.
Most recently, Lisa served as the General Manager of the Ontario Dairy Goat Cooperative (ODGC). Lisa successfully negotiated the amalgamation of two organizations in 2005, which allowed the ODGC to evolve from a regional operation into a provincial cooperative with it’s headquarters based in Teeswater, and provides local employment and access to markets for the dairy goat industry. In the six years with the ODGC, Lisa worked to improve the relationship between producers and processors, and turned the cooperative into a multi-million dollar business venture.
Lisa’s professional highlights also include her time as a Rural Community Advisor for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program, Class 6; and the George Morris Executive Development Program.
Lisa is a strong supporter and has been involved with many community and agricultural organizations. She has served as an Ontario 4-H Foundation Trustee; Ontario 4-H Foundation Chair of the Board; Chair of the International Goat Symposium; Vice-Chair of Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc.; and choreographer and caller for Team Farmall, a set of square dancing tractors that travel the province providing entertainment at fall fairs and special events.
As a youth, Lisa always had a keen interest in provincial politics and has been an active volunteer for Huron-Bruce for many years.
Lisa resides in Teeswater with her husband Dennis, and are the proud parents to three step-children. Lisa enjoys spending time working with her family on the farm, skiing, curling, cheering on local sports teams and spending time at Bruce Beach.

Sustainability Questions for Modern Farming and Value Chain Partners
Mark Brock, Farmer and President Grain Farmers of Ontario; Nick Betts, OMAFRA

Nick and Mark will explore this sustainability question. It’s a big deal with organizations like the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops and Beef exploring this at many levels and farmers engaged in the discussion through a range of means. How and what does it all mean to those of us at the production end of the food chain continuum?

Nick has over 10 years of experience collaborating with farmers, agribusiness and food industry partners on research, innovation, and marketing.  He has an educational background in ecology and biogeography, having studied at University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University, and he is currently completing an Executive M.B.A in Leadership and Sustainability with University of Cumbria, UK. He is passionate about embedding sustainability principles into the fabric of business and society. Nick’s focusses as Business Management Specialist with OMAFRA include sustainability, strategic development, new farm entrants, succession planning, human resources and on-farm safety.

The Changing Face of Rural Ontario and Implications for Farming

Wayne Caldwell, UG

Wayne works extensively with rural Ontario and municipalities and has studied the trends that are impacting this communities and works to predict future trends and developments and advise rural leaders on how to be prepared. Wayne will discuss the changes happening and expected in rural Ontario and what there direct and indirect impacts are likely to be on farming.

Wayne Caldwell is Interim Dean with the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph and a Professor in Rural Planning.
His interests include planning for rural communities, farmland preservation, conflict resolution, public engagement and community based approaches to economic and environmental issues. He has served as Chair or President of a number of local, provincial and national organizations. Wayne Caldwell is Interim Dean with the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph and a Professor in Rural Planning.  His interests include planning for rural communities, farmland preservation, conflict resolution, public engagement and community based approaches to economic and environmental issues.
He has served as Chair or President of a number of local, provincial and national organizations.

Show me the Money! OR Funding—how, why, when, where, who…
2016_margaret_may_jpeg2016_louise_heyming_jpg2016_Mari%20Veliz_ABCA_jpgMargaret May, OSCIA;  Louise Heyming, GRCA; Mari Veliz, ABCA

$$$ – The who, what, where, why and when of BMP funding programs.

Margaret May has been involved with program delivery with OSCIA since 1987.  She is an outstanding presenter, skilled communicator and is highly respected in the farm community for her knowledge of agricultural issues.  She brings real life  agricultural experience to the table, as her family operates a beef, sheep and cash  crop farm in SW Ontario.  She has excellent rapport with growers.  As Regional Program Lead with OSCIA, she is keen to discuss Growing Forward 2 and other programs and how they can impact ur farm business.

Louise Heyming is the Supervisor of Conservation Outreach at the Grand River Conservation Authority.  For the past 12 years Louise has been a part of the team delivering the Grand River Rural Water Quality Program, a cost share program supporting on-farm water quality improvement and protection projects.

