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Every year, as farmers begin turning their attention to the planting season, you can feel their sense of optimism start to grow. Yet before the first fertilizer spreader spreads its first tonne, and before the first shank sinks into the soil, or before the first planter drops the first seed in a furrow, there’s the hectic meeting and conference season to take advantage of.

Again this year, the venues and opportunities for learning and gaining insight — be it on new equipment, new agronomic trends, or new markets — continue to broaden the horizons of farmers and industry stakeholders alike.

There’s just so much more to glean and absorb out there.

Once again for the start of 2017, Country Guide provides the following quick reference of meetings and conferences running to March. It’s worth noting that many of these events require registration in advance, and many come with admission fees. For more detailed information on most of the events featured here, visit the accompanying website links provided.


24th Annual Southwest Agricultural Conference

Wednesday, January 4 and Thursday, January 5, 2017
University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus
Ridgetown, Ont.

  • The Southwest Agricultural Conference returns in January with another outstanding lineup of speakers and numerous educational opportunities, as “Tradition Meets Innovation.” Featured speakers include Jerry Carroll, who is expected to harvest a bumper crop of hilarity and wisdom as he shares stories of growing up on the family farm, and Greg Peterson, with his parody videos and experiences. Overall, more than 40 sessions will cover topics including precision agriculture, maximizing yield, nutrient management, cover crops and soil organic matter, all served up with the traditional trade show and Taste Ontario reception.

Salon de l’agriculture

Tuesday, January 17 to Thursday, January 19, 2017
Espace St-Hyacinthe
Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.

  • Check the schedule for the many exhibits and presentations available in one location during Quebec’s annual three-day showcase.

The Beef Symposium

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Rozanski Hall, University of Guelph
Guelph, Ont.

  • This year, the program will feature livestock keynote speaker Dr. Tim McAllister, principal research scientist at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Lethbridge Research and Development Centre. McAllister is respected internationally for his work on antimicrobial resistance, beef cattle nutrition, silage science, greenhouse gas emissions, E. coli O157:H7 and prion science.

Ontario Canola Growers Association Annual Meeting

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Nottawasaga Inn
Alliston, Ont.

  • Speakers will include the hilarious Brenda Robinson on “Addressing the Intergenerational Gap,” Angela Brackenreed on “Increasing Profit by Reducing Harvest Losses,” and John Heard on “Understanding Your Soil for Optimal Performance.”

Annual Convention of the Land Improvement Contractors of Ontario (LICO)

Wednesday, January 25 and Thursday, January 26, 2017
Best Western-Lamplighter Inn
London, Ont.

  • The convention brings together those involved in farm drainage in Ontario, including drainage contractors, tile and equipment suppliers, engineers and municipal drainage superintendents and agency officials. Conference details and registration are available at the LICO website.

Chatham-Kent Farm Show

Wednesday, January 25 and Thursday, January 26, 2017
John D. Bradley Chatham-Kent Convention Centre
Chatham, Ont.

  • This is the fourth annual event, featuring more than 100 local exhibiting companies, representing and serving all farmers of Southwestern Ontario.

Guelph Organic Conference 2017

Thursday, January 26 to Sunday, January 29, 2017
Guelph University Centre
Guelph, Ont.

  • More than 40 workshops covering topics such as organic crop and livestock production, soil health, crop rotations, switchgrass, nitrogen management, pasture-raised pork, market gardening and much more. The free two-day trade show Saturday and Sunday includes more than
    150 exhibitors including small equipment suppliers, grain traders, garden supplies and food sampling.

2017 Precision Agriculture Conference & Ag Technology Showcase

Tuesday, January 31 and Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Best Western-Lamplighter Inn
London, Ont.

  • This fourth annual Precision Agriculture Conference will be of interest to farmers, ag retailers, agronomists and agri-business professionals interested in learning more about how new technologies can reduce costs and increase yields. The agenda will highlight a balance between leading-edge expert keynote speakers from across North America and a panel of hands-on precision ag farmers who will share how they use technology to improve their farming operations. The conference will also include a trade show with precision ag, machinery and services providers, and a lively networking event.

Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers Conference

Tuesday, January 31 and Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Four Points Sheraton
London, Ont.

  • An annual event bringing processors and growers together with industry suppliers and government, to address issues affecting the industry. Advance registration is recommended.


Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) Annual Conference and General Meeting

Tuesday, February 7, and Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Best Western-Lamplighter Inn
London, Ont.

  • Two full days of dynamic speakers, informative presentations, engaging panel discussions and networking. For information on how to register and updates on the agenda, check out the website.

Eastern Ontario Crops Conference

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
North Grenville Municipal Centre
Kemptville, Ont.

  • This is a co-operative effort between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Eastern Ontario Crop Advisory Committee, and is designed to provide growers and agribusiness personnel with in-depth crop management information. Participants may select up to eight sessions from more than 20 presented throughout the day. Certified Crop Adviser credits will be available for most sessions.

2017 World Ag Expo

Tuesday, February 14 to Thursday, February 16, 2017
International Agri-Center
Tulare, California

  • The event celebrates its 50th anniversary this winter and is billed as the world’s largest annual agricultural exposition, with more than 1,500 exhibitors and the latest in farm equipment, communications and technology. It also includes free seminars and daily equipment showcases.

National Farm Machinery Show (“The Louisville Show”)

Wednesday, February 15 to Saturday, February 18, 2017
Kentucky Exposition Center
Louisville, Kentucky

  • The largest indoor farm show in America will cover more than 1.2 million square feet and serve as host to 850 exhibitors along with new product launches.

Cattlemen’s College

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
International Plaza Hotel
Toronto, Ont.

  • Held in conjunction with the Beef Farmers of Ontario’s Annual General Meeting. No registration required.

Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario 2017 Conference

Tuesday, February 21 and Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Best Western-Lamplighter Inn
London, Ont.

  • Among those presenting are Dr. Jeffrey Reuter on “Soil Management and Its Impact on Water,” Tom Sewel on “Regenerative Agriculture,” Cameron Mills on “Cover Crops,” Steve Laroque on “Control Traffic Farming,” and Dan Forgery on “Long-Term No Till on a Large Scale.”

Beef Farmers of Ontario 55th Annual General Meeting and Banquet

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 to Thursday, February 23, 2017
International Plaza Hotel
Toronto, Ont.

  • Featuring keynote speaker, Anne Wasko, market analyst at Gateway Livestock.


2017 Commodity Classic

Thursday, March 2 to Saturday, March 4, 2017
San Antonio, Texas

  • Farmer-led and farmer-focused, this premier event attracts thousands of farmers and agri-business representatives. Grower education, innovation and ideas plus a chance to listen and learn from some of the key leaders in the agri-food industry.

2017 East Central Farm Show

Wednesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 9, 2017
Commonwell Exhibition Building, Lindsay Fairgrounds
Lindsay, Ont.

  • The East Central Farm Show is celebrating its 37th annual edition, with 180 exhibitors in 2016 and 15 to 25 new exhibitors expected.

Western Fair (London) Farm Show

Wednesday, March 8, to
Friday, March 10, 2017
Western Fair District
London, Ont.

  • An anticipated event for southern Ontario and much of the province, spread over three days, featuring more than 360 exhibitors, with hundreds of products, services, experts and equipment demonstrations. Organizers aim for a venue with exceptional customer experience and a breadth of information and contacts.

2017 Atlantic Farm Mechanization Show

Thursday, March 9 to
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Moncton Coliseum Complex
Moncton, N.B.

  • Innovation and adjusting to change are two of the hallmarks of the agri-food industry, and that’s reflected by the “Spotlight on Farm Technology” theme at this year’s showcase. More than 160 exhibitors will serve as hosts for this three-day event, with everything from commercial harvesters to lawn mowers.

Ottawa Valley Farm Show

Tuesday, March 14 to Thursday, March 16, 2017
EY Centre
Ottawa, Ont.

  • There will be 350 exhibitors under one roof. In 2017, the OVFS celebrates its 90th anniversary with several special events during the show. Free parking, free wi-fi,
    $12 admission, children under 12 get in free.

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