West Nipissing Agricultural Symposium - Session Topics and Schedule

March 16th, 2016


10:00 am - 10:30 am: Doors Open

10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Adopting Food Traceability Systems
Speakers

Vanessa Taylor, Food Safety and Traceability Advisor, OMAFRA
Tom Heeman, Heeman's Strawberries and Garden Centre


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: New Crops in the North - Haskaps, Hops and Fababeans
Speakers
Mitch Deschatelets, Leisure Farms
Laurie Thatcher Craig, Clear Valley Hops
Evan Elford, New Crop Development Specialist, OMAFRA
Terry Phillips, Grain Farmers of Ontario and Crop Specialist with Co-op Regionale
Jim Todd, Transition Crop Specialist, OMAFRA

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Direct Marketing of Meat
Speakers
Birgit Martin, Pure Island Beef
Dave and Chantal Lewington, Dalew Farms
Barry Potter, Agriculture Development Advisor, OMAFRA

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: New Small Flock Opportunities - Options, Market Potential, Cost of Production for Broilers
Speakers
Sarah Bakker, Field Sparrow Farms and NFU
Brian Bell, Agriculture Development Advisor, OMAFRA

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Growing Under High and Low Tunnels - Extending Your Growing Season
Speakers
Wayne Chalmers, Spring Hill Farms
Becky Hughes, Head of Northern Horticultural Research, University of Guelph

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: When Drugs Fail - Antimicrobial Resistance in Livestock and People
Speakers
Tom Hamilton, Beef Systems Lead, OMAFRA

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Grant Recognition Event


March 17th, 2016


9:00 am - 10:30 am: Cover Crops - Improving Soil Health Through Cover Crops
Speakers
Dan Poulin, Don Poulin Potatoes
Anne Verhallen, Soil Management Specialist Horticulture, OMAFRA

10:30 am - 12:30 pm: Introduction to Organic Certification - Market Opportunities for Farms of all Sizes
Speakers
Simon Jacques, Eco-Cert

10:30 am - 12:30 pm: An Introduction to Value Added Agriculture: Local Farmers share their Experiences
Speakers
Mitch Deschatelets, Leisure Farms
Stefan Board, Boards Honey Farm
Julie Poirier Mensinga, Agriculture Development Advisor, OMAFRA

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Funding Opportunities and Business Services Trade Show
Brian Bell, Agriculture Development Advisor, OMAFRA

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm: NOFIA - All Farmers Meeting


To register for the Agricultural Symposium, please visit this link and fill out the form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BJ9QYBR

To register for the Funding Opportunities and Business Services Tradeshow, please visit this link and fill out the form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H7P5VY6  

For any questions, please call 705-753-5672 or email jolene.lisk@westnipissingchamber.ca  
 


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