Mari Veliz is the Healthy Watersheds Supervisor at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). Since 2000, Ms. Veliz has worked with local communities and agencies to undertake and implement watershed projects and plans. Currently, the Healthy Watersheds Team is working with local, provincial and federal partners to evaluate agricultural best management practices.

App Tech Corner
Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA and Peter Gredig, Agnition

Joining our resident “Ag tech nerds” in an informative and entertaining session on what’s new in apps and online resources that will benefit your farm business. An always entertaining and informing session that gives you some real immediate “take home stuff”!

Mike 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 13 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.

Peter Gredig is a corn, so ybean and wheat producer based near London, Ontario. As a partner in AgNition Inc., Peter is involved in developing mobile products and strategies for agri-business, producer organizations and for farmers.

Landscaping Your Farm
2016_Mike_Barker_Shift%20Landscaping_jpg2016_scott_henderson_jpgMike Barker, Shift Landscape Architecture; Scott Henerson, Adessa Design Inc.

The entrance to the farm homestead should have a welcoming feeling so that people feel as though they have entered the home before they even reach the front door. A house in the middle of a field leaves visitors and residents with a cold feeling, especially in the winter. Find out how to transform your home.

Mike Barker, OALA, CSLA, is the founding principal of SHIFT landscape architecture.  Growing up and living on farms as well as in urban environments has given Mike a deep respect for the land and living systems as well as an inherent understanding of the energy and complexity of cities. He has twelve years experience in design and project management. Project experience includes, private landscapes in rural and urban environments, campus master planning, community design, streetscape design, institutional facilities, design guidelines and public landscapes. He has trained with builders, landscape architects, planners and urban designers.
Mike’s education includes ecology at Seneca College, a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto. Mike has been a sessional professor at the University of Guelph in the Landscape Architecture program and a member of the Urban Design Peer Review Panel in the City of London. Previously Mike has been a sessional professor in Urban Design at the University of Waterloo; has served as a studio critic at the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph and been an invited critic at both schools.

Scott grew up in rural southern Ontario where he spent most of his childhood outdoors.  He developed an awareness of nature at an early age through his passions – canoeing, hiking, fishing, and drawing.  Studies in geography and landscape architecture were logical extensions of his hobbies as they blended his interests in nature and human behaviour.
Scott is a registered Landscape Architect in the Province of Ontario and a full member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture (CSLA).  He has over eighteen years of experience in construction, site plan development, community planning and design, master planning and residential design.  In 2010 Scott became a Principal of adesso design inc., a landscape architecture firm based in Hamilton.  He is responsible for the comprehensive management of various projects primarily in Southern Ontario.  Through work and his studies he has pursued projects that incorporate landscape preference and deal with the integration of nature in the city.
Scott’s enthusiasm for planning and landscape design has led to active involvement in local organizations in his hometown of Fergus and more recently as sessional professor at the University of Guelph.  He has been co-teaching site planning and urban design courses since 2010.

Riding into the Sunset Together
Eleanor Wood, Troy (tentative)

Farming is all consuming and the transition to retirement is especially difficult. To not drive each other crazy, couples need a mutually acceptable game plan for the future. Join Eleanor for a humorous look at relationships.

A former elementary teacher, mother and present-day farmer, Wood has built a reputation giving Personally Speaking engagements over the past 25 years to audiences, from agricultural commodity producer groups and 4-H organizations to Girl Guide troops, chartered bank seminars, police conferences, and service club dinners. Her audiences have ranged in age from nine to 90, in the agricultural community and in urban areas.
Wood gives about 50 presentations a year. Not only has she addressed audiences across Ontario, she has also travelled to New York, California, Ohio, Illinois, Washington, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia. Her career has developed organically, not following any deliberate strategy. “I’ve always been called to each location by word of mouth. Someone heard me speak at one place and got me to speak at another, someone there asked me to speak at a different place, and it’s just kept on going that way.” Harvey ran a dairy farm for 30 years before going into beef. They raised three children who have given them five grandchildren to dote on. Eleanor is a member of the Rockton World’s Fair board, a member of Sheffield United Church. She was Wentworth County’s Citizen of the Year in 1988, and has written plays for several years for the Rockton Fair Dinner Theatre. She has also done many in-service workshops on humour, attitude, farm safety, industrial safety, stress, communication and self-esteem.


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