FarmTech, Edmonton, January 24-26

FarmTech has moved to the Edmonton Expo Centre at Northlands. The agenda is packed with concurrent sessions on a wide variety of agronomy topics. Keynote speakers are General Rick Hillier on Leadership in Tough Times; Glen Hodgson, chief economist with the Conference Board of Canada; James Peck, U.K. farmer and Nuffield Scholar; and John Shmorhum, who will speak on farming in Ukraine. Comedian Gerry Dee will entertain at the FarmTech banquet January 25 at 7:30. Register by January 6 for early bird savings. Click here to register online.

You’ll find many sessions useful to your farm. Here are a few canola-specific presentations:

—Rob Gulden, University of Manitoba., on Harvest Losses in Canola. Rob speaks Wednesday at 1:30pm in Room 3, and Thursday at 11:00am in Room 3.
—Murray Hartman, provincial oilseed specialist, Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development, on Canola Rotation Performance. Murray speaks Tuesday at 4:00pm in Room 1, and Wednesday at 1:30pm in Room 4.
—Dan Orchard, agronomy specialist, Canola Council of Canada, on Canola Agronomy to Maximize Profitability. Dan speaks Tuesday at 1:30pm in Room 1, and Thursday at 11:00am in Room 5.
—Rick Taillieu, grower relations & extension coordinator, Alberta Canola Producers Commission, on Twitter and Tech Tricks: Making the Most of Your Time Online. Rick speaks Tuesday at 11:00am in Room 3, and Wednesday at 1:30pm in Room 6.

Alberta Canola Producers Commission will holds its AGM Tuesday, January 24 during FarmTech.

Video preview. Click here for a video with FarmTech organizer Rick Taillieu who discusses what to expect at FarmTech 2012. Rick talks about the move to the EXPO Centre, highlights the concurrent speakers coming to Edmonton, and the various annual meetings and events that the host groups hold during FarmTech. If you haven’t been to FarmTech before, this interview will give you an idea of what to expect.