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Farming Smarter Conference & Trade Show

February 15 @ 8:00 am February 16 @ 5:00 pm

A great opportunity for southern Alberta’s agriculture community to come together and share knowledge, brainstorm ideas, and make connections. Plus, you can listen to our experts share updates on Farming Smarter’s research from this year!

Farming Smarter’s Conference & Trade Show brings the brightest minds and innovative thinkers of southern Alberta’s agriculture community together for two days of engaging presentations and deep conversation.

Have an idea for a topic you want to hear about, or a speaker you want to listen to? Get connected with us and let us know! Keep your eye out for updates about this event. We’ll add speakers and topics as we get confirmation.

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Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge

320 Scenic Dr. S
Lethbridge, T1J 4B4 Canada
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CCA CEUs offered
Nutrient Management0.5
Soil & Water Management2
Integrated Pest Management1
Crop Management3
Professional Development1.5
Don’t miss out on these CEUs!

Meet our Emcee!

conference emcee katelyn duban
Katelyn Duban

Born and raised in Southern Alberta, Katelyn Duban married into agriculture in 2016 and quickly found a passion for farm life. As an avid podcast listener, she found herself searching for a podcast that showcased the important roles women in agriculture provide for the industry. Unable to find such a podcast, she created her own – in spring, 2019, The Rural Woman Podcast launched!

Since then, Katelyn has shared stories of incredible women involved in all parts of agriculture; from farming, ranching, homesteading, agribusiness and beyond! With nearly half a million downloads, from countries all around the world. Katelyn continues to develop her skills as a grain farmer on and off the field, while highlighting the importance of women in agriculture and sharing her own story through social media, under the handle @WildRoseFarmer.

Catch our Keynote Speakers!

Mike Jubinville

Mike is the senior market analyst with MarketsFarm, a grain market analysis and advisory service of Glacier Farm Media based out of Winnipeg. His previous positions include the formerly heading Pro Farmer Canada, and senior market analyst with Growers Marketing Services of UGG. He’s joining us to discuss the array of grain marketing issues ahead of the Canadian agriculture industry. The looming prospect of economic recession, geo-politics and supply chain issues continue to be present, with the North American planting season not far away – how can we manage crop markets in turbulent times?

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Luke Struckman

Luke is an independent consultant based in Ottawa, ON. He specializes in projects that bridge gaps between scientific research, food processing, and production agriculture. A desire to contribute to lasting changes which improve the profitability and sustainability of field crops drives Luke’s work. He has collaborated on projects with a diverse set of clients, including the University of Alberta, the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association, South East Research Farm, Sustainable Food Lab, and the International Institute of Sustainable Development. 

Blake Vince

Blake Vince was a 2013 Nuffield Scholar and the current chair of Nuffield Canada. He is an advocate for soil, the relationship it has with our environment, and freshwater resources.

Blake is excited to share his knowledge, passion, and insights from his 40 years of no-till farming. A 5th Generation farmer from Southwestern Ontario, he grows corn, soybeans, winter wheat, and cover crop seed across an approximate 1,200 acres.

His operation has evolved to include a diversity of cover crops, and in 2021, the re-introduction of grazing ruminants. Blake will share the beneficial impact this management strategy, with a collaborative approach and edge of field research, has on both soil and freshwater resources.

Constanza Fleitas

Dr. Constanza Fleitas is currently a Research Officer in the Cereal and Flax Pathology Group of the Department of Plant Sciences & Crop Development Centre at University of Saskatchewan.

There, she leads the day-to-day activities of the research projects on bacterial leaf streak and black chaff of cereal crops and other studies.

Bacterial leaf streak is an emerging disease of small cereal grains that can be devastating under favourable conditions. Outbreaks have been on the rise in North America for the past two decades. Without proper management tools, the risk of infection may increase in Canada.

Dr. Fleitas joins us to present the past and current status of the geographical distribution of the disease, highlight possible factors contributing to the increasing number of outbreaks and explain ongoing projects being conducted to improve the disease management of this emerging disease.

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Nichole Neubauer

Nichole believes agriculture is the fundamental connection to life and agriculture education is vital to guaranteeing a vibrant future. However, she also believes that we are currently in the throes of an agriculture literacy crisis.

This ever-increasing knowledge-gap erodes the public’s perception, understanding, and acceptance of farming and food production practices. In 2021, Nichole wanted to educate beyond her family farm, which had welcomed more than 21,000 students since 2005, and partnered with Prairie Rose Public Schools to design, install, and launch a student-led farm at Irvine School.

Her session will explore how the Agriculture Discovery Centre is serving to bridge the knowledge-gap through experiential, hands-on agriculture education.

Carlo Dade

Get ready to TradeAhead 2023 with Carlo Dade!

As one of the country’s leading voices on defending and advancing western Canadian trade interests in Canada and abroad. His research and advocacy play a critical role in achieving better trade agreements and draw attention to the often-neglected importance of the assets and systems critical to moving products to market.

Carlo will go beyond the usual review of current issues of importance to ag producers and dive into two issues on the international trade front of critical importance where you can influence the outcomes – getting goods to market and replacing ‘gaining market access’ with ‘surviving market access’ as priority for trade policy.

Nathan Neudorf

Nathan Neudorf was elected as the Member of Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Lethbridge-East on April 16, 2019. He was recently sworn in as Deputy Premier and Minister of Infrastructure, previously serving as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Parks for Water Stewardship.

Mr. Neudorf is an active community volunteer and leader and has extensive experience in commercial construction; with a diploma in both civil and structural engineering, he is a red seal journeyman carpenter, and gold seal project manager. He will join us to provide an address from the Minister of Infrastructure.